Unley Publications : Unley Life Spring 2014
UNLEYLIFE 33 An upcoming exhibition at the Unley Museum will shine a light on the personal impact World War I had on the local community. The exhibition is part of a wider project for W WI Centenary events through the Unley Libraries, Museum and City of Unley. These will include other exhibitions, book talks, historic lectures, a parade replicating what happened a century ago as soldiers marched from Mitcham to Port Adelaide, an oral history project and bell ringing across the City of Unley on both Remembrance Day and Anzac Day. Museum Curator Elizabeth Hartnell says the exhibition will appeal to many people. “It’s designed for the general audience and focuses on Unley by using examples from the local community to illustrate what happened a century ago,” she says. One notable local, Colonel Dollman, Unley Mayor from 1912 to 1914, was a valuable member of the nation’s war effort. Elizabeth says he shares many similarities with Mayor Clyne with both men members of the 27th Battalion, both Mayors in years that end in “14”, both councillors before being Mayor and both “rather tall”. Dollman and many of the men in the 27th Battalion, he commanded, were from Unley and so were known as “Unley’s Own”. Along with the 28th Battalion from Queensland, they were the first Australian troops on the Western Front. When Colonel Dollman returned to Australia, he went on to train future South Australians to fight in combat. Ms Har tnell says the exhibition will also include a 1918 parlour room with material from a Goodwood family who had two sons that served and died in the war. That part of the exhibition will allow visitors to respond to a letter or pretend to be on leave in England. There will also be several newspapers/ publications from the period they can flip through and an interactive piano with audio clips from oral histories and songs during the war. A timeline of events spanning the years 1914-1918 will be on display and visitors will also have the opportunity to play a floor game “Digging in the Flag” showing how luck and strategy go hand in hand in military battles. The exhibition, closed on public holidays, will provide education program oppor tunities for schools and has free admission. The exhibition will open in November. Details can be found on the website unley.sa .gov.au / museum or by phoning 8372 5117. Reflections Colonel Dollman (second from left in uniform) at Keswick Barracks, c1920. Colonel Dollman’s council portrait when he was an Alderman, 1911. Colonel Dollman (centre, front row), Nov 1914. Colonel Dollman (centre, back row).
Unley Life Summer 2014