Readings of WW1 Letters Screening Until September 18

Readings produced as part of the ‘Memories of War’ project are currently screening at the Gold Museum Ballarat as an accompaniment to the exhibition ‘Australia Will Be There: Victorians in the First World War’.

The readings are of original letters by WW1 soldiers held in the Gold Museum collection and are performed by members of the Federation University Australia Arts Academy 2015 Graduating Actors.

The readings will be screened daily in the Gold Museum theatrette in Bradshaw Street Ballarat until September 18 2016. A museum entry fee applies.

Mark Simmonds, Fed Uni Graduating Actor (2015) reading the diary of Colonel Albert Coates, Cairo, 1915.

Mark Simmonds, Fed Uni Graduating Actor (2015) reading the diary of Colonel Albert Coates, Cairo, 1915.

The readings are from letters written in 1915 by Lance Corporal John Ben Johns, Private Joseph James Lugg, Lieutenant Colonel Albert Coates, writing on the lead up to, or about, Gallipoli.

Actors featured are Alisha Eddy, Jacqui Essing, David Gallagher, Nick Murphy, Grace Pernar, Nick Rijs and Mark Simmonds.

About the Memories of War Project

FedUni graduating actor Grace Pernar reads a WW1 letter to camera.

FedUni graduating actor Grace Pernar reads a WW1 letter to camera.

The Memories of War project commemorates the centenary of WW1 in Ballarat and connects young people today to events that took place a hundred years ago. Students from Federation University Australia discovered and told stories of Ballarat people affected by the Great War. Members of the Ballarat community shared and continue to share their stories on the Ballarat Gold Museum Memories of War Blog.

Alisha Eddy reads a letter from Private Joseph Lugg.

Alisha Eddy reads a letter from Private Joseph Lugg.

A documentary film ‘The Last Goodbye’ based on the research findings was produced by Wind & Sky Productions in 2015.

The Memories of War Film and Research Project was a collaboration between the Ballarat RSL, Federation University Australia, the Ballarat Gold Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka and Wind & Sky Productions. It was funded by the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program and the Victorian Government Anzac Centenary Major Grants Program.

For more information about the project visit http://mow.windsky.com.au/

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