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Celebrating 100 Years of ANZAC

Posted by on 6 September 2015

Re-enactment of the 1915 recruiting marches honouring the Tooraweenah ‘Kookaburras’ along the Castlereagh Highway in 2015. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for rural communities along the Castlereagh Highway from Tooraweenah, to Dunedoo, Mudgee, Portland and Bathurst to re-invigorate their volunteer spirit, celebrate their heritage and reconnect with descendants of local families. Overview – While the snowballing marches of 1915 focussed on recruiting members to the Australian Defence force, the re-enactment events of 2015 will focus on recruiting modern Australians to community service. On the ’Kookaburras’ route the average marching distance between overnights stops is about 25km. At Bathurst the ‘Kookaburras’ will link up with the Parkes/Forbes ‘Boomerangs’ where they will all board a train for Sydney. The total march event will cover thirteen days. The tentative march timetable will see the ‘Kookaburras’ arrive on Friday 6th November, they will march via Lue to Rylstone camping in the showground overnight, continuing onto Ilford via Kandos and Clandulla and will camp at the Ilford hall on the 7th November. Major Bill Duncan OAM will be co-ordinating the ‘Kookaburra’ march and for general information you can contact him on or phone 9654 0525 or mobile on 0488 999 177. General enquiries to or the website on


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