100 Years of ANZAC – The Spirit Lives On
In honour of this year’s
Remembrance Day, Kurri Kurri Library will be hosting a free talk with two local
authors and historians.
John Gillam and Yvonne Fletcher will share amazing true stories of courage and resilience from World War 1, including the extraordinary story of Kurri’s own Maud Butler. This uniquely Australian, long forgotten story, tells of how Maud Butler rose to national prominence. Maud, a resourceful 16-year-old waitress with a sense of adventure, was desperate to be a part of Australia's war effort. Rejected and humiliated at the recruiting station, she cut her hair, dressed as a boy soldier, and stowed away on a troop ship.
John and Yvonne will also tell the incredible story of Digger the dog and his handler Sergeant James Martin. Digger, served from 1914-1918 as an AIF mascot and was gassed and wounded at Pozieres. Digger was brought back to Australia by Company Sergeant Major James Harold Martin of the 2 Division Signals Company AIF. Martin served at Gallipoli, France and Belgium and was discharged in 1918.
John and Yvonne will also have their books “You Can’t Fight, You’re a Girl!”, inspired by the exploits of Maud Butler and “A Tail of Two Diggers”, inspired by the stories of Digger available for purchase ($20) and signing on the day.
What: 100 Years of Anzac – The Spirit Lives On
When: Friday 10 November 2017 │ 11.30am-noon
Where: Kurri Kurri Library Morning tea provided. Bookings are essential.
To book your place, call Kurri Kurri Library on 4937 1638.