Historical society unveils personal Anzac stories

THE GATHERING: More than 100 residents and visitors gathered at the Mansfield Historical Society’s launch on Saturday to see the Anzac Commemorative DVDs view on the large outdoor screen. REMEMBRANCE: Dawn Friday places a poppy in remembrance of a fallen soldier during the launch of the Mansfield Historical Society’s DVDs commemorating the centenary of WWI. PHOTOS: Pam Zierk-Mahoney

UNDER the night stars more than 100 people sat and watched for the first time three short DVDs depicting varying aspects of the people and history of WWI active service.

The grassed area at the back of The Station – home to Mansfield Historical Society – was the venue for the launch of the society’s centenary commemorations.

The three DVDs are the personal stories about Mansfield’s sons and daughters who were involved in the Great War.

‘Saddlin Up’ highlights the horses from the area and Delatite Station, the allure of war and the story of Storm – written and recited by Val Kirley.

‘Home Front’ records letters and stories from the front, it shows the women at home, the nurses who served and how the families at home managed and worked to support their men and the work of the Red Cross – all from a home town perspective.

‘Honoured, Free and Home’ – the third film opens with a paper parcel being opened containing the belongings of a soldier killed at the front, memories of the six Bullock boys with Jack Bullock’s daughter Enid O’Brien relating how after the war her father took up a soldiers’ settlement block, the meagre pickings made from it and the struggle to support his family.

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