History put in the frame
Broome’s Norforce personnel and a local business, Pearl Shed Framing Studio, have teamed up to immortalise the history of the West Kimberley Squadron in a series of photographs.
About eight images of the group’s past now line the inner walls of the barracks after the two groups combined at a Broome Chamber of Commerce, Business after Hours event held earlier this year.
West Kimberley Squadron training warden officer Paul Harrison said the goal was to shed light on the squadron’s past with help from the studio.
“They’ve put a bit of life into the barracks, instead of a glum grey look to the walls it shows where it all started, where we’ve come from and where we are at now with the modern army,” he said. “Some of the photos show Aboriginal soldiers being taught by Australian Defence Force members — identifying Japanese aircraft, different types of equipment, radios and weapons systems.”
“I was expecting one or two pictures to be framed, I actually said pick the best two — but Alison has gone and done all of them, donating her time and the frames.”
Pearl Shed Framing’s Alison Howlett said she had donated about two days of work and a number of frames for the project to showcase a variety of past and present Australian Army experiences.
“The pictures are beautiful, really lovely old photos — it blew me away,” she said.
“I was trying to use what frames I had and some of the older frames were used to match the photographs”.
Norforce Corporal Nathan Napier, Pearl Shed Framing’s Alison Howlett and Lance Corporal Paul McDonagh with some of the photographs.