This Saturday marks the 100 year anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I.
To mark the centenary, Fairfield City Libraries assembled an exhibit of photographs and biographical information about the lives of service men and women from the Fairfield region.
Descendants of World War I veterans have participated in the tribute by contributing to the display and providing a diverse range of fascinating personal stories.
Thomas Charles Jago (pictured above), a Gunner FAB (Field Artillery Brigade) and later promoted to Sergeant, served in the war between 1917 and 1919. On discharge, he returned to work for several local councils as a Town Clerk, before becoming Town Clerk (now called City Manager) for Fairfield Municipal Council in 1935-1940.
“This story is one of many that supports learning through history and it brings the community together to commemorate and honour the Anzac spirit,” Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said.
“We are proud of the contribution these local people made during World War I”
“They selflessly risked their lives for the freedom of our nation. Those who were fortunate enough to return home went on to contribute in many ways to our local community. This is an important moment for Australia and Fairfield is a part of it.”
The display is complemented by 227 hand-made crocheted and knitted poppies, which were made by participants of two workshops at Cabramatta Library and by the members of Smithfield Crafty Readers Club.
The exhibition, which defines a moment in Australia’s military history and our national history, will be showcased and rotated around each of Fairfield’s libraries over the coming weeks.
Exhibition visitors will leave with a broader and deeper understanding of the Anzac experience as seen from a local perspective.