Home and Away Voices from World War 1
A talk by Mr Phil Lee, President, and Dr Noeline Kyle, historian and volunteer at the Museum. This talk will be offered at a time to suit the greater community participation and will be offered as a free event to showcase the rich lode of cultural heritage and documentary material at the Museum.
1917 was a year when the numbers of soldiers lost to the war impacted greatly on this country town. Young men had marched eagerly to sign up and young women, anxious to serve overseas, had also joined. The first of them sailed in 1914 and by 1917 many deaths were being recorded. Both soldiers and nurses were loath to write home about the horrors of the trenches but the few who did have left a poignant and dreadful reminder of the the awful terrors of their time on the front lines of war torn Europe.
The ‘voices’ of WW1 soldiers, nurses and families will be heard as the presenters read from letters, newspaper reports and diaries and place these into the context of how the war was progressing and how the townspeople viewed its distant events.