The old Honour Roll, once proudly displayed at Winton North State School, has been lovingly recreated and is due to be installed at the school’s former site, which is now part of Winton Wetlands.
The Winton Wetlands Committee of Management and the Winton North Community Group have collaborated on the project and the recreated Honour Roll was unveiled at a ceremony on Sunday.
It is temporarily housed in the Lake Mokoan Hub and will be installed in its permanent location at a later date.
The Winton North Community Group was established last year and is providing an avenue for the recognition of historical sites and occurrences.
This project focuses on the acknowledgement of service and sacrifice of local soldiers who served during World War I.
Eleven men enlisted from this small farming community and five were killed in action:
Pte Clemence Henry Gamble;
Pte Robert James Gamble; Pte Victor Green; Lt Cyril Garfield John Ashmead; and Pte William Henry Gould. The original Honour Roll was displayed at Winton North State School until its closure in 1945.
●●●Winton North Community Group representative Gayle Lee spoke at the ceremony.
‘‘In this centenary year we believe that the level of sacrifice by this small, local, yet isolated community should be recognised,’’ Ms Lee said.
‘‘There is currently no cenotaph or other memorial in the area to recognise this valiant effort by these men.
‘‘Many family descendants remain in the area and are supportive of a tangible place of recognition to be installed.
‘‘We believe recreating the honour board in a format suitable for outdoor exhibition and displaying it on the former state school site will enable the level of sacrifice from this community to again be publicly acknowledged.’’
The project has been made possible thanks to an Anzac Community Grant.
Back where it belongs: The Honour Roll, which was once displayed in the old Winton North State School has been recreated and will be installed on the school’s former site.