Narooma Historical Society seeks stories behind the war

Many people walk past Narooma School of Arts Hall each day, but few notice the Honour Rolls listing the town’s ‘lads who donned khaki’ in the First World War.

Narooma Historical Society is about to change that.

Society president Laurelle Pacey said five members were curating a two-week exhibition to be held in November to mark the centenary of the end of the war and the declaration of peace.

“Half the exhibition will put faces and stories to the names listed,” she said.

“Sylvia Gauslaa and I would like to talk with anyone related to those listed on the Honour Rolls,” Ms Pacey said.

“We can get only so much from their service records in the National Archives; families might be able to supply so much more, such as photos, particularly in uniform, and any information about what they did after the War, including marriage, kids, jobs, where they lived, when they died.”

The rest of the exhibition will be about what happened in the area during the war, including its impact on local industries, recruitment drives, fundraising to pay for the War, as well as the aftermath locally, including the influenza epidemic.

The Society is also looking to borrow lockable display cabinets for the exhibition to display various memorabilia.

Please ring either Sylvia Gauslaa on 0415 293 198 or Laurelle Pacey on 0409 761 582 if you can help in any way.