Hornsby Library is hosting a free event with Elise Edmonds, a curator at the State Library of NSW, on Wednesday 11 November at 6.30pm. Elise will give an insight and overview of the Life Interrupted exhibition held at the State Library of New South Wales in 2014.
This exhibition featured diaries and letters written by soldiers, many of whom did not return home. Elise will be giving an overview of the collection and telling the story of how the State Library built their collection of World War One material.
Elise will also be reading out some excerpts from various diaries, including some local men who wrote diaries and letters. She will be featuring Dr Brian Colden Antill Pockley from Wahroonga and the Fry brothers from Lindfield.
Elise said in an abstract to a paper at The 5th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference in 2014 in Hobart:
“They were teachers, farmers, clerks and architects. Some were still at school. They came from cities, regional towns and the bush. From August 1914 Australian men and women sailed away to war with just a few months of training. Some would not return home; those who did were changed forever. Some kept diaries, perhaps for the first time in their lives. They knew what they were witnessing was important; life changing. Many wrote of their experiences to an audience back home. Others wrote simply to try and make sense of their surroundings. At the end of the war, the Mitchell Library in Sydney began to purchase these diaries for the collection. What had been personal became public. Originally acquired as artefacts of Australian military service, these collections are now interrogated by a range of researchers seeking the personal voice and experiences of Australian men and women who went to the Great War.”
You and your friends are all invited to this event on Remembrance Day but you must register. Details here: http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au/library/activities-and-events/family-and-local-history-talks.
You can meet Elise in this video:.