Home' Hunter Its People : Hunter-Glory Days June 2012 Contents QG4973612AA-21Jun
[ GLORY DAYS ]
back waving the Chinese ﬂag,” she said. “The town went mad
and mum danced all afternoon.”
Trains, buses and trams in and out of the city were packed,
with many people walking into town.
Men played football in and out of the city crowds using a
kerosene tin for a football, ﬂags and bunting appeared on shops,
buildings and ships in the harbour, while confetti rained from
ofﬁce windows on a victory parade.
Thousands attended a special service in King Edward Park,
many going on to an evening of sports and entertainment at
Newcastle Sports Ground.
Milkmen concerned about interruption to deliveries by
revellers asked the army to provide them with a military escort,
and by nightfall Newcastle was ringed with bonﬁres on the hills
at Merewether, New Lambton and Waratah.
The Newcastle Morning Herald report the next day had one of
the largest headings ever used by the newspaper at that time:
“JAPAN ORDERED TO CEASE FIRE, MacArthur Calls Envoy To
“Manila, August 15. General Douglas MacArthur, who is to
receive the Japanese surrender on behalf of the Allied Powers,
has directed the Tokio authorities to order an immediate
cessation of hostilities by Japanese forces.
“He ﬁxed the date and hour of cessation, said that Allied
forces would be directed to stop ﬁghting when this had been
“Tokio Radio at 4pm (Tokio time) said an Imperial order to
cease ﬁre was expected soon, but that Allied warships should
stay clear of Japanese home waters until then in order to avoid
any untoward incident. It announced to Japanese troops on the
ﬁghting fronts that Japan had surrendered.
“The Japanese Government has been instructed to send an
envoy, with service advisers, to Manila to receive instructions on
the carrying into effect of the surrender terms.
“On his arrival, the Japanese representative must
Phyllis Mook and Flo Dillon danced VP Day away surrounded
by a huge crowd in Hunter St, left, while other women had ﬂags
out to celebrate the end of World War II.
THE COST OF WAR
The celebrations at the end of wars are so great because
of their terrible costs.
The Hunter has lost more than 3000 people in war since
the Sudan War of 1885, including estimates of 23 in the
Boer War, 2072 in World War I, 979 in World War II, 18 in
Korea and 19 in Vietnam, plus those who have died in the
ongoing wars of today.
Links Archive Hunter Our Backyard June 2011 Navigation Previous Page Next Page