Li­brary cap­tures history

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BUND­ABERG Re­gional Li­braries is on a mis­sion to cap­ture the sto­ries of the re­gion’s First World War sol­diers for a new gen­er­a­tion.

Coun­cil’s sport, recre­ation and venues port­fo­lio spokes­woman Cr Lynne Forgan said the li­brary had re­ceived a $10,000 grant from the State Li­brary of Queens­land to par­tic­i­pate in its online Q 100 An­zac: Mem­o­ries for a New Gen­er­a­tion pro­ject.

“Li­brary staff have been metic­u­lously comb­ing through the re­gion’s records to com­pile a de­tailed list of the re­gion’s war he­roes from the First World War,” Cr Forgan said.

“This has in­cluded vis­it­ing ev­ery hon­our roll and mon­u­ment within the re­gion, speak­ing with res­i­dents, ac­cess­ing ar­chives and col­lect­ing his­toric pho­to­graphs.

“All of this in­for­ma­tion will be bought to­gether as part of the State Li­brary’s History Pin pro­ject, which is an online his­tor­i­cal fo­rum.”

Cr Forgan said in­for­ma­tion about the First World War re­cruits from across the re­gion was not com­piled in one easily ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion.

“This pro­ject is about ap­pro­pri­ately hon­our­ing our fallen sol­diers as part of the An­zac cen­te­nary and en­sur­ing the in­for­ma­tion is avail­able to new gen­er­a­tions,” she said.

“We hope to bring the story of the Bund­aberg re­gion dur­ing the First World War to life by telling the sto­ries of our lo­cal sol­diers – where they went, where they died, how old they were and who their fam­ily was.

“The aim is to bring our sol­diers’ sto­ries to life so that they are more than just a name on a plaque.”

The col­lec­tion is called Re­mem­brance and Hon­our: Bund­aberg Re­gion’s Legacy of the Great War.

“By the time it is com­pleted in Novem­ber there will be hun­dreds of pins which res­i­dents can click on to get in­for­ma­tion about a per­son, sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion or mon­u­ment,” Cr Forgan said.

The pro­ject can be ac­cessed at his­to­rypin.org by search­ing for the col­lec­tion name or lo­cat­ing the Bund­aberg re­gion on the map.

Any res­i­dents who have First World War sto­ries or im­ages to share can con­tact com­mu­nity ser­vices li­brar­ian Sue Gam­mon on 1300 883 699.

COUN­CIL­LOR LYNNE FORGAN We hope to bring the story of the Bund­aberg re­gion dur­ing the First World War to life by telling the sto­ries of our lo­cal sol­diers

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WAR HISTORY: Cr Lynne Forgan and Li­brar­ian Sue Gam­mon pe­ruse the Q100 AN­ZAC pro­ject.

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