According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the route of the march in 1946 included an incline – seen in the clip above at the St James end of Hyde Park – which caused some older ex-service personnel to collapse. From 1947, a longer route provided more vantage points for spectators. Ex-service personnel took to marching 16 abreast so that the duration of the march didn't increase greatly with the longer route. Above, you can see them marching in formations of 12 or fewer abreast.
Approximately 30,000 people attended the dawn service at the Cenotaph at Martin Place in Sydney in 1946, with some securing their vantage points the previous afternoon. The Barrier Miner newspaper reported that the procession through Sydney lasted more than two-and-a-half hours with 50,000 ex-servicemen and women marching.
In the clip we see women marching with men, which was unusual. A small contingent of women are marching together who may have been nurses, as they are not wearing uniforms. These marching women have medals pinned to the left-hand side, indicating that they served. Also visible are women in uniform, as they could serve in the Australian military from 1941. Servicewomen were banned from marching in Brisbane that year, essentially because their presence had not been planned for by march organisers.
1980 – Marching Bands and Protests
After a decline in march numbers during the 1970s, the 1980 Anzac Day march saw its largest Sydney attendance in a decade, with 21,000 ex-service members. Melbourne recorded the biggest turnout in 20 years, with more than 15,000 taking part including Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
This clip from a home movie by Clive Linfoot shows a series of short excerpts of the Anzac Day march in Sydney, 1980: