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Cowra Breakout 80th Anniversary Commemorative Mayoral Dinner

Sun 4 August at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Hosted by Cr Ruth Fagan, Mayor of Cowra, with special guest, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of NSW.

2024 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Cowra Breakout.

The breakout from the Cowra Prisoner of War Camp in 1944 was the only land battle fought on Australian soil during the Seond World War. This event shaped many aspects of our town and we have cemented a strong relationship with the Japanese people and Government in the years since.

Cowra has endeavoured to tell the story of the Breakout in a dignified and respectful manner, and our emphasis is on the reconciliation that has been nurtured since the tragic events of 1944.

This year’s commemorations will take place over the 4th-5th August 2024 in Cowra. The Mayoral Dinner is a key event within the program of events for the two-day period of commemoration.

This year, we are delighted to welcome our special guest speaker, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales.

Your ticket includes a three-course dinner showcasing Cowra’s finest produce and local wines.

Dress code: Cocktail



Cowra Showground and Camping
Grenfell Road
Cowra, NSW 2794 Australia


Cowra Council


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The What’s On calendar covers arts and heritage events happening across the NSW Central West in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

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