A moving display

Exhibition. Emmerton Park residents were treated to a mobile World War I display from Circular Head Heritage Centre last Wednesday, with local students also taking part.

Over the Anzac Day weekend, the centre welcomed visitors to its commemorative exhibition, offering games of two-up and Anzac craft. In an act of kindness, the objects were carefully transported to Emmerton Park so that residents would not miss out.

Artefacts displayed for the afternoon included photos, medals, pennies, helmets, leather leg wraps, a set of googles and a flying hat.

Emmerton Park leisure and lifestyle coordinator Dave Dunkerley said residents were interested in the pieces which evoked memories and held special significance for many.

“It did bring out a few stories, a lot of them did start talking about things that happened to them during their war time experience (WWII) and memories of their loved ones who went to the First World War,” he said.

“Many of the residents had family members – either fathers or uncles – in the First World War.”

Residents also connected with old photos of well-known families from the area.

Circular Head Christian School students were there for the afternoon as part of weekly H2O outings (Hands x Helping x Others) which focuses on students considering the needs of others in the community.

The small group of grade six to eight students usually visit the residents on a Wednesday afternoon. Students spend time playing games with the residents or chatting with those who feel up to conversation, while others are taught how to knit or help out with afternoon tea.

Middle school teacher Fiona Poke said last week’s visit was “particularly enjoyable for all” as students have been researching war in light of the recent centenary commemorations, also helping with the Anzac assembly at Emmerton Park.

Circular Head Heritage Centre coordinator/administrator Emma Seymour, who has been in the role for two months, described the experience as a heart-warming one.

“It was really great, particularly great that the kids were there . . . they were helping to hand around the pieces,” she said. “It’s a credit to the school and the students.”

Mrs Seymour welcomed the community to drop in for a visit to the heritage centre at 8 King Street, Smithton.

“It’s a resource, it’s purely there to serve the local community,” she said. “If you know the social story behind each of these objects, that’s what make them really fascinating.”

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