Cooee March Memorial Park & GatesPrint Page
A bricked gateway with wooden arch commemorates the Cooee March.
Following the disaster of Gallipoli and the heavy casualties in France in the latter half of 1915, recruiting figures for enlistment in World War One had dwindled. Numerous recruiting rallies became increasingly ineffective. It was at this dark hour that Gilgandra's butcher, R.G. Hitchen and his brother Bill, the local plumber, had the idea of organising a route march of volunteers to Sydney, enlisting recruits as they marched.
Twenty six men left Gilgandra, a western town on the Castlereagh River. They were feted at each town on the route, and the stirring story of their march has become part of the official war history of Australia. Recruitment meetings were held in each centre and their number increased to 263 by the time they reached Sydney.
|Address:||Castlereagh Street (Newell Highway) , Cooee March Memorial Park, Gilgandra, 2827|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.720556|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||10-October-1915|
|Actual Event End Date:||12-December-1915|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 26th January, 1987|
THIS GATEWAY is to commemorate the 25 Coo-ee volunteers who marched from Gilgandra on Sunday 10th October 1915.
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Capt. Nicholas Officer Commanding
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On October 10th 1915, a recruiting march left Gilgandra calling at each town and village gathering volunteers.
They marched into Sydney on 12th December as 277 recruits for the army.
It was the original and most successful of nine such marches.
COOEE MARCH MEMORIAL PARK
This park provided by Gilgandra Shire Council and developed by the service clubs and community organisations of Gilgandra was officially opened on the 26th January 1987 by Councillor A.M.McGrane. Shire President, Gilgandra Shire Council.