Sunday, 24 April 2016

Anzac Day 2016 (part 2)

The RSL Sub Branch at Bayswater held their Anzac Day commemoration on Sunday morning 24 April.
As part of the commemoration wreaths were laid and the Knoxfield Girl Guides took part in the ceremony.
Lest we forget
Photographs taken by Rebecca Court

Anzac Day 2016

Part of the Anzac Day display at Nunawading Library in April 2016.
This year we focussed on some of the events in which Australian forces were involved during 1916.
The information in each of the photo frames was taken from the timeline provided in the Discovering Anzacs website.
Lest we forget

Monday, 18 April 2016

Australian WW I Records Finder

Recently I was alerted to this tool for looking for First World War records in the National Archives of Australia, Australian War Memorial and Commonwealth War Graves databases with one search. The Australian WWI Records Finder was created by Tim Sharratt and can be found at http://wraggelabs.com/ww1-records/.


For this example I typed the name and Service Number of Arthur Andreas Anderson 801 into the search boxes. The results showed the link to his records on National Archives of Australia site and also the link to the record in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database. However this search did not provide links to the records on the Australian War Memorial website although there is actually a record for him on the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour.

I checked this site on a couple of different days, sometimes using different names, usually with the same result though for one name the link for the record on the World War I Red Cross files appeared. Sometimes the search timed out.

Tried it on the computer at work using Chrome (used Mozilla Firefox at home) and had the same result.


 This tool has potential but it may be necessary to double check the Australian War Memorial resources if you suspect there should be an entry and you cannot locate one in Australian WWI Records Finder.

Information about creating this tool can be found in a Discontents post.

Friday, 15 April 2016

The Battle of Culloden

When we were exploring Scotland in August 2014 we spent part of one morning at the Culloden Visitor Centre near Inverness. A highlight was a presentation about the battle as well as a dramatic account as to what happenened to rebellion sympathisers. We also went outside to walk where the battle took place. Since our visit, according to the website, more interpretation has been added to the battle site.
The Battle of Culloden took place on 16 April 1746 between the Jacobites led by Charles Edward Stuart and the English army led by the Duke of Cumberland. The battle itself only lasted an hour and resulted in the defeat of the Jacobites. After the battle many of the Jacobites were hunted down and killed by the English troops. Meanwhile, Bonnie Prince Charlie escaped to the safety of France.

270 years later and the landscape where the battle took place is being laser scanned  to create a digital model of the battlefield in the hope of tracing remains from the battle. In Britain special events are being held such as a talk at the National Archives about manuscript collections relating to the battle.

BBC History - Battle of Culloden
British Battles - Battle of Culloden
National Trust of Scotland - Culloden

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Family History Feast 2015 - World War I

The papers presented at the 2015 Family History Feast held at the State Library of Victoria on Monday 10 August are now available to view on the family history section of the State Library website. The theme of the seminar was World War I History.

Papers include:
Bringing the War home: repatriation records and the family historian - the Don Grant lecture by Bruce Scates
Stephen Kafkarisos on the Library's WWI collection
David Holloway on the 4th Light Horse Regiment
Daniel Wilksch on soldier settlement in Victoria
Grace Baliviera on WWI records at the National Archives of Australia
Kirsty Harris on finding information about Australian nurses in WWI

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Writing the War: personal stories from World War I

Writing the War is a State Library of Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network touring exhibition on display in the All Nations Foyer at the Box Hill Town Hall from 3 October to 11 November 2015.
The exhibition consists of a series of panels tracing seven personal stories of the wartime accounts of a nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports master, journalist, artist and activist. These are only a small selection of stories that can be located in the archive of material relating to World War I in the State Library collection.
Australians serving during WWI shared their experiences through letters, diaries and photographs sent to loved ones and this material has been used to tell the stories.
The exhibition will tour Victoria from 2015 until 1917 and will be hosted by twelve library services. Whitehorse Manningham Libraries is the current host of this exhibition and a number of activities have been arranged by the library in conjunction with the exhibition.
The exhibition can also be viewed in Palmer Hall at the State Library of Victoria until end of March 2016.
A series of videos have been made in conjunction with the display panels and can be located on the State Library of Victoria website as well as viewed at the exhibition.
The seven people highlighted in the exhibition are:
George Auchterlonie
Percival Langford
Sir Keith Murdoch
Vida Goldstein
Jessie Traill
Alice Kitchen
Eric Chinner

Australia Calls exhibition

The theme for Whitehorse Heritage Week for 2015 was Australia Calls, looking at the way World War I affected those living in the Shire of Nunawading.
An exhibition, Australia Calls, was held at the Box Hill Art Space from 14 September until 14 October. It was supported by the Federal Government through the office of Veterans Affairs under the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. Whitehorse City Council received assistance to mount these initiatives through both Chisholm and Deakin electorates.
The exhibition included a collection of diaries, photographs, newspaper extracts, poetry, artefacts and memorabilia conveying accounts of those who fought abroad and those who contributed to the war effort back home in Australia.
Display boards recounted the stories of some of the soldiers from the area who fought overseas plus memories of the war of some of the current residents. There were also stories of how the local community participated in support of the war effort as well as debates about Australia's participation in the war.
According to Andrew Lemon, author of the book, Box Hill, - 
'About one in twelve of the population of the Shire of Nunawading enlisted for active service in the war of 1914-1918. Of these, one in six were killed.'
World War I therefore had a significant impact on the Shire of Nunawading (now the City of Whitehorse).
The exhibition panels were designed by Way Back When, consulting historians, with much of the initial preparation and general organisation undertaken by Julie Jones, Heritage Programs, Whitehorse Council.
Many local residents and organisations contributed to the exhibition.
A large scale photographic image of the Shire of Nunawading Honor Roll was on display in the exhibition space and also in the foyer of the City of Whitehorse council offices.

This project was a great contribution not only to Whitehorse Heritage Week but also to the national commemoration of the Anzac Centenary.