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28-December-2017 (John Huth)
28-December-2017 (John Huth)

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The monument commemorates the March of The Dungarees 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.


Address:Mill Street, ANZAC Park, Rosewood, 4340
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.643889
Long: 152.591111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:25-November-1915
Actual Event End Date:25-November-1915


Front Inscription

March of the Dungarees 25th Nov 1915.

The original patriotic march started with 28 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 :

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
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au