UPDATE RE-OPENING GWMM

 

The Museum’s doors are open  on

 

Fridays 10am-2pm

Saturdays 11am-2pm

 

HOWEVER !!!!

 

Although being fully vaccinated, check-in with the QR code, face masks and the 1 person per square metres rule are not required anymore for museums at the moment, our Museum still cares about your health and the health of our communities. If unwell please don’t visit the museum.

 

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Dates Meetings

2022

 

Change of Meeting Days/Times

(Discussed  at meeting on Saturday May 21, 2022)

 

June 14 at 7.00pm (Tuesday) Venue RSL Room, Members GM

 

July 12 at 7.00pm

(Tuesday) Venue RSL Room, Members GM

 

August 9 at 7.00pm  (Tuesday) Venue RSL Room,

Members GM

 

October 11 at 7.00pm (Tuesday) Venue RSL Room, Members GM

 

December 13 at 7.00pm (Tuesday) bVenue RSL room, Members GM

 

GWMM

167 - 185 Banna Avenue Griffith NSW

Important Military Dates/Events

 

 

Australian War Memorial

June

           

D-Day 6 June 1944

Allies land in Normandy, opening up a third front against Germany and beginning an eastward drive across northern Europe that ended with Germany's surrender in May 1945.

 

Membership

(2022 fees are due)

 

 

Volunteers are always needed!

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The Griffith War Memorial Museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Friday 10am-2pm

Saturday 11am-2pm

 

Good Friday  Closed

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY  open after the Cenotaph ceremony

 

ANZAC 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 back !!!

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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.

 

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

 

 

Photos school visits

 

Museum Activity Sheets

 

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

 

 

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)

*Regional Aboriginal Honour and Nominal Rolls….Updated on ANZAC Day 2022.

*We hope to add displays on more recent conflicts to the collection early 2022…Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, East-Timor,(Timor-Leste)

….…However…..

 

…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 gwmm@westnet.com.au

 

 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.!

 

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 gwmm@westnet.com.au 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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History

 

 

NSW HSC Syllabus Preliminary/HSC Courses

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Modern History

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

 

 

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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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.

 

Australia Day 2021

2020 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Nomination

 

Australia Day 2022

2021 Griffith “Citizen of the Year” Nomination

 

 

 

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

 

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.

 

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 may      

                            apply when open.

 Fridays            OPEN   10am-2pm

Saturdays         OPEN   11am-2pm

 

Good Friday   CLOSED

 

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY (11/11) open after the Cenotaph ceremony

 

ANZAC DAY (25/4) open after the Cenotaph ceremony.

 

BOER WAR DAY (31/5)  open between 11am and 1pm.

 

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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