Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Autograph Flag commemorating WWI volunteers from Wycheproof & District

The Autograph flag that commemorates WWI volunteers was created by the local Patriotic Guild, a group of women who raised money to send parcels of food, clothing and food to soldiers on the front in Europe during WWI.

The embroidered silk flag has a red background with cream embroidered lettering. On one side is listed the names of all the soldiers who enlisted from our area and on the other side the names of the volunteer women and those who had donated to the Patriotic Guild fund during war period.
The flag is colourful and shows our links to Britain.

The Autograph flag was originally presented to the Shire of Wycheproof and was later stored away and virtually forgotten until rescued by local historian Mancel Giddings around 20 years ago.

With the ANZAC Centenary imminent a grant was received from the Department of Veteran's Affairs to restore and conserve this beautiful flag, lovingly created by the women of Wycheproof. The flag is currently being restored by a team at the University of Melbourne and is expected to be returned to Wycheproof in the next six months. The flag will then be housed in the Wycheproof Community Museum, located in the historic primary school on Mount St.

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