Saturday 18th April 2015 saw hundreds of people gathered at the Berrima District Museum for the Official Opening of ‘Who Were the 1200?’ by the Hon Pru Goward MP for Goulburn and Minister in the NSW Government. Other dignitaries included Mayor of Wingecarribee Duncan Gair and Cr Ian Scandrett.
The meticulously planned display researched by local historian Linda Emery, and put together by a superb team of Berrima Museum personnel – including Michele Woods, John Schweers, Harlan Hall and many others, pays tribute to the 1200 men and women of the Southern Highlands who joined up in the Great War.
The curtain-raiser for the festivities was the Kangaroo March’s own Choir the RSL Rural Commemorative Youth group under the skilful baton of OJ Rushton, our Music Director.
Photo courtesy Bud Townsing, Bundanoon Photography Group.
Also in attendance our Legal Officer Julie Mather, our Vice-president Rhondda Vanzella, and our resident soprano Angela Williamson, who as a member of the Museum, sang a poignant song written in Australia in 1915 by two men, entitled She Who Gives her Son.
This next photo, courtesy of Langdon Emery, depicts Kevin Johnson, his son Benjamin Johnson – a young budding Opera singer, Angela Williamson, Linda Emery, historian par excellence, and John Schweers, Berrima Museum Manager and grandfather of Benjamin.
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