Soldiers in the Mid-Richmond honoured as rolls renovated
FAMILY history in the Mid-Richmond has been illuminated for a second time, with the restoration of World War II honour roles celebrating the dairying communities of Tuckurimba and Bungawalbyn - Swan Bay.
Mid-Richmond Historical Society commissioned their restoration, with funding from Richmond Valley Council.
The work was carried out by Armstrong Signs, in Casino, which specialises in old gold leaf.
But the work came at a cost, and while the council contributed $3396, the museum committee had to find the remainder to settle the $5000 bill.
But the effort has been worth their while, with only one more honour role to be restored - the World War I 'honors' role for Tuckurimba, celebrating such pioneers as the Riordan brothers, the Hunt brothers and the Munros.
By the time the next war was finished, a second 'honour' role was commissioned, with the word 'honour' spelt the modern way with a 'u' as opposed to its spelling on the earlier roll call.
The Coraki Museum has been collecting numerous honour boards over the years.
"As they closed the country halls and the old schools, their honour roles were brought here, to the Woodburn Shire Council building," explained volunteer Margaret Jennison.
When the council amalgamated and the chambers moved to Casino the honour boards remained, and when the museum took over the old council building, its volunteers took care of those precious historical items.
One of the most unusual is the restored 'honor' roll call from World War I for 'Bungawalbin', as it was spelled in those days. It had been hand-carved and included photographs of the men who served in that arena, but which had aged badly. Its restoration required extensive research to make sure everything was accurate.
With each honour board comes a glimpse of family history in the area. At Bungawalbin, in 1918, there were the Leesons, McPhees, Purseys and Kirklands to name a few.
At Buckendoon there were the likes of the Mestons, the Gollans, Paddons and Bartrims.
The Bora Ridge honour roll sports names like Yabsley, Battis, Morgan and Birmingham, while Coraki itself recalls names like Flaherty, Newman, Robson, Sheridan and Powell.
All are enshrined in gold leaf so that their memory can be read by anyone who cares to pay the museum a visit.
It is open on Saturdays and Wednesdays in the old Woodburn Shire Council building in Adam St.
The collection also includes maritime history and the counterweights from the recently restored Glebe Bridge.