A SPECIAL PLACE TO SPEND ANZAC DAY
Stanthorpe is a great place to celebrate that part of Australia's military history - soldier settlers were responsible for a large amount of the growth in the area in the post-WW2 period.
Under the Discharged soldiers' settlement Act, 1917 and associated legislation and regulations, every discharged member of the armed forces was entitled to apply for land and financial assistance.The Stanthorpe shire was one such area selected for settlement and around 17,000 acres was set aside in the parishes of Pikedale and Marsh. Eventually, more than seven hundred returned soldiers were allocated blocks in what became known as the Pikedale Soldier Settlement. The soldier settlement areas west of Stanthorpe are identifiable by their World War I names: Amiens, Messines, Bapaume, Passchendaele, Bullecourt, Pozieres and Fleurbaix. They were served by a rail line, known as the Amiens line, which was opened in June 1920.This line operated for fifty four years, finally closing in 1972. The official opening was performed by HRH the Prince of Wales who was visiting Australia at the time.
While you're here, check out the little Anglican Church of St Denys, Amiens. The church dates from 1923 and is named for the patron saint of France. At the time of the dedication of the church, Amiens Cathedral in France gifted an altar cloth as well as related altar ornaments in honour of the contribution of Australian soldiers during the war. The Ballandean Pyramid also hosts a flag ceremony, and 'A Tribute to Our ANZACS' is playing the week before ANZAC day at Stanthorpe's Little Theatre, just a 15 minute walk from Top of the Town and a 10 minute walk from the RSL.
Book your room or site at Top of the Town now, and celebrate Anzac day early in the high, cool mountains.
Stay two nights and get the third night free. Please mention this promotion when booking. Valid for the Anzac day weekend only, 25-26th April, 2015.
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