It is the lives of the men from Orange and district, the volunteer soldiers who died on active service during the First World War, whom we are here to remember. Their remains are geographically scattered across war cemeteries in the many overseas theatres where they fought and died.
The room is dominated by a large 9 metre 4 panelled painting, Via Dolorosa- Dulce est Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori (The Path of Sorrow- It is Sweet and Fitting to Die for the Fatherland).
The paining represents the industrial scale and magnitude of the production of gravestones to mark and honour the dead in the First World War.
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I was really quite taken with this painting of Ernest Powter- the youngest person from the Orange district to volunteer in WWI.
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4919 Stretcher Bearer Private Ernest Lachlan
Powter AIF 2015
It was shocking to see a baby faced boy in a soldiers uniform. And the markings down the side of the of the painting are the typical markings every parent makes on a door jamb to chart their child's growth. These boys were still growing. And that growth stopped in a muddy field in France.
|White Feathers 2015|
I wondered about the name before I went, and it took me a while to recognise the commemorate memorate.com connection. Do check out the memorate.com website it shows interesting detail and information about the exhibition. Or get along to see it if you can.
April 25 - July 5 2015
Orange Regional Gallery
151 Byng Street
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