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 AGM at Museum   March 13, 2.30pm

 

GM June 19

GM September 18

GM December 4

 

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17/1/2021

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We re-open at 10am on Friday 22 January 2021.

 

The museum is usually open on Fridays  from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm, pending further COVID-19 directions! At this stage we are restricted to the one visitor per 2 square metres rule. 16/1/2021) A group of 20 visitors per group may participate in a tour.(13/6/2020)

The museum operates in a Covid-19 safe way.

 

A nominal Roll of Griffith’s “National Servicemen” is accessible at the museum.

 

The Griffith RSL Sub-Branch donated the former Cenotaph Memorial Plaque and the Invictus Games Flag to the Museum, where they are on display for the public.

 

Griffith Cenotaph

 

The cenotaph shows the names of locals who were Killed in Action or Died of Wounds in the conflicts. In 2018 18 WW1 names were added and the WW2 names adjusted up to 104.

 

Detailed information about each name on the cenotaph is

available in the Museum.

 

 

GRIFFITH NSW BOER WAR REGISTER

 

Are you a descendant or relative of a WW1 Serviceman who came as a soldier settler to the NSW Griffith region after WW1 finished and who had served in the South African Boer War between 1899 and 1902?

 If the answer is "yes" we kindly invite you to provide us with information about this person. Details such as name, service number, regiment, where deployed in South Africa, and maybe a copy of a photo... will then be added to our Boer War Register. At the moment we have 27 confirmed names on our register and another 19 are being researched for possible inclusion. If you have information and would like to share this, please send an email to gwmm@westnet.com.au

or visit our webpage for more contact details. http://www.gwmm.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

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School/Group Museum Tours

 

(COVID-19 restrictions)

 

Photos school visits

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ROGER PENRITH (1972-2020)

 

It was with great sadness that on December 12, 2020, we were informed that Roger, a great fellow citizen and a reliable member and contributor to the Griffith War Memorial Museum had passed away unexpectedly. Roger will be missed by all of us.

 

Through collaboration Roger, the Museum and the Griffith RSL sub-branch have been able to achieve that “The First Australians” Servicemen and women are officially recognized and honoured for their service in the Australian Defence Forces during the conflicts Australia has been part of.

 

Roger’s involvement had as results that now the Griffith ANZAC Day Dawn service is opened with the playing of the didgeridoo and at the Day Morning service a delegation of the local Aboriginal community lays a wreath remembering the Aboriginal service people. Also a permanent Aboriginal display was opened at the museum on ANZAC DAY 2013 and has been regularly updated with new exhibits and information over the years. Copies of Aboriginal Nominal and Honour Rolls are available for the public at the museum. Collated reference material on “The First Australians and their defence of Australia”, with and from an Indigenous perspective, is anticipated to be launched early 2021.

 

The Griffith War Memorial Museum’s management, members and volunteers

 

New displays

 

 You are kindly invited to come and see additions and new displays…..

 

*Boer War 1899-1902

 *Attack on Australia       

*Interviews with local WW2 Veterans (Videos)

*First Australians and their defence of Australia with and from an Indigenous perspective (Reference material being compiled)

*Regional Aboriginal Honour and Nominal Rolls….Updated May 2020

 

Permission to use AWLA service emblem, e.g. hat badge on grave headstones and memorial plaques

 

The Office of Australian War Graves informed us that anyone seeking to inscribe the AWLA emblem on a headstone or memorial plaque is allowed to do so without seeking permission from the OAWG.

 

This is good news for descendants/relatives of Australian Women’s Land Army ladies.  It gives them that extra opportunity to honour and recognise their (grand) mother’s, mother-in-law’s WW2 service.

 

Contact the museum via email gwmm@westnet.com.au if you would like to receive a photo of the AWLA hat badge.

 

Griffith City Council

 

On 20 November 2020 the Griffith War Memorial Museum Inc received a letter from Griffith City Council advising that our application under the Community Grant Program had been successful. An amount of $4000 had been approved to support the exterior painting of the Griffith War Memorial Museum, phase 1 of a project to upgrade and improve the building, its appearance and surroundings. A cheque presentation was held at Griffith City Council on 26 November 2020. The museum’s executive, members and volunteers express their appreciation and gratefulness to Griffith City Council for the financial support given, a valuable contribution towards the disclosure of Griffith’s military history from Boer War to current in an inviting, worthy and   representable environment.

 

 

 

 

 

Current NSW K-10 Syllabus for the NSW Curriculum

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NSW HSC Syllabus Preliminary/HSC Courses

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Modern History

 

 

 

Planning a group/school visit to theMuseum?

 

Volunteers are available to give information about  displays, records, museum projects and local Griffith military history.

 

If you want to visit on a museum’s “closed” day or to book a group/school visit then contact Mrs Pat Cox, secretary on

0407485091 or send an email to gwmm@westnet.com.au

 

Covid-19 restrictions apply) !! Please check !!

