Memorial Park activities include entertainment by Noosa Chorale and an Andrew Sisters Tribute.
Memorial Park activities include entertainment by Noosa Chorale and an Andrew Sisters Tribute.

Remembrance Day floats back in time on Noosa River

REMEMBRANCE Day on November 11 is always an important on the Sunshine Coast.

This year organisers are planning a day to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I with a re-enactment of the flotilla that sailed the Noosa river in 1918.

The idea came from a 1918 photo (pictured) of the flotilla and inspired organisers to make a bigger-than-usual Remembrance Day.

In partnership with Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub B, the day will have many elements, starting with the RSL's traditional 11 am service, followed by a free event in Tewantin Memorial Park, including the flotilla re-enactment.

 

ARMISTICE DAY: Photo of the flotilla that sailed the Noosa River in 1918.
ARMISTICE DAY: Photo of the flotilla that sailed the Noosa River in 1918.

"Back in 1918, when the war had finally ended, the locals came out into the streets in Tewantin banging pots and pans, cheering, and then got in their boats, and decorated them patriotically and paraded down the river," Jane Harding, Heritage Co-ordinator at Noosa Council said. "There is a lot of excitement about this year's re-enactment."

"We thought it would be delightful to invite our boating community in this area to re-enact on the river," Jane said. "A lot of people have registered but it is not too late if you want to do it now.

The activities at Memorial Park will include musical entertainment by Noosa Chorale an, an Andrew Sisters Tribute and a special performance by Lai Utovvu.

 

Special performance by Lai Utovvu.
Special performance by Lai Utovvu.

Information stalls, food vendors, and a community art activity will add to the colour of the day. The RSL service will also include readings by local school students, a catafalque party provided by the Light Horse, and a flyover by the War Birds.

"This is the third WWI Centenary project we've worked on," Jane said. "We have spent a lot of time looking at what happened here at home at that time. What came through was how resilient people were. We were a young shire with a population of just 2,000 then and sent 400 of our boys off to war. Ninety-nine did not come back. The people at home kept on fund-raising, all operating in their towns. Cooroy had fund raising, Tewantin, Pomona, Kin Kin, Coran. Then (after the war) they fund-raised for a memorial. The war had a big impact on our community and we want to come now together to remember and reflect, not just on WW1 but on other conflicts that younger people may have recently returned from."


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