Anzac Day in Ballarat: Dawn service

ALMOST freezing temperatures didn't stop thousands of people attending this morning's Anzac Day dawn service in Ballarat. 

More Anzac Day coverage:

Arch of Victory service

Sebastopol service

Regional services

How you marked the day on social media

Letters from the front

The history of our Avenues of Honour

Anzac Day dawn service photos from around Australia

About 5000 people lined Sturt Street, between Dawson and Lyons streets, converging on the Cenotaph for the service at 6am. 

Hundreds of children attended with their parents, including Deegan Willingham, 10, of Ballarat. 

"I come every year with mum and dad to remember the special people who fought in the wars," he said. 

"It's worth getting up early for."

For Daniel Williams, 25, it was his first service. 

"It was a case of curiosity more than anything," he said. 

"The least I could do was get up early to come here and remember the things these men and women did for us.

"My grandfather fought in the second world war... so it's important to me."

The last post rang through the streets about 6.15am before the crowds bowed their heads in silent reflection. 

The Ballarat march begins at 10am, leaving from The George Hotel. 

Amelie Stott finds the crosses of her great great uncles. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Amelie Stott finds the crosses of her great great uncles. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

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Thousands of people turned out for the Anzac Day dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Thousands of people turned out for the Anzac Day dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Crowds brave the cold conditions at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Crowds brave the cold conditions at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Crowds watch on at the Cenotaph this morning. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Crowds watch on at the Cenotaph this morning. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ted Lovett, who read the dawn service history, at the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ted Lovett, who read the dawn service history, at the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Vicki, Carly and Sarah Vinci at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Vicki, Carly and Sarah Vinci at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Arthur Murphy and Kevin Grundell at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Arthur Murphy and Kevin Grundell at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Gary and Matthew Greville at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Gary and Matthew Greville at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jenny and Ryan Hulder with Keryn Lythgo at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jenny and Ryan Hulder with Keryn Lythgo at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Huge crowds in Ballarat for the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Huge crowds in Ballarat for the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lt Col Peter Browne at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lt Col Peter Browne at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Dawn service at the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Dawn service at the Cenotaph. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Debbie Watts with Felicity Dean and Rhianna Watts at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Debbie Watts with Felicity Dean and Rhianna Watts at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Dean and Sarah Watts with children Cooper and Giaan at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Dean and Sarah Watts with children Cooper and Giaan at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Len Cain at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Len Cain at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Claire Clissold and Jake Mazur at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Claire Clissold and Jake Mazur at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ken Lee and Ian Nunn at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Ken Lee and Ian Nunn at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Paul and Oliver Keast at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Paul and Oliver Keast at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Andrew Ottini and Kathy Morley at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Andrew Ottini and Kathy Morley at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Glen, Jess and Carol Tilley at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Glen, Jess and Carol Tilley at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Thousands of people turned out for the Anzac Day dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Thousands of people turned out for the Anzac Day dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Latesha, Kyan and Sonia Shanks at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Latesha, Kyan and Sonia Shanks at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Dianne Anderson places a rose on a relative's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Dianne Anderson places a rose on a relative's cross. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sean Haley and Alex Haley-Christy at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Sean Haley and Alex Haley-Christy at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

James and Allan McKinnon at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

James and Allan McKinnon at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kay Sandman with her father's Battalion banner. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Kay Sandman with her father's Battalion banner. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Flowers at the dawn service this morning. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Flowers at the dawn service this morning. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Emma and Brendan Barber at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Emma and Brendan Barber at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brett and Belinda Henderson at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Brett and Belinda Henderson at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lee and Terry Henderson at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lee and Terry Henderson at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party and Piper Neil McDonald. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

The Catafalque and Flag Party and Piper Neil McDonald. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lily and Penny Jones at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Lily and Penny Jones at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Eamon and Stuart Grigg at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Eamon and Stuart Grigg at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jodie Gillett and her father Bill Bedson at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Jodie Gillett and her father Bill Bedson at the dawn service. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

David Tilson with daughters Juliette and Madeline. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

David Tilson with daughters Juliette and Madeline. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Thousands watch on at the Cenotaph this morning. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Thousands watch on at the Cenotaph this morning. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER