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Horsham Anzac camp


The level of Wimmera sacrifice at the Australian landing at Gallipoli in the First World War has prompted national organisers to include Horsham in major national Centenary of Anzac activities.

People from across the Wimmera-Mallee have an invitation to share in a unique Spirit of Anzac experience as part of Camp Gallipoli, the country’s largest national commemoration program.

Horsham is one of only 12 regional sites across Australia to have the honour of presenting an Anzac Day Eve Camp Gallipoli. It will also welcome the arrival of the Anzac Flame, starting a national tour on February 14 and due to be in Horsham before Anzac Day.

A Horsham RSL sub-committee chaired by Mayor Mark Radford, working with various community members, is organising the event.

It plans to directly involve about 400 students from secondary schools across the region.

Camp Gallipoli events are scheduled at a series of historic locations across Australia and New Zealand.

National organisers have invited families, schools and community groups to join in a ‘special night of remembrance, entertainment, mateship and the birth of Aussie and Kiwi Anzac spirit’.

In Horsham, selected year nine, 10 and 11 students will camp out, at a venue yet to be decided, preceded by a special Camp Gallipoli Presentation on Anzac Day Eve.


The event will also feature a First World War re-enactment, segments of a Camp Gallipoli documentary, special guests and the screening of Russell Crowe’s war-time drama ‘The Water Diviner.’

While the Horsham Camp Gallipoli ‘sleep-out’ is restricted to the selected students, organisers are encouraging the public to attend a Camp Gallipoli presentation on Anzac Day Eve and the various Anzac Day dawn and commemorative services across the region.

A Horsham dawn service is planned for 6.30am and a commemorative service at 11am, following a march.


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Posted on Jan 28 2015

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