History Festival September 2014, The Great War.

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Saturdays 6th, 13, 20th, and 27th September, 11am to 4pm

At the commencement of the Great War in August 1914, Australia’s population was 5 million, of whom 451,000 enlisted with 61,000 killed and 156,000 wounded. A heavy toll.

Balmain’s municipal area of Balmain, Rozelle and Birchgrove population in 1914 was about 32,000 and approximately 900 men joined the various armed services. Many women volunteered and joined the nursing staff to serve near the battle fields.
The Balmain Association and the Balmain and Leichhardt Libraries are holding photo and memorabilia exhibitions and WW1 walking tours to explore memorial boards in parks and on buildings. Check web site for information as to times.
Amy Zar, Leichhardt Library local studies person has introduced an ambitious work in progress for a WW1 Blog to include detailed information on each enlisted person within the Leichhardt Municipality. Such as Name, Picture, Service No, Rank Held, Enlistment details, Embarkation Details, Unit/Service and Details, Discharge Details, Awards, DOB, DOD, Memorial, Address in Australia, Personal information as where born in Balmain.
Volunteers have begun the process and at the Exhibition, the Blog will be on display.
Balmain Association: Exhibition ANZAC EXPERIENCE – Balmain and the Great War.

ENTRY-FREE. Contact@balmainassociation.org au and 9818 4954.