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Venue RSL Room, Banna Avenue, Griffith NSW
June 17 at 2.30pm
September 16 at 230pm
December 2 at 2.30pm
(Venue RSL Room)
All members are invited to attend. Any apologies….please contact Pat Cox via phone 0407485091 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
167 - 185 Banna Avenue Griffith NSW
Important Military Dates/Event
Boer War Day, 31 May each year
The Boer War Day commemorates the first war in which Australia fought as a nation. In 1899 NSW troops were the first to join in this war followed by all of the other colonies and after Federation in 1901 Australian units took part. The Boer War was also the first war in which Australians fought alongside New Zealanders.
The 31st May is the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging that ended the South African War in 1902. Boer War Day itself is held on the Sunday before 31st May to enable working people to attend
Australian War Memorial
Volunteers are always needed!
The Griffith War Memorial Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Good Friday Closed
ANZAC DAY open after the Cenotaph ceremony
BOER WAR DAY (Ifrequested)11am-1pm
KOREAN VETERANS’ DAY (If requested) 11am-1pm
VIETNAM VETERANS’ DAY open after the Cenotaph ceremony
REMEMBRANCE DAY open after the Cenotaph ceremony
Any other days by appointment
If you want to book a group visit, then please contact Mrs Pat Cox (secretary) on 0407485091. Schools are welcome to learn about the Australian and local Military history from the available displays/presentations.…we are looking forward to see you !!!
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The museum is open on Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 2 pm.
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.
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 email@example.com
or visit our webpage for more contact details. http://www.gwmm.org.au
GWMM and GGHS
If you are interested in researching your personal pedigree or the history of Griffith NSW, the Griffith War Memorial Museum and the Griffith Genealogical & Historical Society are both THE PLACES TO BE. They are large, valuable sources of information for individuals and educational institutions. The GWMM covers the local military history by Honour and Nominal Rolls, as well as records of Indigenous military service and the Australian Women’s Land Army. The GGHS focusses more on family history research, “Ancestry”, the pioneers, soldier settlers, immigrants and land records. GWMM is open on Fridays 10am-2pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm. GGHS is open on Thursday to Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. People interested are welcome and members are present to assist.
Are you specifically looking for information about the military history of a late relative or ancestor? Then we may be able to help you at both locations from April 2023 onwards
At GGHS on 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month between 1.00pm and 5.00pm At GWMM on 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 1.00pm and 4pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
* The Hanwood Cloth (1940)
* Dead Man’s Penny for Alan McGregor Whyte (WW1)
*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)
*Regional Aboriginal Honour and Nominal Rolls….Updated on ANZAC Day 2022.
*We hope to add more recent conflicts to the collection in 2022…Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, East-Timor,(Timor-Leste)
…THE MUSEUM NEEDS and SEEKS YOUR HELP/ASSISTANCE!!!
We call on anybody from Griffith or cities, towns and settlements in the regions around Griffith, who has served in any of the listed recent conflicts, to come forward and submit their name to the museum. It will be added to a list respecting and recognizing the service in the Australian Defence Forces. You are kindly invited to contact the Museum on 040748509 or send an email to email@example.com
Your personal contribution is highly appreciated.
ROGER PENRITH (1972-2020)
Roger, a great supporter, contributor and founder of the Griffith War Memorial Museum's display on Indigenous service in the Australian Armed Forces passed tragically and unexpectedly away on December 12, 2020.. Roger…Rest in peace, We will remember you !
The Griffith War Memorial Museum’s management, members and volunteers.
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.
Contact the museum via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive a photo of the AWLA hat badge.
Current NSW K-10 Syllabus for the NSW Curriculum
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WW1, WW2, Korean War, Local National Servicemen
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Armed Forces (Boer War until now)
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S LAND ARMY MONUMENT
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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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.
Australia Day 2021
2020 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Nomination
Australia Day 2022
2021 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Nomination
Australia Day 2023
2022 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Nomination
ANZAC DAY 2017
Guest speaker Miss Madison Penrith from the
Griffith Aboriginal Community spoke in her address about
* Indigenous Soldiers in the Australian Armed
*Her visit to Gallipoli attending the 1915/2015
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
Due to Covid restrictions the ANZAC DAY Dawn and Main Services had to be “controlled outdoor events” and as such it meant it had to be ticketed events in a fenced off area which in Griffith is Memorial Park in Banna Ave. There was also no march along Banna Ave.
ANZAC DAY 2022
Worried about the number of people attending
The Dawn and Morning ANZAC Day
commemorations after returning to the way pre-
Covid-19 services were run, now some Covid
restrictions were dropped ?
Attendance at both services was bigger than ever,
and it showed that the sacrifices of all Australians
who served in the conflicts Australia was part of,
had not been in vain and forgotten, but were recognised and highly respected.
The commemoration address was given by Mr
Lachlan Date sharing the story of his great-
grandfather Frank Bartle Ledwidge who fought
in WW1 and WW2.
ANZAC DAY 2023
The ANZAC Day Dawn and Morning services
drew the biggest crowds to the Griffith Memorial
Park since Covid-19.
Graham Slingsby a former police officer and air
force reservist was the guest speaker reflecting on
the sacrifices made by many during WW1 and 2,
particularly the oft-forgotten roles of women
during major historic onflicts.
Terry Walsh stepping down from the role of
presenting the ANZAC Day services over many
years received a big ‘Thank You” from Griffith
RSL sub-branch president Michael Borg.
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.
Fridays OPEN 10am-2pm
Saturdays OPEN 11am-2pm
Good Friday CLOSED
ANZAC DAY (25/4) open after the Cenotaph ceremony.
BOER WAR DAY (31/5) open (if requested) between 11am and 1pm.
KOREAN VETERANS’ DAY (27/7) open (if requested) between 11am and 1pm
VIETNAM VETERAN’S DAY (18/8) open after the Cenotaph ceremony
REMEMBRANCE DAY (11/11) open after the Cenotaph ceremony
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
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 email@example.com
or by contacting the Secretary Pat Cox on 0407485091
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