ENGAGEMENT: ORGANISATIONS WITH PAID STAFF – 2015 GAMAA WINNER
The project Stradbroke 100: Remembering North Stradbroke Islanders Overseas and at Home During the First World War began with the Honour Board in the Dunwich Hall, which was donated to the community in 1917 by Tom Welsby. It lists thirteen names of men who had served overseas in World War One with several blank spaces. Intrigued by these spaces, the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum undertook an ambitious research project. This was a major exercise in community engagement, connecting with family members of the service personnel, and with families with links back several generations, to those living on the Island in 1914 to 1918.
Eventually, twenty-two men were identified and researched, fourteen of whom were Aboriginal. The personal stories of all the men, their recruitment, war service and resettlement was documented, and the Museum used oral histories to capture family memories and experiences of the service personnel, and how life was on the Island 100 years ago.
Lisa Jackson, Elisabeth Gondwe and Aunty Evelyn Parkin from North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum accepting a GAMAA trophy from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler. Photographer LeAnne Vincent. Trophy created by Madeleine Brown.