World War I (1914 – 1918) helped create our nation’s identity. Developed in partnership with the Light Horse Museum, North Bandiana, this object rich exhibition portrays a nation at war, a regional community at war and families at war.
The exhibition themes cover a chronological overview of the war, conditions on the battlefield, life at the home front and the role of women and Indigenous Australians during the war. This touring exhibition includes a tunic worn by Sergeant E R Patino who served with the 13th Field Artillery Battery (Albury Battery); a hat worn by Trooper Alex Borthwick, 8th Light Horse Regiment, in the ill-fated charge at the Nek so graphically depicted in Peter Weir’s film “Gallipoli; a diary written by Private Harry Derrick, 37th Infantry Battalion, who was wounded and taken prisoner, dying the day after the Armistice.
Also exhibited is an illuminated address presented to Mrs Elizabeth Watson on her return from London, and a program for a performance by concert group, “Billjim’s Sisters” who raised money for comforts for Albury boys overseas. Letters from Sergeant Keith McKessar to ‘My Dear Wife’ before he was killed in 1917, add poignancy to the exhibition.
The exhibition artefacts are predominately be sourced from the Light Horse Museum and AlburyCity Museum collections. The artefacts are exhibited in five transportable display cases combined with graphically designed interpretation and imagery.
The exhibition has been designed to travel to schools, bringing museum objects to the classrooms and a full education kit with information and teaching resources for stages 1-5, based on the NSW K-10 History Syllabus.