In remembrance of our sol­dier set­tlers and those lost to war

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NIE -

WHAT a day we had on Fri­day, Novem­ber 10.

The launch of the sol­dier set­tler mon­u­ment project at Cot­ton­vale took place in the morn­ing, the cold and windy morn­ing.

The Stan­thorpe His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Lions Club are man­ag­ing and driv­ing this very sig­nif­i­cant project for our dis­trict.

This mon­u­ment is to recog­nise not only that the men vol­un­teered to serve their coun­try, but that they and their fam­i­lies helped to build a sus­tain­able fruit and vegetable in­dus­try in this dis­trict un­der very harsh conditions.

The or­gan­is­ers re­quested that our students play an im­por­tant part in the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the project.

Our students dressed in pe­riod cos­tume, as early set­tlers.

The boys looked the part in their long-sleeved shirts and pants with their bush hats.

Some were even given the grave re­spon­si­bil­ity of hold­ing the axes.

The girls were pro­vided with bon­nets and aprons by the Stan­thorpe His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to com­ple­ment their long skirts and sleeved blouses.

Many of the girls car­ried dolls in keep­ing with the view of the time that “the set­tler needed a horse, a plough, and axe … and a wife”.

The chil­dren en­joyed the old-fash­ioned games of mar­bles and hop-scotch.

From the very favourable com­ments on our students’ ap­pear­ance, be­hav­iour and en­thu­si­asm for the task, show­ing their in­ter­est and un­der­stand­ing of what was go­ing on, they did a won­der­ful job.

We are very proud of them and their ef­fort.

Following the launch of the mon­u­ment, students were taken back to Amiens for a quick change from pe­riod cos­tume to be­ing ready for our Remembrance Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion.

The day was at­tended by not only our students and par­ents, but many mem­bers of the wider com­mu­nity in­clud­ing State Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, the re­tir­ing Mr Lawrence Spring­borg.

Un­for­tu­nately our com­mem­o­ra­tion co­in­cided with an im­por­tant lo­cal coun­cil meet­ing, so our lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives weren’t able to join us.

We thank our com­mu­nity mem­bers who are main­stays of our school and our con­nec­tion to the wider com­mu­nity.

Thanks also to the mem­bers of the Amiens His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion who com­mem­o­rated with us.

As usual, all our students par­tic­i­pated and did a won­der­ful job. I was con­grat­u­lated on their ef­fort by many of the at­ten­dees.

Again, a very proud mo­ment for all of us.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­SPECT: Amiens State School con­ducted a Remembrance Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion on Novem­ber 10.

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