Celebrating our volunteers – National Volunteer Week 2012

Narre Warren & District Family History Group volunteers visit the Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum
Narre Warren & District Family History Group volunteers visit the Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum

This week is National Volunteer Week and so, to say “thank you” all our volunteers were invited to a special invitation only Volunteers’ Morning Tea at the Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum at Nar Nar Goon this morning. All volunteers were guests of the family history group for the morning.

We’re happy to say that it was at least fifty degrees warmer than last year’s event – but it was still a little chilly. However that didn’t dampen the spirits of the 16 or so volunteers that were able to make it on the day. The hot cuppa and fire was a welcome sight for many on arrival!

Narre Warren & District Family History Group at the lLight Horse & Field Artillery Museum
Narre Warren & District Family History Group at the lLight Horse & Field Artillery Museum

This museum is a working museum and the carriages, uniforms and equipment are often featured in parades and military events. We were both impressed and fascinated by the knowledge of the museum’s curator, Bernie Dingle. Bernie’s intimate knowledge of historical facts and figures combined with the ability to get up close and touch most of the exhibits made our visit a truly memorable one for us all. In short, Bernie made history come alive for us as we got a little closer to the horror and deprivation of war. We all came away with the feeling that this little museum is not getting the recognition it deserves. We encourage anyone with an interest in World War 1 and all things military for any reason to visit the Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum. ¬†We would like to thank Bernie and Frances for their hospitality this morning and all the knowledge shared.

It was a tremendous morning, one that allowed the President and Committee of the Narre Warren & District Family History Group to express their appreciation of the work done by all our volunteers, those who keep the Research Room open, sizzle sausages, help out at expos and other events and a million other things.

The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum is at 200 Bessie Creek Road, Nar Nar Goon and well worth a visit!

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