Battle of Attrition

See the Battles, Hear their Voices. Feel their Pain - Telling the ANZAC Story 1917

Thousands of Australians lost their lives in the World War 1………

This year the Zara Clark Heritage Festival Exhibition focuses on the stories of the 152 Charters Towers men who lost their lives in 1917 at the major battles of Bapaume and Bullecourt in France, Messines and Passchendaele in Belgium and Beersheba in Palestine.

One special young man was John Angus McDonald, better known to his family as “Jim”. He wrote to his mother from the Western Front telling that “Winter was coming on us again” and asking her to knit him some socks. By the time his mother received his letter, he had been killed in action in Belgium. The awful irony was that his mother had already started knitting socks for her son.

This touching story is only one of the many we are hearing about these brave Charters Towers “Boys”.

In all, 38000 Australians were killed or wounded, from Messines to Passchendaele, and 76 in the only “real” victory for 1917, Beersheba.

Please visit the Zara Clark Museum in Charters Towers, see Jim’s letter and the half-knitted pair of socks, and discover more about some of the other young men who also “did their duty”.

On ANZAC Day we are open 12 noon – 2 pm  and 10 am – 2 pm on all other days.

Event dates

Event Details

36 Mosman Street, Charters Towers City, Queensland

18 April to 21 May: Daily 10am to 2pm (24 April, Anzac Day 12noon to 2pm)

Entry fees:
Adults $8, Children $$ 2.00, Concession $5, Members $$ 0.00
Attendance limit:

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