Coimadai Primary School

The little Oak tree has become a very important tree at Coimadai. On Sunday the 17th of May 150 people came to see it being planted along with the lone Pine tree. This is in preparation for the 100 year re-enactment which will take place on the 27th of June. All Association members, friends, supporters and descendants of the volunteers are invited to attend the official opening of the Coimadai Memorial Park on this date. The park has been constructed and the Avenue of Honour reinstated with financial assistance from the Federal Government, the Department of Premier & Cabinet, The Office of Living Victoria and Moorabool Shire Council. The park is situated within the picnic area of Southern Rural Waters Merrimu Reservoir and that institution has been very supportive of the Association objectives and work progress. The opening day will be a partial re-enactment of a ceremony in June 1918, when the Anglican Bishop, arriving by horse and cart, dedicated the trees in the newly planted Avenue and the Coimadai School children placed a wreath on the plaques of those soldiers killed in action. The children then sang WWI songs. In our ceremony, Anglican Bishop Philip Huggins will be arriving by horse and jinker, accompanied by the Creswick Light Horse Brigade. The Coimadai School children, dressed in period costume, will place wreaths on 32 crosses installed in the park fence and the whole group will sing WWI songs, accompanied by musicians from the Kyneton, Daylesford and Geelong brass bands. The park will be officially opened by Senator The Honourable Michael Ronaldson, Minister for Veterans Affairs. Weather permitting, we expect 1,000 people on the day.