Highgate’s next Luncheon is to be held at the Karrakatta Club, 4 Sherwood Court, Perth, on Monday 21 January 2019 at 1200 for 1230 hours. Please use the “Luncheon Bookings or Apologies” link at the top of this page to make your booking or send your apology by COB Wednesday 16 January 2019. Please note that it is important if you are attending that you respond in time for catering arrangements to be made.
Our Guest Speaker will be Terri-Anne Simmonds from the Australian War Memorial and she will be presenting on the Places of Pride Register.
Places of Pride reminds Australians that, irrespective of distance, the stories told at the Australian War Memorial are those of our communities across the length and breadth of the country. Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said it was part of the AWM’s job to create a record of these memorials.
“Our responsibility now is to build a national archive, a photographic repository, of all of those places that were conceived and built with love and memory at the end of the First World War. Through Places of Pride we aim to connect all Australians, united by pride and loss, with each of these memorials from the Boer War through to Afghanistan,” said Dr Nelson.
“We invite all Australians to take part in this initiative and contribute images of their community’s memorials. This is a challenge to every RSL, local government authority, schools, community groups and local MPs to get a photograph taken and upload it. The more the better. We hope to have a large digital wall display in the Australian War Memorial where visitors will be able to view and interact with memorials from the communities that make up the fabric of this nation – all connected by memory, grief, and love.”
A great follow-on to Highgate RSL’s accomplishment in establishing the Remembrance Walk and the Virtual Memorial during 2018, is the Australian War Memorial’s Places of Pride Project.
And as guest speaker at our monthly luncheon meeting on 21 January, Project Manager Terri-Anne
Simmonds from the AWM will tell us all about the project, which aims to gather information on the 6,000+ war memorials around Australia. The Places of Pride website is the National Register of War Memorials that will record the locations and images of every publicly accessible memorial in Australia, from cenotaphs, honour boards, and church shrines to memorial halls, pools, bowling clubs and tree-lined remembrance ways.
Since the Boer War, war memorials have been erected across Australia by local communities, families, and friends to honour those who served and those who died, allowing our nation to remember lives lost.
To continue that community pride today, the AWM has developed this important online initiative, which encourages users to add images, videos, and information relating to these memorials, to be shared in perpetuity.
The assisted transport arrangement is a standing offer available to all Highgate Members for all Highgate events. Please contact the Secretary for further information.
Please also note that Highgate Luncheons are open to all, subject to booking and making payment in advance, and adhering to the Karrakatta Club’s Dress Code.