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Exhibition: Peace comes to Liverpool

1-Dec-2018

 

image credit: Soldiers at the Liverpool Camp, World War 1 from the collections of the Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society.

Learn about the Liverpool Field Training Area’s significant role during WW1; at the time the largest such facility in Australia. Be inspired by the stories of the young men and women who answered the call to serve their nation. Learn about the forces that led to peace and Commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.

All Ages

Saturday 20 October to Saturday 1 December 2018

Tuesday to Saturday

10am to 4pm

Liverpool Regional Museum

For school & community group visits please email:  agostinoa@liverpool.nsw.gov.au

                                                

Exhibition Launch: Peace comes to Liverpool

20-Oct-2018

 

image credit: Soldiers at the Liverpool Camp, World War 1 from the collections of the Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society.


Learn about the Liverpool Field Training Area’s significant role during WW1; at the time the largest such facility in Australia.

Be inspired by the stories of the young men and women who answered the call to serve their nation.

Learn about the forces that led to peace and Commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.

Official opening of the exhibition and book launch.

All Ages

Bookings Required

Saturday 20 October 2018

Event: 11.30am – 1pm

Liverpool Regional Museum

 

              

 

Talk: One of Liverpool’s finest

20-Oct-2018

 

image credit: Major Wayne Clarke

The 12th Australian Light Horse is one of Australia's most famous army units and were formed at Liverpool on 1 March 1915.  They gained a long list of battle honours on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Egypt and most parts of the Middle East.  They achieved everlasting fame at the "Charge of Beersheba", considered the last great cavalry charge in actual battle conditions.

Guest Speaker Major Wayne Clarke is a renowned expert on the Australian Light Horse, has written books on the topic and will talk in detail about this famous mounted horse regiment.

Free

Adults


Bookings required

Saturday 20 October 2018

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Liverpool Regional Museum


                          

Talk: Post War Diggers Care

27-Oct-2018

 

Image credit: Frederick Murchison Waugh

The suffering of those soldiers who returned with physical and psychological damage both before and after the war were a constant reminder in communities across Australia of the cost of war.  High priority was given to medical and rehabilitation services, and a pension scheme.  Numerous programs and charitable initiatives were established; vocational education courses; and loans to help establish homes, businesses, or a life on the land.

Paul Byrant, Senior Vice President of the City of Fairfield R.S.L. Sub-Branch, will give a descriptive insight into what was done for our post war Diggers.

Free

Adults


Bookings required

Saturday 27 October 2018

10.30am – noon

Liverpool Regional Museum

 

               

Talk: Impact on the Homefront

3-Nov-2018

 

image credit: Dr Naomi Parry

As a professional historian, Dr Naomi Parry was the lead author of the book "New South Wales and The Great War", launched in 1916 as the official publication of the NSW Centenary of ANZAC Committee.

Dr Parry's book revealed the impact of war on the ordinary citizens of New South Wales, in our cities, towns and rural communities.  It had a particular focus on domestic violence in 1917.  She will reflect on NSW's and Liverpool's contribution in the war effort and how its people managed the losses and tragic impact of World War I.

Free

Adults


Bookings Required

Saturday 3 November 2018

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Liverpool Regional Museum

 

              

 

Talk: Liverpool to Holdsworthy Military Railway

10-Nov-2018

 

Image credit:Locomotive crossing the George’s River Military Rail Bridge Courtesy of the Australian Railway Historical Society NSW

A century ago there was a major rail link from Liverpool into the Liverpool Field Training Area to service the Liverpool Army Camp, Holdsworthy Internment Camp, Army Service Corps, ANZAC Rifle Range, Remount Deport and Moorebank Stores.  It was Commonwealth-owned and run by the NSW State Government. 

The irony of the purpose-built railway line that it was constructed in part by internees housed at the Holdsworthy Internment Camp also known as the German Concentration Camp.

Noted railway historian and author of numerous books on our railway system over the years, John Oakes, will talk about this vital transport link of the war years where today there is little evidence that it ever existed.

