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03-May-2005
03-May-2005

Photographs supplied by Arthur Garland

A monument commemorates those who trained at the camp and those who served in World War One.

 

Location

Address:Kendall Avenue (Great Western Highway), Bathurst Showgrounds, Bathurst, 2795
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.417525
Long: 149.589094
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Front Inscription

BATHURST SHOWGROUND MILITARY CAMP

On January 17th 1916 an army camp was established on this site during Wold War One (1914 - 1918).
Reinforcements were trained here for the 53rd and 54th Infantry Battalions.  All for active service in France.  The camp was flooded in October that resulted in its closure in December 1916.

The camp held a special significance for the great recruiting marches of 1915-16.  First the "Coo-ee" march from Gilgandra to Sydney, the idea of "Capt" W. T. (Bill) Hitchen, who also gave his services to the "Kookaburras" march from Tooraweenah to Bathurst, the "Wallaby" march from Narrabri to Newcastle and the "Waratah" march from Nowra to Sydney.  Ten of these route marches were conducted between October 1915 and March 1916.

RECRUITMENT ROUTE MARCHES

On October 28th 1915, the "Coo-ee" marchers led by Bill Hitchen of Gilgandra camped here overnight whilst on their  way to Sydney.

On February 3rd 1916 the "Kookaburras" terminated their march from Tooraweenah with 93 recruits.

On February 5th 1916 the "Boomerangs" "terminated their march here having come via Cowra from Parkes with 202 recruits.

This plaque was erected by the Bathurst RSL Sub Branch to commemorate all those volunteer soldiers who trained here and for those who went on to fight for a cause in which they believed.

"LEST WE FORGET" 

 

 

Source: MA
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