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What do beef tea and knitted socks have in common?
These are items you would find on the home front during World War 1. The 2015 Sunshine Coast Council’s Heritage calendar focuses on the years 1914 to 1918 in commemoration of the centenary of World War 1.
Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the 2015 Heritage Calendar is a wonderful collaboration between Council’s Cultural Heritage Services Unit and Sunshine Coast community museums and other organisations.
“This year’s calendar is themed The Home Front 1914-1918 in commemoration of the centenary of World War 1,” Cr McKay said.
“In acknowledgement of the centenary, Sunshine Coast Council, in collaboration with local heritage organisations and private collectors, presents a calendar of Sunshine Coast images capturing daily life on the home front. It was during these years the Australian spirit of volunteering flourished.
“To support the war effort many local patriotic fund raising events were held, women everywhere were knitting ‘for our boys’ and joining the Red Cross, while children continued to attend school.
“On the other hand, beef tea was something warm and hearty for the soldiers serving on the frontline during World War 1 and those at home used it to extend and flavour the family meals.
“This calendar showcases a sample of the heritage collections on the Sunshine Coast.
“Council thanks the heritage organisations and private individuals for their contribution to this commemorative calendar.
“At just $7.50 the calendar will be a great Christmas stocking filler idea for those who have everything or an interest in the region’s cultural heritage.
“People will need to be quick though as last year they sold out very fast.”
Sunshine Coast Council thanks the following community organisations who have contributed images for the 2015 calendar:
To purchase a copy of the 2015 Heritage Calendar visit your local Sunshine Coast Library branch, Caloundra Regional Gallery, selected local museums or via Council’s library website.