City hon­ours its war dead

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

The names of 187 brave men and women who died dur­ing war are the fo­cus of new ex­hi­bi­tion Hon­our­ing Al­bany’s Own at the Bar­racks Main Gallery.

As part of our war his­tory rich town’s Armistice cel­e­bra­tions, the ex­hi­bi­tion opened Mon­day and co­in­cides with the Field of Light: Av­enue of Hon­our.

The names be­long to those who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for Aus­tralia, and the ex­hi­bi­tion shares a per­sonal trib­ute plaque for each of the peo­ple who are con­nected to the Al­bany in some way.

Cu­ra­tor David Theodore said the sto­ries were col­lated in the past nine months.

“What you see here isn’t the end of it, it is just the start,” he said.

“We have the Av­enue of Hon­our but we have never gone into each in­di­vid­ual story be­fore so the idea of peo­ple be­ing able to ac­tu­ally go and see where they are buried and the story be­hind them.

“War was un­for­tu­nately the end of their life, they had a life be­fore then.”

Ma­jor Den­nis Welling­ton said that the ex­hi­bi­tion was Al­bany tak­ing its po­si­tion in the An­zac story.

“It is very, very im­por­tant to us, find­ing where the story started from, where it is go­ing to con­tinue from and it’s our her­itage and mak­ing sure we look af­ter it,” Mr Welling­ton said.

“As you go around you will see a lot of them, we don’t know where they are buried, we just know that they died so that we can live the life­style that do live.”

Fam­ily rep­re­sen­ta­tives were in at­ten­dance for the cer­e­mony, many of whom con­trib­uted in­for­ma­tion to the col­lec­tion.

Pho­tos of 100 of the peo­ple have been found and fea­ture in the ex­hi­bi­tion, with the City ask­ing any­one with pho­tos of the 87 oth­ers to con­trib­ute them to the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The orig­i­nal Av­enue of Hon­our stood on Mid­dle­ton Road.

Hon­our­ing Al­bany’s Own will be on dis­play un­til April 28 next year at the Princess Royal Fortress.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Den­nis Welling­ton, John Farmer who lost two great-un­cles, and David Theodore.

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