The featured writers are - Percival Langford, Jessie Traill, Sir Keith Murdoch, Vida Goldstein, Alice Kitchen, George Auchterlonie and Eric Chinner. Here's some more information about these people - Percy Langford was the inaugural Head Master at Dandenong High School and served at the School until 1934. Jessie Traill was an noted artist and a resident of Harkaway, you can read about her here. Sir Keith Murdoch - newspaper journalist and owner - you can read Keith's entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography here. Vida Goldstein was a pioneering feminist and suffragist and was one of the first women to stand for Parliament - she stood as a Senate candidate in the 1903 election. You can read Vida's entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography here. Alice Kitchen served in the Australian Army Nursing Service from August 1914 until she was repatriated to Australia in August 1919. Sister Kitchen kept a diary of her service. George Auchterlonie was born at Narracan (near Warragul) and served in the 8th Light Horse Regiment. He kept a diary and was a keen photographer. Eric Chinner was killed at the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.
The Library has a series of activities in connection with this exhibition - all free and all welcome!Thursday November 2 at 11.00am.Michael Madden - Australian Victorian Cross recipientsMichael Madden is a multi-award winning writer and will talk about his current project- researching and writing a book based on the 100 Australian recipients of theVictoria Cross covering their medals, statues, monuments and final restingplaces. Michael runs his own Military Medal Business in Berwick and has suppliedreplica medals and professional advice to service personnel, Museums and evenHollywood movies!
Thursday November 9 at 2.00pm.Official Launch of Writing the War Exhibition by the Hon. Anthony Byrne. Guestspeaker is Lambis EnglezosLambis Englezos is a Greek-born, retired art teacher from Melbourne with a‘magnificent obsession’ to find, recover, and honour Australia’s missing diggers fromthe Battle of Fromelles. He is the co-founder and driving force behind theinternationally renowned ‘Friends of the 15th Brigade’. Lambis is a central figure inPatrick Lindsay’s book ‘Fromelles’ and is acknowledged in the Robin Corfield book‘Fromelles - Don’t Forget Me Cobber’, for his contribution to the remembrance of thissignificant event in Australian history. He also featured in television stories on ‘60Minutes’, and the ABC ‘7:30 Report’ on the fate of the missing diggers. Additionally,Lambis has written and been featured widely on this subject in print media.Lambis received the Order of Australia in 2008 for his Fromelles work. He also wonthe inaugural Shrine Medallion in 2010 and was honoured by the RSL of Victoria withtheir ANZAC Award in the same year.
Tuesday, November 14 at 11.00am.Local History Librarian, Heather Arnold - How we honored our soldiersThe talk will look at the various ways communities honoured their soldiers once theWar ended. Heather will look at Avenues of Honour, War Memorials and Memorialbuildings such as Halls, Schools and Hospitals.
Saturday November 18 at 1.30pm andMonday, November 20 at 7.00pmJane Rivett-Carnac from the Narre Warren & District Family History Group -Researching your Military historyThere is more to a service person than Name Rank and Serial Number. Join us for a90 minute talk that will explore the many avenues available on the internet and inyour library to gather the information you need to write their story. It may be a soldiersent to Sydney Cove with the First Fleet, a bushman in the Boer War, a Great Unclein the Great War or Dad in the Second World War. Nurses Sailors Airmen andCivilians also have a story to tell.
Wednesday November 22 to Friday November 24 - 11.00am to 2.00pmFind a Soldier – drop in sessions.Need help finding information about your military personnel ancestors? Members ofthe Narre Warren and District Family History Group and Local History Librarian,Heather Arnold, will be available to help you find your solider. Drop into the FamilyHistory Room at the Cranbourne Library any time between 11.00am to 2.00pm.
Thursday, November 23 at 2.00pmMarg Dennis - Lest We ForgetFeaturing songs from World War One, World War Two and the Vietnam War.Margaret performs a moving and unforgettable tribute to the war years of thetwentieth century.
Thursday, November 28 at 7.00pmRoss McMullin - Pompey Elliott At War: In His Own WordsDr Ross McMullin is an award-winning historian and biographer who graduated fromthe University of Melbourne with degrees in Law and Commerce and a PhD inAustralian History. His latest book about Australia’s most famous general in WorldWar I is Pompey Elliott at War: in his own words. Ross’s previous biography,Pompey Elliott, was awarded the Christina Stead Award for biography and theMelbourne University Press Award for literature while Farewell, Dear People:Biographies of Australia’s Lost Generation was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prizefor Australian History and the National Cultural Award. Ross has also written booksabout political history and articles by him have been published in many newspapersand periodicals.