Hunt for tales behind local heroes

Reading the stories of ANZAC heroes among the poppies: Federal Member for Watson, Tony Burke, and Watson ANZAC centenary committee member Kayee Griffin at Friday’s launch of the interactive website at Campsie Library.

Story appeared in: Torch | April 24th, 2017

A SPECIAL commemorative website was launched on Friday in Campsie to hold the personal stories of local ANZACs.
Launching the website at Campsie Library on Friday, Federal MP for Watson, Tony Burke, said the impact of the conflict on the Canterbury-Bankstown population was enormous, with 10 per cent of the people in the area volunteering to serve in the war.
"Often we remember the conflict, often we remember the numbers of people who died, and how old they were. But there are very few windows of opportunity to tell the personal stories of the people who grew up in our local community," Mr Burke said.
Mr Burke says that while the Canterbury-Bankstown area publicly commemorates those who served with local memorials and monuments, there is so much more to the memory of a person that the Watson ANZAC website now holds. 
"We hope that for the many people who are still alive who served in different ways, or for the family members who know those stories, will be able to contribute to the website at the 'Share Your Story' page, and give us a hint of the character, the smile, the music, the laughter of the individuals who we promised that we'd always remember," he said.
Share your family's stories by going to the Watson ANZAC website

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