CROWDS IN SYDNEY Over 1,000,000 Jammed In Heart Of N.S.W. Capital Rec. 1.30 p.m. SYDNEY, this day. The. greatest crowd Sydney has ever assembled jammed the heart cf the city last night to celebrate the peace. Police estimate that by 10 p.m. more than 1,000,000 people were in the inner metropolitan area singing, dancing and shouting. In the city itself at least 750,000 people crowded Martin Place, the main streets, Hyde Park, King's Cross and the Domain. The 1500 civil police and 2000 military police on duty made a few arrests.
Effigies of Hirohito and Tojo were burned at more than a dozen points in the city. Flares dropped by the R.A.A.F. planes, criss - crossing searchlights from warships in the harbour, huge coloured neon signs and humble bonfires brilliantly illuminated the carnival.
Early this morning crowds were still thronging the streets cheering and dancing. One hundred persons fainted in the crowd of revellers who packed Martin Place. Ambulance men said most of them collapsed because they had been without fcod since morning. Hundreds of slightly injured walked into Sydney Hospital casualty ward for treatment during the night. The hospital also treated nearly 100 minor ambulance cases.
The Victory March through the citv this morning was the largest and most spectacular Sydney has ever seen. Approximately 100,000 servicemen and servicewomen and war veterans paraded, and a crowd of more than 500,000 lined the route.
Formations of R.A.A.F. planes flew overhead during the march, which was followed by a thanksgiving service in the Domain. Before the service a salute of 101 guns was fired in the outer Domain.
No tram services were run through the city to-day from 8.30 a.m. until 8.30 p.m. A race meeting will be held today, the National Security Regulations having been amended last night to allow horse and dog racing to be held on a day other than Saturday.
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GREATEST EVER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
GREATEST EVER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945
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