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Australian Society, Anzac Day, Adelaide, 25 April 1936 Topic: Gen - Australia
Australian Society, 1899 - 1920
Anzac Day, Adelaide, 25 April 1936
Taking the salute outside the Adelaide Town Hall, the Governor, Sir Winston Dugan (r)
Australian Light Horse (CMF) marching
The photographs on this page are extracted from the first colour footage taken of an Anzac Day march in Australia. This was filmed in Adelaide on 25 April 1936.
The following description of the march came from the Adelaide Advertiser, Monday, 27 April 1936, p. 15:
Led by a long procession of cars containing the limbless, tubercular, and invalid soldiers, who have given two decades of suffering for their country, the procession started, from Angas Street at 10.30 a.m. and it was not until afternoon that the last unit had passed the saluting base. After the cars came the mounted police escort of returned soldier troopers on their well-trained grey horses, the Piper's Band, and the returned nurses in their bright uniforms, and the SA Corps of Veterans and South African soldiers, both finding the march a little more difficult each year. The members of the Junior Legacy Club marched in the place of their dead fathers; and then came the Imperial men, showing how soldiers should march, for many of them had years of training, and old habits die hard. The Canadian and New Zealand flags led the men of the Dominions, and after them came a contingent of ex-naval men.
Many of the AIF units were in number approaching war-time strength. Behind their colours followed men of the Flying Corps, the Light Horse, Artillery, Engineers, Signallers, 10th Battalion, 12th and; 52nd Battalions, 16th and 48th Battalions, 32nd Battalion, 43rd Battalion, 50th Battalion, Pioneers, Army Service Corps, Motor Transport, Army Medical Corps, and other units. For the most part it was a silent inarch except for an occasional hand clap, ass someone recognised a particular unit, and an occasional cheery greeting. Behind the AIF marched the men of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve and the Citizen Forces in uniform.
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