Book of Remembrance presented to Council

Friday, 17 August 2018

The newly-restored 58th Battalion Book of Remembrance, which was badly damaged in the Courthouse fire, has been presented to Council.

Lt. Col. Don Blanksby, President of the 58/32 Infantry Battalion, presented the book to Council at the 14 August Council meeting.

The priceless book contains the names of the members of the 58th Battalion Australian Imperial Force who died in France during World War One.

It was on loan to the Essendon Historical Society when fire broke out at the Courthouse Museum in June 2016. Fortunately the book was salvaged the following day by a local historian who had hastily donned a World War One helmet in order to enter the building and safely recover it.

The book wasn’t burnt as it was locked in a brass display case, but suffered heat, smoke and water damage.

A painstaking restoration effort saw the 91 page leather bound book, with pages made of goat and sheep skin and names handwritten in Indian ink, fully restored.

The book will remain on public display in the Memorabilia Corner of the Moonee Valley Civic Centre.

 

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