Centenary of the Armistice 2018

November 10, 2018

Icy winds and rain joined Peter McLady and I as we marked the end of our five year projects by attending the centenary of the end of WWI commemorations at the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial, France.

Read Pete's story here: https://www.ww1guardians.com/guardian-1-peter-mclady


March 06, 2018

The Regional Arts Development fund and Southern Downs Regional Council have generously awarded The Guardians: WWI Western Front to Resettlement project nearly $10,000 to complete the project.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Southern Downs Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Funding will be used for editing and designing an exhibition and printed version of the stories and photos found on this blog.

The book will be published in time for commemorations for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice (11 November 2018).

Thank you to the Amiens History Association for their support in submitting this grant application.


The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery will exhibit photographic works from "The Guardians: WW1 Western Front to Resettlement" from November 2018 to January 2019.


"This year, as World War One centenary commemorations continue, attention has swung from Gallipoli to France and Belgium. Vast numbers of Commonwealth visitors have arrived in the villages that bore the brunt of the Western Front battles.

My photographic essay Camarade: The Earth juxtaposes photographs taken on the battlefields of the Western Front and in Queensland’s Granite Belt, where more than 500 Diggers were “resettled” after the war. "


Stage one of the ongoing project "The Guardians" was exhibited at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery in 2016.

Titled "CAMARADE", the show featured descendants of WWI diggers, who still live near where their parents, grandparents or great grandparents settled at the end of the war. They share their memories of their ancestors and the family stories that have been passed down the generations.

See their stories.

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