WWI honour board restored
AN IMPORTANT piece of Broadwater’s history has been saved and given a new lease of life.
The World War I honour board, which lists the names of more than 60 local people who served in the war, had deteriorated over the years, with the wood cracked and dusty and the names faded.
But thanks to a $3830 grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it now looks new again. And it’s perfect timing for Anzac Day celebrations today at the Broadwater Public School, where the board is displayed.
Student councillor Sally Cattle will be giving a speech on behalf of her fellow students, and she said it was great the honour board looked so good.
“The colour of it wasn’t very good before,” she said. “And it was kind of hidden away where no one could see it.
“We’re going to have it on display from now on.”
Betty Archer, who has lived in the village for more than 60 years, said the honour board read like a ‘who’s who’ of old Broadwater.
“You’ve got the Ormond brothers on there,” she said.
“One of them came home from the war, but unfortunately the other one didn’t.
“You also have names like Blanch – their family used to own a sugar mill – and McKinnon, whose dad was the local barber here.
Mrs Archer said she was told that every school in Australia was given an honour board after the war.
Schools principal Stephen Curtin heard the board was only stored at the school because one of the local halls was being demolished.
However the board never left the school grounds again.
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Alan Griffin said grant funding for projects like the Broadwater honour board would encourage people to learn about Australia’s wartime heritage.
“Anzac Day is about all the people who have gone to war so that our country can be free,” she said.
“It’s pretty important.”