HMAS Wollongong Freedom of Entry March - Wollongong

27 August 2017


MacCabe Park with march ending in the Crown Street Mall



The Armidale class patrol boat, HMAS Wollongong is visiting her namesake city in New South Wales. While in Wollongong, the patrol boat’s company will carry out a number of official duties including a Ceremonial Sunset at Figtree RSL Bowling Club at 4.45pm on Saturday, 26 August, a Freedom of Entry to the City on Sunday, 27 August, as well as visiting local schools and aged care facilities.

The practice of exercising Freedom of Entry into a town or city can be traced back to medieval times. The ceremony will take place in the City Centre starting in MacCabe Park and ending in the Crown Street Mall.

At 10.45am, Council representatives will present the ship's company of HMAS Wollongong with a scroll in MacCabe Park, granting them entry to the City.

HMAS Wollongong's ship's company, along with the Royal Australian Navy Cadets, Royal Australian Navy Band and members of the NSW Mounted Police Unit, will then march up Church Street at approximately 11:15am. Once they reach Crown Street, Superintendent Stephen Hegarty will challenge the parade and they will show the scroll to gain entry into the City. The march will then make its way through the mall, before stopping outside Wesley Church on the Mall where Council and Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force Captain Warren Bairstow will take the salute from the parade.

Both Stewart Street and Church Street will be closed for the march.

For those who wish to attend the event, the best spots to see all the action is in MacCabe Park, and the centre of the Crown Street Mall.

 HMAS Wollongong in Nouméa in late May 2017.
HMAS Wollongong in Nouméa in late May 2017.