Anzac exhibition, book and postcards project

12 Service Street,  Clunes, VIC  3370

In the era of social media, email, Facetime and 24hr news, it's hard to imagine the break in communication that was caused by travelling to the other side of the world 100 years ago. By 1918, a big portion of that generation of Australians were taking part in the war, stationed in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The rest of the country were at home. Everyone, at home or at war, spent time waiting for news. They listened to the wireless, read the paper and spoke to neighbours. And waited for letters, telegrams and postcards. Of these, the postcard was the most popular and the least likely to bring bad news. With a bright image, small space for writing and capacity to survive stuck on the fridge, the postcard was the status update of choice for most of the 20th century.

Creative Clunes are working with a grant from The Anzac Centenary Fund to create an exhibition and book looking at the history of humour, mateship, spirit and sacrifice that has defined the ANZAC legacy over the past 100 years. We want you to be a part of it.

The postcards on display here are based on the ones used 100 years ago to connect people from small country towns like Clunes to their relatives and friends on the other side of the world. We want you to experience that connection across time and space.

Imagine yourself in a trench in France, Belgium, Turkey, Burma...or at home on the farm or in the knitting mill or munitions factory. You want to send a status update to someone you love. You want to give them enough news that they know what’s happening, but not so much that they worry. You want to connect with them across time and space.

We are inviting everyone to send a postcard across 100 years of time and space.

We’re inviting you to connect with, understand and celebrate the people who fought for peace, both at home and on the battlefield. We’re running two workshops to help guide people through the process during the weekend, but feel free to drop in at any time to craft your message, discuss the project and share your stories. If you have a family connection, story or artefact to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.

We’re keen for people of all ages, cultures, genders and abilities to contribute to the Postcard Wall.

If you have any difficulties or need extra support please don’t hesitate to ask. This project will be running across the festival and then be located at the Clunes Train Station and Clunes Neighbourhood House from now until November 2018.

WORKSHOP: Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May at 11am, or drop in anytime.