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Discovering the Sons of Williamstown - A Labour of Love

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10 May 2018

Join in this 60 minute talk at Williamstown Town Hall to find out more about our unique WWI honour board and the stories it tells.

Towards the end of 1917, Councillor William Henderson took on the task of listing those boys and men from Williamstown, Spotswood and Newport who had enlisted for World War I. As the war continued, he also set out to compile a photographic record of the 265 local men who had ‘made the supreme sacrifice’.

While gathering the photographs from families, Councillor Henderson heard stories of terrible loss and grief. Councillor Henderson’s untiring work was noted as being his ‘labour of love’. The portraits were framed and mounted in a handsome Blackwood cabinet. This honour board hangs in the foyer of the Williamstown Town Hall.

This project funded under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

Content: Hobsons Bay City Council Arts Department

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