Discovering Anzacs workshops at Cobb+Co Museum

08 May 2015

Descendants of Australian Diggers can learn how to preserve their memory forever, during free workshops at the Cobb+Co Museum during May.

Cobb+Co Museum Director, Deborah Bailey, said the Museum is excited to be facilitating a workshop that has the capacity to capture the stories and memories of local Diggers.

“This workshop gives the descendants of Anzacs, historians and those interested in the First World War an opportunity to learn about and contribute to our local cultural history”, Deborah said.

Hosted by the Assistant Director of the National Archives of Australia in Brisbane, Greg Cope, the workshops will show participants how to use the Discovering Anzacs website.

“The National Archives of Australia developed the website in partnership with Archives New Zealand as a gift to both nations for the centenary of the First World War,” said Greg.

“The site gives people very easy access to war service dossiers of every Australian and New Zealander who served in the First World War, as well as many from the Boer War, creating a unique online profile for each.”

Specifically, the website includes scanned copies of 375,971 service records, as well as images of battle sites, maps and strategic plans, personal photographic collections of significant people and official photographs of some soldiers and most internees.

“The most exciting feature of the website is that members of the public can add their own materials to the site, including photographs, news clippings and memories of their relatives. This information will then be preserved for future generations,” said Greg.

The free workshops will be held at the Cobb+Co Museum on Wednesday 13 May 2015.

“During the workshop I will guide people through the website – how to set up a profile, add photographs and information and your own stories. I will also give a bit of a history lesson – I just can’t help it,” laughed Greg. “So I will talk about Australia’s commitment to the war and highlight some servicemen and women from the Toowoomba and Darling Downs area.”

Discovering Anzacs workshops will be held at 10.30am-11.30am and 1pm-2pm on Wednesday 13 May, no need to book. For more information call Cobb+Co Museum on 07 4659 4900 or visit www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au

Cobb+Co Museum is part of the Queensland Museum Network, located in Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. The Museum is open daily from 10am – 4pm (CLOSED Anzac Day). Admission is free for residents of the Toowoomba Regional Council area.

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