Peace at last: a World War 1 Walk in Lang Lang Cemetery

Oct 14, 2018 by

Join us on a walk through the beautiful and historic Lang Lang Cemetery as we explore its connections with the Great War.

Forty-eight families watched, waited and worried for 98 men who enlisted and tried to make it safely back home. Twenty-four made the supreme sacrifice; 15 were killed in action on the battlefields of the Western Front, 2 were killed at Gallipoli, 6 died of their wounds and 1 died during training at the Seymour Camp. While most of the men were single, nine men were married with families.
Twenty-seven Lang Lang families sent two or more sons. Forty-seven men were wounded and hospitalised, nine were wounded at least twice. One wounded soldier became a German prisoner of war. One soldier died at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Each one has a story worth telling, and so do their families.

Tea and coffee at the end of the tour. Bookings essential.

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NW & DFHG October General Meeting

Oct 10, 2018 by

Berwick CemeteryTonight’s meeting will be an in-house activity where we’re asking members to talk about an interesting or unusual headstone or cemetery story. Bring along a picture on a usb if you’d like to show as well as tell.

 

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NW&DFHG September General Meeting

Sep 8, 2018 by

Berwick Military Medals has been part of our local community for more than ten years. This family business has showcased Michael Madden’s expertise in the preservation and framing of servicemen and womens’ medals. Service medals cannot be reissued if they are lost, stolen or damaged after the death of the person they were issued to. You can get expert advice and service from Michael to conserve original medals, or have replica medals made for you to wear on ANZAC day. That way your father or grand-father’s irreplaceable medals are not lost from your family and future generations.

Michael is also the author of The Victoria Cross, Australia Remembers a labour of love, an amazing work that tells the servicemens’ stories from personal and family recollections along with the history of the medal and its production.  Importantly all profits from the sale of this book go to The TPI Association (Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers Association of Victoria).

Three generations of Michael’s family have served in times of war, his passion is infectious.  Visitors are always welcome.

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Writing the War Exhibition

Oct 31, 2017 by

Writing the War Exhibition
At the Cranbourne Library from October 26 2017 to December 7 2017.

Venue for all the activities is the Cranbourne Library.

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Thursday November 2 at 11.00am.
Michael Madden – Australian Victorian Cross recipients
Michael Madden is a multi-award winning writer and will talk about his current project – researching and writing a book based on the 100 Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross covering their medals, statues, monuments and final resting places. Michael runs his own Military Medal Business in Berwick and has supplied replica medals and professional advice to service personnel, Museums and even Hollywood movies!


Thursday November 9 at 2.00pm.
Official Launch of Writing the War Exhibition by the Hon. Anthony Byrne. Guest speaker is Lambis Englezos
Lambis Englezos is a Greek-born, retired art teacher from Melbourne with a ‘magnificent obsession’ to find, recover, and honour Australia’s missing diggers from the Battle of Fromelles. He is the co-founder and driving force behind the internationally renowned ‘Friends of the 15th Brigade’. Lambis is a central figure in Patrick Lindsay’s book ‘Fromelles’ and is acknowledged in the Robin Corfield book ‘Fromelles – Don’t Forget Me Cobber’, for his contribution to the remembrance of this significant event in Australian history. He also featured in television stories on ‘60 Minutes’, and the ABC ‘7:30 Report’ on the fate of the missing diggers. Additionally, Lambis has written and been featured widely on this subject in print media.
Lambis received the Order of Australia in 2008 for his Fromelles work. He also won the inaugural Shrine Medallion in 2010 and was honoured by the RSL of Victoria with their ANZAC Award in the same year.


Tuesday, November 14 at 11.00am.
Local History Librarian, Heather Arnold – How we honored our soldiers
The talk will look at the various ways communities honoured their soldiers once the War ended. Heather will look at Avenues of Honour, War Memorials and Memorial buildings such as Halls, Schools and Hospitals.


Saturday November 18 at 1.30pm and
Monday, November 20 at 7.00pm
Jane Rivett-Carnac from the Narre Warren & District Family History Group – Researching your Military history
There is more to a service person than Name Rank and Serial Number. Join us for a 90 minute talk that will explore the many avenues available on the internet and in your library to gather the information you need to write their story. It may be a soldier sent to Sydney Cove with the First Fleet, a bushman in the Boer War, a Great Uncle in the Great War or Dad in the Second World War. Nurses Sailors Airmen and Civilians also have a story to tell.

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We’re back!

Sep 4, 2017 by

Our Research Room Manager and I.T. Officer have informed us that in their humble opinions, we are good to go. Well, good enough to have a go, is what they might have actually said. So, we’re opening the doors from Tuesday 5th September to see how we go.

At this stage we will be open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 11 am to 3 pm.

We hope to be able to increase these days and times before too long – please enter through the Cranbourne Library entrance – 65 Berwick Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne.

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