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Beersheba Day at Laidley Pioneer Village

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by May (subscribe)
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History comes to life on Beersheba Day
The Laidley Pioneer Village, in the Lockyer Valley, was established in 1972 by founding members and the many volunteers from the Laidley District Historical Society. A not for profit organisation, the Pioneer Village preserves a unique collection of machinery, farm equipment, and old wares from the days of Queensland's early pioneers to educate younger generations.

On Sunday the 31st of October, Laidley Pioneer Village will be hosting an event that harks back to an important date on the Australian historical calendar.

No, not, Halloween: that's an American tradition. The 31st of October is actually Beersheba Day.

You've never heard of Beersheba?

On 31 October 1917, during World War 1, Australia's Desert Mounted Corps led the famous charge of Beersheba by the 4th Light Horse Brigade, probably one of the most stunning victories in any battle or war in Australian history. This charge saw 800 Australian horsemen gallop their horses across three miles of open desert, through the Turkish defences, to win the precious wells of Beersheba.
The victory by the Australian horsemen, under the command of Lieutenant General Harry Chauvel against the Turks, was the beginning of a successful Australian campaign that led to the collapse of the Turkish Ottoman empire and turned the tide of war in the Middle East.

Courtesy of author
Lighthorse Display

Some of you of a certain vintage may be more familiar with these events thanks to the Australian-made movie from the 1980s, The Lighthorsemen, starring Peter Phelps, Jon Blake and Sigrid Thornton.

On Beersheba Day, the 2nd Lighthorse Regiment Lockyer Troop will commemorate the day with festivities to educate and celebrate at Laidley's Pioneer Village. The schedule of events follows and includes a re-enactment of the charge and other military displays.

Courtesy of Laidley Pioneer Village FB Page
Event Flyer

Gates open at 8:30 am at the corner of Drayton & Pioneer Streets, Laidley and entry is by way of a donation. Food will be available for purchase in the form of a sausage sizzle and bacon and egg rolls, as well as tea, coffee and soft drinks.

My recommendation is to pack a water bottle, camera and hat, and watch history come back to life.

Surely that beats plastic spiders and fake cobwebs hands down.
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Why? Because this is Australia, not America, and its our history.
When: From 8.30 am
Phone: 07 5465 2516
Where: Laidley Pioneer Village, cnr Drayton and Pioneers Sts, Laidley
Cost: Entry by donation
Your Comment
Hope lots of people come to remember and celebrate these brave Men and their courageous Horses.
I'll see you there!
Thanks May!
by Debra (score: 1|84) 41 days ago

very interesting and well worth celebrating with other Aussies.
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|2385) 40 days ago
Slight correction on the origins of Halloween if I may.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated each year on October 31, The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
by saari (score: 1|70) 36 days ago
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