TIMOR MATES: Reg McCubbin, 96, and John Hansen, 93, were members of the Sparrow Force in the Second World War, serving in Timor in 1941-42.
TIMOR MATES: Reg McCubbin, 96, and John Hansen, 93, were members of the Sparrow Force in the Second World War, serving in Timor in 1941-42. Jocelyn Watts

Fantastic turnout at Maryborough Anzac services

MARYBOROUGH RSL president Bob Evans has estimated about 10,000 people attended the march and ceremony through the streets of the city to commemorate the centenary of Anzac Day on the weekend.

"We normally have about 7000, and it looks like about double that, so it could even be up to 14,000," Mr Evans said.

"We were expecting 2000 school children to take part, and I think we had more than that," he said.

Sunbury students prepare to march.
Sunbury students prepare to march.

Maryborough's 2015 Anzac Day Reviewing Officer, Rear-Admiral Peter Quinn, said both Anzac ceremonies were "absolutely fantastic".

"The number of people that turned out both for the dawn service and the main service was quite humbling," Rear-Admiral Quinn said.

"In particular I think we must have had a couple of thousand school children turn up which was absolutely amazing," he said.

Reviewing Officer Rear Admiral Peter Quinn at Anzac Day in Maryborough.
Reviewing Officer Rear Admiral Peter Quinn at Anzac Day in Maryborough.

The heritage city has a special link for Rear-Admiral Quinn; it is where his great-grandfather, Sergeant George Midgley, enlisted.

"I was really pleased to be back in the city where my great-grandfather enlisted in the first AIF 101 years ago," he said.

"To be here for the 100-year commemoration of landings at Gallipoli which my great-grandfather was involved in was just extraordinary."

A labourer from Fort Lane, Sgt Midgley was 31 when he joined the 9th Battalion.

He was wounded at Gallipoli on April 25, 191. He was discharged in March 1918.