Last chance to see war display

REMEMBRANCE: Prebbleton Heritage member Averil Carpenter with World War One medical corporal on show as part of an ANZAC display at Prebbleton Hall.

The public gets its last chance to see Prebbleton’s military history on Wednesday.

The annual Anzac display in the Prebbleton Hall has again attracted many people since it opened at the weekend.

On Monday Prebbleton Heritage group member Averil Carpenter (above) was getting everything spick and span for Anzac Day.

The display running in Prebbleton for the past five years,
will come to an end on Wednesday.

The Prebbleton Heritage group has been organising Anzac displays since 2014 to mark the centenary of World War 1.

Organiser Daphne McAven said the display was opened in 2014 because the Department of Internal Affairs asked all history groups across the country to commemorate 100 years of World War 1.

“It is the fifth, and it will be the final one, because the armistice was signed in 1918,” she said.

The display, taking over the whole Prebbleton Hall, opened on Saturday.

It had 200 people through over the weekend and about 50 people on Monday, including Mayor Sam Broughton.

It is made up of large collections of weapons, uniforms, hats, water bottles, medical equipment, compasses and stories of Prebbleton soldiers who served in both World Wars.

Mrs McAven said even whistles blown at Gallipoli are on display. She said the displays are a lot of work to set up and the group is fortunate to have collectors around the community who trust them to display their precious items.

The display is open from 10am until 4pm on Wednesday.