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Day 11, Wednesday, 20 October, 1915, Stuart Town to Euchareena

Transcription of extract from an article titled ‘The Route March : Growth of the “Snowball”’ in The Farmer and Settler, 22 October, 1915, p. 3 [part 3 of 3]
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‘Breakfast over, the transports were loaded for Euchareena. The lunching place was Store Creek, where the few inhabitants and the school children gave every assistance in preparing the lunch, besides providing milk, eggs, butter etc. The school children ran races for “Hitchen’s Coo-ee” badges, and also adorned the boys with roses. The first time that flowers were offered to the recruits was at Wellington, where an old French lady threw rose petals over the marching men. Since then, at Dripstone, Stuart Town, and now at Euchareena, the roses have been forthcoming. Here they were positively garlanded with roses.

Euchareena’s Welcome.
It must have been an impressive sight to the little knot of ladies that stood waiting by the Salvation Army hall at Euchareena to see across the valley that little band of one hundred men coming marching down the long, white road to the valley head where nestles the town-ship, then curve and come again over the rise, marching like veterans. The prettiest part of the picture was the children, dressed in their best, and waving the good old Union Jack. Camp was pitched in the school grounds, and then, after a brief welcome speech had been made by Mr. O’Reilly, the school teacher, and songs had been rendered by the little tots, the tea provided by the local folk was partaken of. The usual recruiting meeting was held after tea, the speeches being made from the platform of a railway shed. One young man was enrolled, and there are hopes of one or two more being persuaded to come. Three men caught up by the mail train, and one went on to Orange.’

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Day 10, Tuesday, 19 October, 1915, Dripstone to Stuart Town

Transcription of extract from an article titled ‘The Route March : Growth of the “Snowball”’ in The Farmer and Settler, 22 October, 1915, p. 3 [part 2 of 3]

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‘Lunch at Mumbil.
An early start was made on Tuesday for the next halting point on the itinerary, which was a seven-mile stretch to Mumbil. Arrived there, the local school children sang for the “Coo-ees,” and their mothers and sisters provided a most acceptable lunch in a paddock adjacent to the queer old school house. Cheers were given, and the people assured the recruits of their good will, but they furnished no additions to the force. Mumbil was warmly thanked by the spokesmen of the party, then a move forward was made to the night camp at Stuart Town.

The Stuart Town Function.
After a swim, a mile or so out of town, column of route was once more formed, and the boys marched in, headed by the school children, and took up their quarters in the local hall. As there was no suitable accommodation available for entertainment, the townspeople arranged to give the men tea in McAtamney’s Hotel, but, of course, the “follow the King” rule held good, even there. The usual recruiting meeting was held after tea in the hall, resulting in four names being handed in. All were not able to go at once; two will follow in a day or two, and the others, as usual, will be carried on with the column until the next doctor is found. Supper was dispensed as usual by the good-hearted womenfolk, who furnished mountains of beautiful cake and pastry —though the recruits are beginning to wonder if sweets constitute quite the best ration for marching men. The boys sometimes sigh for red meat.’

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Coo-ee March: Introduction

Gilgandra Route March (Daily Telegraph, 16 Oct. 1915)

Route of the March (Daily Telegraph 16/10/1915)

The  320 miles (515 km) “Coo-ee” recruitment march left Gilgandra with 25 marchers on Sunday, 10th October, 1915, stopping in each town and village along the route to be welcomed by local officials and members of each community, and to hold recruiting speeches to increase their ranks, and arrived in Sydney on Friday, 12th November, 1915 with its numbers increased to 263 marchers.  This march started a snowball of other similar recruitment marches in late 1915 and early 1916.

The Sydney Morning Herald  (13 November 1915, p. 20) reported the following official figures ‘of the men who actually signed on (after medical examination), between Gilgandra and Sydney:- Gilgandra, 35; Dubbo, 13; Wongarbon, 12; Geurie, 6; Wellington, 31; Stuart Town, 1; Euchareena, 1; Molong, 4; Parkes, 5; Orange, 19; Millthorpe, 2; Blayney, 11; Bathurst, 17; Glanmire, 1; Yetholme, 1; Wallerawang, 3; Lithgow, 19; Blackheath, 2; Katoomba, 11; Leura, 1; Lawson, 10; Springwood, 5; Penrith, 4; Parramatta, 27; Ashfield, 22; total, 263’.

Following is the route and timetable of the march: Sunday, Oct. 10,  Balladoran ; Monday, Oct. 11,  Eumungerie ; Tuesday, Oct. 12,  Mogriguy ; Wednesday, Oct. 13,  Dubbo ; Thursday, Oct. 14,  Wongarbon ; Friday, Oct. 15,  Geurie ; Saturday, Oct. 16-Sunday, Oct. 17,  Wellington ; Monday, Oct. 18,  Dripstone ; Tuesday, Oct. 19,  Stuart Town ; Wednesday, Oct. 20,  Euchareena ; Thursday, Oct. 21,  Boomey ; Friday, Oct. 22,  Molong ; Saturday, Oct. 23-Sunday, Oct. 24,  Orange ; Monday, Oct. 25,  Milthorpe ; Tuesday, Oct. 26,  Blayney ; Wednesday, Oct. 27,  Bathampton ; Thursday, Oct. 28,  Bathurst ; Friday, Oct. 29,  Yetholme ; Saturday, Oct. 30-Sunday, Oct. 31, Wallerawang ; Monday, Nov. 1-Tuesday, Nov. 2,  Lithgow ; Wednesday Nov. 3, Little Hartley ; Thursday, Nov. 4,  Mt. Victoria ; Friday, Nov. 5,  Katoomba ; Saturday, Nov. 6-Sunday, Nov. 7,  Lawson, Monday, Nov. 8,  Springwood ; Tuesday, Nov. 9,   Penrith ; Wednesday, Nov. 10, Parramatta ; Thursday, Nov. 11, Ashfield ; Friday, Nov. 12, Sydney.

An account of the march on a day by day basis will follow initially in this blog.  It will be based mostly on articles from The Farmer and Settler, which were provided by Stanley E. Stephens, who was the son of the editor of this newspaper sent to be the official correspondent to cover the march, and who also joined the Coo-ees as a recruit at Gilgandra.