WAR RELICS: Vivienne Harper (left) with Linda and Jocelyn Doherty look through some of the Anzac memorabilia on show at the Cooneana Homestead.
WAR RELICS: Vivienne Harper (left) with Linda and Jocelyn Doherty look through some of the Anzac memorabilia on show at the Cooneana Homestead. Rob Williams

Historical society wants war items for Anzac Day

THE Ipswich Historical Society is making a determined charge to get more war memorabilia into its headquarters before Anzac Day.

The historical society has some personal letters and photographs but would like more war relics.

"We have an awful lot of paper archives but we need a lot more solid artefacts; memorabilia," volunteer Vivienne Harper said.

"It would be lovely to have a lot more - and the stories that go with them."

The historical society was founded in 1966 to collect, preserve, and display the social history of the Ipswich region.

Based at the Cooneana Heritage Centre on Redbank Plains Rd at New Chum, it wants to be known as the friendly society.

Ms Harper said the past year had been one of quite considerable change at the society.

"If you haven't been here the past year you haven't seen anything," she said.

The heritage centre in the former Cooneana Homestead has been broken up into different topics with displays periodically changing.

Reflecting Ipswich's heritage, there is an area dedicated to mines rescue, focusing on the Box Flat disaster, as part of a large mining display. Also showcasing Ipswich and the way we were is a collection of scrapbooks with subjects such as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

"This section used to be the sitting room in the homestead so we also have an antique nursery - for a few months and then we will change it," Ms Harper said.

"We also have men's life display running towards the end of its time including display of old cameras."

Various other gems include a cornsack rain coat and a Redbank Plains High School corporal punishment record from the 1980s.

"We'd like a lot more people to use it as a resource; schools, aged people's homes," she said.

"It's good for school children - it shows where we've come from and where we're going.

"We're building up a library; we can help people with a lot of little titbits."

The Ipswich Historical Society is also a meeting place for specialist historical groups.

The miners meet at Cooneana Heritage Centre on Tuesdays between 9am and 11am.

The spinners and weavers meet on Thursdays between 9am and 12.30pm and the first Saturday of every month at the same time.

The historical motorcycle club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in its club house in the grounds.



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