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Princess Royal Fortress to celebrate dual milestones

Published on Thursday, 26 October 2023 at 9:23:37 AM

The Princess Royal Fortress will come alive with the sounds of the past next month, as the fortress celebrates two momentous occasions in the site’s history.

The resounding booms of the iconic 9-pounder gun will mark the National Anzac Centre’s 9th birthday on November 1, followed by the 35th anniversary of the Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum on November 19.

Both salutes will fire at 12pm sharp, shaking the ground and marking these important milestones.

Curator Princess Royal Fortress David Theodore said it would be a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the incredible force of World War 1 weaponry, whilst reflecting on the evolution of the site.

"The Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum was opened as part of Australia’s Bicentenary in 1988 and had over 60 years of operational service prior,” he said.

“In 2023 we have the opportunity to celebrate its 35th year as a museum, whilst recognising the 130 years since its establishment in 1893.”

The National Anzac Centre has also had a profound impact on the site, attracting more than 530,000 visitors since it opened its doors.

“The addition of the National Anzac Centre in 2014 has allowed hundreds of thousands of individuals to forge deep, personal connections with the poignant narrative of the ANZACs,” Mr Theodore said.

“Both of these momentous occasions provide us with the chance to celebrate our rich heritage and acknowledge the importance of upholding the stories of our collective past.”

Albany’s community and visitors are invited to attend the free festivities and take part in this historical spectacle.

The National Anzac Centre is open from 9am to 5pm (last ticket sales at 4pm), seven days a week.

The Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum is open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week.

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