^ From left Blayney councillor Geoff Braddon with the Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb, and the flags Returned Service League shields
The intricate beaded snake made by Turkish prisoners of war wends its way around other display items
Items on display made by Corporal Arthur Locke, POW, at the copper mines of Taiwan, 1942-44
The Federal Member for Calare, John Cobb, donated four large flags to Blayney Shire last Friday, thanks to a request from Councillor Geoff Braddon.
The flags will go to Milthorpe, Carcoar, Mandurama and Lyndhurst war memorials.
Speaking at the flag handover at the Carcoar’s military museum – which is on the first floor of the School of Arts building – Mr Cobb said: This is the first time I’ve been to this museum and there’s some serious things here like 60 to 80 year old Japanese swords from World War II.
“To give up something like that for the good of this local museum is a pretty big thing for families to do. Locals have gone to an amazing amount of trouble to set up this collection,” he said.
Cr Braddon said: “This museum opened about 20 years ago and some other treasures include a snake from small beads made by Turkish prisoners, plus items from Changi prisoners of war.”
He started from his personal collection: “I used to live in the main street of Carcoar and when I was about 10 years old, I was around when a lot of those boys were coming back from the theatre of war. They started giving me a few things and later I was in the army myself.”
The collection outgrew his space, so he housed it in the courthouse for a while, before finding the current permanent display area: “It wasn’t being used,” said Cr Braddon.
The museum also holds items relating to reportedly the first Aboriginal soldier to serve for Australia in the Second World War.
The Federal Government last week announced it will give each electorate $100,000 to commemorate the centenary of Anzac in their own way. A committee will be set up in each electorate to work with local Federal MPs on grant proposals.
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