Facelift for historic roll
IT'S not the first time the Bungawalbin Honour Roll has been subjected to a labour of love, but its recent refurbishment has definitely caught the passion of Mid-Richmond Historical Society members.
Hand-carved with a pocket-knife from beech wood by Ms Priscilla Patch in 1919, the 1914-18 Bungawalbin Honour Roll resided in the now-defunct Bungawalbin Hall for many years.
"It came to us in 1985 and is very unique in that it had photos of all the men whose names are listed on the board," Mid-Richmond Historical Society secretary Margaret Jennison said.
"Some of the photos had disintegrated, so we needed to find replacements for them."
One photo on the board that was hard to replace was that of Edward 'Jack' Tysoe.
"I found the name Tysoe in Byron Bay in the White Pages," Ms Jennison said.
"They gave me the number of their father in Sydney who referred me to his cousin, an 85-year-old lady in Tumbi Umbi (Central Coast).
"From there she got her brother to call me and he said he was looking at a photo of his father (Jack Tysoe) as he spoke to me."
The members were thrilled to receive a copy of the photo that now sits proudly on the honour roll behind glass.
"The Tysoe family also sent a lovely letter and $40 to go towards the refurbishment," Ms Jennison said.
On September 15-16 the Mid-Richmond Historical Society is celebrating 100 years of the Woodburn Shire Council building in which the museum resides.
An expert from Summerland Antiques will be on hand to appraise any items (limit of two per person) that people would like to bring along.
They would also like to hear from any previous council employees who may have photos and memorabilia they could loan for the celebration.
The Bungawalbin Honour Roll will be on display and family members are especially invited to come along and see the refurbished board.