Monthly Archives: October 2015

Wimbledon Road (near Newbridge) to Bathurst Saturday 31st October 2015

Before the marchers left ‘Bathampton’ they had their photo taken in front of the woolshed, which is on the site of the old woolshed that the Coo-ees stayed t in 1915.

Marchers in front of the woolshed at Bathampton, on the site of the original woolshed where the Coo-ees stayed in 1915 31/10/2015

Marchers in front of the woolshed at Bathampton, on the site of the original woolshed where the Coo-ees stayed in 1915 31/10/2015

The marchers left ‘Bathampton’ at 8am to be taken back to the point where they stopped the march the previous day on Wimbledon Road, and started marching at about 8.30 am.

They stopped at Perthville for lunch.

The marchers arrived earlier than expected at 2.30 pm at Centennial Park in Bathurst, so marched to Bathurst Showground, just as is started raining.

The street parade started from Centennial Park  at 4 pm.   The Scots School Pipes & Drums Band met with the marchers along William Street, on their way to the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.

Scots School Pipes & Drums Band in Bathurst Street Parade 31/10/2015

Scots School Pipes & Drums Band in Bathurst Street Parade 31/10/2015

Due to the wet weather, the RSL Sub-Branch had decided to move the venue for the commemorative service from the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon to the Bathurst RSL Club.

Marchers entering Bathurst RSL Club for the commemorative service 31/10/2015

Marchers entering Bathurst RSL Club for the commemorative service 31/10/2015

The service started at approximately 4.3o pm, and the Mayor of Bathurst, Cr. Gary Rush, welcomed the marchers.

The Mayor of Bathurst, Cr. Gary Rush giving speech at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

The Mayor of Bathurst, Cr. Gary Rush giving speech at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

The Macquarie Male Singers sang several songs from the WWI era, including ‘It’s  a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Mademoiselle from Armentieres’.

Macquarie Male Singers at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

Macquarie Male Singers at Bathurst RSL Club service 31/10/2015

Helen Thompson gave an account of the Coo-ees’ reception in Bathurst in 1915, and spoke about the three Coo-ees from Bathurst who died while on active service during the First World War.

Their names were displayed today on white crosses in the garden bed with red poppies near the Bathurst War Memorial Carillon.

Three white crosses for the three fallen Bathurst Coo-ees at Bathurst War Memorial Carillon 31/10/2015

Three white crosses for the three fallen Bathurst Coo-ees at Bathurst War Memorial Carillon 31/10/2015

The marchers enjoyed a excellent buffet dinner provided by the Bathurst RSL Sub-Branch at the Bathurst RSL Club after the service, before returning to Bathurst Showground for their overnight stay.

 

 

 

Blayney to Wimbledon Road (near Newbridge) Friday 30th October 2015

Blayney to Wimbledon Road (near Newbridge), then overnight stay at Bathampton, Friday 30th October 2015

The marchers left Blaynyey from near the Blayney War Memorial where they stopped marching yesterday at 8 am, after a comfortable night at Blayney Showground.

Marchers leaving Blayney from near the Blayney War Memorial 30/10/2015

Marchers leaving Blayney from near the Blayney War Memorial 30/10/2015

They stopped for lunch at Newbridge.

Marchers entering the gates at 'Bathampton' 30/10/2015

Marchers entering the gates at ‘Bathampton’ 30/10/2015

They finished the day’s marching at the intersection of Wimbledon Road and Bathampton Road at 3 pm (from where they will continue in the morning), then took the minibus provided by Clubs NSW to ‘Bathampton’ property for an overnight stay in the woolshed, which is on the site of the old woolshed that the Coo-ees stayed at in 1915.

Woolshed at 'Bathampton' where the marchers are camping overnight 30/10/2015

Woolshed at ‘Bathampton’ where the marchers are camping overnight 30/10/2015

The property owner said that a lot of the material from the original woolshed, such as the corrugated iron roof, was reused in constructing the current woolshed on the same site.

