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History

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More than 295,000 Australians, including many from the Wimmera, served between March 1916 and November 1918 on the Western Front during World War One, and they are remembered in many different ways.

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Centenary of the Battle of Hamel
Wednesday 4th July 2018

Today, the fourth of July 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel which was one of the most significant Australian actions of the First World War.

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Anzac Day this week gives a focus to remember and honour the sacrifices made by ordinary Australians in extraordinary circumstances on battlefields around the world over more than a century.

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One hundred years ago this month former local resident "Mick" Moon, was awarded the Victoria Cross, for his actions during fighting near Bullecourt in France.

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The year was 1915, our ANZAC troops had been on the Gallipoli peninsula for less than a fortnight, and there were already local servicemen losing their lives in battle.

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The year was 1942, Singapore was being evacuated due to the imminent threat of being invaded by the approaching Japanese, and Dimboola"s Matron Olive Dorothy Paschke found herself in the middle of it.

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