Free

Adults


Bookings required

Saturday 10 November 2018

10.30am – noon

Liverpool Regional Museum

 

                        

Children's Workshop: Kid's Badge Making Workshop

17-Nov-2018

 

Image credit: WW1 Badge

A free workshop where kids can learn how to create their own World War 1 patriotic and peace badges.  Suitable 8-11 years.  Please wear suitable protective clothing including closed shoes.


Bookings required

Saturday 17 November 2018

10.30am – noon

Liverpool Regional Museum

 

              

Talk: Wartime Fundraising and Book Launch

17-Nov-2018

           Images: Nick Pezikian; David Andersen 

There were many unique ways that funds were raised to help Australian troops overseas and one of the most unusual was through income generated by the sale of button fund badges and tinnies.
Passionate badge collectors and researchers Nick Pezikian and David Andersen will enlighten listeners about this little-known World War I form of patriotism.  
The “Commonwealth Button Fund – WWI Patriotic and Fundraising Badges” is a unique publication that helps preserve and recognize the tremendous efforts of good, kind hearted people to help one another through the difficult times of WWI. It is a 56 page colour catalogue of badges issued by the Commonwealth Button Fund in Victoria, Australia from 1915 to 1920. The book also provides interesting narrative on each of the button days together with information on the badges issued.
The book will be sold after the launch along with original badges featured in the book.
Price for the book is $20, while the 22m badges will be sold for $10ea and the 32mm badges will be sold for $30ea. Cash only.
For those people wishing to buy the book online please visit this link


Adults

Bookings required

Saturday 17 November 2018

1.30pm – 3.00pm

Liverpool Regional Museum

 

         

Bus Tour: WW1 Historical Tour - Mike Wohltmann

23-Nov-2018

 

Image caption: The main compound at the German Concentration Camp, Holdsworthy near Liverpool, 1914-1918
Image credit: Courtesy of Jim Hall


A rare opportunity to see first-hand surviving remnants of Liverpool's part in World War 1 over 100 years ago including:

Holdsworthy Internment Camp: This camp was the largest of its kind and housed people of German, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman descent.  It was the largest internment camp in Australia and there were more than 210 buildings between the internees' compounds and prison guards' camp area.

Liverpool-Holdsworthy Military Railway: This Commonwealth-owned but State run railway line serviced most of the needs of the Liverpool Field Training Area, the largest of its facility in  Australia during World War 1.  Major parts of it were built by Holdsworthy Internment Camp residents.

Tour Guide is Mike Wohltmann who, over 40 years, has researched the subject of 'enemy aliens'.  He published a book called 'A Future Unlived' on the history of the Torrens Island (South Australia) Internment Camp and treatment of these prisoners-of-war.


For Adults

Cost $42 pp Light Lunch Included

Friday 23 November 2018

10.30am – 3.00pm 

Bus departs from: Liverpool Regional Museum

Bookings and Pre-Payment Essential

Bookings Close Friday, 16 November 2018.  Limited numbers.

For bookings and all other enquiries please contact Mike Davis. M: 0417 651 922 E: info@mikedavis.com.au


                


 

Talk: Behind the Wires

24-Nov-2018

 

Image credit: Holsworthy Internment Camp 1915, Paul Dubotzki Collection, Germany

The advent of World War 1 saw a change in the attitude by the Australian Government particularly to German and Austro-Hungarian people residing here despite the fact that many had lived here for several years and many were British subjects.  There were nearly 7000 interned in World War 1 and Holdsworthy at Liverpool was the largest camp in the country.

Mike Wohltmann is a noted historian and author on this subject.  His book "A Future Unlived" gives a profound insight into why internees were detained and was it justified.

Free

Adults.

Bookings required

Saturday 24 November 2018

10.30am – noon

Liverpool Regional Museum


SPECIAL NOTE: The opportunity to purchase books, posters etc. from Guest Speakers will be possible on the day of their actual talks. However, it will be CASH SALES ONLY as no EFTPOS facilities will be available.