Narooma Remembers 1918-2018

Over 60 people attended last Thursday’s opening of Narooma Historical Society’s exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in the SoART Gallery last Thursday

The Exhibition ‘Narooma Remembers – Brave Hearts and Smiling Faces’ has been put together by Society members and other volunteers and was assisted by a ‘Saluting their Service’ grant from the Australian Government.

Society foundation member Mina Watt opened the exhibition, commending all those who had worked so hard putting it together and the extensive research they had done. Her father Harry Mitchell is among the Narooma soldiers featured in the exhibition.

‘It is very appropriate the exhibition is next door to Narooma’s First World War Memorial which is the School of Arts Hall, now operating as the Kinema,’ said Society President Laurelle Pacey.

Part of the exhibition puts faces and stories to the names listed on the Hall’s Honour Rolls, often with assistance from their descendants.

The rest of the exhibition is about what happened in this area during the War, including its impact on local industries, what the women did, recruitment drives, delays in bringing the soldiers home, as well as the aftermath including the influenza epidemic.

Narooma Public School students re-enacted the Tin Can Band of 100 years ago that left the school to join in the celebrations in the old School of Arts Hall (where the newsagency now is) that erupted when news of the Armistice reached Narooma.

The exhibition is open each day 10am-4pm until noon on Tuesday 20 November.

A special ‘Narooma Remembers 1918-2018’ tin button is available for a gold coin donation at the exhibition, as well as a book of letters home from Narooma’s Arthur Davison (cost $25).

Society members laid wreaths at the Memorial Hall on Sunday.

Above: Historical Society member Mina Watt opens the Narooma Remembers Exhibition last Thursday in the SoART Gallery, assisted by Society President Laurelle Pacey.

Above: Narooma Public School students, led by Music Teacher Michelle Garcia, re-enacted the school’s Tin Can Band of 100 years ago for the opening of the exhibition.

Above: Narooma Public School’s Tin Can Band carried the Peace flag made by students for the Narooma Remembers Exhibition. The Historical Society presented the students with books for the school library.

Above: Narooma Public School students, led by Music Teacher Michelle Garcia, re-enacted the school’s Tin Can Band of 100 years ago that joined in the town’s celebrations.

Above: Narooma Historical Society members laid wreaths early on Remembrance Day at Narooma’s First World War Memorial (Kinema), while the names of all those listed on the Honour Rolls were read out by Society President Laurelle Pacey.

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