Millthorpe to Blayney Thursday 29th October 2015

Millthorpe to Blayney Thursday 29th October 2015

Following a hearty breakfast provided to the marchers by the Millthorpe Public School P & C, the marchers left Millthorpe Primary School where they had stayed overnight in the school hal,l and formed up at the gates near Millthorpe War Memorial at 8 am.

They were marched out of town by the Canobolas Highland Pipe Band from Orange.  The school children waved them off, as they set off to Blayney.

Pipers leading the marchers out of Millthorpe 29/10//2015

Pipers leading the marchers out of Millthorpe 29/10//2015

The marchers arrived at Blayney at about 10.30 am.  The distance travelled was the shorted day of the march – about 14 km.

They formed up at 11.30 am for a street parade to the Blayney War Memorial.  School children from three local Blayney schools lined the streets to welcome them, and they then attended a short commemorative service held at Blayney War Memorial, which started at 12 noon.

The Mayor of Blayney, Cr. Scott Ferguson welcomed the marchers to Blayney. Helen Thompson gave a speech on the Coo-ees’ stay at Blayney in 1915, and the men recruited at Blayney.

The President of the Blayney RSL Sub-Branch, Mr Reg Rendell read the Ode.  A student at Blayney High School played the Last Post and the Rouse.

Crowd at Blayney War Memorial service 29/10/2015

Crowd at Blayney War Memorial service 29/10/2015

The marchers then retired to Blayney Show Ground for their overnight stay, and had dinner at the Blayney Bowling Club.

Orange to Millthorpe Wednesday 28th October 2015

 

Orange to Millthorpe Wednesday 28th October 2015

The marchers set off from Romani Barracks in Orange at 7.15 am after a hearty breakfast provided by the Canobolas Lions Club.  Marching with them today was approximately 20 members of Australia’s tri-service Federation Guard.

Marchers and Federation Guard leaving Romani Barracks, Orange 28/10/2015

Marchers and Federation Guard leaving Romani Barracks, Orange 28/10/2015

The school children from the Spring Hill Primary School lined the street when the marchers marched into Spring Hill about twelve o’clock, then they marched behind them to the Railway Hotel, where the marchers had a BBQ for lunch.

They arrived at Millthorpe around 3.15 pm, and the school children at Millthorpe Public School lined up to welcome when they marched into the school grounds, where the marchers are staying overnight in the hall, and also on the adjoining Redmond Oval.

Marchers arrive at Millthorpe Public School 28/10/2015

Marchers arrive at Millthorpe Public School 28/10/2015

A short commemorative service was held at the Millthorpe War Memorial at 4 pm.  The Mayor of Blayney, Cr. Scott Ferguson welcomed the marchers. Jo Jackett, Principal of Millthorpe Public School, also gave a speech.  Helen Thompson gave a speech about the Coo-ees’ stay in Millthorpe in 1915, and about the two men who joined the Coo-ee March at Millthorpe.

Mayor of Blayney, Cr. Scott Ferguson, at Millthorpe War Memorial 28/10/2015

Mayor of Blayney, Cr. Scott Ferguson, at Millthorpe War Memorial 28/10/2015

The marchers took the opportunity to look at the Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum across the road from the school, which included research undertaken by the school children on the soldiers listed on the School’s WWI honour roll, that has been compiled into a book.

CompiledResearchBookGoldenMemoriesMillthorpeMuseum28Oct2015

Book compiling the research done by Millthorpe Public School students on Millthorpe’s WWI soldiers at Golden Memories Millthorpe Museum 28/10/2015

The Millthorpe Public School P & C provided a sumptuous BBQ dinner with 236 chops (in memory of the 236 chops that were provided to the Coo-ees by the people of Millthorpe for breakfast when they stayed overnight in 1915), sausages, salad and buns, then cakes and slices,  which was very much appreciated by the marchers, support staff, and the Federation Guard.

BBQ dinner provided by Millthorpe Public School P & C 28/10/2015

BBQ dinner provided by Millthorpe Public School P & C 28/10/2015

Belgravia Road to Orange Tuesday 27th October 2015

Belgravia Road to Orange Tuesday 27th October 2015

The marchers left the picturesque property “Stirling” at 6.30 am this morning, after a cold windy night.

