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Our first events this year wouldn’t have been possible without the great support we received from the local community and the local media.

Saturday afternoon – 26 April 2014 – Show and Tell
This event was held in the E.J.T Tippett Library on Federation University Australia’s Lydiard Street South Campus. Sue McPhan was there to look after us on the day which was (incidentally) her day off. Thank you Sue!


The Library proved to be an excellent venue; many people turned up with items of interest, or with a list of names for further research. One of the people assisting those wanting to find out more about their ANZAC family members, was Neil Leckie from the Ballarat Ranger Military Museum. If you haven’t visited this Museum we would highly recommend you do. Neil is extremely knowledgeable and happy to share information by appointment.

Sunday morning – 27 April 2014 – Digging In The Dark
Our venue was the Lawless Room at Jackson’s & Co. on the corner of Lydiard & Mair Streets. Their function manager Laura Kojdo, ensured we had lights, sound, seating and an excellent lunch was delivered on time as well! It was great to have a well organised venue set up for us. Hats off to the staff at Jackson’s & Co.:

Photo below features (L-R) Damien Finlayson, VIPs President Dorothy Wickham, Ross Thomas and Tim Whitford:


Damien Finlayson was our first presenter. This military historian has written the definitive book on WW1 tunnellers, Crumps & Camouflets. Ross Thomas, mining engineer and historian then spoke about the WW1 prisoner of war camp Holzminden. Tim Whitford, formerly Education Outreach Officer at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance was the third presenter. He was one of the key people involved in locating the burial site of the missing ANZACs at Fromelles, one of whom was his great uncle. Each spoke passionately and our appreciative audience members were touched by many of their stories.

Sunday afternoon – 27 April 2014 – Beneath Hill 60
After lunch at Jackson’s & Co. we ventured next door to the Regent Cinema for a special presentation of the movie Beneath Hill 60. This session was introduced by its executive producer Ross Thomas. His accompanying PowerPoint presentation provided great insight into events surrounding the making of the movie. This session was made possible through sponsorship offered to us by Stuart Moors, manager of the Regent Cinema complex: special thanks go to Stuart.

Ballarat’s local newspaper The Courier published a list of our weekend events along with several articles on the Mining Mud & Medals Project (MM&M). The Miner also ran a story promoting our ANZAC Weekend events. ABC Radio in Ballarat and Bendigo conducted interviews with Yvon Davis. Di Campbell and Yvon Davis made two visits to the studios of VOICE FM Community Radio to talk about the MM&M Project, which also featured on WIN TV’s evening News.

The excellent photos featured on this page were taken by Lisa Gervasoni: thank you Lisa.

A big thank you also goes out to the members of Victorian Interpretive Projects Inc. (VIPs) for their great team effort. We also need to thank the team from Ballarat Books who were there to make sure plenty of copies of each presenter’s books were available for purchase and autographing.

And last, but far from least, thank you to everyone who came along to each of our informative, illuminating sessions! We hope to see you all again at future MM&M events.