Rare ring reflects history
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.
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.