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Wallerawang to Lithgow Tuesday 3rd November 2015

Wallerawang to Lithgow Tuesday 3rd November 2015

The marchers departed Wallerawang at 7 am.

Marchers leaving Wallerawang 3/11/2015

Marchers leaving Wallerawang 3/11/2015

They stopped for lunch at a scenic spot just off Glowworm Tunnel Road at 1.30 pm.

Marchers on track beside Glowworm Tunnel Road, Lithgow 3/11/2015

Marchers on track beside Glowworm Tunnel Road, Lithgow 3/11/2015

Some of the support people were invited to Cooerwull Public School to view the students’ WWI letter writing, research, and artwork.  The support people talked to the students about the Coo-ee March, Don Kenaugh told them a poem written about the Coo-ee March in 1915, then they sang songs with the students including ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and the National Anthem.

WWI display at Cooerwull Public School in Lithgow 3/11/2015

WWI display at Cooerwull Public School in Lithgow 3/11/2015

The marchers arrived at Queen Elizabeth Park in Lithgow about 3.40pm, after marching about 33 km.

A commemorative service was held in light rain at the Lithgow War Memorial, where the Mayor of Lithgow, Cr. Maree Statham, gave them a welcome.

Crowd at commemorative service t Lithgow War Memorial 3/11/2015

Crowd at commemorative service t Lithgow War Memorial 3/11/2015

The marchers then enjoyed a buffet dinner provided by the Lithgow Lions Club at the Civic Ballroom at Tony Luchetti Sportsground.

Yetholme to Wallerawang Monday 2nd November 2015

Yetholme to Wallerawang Monday 2nd November 2015

The marchers left Yetholme Community Hall about 6.10 am.  They passed “Brookland Park” where the Coo-ees dined the evening they stayed in Yetholme in 1915.  There had been some more rain overnight, and there was a light shower as they left Yetholme.

Marchers passing 'Brookland Park'' where the Coo-ees dined in 1915 at Yetholme 2/11/2015

Marchers passing ‘Brookland Park” where the Coo-ees dined in 1915 at Yetholme 2/11/2015

They passed through Sunny Corner State Forest on their way to Meadow Flat.

A service was held with the school children from Meadow Flat Public School and some members of the local community at the Meadow Flat War Memorial at 10 am.  This war memorial was unveiled in September 1918, and has the words “Coo-ees rested here” engraved on one of the sides.

Commemorative service at Meadow Flat War Memorial 2/11/2015

Commemorative service at Meadow Flat War Memorial 2/11/2015

On the way from Meadow Flat to Portland a kind couple stopped their car and passed out plastic bottles of water to the marchers, which was very much appreciated.  They they had seen the marchers on the road, then drove into Portland and bought a number of packs of bottled water, then drove back out to meet the marchers.

The marchers arrived at Portland about 1.30 pm, where they had a group photo taken in front of the Coo-ee mural painted on the side of the Portland RSL Club. A short commemorative service was held at the Portland RSL Club, before the marchers were provided with a fine buffet dinner.

Marchers in front of Coo-ee mural t Portland RSL Club 2/11/2015

Marchers in front of Coo-ee mural t Portland RSL Club 2/11/2015

They left Portland at 3 pm, and on the way a lady supplied a box of iceblocks that were eagerly consumed the marchers.

The marchers arrived at Wallerawang about 5.30 pm.  A short commemorative service was held at the Wallerawang War Memorial, where the Mayor of Lithgow, Cr. Maree Statham welcomed the marchers.

Marchers at the commemorative service at Wallerawang War Memorial 2/11/2015

Marchers at the commemorative service at Wallerawang War Memorial 2/11/2015

A dedication ceremony was then held for new mural based on a photo taken of the Coo-ees at Wallerawang in 1915, which was dedicated by the Mayor of Lithgow, and blessed by the Reverend Graeme Yager from St Ambrose Church in Gilgandra, who is accompanying the march.

One of the artists with Cr. Maree Statham. Mayor of Lithgow, and Dan Whitty, President of the Wallerawang War Memorial Committee in front of new Coo-ee March mural 2/11/2015

One of the artists with Cr. Maree Statham. Mayor of Lithgow, and Dan Whitty, President of the Wallerawang War Memorial Committee in front of new Coo-ee March mural 2/11/2015

The marchers then had diner at the Commercial Hotel in Wallerawang.

Approximately 37 km was travelled by the marchers today, which is the longest daily distance to be covered on the march.

Bathurst to Yetholme Sunday 1st November 2015

Bathurst to Yetholme Sunday 1st November 2015

The marchers left Bathurst Showground at 7.10 am.

Marchers leaving Bathurst Showground 1/11/2015

Marchers leaving Bathurst Showground 1/11/2015

They had lunch at the intersection of Tarana and Timber Creek Road.

Many of the local residents of Yetholme came out to meet the marchers as they marched into Yetholme about 3.20 pm.  Some of them were dressed in period costume, and the route was lined with Australian flags and welcome signs.

Marchers entering Yetholme 1/11/2015

Marchers entering Yetholme 1/11/2015

A commemorative service was held at the Yetholme War Memorial at 4 pm.

Marchers and crowd at the commemorative service at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

Marchers and crowd at the commemorative service at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

Bruce Irvine was the MC. Norm Bromfield, President of Yetholme Progress Association, welcomed the marchers.  Reverend Paul Woodhart gave the offering of prayers.

Cr. Ian North, Deputy Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, speaking at the commemorative service at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

Cr. Ian North, Deputy Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, speaking at the commemorative service at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

Cr. Ian North, Deputy Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council, also spoke.  Helen Thompson responded on behalf of the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment.

Brian Bywater nd Norm Bromfield at unveiling of the commemorative plaque at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

Brian Bywater and Norm Bromfield at unveiling of the commemorative plaque at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

A commemorative plaque about the Coo-ee March was unveiled by Norm Bromfield, and it was dedicated by Reverend Paul Woodhart.

Commemorative plaque at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

Commemorative plaque at Yetholme War Memorial 1/11/2015

A BBQ and buffet dinner was provided by Yetholme Progress Association at the Yetholme Community Hall where the marchers are staying overnight at 6pm, which was very much appreciated by the marchers.  There was a heavy downpour of rain at this time.

Dinner at Yetholme Community Hall 1/11/2015

Dinner at Yetholme Community Hall 1/11/2015

There was a display in the hall on the Coo-ee March, and local WWI soldiers from Yetholme.

Showers were provided by the Yetholme Progress Association at the Caltex Yetholme Motel.

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.

 

 

 

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.