The day (July 2) featured guest speakers including Ms Lee Dominick, Member for the 5th Light Horse Regiment Maleny Troop, Mr Bill Kitson, History Queensland Patron, Ms Helen Smith, Author and molecular epidemiologist, and Ms Tony White, consulting genealogist.
Topics included the horse and its trooper in the Great War, Queensland surveyors and mapping in WWI, health of the ANZACs and the ADF unrecovered war casualties unit.
“The commemoration of WWI will continue across 2014-2018 and though we tend to focus on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, we should never forget there were thousands of Australians who died between 1914 and 1918 in many theatres of war” Mr McArdle, who opened the event, said.
“There was a very large turnout with a captivated audience and Caloundra Family History should be very proud of their efforts. I congratulate Val Thornton their President and all involved in the successful event”.
Sponsors were the Caloundra RSL represented by RSL Sub Branch President Pat Horgan and Bendigo Bank Caloundra represented by Chairman Colin Rose.
Many communities across Australia are recognising the WWI centenary, with projects from the Australian War Memorial including Roll of Honour soundscape, a Camera on Gallipoli exhibition, and Flanders Fields Memorial Garden project.
During the First World War Australia’s population was less than five million, from which 416,809 men enlisted of which 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed or taken prisoner*.
“Lest We Forget”