Gal­lipoli cen­te­nary inspires paper­crafters

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAT­IFA DAUD

Paper­crafters have the chance to get cre­ative in com­mem­o­rat­ing their fam­ily’s in­volve­ment in Gal­lipoli.

This year’s Scrap­book­ing and Craft­ing Expo (SENZ) will have a Cre­ate for Gal­lipoli com­pe­ti­tion to mark the cen­te­nary of the Gal­lipoli land­ing.

En­try into the com­pe­ti­tion is open to the public. The four gen­res are scrap­book­ing, cards, mixed media and mini projects and all en­tries will be as­so­ci­ated with Gal­lipoli, An­zac Day and the World Wars.

‘‘I just thought this would be a good way of get­ting [peo­ple] to do some scrap­book­ing for rel­a­tives that had served in the world wars,’’ com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Fiona Cald­well says.

The Three Kings res­i­dent says she was sur­prised by what she dis­cov­ered about her own fam­ily’s in­volve­ment in the wars.

‘‘I didn’t re­alise I had two great-un­cles that died in Gal­lipoli un­til I started this pro­ject and I’m sure there are oth­ers like my­self.

‘‘I’ve man­aged to re­search among fam­ily mem­bers and online and found out lots of in­for­ma­tion about where they’re buried, records and pho­to­graphs,’’ she says.

So far Cald­well has re­ceived en­tries from across the coun­try in­clud­ing Gis­borne, South Otago, Hamil­ton, Ro­torua and Auck­land. Some have sent en­tries de­spite be­ing un­able to at­tend the event.

Cald­well has cre­ated her own scrapbook pages for the com­pe­ti­tion. Her re­search found med­i­cal records, mil­i­tary records, rib­bons and po­ems.

She has also been loaned a 100-year-old scrapbook from her mother. It in­cludes news­pa­per clip­pings and mem­o­ra­bilia of her grea­tun­cle Vic­tor Mar­shall who died in World War I.

She says this is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to find out about their own fam­ily’s in­volve­ment in the war.

‘‘When they have the 200-year cel­e­bra­tion, ev­ery­thing peo­ple have done will still be in peo­ple’s fam­ily records. They’ll be­come part of peo­ple’s fam­ily trea­sures.’’ See senz.co.nz for en­try forms. The expo will be held at Eller­slie Event Cen­tre from July 10 to 12.

Photo: CHRIS HILLOCK / FAIR­FAX NZ

Paper­crafters get busy at SENZ 2012.

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