Sunday, 26 November 2017

Diggers Bistro at Comfort Inn, Anzac Highway, Glenelg

The 1st Australian Veterans Over 70s Cricket Championships was held in Adelaide from 4 - 9 November 2017.

Many members of Victorian teams stayed at the Comfort Inn on Anzac Highway, Glenelg. The motel is within easy walking distance to the shops and Glenelg Beach.
The Diggers Bistro, at the motel, keeps with the Anzac theme with stencils depicting scenes from the First World War on the windows.
Inside are war related images such as this coloured glass depiction of men on horseback. This is one of a pair of coloured glass images hanging on the back wall of the restaurant.
One of the walls has a pair of framed prints including this one of the cliffs at Anzac Cove.
A collection of Anzac biscuit tins and Anzac memorabilia is displayed on a cabinet.
Most of our evening meals were at the motel.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Remembrance Day 2017

The Remembrance Day display at Nunawading Library this year features a section commemorating the Vietnam War, 1962-1973.
Another window remembers the sacrifices made by soldiers on the Kokoda Track seventy-five years ago.
A third window commemorates the battles in France one hundred years ago.

Photos by Shauna McEwan

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

London remembers

Bronze relief created by Paul Day depicting King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visiting Londoners bombed out during the Second World War. The relief is on a wall in The Mall in London next to a statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. It was unveiled in February 2009.
The King and Queen had refused to leave London during The Blitz. The relif shows another aspect of the war in London.

London Remembers website 

Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain monument in London on the Victoria Embankment near the River Thames was unveiled by Prince Charles on 18 September 2005. The monument was devised by the Battle of Britain Historical Society. Paul Day was the sculptor.
The monument commemorates all those who took part in the battle - the airmen and the civilians.
'Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few' - Winston Churchill.
For more detailed information about, and description of, this monument see The Battle of Britain London Monument website.

Monday, 29 May 2017

London air-raids 1917

This plaque is found along the banks of the Thames River in London.
The Sphinx on the banks of the Thames River was presented to England by Egypt in 1819 as a memorial to Lord Nelson and Sir Ralph Abercromby and the battles against Napoleon in Egypt, particularly in 1798. The sphinx was one of the landmarks slightly damaged during the bombing of London. However many buildings were destroyed in the air-raids and people killed.

1914-1918 Online - International Encyclopedia of the First World War - Bombing of London
History in the Headlines - London's World War / Zeppelin Terror
Imperial War Museum - Air raids that shook London in the First World War

Shoes of the Danube

In memory of the victims shot into the Danube in 1944-45
On the banks of the Danube River in Budapest is a memorial to the people who were shot on the banks of the river towards the end of World War II.
When we visited Budapest in July 2011 there was an exhibiton entitled The Stones of the Embankment which included this panel. The wording on the panel read:
In the darkest period of our history the banks of the Danube turned into the site of mass killings. The members of the Arrow Cross Party (the Hungarian Nazis) shot hundreds of people and dropped them in the Danube. Their memory is preserved by sixty pairs of iron shoes on the Danube River bank, a work by Gyula Pauer.
It is a moving memorial.

Visit Budapest - Shoes of the Danube

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Remarkable women of Whitehorse and Manningham

Whitehorse Manningham Libraries celebrated International Women's Day, 8 March 2017, with the launch of a series of postcards celebrating the lives of eight remarkable women from the two municipalities. The postcards were illustrated by Edwina Marion and the text compiled by Lara McKinley (Community Stories Project Officer).

The women chosen were Jane Serpell (pioneer fruit grower), Annie Boorat (Wurundjeri woman), Elizabeth Burchill (nurse and author), Lexie Goyder (architect), Ivy Weber (politician), Wilhelmina Schwerkolt (German orchardist) and Janet Muir Gaff (Nurse and adventurer).
Postcard - Janet Gaff (artist, Edwina Marion)
The preliminary research that I undertook in January to locate Janet's story formed the basis for more detailed research required to write the second assignment for the Families at War unit.

Janet's name was included on the Shire of Nunawading honour board now displayed in the foyer of the Box Hill Town Hall. In 2017 Janet was commemorated again in this set of post cards.