November 10, 2023
Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year, but that wasn’t going to stop the students from some of the South Burnett’s smallest schools marking the important occasion.
Students from Tingoora and Crawford State Schools joined fellow pupils at Wooroolin State School for a solemn commemoration on Friday morning, led by Wooroolin State School Captain Sophie Weller.
“In all, 57,705 Queenslanders elisted for service (in World War I) out of a total 328,642 listed on the embarkation rolls,” Sophie said.
“Locally, Wooroolin accounted for 32 of these, of whom eight were killed in action, another died of wounds while yet another died of natural causes.
“This was a very high price for a small community of only 205 people.”
From the greater Wondai District (ie. Proston, Tingoora and Proston), 290 men and one nurse enlisted; 56 were either killed in action or died of their wounds or other causes.
Ninety-two were wounded and six were taken as prisoners-of-war.
The Wondai District population at the time was about 1600 adults.