Grant to pay for book on World War I soldiers

A BOOK documenting the stories of hundreds of local soldiers who served in World War I will be funded using a federal government grant.

A $14,500 grant from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program will assist the Ballaarat General Cemeteries Trust to continue research into local wartime history.

Federal Ballarat MP Catherine King said the project aimed to tell the story of how the Great War impacted on the families of the Ballarat region.

“The book was initially conceived as a Great War Heritage Trail guide for use by visitors to Ballarat’s cemeteries, focusing on the stories of some 20 local soldiers,” she said.

“However, after extensive research, the project has linked over 750 Ballarat graves to the First World War.”

The Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program supports projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in World War I.

The program has already received applications to support up to $125,000 of local projects in the federal electorate of Ballarat that commemorate World War I.


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