Grant to enhance Mosman Library’s WWI resources

31 October 2014

Mosman Library’s World War I resources will be enhanced with the conservation of five rare honour boards following an $8,872 grant from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.

“The honour boards, which are part of Mosman Library’s Local Studies Collection, are a rich historic resource displaying more than 220 portrait photographs of local men who enlisted in World War I,” Mosman Council’s Local Studies Librarian Donna Braye said.

“The grant will allow us to digitise each photograph and upload them to our innovative website, Doing Our Bit; Mosman 1914-1918, which was launched last year to commemorate the war’s centenary by collecting and sharing records, stories, memories and photographs relating to local service people’s wartime experiences.

“The site records more than 1,600 names gathered from the Mosman War Memorial and honour boards in sporting venues, churches, community halls and the library.

“The boards will be treated by a professional conservator and we will create a facsimile photographic copy of each board which will be framed for display in the Library.

“Three of the boards have been in the possession of the library for a long time and the other two were purchased from a collector who became aware of the Doing Our Bit project after being alerted to a story in The Mosman Daily.”

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Program which provides funding to Federal Members of Parliament for projects in their electorate commemorating World War I.