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Plaques to remember Kangaroo March for future generations

Plaques to remember Kangaroo March for future generations

COMMEMORATION: Wallendbeen's David Jacobs, Kangaroo March creative writer Angela Williamson and Cootamundra-Gundagai's deputy mayor Dennis Palmer. Photo: Declan Rurenga

 COMMEMORATION: Wallendbeen’s David Jacobs, Kangaroo March creative writer Angela Williamson and Cootamundra-Gundagai’s deputy mayor Dennis Palmer. Photo: Declan Rurenga

Two plaques commemorating the centenary and re-enactment of the 1915 Kangaroo March will soon have pride of place.

Angela Williamson,  creative writer and singer for the re-enactment, presented the plaques to Cootamundra-Gundagai’s deputy mayor Dennis Palmer and Wallendbeen’s David Jacobs on Wednesday.

The Kangaroo March recruited soldiers during World War I and started in Wagga travelling through Cootamundra and Wallendbeen.

The last men enlisted at Campbelltown before 220 soldiers paraded through Macquarie Street after marching 534 kilometres.

Detail on the plaques commemorating the Kangaroo March re-enactment. Photo: Declan Rurenga

 Detail on the plaques commemorating the Kangaroo March re-enactment. Photo: Declan Rurenga

The 2015 re-enactment followed the same route and schedule with Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove visiting Wallendbeen as his predecessor Sir Ronald Ferguson had in 1915.

“To make the the re-enactment an event to remember, it needed the co-operation and support of local communities and we got it in spades,” Mrs Williamson said.

Mr Jacobs said the plaque was a permanent reminder of hosting the Governor-General and the re-enactment of what took place 100 years ago.

The presentation of the plaques at Albert Park on Wednesday. Photo: Declan Rurenga

 The presentation of the plaques at Albert Park on Wednesday. Photo: Declan Rurenga

“Hosting the Governor-General for an event such as the Kangaroo March was a real honour for Wallendbeen, however certainly not without its challenges,” Councillor Palmer said.

“Unsurprisingly however the village was able to rise to the occasion and were excellent hosts, leaving a lasting impression of our region.”

Cootamundra’s plaque will be placed on the World War I memorial in Albert Park, while the Wallendbeen Memorial Hall will determine where the plaque will go in the village.

Enlist now to march in the Kangaroo March Re-enactment.