Gallipoli centenary inspires papercrafters
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.
Papercrafters get busy at SENZ 2012.