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Laidley Pioneer Village looks forward to next challenge

For the Call to Arms commemoration, the Davson family of Gatton loaned this vintage photograph to the Pioneer Village of the late Win Davson's uncle George Sanderson at a machine gun in Palestine in 1915.
For the Call to Arms commemoration, the Davson family of Gatton loaned this vintage photograph to the Pioneer Village of the late Win Davson's uncle George Sanderson at a machine gun in Palestine in 1915.

HAVING put Laidley on the map with the Call to Arms, the Pioneer Village is continuing to think big when it comes to First World War commemoration events.

In November 2015 the Village is looking to put on a two day spectacular to commemorate the centenary of the Dungaree March of 1915.

The Dungaree march went from Warwick to Brisbane via Toowoomba, Laidley and Ipswich and was the only such recruitment march outside of New South Wales, with marchers' names recorded in local newspapers as they joined the march.

Pioneer Village president John Barwell said the event would be called "The Spirit Lives".

"We missed out on grants for Call to Arms so we are leaving plenty of time to get our application in this time," Mr Barwell said.

He said thanks were owed to Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Liz McCormack of the Queensland National Hotel for their support in making this year's event happen.

"We would have been in dire straits without their help," he said.

"We got a lot of really good feedback on the day, one lady said she had tears in her eyes as we did the flag raising, it brought back memories of her father."

Mr Barwell said the ABC 7.30 program featured an in-depth segment on the day with interviews of Alan Brimblecombe and Ted 'Rub' Logan whose fathers both fought in the First World War.

"We got eight minutes on national television, it was bloody brilliant," he said.

"It was good to see Laidley in a different light instead of covered in floodwaters.

"And with Alan and Rub, we were privileged to be able to hear from people who had a direct connection to the war."

Topics:  call to arms, first world war, laidley, laidley pioneer village


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