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Museum invites schools to help make history

Thursday, 26th June, 2014

Chairman of the BH Gallipoli Memorial Foundation, Merrilyn Pedergnana OAM, with the School of the Air’s WWI submission to the commemoration. Chairman of the BH Gallipoli Memorial Foundation, Merrilyn Pedergnana OAM, with the School of the Air’s WWI submission to the commemoration.

By Emily Roberts

School students are being asked to delve deeper into history as part of the commemoration of the city’s World War I soldiers.

A special event is being planned to mark the departure of enlisted men and women to war from the Sulphide Street Railway Station almost 100 years ago.

Sulphide Street Railway Station and Historical Museum curator Christine Adams said the museum was planning a huge day of events and displays.

Primary and high schools are being encouraged to display a variety of WWI stories and projects, and submissions from the public of other wartime items such as photos or old memorabilia are also welcome.

“We have had our first submission from the School of the Air,” Mrs Adams said.

“All schools have been asked to participate by submitting general exhibits pertaining to World War One.”

Mrs Adams said this will be run parallel with the Gallipoli Memorial Foundation’s competition.

She said students can submit artwork, an essay or poem in two sections - classes 4 to 6 and 7 to 10. There will also be an open art competition for 16 years and over.

There will be small prizes for the winners of the competition.

Entries must be submitted to Railway Museum by Friday, August 1.

Submissions will be displayed and prizes presented between 11am and 3pm at the Commemoration event at the Railway Museum on Saturday, August 16.

Chairman of the BH Gallipoli Memorial Foundation, Merrilyn Pedergnana, OAM, said they had also decided to contribute to the occasion by helping to sponsor two of the categories for the WWI submissions.

Although the first soldiers left the city on August 20 and 21, 1914, the commemoration will be held on August 16 to avoid clashing with other WWI events.

Mrs Adams said everything was progressing very well.

“We are getting lots of people involved,” she said. “It’s going to be a very good day.”

Anyone seeking more information or wishing to make a submission is welcome to call into the museum or phone Christine Adams on 0428 874 609 or Merrilyn Pedergnana on 0407 375 915.

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