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Noosa libraries to release WWI memorial book

Library’s new book to tell the stories of Noosa’s WWI memorials

Noosa Library Service is launching a new project, Noosa Remembers, as part of the ongoing state, national and worldwide World War I centenary commemorations.

The Noosa Remembers project will produce a book that documents the history of Noosa’s World War I memorials. 

The project is funded through a $20,000 Spirit of Service grant from the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program.

The book, Noosa Remembers, will pay tribute to the Noosa community’s efforts to fundraise and erect these memorials. It will also look at the roles the memorials have played in our community.

"Creating memorials to the locals who served in World War I was very important to the community in the aftermath of the war," says Noosa Library Service Heritage Librarian Jane Harding, "and many of these memorials remain an enduring legacy in our towns."

The library is calling on local residents to donate stories or memorabilia for possible inclusion in the book. 

"We are looking for anything people have – photos, flyers, programs, or memories – that will help us tell the story of these memorials," Ms Harding says.

The major memorials – the Cooroy and Pomona Memorial Halls, Tewantin and Cooroy cenotaphs, the Tewantin memorial baths, the Pomona rotunda and the Noosa Shire WWI honour board – will be showcased along with details of smaller memorials such as the German mine and other honour boards across the Shire.

"We are interested in material marking all stages of the memorials’ history - from the initial openings and dedications, through to the range of activities for which many of them have been used over the ensuing years.  From meetings to dances, balls, festivals, commemorations, competitions, markets, and Anzac Day services, some of them have played host to all sorts of community events and functions,” Ms Harding says.

The Noosa Remembers project will culminate in a public book launch on 8 September 2017.

This date marks the 100-year anniversary of the dedication of the Noosa Shire WWI honour board.

The project is proudly supported by the Queensland Government.

Anyone interested in donating material or sharing their memories, or who is seeking more information on the project, can contact Noosa Library Service on (07) 5329 6534.