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History Illuminated Cruise Series - Saturday 21 March: War comes to Lake Ma...

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Booragul Public Wharf

(On the lake in front of Art Gallery)

1 First Street

Booragul, NSW 2284

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Learn about the WWI and WWII history of Lake Macquarie with local military historian David Dial OAM on an afternoon cruise around the lake, past Speers Point, Belmont, Rathmines, and Wangi.

Cruise departing at 3.30pm from Booragul Jetty.
2.5 hours, arriving back at Booragul at 6pm
Tickets $60 per person, includes Devonshire afternoon tea
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David Dial OAM is a Lake Macquarie-born military historian who has dedicated the past thirty five years to researching the more than fifty thousand Hunter Valley men and women who served in wars from the South Africa Boer War of 1899-1902 and the China Boxer Rebellion of 1900 to the Vietnam War of 1962-1973.

He specialises in The First World War of 1914-1918 and the Second World War of 1939-1945 focussing on the Hunter Valley’s involvement both at the battle front and on the home front.

David was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2000 Australia Day honours list and the Centenary Medal in 2001 for "service to the communities of the Hunter Region, particularly for the compilation of material on local involvement in the South African Boer War and World War One, ANZAC Day activities and World War One battle commemorations."

David is the author of three books, "The March of The Wallabies – The Definitive History of The North West Route March", "Coal Miner Diggers - Hunter Valley Coal Miners at The Great War" and "Where Heroes Sleep - Hunter Valley Fallen of The Great War" and has also produced two CD-ROMs and numerous media articles, perhaps the best known being “The Hunter Remembers” for “The Newcastle Herald” from August 2014 to July 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

David shall be sharing stories of some of the 1400 Lake Macquarie men that enlisted during the First World War including the father and son fishermen from Warners Bay who enlisted in the Camel Corps to fight in the deserts of Palestine and Sinai; and the two brothers from Boolaroo who fought at Fromelles – one being killed and buried by the Germans in a mass grave in Pheasant Wood.

Throughout the cruise the names of the 220 Lake Macquarie men killed in action during the First World War on the battlefields of Gallipoli, France or Belgium, or who died of wounds or sickness in Egyptian, French or British hospitals shall be read.

Listen to personal accounts of Lake Macquarie men’s experiences at Gallipoli, Fromelles and other battles on the Western Front and the Middle East.

Hear about the special connection Australia’s second highest ‘decorated’ WW1 Digger, Lieutenant Joseph Maxwell VC, MC and Bar, DCM has with Lake Macquarie.

The Second World War of 1939-1945 commentary includes stories of the deeds and sacrifices of some of the 3200 Lake Macquarie men and 200 women who enlisted of whom 100 men were killed in action or died of wounds/sickness. Eighty Lake Macquarie men became prisoners of war in Europe and the South-West Pacific, the majority being of the Japanese. The roll of honour of the 100 men, including 24 who died as POWs – 16 at Sandakan or on the Sandakan to Ranau ‘death marches’ in Borneo - shall also be read.

Listen to the story of the Speers Point sailor who perished aboard HMAS Sydney II during the ship’s disastrous encounter with the German raider Kormoran off the coast of Western Australia on 19 November 1941 and the Speers Point airman who was a pilot in the May 1943 ‘Dam Buster’ raid of the Ruhr Valley in Germany.

Hear about the boat building yard at Swansea that constructed timber vessels for the American Army Small Ships; and the Rathmines flying boat base including the stories of the Catalina crews who trained at Rathmines and paid the supreme sacrifice during the 4–8 May 1942 Battle of The Coral Sea.

All this and more.

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Booragul Public Wharf

(On the lake in front of Art Gallery)

1 First Street

Booragul, NSW 2284

Australia

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