school art competition

beersheba book

Practical Suggestions

Here are some suggestions to raise public awareness of ANZAC values and what the ANZAC horsemen did, in a community-friendly way.

action 1

  • Light Horse parades through major cities and towns where the Light Horse originated, on October 31, 2017, or the weekend before, as per ANZAC day but shorter. People should work with local Australian Light Horse Association branches, Australian or New Zealand Army, RSL or Soldier On organisations and local government. They can stir up interest, put forward a proposal and offer to help organise.
  • Notify local TV and media of events. Write letters to your local Members of Parliament and newspapers. Send word around your friends, email network or facebook contacts.
  • Research local people who served as ANZAC horsemen and tell their stories. Ask around. Many Australians (especially in the country towns) have relatives who fought or died and would love an opportunity to voice this.
  • Contact local schools and try to organise a visit by an army or RSL representative to talk about the battle of Beersheba and Middle Eastern campaign. Let schools and teachers know of upcoming dates and material available on the web.
  • Organise a special exhibition at the local library, school, town hall, showgrounds or other suitable venue. Hold a community ‘Coo-ee’ event.
  • Contact the community to organise and perhaps help fund local event/s.
  • Tell the history of the partition of the Ottoman Empire and let people know that the Palestinians have already been given a homeland (Jordan) as well as the Jews (Israel).
  • Write a letter to the Sydney Cricket Ground board to restore the Tibbie Cotter memorial and take the Ashes Test team to visit Beersheba on their way to England in 2017.
  • Hand out a package of water and Anzac biscuits to children on October 31 (also the date of Halloween) and tell them the story of the victory at Beersheba in 1917.

action 2

Pictures:

  1. Emu Gully Walers – photographer unknown
  2. Beersheba Day package – Jill Curry, after an idea from Councillor Rosalie Crestani