The Build-a-thon is fast approaching. It’ll be a jam-packed day of thinking, linking, learning and making. Not sure what to expect? Well neither are we — there’s a basic outline below, but the day will be shaped by your interests and enthusiasms.
Maggie Patton gave us a look at some of the original WWI materials held by the State Library of NSW last Friday. As a collection it’s historic in its own right; the Library was collecting letters and diaries of Australian soldiers even before the armistice went into effect on 11 November 1918.
At the outbreak of war, residents threw themselves – says “Jack” Carroll – “into whatever way they were best able to do their share.”
Some 1,140 of the younger residents voluntarily enlisted for Service overseas. The Mosman Red Cross was outstanding, so much so that their leader was honoured with an M.B.E. decoration. So too, was Mrs. Bennett White (Meta Hayter), organiser of a Concert Troupe of young girls to be known as “The Cheer-ohs”. This band of versatile entertainers in the four years of War and eight years afterwards, raised no less than a sum of £55,000 for the various patriotic and repatriation funds…