 

 

 

Displays

 

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Rolls of Honour            

Nominal Rolls

 

Boer War

WW1, WW2,  Korean War, Local National Servicemen

 

Vietnam,

 

East Timor and Afghanistan,

 

Australian Women’s Land Army,

 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Armed Forces (Boer War until now)

 

 

 

 

Messages

 

 

The “GIRL WITH GRIT”

 

This monument of the Australian Women’s Land Army was officially unveiled at the Museum in Banna Avenue , Griffith NSW

on Saturday July 11, 2015

 

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AWARDS RECEIVED

 

MUSEUMS&GALLERIES OF NSW GWMM declared winner of the 2015 IMAGinE Award in the categorie “Individual Achievement:Volunteer

 

“Blue Star” Keep NSW Beautiful

Cultural Heritage Award Finalist

 

Australia Day 2016

2015 Griffith” Citizen of the Year” Nomination

2015 “Girls with Grit”, Community Project Nomination

 

NSW Government, 17/8/2017

Ministerial Commendation for contributions to the Griffith Servicemen/women veterans community

 

2017 Proud and Deadly Awards

Recipient of the Community Award Non-Aboriginal

 

Australia Day 2019

2018 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Joint Nomination

2018 Griffith Community “Project of the Year” Award Recipient. A combined team effort made by RSL, GGHS,GWMM.

 

 

Flashbacks

 

ANZAC DAY 2017

Guest speaker Miss Madison Penrith from the

Griffith Aboriginal Community spoke in her address about

* Indigenous Soldiers in the Australian Armed  

   Forces

 *Her visit to Gallipoli attending the 1915/2015

   Centenary Commemorations

 

ANZAC DAY 2018

Local guest speaker Mr. Noel Hicks gave a very meaningful address on the Anzac Spirit and mateship. He brought tears to the eyes of many present when elaborating on the human aspects, the suffering and sacrifices in the wars.

 

Remembrance Day Service 2018.

Dedication of the Cenotaph’s new Honour Board, showing the names of local WW1 and 2 Servicemen who died during the conflicts, followed by a Centenary Commemoration of the end of WW1.

 

 Detailed information about the WW1/WW2 Servicemen whose names are on the new Cenotaph Honour Board is now available for the public in the Griffith War Memorial Museum.

 

ANZAC DAY 2019

The Dawn Service was at 5.30am officially opened by Ty Powell playing the didgeridoo and the sounds of bagpipes and trumpets reverberating at the early start of the commemoration of Anzac Day 2019. The Dawn Service was again attended by an apparently every year increasing number of onlookers.

 

This was at 10.30 am followed by the Anzac Day march where hundreds lined up along Banna Avenue applauding and cheering the Sydney St Mary’s Bagpipes Band, Service and Ex-Servicemen  and women and descendants/relatives of Service People who had passed away. For the first time a wreath was laid for veterans who fought in the Boer War. A large crowd attended a moving ceremony at Griffith Memorial Park.

 

ANZAC DAY 2020

 

The COVID-19 crisis resulted in a cancellation of all ANZAC Day gatherings….Dawn-, Day-services and marches. However, many Australian residents organised personal candlelit driveway ceremonies where families in small groups honoured the veterans between 5.30 and 6.00 am.

 

ANZAC DAY 2021

 

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The Museum's Development

The Griffith War Memorial Museum owes its existence to the returned servicemen from WWI who became soldier-settlers in Griffith.  They had the foresight to have the Crown Land dedicated as a war memorial.  After WWII the returned soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families expressed a wish to establish a fitting memorial to those who served.  It has only been possible to establish the museum because of their and their offspring's commitment to remember the sacrifices that were made during the time of war.

The Griffith War Memorial Museum was officially opened by Lt, Col Peter Morrisey on Saturday July 25, 2009.

The objective of the Griffith War Memorial Museum Inc is to display items of military interest and aspects of the social history linked to military operations of ex-servicemen and women and their families from Griffith and districts.

The museum aims to achieve this by displaying photos, audio and DVD resource material, stories, clothing, weapons and other military artefacts.

Museum Hours.  COVID-19 restrictions apply

Open Thursday 10am – 2pm      CLOSED

         Friday      10am – 2pm       OPEN

         Saturday  11am – 2pm       OPEN

 

ANZAC DAY open after the Cenotaph ceremony.

 

The Museum re-opens on Friday 22 January 2021 10am

Entrance Fees

A donation is appreciated to cover development and maintenance costs of the museum. Donations over $2.00 are tax deductable and a receipt will be given.

Tours and Group Visits

Attention

If you would like to donate any artefacts, photos or information to the museum, please contact us via email or our PO Box 2221 Griffith.

 

These can be organised at other times by special arrangement.

By writing to PO Box 2221 Griffith NSW 2680,

or emailing to gwmm@westnet.com.au 

or by contacting the Secretary Pat Cox on 0407485091

Facilities

·         Public parking on the street  bays and centre

·         Disabled access via door to the left of the building

·         Public toilets in the park next door.

Location

 

167 - 185 Banna Avenue Griffith

 

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