A book commemorating the service of men and women from Victoria’s Central Goldfields during Second World War will be launched this Sunday 16 September at 12noon at the Maryborough Town Hall.
Homecoming: Second World War Soldiers of Victoria’s Central Goldfields features 52 individual stories of men and women who served in the Second World War from the Central Goldfields region.
It also includes an introductory chapter contextualising the war and the impact locally.
Central Goldfields Shire Administrator Hugh Delahunty said the book was a result of years of hard work from author Michael Grant, who is based at the Australian War Memorial.
“Congratulations to Michael for compiling this valuable chronicle of individual experiences from local men and women who served in the Second World War,” he said.
“It’s so important that these stories are collated, recorded and made available so that younger generations can access and understand the sacrifices that were made by our forebears.”
Homecoming author Michael Grant said the publication was a culmination of years of work.
“It has brought me into contact with countless extraordinary people and sparked numerous conversations, many of which will stay with me forever,” he said.
“It has been a privilege to be welcomed into veterans’ homes to hear first-hand their most personal recollections and it in an honour to record their lives and their memories for posterity.”
At the launch, large banners of approximately 20 of the local veterans who are featured in the book, will be displayed.
The book has been financially supported by the Victorian State Government through the Anzac Centenary Grants program with in-kind support from Central Goldfields Shire Council.