War time stories shared to mark 100 years
IN THE hundred years since the First World War ended, what's changed about war and what have we learned?
That's the question the council, along with curator Annabelle Brayley, will explore with a special exhibition to be held at Dogwood Crossing Miles next year.
Council spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said the council was calling on war veterans, those currently serving in the Australian Armed Forces, and their families and friends to come forward with their homefront stories and memorabilia.
"When the Gallery Committee of Dogwood Crossing, Miles, was approached by the Miles community with an exhibition suggestion to mark the closing of the Anzac centenary commemorations, we knew this was a great opportunity to involve the whole of our region in telling the Western Downs' homefront story,” she said.
"Our region has such a deep and rich war history that we wanted to find a unique angle that could add to the stories already being told across our region and Australia.”
Cr Maguire said the council was asking anyone who lived, or was associated with, the Western Downs region who had connections, memories or memorabilia of war service in the First World War and all ensuing conflicts since to share their story. We're not just after experiences of military service, but stories about what it was like for the nurses, doctors, allied health staff, volunteers, administration staff returning home from conflict, war or peacekeeping operations, both recent and past, and what it was like for their friends, families and communities.
"We'd love to hear your stories and share them with our residents and visitors as part of the Homecoming exhibition.”
Curator Annabelle Brayley said growing up in the Miles district with a strong family connection to military service had given her a personal interest in the stories the Homecoming exhibition hoped to uncover.
"We will consider those questions and reflect on the return of people from conflict zones and a contemplation of how their return impacted on their families, their communities and their futures within the Western Darling Downs region.”