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Coo-ee Memorial Park + Gates : July 2014
Coo-ee Memorial Park + Gates : July 2014

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Peter F Williams / Roger Johnson

The bricked gateway with wooden arch commemorates the Cooee March from Gilgandra during World War One. 

Following the disaster of Gallipoli and the heavy casualties in France in the latter half of 1915, recruiting figures for enlistment in World War One had dwindled. Numerous recruiting rallies became increasingly ineffective. It was at this dark hour that Gilgandra's butcher, R.G. Hitchen and his brother Bill, the local plumber, had the idea of organising a route march of volunteers to Sydney, enlisting recruits as they marched.

Twenty five men left Gilgandra, a western town on the Castlereagh River. They were feted at each town on the route, and the stirring story of their march has become part of the official war history of Australia. Recruitment meetings were held in each centre and their number increased to 263 by the time they reached Sydney.

 

 

Location

Address:Newell Highway , Cooee March Memorial Park, Gilgandra, 2827
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.720698
Long: 148.656849
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Gate
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event Start Date:10-October-1915
Actual Event End Date:12-December-1915
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 26th January, 1987
Front Inscription

COO-EE MARCH MEMORIAL PARK


THIS GATEWAY
Is To Commemorate The 25 Coo-ee Volunteers
Who Marched From Gilgandra
On Sunday 10th October 1915.
[Names]
Capt. Nicholas Officer Commanding

Supplementary List

[ Names ]

Plaque:
Wellington District
31 Enlistments 
Presented By
Wellington Sub Branch 
        RSL


Plaque:
Springwood
District
5 Enlistments

 

 

 

 

Right Side Inscription

COO-EE MARCH

On October 10th 1915, A Recruiting March Left
Gilgandra Calling At Each Town And Village
Gathering Volunteers. 

They Marched Into Sydney On 12th December
As 277 Recruits For The Army.

It Was The Original And Most Successful Of
Nine Such Marches.

 

 

Inscription in Proximity

Cooee March Memorial Park

This Park Provided By Gilgandra Shire Council
      And Developed By
The Service Clubs And Community Organisations
         Of Gilgandra
Was Officially Opened On The 26th January 1987
              By
Councillor A. M. McGrane. Shire President,
Gilgandra Shire Council. 

Source: MA,NRWM
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