Numurkah and District Historical Society has spent more than six months working on its new World War I exhibit.ESTELLE GRIEPINK May 30, 2014 4:39am
The piece de resistance of Numurkah and District Historical Society’s new World War I exhibit is a feathered slouch hat a soldier from the Light Horse Brigade wore.
‘‘It has the original feathers in it and it’s over 100 years old,’’ curator and researcher Rosalie Colesaid.
‘‘We also have the original pants worn by the soldier and it’s all worn by a rather young-looking model which accentuates the fact that most of the Anzacs were young men.’’
The society has been working on the three-room exhibition for more than six months.
Mrs Cole, who has been a member for 22 years, said the group was pleased with the way the exhibition had turned out.
‘‘We’re a very small club of about 10 people, so we’ve been working very hard on this. We’re all exhausted,’’ she said.
‘‘The people who have come through have been very impressed.’’
The exhibition allows visitors to take a glimpse at life during World War I, with many of the artefacts having a direct Numurkah link.
There are flags, uniforms, swords, magazines, newspaper clippings and postcards to view, in addition to the attestation papers of all 273 Numurkah men who enlisted for service in 1914.
Mrs Cole said she had a personal connection to two of the items featured in the collection.
She contributed a white embroided cloth and a tartan scarf to the collection.
‘‘My mum gave me (the cloth). A soldier was injured and he was taught how to embroider and he gave her that,’’ she said.
‘‘(The scarf) was made by my great uncle. He learned how to weave and for years my sister and I had hand-woven tartan skirts.’’
Mrs Cole recommended people from surrounding towns visit the exhibition and said everyone who viewed it would learn something new.
‘‘I’d encourage people to come because it is educational,’’ she said.
‘‘I know I’ve learned a lot.’’
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