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Conflict and Compassion

In this ANZAC centenary year, Lithgow City Council will present the National Trust Heritage Festival of 2015.

The program of events features an exhibition of WWI postcards, photographic images and objects from the collections of members of the Lithgow community.

To be held at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre, Main Street Lithgow, the festival will open with a day of guest speakers and finish with a walk and talk session in Main Street with local historian Mark Langdon.

“Council is very happy to be a part of the community’s commemoration of the Anzacs and to collaborate with local history groups & individuals to mark this very special centenary,” said Lithgow Mayor Councillor Maree Statham.

The Lithgow Library’s exhibition runs from Saturday, 11 April to Tuesday 26 May, 2015 and commemorations begin with the Official Opening and Guest Speaker day on Saturday 11 April, from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

“I invite the community to join us at the Library for the opening of the exhibition and the presentations by representatives and individuals within our local community with a connection to WW1. Featured collections are a set of twenty four WWI postcards sent home to Lithgow from France by J.M. Gummow and a display of WWI objects from the private collection of Ian Rufus,” concluded the Mayor.

The ‘History@theLibrary Talks – Conflict and Compassion’ series on Saturday 11 April  includes: an address by the Lithgow RSL; a commemoration of the service of ‘568 Lieutenant Colonel Athol Frederick Burrett D.S.O M.I.D’ by his son, Ian Burrett;  ‘The Making of 1915’ by Don White, Lithgow City Band; ‘Joseph King – Gallipoli Hero’ a research project by Jan Saundercock, Lithgow and District Family History Society Inc., and; manufacturing history of the WWI ‘Postcards from the Front’ by Lillian Gummow .

The final event of the festival will be a walk and talk entitled ‘Conflict – Lithgow versus Eskbank’, the second part of Mark Langdon’s history of Main Street on Saturday 23 May. Participants will meet at the Lithgow Library Learning Centre at 10.00am and finish with a cup of tea back at the Library at about 12.30pm.

The official opening is Saturday 11 April, from 10.00am to 2.00pm at Lithgow Library.

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