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Villages receive plaques to commemorate Kangaroo March

March 27, 2018  YASS TRIBUNE

by Toby Vue

Binalong Plaques presented (2)

William McCaskill, Cyril Cox, KMCR Writer & Singer Angela Williamson & Libby Elliott flanked by ALHA troopers Neil Hughes & KM President Graham Brown

On Monday, March 26, Bowning, Binalong and Galong communities were recognised for their contributions to the 1915 Kangaroo March (KM).

Representatives from each village received a plaque from the KM Centenary Re-enactment Association to commemorate the centenary of the original march 103 years ago, as well as for their re-enactment of it in 2015.

The plaques pay tribute the ‘Kangaroos’ who marched in the Wagga Wagga–Yass recruitment March to Sydney, stopping in those villages, en route for the Western Front.

Cyril Cox, president of the Bowning Progress Association (BPA), said it was a historic day. “Thank you for the opportunity to come out this afternoon to receive this plaque. It was a really memorable event to have the march come through Bowning.

Binalong Coxy speech for Bowning 26Mar18

“At this stage, we’ll be fixing the plaque to the Cenotaph in Bowning and unveiling it to the public at this year’s Anzac Day dawn service,” Mr Cox said.  Plaque presented by KMCR Treasurer Nick Illek

Binalong NI presents plaque to Coxy 26Mar18

Binalong William McCaskill Galong 26Mar18

Binalong JB presents plaque to William McCaskill

William McCaskill and John Killick accepted the plaque for Galong, presented by KMCR Enlistment Officer, Jan Brown;  while Libby Elliott accepted it for Binalong, shown here being presented by KMCR Legal Officer, Julie Scandrett

Binalong JS presenting plaque to Libby Elliott

“Congratulations to all the committees involved – you have done a tremendous job.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Lambie, Australian Army

Mr McCaskill said Galong was proud to host the re-enactment. “We put on a ceremony at the Memorial Hall. Then we went to the oval and had a very quiet evening,” he said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Lambie from the Australian Army gave a historical speech about the march and thanked the villages for their contributions. “Thank you for affording me the opportunity today to honour the Kangaroos and other past members of our armed services.

Binalong LtCol Gordon Lambie 26Mar18

“Congratulations to all the committees involved – you have done a tremendous job,” Colonel Lambie said. He also spoke about the work he and his colleagues have been doing for the Centenary of ANZAC.

KM committee member Angela Williamson sang ‘She who gives her son’, a song written in 1915 by two Australian men.

Binalong AW singing She WhoGivesHerSon

Ms Sykes also spoke on behalf of the Binalong community. “I pay tribute to the wonderful team who brought the Kangaroo March re-enactment to our villages – it was a huge amount of work,” she said.

Binalong RSykes MC'd & told Binalong contrib 26Mar18

Robyn Sykes telling the audience all the activities undertaken by Binalong residents during the KM Re-enactment.

Also in attendance were RFS members, the Queanbeyan Pipe Band, local veterans, students from Binalong Public School, other KM committee members and Yass Valley mayor Rowena Abbey.

Binalong appreciating the pipers 26Mar18

Appreciating the Pipers, (Left) David & Carole Lutze from Yass, LtCol Lambie, Yass Mayor Rowena Abbey, & KMCR David Williamson(Right front)

 

Binalong Plaques 26Mar18

Binalong pipers March out from ceremony w ALHA 26Mar18

Queanbeyan Pipers lead the ALHA in March out from ceremony in Binalong’s Pioneer Park

Binalong JB & NI (2)

 

 

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