Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

KAREN Marr’s pas­sion for ev­ery­thing re­lated to the World Wars will be on dis­play dur­ing the Aus­tralian Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

The Man­ning li­brary of­fi­cer and Wes­tralian Great War Liv­ing His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion vol­un­teer will have mem­o­ra­bilia she has col­lected on dis­play at the South Perth Li­brary from April 18 to May 21.

“My pas­sion came learn­ing about the wars in pri­mary school and then I got to go on a tour of Gal­lipoli and Egypt when I was 15,” she said.

“I re­mem­ber An­zac Cove be­ing very peace­ful. This was be­fore it be­came more com­mer­cial; it was an amazing scene at the beach.”

Mrs Marr said she was at an event in Northam about four years ago when she saw the as­so­ci­a­tion’s items and asked to join.

“There are about 30 mem­bers, most of them are males, and some of the pop­u­lar items are weapons such as guns and ri­fles, while some other mem­bers have in­cred­i­ble med­i­cal items,” she said.

“In my col­lec­tion I have post­cards that were sent from Europe back to Aus­tralia. They were the only thing that con­nected peo­ple.

“Now our links are im­me­di­ate through phone calls or via the in­ter­net, but back then you had to wait for the post so there was some­thing pre­cious and spe­cial about that link.

“I also have out­fits worn by brides be­fore the war, who would then be wait­ing at home for their hus­bands.”

Mrs Marr said it was an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to share the items with the pub­lic.

“I def­i­nitely am proud to be able to have the re­sources to col­lect ev­ery­thing and then show­case it,” she said.

“I source the items from overseas in places like the UK but also Aus­tralia through eBay or Etsy.”

The theme of this year’s fes­ti­val is Hav­ing a Voice and celebrates sto­ries through dif­fer­ent voices.

South Perth Li­brary will ex­plore the voice of Women in Times of War and will present a se­ries of events, in­clud­ing a pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion that recognise and hon­our the war ef­forts of women.

Deb­o­rah Burrows, au­thor of Am­bu­lance Girls, and Melinda Tognini, au­thor of Many Hearts, One Voice, will join the li­brary’s Words with Wine se­ries on April 20 and 27.

Find out what women's wardrobes in times of war really looked like in a her­itage pa­rade on May 11.

To find out more about the Aus­tralian Her­itage Fes­ti­val, visit the City’s web­site or www.na­tion­al­trust.org.au.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467729

The South Perth Li­brary will host a range of events as part of the Aus­tralian Her­itage Fes­ti­val. Man­ning Li­brary staff mem­ber Karen Marr is show­cas­ing WWI and WWII ar­ti­facts at the South Perth Li­brary.

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