Waitaki Herald : July 23rd 2014
NEWS WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 23, 2014 women. ‘‘From little towns in a far land’’ Exhibition to show war effect A By NICOLA WOLFE new exhibition will explore the personal impact of war on service men and is set to run from September at the North Otago Museum and aims to connect people with the real lives of Waitaki locals who served in World War I. ‘‘We are looking at items from the museum archive collection of men and women and how World War I impacted on their lives,’’ museum curator Chloe Searle says. ‘‘[It will feature] a lot of per- sonal items – letters, diaries, postcards – and also unexpected items including rugby caps, a christening gown, a tea cosy and a porcelain doll.’’ The items have been collected from a number of service personnel from the broader Waitaki area, including those who moved to the district after service. ‘‘[There will be] a lot familiar names locals will recognise who still have family living in the area today,’’ says Searle Of particular interest would be a display of items from local hero Donald Forrester Brown who won a Victoria Cross for his bravery and determination during battle, she says. ‘‘There are a number of letters sent from his family. One of the rugby caps belongs to Brown also.’’ There would also be an oppor- tunity for local people to contribute their family story to exhibition as well. The exhibition is named from the quote by Rudyard Kipling engraved on the Oamaru War Memorial for World War I and Untold war stories: North OtagoMuseumcurator Chloe Searle is busy putting together an exhibition looking at the personal war stories of Waitaki servicemen and women. Inset: A military encampment of North Otago soldiers at the Oamaru Showgrounds. Searle hopes it will help people gain a deeper understanding of servicemen and women. ‘‘I hope the exhibition will help people see beyond the names and service numbers on war memorials, to have a personal connection with the stories presented. I also hope people will get a better understanding of World War One and how it impacted on the Waitaki region.’’ Just a song at lunchtime 8ply DK Sweetly singing: The Waitaki Valley Singers performed a lunch time concert last Friday at the Oamaru Opera House Inkbox Theatre. They performed a varied selection of Scottish, Irish Catholic, show numbers and Kiwi songs. The choir was conducted by Wendy Eckhardt, accompanied by June Cameron on piano. The singers rehearse three hours a week on Monday afternoons. A safety message from Network Waitaki A safety message from Network Waitaki 100% ACRYLIC 5 balls - 75 gram Usual value $17.25 5 - 75 gram pack only $11.90 Opposite Opera House Ph: (03) 434 2144 Fax: (03) 434 2145 To excavate near Power Poles, Supports or Stays, written permission to encroach closer than 4 metres to Power Lines or closer than 5 metres to Power Poles contact Network Waitaki - The electricity company that Delivers power in North Otago 0800 440 220 Stay Alert – 0800 440 220 Stay Alive 3 6164301AD 6197391AA Limited stocks HUR R Y !
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