Rare ring re­flects his­tory

Isis Town and Country - - News -

YOU would have more luck find­ing a rare ring in Mid­dle Earth.

With 42,000 items crammed into the build­ing, Childers Mil­i­tary and Me­mora­bilia Mu­seum is a place filled with dif­fer­ent bits and pieces from the re­gion’s unique past.

Among the Trench Art items in pro­pri­etor Alan Baker’s col­lec­tion, how­ever, is a ring more con­nected with Aus­tralian his­tory than you would think at first glance.

The ring is made from a 1916 Aus­tralian penny and half penny, and is now on dis­play at the mu­seum.

With a mys­te­ri­ous owner who is yet to be iden­ti­fied, the do­nated ring is re­flec­tive of some ac­tiv­i­ties sol­diers and Pris­on­ers of War did to pass time, par­tic­u­larly in the First World War.

“Trench Art” saw items such as rings, bracelets and other small items made from what­ever scrap metal sol­diers could find.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PIECE OF PAST: A ring made from a 1916 Aus­tralian penny is now on dis­play at Childers Mil­i­tary and Me­mora­bilia Mu­seum, and (above) an Aus­tralian penny and half penny.

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