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Your photos from Anzac Day 2018 in the Hunter

Your photos from Anzac Day 2018 in the Hunter

Your photos from Anzac Day 2018 in the Hunter East Maitland. Picture: Clint Brosie
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East Maitland. Picture: Clint Brosie

East Maitland. Picture: Clint Brosie

Picture: Donna Clucas

Dawn service at Nobbys. Picture: Jack O’Toole

Dawn service at Nobbys. Picture: Jack O’Toole

Dawn service at Nobbys. Picture: Jack O’Toole

Dawn service at Nobbys. Picture: Jack O’Toole

Wollombi Dawn Service. Picture: Catherine Waterton

Wollombi Dawn Service. Picture: Catherine Waterton

Wollombi Dawn Service. Picture: Catherine Waterton

Newcastle Dawn Service from Fort Scratchley. Picture: Kim Mathews

Greta Public school captain Laura carried the school banner and spoke in front of hundreds of people for Anzac Day. Picture: Amanda Playford

Picture: Lynne Osland

Angus Jones marching with Maitland Air League Cadets. Picture: Lynne Osland

Picture: Bronwyn Howard

Picture: Margie Gayler

Paterson. Picture: Denese Hume

Paterson. Picture: Denese Hume

Paterson. Picture: Denese Hume

Picture: Stacey Hipwell

Maitland Salvos. Picture: Heather Lowe Lines

Morpeth in the rain. Picture: Andrew Brown

Picture: Lynne Osland

Picture: Rosemary Ryan

PIcture: Lynne Osland

Broke. Picture: Sarah Hodgins

Picture: Robert Hawkins

Picture: Misty Anscombe

Dawn Service on board The Voyager of the Seas as they pulled into Darwin. Picture: Lisa Bojkowski

Maitland air league squadron. Picture: Lynne Osland

Maitland air league squadron. Picture: Lynne Osland

Veterans braved the rain to march in Belmont’s Anzac Day march. Picture: Geoff Robinson

Belmont High School captain Jessica Noble reading at the service. Picture: Geoff Robinson

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Thousands remember Anzac fallen in Hobart

Thousands remember Anzac fallen in Hobart

Thousands paid tribute to the fallen at the Hobart Cenotaph during the Anzac Day dawn service.Learn from the mistakes of the past.
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The mood at Hobart’s Anzac Day dawn service was sombre, but the message was optimistic.

Vietnam veteran Bill Counsell was one of the thousands who rugged up on a chilly but clear Wednesday morning at the city’s Cenotaph, overlooking the CBD and River Derwent.

“It’s good to see the people. And that they haven’t forgotten us, shall we say,” Mr Counsell, vice-president of the RSL Hobart sub-branch, told AAP.

“People can quite easily forget what’s gone on in the past and get on with their lives.”

The veteran was there with his grandson – one of many of the younger generations who huddled together with parents and grandparents.

“The lesson is to learn from our past and try to not make the same mistakes – which as humans, we find it very difficult to do,” Mr Counsell said.

Schoolgirl Charlotte Kenny read a poem dedicated to her great-great-grandfather Anthony Arthur Flint, who fought in Belgium during World War I.

More than 15,000 Tasmanian served in the Great War.

Thousands died.

“What a privilege it is to stand here and watch the sunrise, our feet upon settled soils, eyes open to still skies,” Charlotte recited.

Anglican Dean of Hobart Richard Humphrey led the prayers.

“We remember those who didn’t return to receive the thanks of a nation,” he said.

The crowd stood in silence, heads bowed, for a rendition of the Last Post.

Paul Thompson, 57, arrived for the service in the darkness an hour before it started at 6am along with his three children.

“I’m here to remember my dad who was part of the British Royal Navy in World War II,” he said.

“This is only one day a year when we all take time to remember. It’s not much to give up.”

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Want authentic pizza? This hotspot is hard to top

Want authentic pizza? This hotspot is hard to top

OMG OMETTO: Owner Giuseppe Maviglia in his High Street, Maitland, pizza bar. Pictures: Jonathan CarrollWhile some fast-food pizza chains continue to make moves to diversify their offerings beyond the blistered borders of the humble pie by adding OK-tasting ribs and wings to their menus, an increasing number of pizza-loving people are craving the bona fide smelling, genuine tasting, real thing from the motherland.
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Short of building a wood-fired oven in your back yard, there are certainly much easier ways to get your mouth around a perfect isosceles slice.

