Monthly Archives: November 2015

Ashfield to Martin Place Sydney Wednesday 11th November 2015

Ashfield to Martin Place Sydney Wednesday 11th November 2015

After a comfortable overnight stay at Ashfield Boys High School, the marchers were provided with breakfast by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, which was very much appreciated by the marchers and support crew.

Marchers leaving Wests Ashfield Leagues Club 11/11/2015

Marchers leaving Wests Ashfield Leagues Club 11/11/2015

The marchers headed off at 6.15 am for their final stretch of their approximately 640 km long march from Gilgandra to Sydney.

Marchers arriving at Redfern War Memorial 11/11/2015

Marchers arriving at Redfern War Memorial 11/11/2015

They went to Redfern to pay respects to the two Coo-ees whose names are remembered on the Redfern War Memorial, then made their way to Martin Place through Hyde Park, past the Shrine of Remembrance.

Marchers at Martin Place before the parade 11/11/12015

Marchers at Martin Place before the parade 11/11/12015

It was an emotional experience for all to arrive at Martin Place, where the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment ended.  It then started to rain not long after they arrived at Martin Place.

Marchers in Remembrance Day Parade 11/11/2015

Marchers in Remembrance Day Parade 11/11/2015

The marchers then lead the City of Sydney Remembrance Day Parade after the Australian Army Band down Martin Place to the Cenotaph to participate in the Remembrance Day commemorative service.

It was then time for the marchers and support crew to say farewell after their 26 day journey.

Holroyd to Ashfield Tuesday 10th November 2015

Holroyd to Ashfield Tuesday 10th November 2015

The marchers left Holroyd Sportsground at 7.30 am, where they had spent a comfortable night, courtesy of Holroyd Council.

It was to be a hectic day for the marchers, with 7 commemorative services to participate in, and about 20 km to be travelled.

Marchers leaving Granville War Memorial 10/11/2015

Marchers leaving Granville War Memorial 10/11/2015

A commemorative service was  held at Granville War Memorial at 8 am.  A display of WWI soldiers had been set up at the foot of the memorial by the Granville Historical Society.

Photo of marchers and others after the Auburn War Memorial service 10/11/2015

Photo of marchers and others after the Auburn War Memorial service 10/11/2015

A commemorative service was then held at Auburn War Memorial, in which the marchers participated in the Auburn RSL Branch and Auburn City Council Schools’ Remembrance Day Ceremony. Morning tea was held after the service at the Auburn Town Hall, which was very much appreciated by the marchers.

Marchers in front of Lidcombe War Memorial after service 10/11/2015

Marchers in front of Lidcombe War Memorial after service 10/11/2015

A commemorative service was held at Lidcombe at 12.20 pm, at which John Haines AM, State Vice President, RSL (NSW Branch), welcomed the marchers to Lidcombe.

Deputy Mayor of Strathfield, Cr. Andrew Soulos, at Strathfield War Memorial service 10/11/2015

Deputy Mayor of Strathfield, Cr. Andrew Soulos, at Strathfield War Memorial service 10/11/2015

A commemorative service was then held at Strathfield Council at 2.30 pm.    Before they arrived they had been greeted by hundreds of school children from Homebush Public School that lined the street near Homebush Railway Station. The Deputy Mayor of Strathfield, Cr. Andrew Soulos, welcomed the marchers at the Strathfield War Memorial.

Mayor of Burwood, Cr. John Fakir, at Burwood War Memorial service 10/11/2015

Mayor of Burwood, Cr. John Fakir, at Burwood War Memorial service 10/11/2015

A commemorative service was held at Burwood War Memorial at 3.30 pm, where the marchers were greeted by the Mayor of Burwood, Cr. John Fakir.

Marcher giving a "Coo-ee" for the people of Ashfield after the Ashfield War Memorial service 10/11/2015

Marcher giving a “Coo-ee” for the people of Ashfield after the Ashfield War Memorial service 10/11/2015

A commemorative service was then held at Ashfield War Memorial at just before 5 pm, before the marchers and RSL Sub-Branch representatives, and members of the public attending the service,  moved to Coo-ee Car Park for a commemorative service at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.

Mike Bailey, Chairman of Ashfield Wests Leagues Club, at service at Coo-ee Car Park memorial 10/11/2015

Mike Bailey, Chairman of Ashfield Wests Leagues Club, at service at Coo-ee Car Park memorial 10/11/2015

A buffet dinner, and sing-along,  was held at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club in the evening, which was very much appreciated by the marchers, and everyone else attending.

The marchers are camping for the night at Ashfield Boys High School, on the site of the Ashfield Drill Hall, where the Coo-ees stayed in 1915.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blacktown to Holroyd Monday 9th November 2015

The marchers left Blacktown Showground at 7 am.

Over 600 school children were along the school fence waving flags when the  passed Hilltop Road Primary School on Centenary Road.

