These renovations include a courtyard of place-names, with a sample of earth from each locality. Both Mosman and Spit Junction are represented.
After the two talks: one on headstones and identifying unmarked graves; the second about the Conscription debate that divided Australia1 during the war, participants were given a guided tour of the new Museum and Library.
The Museum has permanent and current exhibitions. The Library has an interesting collection, which includes original maps. One of Northern France provided a challenge and amusement, but we eventually found the location we were looking for.2
In the afternoon, Doing Our Bit founder Bernard de Broglio gave a talk, ‘Traces of the the First World War in Sydney’s streets and civic spaces’. Like previous addresses it was interesting, educational and entertaining. Some of the content can be found in a previous online article for the City of Sydney.
The presentation referenced research done during the project: The Emden gun in the corner of Hyde Park3; the beer-fuelled riot by recruits in the City in February, 1916,4 and Margaret Preston’s comments about the Cenotaph at Martin Place.5
All in all, a great day!
Footnoted articles relating to the talks:
2 The crash site of the Red Baron near Hamel, that is http://mosman1914-1918.net/project/blog/_le-diable-rouge_-_-kaputt-_