Goulburn Launch Event
Goulburn Railway Station was the site for the launch of the second of three Anzac Centenary commemorative sculptures on Thursday, November 22 2018. Goulburn Mulwaree Mayor Bob Kirk unveiled the commemorative sculpture and Warren Brown, artist, TV personality and Goulburn Local delivered an entertaining and enlightened speech, which you can read in a separate post on this website.
The commemorative sculptures provide the chance to learn some of the previously untold stories about railway men who enlisted and fought during WWI. It also provides a way for the descendants of these men to remember and celebrate their family members.
During the research phase, Southern Tablelands Arts were able to find living descendants who had strong memories of these men and who are now the custodians of precious items of memorabilia and family stories. Considerable thought has gone into how to share the wealth of stories and memorabilia to help build an appreciation of this little-known aspect of NSW railway history and heritage and use the wealth of material identified and documented.
A QR code is located with the artwork which enables people who visit the commemorative sculptures to learn more by using their smart phone/device. This means that the wealth of material collected offers future opportunities for research and presentation to existing and new audiences.
NSW Trains and Sydney Trains have played a vital role in the development of the project including being on the Working Party and contributing financially to the project. The memorial sculptures will be deeded to them on project completion.
A key source of funding for the project is the Anzac Centenary Cultural Fund. For the Goulburn Commemorative artworks, funds were also provided by Goulburn Mulwaree Council and the Goulburn Soldiers Club.
Acclaimed visual artist Tracy Luff has developed designs for each of the commemorative sculptures. Ms. Luff was drawn the stories of struggle in the aftermath of WWI for the railway workers and their families. She chose symbols to represent various aspects that were common experiences for the veterans.