The Art of War exhibition on show for ANZAC milestone

DALBY RSL president Graham Coles hopes students from local schools will visit The Art of War exhibition at Gallery 107 to learn about the history of the Anzacs.

War memorabilia has been contributed by local families as well as memorabilia from the Dalby RSL that has been in storage since the sub-branch closed.

Among the works in the exhibition, Mr Coles showed off the technology used at the time - a metal detector, handheld radio and gas mask.

"It's a shame we didn't get more notice - we only had two days notice to dust them all off and get ready," he said.

"I hope they bring the schools down to have a look. Young people should look into the past."

Mr Coles said only part of their collection was shown in the exhibition.

"We lost a lot years ago when the RSL burnt down but it's been built back up from donations," he said.

A replica of the HMAS Condamine was added to the exhibition on Wednesday to highlight the size and majesty of the ship.

Members of the Dalby RSL sub-branch; life vice-president Stan Hutchins, president Graham Coles and secretary Gayle Clerke.
Members of the Dalby RSL sub-branch; life vice-president Stan Hutchins, president Graham Coles and secretary Gayle Clerke. Elouise Quinlivan

The display of war memorabilia in The Art of War exhibition has been developed by the contributions of locals with relatives who went to war to commemorate the 100th year of the Anzacs.

After the exhibition, the works from the sub-branch will go back into storage.

"We're looking at a small place for us to go back in and hang the memorabilia as a new sub-branch," he said.

"We should have been there already but for the November break-in ... we're still working on cleaning it.

"We hope in April to have our auction sale and put the building up for sale."

Plans to reopen in a new space are being negotiated.

"It's disappointing to see that with the 100th anniversary, the sub-branch does not have a building open to commemorate in," Mr Coles said.

He said this year's commemorations will include a projector screen at the dawn service to show the landing at Gallipoli in a special ceremony.

"Over the last five years the ceremony has grown bigger and bigger. We'll have a guest speaker as well," Mr Coles said.

"We're expecting the most people to come out this year."

The Dalby RSL will be open on Saturday, February 28 from 10am-2pm for sub-branch membership.


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