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24-November-2017
24-November-2017

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The monument commemorates the March of the Dungarees in November 1915 during World War One.

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.

 

Location

Address:Patrick Street & Whites Road, Memorial Park, Laidley, 4341
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.633493
Long: 152.393624
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:25-November-1915
Approx. Event Start Date:November-1915
Actual Event End Date:25-November-1915
Approx. Event End Date:November-1915
Link:http://www.dva.gov.au/consultation-…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2015-2016
Front Inscription

March of the Dungarees 25 November 1915

This monument is a memorial to those original Dungarees of 1915 and to the members of the Re-enactment March which passed this way in April 1988

The original patriotic march began with 25 marchers from Warwick on the 16 November 1915.  They made their way through Allora, Toowoomba, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood and on to Ipswich.  On arrival in Brisbane, their numbers had increased to 125 and they were greeted by some 30000 people.

The war was fought and the war was won
And the Dungarees did their best
And they returned to the country of the birth
All heroes with the rest.

Lest we forget

 

Source: MA,DVA
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