Discerning Hunter Valley pizza lovers will be pleased to learn that there’s a fantastic little place, down on Maitland’s High Street, that makes authentically delicious wood-fired pizzas the whole family will enjoy.

Ometto Pizza Bar has been open for just over a year, with owner Giuseppe Maviglia bringing a taste of Torino to Maitland and beyond.

Within one of the ornate Victorian-era shop fronts that bring a real sense of history and soul to this old town, Ometto Pizza Bar is a favourite hangout amonglocals, particularly on Sunday nights when live acoustic music soundtracks their meal.

Inside, the walls are painted light olive green and adorned with various things related to Maviglia’s Italian heritage – maps of Italy, painted Ferraris, and the requisite chalk boards writ large with tonight’s specials. Red lampshades hang high above a dining space filled with diners sat upon a few mismatched chairs at spacious tables, with some even featuring a red and white cheque table cloth… perfetto.

From most people’s vantage point, Maviglia and his kitchen team can be seen moving back and forth between the prep-table, where fresh dough is rolled and stretched and spun, with the blazing hot pizza oven burning bright orange in the background.

THE REAL THING: Straight from the wood-fired oven.

The printed menu is a nice little 90s throwback that could easily double as a place mat, it’s that big. The entire Ometto offering, save for the specials, can be found here; meats with marinated olives and schiacciata (pizza crust) to start ($20), or perhaps some dips ($16) with bruschetta ($12), instead. The wood-fired pizzas ($14-$24) are demarcated by the addition of sauce or no sauce – rosse or blanche. Toppings range from the simplicity of a marinara (Italian tomato sauce, garlic and herbs) and the cheesiness of quattro formaggi (four cheese), to the fun of a folded calzone and the signature house pizza featuring mozzarella, mortadella, crushed pistacchios, stracchino cheese, and Calabrian oregano.

The Taleggio e Porcini pizza has shredded brown chunks of earthy scented porcini mushroom swamped by a gooey mass of funky Taleggio and sweet truffle pecorino. Melted cheese deliciously resists division as each slice is slowly pulled apart from the pie. Likewise, delicious, though meatier and a little less cheesy, the San Daniele features a mingle of thinly sliced parmigiana, prosciutto and almost-bitter rocket leaves laid on top of melted mozzarella, which on top of a crunchy, thin and blistered, leopard spotted, wood-fired pizza base.

You can add a salad, if you like. The burratina caprese ($14) is basically a tasty ball of gooey white mozzarella surrounded by wedges of sweet tomato flecked with flakes of oregano that makes for a nice intermediary between slices. It’s not all pizzas, either. There’s thick and chunky lasagne and dolce desserts featuring crispy cannoli ($7.50), vanilla gelato ($4.50), and an all-time after-dinner favourite, the affogato ($8.50); vanilla gelato with a shot of Frangelico and coffee. The perfect pick-me-up after a big, delicious meal.

Most of the menu is take-away. So, if the footy’s on, and you don’t want to dine in – although I strongly suggest you do – you can take Ometto home with you, instead of a steam-filled foil container featuring some OK tasting wings and ribs. The point is that Ometto might just be the best place for pizza in Maitland.

QUICK BITEWhat: Ometto Pizza BarWhere: 489 High St, MaitlandOwner: Giuseppe MavigliaDrinks: Great selection of imported Italian beers, wine, water, soft drinks, and coffee. BYO too.Hours: Tues-Sun: 5pm-Late, Friday lunch: 12pm-2pmVegetarian: YesBottom Line: $75 for two incl. wine (bottle)Do Try: Taleggio e porcini (cheese & mushroom) pizza.

