Freedom of Entry March comes to Queanbeyan

Published on 14 June 2018

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As part of celebrating 75 years since its commissioning, on 1 July 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.

“This is certainly an honour for Queanbeyan and to see the Navy enter armed, with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, colours flying, drums beating and band playing will be a sight to behold,” Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor, Tim Overall said.

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.

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 at Queen Elizabeth II Park.

Address:

  • Royal Australian Navy to march from Moore Park Memorial Gardens on Antill Street, left onto Lowe Street, left along Monaro Street.
  • Challenge ceremony at intersection of Crawford and Monaro Streets. Continue along Monaro Street and Collett Street to Queen Elizabeth II Park.

Date: Sunday 1st July
Time:  March:  10:30am – 11:30am
Park reception: 11.30pm to 2.00pm