'Australia's fighting spirit began well before Gallipoli'
OUR fighting spirit and loyalty to our nation were ingrained in Australians long before soldiers stormed the beaches of Gallipoli.
The reputation of our soldiers was set in South Africa's Boer War in August, 1900, when fewer than 500 Australian troops defended their depot on the banks of the Elands River against an attack from 2500 Boers.
The saluting officer and guest speaker for Nambour's Anzac Day event, Ted Robinson, said the Elands River battle had forged the Australian spirit for years to come, until our men were called upon again in the First World War.
When Mr Robinson was 19, he served as a gunner with the 105 Field Battery, 1 Field Battery, 1 Field Regiment and 12 Field Regiment in Vietnam during his voluntary service in 1968-69.
A former Vietnam Veterans Association president, he also was president of the Nambour RSL Sub-branch from 1980-84.
He is proud of his family's rich war history.
His great great uncle served in the Boer War and grandfather, Vivian Robinson, fought in Gallipoli. His mother's father was one of the electricians who wired the explosives that blew up Hill 60 on the Western Front.
"Mum and Dad were in the war (too)," he said.
"Dad was in the first photographic corp in the Second World War with the Air Force and Mum worked in the photographic sections in Sydney as a WAAF."
Tomorrow at Quota Memorial Park, Mr Robinson will talk about the spirit of the Australian soldier and how we all still have it in us today.
"Australians are unique in their individual fighting spirit, camaraderie, loyalty to each other and their loyalty to the country," he said.
5.20am: Assemble in Matthew St, in front of RSL Club.
March to the Wall of Remembrance, Quota Memorial Park
5.28am: Service begins.
8.30am: Parade assembles in Howard St from Ann to Currie Sts
March to Quota Memorial Park
8.55am: Service begins.
Refreshments and morning tea available at RSL Club after service.
4.15am: Gather at the Palmwoods Memorial Hall Palmwoods.
4.28am: Service begins.
Light refreshments, tea and coffee available in hall after service.
5.15am: Gather at Woombye Cenotaph.
5.30am: Services begins.
6am: Service begins at Verrierdale Community Hall, Verrierdale Rd, Verrierdale.
10.40am: Form-up car park in Farrell St.
10.50am: March off to the War Memorial.
11am: Service begins.