Snap­shot of the past

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A re­cruit­ment meet­ing at the show­grounds dur­ing the War­ragul Show on March 7, 1917.

The pho­to­graph shows a large crowd as­sem­bled to hear an ad­dress by re­cruit­ing of­fi­cers from the top steps of the grand­stand dur­ing World War I.

Many are stand­ing on the race track with the fin­ish­ing post lo­cated on the far left.

A mes­sage on the back on the pho­to­graph states it was taken by Alick Hardie to send to his brother Nean, who was al­ready serv­ing Aus­tralia.

“On a call be­ing made for vol­un­teers, there was a splen­did re­sponse, a dozen young fel­lows of­fer­ing their ser­vices to the Em­pire,” read a report in the Gazette. “As each young re­cruit stepped for­ward, he was greeted with a vol­ley of cheers.”

“They were then marched in col­umn of route by Sergeant Ham­lin to the Shire Hall, and on the way the ranks were swelled by an­other four vol­un­teers, mak­ing 16 for the day. This is the grand­est re­cruit­ing rally since the de­feat of the ref­er­en­dum and placed War­ragul again ahead of all other towns in pro­por­tion of pop­u­la­tion. This makes 33 vol­un­teers en­listed through Sergeant Ham­lin since Fe­bru­ary 1.”

Pho­to­graph and in­for­ma­tion cour­tesy of the War­ragul and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

If you have any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this pho­to­graph, please con­tact The Gazette on 5623 5666 or ed­i­to­rial@war­ragul

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