Many young men from the Winton District went to fight in WWI - over 600 of a population of just 2,500.
Winton, which contributed one of Australia's highest per capita World War I enlistments, has never forgotten these men. Every year Winton’s Anzac Day dawn service attracts large crowds of locals, and many travellers turn up to join in the commemoration.
At the heart of it all, exemplifying the tragedy and valiant sacrifice of Gallipoli, is the story of a young station worker from Winton's Bladensburg Station, who signed up when he turned 18 and joined the first convoy to the Great War.
Private Colin Morgan-Reade of the 2nd Light Horse Regiment arrived under fire at Anzac Cove on 12 May 1915 - the youngest in his troop. On 30 May, Colin was shot dead. His story has come to symbolise Winton’s Anzac Day.
2019 will also mark the 100th anniversary of the forming of the Winton branch of the Returned Servicemen’s League.
You are invited to attend Winton's Anzac Day dawn service in 2019. Lest we forget.