During a moving ANZAC Day Dawn Service in the riverside Gardens a new Memorial was unveiled.
A chilly, damp start to the day did not deter an estimated crowd of between 350 – 400 people attending, including families with young children to elderly residents and visitors from overseas, many who represented descendants of those whose names appear on the Memorial. The Memorial records those who enlisted during the First World War from the local area and features striking red poppies on the black marble supports. It has been installed between the existing war memorials in the gardens and was a centenary project was undertaken by the Murchison RSL.
Murchison Primary School held an impressive ANZAC service on Monday 27th April at the Murchison Cemetery where the whole school attended. Grade 5/6 students took an active part including remembering those men and women who enlisted in the First World War during a roll call, reciting of the Ode of Remembrance, playing of the Last Post, laying wreathes and singing the national Anthem. A commemorative plaque was by unveiled by Cemetery Trust Secretary Sue Brown with Ethan and Brodie Knight assisting (descendants of Ernest Gregory who did not return). A highlight was the planting of a Lone Pine tree, a seedling from an original pine cone from Lone Pine Ridge Gallipoli with RSL President Doug Messer assisting Lucy and Gus Ewart (descendants of Matthew Ewart who also lost his life during the War). The whole event was very well organised and the children were attentive and appeared to take in the importance of the occasion.
As part of setting up the refurbished Murchison Heritage Centre an area has been set aside for temporary display providing space where topics of current interest can be featured. An ANZAC display is now on show in this area and visitors are finding lots to absorb them with transcripts of diaries and other memorabilia relating to locals who had ANZAC connections. The heritage centre is open each Saturday morning 10 am – 12.30 pm or other times by arrangement. Groups are very welcome and can be organised by contacting Janet Clarke 5826 2363.
Murchison community has respectfully remembered those who left our shores to fight in World War 1. Sadly, many of these men and women made the supreme sacrifice and are remembered with honour as part of the ANZAC story.