Celebrating a wonderful day in Wallendbeen (15 minutes north east of Cootamundra) on 13 September, a Southern Highlands Christian School family helped re-enact the famous Kangaroo March of 1915. This 36 day, 520km march celebrates the anniversary of the call to enlist in ‘The Great War’, which began in Wagga Wagga nearly a century ago and trailed through the southern slopes of the Southern Highlands towards Campbelltown.
Why? The Kangaroo March website can tell you. “Why re-enact The Kangaroo March? It’s going to be 100 years since these men of rural Australia signed up for what was then known as King, Country and Empire, to fight in a war that threatened to end the way of life Aussies and others in the British Empire held so very dear. They were away for 3 more years; some never came home, some came home permanently scarred, maimed or poisoned with mustard gas, or damaged mentally having witnessed the horrors of mates being killed before their eyes. We want to pay due tribute to the Kangaroos.”
In Wallendbeen, day nine of the march, Isabella (Year 3) presented flowers to Lady Cosgrove and Brayden (Prep) presented a small gift for the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove. Making it a real family affair, their father and grandfather also rode in the guard!
The children’s mother, Libby, has given great thanks to their teachers at Southern Highlands Christian School. “A massive thank you for the school’s support also, as Mrs McKenna and Mrs Ross both made the drive down to watch and support the kids. I’m a truly blessed to have my kids taught by ladies that clearly care so much about their students.”
What a great way for this family to remember the soldiers that fought and died for our country! As the march passes through our beautiful region in the school holidays, we also have an opportunity to honour the bravery of the men and women who fought for the peace we enjoy today.
More information on The Kangaroo March and its progress can be found at the official website http://kangaroomarch.org.au/.
Lest we forget.