City honours its war dead
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.
Dennis Wellington, John Farmer who lost two great-uncles, and David Theodore.