Marchers leaving "Stirling" 27/10/2015

Marchers leaving “Stirling” 27/10/2015

They arrived at Cook Park in Orange at 12.30 am, and many had a look at the WWI display in Blowes Conservatory, which has 26 banners on display, including one on the Coo-ee March, and others with stories of WWI servicemen and women who enlisted in Orange.

Coo-ee March banner on display at The Blowes Conservatory. Cook Park, Orange 27/10/2015

Coo-ee March banner on display at The Blowes Conservatory. Cook Park, Orange 27/10/2015

There was also a lovely garden bed full of red poppies, and lavender and rosemary, with a plaque “Plants of Gallipoli”.

Flower garden at Cook Park in Orange 27/10/2015

Flower garden at Cook Park in Orange 27/10/2015

At 2 pm the Orange High School Band lead the parade down Summer Street to the Orange War Memorial in Robertson Park, followed by the Coo-ee marchers, and representatives from several schools in Orange with many waving flags, and also the Army cadets, and scouts.

Street parade in Orange 27/10/2015

Street parade in Orange 27/10/2015

A commemorative service was held at the Orange War Memorial at 2.30 pm, at which the Hon. John Cobb MP, and the Mayor of Orange, Cr. John Davis, gave speeches.  Helen Thompson gave a brief talk about the two Coo-ees from the Orange district who died while on active service in WWI.

Cr. John Davis, Mayor of Orange, speech at Orange War Memorial 27/10/2015

Cr. John Davis, Mayor of Orange, speech at Orange War Memorial 27/10/2015

The marchers then had a lovely afternoon tea at the CWA hall in Robertson Park, before retiring to Romani Barracks for the evening.

 

Boomey to Belgravia Road (via Molong) Monday 26th October 2015

The marchers left the campsite at  Boomey at 8 am.

Start of the street parade at Molong 26/10/2015

Start of the street parade at Molong 26/10/2015

They had a street parade in which  some of the local school children participated that started at 11 am and marched along Bank Street, with a short stop at the Town Hall to be welcomed by the Mayor of Cabonne, Cr. Ian Gosper.  The parade then continued along Edward Street to the Coo-ee March Memorial Gateway at the recreation ground, where a commemorative service was held at 11.30 am. There was a large number of school children present, from Molong Public School, and St Josephs Primary School.  Two banners had been made by the school children for the event.

Molong school children with two banners 26/10/2015

Molong school children with two banners 26/10/2015

A delicious lunch of sandwiches, cakes and slices, and fruit,  was provided by the Yarn Market Association Ltd at the historic Cobb & Co Coach House.

Marchers leaving Cobb & Co Couch House at Molong 26/10/2015

Marchers leaving Cobb & Co Couch House at Molong 26/10/2015

The marchers left the Cobb & Co Coach House at 1 pm.

Some of the support people took the opportunity to visit the Molong Museum, to look at a display on the 1915 Coo-ee March.

Some of the support people with Sue Milne at Molong Museum 26/10/2015

Some of the support people with Sue Milne at Molong Museum 26/10/2015

They then visited the Molong and district Servicemen and Servicewomen’s Portrait Gallery at the Molong RSL Club.

Some of the support people at Molong RSL Club 26/10/2015

Some of the support people at Molong RSL Club 26/10/2015

The marchers arrived at the property “Stirling” on Belgravia Road about 4.30 pm, and set up camp for their overnight stay.

Setting up camp at "Stirling" 26/10/2015

Setting up camp at “Stirling” 26/10/2015

 

Royal Australian Mint produces commemorative 20c coin to mark centenary of the Coo-ee March

Commemorative 20c coin to mark centenary of the Coo-ee March

The Royal Australian Mint has worked with Gilgandra Shire Council to commemorate a centenary of the Coo-ee March with the inclusion of a 20c Uncirculated Coin as part of the Australia Remembers Coin Series. The Mint has created this special commemorative piece to represent all of the recruitment marches that took place during this time one hundred years ago.

Answer the call and remember with this piece now: https://eshop.ramint.gov.au/2015-20c-Coo-ee-March-Coin/310661.aspx