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El Arish North Queensland

Places, Faces and Events of an Historical Soldier Settlement town

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How we got our name "El Arish"

In the First World War a battle was fought at Arish on the Sinai peninsula in 1916.   This was a significant battle with the combined British, Australian and New Zealand forces securing El Arish in December 1916, and thus successfully clearing the whole of the Sinai Peninsula of Turkish forces.  Francis Paxton Martin served in Palestine and on his return he was the supervisor of the Maria Creek soldier settlement, and he later named the town El Arish presumably in memory of that battle.

The town of Arish (Sinai) is by a big wadi, the Wadi Al Arish, which receives flash flood water from much of north - not unlike ourselves.  Arish is the capital and largest city  of the Egyptian governorate of North Sinai, as well as the largest city on the entire Sinai Peninsula, lying on the Mediterranean coast of the Sinai peninsula, 344 kilometers (214 mi) northeast of Cairo. Arish is distinguished by its clear blue water, widespread fruitful palmy wood on its coast, and its soft white sand.