IN­SIDE: Spe­cial Anzac Day

Anzac Day in the Western Downs

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IN two weeks, Aus­tralians all over the world will com­mem­o­rate Anzac Day.

The day is a chance to pay our re­spects to all those that have served in armed con­flict.

It was on April 25, 1915 that the Aus­tralian forces landed in Gal­lipoli, a bat­tle­field that has shaped the way many Aus­tralians see their na­tional iden­tity.

This year marks 100 years since the end of World War I, so it’s par­tic­u­larly poignant as com­mu­ni­ties gather to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice of ser­vice­men and ser­vice­women through­out our his­tory.

The Chin­chilla News has spo­ken to groups around the re­gion to see what’s hap­pen­ing in their towns to com­mem­o­rate Anzac Day on Wed­nes­day, April 25.


IN CHIN­CHILLA, the Dawn Ser­vice will be­gin at 6am in Fuller’s Place.

RSL Sub-Branch pres­i­dent Bill Belcher said his ad­dress would fo­cus on the Aus­tralian charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beer­sheba.

After the ser­vice the Apex club will serve break­fast, fol­lowed by a 9am ser­vice at Il­loura, and the main ser­vice back on Heeney Street.

The ser­vice will in­clude a march start­ing at the post of­fice.

“When that’s fin­ished, for all those that are el­i­gi­ble, we have a din­ner start­ing at 12.30pm for our vet­er­ans and legacy ladies,” Mr Belcher said.

Mr Belcher said he was pleased with the turn-out at pre­vi­ous cer­e­monies.

“We’re prob­a­bly get­ting up near 1500 for our main ser­vice and then Dawn Ser­vice might be 500,” he said.

“When you go back, when you look at the names on Fuller Place, they were all the orig­i­nal peo­ple that left here in Chin­chilla to go fight in the Great War.”


RSL Sub-Branch sec­re­tary Pat De­vlin said Wan­doan’s events would be­gin at dawn.

“We always have a Dawn Ser­vice, and then we fol­low that with a break­fast at the Wan­doan Bowls Club, cof­fee and toast nor­mally,” Mr De­vlin said.

“The next item is the main event for the day, we have a march with the school chil­dren, vet­er­ans, fam­i­lies of vet­er­ans and fam­i­lies of ex-ser­vice peo­ple that starts at 9.45am.

“Our main ser­vice is at the Cul­tural Cen­tre in Wan­doan, our Dawn Ser­vice is at the Memo­rial, and that’s at 5.30am.

“Fol­low­ing that we have a com­mu­nity cup of tea, get to­gether, and that’s catered for by our lo­cal am­bu­lance group.

“In the af­ter­noon we have a bowls af­ter­noon at the Wan­doan Bowls Club... we’ll have two-up at the Juan­dah Ho­tel.

“It is pretty event­ful day, we don’t have very many vet­er­ans left but Wan­doan tra­di­tion­ally was a sol­dier set­tle­ment area.

“It’s ba­si­cally the younger peo­ple re­mem­ber­ing.

“It’s im­por­tant for me num­ber one be­cause I am the son of a sol­dier-set­tler, and that has been im­por­tant, and we had five mem­bers of our im­me­di­ate fam­ily who served dur­ing World War II.

“The other thing is that I think we owe a debt of grat­i­tude to all those who served for our coun­try and it’s very im­por­tant that we con­tinue to put that message out there for our younger gen­er­a­tion.

“It’s just em­pha­sis­ing the fact that a small com­mu­nity can have this day and hold it as a very im­por­tant day of our year.”


THE Warra Anzac Day com­mem­o­ra­tions will be­gin with a memo­rial ser­vice at 9am with a guest speaker from the Enog­gera Army

We owe a debt of grat­i­tude to all those who served for our coun­try and it’s very im­por­tant that we con­tinue to put that message out there. — Pat De­vlin

Base in Bris­bane.

Warra War Memo­rial Hall com­mit­tee chair­man Jeff Tay­lor said, “We gen­er­ally have a wreath lay­ing ceremony dur­ing the ser­vice and nor­mally con­clude about 9.45am and it’s fol­lowed by morn­ing tea in the hall.

“The school chil­dren play a part in the ser­vice, they lay a wreath on be­half of the school.

“It’s a pretty nor­mal ser­vice for Anzac Day with the flag rais­ing and half mast, and rais­ing to full mast at the end of the ser­vice.

