Day 4: Junee - Dancing round the maypole in the Athenium Theatre .... the sort of activity common in 1915. And that June...
On 5 September 2015 we depart Wagga Wagga on our 36 day 520km Kangaroo Recruitment March to Campbelltown arriving 10 October.
Descendants of some of the Kangaroos will be joining our progress along the picturesque country roads of southern NSW.
To join us for part, or even all, of the March, click here.
To find out more about the whole undertaking, refer to The Project;
to see where we travel, see The Route;
to learn about some of the original Kangaroos, see Stories;
to find out what we’ve been doing in the lead-up, read The Bulletins;
to discover more about our Education & Music programmes, use The Project again.
To find out about our wonderful supporters (apart from the communities mentioned in The Bulletins), see our Partners page.
And lastly to find us, go to Contact.
As details come to hand about the timing of our progress through the towns and villages, we will post them on the website under The March in Your Town tab. We will err on the conservative side deliberately, and wherever possible we are using 24 hour clock nomenclature to avoid confusion. After all this is a para-military event. Well … we’re trying.
Why re-enact The Kangaroo March? It’s going to be 100 years since these men of rural Australia signed up for what was then known as King, Country and Empire, to fight in a war that threatened to end the way of life Aussies and others in the British Empire held so very dear. They were away for 3 more years; some never came home, some came home permanently scarred, maimed or poisoned with mustard gas, or damaged mentally having witnessed the horrors of mates being killed before their eyes. We want to pay due tribute to the Kangaroos.
Why else? The mothers, the fiancées, the wives, the sisters, the daughters who said goodbye to their menfolk, not knowing what the outcome would be, not hearing for weeks if their son, husband, or brother was alive or not, dreading, but so often receiving, the soulless telegram: Missing in Action, or Killed in Action. We want to begin to understand the intensity of their losses: the mothers who lost their sons, the fiancées who never married, and the wives who carried on…
We do not seek to glorify war; we seek to remember those sacrifices, and to learn from them, to help new generations learn of their history, what a great-great-granddad or grandma did. Enjoy singing some of the songs of those days, be stirred by them all over again, re-kindle the feelings of that era, the attitudes of those days, the issues that shaped us into the nation we are today.
The re-enactment of the March enables the children and their parents in the towns and villages along the route to learn something more of their collective past. The March comes to you in your town or village. The ANZAC story is well known; less well known are the stories of the men who signed up after Gallipoli, who, as much as the ANZACs, helped forge the Australian spirit.
At Menangle Park Paceway, the hosts declared dinner and the bar ‘on the house’, a very generous and welcome gesture. Th...
Monday (5th) of the long weekend had us being entertained in Bowral by the Uniting Church Bell-ringers, following which we he...
Here’s a snapshot of some of the media coverage Kangaroo March has received leading up to the 2015 re-enactment.
Sunrise – 30/11/13
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