With a river breeze and flags flying, Lawrence locals gathered in the shade of the trees at Lawrence Park to celebrate Australia Day.
MC Neville Taber welcomed everyone and the ‘Lawrence Tempomentals’ encouraged everyone to sing along with the national anthem and chosen songs. Joan Kale spoke about Dorothea McKeller and read her poem ‘My Country’. The first Australia Day on 30 July 1915 was the topic for Roz Jones, who explained it was a community day for fundraising to support troops fighting in the First World War, and the similarities with community support today. Lester Cooke, the final speaker, reminded us about giving all Australians ‘A Fair Go’.
Following the ceremony, the Lawrence Historical Society provided morning tea in the park, with damper, lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits.
Both the Lawrence Museum and The Bells & Country Nursery opened free of charge for the morning.
Festivities continued with the Lawrence Golf & Sports Club providing BBQ lunch, games and entertainment.