Chauvel and the Light Horse to be honoured at special dinner in Tabulam

Tabulam will be buzzing on the weekend as the Battle of Romani in 1916 is celebrated.

The strategic victory of the desert campaign on August 1–5, 1916 marked the beginning of the end of the Ottoman Empire. That victory was led by Harry Chauvel of Tabulam and the Australian Light Horse.

One of the organisers of the celebrations, Jill Adam said the weekend will start with a band at the Tabulam Hotel on Friday night, November 11.

Saturday is the regular Tabulam market, and will have a special visit by the local rugby league Turtle Divers Club.

The market will have Koori food and some of the team will attend the Saturday dinner in homage to the Aboriginal Light Horse soldiers who served with Chauvel in the Sinai, Palestine and Syria in the desert.

“We have people booked to the dinner from as far afield as Glen Innes, Sunshine Coast, Boonah, Tenterfield, Wardell, Lismore, Ballina so far, as tickets are selling well,” Jill said.

The guest speaker at the dinner is Dr Jonathan King who made a film about the Light Horse that is narrated by Australian actor Jack Thompson.

The three-course dinner will have guests from the Australian Light Horse and Chauvel Foundation, various RSL and museum representatives.

Doors open on Saturday, November 12 at 4pm for a Meet and Greet with everyone seated by 4.50pm.

The market is on 9am–2pm.

Book for the dinner by email

For further information call Jill on 0427 061 522.

Cost of the dinner is $45 per head.

The monument to the Light Horse at Tabulam. Photo: Susanna Freymark
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