Artefacts relating to local soldier Robert Noble. Image courtesy City of Canterbury Library

Grant/funding information:

This project received an Anzac Community Grant from the Department of Education & Communities

Exhibition - A Canterbury Anzac: The Noble Collection

A Canterbury Anzac comprises a series of artefacts relating to a WW1 digger, Robert Noble, who died on the Western Front in 1917. The collection includes his service medals, photographs and letters sent to his family with news of his death. It is one of the most valuable collections the City of Canterbury holds to promote the Anzac legacy.

This collection was donated to City of Canterbury in 2010 as per the will of Brenda Noble, niece of Robert Noble. The donation was provided on the grounds of historical value to the Canterbury community.

The project was made possible through an Anzac Community Grant through the Department of Education & Communities and supported by the Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS).

This project aims to provide valuable historical WW1 content in one of the City of Canterbury's key languages other than English. To the library's knowledge, it will be the first local history exhibition in Chinese, on this topic, to be provided by a public library.

The exhibition emphasises how Robert was a regular person called upon to complete an extraordinary duty and highlights awards given posthumously that reflect the impact of the Great War on Australians. As an example of a local resident, the exhibition references locations within the City of Canterbury that residents will be familiar with, allowing greater engagement and connection with the content and the Anzac spirit.


Australian Nurses at Lemnos
FREE EVENT - Hear about the amazing endurance and perseverance of the Australian nurses at WW1.
Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015
Time: 11am
Location: Riverwood Library, Cnr Belmore Rd & Roosevelt Ave
Bookings: 9789 9380
(See flyer below for more details)

Canterbury's Boys
FREE EVENT - Kerin Wanstall & Colin Beacroft from the Canterbury & District Historical Society will tell how members researched the names of over 1900 locals from the District who served in the Great War.
Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Belmore Senior Citizens Centre
Bookings: 9789 9380
(See flyer below for more details)

Researching Your Family Military History
FREE EVENT - Learn how to research your family's military history with Jennifer Milward from the Australian War Memorial.
Date: Friday 15 May 2015
Time: 1 pm
Location: Campsie Library
Bookings: 9789 9380
(See flyer below for more details)

The Iconic First World War Nurse: History and Fiction
FREE EVENT - Registered nurse Clare Ashton will be discussing McMillan's moving correspondences from Lemnos; she is also organising a special Anzac commemoration this year.
Date: Tuesday 19 May 2015
Time: 6pm
Location: Campsie Library
Bookings: 9789 9380
(See flyer below for more details)

Barunga | ANZAC | Nurses | Western Front | Passchendaele | Lemnos | Ypres | Exhibition | Noble Collection | 36th Battalion | Belmore | Robert Henry Noble | family history | Artefacts | Canterbury

Project milestones

Exhibition opening
The exhibition 'A Canterbury Anzac' opened on 27 May 2014 and will close sometime in 2018.

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