His­tory put in the frame

Broome Advertiser - - Advertiser | News - Robert Dougherty

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”.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Nor­force Cor­po­ral Nathan Napier, Pearl Shed Fram­ing’s Ali­son Howlett and Lance Cor­po­ral Paul McDon­agh with some of the pho­to­graphs.

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