In the Action: Our region at war

30 July 2014

When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Australian Prime Minister Andrew Fisher pledged the country's immediate and full support for Britain.

Australians, including many from the Albury region were keen to join the fight and by November 1914, a convoy carrying 20,000 Australian and 10,000 New Zealand soldiers departed for Europe.

Women were also quick to get involved on the home front and soon after the declaration of war, Albury women formed a branch of the Red Cross to provide clothing and necessary comforts for our soldiers.

It's the regions involvement in WW1 that is showcased in a new exhibition, In the Action: our region at war, which opens in the foyer of the AlburyCity Council building on Monday, marking 100 years since the outbreak of the 'Great War'.

The object-rich exhibition has been developed in partnership with the Light Horse Museum Bandiana, and includes many local historical items such as a tunic worn by Sergeant E R Patino of the 13th Field Artillery Battery, Albury.

There's also a hat worn by Trooper Alex Borthwick, 8th Light Horse Regiment in the ill-fated charge at the Nek; a diary written by Private Harry Derrick, 37th Infantry Battalion, who was wounded and taken prisoner. Sadly he passed away the day after the Armistice.

AlburyCity Museum and Social History Coordinator Bridget Guthrie says the exhibition is integral to Albury's identity.

"This unique exhibition not only shows a nation at war, but a regional community and local families at war. It covers a chronological overview of the war, conditions on the battlefield, life on the home front and the role of women and Indigenous Australians." she said.

"It's a poignant reflection on a time when so many young lives were lost, including those from across our region who paid the ultimate price for our freedom," Bridget said.

The exhibition will remain in the foyer until it begins its tour of libraries and community centres across the region from Sunday, 14 September.