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The monument commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Kangaroos recruiting march which began in December 1915. The monument lists the names of those who took part in the march. 

The march left from Wagga Wagga and passed through the towns of Junee, Illabo, Bethungra, Cootamundra, Wallendbean, Galong, Goondah, Binalong, Bowning, Yass, Goulburn, Wingello, Bundanoon, Sutton Forest, Moss Vale, Mittagong, Picton, Camden, Campbelltown, Petersham, ending at The Domain, Sydney.

Groups of recruits joined from Narrandera, Tumut and Young. To retain the march’s country character, no recruits were taken on after Campbelltown.

This was the longest of the recruiting marches held during World War One, covering a distance of approximately 563 kilometres.

The military authorities attempted to stop the march at Goulburn, intending that they should enter camp for training, but it continued to Sydney. There were accusations of misconduct both during the march and after the Kangaroos had entered training camp. They staged a strike outside Goulburn and again in Sydney over leave, both strikes led by Australian Workers’ Union members who had been recruited at Galong and Goondah.

Many of the Kangaroos were allotted to the 55th Battalion, which arrived in France in 1916.

One of the Kangaroos, John Ryan of Tumut, was to receive a Victoria Cross. Other awards to marchers included 2 Distinguished Conduct Medals and 7 Military Medals.


Address:Dobbs Street, Wagga RSL Club, Wagga Wagga , 2650
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.107406
Long: 147.359279
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:01-December-1915
Actual Event End Date:01-December-2015


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2015
Front Inscription
100 Years
Back Inscription

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Lest We Forget

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au