$30,000 grant for Mosman Library’s Great War project

Berrol Lazar Mendelsohn of 67 Raglan Street, Mosman. Killed in action at Fromelles, his body not recovered, he was one of those identified in 2010 and reinterred in the new cemetery there.

Accountant, clerk, farmer, storeman, nurse. Just some of the 1,500 men and women of Mosman who enlisted in the A.I.F. during the First World War. Who were they? What did they look like?

An innovative project by Mosman Library will bring their stories to life, thanks to a $30,000 grant announced Monday by the Minister for the Arts, the Hon George Souris MP. Mosman is one of only 10 metropolitan libraries to be awarded a Library Development Grant this year.

Leading the project team – of which we hope you will be a part – is Dr Tim Sherratt, an inspirational historian and pioneer in the digital humanities – see his presentation Every story has a beginning: entering the web of data.

Of particular relevance is Dr Sherratt’s work on Mapping our Anzacs and more recently Invisible Australians: Living under the White Australia Policy where records from the National Archives are visualised in new and powerful ways.

With the First World War Centenary just two years away, more and more archives are digitising their Great War collections. We aim to link our Anzacs with items in these collections, and add to the story by inviting families, researchers and other volunteers to be part of the project.

We hope to build a resource – and a model – that can be shared with other libraries and communities.

The project will also feature:

  • Workshops by family history specialists;
  • Talks by eminent historians and project participants; and
  • An open day and ‘antique history roadshow’ where family members and collectors can bring in photos and other memorabilia to be professionally digitised and added to the collection.

The project will kick off with a hack day in the Library. A launch date will be announced in June.

Join the team

Add your name to our Great War project mailing list —

  • Update, June 2012. The project will kick off with a Build-a-thon on Saturday 11 August at Mosman Library. Visit the project website at mosman1914-1918.net.

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