|The Kookaburra marchers en route|
World War 1, from 1914 to 1918, saw the exodus of a large proportion of the male population. All told, 52 men joined up. In 1916, a group of patriotic country men formed the "Kookaburra" marchers, who, starting out west, marched through the country- side by several routes, all converging on Sydney. Their aim was to gain recruits. They bivouacked on the floor of Capertee school on their way from Mudgee, as it was the only public building in town.