The biographies of local World War One (WWI) soldiers will be launched to coincide with the centenary of WW1.

Wyndham City Library volunteers have uncovered stories of bravery, tragedy and survival of local soldiers and nurses who returned home or unfortunately were killed in action.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Portfolio Holder, Cr Tony Hooper commended the work of the volunteers, who began this project in 2013 researching the biographies of local World War One soldiers who were listed on the Werribee RSL Honour Board.

“The Honour Board was commissioned by Wyndham City Council (at the time known as  the Shire of Werribee) shortly after World War One and then donated to the Werribee RSL about four years ago,” Cr Hooper said.

“The volunteers have made an invaluable contribution to our local history.  The stories of our local soldiers and nurses are being researched, written and uploaded to the Wyndham History Website.”

“It’s wonderful to see this project coming to fruition and being launched to coincide with the centenary of World War One. I encourage residents to come along to the launch or visit the Wyndham History website to discover these until now, untold stories.”

“In a rapidly growing City like Wyndham and as we look to the future; it’s also important to capture our past.”

The final launch of the completed biographies is being held on Monday 12th November, 2018 at the Plaza Library, Pacific Werribee from 2pm-3pm. The launch will include an exhibition of WWI memorabilia, narratives of the lives of local soldiers and afternoon tea. Bookings are required. Visit the Library Event Calendar at www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/libraries or call 8734 2600.

The Wyndham History Website is a free resource available to the public where the community can share their local history stories and photos. Visit: http://wyndhamhistory.net.au/

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