FINALISTS: Miles Historical Village Museum volunteers behind the scenes at the  What War Meant to Miles  project.
FINALISTS: Miles Historical Village Museum volunteers behind the scenes at the What War Meant to Miles project. Contributed

Spotlight on town's wartime sacrifices

AHEAD of Remembrance Day, countless hours spent by volunteers preserving stories of the district's wartime heroes have been acknowledged on the state level.

The Miles Historical Village Museum project titled What War Meant to Miles - Heroes, Hardships and Heartfelt Stories was recently announced as a short-listed finalist in the 2018 Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards .

Fresh off presenting the project in Roma at the Small Museums Conference, Miles Historical Society president Kylie Bourne said while the team was excited for the final result, they were thrilled to even be nominated.

"It's really exciting. It took us about 18 months to deliver the project from the get-go, and that includes well over a thousand volunteer hours,” MrsBourne said.

Kylie Bourne digitising for the What War Meant to Miles project.
Kylie Bourne digitising for the What War Meant to Miles project. Contributed

"The exhibition itself is really about showcasing and highlighting what war meant to small rural communities like Miles - the sacrifice is really quite phenomenal.

"We know that there has been a 15per cent visitor increase this season. This could be related to a number of things but we feel that perhaps this exhibition has given people a number of reasons to revisit us, or to come and see us.”

Through the project, MrsBourne shared compiled data that found 56 personnel either born, served in or enlisted in the former boundaries of the Murilla Shire had been killed in action, died of injuries or illness and died of wounds through all conflicts of war to date.

"For a small community like Miles, 56 is a lot of people really when you pause on it,” she said.

The winners of GAMAA will be announced at a presentation event at the Glass House Mountains on December 7.


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