Heritage to rule on the Gold Coast on Australia Day
THE Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum is ready to celebrate Australia Day on Thursday, January 26.
Joining the celebrations will be Gold Coast woodturners, spinners and weavers, motorbike riders and the Antique Auto Club.
Secretary Anne Panitz said the Albert Battery would hold a flag-raising and rifle volley at 11.30am, and the Hinterland Community Band would perform.
"A sausage sizzle and Devonshire tea is available as well as a 'make, bake, grow' table," she said.
"We have a jumping castle to keep the children amused while mum and dads enjoy a stroll around the complex.
"As a feature for this day, we will have our display of Cables to Commemoration - the Gold Coast home front 1914-1918. This was supported by City of Gold Coast and Anzac Centenary and Queensland Government.
"The display explores the effect of World War 1 on the Gold Coast.
"WWI had a profound impact on all of Australia and, while there are many national stories, there are also those particular to individual communities.
"This display looks at some of the key themes and stories which emerged from this time in our region's history."
These include recruitment and training, regiments and the Red Cross, Southport Cable Station and the Pacific Cable, rural production, repatriation and convalescence at home, hospitals and the formation of the RSL.
Peace, the closure of the border with Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, Spanish flu and war memorials are also subjects worth exploring.
"This is a fabulous exhibition and well worth a visit; if not on Australia Day, maybe a Sunday during the year," Anne says.
"We open for groups of 10 or more so gather some friends or your club and visit the museum."
The museum can be found in the Mudgeeraba Heritage Centre, 238 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba, and will be open from 10am to 2pm on Australia Day. Entry is by gold coin donation.
For details contact Anne Panitz on 0407 694 653, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.