We arrive in Australia’s First Inland City on Day # 21, Friday Sept 25, and stay 3 nights at the Showground. Originally, many of the Marchers engaged in a riot which we will not be replicating. The local Goulburn Mulwaree KM Committee, headed by the indefatigable Jacki Waugh, is working on an exciting programme of events for the 3 days we’re in town!
Friday evening a special programme is being put on at the Showgrounds, our camp site, by the Goulburn Girl Guides and our own Kangaroo Choir ‘Mob’.
On Saturday, 26th Sept, morning starting at 10am we’ll be part of a parade along Auburn Street and finish at Belmore Park for our daily Commemorative Ceremony.
Saturday evening promises to be very special, as the Goulburn people have organised a Bush Dance & Dinner at the historic Goulburn Brewery in Bungonia Road. This is a ticketed event costing only $25. Tickets available at email@example.com or phone Laraine: 0408 786 685. We hear the NSW Governor Hurley and his wife will join us for this fun evening.
Details of the Church Service on Sunday morning are still being finalised. Update: St Saviours at 10am.
On the Monday(Day #24) our departure is by bus for a few kilometres, and then we have the privilege of marching/walking thru some lovely private properties, mainly because the Hume Hwy has pretty much collared the most direct route.
On Thursday, 23 December, the Kangaroos marched the remaining five miles from their camp site at Yarra to Goulburn – arriving at the town clock as it chimed 4pm. At the Goulburn sale yards the marchers were met by two local bands, recruits from the local military camp, members of the War Service Committe and numerous local citizens who in turn marched to the local show ground with the Kangaroos.
The march nearly ended in Goulburn was it was felt by the military authorities that the Kangaroos would be better to join the men from the Snowy River march, who were already in training at Goulburn, in order to form a new battalion there. There were also concerns about reports of unruly behaviour from the marchers and the State Recruiting Association was worried about the prospect of the Kangaroos having leave in Sydney with a month’s pay in their pockets. However, these concerns were over ruled and it was agreed the march should continue to Sydney.
During their stay in Goulburn, the marchers protested over a decision to revoke Christmas leave – they felt that they had been promised three days leave when they enlisted. However, the leave was duly granted and those who could afford rail tickets left for their homes on condition that they rejoin the march no later than at Marulan.
About 40 of the Kangaroos stayed in Goulburn over Christmas. Captain Martin and his wife and several of the townspeople ensured the recruits had a first class Christmas dinner.
Amongst those to march out of Goulburn was Wal Allen a nuggety young farmer from Coolamon-Ganmain area. A Goulburn gardener called F.E. Seiffert also joined up. H.L. Vincent joined the Kangaroos for their training in Goulburn after the March in early January. C.S. Bingley, a teacher at Euberta School near Wagga Wagga joined the March in Goulburn. Two bricklayers from Wagga Wagga Cecil Bruce and Gordon Alchin also joined the Kangaroos in Goulburn, although Bruce joined after the March in January. C.F. Burn from Queanbeyan and Bertie Hilton from Tarcutta, Herbert Dunn, W.W. (Bing) Hall from Tumut, J.S.P. Iverach from Coolamon, O.H.C. Collins, C.F. Burn, Roy Dade, Robert Gillespie of Queanbeyan, Glen Pearce of Yass, William George Pattenden from Moss Vale, Thomas Scallon, Karl Syran and William Watt joined the Kangaroos in Goulburn, as did Charles Patek a fireman in the Railways. Bert Schwind joined in Goulburn after the March. The local schoolmaster from Jerrawa, Frank Hundt, also enlisted in Goulburn after the March.
As we find out more about these men we are adding them to our Stories collection on the website.
Friday 25 September, 2015
Welcome to Goulburn Campfire Dinner
Featuring the Goulburn Kangaroo Chorus and local entertainment
This will be followed by:
William Punch: A Goulburn War Story
World Premiere at Goulburn Lieder Theatre
52 Goldsmith Street Goulburn
Written by Jennifer Lamb, Directed by Chrisjohn Hancock
Lieder Theatre to present as a centenary commemoration of World War 1.
Opening Night – Wednesday 9th September 2015, 7pm for a 7.30 start
Ticket $25 each includes nibbles and supper.
Tickets to be purchased by phoning Jacki on 0428298157
or at the Goulburn Visistors Information Centre
Goulburn Kangaroo March Committee
cordially invites you to attend
Centenary March Luncheon
Reflecting on 100 years of ANZAC history
Guest Speaker : Dr Brendon Nelson
Director, Australian War Memorial
Saturday 26th September 2015
11.30am for 12noon at Goulburn Soldiers Club
Market Street, Goulburn
Cost: 2 Course Meal – $35.00 per head
Dress: Formal/ Informal/Neat and Casual, Tie preferred
Please RSVP by Friday 18th September, 2015
Tickets to be purchased by phoning Jacki on 0428298157
or at the Goulburn Soldiers Club
You are invited to attend a
DINNER AND BUSH DANCE (with “THE BREWERY BUNCH”)
To welcome the men and women of the Kangaroo March Re-Enactment Group who are visiting our city and in remembrance of those who marched through 100 years ago.
To be held at “The Old Brewery” Bungonia Road Goulburn (opposite the showground)
DATE: SATURDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2015.
TIME: 6.30pm for Dinner at 7pm
Adult tickets $25 for Dinner and Entertainment
Please contact Laraine Whitehouse for tickets Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0408786685
Please RSVP by 15th September 2015
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