Peace Day Parade
A Peace Day Parade at Woonona in New South Wales on 19 July 1919, claimed to be the best procession in the state outside of Sydney.
Year: 19 July 1919
Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Catalogue Reference: NFSA title:14250
People: Mrs Conly, Miss M Burrows, Miss Moore
Location: Woonona, NSW
Tags: Australia, Peace Day, parades, floats, returned soldiers, trade unions
Subject: Peace Day celebrations
Visible in this clip are: Mrs Conly, dressed as the Goddess Britannia, followed by the Woonona Agricultural Bureau float carrying Miss M Burrows dressed as Ceres, the Goddess of Agriculture, standing next to Miss Moore wearing a costume depicting the Goddess of Peace. Both women are seen here surrounded by produce.
Prizes were given at Woonona for the best costume, tableau, display and decorated motor car. The Trolley, Draymen and Carters’ Union float was declared Championship of the Procession. On offer at a fundraising auction was a china cup and saucer from which the Duke of Wellington reportedly drank before the battle of Waterloo. The day ended with a ‘plain and fancy dress’ ball at a nearby hall, attended by over 80 couples.
Peace Day parades were held throughout Australia on that day, as a tribute to the heroes of war. By this time, most service personnel had returned to Australia from overseas and were able to participate. Large crowds flocked to the parades, which also provided fundraising opportunities to build homes for war widows.