Stories

The Christs of Fromelles

THE CHRISTS OF FROMELLES In the fields of Fromelles in French Flanders we wandered And dreamed of the youth which departed from there; While we wept at the waste of the lives that were sundered, We prayed God to bless them, their spirits repair. And we thought of the Christ, of the sacrifice rendered, The life’s blood […]

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Reflections on Armistice Day

What we now call Remembrance Day and have done since the end of World War II, was originally called Armistice Day.  It commemorated the end of hostilities at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.  The first Armistice Day was held at 11am on that day in 1919 throughout […]

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Small Towns

Small Towns – Kangaroo Journey The love we have for this country Its traditions and its lore To pay respect, though families wept We retrace where those walked before. For we can face our fears together And work much better as a team Standing shoulder to shoulder We can do much more than dream. It […]

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W. Davis – Kangaroo

William Davis married Deborah Pope in 1898 and with their two children Linda and Albert were living at 4 Cove Terrace, Bourke Street,Goulburn. William was a 36 year old labourer employed by the railways when he joined up with the Kangaroos at Goulburn in January 1916.   He was enlisted into the 55th Battalion 3rd Reinforcement […]

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D.M. Cameron – Kangaroo

Donald McGregor Cameron born in 1894 to Thomas Cameron and Elizabeth McGregor who were married in Taralga in 1889.   Donald grew up in Goulburn with his siblings, attending Marulan Public School and living in Grafton Street Goulburn. He spent three years in the Senior Cadets, Citizen Forces and was a railway employee aged 21 when […]

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E.G. Grimston – Kangaroo

Goulburn local Peter Grimston married Goulburn born Emily Toovey in 1892. Their family home was in Emmerson Street Goulburn, where they raised their six children.   One of their sons Ernest George, was working as an engine cleaner when the Kangaroo March camped in Goulburn. Ernest had served in the Cadets for four years and in […]

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WWI: How the war unfolded

WWI: How the war unfolded Our sincere thanks and appreciation to the ABC for the use of their: ABC World War I Centenary time line – sourced from http://www.abc.net.au/news/first-world-war-centenary/timeline/ (Full version may be found here.) Imperial War Museum The Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo in June 1914 shortly before their assassination by Gavrilo […]

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The Hall Brothers – Kangaroos

From the farming area of Micalong near Tumut two brothers left and marched with the Kangaroos to enlist. One brother, William Wingate Hall aged 27 on enlistment (#1668) returned, the younger, Leslie John Hall aged 21 on enlistment (#1667) did not. Both big strong lads, Leslie was a six footer with William not far behind […]

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R. Gillespie – Kangaroo

Irishman, Robert Gillespie, was born in Randallstown, Ireland and was working in Queanbeyan as a labourer when he enlisted(#1657) at Goulburn. He gave his next of kin as his brother John of Glasgow, Scotland and had served four years in the Highland Light Infantry, British Army in Scotland. He had previously been rejected for enlistment […]

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R.J. Dade – Kangaroo

An 18 year old labourer living at Alpine near Colo Vale with his mother Mary Dade, Roy James Dade had lost his father James at an early age.   He joined the Kangaroos and enlisted at Goulburn (#1642). As with many other Kangaroos he sailed on the Ceramic in April 1916. The young man found the […]

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