After two years absence, crowds have again filled Sturt Street in commemoration of those who served in all wars.
COVID restrictions meant registration was necessary for the first public event since 2020's lockdowns but it did not keep the numbers away from the solemn ceremony.
In something of a test for how public events will run for the foreseeable future, Ballarat was able to hold its Anzac Day dawn service at the Sturt Street cenotaph without a hitch.
In cool, still conditions, a sizeable crowd surrounded the cenotaph, which came as a surprise to Ballarat RSL president Alan Douglass.
"I never expected to see this many," he said after the ceremony.
"Given we didn't have one last year, I'm certain they all were happy to come and pay their respects at the dawn service."
The Requiem was recited by students from Woodmans Hill Secondary and Ballarat Christian College, with performances of 'And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda' and a piper joining the traditional bugler.
HERE THE AUDIO OF THE SERVICE HERE
Despite reports of a slower than expected take up of free passes to get in, the crowd extended far back along Sturt Street - as well as tickets being checked on entry, attendees also had to check in with QR codes, and there were several reminders to maintain social distancing.
Even with these minor changes, it was still a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by Australians over more than a century.
The Sturt Street march steps off at 10.30am before the 11am service begins - a pass will be required for spectators to attend.
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