Hunters Hill Museum exhibition honours wartime contribution

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Hunters Hill Council Team Leader (Customer Service) Tracey Smith is pictured at the Hunters Hill Museum on Friday with a Queen Victoria tobacco tin from the Boer War and a World War One Field telephone. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO

An outstanding exhibition that pays tribute to Hunters Hill’s contribution to Australia’s wartime contribution was opened at the local Town Hall Museum on Friday.

Curated by the Hunters Hill Historical Society with contributions from Rod Stewart from the Hunters Hill RSL Sub Branch, the exhibition covers wars from the Boer War in 1900 through to our contribution in Afghanistan.

It displays priceless artefacts that include a Queen Victoria tobacco tin issued to soldiers in the Boer War and a field telephone from World War One.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is a display about the 32 vessel small ships squadren which was based at the Woolwich Docks until 1970.

An fragile embroided Red Cross banner from World War One is on display in a class case alongside memorabilia of Major General Bill Stewart, the first senior Australian officer killed in combat in Palestine on January 3, 1941.

Hunters Hill Council Team Leader (Customer Service) Tracey Smith was among the first visitors to see the exhibition and said it is an outstanding tribute to Hunters Hill’s contribution in wartime.

“When you learn about the history you appreciate the sacrifices made during past wars and on the home front,” she said.

“I was particularly interested in the story of the Dead Man’s Penny, which is on display, and I encourage young people to visit the exhibition.”

Courtesy of The Weekly Times

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