Kids spoilt for lo­cal knowl­edge

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS YOUR SAY - Saman­tha Wantling

GROW­ING up in Stan­thorpe, I was fairly obliv­i­ous to the won­der­ful his­tory our re­gion held. Sure, I could tell you ev­ery­thing about when and how Aus­tralia was founded, I knew the names of all the fa­mous Aus­tralian ex­plor­ers, and I could tell you ev­ery­thing there was to know about the pyra­mids in Egypt, but when it came to the his­tory of the Gran­ite Belt (Stan­thorpe), well I knew Stan­thorpe meant tin town and that was about it.

I can’t help but be a lit­tle en­vi­ous that the Gran­ite Belt kids of to­day don’t just learn about our won­der­fully di­verse his­tory, but they are en­cour­aged to live it.

Our chil­dren are grow­ing up know­ing not just about tin min­ing, but also about our rich mul­ti­cul­tural her­itage, our or­chards and the farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties that run them, our vine­yards and world-class wine that is pro­duced, our re­turned sol­diers and the great im­pact they had on shap­ing our district, and the list just goes on.

So when some­thing as sig­nif­i­cant as the mark­ing of the Cen­te­nary of Armistice Day hap­pens, in a re­gion that re­flects so much World War I his­tory, what bet­ter time to teach our chil­dren the sac­ri­fices made dur­ing the war for their free­doms and the hard­ships many faced in the af­ter­math of war, in or­der to build the re­gion we stand so proud of to­day.

I en­cour­age each of you to come to the Amiens His­tory As­so­ci­a­tion’s mark­ing of the Cen­te­nary of Armistice Day and the open­ing of the Amiens Legacy Cen­tre on Sun­day, and make sure you bring along your chil­dren – they will one day be the pil­lars of this com­mu­nity and the ones we en­trust to carry our very im­por­tant his­tory into their fu­tures.

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