The start at Gilgandra on Saturday 17th October 2015

The start at Gilgandra

At 7 am the Coo-ee marchers enjoyed sausages, bacon and eggs for breakfast, provided by the Lions Club at Hunter Park.

At 9 am the Coo-ee marchers attended a church service with the community at St Ambrose Church in Myrtle Street in Gilgandra.

Church service at St Ambrose Church in Gilgandra

Church service at St Ambrose Church in Gilgandra

At 10.45 the official farewell was given at the commemorative Coo-ee March cairn in Bridge Street, which marks the spot where the original Coo-ee March commenced.

Official farewell in Bridge Street at the spot where the 1915 Coo-ee March started.

Official farewell in Bridge Street at the spot where the 1915 Coo-ee March started.

At 11 am the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment commenced with a street parade from Bridge Street into Miller Street onto the Newell Highway to the Coo-ee Mach Memorial Park gateway, where a commemorative service was held in memory of the 35 men who joined the Coo-ee March from Gilgandra.

Coo-ee marchers arrival at Cooee March Memorial Park gateway for a service.

Coo-ee marchers arrival at Cooee March Memorial Park gateway for a service.

Two family members of Captain Bill Hitchen, William Hitchen and Joanne Holmes, layed a wreath.

William Hitchen and Joanne Holmes laying a wreath

William Hitchen and Joanne Holmes laying a wreath

Brian Bywater then planted a tree near the Coo-ee Heritage Centre.

The Coo-ee marchers then marched out of Gilgandra at 12 noon, starting their long trek to Sydney, in the footsteps of the Coo-ees who left Gilgandra 100 years ago on 10th October 2015.

The marchers arrived at Balladoran for their overnight stay  at 5 pm.

 

One response to “The start at Gilgandra on Saturday 17th October 2015

  1. Thanks so much for these updates on the epic 2015 Cooee March re-enactment! It is fascinating to follow their progress!

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