On 17 August 1914, just 12 days after war was declared, the first volunteers arrived at the newly formed Blackboy Hill training camp located in Greenmount. This was the birthplace of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in WA and over 32,000 men passed through the camp before heading off to war.
Today, the Blackboy Hill memorial pays tribute to the many soldiers that passed through. The site features a series of sculpted arches, designed by Ean McDonald, symbolising the spirit of the AIF over the rising sun of its badge. The arches are situated such that they face the sun as it sets on 24th April, which, on this evening is aligned through the arches with all other elements of the memorial.