Warwick Choral Society members take to the stage for the Anzac community concert on Saturday.
Warwick Choral Society members take to the stage for the Anzac community concert on Saturday. Jayden Brown

Century of Anzac told in song at Warwick concert

IT WAS a patriotic journey through a century of conflict, told in song, poem and dance.

On Saturday, the Warwick Choral Society hosted a special community concert to honour the centenary of Anzac.

Members donned nurse and soldier uniforms as they sang songs from the war time era.

The show was split into three sections - First World War, Second World War and post war.

Dozens of performers took to the stage at the Williams Hall, singing national anthems, reciting poems and dancing.

Among the performers was Golden Guitar winning songbird Norma O'Hara Murphy.

The Bony Mountain country music star performed a song she penned in honour of the March of the Dungarees.

"I wrote the song especially for the centenary of the March of the Dungarees," she said.

"I was just moved by the whole story - it's amazing when you think about it."

Ms O'Hara Murphy poured a lot of emotion into the song, reflecting her feelings about the war.

"When I think about it I get angry about the fact Australia couldn't afford to spare those men," she said.

"I think it's important to tell the story of the march - most people don't know it."

Also performing on stage were the Warwick Central State School choir, Scots PGC College senior choir and the Swan Creek Dance Academy.

Warwick RSL sub-branch John Skinner was the master of ceremonies, reciting the Ode for the crowd.

The community concert was funded by the Southern Downs Regional Council's community grants program.

THE DUNGAREES

The dungarees were 125 young men who marched from Warwick to Brisbane in reply to prime minister Billy Hughes' call for troops following the disaster at Gallipoli.



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