Letters from the front line by local soldiers in new book
COINCIDING with commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli comes the launch of Letters From the Front Line.
A joint project between the Fraser Coast Chronicle and the Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society, the book is a significant historical work featuring letters home from the front lines of battle by local soldiers.
Painstakingly researched by Jean Hunter, the collection took a colossal five years to collate and verify.
Jean had an extremely important connection to the project, with her father serving in Gallipoli and France, before returning home to eventually become mayor of Maryborough in the 1930s.
Included are letters, poems and prose sent home to families and then shared with the Fraser Coast Chronicle as early as 1914, and spanning the duration of the First World War.
The collection is an extremely important reminder of the sacrifices ordinary people made in the face of enormous adversity.
The book is as much a means of reflection for older generations as it is a useful lesson in our country's development for the newer generations.
Through the letters, it is easy to see the sense of adventure many had, and the camaraderie felt by the soldiers involved.
The book was officially launched at Gataker's Art Space in Maryborough on Friday and is available to purchase.
Costing $15 if bought prior to April 25, and $20 from then onward, it is available from the Maryborough Wide Bay and Burnett Historical Society offices and both the Hervey Bay and Maryborough offices of the Fraser Coast Chronicle.