Media Release – PINNING DOWN REGION’S WAR HISTORY

Bundaberg Regional Libraries is on a mission to capture the stories of the region’s World War One soldiers for a new generation.

Council’s Sport, Recreation and Venues portfolio spokesperson Cr Lynne Forgan said the library had received a $10,000 grant from the State Library of Queensland to participate in its online Q 100 Anzac: Memories for a New Generation project.

“Library staff have been meticulously combing through the region’s records to compile a detailed list of the region’s war heroes from the first World War,” Cr Forgan said.

“This has included visiting every honour roll and monument within the region, speaking with residents, accessing archives and collecting historic photographs.

“All of this information will be bought together as part of the State Library’s History Pin project, which is an online historical forum.”

Cr Forgan said information about the hundreds of WWI recruits from across the region wasn’t currently compiled in one easily accessible location.

“This project is about appropriately honouring our fallen soldiers as part of the Anzac centenary and ensuring the information is available to new generations.

“We hope to bring the story of the Bundaberg region during WWI to life by telling the stories of our local soldiers – where they went, where they died, how old they were and who their family was.

“The aim is to bring our soldiers’ stories to life so that they are more than just a name on a plaque.”

The collection has been titled Remembrance and Honour: Bundaberg Region’s Legacy of the Great War and is contained within the State Library of Queensland’s History Pin project.

“Months of work have already gone in to the collection which is slowly growing.

“By the time it is completed in November there will be hundreds of pins which residents can click on to get information about a person, significant occasion or monument,” Cr Forgan said.

The project can be accessed at historypin.org by searching for the collection name or locating the Bundaberg region on the map. Any residents who have WWI stories or images to share can contact Community Services Librarian Sue Gammon on 1300 883 699.

ENDS

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