Rare war arte­facts on show

South Western Times - - News -

Items used and letters writ­ten dur­ing World War I will be among arte­facts on dis­play as Bun­bury Mu­seum and Her­itage Cen­tre com­mem­o­rates the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice.

The mu­seum will pay homage to those who served dur­ing the war with an ex­hi­bi­tion from Novem­ber 8.

Re­mem­brance Day – Novem­ber 11 – will mark 100 years since the ar­mistice that ended the war af­ter four years of bru­tal con­flict.

More than 32,000 Aus­tralians en­listed for ser­vice and many – in­clud­ing those from Bun­bury – never re­turned home.

Among the arte­facts set to be on dis­play at the mu­seum is Vera Pais­ley’s suit­case, which the nurse – and now one of the he­roes of the Great War – trav­elled with dur­ing WWI as she helped shell shocked vic­tims.

The suit­case is on loan from the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial Col­lec­tion and still bears tags from her des­ti­na­tion.

Other Bun­bury links in the ex­hi­bi­tion is a replica of Cyril Kelly’s dead man’s penny and letters the Bun­bury­born sol­dier wrote to his mother while serv­ing be­tween Novem­ber 6, 1915 to De­cem­ber 19, 1916.

Mu­seum reg­is­trar De­bra Paini said it was emo­tional tran­scrib­ing the 18 letters.

“Tran­scrib­ing them was re­ally an emo­tional time, it made me feel like I was ac­tu­ally there,” Mrs Paini said.

The tele­gram no­ti­fy­ing Mr Kelly’s mother of his death is also in the col­lec­tion.

Mayor Gary Bren­nan said the ex­hi­bi­tion high­lighted pro­found sto­ries that pro­vided thought-pro­vok­ing in­sights into the lives of the men and women of Bun­bury who served in the war.

“Many did not re­turn and those who did of­ten suf­fered trauma from their ex­pe­ri­ences. Through this ex­hi­bi­tion we honour these in­di­vid­u­als,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“I en­cour­age the whole com­mu­nity to see this im­por­tant dis­play.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Jan­uary 8 and en­try is free.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

Bun­bury Mu­seum and Her­itage Cen­tre ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Ni­cole Az­za­lini dis­plays a replica of Cyril Kelly’s dead man’s penny as part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.