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Review of Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment 17th October to 11th November 2015

Review of Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment 17th October to 11th November 2015

I have had the privilege to participate in the Gilgandra to Sydney Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment from Saturday 17th October to Wednesday 11th November 2015, where the marchers arrived in Martin Place in Sydney, and took part in the Remembrance Day Parade and Service, in my role as Administration/Research Officer for Coo-ee March 2015 Inc. (Gilgandra Sub-Committee).

I gave speeches at most of the commemorative services that were held at war memorials in the towns and villages along the route, which included a description of the Coo-ees’ arrival in 1915 in that town or village, based on newspaper articles of the time, and also provided information about the Coo-ees who enlisted there. I also liaised with local RSL Sub-Branches, local councils, and other groups to organise the services.

Highlights of the Re-enactment March included meeting family descendants of some of the 1915 Coo-ees, the involvement and support of local communities, and the interaction with many local school children along the way, with school children attending services, lining the streets waving flags, calling  “Coo-ees” to welcome the marchers, and giving the marchers “high-fives” as they marched by.

There was the opportunity for some “then and now” photographs.

Coo-ees having breakfast at Balladoran 11/11/1915

Coo-ees having breakfast at Balladoran 11/11/1915

Coo-ee marchers breakfast scene at Balladoran 18/10/2015

Coo-ee marchers breakfast scene at Balladoran 18/10/2015

Information on the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment can be found at http://cooeemarch2015reenactment.com/ and there are lots of photos at  https://www.facebook.com/cooeemarchreenactment

Much of my time in recent months has been taken up with administration support in assisting my husband Stephen to prepare the traffic management plan for the route, and assist in planning and preparations for the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment, so I have not had as much time as I would have liked to add further information to the cooeemarch1915.com website.

Now that the Coo-ee Marcch 2015 Re-enactment is over, Stephen and I will have time to return to our research on the 1915 Coo-ee March and the 263 men who enlisted in the AIF as a result of it, and add further entries to our website.

Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment

Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment

The Gilgandra to Sydney Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment started on Saturday 17th October 2015, to retrace the steps of the Coo-ees in 1915.

The start of the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment at Gilgandra 17/10/2015

The start of the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment at Gilgandra 17/10/2015

Events leading up to the commencement of the Re-enactment March started with a Provisions night at the Royal Hotel on Thursday 8th October, in memory of the Tobacco night held in 1915,  where the 2015 marchers and support crew took the opportunity to meet one another, and descendants and family members of the original Coo-ees.  A great night was had by all, with a BBQ provided by the Lions Club, and a bush band provided the entertainment.

A Farewell Ball was held on the Friday night, in memory of the Farewell Ball held for the Coo-ees in 1915.  Everyone participated in a barn dance, sang God Save the King, and Auld Lang Syne when the marchers departed.

A special church service was held at St Ambrose Church, before the Re-enactment March commenced from the marker showing where the Coo-ee March started in Bridge Street on 10th October 1915, with a street parade to the Cooee March Memorial Park near the Coo-ee Heritage Centre, where a commemorative service was held, and a tree planted, before the marchers set off on their 26 day route to Sydney, visiting the villages and towns that the Coo-ees visited in 1915, to hold some parades, and commemorative services, in memory of the Coo-ees.  The Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment will finish with the parade and Remembrance Day memorial service at the cenotaph in Martin Place in Sydney on 11th November 2015.

I am writing a day by day account of the Coo-ee March 2015 Re-enactment at http://cooeemarch2015reenactment.com/