Gallipoli Painting at Wynyard RSL, donated by the late William Cock.
Tales of Diggers from a small rural Tasmanian town.
The Diggers of Mount Hicks is about the World War One lives of 31 soldiers and their families from a small rural town in North West. Using resources such as photographs, letters, documents from sources such as family members, National Archives, Newspaper Archives the stories of these men and their families will be bought to life after being forgotten for almost one hundred years.
The book, which is only in the research stage at the moment, will feature the stories of 29 soldiers on a pictorial roll from the Tasmanian township of Mt. Hicks. It will also feature the stories of two other soldiers from the town that were meant to be put on the roll at a future time and for some reason were not added. The book will feature personal information and photos from their descendants as well as information and photos from such sources as The National Archives and The Australian War Memorial.
Janice Humphreys is writing this book with the assistance of family members of the Mount Hicks soldiers. Their main assistance is in the form of photos, postcards, and letters and family papers. The Facebook site, The Diggers of Mount Hicks, Tasmania, was began late 2013 to allow the relations of the 31 soldiers to share information and photos.
The main assistance Janice is seeking is the funding to publish the book and some funding to aid in research costs such as fuel, photocopying and other stationary costs. Janice wishes to in the near future to visit the graves of the each of the nine Mt. Hicks Diggers who died overseas and requires some financial assistance to do this.
Janice would like to acknowledge the family members of the soldiers such as Bill Cock, Maxine Cunningham, Maree Smart, Simon Bugg, Diane Diprose, Garry Beamish Burton and Ian Jones etc.
The main outcome of the book is to get it published and to showcase some soldier stories of a small rural Tasmanian community. Not only will the book focus on the soldiers but also their families and to highlight the effects that World War One had on the lives of the North West Tasmanians. The book 'The Diggers of Mt. Hicks, Tasmania' will hopefully be finished and published some time in 2015.