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Brucedale

The 2015 Re-enactment March

Saturday 5th September:  Following the big send off by the Wagga Wagga community, we head northwards. After lunch near the North Wagga School, we will be marching along Poiles Road and Vonary Road to Crown Reserve campsite.  Around 5pm we will bus to Downside for the 1st evening Commemorative Ceremony, followed by dinner  and entertainment in the Downside Hall, organised by the local community.

Before departing Brucedale camp on Sunday morning, we will be attending a Church Service at the historical Brucedale Church.  Our local Wagga ‘mob’ Youth Choir conducted by Wagga Wagga Music Teacher Margaret Davies will participate in the ceremony.

The Original March: What Happened?

At the end of the first day the marchers camped at Brucedale.  They were welcomed by the people of Brucedale and a band playing Le Marseillaise.  David Shepherd, a prominent local grazier and Boer war veteran, welcomed the marchers and together with his wife provided an al fresco meal.  Lieutenant Mayes then conducted a short drill lesson before a dance was held in the marchers’ honour in a barn at ‘Malmani’.

Who Joined the March straight after the big send off from Wagga Wagga?

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

Brucedale Chapel Farwell Service & Blessing

Sunday 6 September, 2015
10am
Brucedale Church
1555 Olympic Highway, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650, Australia

Join us for a special service as a Padre from Kapooka Army Base blesses and farewells the march as happened in the little Church at Brucedale almost 100 years ago. The singing will be lead by the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth Choir and a commemorative poppy ceremony will allow Marchers, WW1 and Kangaroo March descendants and the general public to honour their loved ones by laying a poppy on the altar.

At the conclusion of the service, a light brunch will be served by the CWA Riverina Group before the Marchers continue on to Harefield.

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