Writing the War comes to Williamstown Library

News item release date: Friday, 21 April 2017

Writing the war: personal stories from WWI

Williamstown Library

Friday 5 May to Sunday 25 June

 

Seven ordinary Australians tell their extraordinary stories of war in this moving exhibition at Williamstown Library from 5 May to 25 June.

A nurse, bank clerk, farmer, sports master, journalist, artist and activist – these are the seven Australians whose photographs and letters detail Australia’s involvement in World War I.

To commemorate the free exhibition coming to Williamstown Library, a number of special talks, walks and workshops will be held including a walk around Williamstown tracing the footsteps of WWI medal recipients.

A special talk from former Premier of Victoria and Chair of the ANZAC Centenary Committee, the Hon. Ted Baillieu, will regale the life and times of General Sir John Monash in the Chamber at Williamstown Town Hall on 23 May.

And award-winning author Ross McMullin will be at the Town Hall on 18 May, talking about Australia’s worst 24 hours on the battlefields of Fromelles.

Writing the War has toured a number of libraries and galleries in Victoria, most notably the State Library of Victoria, where the exhibition had its genesis, and Williamstown Library will be its final stop.

Thanks must go to local groups such as Williamstown RSL and Williamstown Historic Society that have local contributed content for the exhibition.

To book an event please go to: http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/library-events/747-writing-the-war

 

The full list of events is here:

 

Australia’s worst 24 hours: Fromelles
Award-winning historian Ross McMullin is the acclaimed biographer of Pompey Elliott, whose 15th Brigade was involved at Fromelles.
Thursday 18 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
The Chamber, Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street

 

Ted Baillieu on Sir John Monash
Former Victorian Premier and Chair of the Victorian Government’s ANZAC Centenary Committee, the Hon. Ted Baillieu will talk about the life and times of General Sir John Monash.
Thursday 23 May, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
The Chamber, Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street

 

Hands on Heritage: Tracing your WWI Family History
Come along to this special Hands on Heritage session. Are you in search of your Australian military ancestors? Want to find out where to start? Come along for some helpful tips, hints and links, to the records of our brave and heroic ancestors.
Thursday 25 May, 2pm to 3pm
Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

 

Digitise your war images – Drop in Session
Drop into Williamstown Library and learn how to get started on digitally preserving and sharing your images and stories using the Historypin website.

Saturday 27 May

Sunday 11 June

10am to 12pm

2.30pm to 4pm

Williamstown Library

Williamstown Library

 

Walk: WWI medal recipients of Williamstown
Come explore the streets of Williamstown and visit the places where some of our own lived when they joined up for the army. Led by Brian Haynes from the Williamstown Historical Society.
Saturday 3 June, 12.45pm to 2.30pm
Meet at Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

Digitise your war images
Come into Williamstown Library and learn how to get started on digitally preserving and sharing your images and stories using the Historypin website.
Tuesday 6 June, 6pm to 7.30pm
Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

“Greasy Point Push” called to arms.
Brian Haynes, from the Williamstown Historical Society discusses the Greasy Point Push and some of the team members who enlisted and went to WWI.
Friday 9 June, 2pm to 3pm
Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

Let’s Talk Books: Writing the War
This special session of Let’s Talk Books invites you to share stories and poems from WWI. We will share  examples of famous and of little known writers.
Tuesday 13 June, 10.30am to 11.30am
Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

Research your WWI Ancestors
To commemorate the centenary of WWI, a librarian from the Family History Team, State Library Victoria, will talk about ways to research your WWI ancestors.
Wednesday 21 June, 6.30pm to 7.30pm
Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

Walk: WWI medal recipients of Williamstown North
Come explore the streets of Williamstown and visit the places where some of our own soldiers lived when they joined up for the army. Led by Brian Haynes from the Williamstown Historical Society.
Saturday 24 June, 12.45pm to 2pm
Meet at Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street

Writing the War comes to Williamstown Library
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