Newsletter 55 March 31, 2016

Hello Farina Supporters

ANZAC Day is coming up and we would like to ensure that you know that ANZAC commemoration ceremonies are being held at Farina every third year, which means that the next one will be held in 2018.

I have attached a document written by one of our founding members, Lindsay Gould, entitled “100 Years of Commemorating ANZAC at Farina”. Lindsay wrote it after being asked to supply details of how the Farina Restoration Group had spent grant monies received from the ANZAC Memorial Committee. It has been published on their website.

LEGAL AID NEEDED

On another note, we have need to use land at Farina, which involves historic titles and recent usage. Have any of our supporters got legal experience in the area of Adverse Possession? If you feel you can assist please contact Tom.

Email tfharding@bigpond.com or phone 03 5261 3099. Thank you!

2016 Volunteering

The volunteer form ca be filled out on line by going to this page.

We are grateful to the 125 volunteers already listed. That may sound “massive” spread across our 8 weeks occupancy, but we need more to fulfil our programmes of development – maintenance, bakery and café management, and ensuring our visitors receive a special experience.

We have vacancies in weeks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8, one or two week periods to suit. If in doubt ring or email Tom Harding or Bob Brownlee (details in the Contacts page).

Less mobile volunteers are welcome and gain equal satisfaction. We need campsite management people to look after our welfare. They are frequently on call for pick-ups from Leigh Creek, Copley and to collect eggs for the baker from Lyndhurst and so on..

Regards
Cathie

Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC at Farina

Source: Lindsay Gould, Farina Restoration Group

Just off the Oodnadatta Track, about 26km north of Lyndhurst in outback South Australia, there is a War Memorial on a low rocky escarpment overlooking the ruins of a township. The township was Farina.

In 2009, a group of caravanners formed the Farina Restoration Group Inc. with the objectives of preserving what remained of this historic township, and researching and recording its history before both were lost forever. The only permanent residents are the owners of the surrounding Farina Station.

In the course of the Group’s research, it was discovered that 33 local men had enlisted for service in World War 1 and 34 enlisted in World War 11 but there was no physical acknowledgment of their service in the district.

In 2010, with support from the Department of Veterans Affairs, members of the Farina Restoration Group built a Memorial to these men. The Memorial is situated on a low rocky escarpment overlooking the former town site. It comprises a stone cairn supporting a memorial plaque and flagpole, and a shelter covering honour rolls for each conflict with accompanying story boards outlining their backgrounds.

On ANZAC Day 2012, the Group organized and conducted the first Dawn Service to be held in this remote area. Approximately 140 locals from the area, campers and tourists were in attendance. After the service, everyone gathered at the historic underground bakery for a prepared breakfast followed by a commemorative address.

Following the success of this service, the Group decided to mount another service in 2015 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli.

Although the 2015 service was not widely advertised, approximately 200 locals, overseas tourists, campers, visitors and members of the Farina Restoration Group attended. A most welcome visitor was a granddaughter of Corporal William Parsons MM( Military Medal), a Farina man who enlisted in World War 1. He was awarded his medal for Gallantry in Action in Palestine in 1916.

As in 2012, a formal Dawn Service was conducted by Returned Service personnel with participation from locals and members of the Farina Restoration Group.

Again, all joined for breakfast following the service.

To acknowledge the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, the group commissioned a commemorative plaque, with their service details, for each of the nine Farina men who lost their lives in World Wars 1 and 11.

After the breakfast a call was made for any ex-service personnel to identify themselves. Unknown to the organisers of the service and each other, eight Vietnam veterans had made the journey to attend. In a moving ceremony each of these veterans participated in dedicating the plaques.

The plaques have now been incorporated in the War Memorial precinct. They are mounted on a wall of local stone built by volunteers of the Farina Restoration Group, as part of its 2015 works programme. The commemorative wall is defined at the ends by a soldier with arms reversed and an airman at the salute.