Funding given to honour Bundaberg link
DIGITALLY documenting the link between Bundaberg and the First World War for generations to come will be the outcome of a grant given to the Bundaberg Library this week.
The funding came from the State Library of Queensland which announced $100,000 would be awarded to 10 community projects to help build Queensland's story of the First World War.
The project will be called Remembrance and Honour: Bundaberg Region's Legacy of the Great War.
Project officer Delwyn Ainsworth said the project would consist of First World War materials which have a connection with Bundaberg.
Mrs Ainsworth is asking the community to share what they have by either taking photos and submitting them or taking the material along to the library.
"We are aware there is a lot of material in homes of Bundaberg people from World War I," Mrs Ainsworth said.
"With the grant we are able to set up a Pinterest-type webpage to document items with the connection to Bundaberg.
"By doing it like this community members are able to upload photos on their own."
She said the first six months was to give the initial push to get the public to contribute.
"We then spend time tracing the provenance of the material going back through the family's history," she said.
"This may take time with cross referencing things to connect the dots."
She said the project was about enriching the picture of Queensland during the period of the First World War, both by providing access to collections held publicly throughout the state and through private objects and allowing researchers in the future access to many things that were previously not available in any collated way.
Project manager Sue Gammon said the website would be up and running by November and then had the opportunity for the community to continue to add to it.
"After it's up and running people can jump on the internet and interact with others on Pinterest," Ms Gammon said.
"We hope to have everything from photos, diary entries and memorabilia boards."
Mrs Ainsworth said the digital platform would allow people to broaden their knowledge of community groups which may not be represented in public memorials or other currently-documented history," Mrs Ainsworth said.
"(This will) link both private and prominent local individuals to World War I history and make the library collection more accessible to people for research and educational purposes.
"It will become a tangible online memorial to those who served in World War I from our region."