The Great War: Tales from the Far South Coast, Bega Pioneers’ Museum.
Bega Valley Historical Society will commemorate the centenary of World War I (The Great War) by mounting an exhibition at the Bega Pioneers’ Museum. The exhibition The Great War: Tales from the Far South Coast will open in March 2015 and run until the end of 2018 thus commemorating the four years of Australia’s involvement in the Great War.
The story of the Great War is not only about great courage on the battlefield; there are also other, local stories that are worth telling. It was a trying time and nobody was spared. Everybody was affected in one way or another.
The exhibition will convey the impact of World War One on the Bega Valley region by telling stories and displaying objects and images grouped around the following themes:
• Recruiting, including a focus on the Recruiting Marches;
• Supporting the war effort;
• Keeping in touch with those at the front;
• Local heroes; and
• Welcoming troops home.
During its four years the exhibition will mark the centenary of important events such as the outbreak of war, significant battles and the armistice.
The exhibition has been made possible with funding from the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and from Bega Valley Shire Council. The Historical Society will provide supplementary funding and the exhibition will be curated, managed and staffed by Historical Society volunteers and volunteers from other community groups such as the Bega RSL Sub-branch.
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