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In deference to ANZAC Day on Friday, I’m sharing this photograph from our library collection. It shows a large crowd assembled on the corner of Gipps and Carp Street in Bega as part of the Peace Day Celebrations to mark the end of World War I.

The Peace Day Celebrations took place on Tuesday 11 November 1919 and was a result of many community meetings held over the preceding months. The Celebrations were planned for earlier in the year but had to be postponed due to the influenza epidemic.

Schools within a radius of 15 kms of Bega were allowed to close for the day (Bega Budget, 5 Nov. 1919). On 15 November 1919 the Bega Budget gave a full report on the Celebrations. As well as a procession, a full day of sporting events, children’s events, refreshments and entertainment was organised including a night time dance and of course, fireworks. Every child received an Australian flag or a Union Jack.

The stately looking building on the corner is located where the Bega District News building is now.  Apparently, it was one of Bega’s first banks (not the Bank of NSW which was on the opposite corner).

 

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