Biggen­den honours An­zacs

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC DAY 2015 -

THE most sig­nif­i­cant event in the na­tional cal­en­dar, An­zac Day was cel­e­brated with well at­tended ser­vices across the dis­trict.

On Fri­day morn­ing at Dal­larnil State School staff led the cer­e­mony. School cap­tains and prep stu­dents planted shrubs to com­mem­o­rate the day while all stu­dents sprin­kled An­zac poppy seeds in the gar­den.

Spe­cial guests at the Biggen­den State School ser­vice held at the recre­ated and re­lo­cated me­mo­rial was the 5th Aus­tralian Light Horse Reg­i­ment from Gympie along with re­tired war­rant of­fi­cer Bill Rough of Childers.

A touch­ing mo­ment was when the Years 9-10 stu­dents placed a poppy be­side the name of each of the First­World­War sol­diers who died from the Biggen­den area on large Vic­to­ria Cross cut-out.

Cr LoftyWendt de­scribed the dawn ser­vice at Degilbo as fan­tas­tic.

“When I ar­rived at 5am I couldn’t be­lieve the num­ber of cars al­ready there,” he said.

“Be­ing the first one, it was un­known how many would turn up.

“I thought maybe 30-40 but dou­ble that turned out.”

Guest speak­ers on Satur­day at the town ser­vice were dis­trict school chil­dren who had

Dal­larnil State School lead­ers Mon­ica Hether­ing­ton and Jonah MacDon­ald with the plaque placed at the flag­pole in time for An­zac Day.

Cr Lofty Wendt I couldn’t be­lieve the num­ber of cars.

re­searched a sol­dier from the area.

Mon­ica Hether­ing­ton and Jonah MacDon­ald spoke about the Emery broth­ers of Dal­larnil, Bai­ley Grif­fin about a fam­ily rel­a­tive Al­lan Launch­bury, Ai­den Eggel­ston of Ge­orge Seabrook and Max Cor­field of Ge­orge Mor­ley. All sol­diers still have rel­a­tives living in the area.

CrWendt said just like the Dal­larnil school chil­dren who re­searched Par­adise Town­ship, their work is now on public view at the dam.

“This re­search has in­ad­ver­tently gen­er­ated a new group of chil­dren who have an un­der­stand­ing of mil­i­tary cre­den­tials of the area

“It was just bril­liant,” he said.

Me­mo­rial Bridge on the Woolooga Rd hosted an in­for­mal ser­vice which in­cluded the plant­ing of a Lone Pine and the up­grade of a shel­ter shed which in­cluded a ded­i­ca­tion to dis­trict sol­diers.

Lead­ing the Biggen­den An­zac Day ser­vice were Young Cit­i­zen of the Year Vanessa McIn­tyre, Biggen­den RSL sec­re­tary Alex McNaughton, Biggen­den RSL pres­i­dent Kevin Murree, Cit­i­zen of the Year Dar­ren Geissler and Cr Lofty Wendt.

Brooweena res­i­dents on An­zac Day walk the Me­mo­rial Bridge to re­mem­ber those who served in the First World War.

White twins, Aed­dan and Catherine lay a wreath at the dawn ser­vice at Degilbo.

PHO­TOS: ERICA MURREE

Biggen­den State School chil­dren gath­ered for a pho­to­graph with the Gympie Light Horse troop.

LEST WE FOR­GET: Pa­rade mar­shall Lofty Wendt steps out at the front of the marchers at Biggen­den.

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