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This historical moment saw Mount Gambier come to a standstill on Wednesday 27 November 1918. More than 2000 people assembled at the lakes area to take part in the greatest one-day community effort in the city’s history.

Rook Walk was built as part of a beautification of the lakes scheme and organised by hotelier Arthur Rook and the progress association. The volunteers included tradesmen, labourers, bankers, shop assistants and 300 ladies who provided three meals during the day and live music by the Salvation Army and town band.

“One of the stories that has always held my interest was of Rook Walk and how it drew our community together in such a powerful way at the end of the First World War. It was a time of sorrow and conflict but out of that grew hope and unity,” Mount Gambier History Group member Lynn Lowe said.

A commemorative event will be held on Tuesday 27 November 2018 to celebrate the historic community effort.


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