On the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, Australia Calls is a heritage exhibition that examines the impact of war on Whitehorse. A fascinating collection of diaries, photographs, newspaper extracts, poetry, artefacts and memorabilia will convey touching accounts of those who fought first hand and those who contributed to the war effort from Australian shores.
“About one in twelve of the population of the Shire of Nunawading enlisted for active service in the war of 1914-1918. Of these, one in six were killed. It was a death toll of one per cent of the Shire, a one percent which included inordinate numbers who would otherwise have become leaders of their generation. It was a toll no community could afford.” 1.
1. Lemon, A 1978 Box Hill, Box Hill City Council in conjunction with Lothian Publishing, p.134.
Above: Unknown photographer, William Talbett c 1916 Image courtesy of Box Hill Historical Society Inc.
ANZAC Centenary Program 2014-2018
A number of events and programs are occurring in 2015 to acknowledge the ANZAC Centenary of World War 1. Whitehorse City Council has developed a centenary program of events in 2015 and also directs residents to services and events run by other organisations commemorating the service of men and women during the first world war.
To find out more on these events and programs, please visit http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/ANZAC-Centenary.html
The Australia Calls exhibition and Poppy Project is proudly supported by the Federal Government through the office of Veterans Affairs under the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program. Whitehorse City Council received assistance to mount these initiatives through both Chisholm and Deakin electorates.