Student volunteers working on a ‘Service in the 21st Century' project will help to prepare for next year's ANZAC Centenary celebrations in Albany.
The 50 volunteers, from The University of Western Australia's Crawley campus and Albany campus, were brought together by UWA's Student Guild which, like the University, is celebrating its Centenary this year.
Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will mark 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War.
And late next year, Albany will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships carrying the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force to the First World War. The ships left Albany on the morning of 1 November 1914.
The UWA student volunteers will help restore Albany's Royal Forts War Museum and help develop walk trails around the Memorial Park Cemetery. They will also work with the City of Albany to create a Smartphone app to be used during the ANZAC celebrations. The app will enable tourists to learn more about Albany's historic buildings and landmarks.
The volunteers will also undertake conservation work with the UWA Albany-based Centre for Excellence in Natural Resource Management at the King River.
Aden Date, manager of the UWA Guild Volunteering Hub, said he expected volunteers to clock more than 1000 hours' work in and around Albany.
"As one of our ‘Guild 100' goals, we identified the desire to better engage students at UWA Albany," he said.
"We are looking back on the last century, but also thinking about the world we want to create over the next 100 years."
The UWA Crawley campus students, including some from overseas, will travel to Albany on 30 September and stay at the Rotary Youth Club hostel.
"We're looking forward to meeting Albany students and working with them as part of our Guild Gives Back initiative," Mr Date said.
Local media are welcome to the launch of Guild Gives Back in Albany. It is on Monday 30 September at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start, at the Albany campus function room.
Caption: A painting of the first convoy to leave Australia. The British cruiser HMS Minotaur is in the foreground. (Charles Bryant, First Convoy at Sea, 1920, oil on canvas, 122.5 cm x 275.3 cm, AWM ART00190)