Redland vets memories captured in new book

Senior LIfestyle: For more great stories about residents in The Redlands read the June/July edition of the Senior Lifestyle publication online now.

Senior LIfestyle: For more great stories about residents in The Redlands read the June/July edition of the Senior Lifestyle publication online now.

Special publication:

A WWI commemorative book honouring our community members and their war experiences has been released through Redland libraries.

Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands has been a partnership project through Queensland government funding and in collaboration between Redland libraries and various community members.  

Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands was officially launched on April 19.

Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands was officially launched on April 19.

Funding of $26,889.82 was provided by the Queensland Anzac centenary grants program which supported the research, editing, design, advertising and printing of the book.

Redland mayor Karen Williams said the book was the culmination of years of work and research and was a credit to all involved.

“The Centenary of Anzac is one of the most significant commemorations in our nation’s history, as we reflect on the service and sacrifice of thousands of Australians,” Cr Williams said.

“This book will ensure that the contributions of these brave Redland citizens are honoured, valued and remembered for generations to come. 

“I hope many in our community will have the opportunity to read through the pages of this book and hold these brave individuals close to their hearts.”

In launching the book, deputy mayor Lance Hewlett said it  brought local history to life and gave an opportunity to look into the faces of these servicemen and women and remember them as real people with real hopes and dreams.

“Through photographs, letters, postcards and archival documents, we can reflect on the devastating impact of the war on the lives of the families at home,” Cr Hewlett said.

“It also tells some lesser known stories of the time, such as the sacrifices of our indigenous Redlanders, many of whom had to lie about their heritage in order to fight for this country.”

Remembering them: Honouring the First World War servicemen and women of the Redlands is a limited-edition book, with copies to be available for borrowing for those interested through Redlands libraries. 

An e-book copy of the book will also be available via the Redland libraries website redland.qld.gov.au/library as well as through the State Library of Queensland.