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We arrive in Gunning on Day # 18, Sept 22, from Jerrawa, stay overnight here in the Upper Lachlan Shire. The Commemorative ceremony will take place at the Cenotaph on the corner of Warrataw and Yass Streets. The Gunning KM Committee co-ordinated  by Lucy Knight have been very busy.  The evening entertainment is by local Max Cullen and his mate Warren Fahey in Dead Men Talking.  See Event bookings alongside …

The next day we set off for Breadalbane, with a special morning tea planned at the Hume & Hovell Monument.

The Original March:  What Happened

The marchers left Jerrawa on the morning of the 18th of December and headed towards Gunning.   This section of the route was sparsely populated and the march took a wrong turning and headed towards Dalton, arriving in this small village at 12:30 pm.  This meant that no lunch was provided and the cooks travelling with the march had not had time to prepare any food.  After this unfortunate deviation, the march arrived in Gunning at 5:00 pm and marched down Warataw Street.  After a warm welcome at the Gunning post office the marchers set up camp at Gunning Park.  After their evening meal they were entertained with a picture show at Meldrum’s Hall.

The Kangaroos remained in Gunning for the duration of Sunday, 19th December and attended church parade in the morning.  In the afternoon the marchers were presented with: a new portable copper, some cutlery, chaff for horses, some beef, mutton, fruit, vegetables, cash and a large number of dressed sheep.

From Monday, military conditions began to be enforced upon the marchers.  There were to be several hours of drill each day and the marchers were expected to camp in sections in an effort to keep them under control.

Meanwhile Overseas:

Despite plans being well advanced for the evacuation of Gallipoli, the British units at Cape Helles launched a major attack which captured 200 yards of enemy trench.  This was largely aimed to distract Turkish attention from ANZAC cove where the last of the ANZACs were withdrawn on the night of December 19-20.

Burning stores at ANZAC cove. They were set on fire as the last troops were evacuated from Gallipoli.

Burning stores at ANZAC cove. They were set on fire as the last troops were evacuated from Gallipoli.


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Special Gunning show as part of the Kangaroo March celebrations

Gunning pic

Dead Men Talking
Henry Lawson & Banjo Paterson

Gunning Shire Hall at Showground

Tuesday September 22, 7pm.

Tickets $5 with proceeds to Soldier On – includes community supper.

Purchase at Gunning Ag and Water Solutions,
Gunning Library, Gunning Markets Sunday August 30.

Enquiries: lucy.m.knight@bigpond.com or 0407 284 590

Supported by Origin Energy and the Cullerin Range Windfarm Community Enhancement Program

Download a printable brochure here

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