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June 2022

‘Courage and Compassion: A Stretcher-bearer’s Journey from No-man’s Land and Beyond’ – Speaker: Don Farrands QC

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wednesday 22 June 2022 7:00PM-8:00PM (Australian Eastern Standard Time) Online via Zoom. The presentation Barrister Don Farrands QC became interested in the story of his grandfather Nelson Ferguson when his mother shared some old long-forgotten diaries of her father and his sketches and paintings during WWI, describing the daily life of a stretcher-bearer. Nelson Ferguson, from Ballarat, was a stretcher-bearer on the Western Front in France in World War I. He survived the dangers of stretcher-bearing in some of Australia’s…

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July 2022

Eureka Arms and Militaria Fair

July 9 @ 9:00 am - July 10 @ 3:00 pm
Ballarat Equestrian Centre, 6 Rose Hill Rd
Invermay, Victoria 3352 Australia
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We're back bigger and better than ever at an enormous and spacious new venue!

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November 2022

The Bloody Beachheads: The Battles of Gona, Buna and Sanananda – One Day Conference

November 12 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Keilor East RSL, 12-22 Hoffmans Rd
Essendon, Victoria 3040 Australia
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As the battle for Guadalcanal dragged on the Japanese advance on the Kokoda Track culminated and they were ordered to ‘advance to the rear’.     Two delaying defensive positions at Eora Creek and Oivi-Gorari imposed a toll on the Australians’ pursuit, but allowed time for the Japanese to complete a labyrinth of bunkers and trenches around the Papuan beach head villages of Gona, Buna and Sanananda. The Battle for the Beachheads, as it became known, saw an estimated 9,000…

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