Machine guns and poignant letters in Exhibition evoke war memories

Machine guns and poignant letters in Exhibition evoke war memories

A Century of ANZAC: 100 years of Service at Home and Abroad explores the sacrifices and wartime experiences of those who served abroad and also the effects of the war on those left behind. The exhibition opens on Friday, 24 April and will be open on Anzac Day.

The fierceness of several original German World War One machine guns is juxtaposed with delicately embroidered cards in a special exhibition curated by the City of Clarence to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

A Century of ANZAC: 100 years of Service at Home and Abroad explores the sacrifices and wartime experiences of those who served abroad and also the effects of the war on those left behind. The exhibition opens on Friday, 24 April at the Rosny Barn and will be open on Anzac Day.

Amongst the many rare and unusual exhibits in this exhibition are German machine guns, captured from behind enemy lines, which fire a staggering 600 rounds per minute, producing lethal results for advancing Australian troops.  Sitting side by side with these lethal weapons are more prosaic but equally moving items such as the beautifully embroidered cards sent home to Lindisfarne by one soldier, or the cache of wartime letters home found in an old bag in a house in Geilston Bay.

Memories have also been preserved through the camera of Robert Blythe Marshall, a member of the 3rd Light Horse who somehow managed to keep his camera throughout active service – both camera and some of the photographs taken on it will be on display.

The exhibition shows until Thursday, 21 May and will be open on Anzac Day.




Clarence City Council
38 Bligh Street (PO Box 96)
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Telephone:(03) 62 17 9500




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