It’s not often we get up close and personal with WWI memorabilia, but last night Charleville locals did exactly that.
The State Library of Queensland’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation, brought together a number of items that are over 100 years old and extremely frail…meaning everyone had to don the white gloves.
Niles Elvery, Regional Coordinator of the QLD State Library’s Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation program, says people just love to handle and read the old material.
“This evening is really all about giving people that opportunity to have a look at some of the First World War materials that the State Library Queensland has in it’s collection.
“So many people have said to us it’s just a thrill to be able to pick up something that a soldier has written a hundred years ago and read it – because people just don’t normally get that opportunity,” he says.
Our region has a very personal history with the Great Wars, and a lot of the material that was exhibited on Tuesday reflected the experiences of the men and woman from our towns.
Mr Elvery says the evening was also an opportunity for locals to reflect on their own experiences and share their memories.
“We want to encourage people to think about their connections with the First World War and to have an understanding of what happened during that period because we don’t have people around today that lived through it.
“So we can only go back to those first generations stories that they created at the time, to understand what those men went through, and of course what the effects after that would of had on our community,” he says.
The evening was quite emotional for some, and extremely informative for all – because there is nothing quite like being so close to the memories of our ANZACs.
The Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a new generation program is in commemoration of the First World War, with the Centenary Anniversary spanning from 2014 – 2018.
For more on this wonderful evening, make sure you take a look at our Charleville Regional Report up this evening, where we see just how our locals reacted to the memorabilia.