Genealogy Club’s tribute to community of brave people
AND their Names Shall Live Forever, Book 1 - Woombye - a book researched by members of the Sunshine Genealogy Club, Nambour.
War was not a lifestyle choice for most people.
It happened upon them and they followed the call.
Volunteering for service was keen and the number of applications for naturalization abnormally increased, showing the willingness of the migrant population to fight for the freedom of their newly accepted country.
In 1914 Recruiting Stations were set up in Woombye and Nambour appeared in newspapers and with little concept of war, young men in the district joined up to take their places in the ranks of the Allied fighting forces.
Woombye became a Military Centre - a place for training, registration and inspection.
Many of the local Sunshine Coast recruits came from this area.
"The War" changed everyone's outlook and lifestyle.
Trenches were dug, air raid drills began in schools and societies set up committees to send aid and comfort to our soldiers.
People on these committees were not eligible to fight but contributed in their own ways to aid our troops.
When the news of a cease-fire was finally announced, people came from surrounding districts to the sight of flags flying and a procession forming.
Pioneers of the district were given pride of place in the procession, followed by schoolchildren from Woombye, Diddillibah, Mons and Keil's Mountain.
Thanksgiving services were attended by all, remembering that not only had "right" prevailed over "might", but a great price had been paid to achieve peace in the form of many, many young people from Woombye and districts who would never return home.
This book, the first in a series, is an endeavour to give a memory and dignity to those who lost their lives through war, and to those who fought a good fight and returned home to raise families, rebuild lives, help others and support those less fortunate.
It is a tribute to a community of brave people.
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