April 27, 2014

Many other towns and villages throughout the South Burnett marked Anzac Day with Dawn Services, morning commemorations or marches.

Here are a selection:

At Blackbutt

Blackbutt and Benarkin commemorated Anzac Day with a Dawn Service at the Blackbutt Cenotaph at 4:27am followed by a gunfire breakfast at the Blackbutt RSL.

Later in the day a parade and a Commemoration Service was held at the corner of Muir and Douglas streets followed by a wreath-laying at the Memorial.

Local Lions Club members marched behind their banner (Photo: Blackbutt Benarkin Lions Club)

At Boondooma

The Durong and Boondooma communities commemorated Anzac Day with a march, service and wreath-laying ceremony at the historic Boondooma Homestead on Anzac Day morning.

Many visitors to the area, taking part in the Bush Balladeers Muster at the Homestead, joined in the commemoration.

[Photos: Martin Stern]

Durong Green Frog Girl Guides laid a wreath on the war memorial at Boondooma

Bush poet John Major, from Mapleton, with Afghanistan veteran Brian O’Shannessy and his daughter Bridget who sang the National Anthem

Former servicemen, local residents and visitors to the region gathered at Boondooma for the parade and service
The Durong Green Frog Girl Guides troop proudly led the march

At Cherbourg

Cherbourg residents gathered at the town’s war memorial at 8:00am on Anzac Day for a service.

Records show 29 Cherbourg men enlisted to serve in World War I, and 19 in World War II. Cherbourg residents also saw action in Korea and Vietnam.

St Mary’s Catholic College students and principal Michael Nayler at Friday morning’s ceremony at the Cherbourg memorial; they are pictured with local residents including Vietnam veteran Eric Law (Photo: SMCC)

At Kumbia

Kumbia’s annual Anzac Day observance included a parade from the flower garden at the northern end of Bell Street and a service at the monument outside the Memorial Hall.

Scots pipers led Kumbia’s 2014 Anzac Day parade (Photo: Ros Heit)

At Proston

Proston was another South Burnett town to host a Dawn Service on Friday morning. Local residents gathered at 5:30am at the RSL Rooms in Collingwood Street for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Students from St Mary’s Catholic College lay a wreath at Proston this morning (Photo: SMCC)

At Wooroolin

Wooroolin’s Anzac Day service was held in the Wooroolin Memorial Hall.

The morning was compered by Cr Ros Heit and the guest speaker was Martin Boettcher who spoke about what Anzac Day means to a new immigrant.

Guest speaker Martin Boettcher at Wooroolin (Photo: Ros Heit)
Wooroolin Memorial Hall was packed for the commemoration service … the Wondai & District Band, front right, provided the music (Photo: Ros Heit)

At Yarraman

Yarraman residents prepare for the morning Anzac service … from left, Matthew Hunter, Jim Darcy, Melody Findlay and Terry Reed, who was the compere for the morning (Photo: Clive Lowe)
Yarraman School leaders read at the service (Photo: Clive Lowe)

Yarraman’s Anzac Day commemorations started as the fog began to lift in the early hours of the morning.

Residents trooped down in numbers for the Dawn Service at the town’s cenotaph.

The catafalque party mounted position at the obelisk before the Last Post sounded at 6:00am.

The welcome address was delivered by RSL Sub-Branch President Terry Reid, and Pastor Maurie Fielke led the crowd in prayer.

Former Bomber Command air gunner Paul Tunn laid the official wreath on behalf of all armed services.

Ex-service personnel and their families then adjourned for a Gunfire Breakfast at Yarraman’s Memorial Hall.

Commemorations resumed at 10:45am with a march along Toomey Street to the cenotaph, which was followed by another service and wreath-laying.

[Photos: Clive Lowe Photography and Jim Bond]

Officer in Charge Yarraman Police Sgt Paul McDonnell, Leading Aircraftman Trent Allen, ex-Bomber Command Halifax Wireless Air Gunner Paul Tunn and new Yarraman resident Colin Clark OAM at the dawn service at the Yarraman War Memorial (Photos: Jim Bond)
Yarraman firies ready to march … auxiliary firefighters Jason Skuse and Ben Atteridge, Lieutenant Tim Wyvill, Captain Bevan Badke, Lieutenant Andrew Hopkins and auxiliary Ricky Allen
(Photo: Clive Lowe)
Yarraman locals at the parade: Bernie Rushby, Larry Allen and Larry’s son, Leading Aircraftman Trent Allen, who is on leave from 11 squadron; he trained for two years in NSW before being posted to Adelaide (Photo: Clive Lowe)
LEFT: Waiting for the Anzac Day parade in Yarraman were Tyler, Amanda, Cassody, Aiden and Brianna Rankin; CENTRE:  The flag bearer was Don Joseph, 86, a Korean War veteran; RIGHT: Paul Tunn lays a wreath on the Yarraman memorial (Photos: Clive Lowe)
Some of the crowd at the Yarraman morning service (Photo: Clive Lowe)
Yarraman P-9 students were out in force for the Anzac Day parade (Photo: Clive Lowe)

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