I am a volunteer at the Burnie Regional Museum, Tasmania, and have developed two research projects based on the collection of this museum; 'The Diggers of Mt. Hicks, Tasmania' and 'Our Fallen Heroes 1914-1918'.
The motivation for the book and the Facebook page for 'The Diggers of Mt. Hicks, Tasmania', was a chance request at the Burnie Regional Museum to find the whereabouts of The Mt. Hicks Roll of Honour. The request came from the son of one of the Mt. Hicks soldiers, Thomas James Beamish who at 17 years old was the youngest soldier on the Roll. At first a copy of the Roll was located at the Burnie Public Library. At first glance of this roll I was intrigued by the faces of the 29 soldiers and the other two soldiers who were mentioned in local newspapers of the time. I then started to investigate the stories behind the faces. The original roll was located at the Wynyard RSL at the beginning of 2014.
An ancestry site, Mundia, was used to connect with relatives to find out the personal stories and share the memories of their treasured soldier. The Facebook page has allowed these soldiers stories to be shared now using social media during this special year - the centenary year of the beginning of WW1.
I am now working on an additional project to research 16 servicemen featured on a framed WW1 honour board that is part of the collection of the Burnie Regional Museum. See my project page 'Our Fallen Heroes 1914-1918' for more information.