Freedom of Entry March
On 1 July as part of celebrating 75 years since its commissioning, Queanbeyan will bestow trust and confidence in HMAS Harman through the Freedom of Entry March.
During mediaeval times fortress walls afforded cities protection from outlaw bands and attacks by feudal lords. The citizens of those walled cities wisely refused to allow entry to armed groups unless they were absolutely sure that those arms would not be used against them. Hence the granting of permission to enter a city became the mark of trust and confidence by its citizens. This privilege, not readily won and highly prized, was known as Freedom of Entry.
In the case of the Navy, Freedom of the City recognises the defence of sea port cities and towns. However, as many vessels in the contemporary Royal Australian Navy fleet carry the names of land-locked centres, the honour has been extended to include a number of them such as Queanbeyan.
The Freedom of Entry March is not to be missed and members of the public are encouraged to line the streets, particularly at the intersection of Crawford and Monaro Street. From this vantage point the Navy will be stopped by the NSW Police Force before being inspected by Tim Overall, Mayor.
Once entry is authorised a scroll party takes custody of the scroll and the Australian White Ensign is escorted by a Colour Party into the staging area and marches continue to Queen Elizabeth II Park.
At the conclusion of the Freedom of Entry March community members are welcome to join with the Navy at Queen Elizabeth II Park to hear performances from the Royal Navy Band and Queanbeyan City Pipes and Drums. There will be food and coffee stalls available.
The Royal Australian Navy will march from Moore Park Memorial Gardens on Antill Street, left onto Lowe Street then left along Monaro Street. The Challenge ceremony will be at the intersection of Crawford and Monaro Streets. The march will then continue along Monaro Street to Queen Elizabeth II Park via Collett Street.
Sunday, 01 July 2018 | 10:00 AM
- 02:30 PM
Queen Elizabeth II Park, Collett Street, Queanbeyan 2620 View Map