“North Coast Boomerangs recruiting march”During World War 1, there were numerous recruiting marches… all but one of which, was in NSW… the exception being the Dungarees, which commenced in Warwick and ended in Brisbane. The idea was to inspire/encourage young men to join the armed services. To many who had never left their district, the possibility of travelling the world, must have seemed an opportunity too good to miss.Little did they realise just what they would be facing.My own grandfather joined one of these marches… but this story is about the North Coast Boomerangs, also called the Coastal Boomerangs.” Route: Grafton, Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, Macksville, Kempsey, Telegraph Point, Port Macquarie, Taree, Bulahdelah, Raymond Terrace, Maitland.The ‘North Coasters’ started with only 27 men but gained 80 recruits at Coffs Harbour and, by the time they reached their destination, had 240 men – almost a 9-fold increase. In addition, it was estimated that over 500 men were induced to volunteer as a result of the march.Recruiting Marches 1915-1916″https://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/recruiting_march/nc_boomerangs/
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Source: Bellingen Shire Council
Most people had vivid memories of it having been a picture theatre, with Vince Lovell as the projectionist. Vince had been the town’s photographer back then too, and many people remember him taking their wedding and baby photos. Many of the archival photos of Bellingen which can now be found in Bellingen’s Historical Museum, have been attributed to Vince Lovell.This comment by Robert Braithwaite, was very typical of the responses that appeared “I think Vic Ball had it before Fishburns. Movie every Friday night, and Saturday matinee. Sommerville’s Cafe and Lovell’s Lolly Shop, were open on Friday nights and Saturdays for drinks and confectionery at interval. Certainly was Bellingen’s hub for entertainment in the 60’s and early 70’s, particularly for the youth.. good times”. Many of the errant youth also confessed to ducking off from the movie to take their date down to the river for a bit of hanky panky (my words, not theirs ;-)). Other sweeter memories surfaced: Mark Durbidge “I remember having my first kiss there at the pictures”. Rose Callaghan remembers well seeing the movie “Grease” there in 1976 because she had her appendix out the next day. I wonder if the excitement of the movie in sleepy little Bellingen, brought on Rose’s appendicitis?? Mike Marriott said it was “2 bob to get in” (his mum sent him off with the 2 bob tied in the corner of his hankie).
Source: Memorial Hall Memories