A commemorative service was held at 10.20 am at Merrylands Remembrance Park Memorial at Merrylands Remembrance Park in  Arcadia Street, Merrylands. The Mayor of Holroyd, Cr. Greg Cummings, welcomed the marchers to Holroyd.

The Mayor of Holroyd, Cr. Greg Cummings, welcomes the marchers at Merrylands Remembrance Park Memorial 9/11/2015

The Mayor of Holroyd, Cr. Greg Cummings, welcomes the marchers at Merrylands Remembrance Park Memorial 9/11/2015

 

A service was then held at 11.10 am at Merrylands Memorial Park War Memorial, in Treves Street, Merrylands, where the Mayor of Holroyd again welcomed the marchers.  Some students from Marylands East Primary School attended this service.

Service at Merrylands Memorial Park War Memorial, 9/11/2015

Service at Merrylands Memorial Park War Memorial, 9/11/2015

The marchers then marched to Parramatta, and held another commemorative service at 12.45 pm at Parramatta War Memorial at Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta.  The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Councillor Paul Garrard, welcomed the marchers.

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Paul Garrard, at Parramatta War Memorial 9/11/2015

The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr. Paul Garrard, at Parramatta War Memorial 9/11/2015

Major General Warren Glenny (retired), Club President of Castle Hill RSL Group, and Patron of the Cooee March, also gave a speech.  Representatives from several schools attended this service.

The marchers were then guests of the City of Parramatta RSL Sub-Branch for a tasty BBQ  lunch at the Parramatta RSL Club.

The marchers then marched to Holroyd Sportsground for their overnight stay.

Marchers at Charles Mance Reserve Memorial 9/11/2015

Marchers at Charles Mance Reserve Memorial 9/11/2015

Holroyd Council arranged for a courtesy bus to take the marchers to Charles Mance Reserve to participate in a commemorative service there, before they were the guests of Holroyd Council, Merrylands RSL Sub-Branch, and Merrylands RSL Club for a very nice dinner function at the Merrylands RSL Club, which was very much appreciated by the marchers.

 

 

Penrith to Blacktown Sunday 8th November 2015

Penrith to Blacktown Sunday 8th November 2015

The marchers left Penrith Paceway a bit after 7 am after being provided with muffins, croissants and coffee for breakfast which was very much appreciated.

Piper leading the marchers into St Marys 8/11/2015

Piper leading the marchers into St Marys 8/11/2015

They arrived at Victoria Park in St Marys at 9 am, lead by a piper, for a commemorative service at St Marys War Memorial.

Commemorative service at St Marys War Memorial 8/11/2015

Commemorative service at St Marys War Memorial 8/11/2015

The marchers then enjoyed bacon, eggs and sausages cooked by the Rotary Club of St Marys, at the same park the Coo-ees were provided with breakfast in 1915.

The marchers were soon on their way down the Great Western Highway following in the footsteps of the 1915 Coo-ees, to the Mt Druitt Waterholes Remembrance Garden, for a commemorative service in the new Anzac Centenary Walk where a Coo-ee March plinth was unveiled on 22nd April this year, and near the Mount Druitt and Colyton Roll of Honour.  This spot was very near where the Coo-ees stopped at Colyton in 1915.

Marchers arriving at Mount Druitt Waterholes Remembrance Garden 8/11/2015

Marchers arriving at Mount Druitt Waterholes Remembrance Garden 8/11/2015

The marchers arrived at Blacktown Showground to prepare for their overnight stay about 2.30 pm.

At 6 pm the marchers met with the Blacktown RSL Sub-Branch for a service at Blacktown RSL Club.  The marchers then enjoyed a buffet dinner as guests of the Blacktown RSL Sub-Branch.  The marchers and support crew then had a get together and had a few speeches, before leaving the club about 9 pm.

 

Springwood to Penrith Saturday 7th November 2015

The marchers left Springwood at 7.10 am.

Marchers leaving Springwood 7/11/2015

Marchers leaving Springwood 7/11/2015

One of the marchers was a descendant of David James Wagner, one of the Springwood recruits, and she pointed out the house where he lived when he joined the Coo-ees in 1915.

The marchers made their way down Mitchells Pass, which was closed to traffic during this period.  Photos were taken at the historic Lennox Bridge, which the Coo-ees marched over in 1915.

Marchers on the Lennox Bridge on Mitchells Pass 7/11/2015

Marchers on the Lennox Bridge on Mitchells Pass 7/11/2015

A welcome ceremony was held at 11 am at the Old School House in Emu Plains, where the Coo-ees stopped and were given bottles of lemonade by the school children in 1915.

Marchers at the Old School House at Emu Plains 7/11/2015

Marchers at the Old School House at Emu Plains 7/11/2015

A piper lead the marchers in a street parade down High Street at 12.30 pm, then a commemorative service was held at Penrith Memory Park, which was well attended by the community.

