Grant funding for this project was received by Museums & Galleries NSW, and the Royal Australian Historical Society for the publication Red Poppies & White Waratahs.
We were given a collection of letters from a local serviceman who brought them back with him after WW1. They are from his mother, aunt and sister and document his travels in Europe but also their own difficulties in coping with running two small farms without his help and coping with ill health, floods, bushfires and lack of labour. They made him a red silk Welcome Home banner (pictured) which will feature in the display. We also have access to records of other women in similar situations followed by the problems encountered post war. Research into women's war service is also included.
The book Red Poppies & White Waratahs will describe many of these stories of local women on the home front and on the front line. By Elizabeth Villy.
Donation of material by Frank Cabera
After receiving a collection of letters written by Frank Cabera to his family in Thirlmere research began in 2012 with research into women's stories.