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March of the Dungarees
March of the Dungarees

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Monument commemorates the March of The Dungarees.

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:Mill Street, Anzac Park, Rosewood, 4340
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.643889
Long: 152.591111
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
Actual Event End Date:25-November-1915

Dedication

Front Inscription

Plaque 1:
MARCH OF THE DUNGAREES 25TH NOV 1915.

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

This monument is a memorial to those original Dungarees and to the re-enactment which passed this way on 21st April 1998.

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

         Lest We Forget

Plaque 2:
THIS STONE WAS BLESSED BY
RAAF CHAPLAIN ROBERT PAGET
AT THE OFFICIAL DEDICATION 
CEREMONY.
THE UNVEILING WAS BY 
GRACE CLAYDON WHO SAW THE 
ORIGINAL MARCHERS IN 1915
AS A 7-YEAR-OLD IN ALLORA

Source: MA
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