Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

War Impacts Gympie; 100 Years Ago a Main-Street Procession Enabled Residents to Display Their Support for England

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

War Impacts Gympie; 100 Years Ago a Main-Street Procession Enabled Residents to Display Their Support for England

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Byline: KARA SONTER

TALK of "inevitable" war marked the front page of The Gympie Times on July 28, 1914.

The six-page edition - at the cost of two pence - launched four years of local and international coverage on what would come to be known as the First World War.

"It is asserted that hostilities will begin tonight," page one read.

The coverage only snowballed as Australia followed the British Empire into war and Gympie identities announced their support.

On Thursday, August 6, The Gympie Times announced that local military authorities received instructions to take preparatory measures for mobilisation.

"This has put a heavy strain on the various staffs concerned and they were working up to a late hour on Tuesday," the paper said.

"The mayor (Peter Green) has opened a list at the Town Hall for the names, addresses and particulars of those who have previously served in the forces, and who would be willing to enlist in case of the mobilisation of the local troops."

By Sunday, August 9, support from the Gympie region was shown in a public way by a patriotic demonstration at Queen's Park.

The Gympie Times reported: "The response of the citizens to the call for a patriotic demonstration and church parade in Queen's Park on Sunday afternoon met with a very hearty recognition."

"A record crowd assembling in the Queen's Park to show the patriotism of Gympie, and support of the Empire in the present war," it continued.

"A procession was formed up at the Town Hall, and from there marched to Queen's Park.

"Large numbers of people viewing the marching troops and citizens from various points of vantage, and then following on to the Park.

"The Union Jack, Australian Flag and other national flags were flying from the flag poles and hanging from balconies.

"At the head of the procession marched Staff Sergeant-Major Cole just in front of the City Band, which played martial airs en route. …

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