Arte­facts un­veil Aus­tralia’s wartime his­tory

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha res­i­dents can get up close and per­sonal with Aus­tralia’s wartime his­tory in the lead-up to this Anzac Day, thanks to a set of arte­facts from the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial.

The City of Kar­ratha lo­cal his­tory of­fice has loaned two “me­mo­rial boxes” from the na­tional me­mo­rial, each con­tain­ing real and replica wartime items in­clud­ing mil­i­tary uni­forms, pho­tos, maps and medals.

This is the first time the City has loaned me­mo­rial boxes, which are in high de­mand na­tion­ally and took a year-long ap­pli­ca­tion process to get. City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the items would deepen peo­ple’s un­der­stand­ing of what Aus­tralia went through dur­ing war.

“Aus­tralia’s wartime his­tory is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to our re­gional and na­tional iden­tity and we are hon­oured to have these me­mo­rial boxes here in the City of Kar­ratha for our com­mu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

The two boxes will be on dis­play in the Kar­ratha li­brary on April 14 and 15, be­fore be­ing sent to Fre­man­tle. To book a visit, con­tact the Kar­ratha li­brary.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

City of Kar­ratha lo­cal his­tory of­fi­cer Melissa Mun­day dis­plays arte­facts from the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial boxes with Kate­lyn Cox, 10, Jaece Jones, 11, Har­vey Navales, 11, and Lucinda Ken­way, 10.

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