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War museum reinterpreted

PROJECT IN FULL SWING: Staff and volunteers among the dummy objects of the war museum in Miles.
PROJECT IN FULL SWING: Staff and volunteers among the dummy objects of the war museum in Miles. Felix Boyd Photography

THE reinterpretation of the war museum project at the Miles Historical Village, valued at more than $100,000, is well under way, with volunteers and staff dedicating hours to preserve local history.

The project What War Meant to Miles: Heroes, Hardships and Heartfelt Stories is funded by QGC and Queensland's Anzac Centenary Commemorative Program - Lasting Legacies.

Miles and District Historical Society president Kylie Bourne said there would be about 4000 objects by the end of the project that were digitised and catalogued.

"We have consultants from Timeline Heritage who are helping us to set up the new interpretation panel and who will be going in with the collection of our objects to actually retell the story of the war museum and what war meant for the community in Miles and rural areas,” Ms Bourne said.

"We will have the certainty in terms of the collection, which means that we know exactly what we have got.

"We know who donated them and it enables us to preserve that history for our community.

"The reworked display will encompass all conflicts of war, and we have a number of amazing collection items that will be going back on display.”

Ms Bourne said the museum had objects from the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.

"It has been the most amazing project and the numbers of volunteer hours is huge,” she said.

"We are capturing every little piece of information that we have about every object so we are up to over 2000 objects at the moment.

"We have been doing this for the last four months and still have a couple of months to go.”

Ms Bourne said they had one of the largest collections of Dead Man's Pennies, which all came from people in the Miles and District community.

"They are beautiful objects that are really special because the families were given these Dead Man's Pennies when their family member passed away,” she said.

"The collection just shows that people have given so much for us to have our freedom and liberty in our own country and we treasure everything that we have got in that collection that people have generously given to us.”

Staff and volunteers are grateful to their sponsors.
Staff and volunteers are grateful to their sponsors. Felix Boyd Photography

Volunteer Joshua Luebbe spends his spare time volunteering and said it was a nice environment with lovely people he had known since he was little.

"What stands out to me is the outfits on the dummies,” he said.

"You can see what was worn in World War I, in World War II and the Vietnam War, and you can see how clothing changed and how the military developed all these different things for casual, fancy and military wear.

"I think it is really interesting to see the evolution of that.”

Ms Bourne said the Miles and District Historical Society was in the process of seeking approval for the official launch on Anzac Day next year.

Topics:  miles and district historical society miles historical village what war meant to miles world war 1 world war 2


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