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Letters from World War I exhibition comes to Kilmore Library

9 June 2017

To commemorate the centenary of World War I, Kilmore Customer and Library Service Centre will host a touring exhibition exploring the personal stories of ordinary Australians told through their photographs, letters and diaries.

Presented by State Library Victoria, Writing the war: Personal stories from WWI tells the story of Australia’s involvement in WWI seen through the eyes of seven ordinary Australians from very different backgrounds – a teacher, nurse, bank clerk, farmer, journalist, artist and an activist.

Their experiences are brought to life through personal and published writings, photos, drawings and multimedia, which takes viewers from Gallipoli to Egypt and Gaza to the Western Front.

Some of these writings helped shape public opinion about the war effort, such as Sir Keith Murdoch’s Gallipoli letter or the writing of pacifist Vida Goldstein.

Some were never intended to be read in public, like the diaries of George Auchterlonie, which remained in his family’s possession for more than 70 years.

The free exhibition, which runs in Kilmore from 4 July to 15 August, will also feature memorabilia and personal materials from Mitchell Shire community members who served in WWI.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the exhibition was a rare look in to the experiences of a varied group of Australians during WWI.

“These diaries and letters of both prominent and ordinary Australians give us an insight into WWI that is immediate and intimate because it is told in their own words,” Cr Sanderson said.

“Mitchell Shire has a rich military history and we are thrilled to have been selected to host such a significant exhibition.”

Kilmore is one of 12 regional libraries and galleries across Victoria that will host the exhibition until June 2018.

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The Writing the war exhibition tour is supported by the Victoria Government through Creative Victoria.