Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CO­RAL COOK­SLEY

Work is well un­der­way at the Chiltern Athenaeum Mu­seum to cre­ate a last­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion for World War I sol­diers from the town and sur­round­ing districts. Fund­ing through the An­zac Cen­te­nary Com­mu­nity Grant pro­gram will be used to tell sto­ries through in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy, of those who served in the Great War. Chris­tine Hay (left) and Mau­reen Everitt have been busy on the project search­ing through ex­ten­sive pho­to­graphic ar­chives.

RE­SEARCH is well un­der­way at a lo­cal mu­seum to tell World War I sto­ries with the use of in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy thanks to a grant re­ceived from a State Gov­ern­ment last month.

The Chiltern Athenaeum Mu­seum is cre­at­ing a last­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion for sol­diers who were from the town and district with fund­ing through the An­zac Cen­te­nary Com­mu­nity Grant pro­gram.

The $13,000 grant will be used to se­cure sto­ries of those who served in the Great War through in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy.

Mu­seum chair Kevin May­hew said the Chiltern Hon­our Roll and ex­ten­sive pho­to­graphic ar­chive would be drawn upon to com­bine sto­ry­telling and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies.

“It will trans­form doc­u­men­tary her­itage into a dy­namic dig­i­tal ar­chive,” he said.

Mr May­hew said it would help record, com­mem­o­rate and pre­serve the his­tory and sac­ri­fice of Chiltern’s World War I ser­vice men, women and their com­mu­ni­ties for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Among ar­ti­facts and mem­o­ra­bilia be­ing pre­served is a silk em­broi­dered cush­ion cover made in Egypt in 1916 by World War I sol­dier Wal­ter Thomas Daw­son from Cor­nish Town.

Mu­seum re­searcher Mau­reen Everitt said the sol­dier had sent it to a young Chiltern woman Jean Smith who wrote to many sol­diers through the war.

“He had writ­ten and sent quite a few post­cards to her as well,” she said.

As the mu­seum worked through the hon­our roll with 332 names, Ms Everitt said there would be a fo­cus on 10 sol­diers for big­ger sto­ries.

Mu­seum vol­un­teer Chris­tine Hay said there were more than 700 young sol­diers who fought in the First World War from the town and district.

“Chiltern had the high­est per­cent­age of sol­diers than any other place in ru­ral Vic­to­ria,” she said.

Ms Everitt said in­ter­views are be­ing un­der­taken with de­scen­dents and peo­ple from the town who know the fam­i­lies too.

“Once com­pleted the re­search then goes to Mel­bourne to be digi­tised,” she said.

The project is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the mu­seum and the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne’s Grimwad Cen­tre for Cul­tural Ma­te­ri­als Con­ser­va­tion.

PHOTO: Co­ral Cook­sley

PHOTO: Co­ral Cook­sley.

LAST­ING LEGACY: Chiltern Athenaeum Mu­seum re­searchers Chris­tine Hay (left) and Mau­reen Everitt with an em­broi­dered silk cush­ion cover made by a World War I sol­dier.

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