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Granite stone and plaque commemorate the March of the Dungarees in 1915.
The Dungarees were answering a call for troops from Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes following the shocking loss of life and casualty count from Gallipoli. Patriotic marches were probably one of the most spectacular and successful ways of attracting young men into the services. Potential recruits were canvassed from towns and rural communities. Ten such marches were conducted, the first - and most famous - being the Cooee March which began in Gilgandra, New South Wales, in October 1915. The south-east Queensland march followed the Cooee example. Leaving Warwick on November 16, the Dungaree march made its way through Allora, Clifton, Greenmount, Cambooya, Toowoomba, Helidon, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood, Ipswich and Oxley. The 270 kilometre march ended in Brisbane, with 125 young men arriving to a tumultuous civic reception.
|Address:||Patrick Street & Whites Road, Memorial Park, Laidley, 4341|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.633493|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||November-1915|
|Approx. Event End Date:||November-1915|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||2015-2016|