Marchers arriving at Penrith Memory Park 7/11/2015

Marchers arriving at Penrith Memory Park 7/11/2015

After lunch had been provided to the marchers, they marched to the Penrith Paceway for their overnight stay.

The Mayor of Penrith, Cr. Karen McKeown, and Penrith City Council, hosted a formal function and dinner at the Penrith Paceway for the marchers in the evening.

Two commemorative plaques about the Coo-ee March unveiled at the evening function at Penrith 7/11/2015

Two commemorative plaques about the Coo-ee March unveiled at the evening function at Penrith 7/11/2015

Two commemorative plaques, one for St Marys War Memorial and one for Penrith Memory Park, were unveiled during the proceedings.

The commemorative medallion that was presented to the marchers during the evening function in the Sky Lounge at Penrith Paceway 7/11/2015

The commemorative medallion that was presented to the marchers during the evening function in the Sky Lounge at Penrith Paceway 7/11/2015

A Coo-ee Chocolate Ration, and  a Coo-ee March Centenary Penrith-St Marys commemorative coin, were gifts provided to the marchers, which were very much appreciated.

Marchers Stuart and Geoff being sung happy birthday at the evening function 7/11/2015

Marchers Stuart and Geoff being sung happy birthday at the evening function 7/11/2015

Two of the marchers celebrated a birthday today, and were sung happy birthday, and presented with a birthday cake, at the evening function.

Katoomba to Springwood Friday 6th November 2015

The marchers left Katoomba RSL Club about 7 am.

A commemorative service was held at Lone Pine Park Memorial Gates in Lone Pine Avenue at Leura at 8.30 am.  Helen Thompson talked about Harold Brooks Davis, who joined the Coo-ees in the Blue Mountains, and who is remembered on this memorial, who she believes to have been the youngest of the Coo-ees to enlist, being only 16 years of age when he died in 1917.

Marchers about to leave the Lone Pine Memorial Gates at Leura 6/11/2015

Marchers about to leave the Lone Pine Memorial Gates at Leura 6/11/2015

The marchers then marched to Wentworth Falls where another commemorative service was held at 11 am.

Marchers at the service at Wentworth Falls 6/11/2015

Marchers at the service at Wentworth Falls 6/11/2015

A commemorative service was held at Lawson War Memorial at 2 pm, followed by lunch at the Blue Mountains Hotel, which was provided by the Lawson Combined Services Social Club.

Crowd at the service at Lawson War Memorial 6/11/2015

Crowd at the service at Lawson War Memorial 6/11/2015

The marchers then marched to Springwood, where they arrived about 7.30 pm, just in time for another commemorative service at the Springwood War Memorial at 7.40 pm.  It started raining just after the service.

Marchers arriving at Springwood War Memorial 6/1/2015

Marchers arriving at Springwood War Memorial 6/1/2015

A BBQ dinner was provided by the Blue Mountains Vietnam Veterans & Associated Forces Inc., which was very much appreciated by the marchers.

The marchers stayed overnight at the Wentworth Falls Bowling Club.

 

 

 

Mt Victoria to Katoomba Thursday 5th November 2015

The marchers left Browntown Oval at 7 am, in light rain.

Due to the rain, the commemorative service that had been planned to be held at Blackheath War Memorial was moved to Blackheath-Mt. Victoria RSL Sub-Branch Hall.  The service started at 8.30 am.

Morning tea was provided after the service by the ladies at Blackheath Quota Club.  The marchers left at 9.30 am, being waved goodbye by local school children.

The marchers leaving Blacktown-Mt. Victoria RSL Sub-Branch Hall 5/11/2015

The marchers leaving Blacktown-Mt. Victoria RSL Sub-Branch Hall 5/11/2015

The marchers stopped at the Hydro Majestic for a coffee about 10.30 am.

The marchers arrived at Katoomba at about 12 noon.

The Australian Army Band and the marchers arriving at Katoomba RSL Club 5/11/2015

The Australian Army Band and the marchers arriving at Katoomba RSL Club 5/11/2015

A street parade was held in Katoomba from Katoomba  Street to the Katoomba RSL Club, which was lead by The Australian Army Band from Victoria Barracks, followed by the marchers, and a large number of local school children.

A commemorative service was held at Katoomba Community War Memorial starting at 1 pm.

Marchers at the Katoomba Community War Memorial, later in the afternoon after the service 5/11/2015

Marchers at the Katoomba Community War Memorial, later in the afternoon after the service 5/11/2015

Lunch was provided by Katoomba RSL Club, which was very much appreciated by the marchers.

Katoomba RSL Club very kindly also provided the auditorium for the marchers to stay overnight in, due to the rain.  The marchers had showers at Katoomba Showground.