ANZAC exhibition on display at Hillgrove Museum

Armidale Regional Council

To
coincide with this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations, the Hillgrove Museum is
honouring those from surrounding villages who died in active service during the
Boer War, the First World War and the Second World War.

The
exhibition, which is titled Lest We Forget:
Hillgrove District’s Fallen Soldiers 1899 – 1945, was officially opened on
Thursday 22 April, and will be available for the public to view until 31 May
2021.

Armidale
Regional Council Mayor Ian Tiley said the exhibition is a way to ensure the
memory of the region’s fallen soldiers lives on.

“This
display showcases those from the Hillgrove, Wollomombi and Jeogla districts who
selflessly lost their lives in service, and it is important that we have
exhibitions like this one to ensure they are not forgotten,” said Mayor Tiley.

“Through
historic photographs and newspaper extracts, the exhibition takes us back to
those times and educates the younger generations about our region’s important
history.”

From
the Hillgrove district, there were four local men who fought in the Boer War,
more than 120 who volunteered for the First World War, and around 40 men in the
Second World War. 38 of those men died during service.

“This exhibition is the beginning of a much
larger project documenting the lives of these soldiers, and it is hoped it will
result in their stories being widely shared,” said Mayor Tiley.

“Thanks
to our wonderful volunteers at the museum who have been working tirelessly to
scan and index the museum’s collection of photographs, we are beginning to grow
our research databases to make Hillgrove’s history more accessible to the
public.”

The
research for this project has all been undertaken by volunteers, and supplies
have been purchased from donations to the Hillgrove Museum.

The
exhibition will run until Monday 31 May, and is open to the public between 10am
and 2pm Friday to Monday.

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