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Banana's World War One Memorial will be officially unveiled on Thursday, 13 April. Pictures supplied.
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WW1 Memorial unveiled

What started as an interest in the history of the Banana Shire has led to the development of a World War One Memorial.

From CQ Today

Anzac Day honours all service personnel.
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Coming together for Anzac day

Anzac Day 25 April is Australia’s national day to recognise all military personnel who have served our country over more than a century. Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Alison Frame said this year Australians will commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings at home, in the community, and overseas.

From Bundaberg Today

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Finley marks centenary of war memorial efforts

At this time of the year, with Anzac Day fast approaching, many people’s thoughts turn to those who fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate price.

Amongst the fallen were young men from our own community.

From Shepperton News

ANZAC DAY PREPARATIONS: Narrabri RSL Sub-branch president Gary Mason OAM and Bill Pownall clean the light columns on the Narrabri War Memorial on Tuesday.
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Narrabri War Memorial prepared for Anzac Day

Preparations are underway for Anzac Day commemorations to be held in Narrabri later this month. On Tuesday, maintenance work was carried out at the Maitland Street memorial. The light columns were opened up, cobwebs removed and the lighting in the 11 towers cleaned.

From The Courier

The Cenotaph, Queens Park Moonee Ponds
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Remembering the ANZACS 2023

Ahead of Anzac Day on 25 April, community members are invited to join Moonee Valley City Council in honouring the Anzacs at a commemoration ceremony on Sunday, 23 April at 3pm at the Queens Park Cenotaph in Moonee Ponds.

From City of Moonee Valley

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart with Regimental Sergeant Major – Army Warrant Officer Kim Felmingham, WW2 veteran Mr Awati Mau and members of Sarpeye Company, 51FNQR
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Community marks anniversary of unique Indigenous unit

One of two surviving veterans of Australia’s only all-Indigenous military unit joined the Torres Strait Islands community and Australian Army members on Thursday Island on 17 March to mark the 80th anniversary of the unit's formation.

From Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs

Reunion: 1966-67 Vietnam veterans visiting the Seymour Vietnam Memorial
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Veterans visit Seymour memorial

A group of 25 Vietnam veterans from across the country visited the Seymour Vietnam Veterans Walk on Friday, March 24.

From Shepparton News

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Australians asked to share stories of nurses massacred on Bangka Island

In collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing, the ACN Foundation is calling for family, friends and colleagues to share stories and reflections of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA and the 21 nurses who lost their lives at the Bangka Island Massacre in 1942 in one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

From Contact

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Ray Thorold-Smith: The Manly pilot shot down near Darwin during World War II

He was tall, handsome and good enough to play rugby union for NSW and could have been a successful doctor if he hadn’t been shot down by a Japanese pilot near Darwin in 1943.

Ray Thorold-Smith is credited with downing at least five German aircraft and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

From The Daily Telegraph

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A refresh for Toc’s memorial hall

The Tocumwal War Memorial Hall is getting a facelift - possibly its first since it was built in approximately 1927 to commemorate the soldiers of the area who served in WWI

From Shepparton News

 Members of the Voyager Survivors Association in front of the newly named Voyager Mess at HMAS Creswell.
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Touching tribute for Voyager survivors

On the moonless night of February 10, 1964, aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne sent a signal to Fleet Headquarters in Sydney, which read only ‘Voyager is sunk’. T

From Australian Government Defence

Family ties: MORNINGTON woman Gillian Nikakis, whose father Bill died on the Montevideo Maru, wrote about the disaster in her 2005 book He’s not coming home. Picture: Yanni
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Place of rest to reflect on lasting war losses

The unveiling of a commemorative seat at Mornington Memorial Park at 11am on Monday 23 January marks the 81st anniversary of the largest loss of life in Australian maritime history, when the Montevideo Maru was sunk in the Pacific during World War II.

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Lone Pine found following war memorial theft

Hurstbridge’s Lone Pine, stolen on Monday night from Anzac Memorial Park in Main Road, has been recovered. The tree was yesterday found intact, dumped in a skip bin behind the shops, and has been taken to Edendale Community Environment Farm where nursery staff will assess its health.

German shells bombarding amphibious trucks at the Anzio beachhead.
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Anzac and Anzio, Father and Son

On New Year’s Day 1946, Captain William ‘Bill’ Dunstan penned another long letter to his family. “To-day is the beginning of another year away from you – the last, I hope. It has been a long time now and I have just about had enough of the army.” By that time, Bill had not seen his home or family for five and a half years.