29 August- 23 November 2014
A small brown leather diary lies open, cascading out is a monographed handkerchief, small black and white photographs of friends and family, a leave pass carried since his training days, a letter from his mother and a pressed leaf inscribed: from MOLLIE. Carried by a young soldier from Lubeck, lost on the field of France when only 21, these personal mementos are now treasured markers of one family's sacrifice.
It is the way that the events and effects of The Great War were recorded and shared within our community that is at the heart of this exhibition. Through letters and cards that crossed oceans a century ago, objects of daily life from the battlefield, and recordings of life on the home front we pause to reflect on the events that changed our region and nation.
These stories, mementos, and signifiers of commemoration have been drawn from the Horsham, Natimuk and Dimboola Historical Societies, and Warracknabeal and District Historical Society; Horsham, Natimuk and Warracknabeal Returned Servicemen Leagues; and responses to our public call out that unearthed numerous family collections.
The Wimmera and The Great War records, memorialises and celebrates over 115 servicemen and women and the communities that supported them. This sample of our regions participation is a starting point for us all to reflect on family, community, and service over the coming four years as we mark the centenary of The Great War.
An HRAG exhibition supported by the Australian Government under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program
IMAGE: Empire Day, 24th May 1915, Horsham State School. No.298, Collection of the Horsham Historical Society.

The present and the future – HRAG Jubilee Hall

In 2009 the Federal and Victorian governments each announced $5 million in funding toward the redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall to co-locate the performing arts and visual arts. To achieve this ambitious project HRAG has relocated to Jubilee Hall for the duration of the project.
While at Jubilee Hall we will not be able to display the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection. It will be stored under museum conditions while we work on better understanding, the Mack Jost Collection of Australian Painting and Works on Paper, our nationally significant collection of Australian Photography, and our collection of works that document the Wimmera.
Our exhibition program at this time will, continue to bring the best in Australian visual culture to Horsham, explore what it is to be a regional art gallery, explore artists that are held within our collection, experiment with what an exhibition is, and present the work of leading practitioners from our region.
Join us at Jubilee Hall as we experiment and get ready to represent the Collection in our renovated home in Wilson Street mid 2015.
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