Tambar Springs will become the focus of centenary activities on Remembrance Day.
Residents will come together on November 11 to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at the cenotaph, which is among the oldest memorials in Australia.
Construction of the cenotaph was completed in December 1918 and the cenotaph was then dedicated on January 31, 1919. This year, the cenotaph was the recipient of almost $4000 in funding for an upgrade to the grounds and centenary events.
Sunday’s event will start at 9.45am at the Tambar Springs Memorial Park, with entertainment, an outline of the cenotaph’s history and performances by Gunnedah Shire Band and the Gunnedah Conservatorium. The Remembrance Day service will start at 10.45am.
A light luncheon will be provided in the park immediately following the ceremony courtesy of the Tambar Springs CWA, and the Tambar Springs Progress Association has also arranged for a display of local memorabilia.
Gunnedah Shire Council Anzac Working Group chair Owen Hasler said there had been terrific support from Tambar Springs and the Gunnedah RSL Sub-branch for the event.
“Together with Gunnedah RSL Sub-branch president Peter Kannengeisser, past president Peter Clarke and member Carol Lees, the final event from the past five years commemorating the centenary of Anzac will be one of the best,” Cr Hasler said.
“Member for Parkes Mark Coulton, and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson will speak on behalf of their respective governments, and president of the National Farmers’ Federation Fiona Simson will respond on behalf of local veterans’ families.”
Gunnedah RSL Sub-branch is also hosting a Remembrance Day Service at the Gunnedah cenotaph on Conadilly Street from 10.45am.
Bus transport to Tambar Springs is available and bookings can be made by contacting the Visitor Information Centre on 6740 2230 before Friday, November 9 in order to confirm a seat.