100th anniversary – March of the Dungarees

November 16, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the March of the Dungarees, a recruitment march that started in Warwick and continued through Allora, Clifton, Greenmount, Cambooya, Toowoomba, Helidon, Gatton, Laidley, Rosewood, Ipswich, eventually finishing in Brisbane. As they passed through each town the number of recruits grew, starting with 28 men and finishing with 125 as they marched through the streets of Brisbane. Overall the recruits travelled 160 miles (257 kms).

As part of the Queensland Anzac Centenary program, the Queensland Government has announced a series of events across South East Queensland from 29 November 2015 to commemorate this anniversary.

Below are a series of images from State Library of Queensland’s collection documenting the March of the Dungarees.

"The pioneers of the Dungaree contingent who left Warwick last week for Brisbane". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

“The pioneers of the Dungaree contingent who left Warwick last week for Brisbane”. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

"The Staff of the Dungarees - Standing: Lieut. Copas (transport officer), Lieut. D. Binnie (in charge), Sergt-Major Flannery. Sitting: Bugler Milliard, Drummer Bromiley." John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

“The Staff of the Dungarees – Standing: Lieut. Copas (transport officer), Lieut. D. Binnie (in charge), Sergt-Major Flannery. Sitting: Bugler Milliard, Drummer Bromiley.” John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

Crowd gathers at the start of the Dungarees March in Warwick 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 110517

Crowd gathers at the start of the Dungarees March in Warwick 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 110517

"Ladies who entertained the Dungarees at Cambooya, including Mrs J.H. Fairfac (2nd from left) and Mrs Ramsay (2nd from right); Col. Lee in centre". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

“Ladies who entertained the Dungarees at Cambooya, including Mrs J.H. Fairfac (2nd from left) and Mrs Ramsay (2nd from right); Col. Lee in centre”. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

"The Dungarees welcomed in Toowoomba". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

“The Dungarees welcomed in Toowoomba”. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

March of the Dungarees - "Marching through Ruthven Street, Toowoomba". John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

March of the Dungarees – “Marching through Ruthven Street, Toowoomba”. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 702692-19151127-0021

Dungarees passing along Ipswich Road, Moorooka 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 11395

Dungarees passing along Ipswich Road, Moorooka 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 11395

Dungarees resting during a march on Ipswich Road, Moorooka 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 11396

Dungarees resting during a march on Ipswich Road, Moorooka 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 11396

Dungarees marching down Queen Street, Brisbane 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7729-0001-0041

Dungarees marching down Queen Street, Brisbane 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7729-0001-0041

Dungarees marching along Queen Street, Brisbane 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 24828

Dungarees marching along Queen Street, Brisbane 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 24828

Official welcome to the Dungarees in Albert Square, Brisbane, Queensland, 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg  157075

Official welcome to the Dungarees in Albert Square, Brisbane, Queensland, 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 157075

Reception for The Dungarees in Albert Square, Brisbane 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7729-0001-0018

Reception for The Dungarees in Albert Square, Brisbane 1915. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7729-0001-0018

Dungarees resting at Bell's paddock, Enoggera after the long march. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg  157075

Dungarees resting at Bell’s paddock, Enoggera after the long march. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 157075

Myles Sinnamon – Project Coordinator, State Library of Queensland