RICHMOND VALE RAILWAY MUSEUM HOSTS LOST DIGGERS

Nov 26, 2018 by

Many hundreds of interested viewers travelled to Kurri Kurri to see the first showing of the Lost Diggers of Weston exhibition of photographs by Alexander Galloway. The show was held over the ANZAC Day long weekend.

The images had rested, forgotten, underneath a house in Weston until the glass plates were discovered by a demolition crew and then rescued by volunteers at Kurri Kurri’s Edgeworth David Memorial Museum.

“Since the show closed, we’ve had many enquiries about another exhibition,” said Bill Holland, a volunteer coordinator for the exhibition.

“As part of their Remembrance Day commemorations, Richmond Vale Railway Museum is collaborating with the Edgeworth David Memorial Museum and Towns With Heart Inc to re-exhibit these wonderful images,” he said.

The display is to be open for viewing during the museum’s open days on the first three Sundays in November.

On Sunday November 10, the railway museum is to host a short remembrance ceremony adjacent to its World War I vintage ROD locomotive.

“We are very proud to host this exhibition,” said Peter Meddows, chairman of the railway museum.

“So many of these men came from the mining industry, which is a major focus of our collection, and the images recall the strong volunteer feeling which ran through mining communities in that era,” he said.

In addition to the Lost Diggers exhibition, the railway museum is offering other historical displays, rides on full-sized and miniature trains and mini-moke rides around the site. Visitors can bring their own picnics or purchase hot and cold snacks from the canteen.

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