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.
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.
“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.