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Death, destruction, cakes and jelly

November 13, 2014

As part of the City of Unley’s World War One centenary celebrations, half of the museum on the Village Green has been transformed to create the “Home Front” atmosphere of the conflict..

The exhibition,  “At home in war. The City of Unley 1914-18”, which will be launched on November 23 from 2.30 p.m., features a Goodwood parlour complete with objects donated by descendants of local soldiers. Visitors can sit at a piano to hear stories and music, respond to a note from the Front Line and read stories from the local print in 1918.

The exhibition will be opened by Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN Rtd.

For more information, please contact  www.unley.sa.gov.au/library events.

Oh, yes. And the “cakes and jelly” allusion?

Elizabeth Hartnell,  the museum curator, has researched some personal stories of life at the front. Like the Davey brother who was surrounded by his three brothers when he died in France, and another Unley soldier who was discharged after  serving three years while under age!

And the happier events such as the “Banana and Chocolate Ladies”, who would walk to and from the Keswick Barracks with cakes and jellies for recovering soldiers.

Museum Curator Elizabeth Hartnell  has enjoyed researching some of Unley’s personal stories

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