Great War history seminar a success
CALOUNDRA Family History Research Inc attracted a “full house” at its successful First World War seminar.
The event on Saturday, July 2, was attended by family groups, members, sponsors, patrons, history enthusiasts from throughout south-east Queensland and speakers.
The seminar was held to commemorate the centenary of The Great War and was sponsored by Caloundra RSL and Caloundra Community Bank (Bendigo Bank Caloundra), whose support no doubt contributed to the success of the day.
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle opened the event at 10am in the presence of Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch president Pat Horgan and Caloundra Community Bank chairman Colin Rose.
Poppies, supplied both by members and other organisations, decorated the hall and the tables of war memorabilia which were on display throughout the day.
Many items provided by members gave some very poignant reminders of their own personal family involvement in the “war to end all wars”.
Lee Dominick, from the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop, brought along a wonderful array of equipment, used by the troopers, including her own beautifully kept military saddle.
The speakers conveyed the futility of war and its effect on the men and women involved in the conflict – some paying the ultimate sacrifice, and others incurring injuries which affected the remainder of their lives.