Maleny RSL Sub-Branch is organising a re-enactment of the 1918 Maleny Victory Parade.
The parade will be held on Remembrance Day, Sunday November 11, at 10am in Maleny culminating at the Maleny RSL for the Remembrance Day Service. Permits are in place from Council, Police and Dept TMR to close the main area of Maleny between 10am and 11am.
Whilst the parade will be a draw for the public, the main focus of the day will be the centenary of the end of World War 1 and the beginning of peace. The original parade was a civilian affair with only 12 ex-servicemen involved. It is believed it was put on by the families of the servicemen still overseas (there was no deployment by airlines then).
The Maleny RSL have tried to have as many direct descendants as possible in the parade, floats and cars from Blackall Range Horseless Carriage Club and equestrian vehicles from Australian Carriage Driving Society.
There will also be approximately 80 local school children, cadets from TS Centaur on a replica of HMAS Sydney built by Maleny Mens Club, Maleny Equestrian Group members, 5th Light Horse troopers, an old ambulance, Bushrangers Rugby Union Club dressed as infantry pulling a cannon, Maleny Players as swaggies, Maleny Singers and others.
Unfortunately, requests to Sunshine Coast Council to rebuild the Obi Obi Bridge in Maleny in original form and to remove all bitumen from the roads and streets to ensure the parade was as close to original as possible were declined.
The Maleny RSL have released images from the original re-enactment in Maleny, shared with them by locals whose families attended the event. These photographs gives a glimpse into this special moment in history, where peace was gratefully celebrated.