At dawn on April 25, 1915, soldiers from Australia and New Zealand (ANZAC) formed part of a large force drawn also from Britain, India, France, Canada and South Africa, landed at Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey.
In the battle that followed both sides suffered massive casualties, the allied forces 50,000. Of those men serving in World War 1, 320 men were from Bingara, a small town known for its patriotic duty.
Nancy MacInnes wanted a fitting tribute to these men, uniquely related to Bingara. After speaking of this idea to the ladies of Wattle Craft Bingara, they wholeheartedly agreed to a plan.
Ms Rhonda King researched the names of the enlisted men (320). So began the task of the Bingara Centenary Banner, a special poppy for each man.
The banner is at present hanging at the RSL Club.
Ever since 1915, the ANZAC tradition has assumed a significance in Australia and New Zealand, marking a milestone in the development of their manhood and character.
Lest We Forget
By Nancy MacInnes