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Rat of Tobruk honours mates killed in sand

Rat of Tobruk honours mates killed in sand

Bob Semple, one of the last surviving Rats of Tobruk, will address the Anzac Day national service.Carved in cursive writing on the back of the violin he took to war are the names of Bob Semple’s gun crew.
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More than 70 years on, his violin case still contains grains of desert sand from his time serving in Libya in north Africa.

It’s the same sand in which 10 of his mates were buried, after they were killed by a single shell.

One of the last surviving Rats of Tobruk, Mr Semple, who turns 98 next month, reflected on his experiences in the World War II at the Anzac Day national service in Canberra on Wednesday.

“May I humbly say, Anzac Day remains sacred to all of us… let us continue to make reference to the past, but go forward into the future, with honour and courage,” he told the service.

He brought his beloved violin to Canberra from his home in Melbourne and joked his skill level had waned over the past 75 years.

Mr Semple said anxiety and the fear factor was overcome as experience increased with each engagement.

“I vividly recall the experience and the strength and loyalty and faith experienced on occasions at El Alamein (Egypt). Coming under German bombing, and periodic shelling of the position by enemy, taking refuge in the skinny slip trench, adjacent to the gun pit, holding hands across the shoulders and muttering, if this is it, we all all go together.”

Western Australia’s new governor and former defence minister Kim Beazley will also address the gathering.

Governor General Peter Cosgrove, who served in Vietnam and East Timor, and went on to become chief of the defence force, was among the dignitaries at the service and reviewed the parade of veterans marching.

A riderless horse led the march.

This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in Turkey and the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the Western Front in France.

Tens of thousands of people turned out to watch the service on a sunny Canberra morning.

Australian Associated Press

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Children join thousands at Anzac services

Children join thousands at Anzac services

Thousands attended Anzac Day dawn services around the country, including the Gold Coast.More than 100 years since that fateful landing at Gallipoli, Australians are being reminded of the importance of sharing the Anzac story with younger generations.
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Tens of thousands rose early on Wednesday to attend dawn services – big and small – across the country, including many children.

This year marks the 103rd anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing at Gallipoli and the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.

“Anzac day is not about glorifying war, but about celebrating the Australian spirit,” Air Vice-Marshal Steven Roberton told the large crowd at Sydney’s Martin Place.

“Anzac signifies strength and quality of character, attitude and action that transcends time.”

The challenge, he said, was to make sure the spirit of Anzac was passed on to Australia’s children and to honour the fallen and their sacrifice.

Suzanne and Paul Smith, who for decades took their now-adult son Matthew to dawn services this year brought their five-year-old grandson Xavier for the first time.

Ms Smith, whose own father was a serviceman, agreed that it was important that future generations appreciate the sacrifices of those who came before them.

“They’re growing up in a different world now, so it makes a big difference,” she told AAP.

In drizzling rain in Brisbane’s CBD, brothers Finn and Rhys McNeil, aged nine and seven, remembered their great, great uncle at Anzac Square.

Patrick Joseph Delacour went to France with the 41st battalion in WWI, aged 25, but never returned.

“We wanted to show respect to the soldiers, the men and women, the nurses that served in WWI and WWII to keep us safe,” the boys’ mother Tracey told AAP.

A beachside service was also held at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.

An estimated 38,000 people braved the cold in Canberra, as Colonel Susan Neuhaus reflected on a century of severed limbs and broken bodies.

The veteran surgeon, who returned from active service in Afghanistan, said she – like many Australians – had no faded photographs of men or women in uniform at home or relatives who served on the beaches of Gallipoli, muddy fields of Somme or the jungles of South East Asia.

“And yet like all of us I benefit from what they have done,” she said as dawn broke over the Australian War Memorial.

Ian Smith, chair of the RSL SA’s Anzac Day committee, told the thousands who gathered for Adelaide’s early morning ceremony that women who served in the armed forces needed greater recognition.

Women were restricted to nursing roles prior to the WWII, when all three services introduced women’s branches, he said.

“Women were fully integrated during the 1970s and 80s, and since then have continued to make their mark with a full range of responsibilities across all three services,” he told the crowd.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is in France to attend the Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial just outside Villiers-Bretonneux.

Both he and French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe will give commemorative addresses, while Prince Charles will deliver a reading.

Australian Associated Press