“It’s gen­er­ally well at­tended, last year we had prob­a­bly a record crowd I would have thought, we would have had over 100 peo­ple last year and I don’t ever re­mem­ber it be­ing that

big be­fore.”

Last year was a spe­cial year for Warra, with the cen­te­nary of their World War I memo­rial in town.

“We had a spe­cial oc­ca­sion where there was 20 names on that World War I hon­our board that never re­turned and last year we read a lit­tle ci­ta­tion for ev­ery­one of those that paid the supreme sac­ri­fice,” Mr Tay­lor said.

And he’s en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to come along this year.

“It’d be lovely to see ev­ery­body, to hon­our our fallen and not only the fallen but the men who re­turned to play their part in their com­mu­ni­ties after the war, of course most of them are also gone now.”

The Warra Her­itage Cen­tre will also be open on Anzac Day “for any­body who wants to have a look in there at the old, the way Warra was in years gone by.”

“It still has the Anzac dis­play that we had last year for the cen­te­nary of the hon­our board,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“There’s a lot of pho­tos of the old dig­gers, it’s worth­while hav­ing a look at.”


IN MILES, there’s both a dawn ser­vice and main ser­vice hap­pen­ing on the day.

RSL Sub-Branch trea­surer Adrian Dave­son said the dawn ser­vice would be fol­lowed with break­fast at the Miles Golf Club, be­fore the main ser­vice later in the day.

“We’re just there to meet to make sure that Anzac Day and Re­mem­brance Day are well and truly pa­tro­n­ised,” Mr Dave­son said.

“The high school gets in­volved with us, and the school out at Du­lacca is very well rep­re­sented plus the high school peo­ple that live out that way do the flag rais­ing and other parts of the ceremony.

“It’s very well at­tended. “Very well re­spected.” For Mr Dave­son, Anzac Day is all about pay­ing his re­spects.

“Just the re­mem­brance of peo­ple that I’ve served with, that’s the main part of Anzac Day,” he said.

One high­light of the Miles event usu­ally in­cludes Miles’ last World War II vet­eran lead­ing the march.

“Nor­mally... one of his very close friends from Goondi­windi brings up a Jeep, and we sit him up the back of the Jeep and he leads the pa­rade,” Mr Dave­son said.


IN THE town of Du­lacca the Anzac Day ser­vice will be­gin at 8.45am at the Du­lacca Hall.

“We get a re­ally good roll up, it’s prob­a­bly one of the very main com­mu­nity events in Du­lacca for the year,” Du­lacca Pi­o­neers’ Memo­rial Hall and Progress As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Adele Hughes said.

“And ev­ery cou­ple of years we have lo­cal peo­ple that are stock­men and women, that come and ride their horses.

“They all lead the pa­rade in. Then the RSL guys march and then we have the Du­lacca State School stu­dents and the high school stu­dents... they march too.”

Mrs Hughes said the ser­vice was a spe­cial event for the tight-knit Du­lacca com­mu­nity.

“Kylie Bourne’s the MC and then we have lo­cal peo­ple, a lo­cal guy that is ac­tu­ally our bu­gler,” Mrs Hughes said.

“We have lo­cal high school boys that raise the flag, and then the state school kids are ac­tu­ally singing.

“After the ser­vice is all over ev­ery­one has brought a plate to share and so then ev­ery­one just has a cup of tea and a bit of morn­ing tea and has a bit of a get to­gether.

“I know I’m prob­a­bly a bit bi­ased, but it re­ally is a re­ally good lit­tle ser­vice and ev­ery­one seems to en­joy it a deal deal. And we try to in­volve as many peo­ple from the com­mu­nity as we can.”


RE­MEM­BER THE FALLEN: The 2017 Chin­chilla Anzac Day pa­rade.

Chin­chilla’s 2017 Anzac Day ser­vice.

Chil­dren march at the 2017 Chin­chilla Anzac Day pa­rade.

Wreath lay­ing at Chin­chilla’s 2017 Anzac Day ser­vice.

2017 Anzac Day ser­vice. Chin­chilla.


TRA­DI­TION: Flag bear­ers at the Chin­chilla 2017 Anzac Day ser­vice.

Chin­chilla 2017 Anzac Day ser­vice.

Chin­chilla 2017 Anzac Day ser­vice.

Lo­cals gather at the 2017 Chin­chilla Anzac Day ser­vice.

Chil­dren lay wreaths at the Chin­chilla 2017 Anzac Day ser­vice.

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