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Preserving our local World War One legacy and making it accessible to everyone
WWI Honour Boards: Remembering the Women and Men of the Geelong Region
Join us for the special Remembrance Day panel discussion, through the lens of the Geelong Honours Them Project.

This community project involved locating and photographing hundreds of WWI Honour Boards around our region with the resulting digital images now available to explore on a dedicated website (https://geelonghonoursthem.grlc.vic.gov.au/). WWI honour boards record the names of women and men who served, connected to their local school, church, club and more. They provide access to recorded social history and an invaluable insight to our local Anzac heritage.

A panel of special guest speakers will discuss the significance of commemorating those who served and preserving and recording the Honour Boards. The panellists include:

• Dr Ruth Lee – Geelong Author and retired Australian history teacher
• Lieutenant Colonel Neil C Smith, AM (Retired) – Author, military historian, radio and television presenter;
• Lynne Bryant - President Bellarine Camera Club
• Mark Beasley - Project Manager Geelong Honours Them, Manager Geelong Heritage Centre and
• Facilitator Dr Geoff Russell – Historian, Teacher, Researcher, Photographer

A project of Geelong Regional Libraries supported by the Victorian Government with funding from the Victoria Remembers Major Grant Program.

Nov 11, 2020 01:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Albion Woollen Mills WWI Honour Board (Geelong Heritage Centre Archives)
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Dr Geoff Russell
Panel Chair
Dr Geoff Russell has worked in professional broadcast journalism, media production, research, government communications and education for over 40 years. He currently teaches in Deakin University’s School of Arts & Education in public relations, media and marketing. Geoff holds a PhD in history and is passionate about local history. He also enjoys photography – and has spent many hours documenting the wildlife of the Barwon region.
Dr Ruth Lee
Author & Historian
Dr Ruth Lee taught Australian Studies at Deakin Geelong for 25 years and completed her PhD in 2011 on Geelong’s first woman doctor, Mary De Garis. In 2014 she published Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne). Discovering that at least 26 women doctors served in WW1 unofficially, she was also co-author with Heather Sheard for Women to the Front : The Extraordinary Australian Women Doctors of the Great War (Penguin/Random House, 2019).
Lt Col Neil C Smith, AM, Retd
Military Historian
Lt Col Neil C Smith, AM, Retd had over 25 years in the Australian Regular Army including active service and was decorated for Explosive Ordnance Disposal duties. Over two decades, as the proprietor of Mostly Unsung, he has been researching military history and has written scores of books and articles. He has also done extensive media and speaking work covering a wide range of research subjects, mostly focused on those who served. Thus far about 25,000 Australian and British service personnel have been researched in detail from the First Fleet to the present-day using resources in Australia and the UK.