Places of pride in this region
I WOULD like to draw the attention of local communities, halls, schools, and stand alone war memorials, tablets, wall honour boards recording the district’s defence service since the Boer War on.
There must be hundreds in the shire.
Woolooga Hall has three honour boards and a more recent memorial park with plaques.
In a small rural community, one WW1 memorial with 44 names lists nine dead and 13 wounded, with groups of family names to show the response to volunteer. That is just one small village.
Australia is unique that we list all who enlisted, whereas overseas only list the dead.
The Australian War Memorial has a project called Places of Pride, collating a national register of war memorials however big or small, in a town, or alone and almost forgotten in some of the ghost areas of yesterdays communities.
They would like everyone to be involved, and add photos of memorials to their interactive map.
How hard can that be in this mobile phone era?
One click and an email. Visit https://places of pride.awm.gov.au to create an account.
Perhaps schools could make it a history project, churches, service clubs, RSLs, family history groups, former service personnel, or interested individuals.
Cut this letter out and stick it on your fridge.
If you can add any personal information about some of the entries even better.
If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact the project team by emailing memorials @awm.gov.au. G. Penrose, Gympie