The Benalla ANZAC Commemorative Project Committee is putting out another call for memorabilia to add to the treasure trove of diaries, postcards, letters and items smuggled from the front which will form a community exhibition in the lead up to the Centenary of ANZAC Day in April.
Another open day will be held at the Town Hall on Friday 27 February from 12-6pm, where members of the public are invited to bring World War 1 memorabilia that may have been handed down through their families or through other connections.
Members of the community are invited to come along for afternoon tea, and try their hand at crocheting an ANZAC poppy with the Benalla CWA from 2-3pm. They can also learn some researching tips from local historians.
The opening of the community exhibition will launch a week-long ANZAC community celebration. The celebration will culminate in the performance of The Drums of Time, a play written and produced by BPACC Artistic Director Matt Scholten based on the letters, diaries and stories of Benalla’s World War 1 soldiers and nurses, along with the war poetry of Owen, Sassoon and Grenfell.
“The response from the community to the call for memorabilia has been fantastic,” said Jane Archbold, Manager Community Development.
“The items that we have received have been personal, moving and powerful, and it is a real privilege to be able to present them to the community to tell the story of our local war soldiers and nurses during the significant Australian milestone of the Centenary of ANZAC Day.”
The Committee is also calling for the loan of display cabinets and notice boards that can be used to display items during the exhibition. People with items they can lend should contact the Community Development department on (03) 5760 2600.