Keeping our history alive

8 April 2020|Lifestyle, Prime Times| Off Comments off on Keeping our history alive|

THE finishing touches have now been placed on Claremont’s unique Walk of Remembrance, allowing the community and visiting tourists the opportunity to deep dive into the area’s local wartime history.

A continuation of the Claremont Windermere Bay Memorial, the Walk of Remembrance was spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Claremont with assistance from the Claremont RSL, Glenorchy City Council, the Tasmanian Community Fund and Rotary District 9830.

The project honours the service and sacrifice of World War One (WWI) and World War Two (WWII) soldiers.

Beginning at Windermere Bay and winding all the way to the Cadbury Factory, the walking track’s location marks the spot of the Claremont Military Training Camp where more than 2000 troops were trained.

It is also the founding place of the 40th Battalion, which went on to fight on the Western Front in Europe.

The track features a number of interpretative information panels that use Smart QR codes (accessed through a QR reader app) to provide users with access to podcasts and wartime records of enlisted personnel, expanding community information and offering in-depth history and records.

The Rotary Club of Claremont has now completed the final piece to the historical static displays, producing an eBooklet that brings the four-year-long project to full fruition.

Project coordinator Eric Myers said any hand-held device could now access the eBooklet via the QR readers located on each display.

“This will take you to an electronic copy of the area map, showing the location of the 10 interpretive panels and eight shelter panels, with introductory information on each,” he said.

“Schools, tourists and visitors to the area can all find information relating to the historical significance of the Claremont Military Camp in a matter of seconds.

“Should they want a hard copy, these can be made by any wireless printer.”

Mr Myers said the Walk of Remembrance wasn’t just for parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

“This project is a way of continuing the history of Australia’s wartime coming of age,” he said.

“It allows people, through electronic media, to continue to learn about our wartime history into the future – and it’s about encouraging kids to be a part of that history.”

The Walk of Remembrance guides visitors through depictions of what would have been experienced by recruits, including details and photos of everyday activities.

This includes training activities covering horsemanship, shooting, trench warfare and gunnery practice, as well as everyday activities such as cooking, peeling spuds, tent building and leisure.

Mr Myers encouraged the local community and any passing visitors to stop by the Walk of Remembrance and delve into the local history.

“Every location, every place, every town or village has a history – and every one of these histories will include their wartime involvement,” he said.

“Here in Claremont we have a lot of special history, which most people who live in the area don’t even know about.

“This project is our way of keeping our history alive.”

The Rotary Club of Claremont will be providing a number of eBooklet hard copies to the Glenorchy City Council, Tourism Tasmania, local schools and colleges, and the Claremont RSL.

Caption: Rotary Club of Claremont community services director Greg Saunders, left, with Walk of Remembrance project coordinator Eric Myers in front of one of the interactive static displays.

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