April 26, 2017


Ballarat High School student Laura Benney is one of many Ballarat decendants of wartime service personel and civilians that are presenting the history of their family members’ contribution to the war effort during War Heritage Roadshow at the Art Gallery of Ballarat today.

Ms Benney will speak about photographs, medals and letters which tell the story of her great-great grandfather’s service on the Western Front in the Great War.

As well as hearing local stories, Ballarat residents will also learn how to care for wartime objects and store precious memories to ensure they are preserved for future generations.

Victorians have a great legacy of war service both on the battlefront and at home, and many families hold significant artefacts from this experience – from medals and uniforms to battlefield relics.

The roadshow also provides an opportunity to have war heritage artefacts examined for free by conservation experts from the University of Melbourne. This will be personalised, one-on-one advice.

The War Heritage Roadshow is a key part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Veterans History and Heritage Strategy, which is working to partner with Victorians in safeguarding our important treasures that mean so much to so many Victorians. 

The War Heritage Roadshow is taking place today and tomorrow at the Art Gallery of Ballarat between 10:00am and 4:00pm. To find out more visit: http://bit.do/whroadshow2017.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“The Roadshow will offer our community expert advice about how to keep wartime memorabilia safe to preserve these important stories of service and sacrifice.”  

“It’s also a great opportunity to meet others that are passionate about the significant role this community played in the war effort and to share information about the moments that shaped our history.”  

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“The War Heritage Roadshow is all about preserving and keeping artefacts that tell our story of service.”

“Many Ballarat locals hold wartime artefacts close to their heart – and we want to make sure they can stay safely in family hands.”