Federal government grant honours New England's wartime history

A federal government funding grant will honour Armidale’s rich wartime history and remember our local service men and women.

Saumarez Homestead received $2711 for various projects including First World War exhibitions, memorial services for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux and a new plaque commemorating the 33rd Battalion. 

The funding boostwas among 84 Saluting Their Service grants recently announced by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester.

Saumarez Homestead property manager Les Davis said the plaque and accompanying new flagpole now take pride of place at the front of the homestead.

“It gives the front of the place a bit of character,” Mr Davis said.

The funding was delivered under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service community commemorations grants program.

“These projects will serve as a lasting tribute to community members in Armidale and Walcha, and all around the New England for that matter, who have served and continue to serve our country,” Mr Joyce said.

“This latest round of ongoing grants will ensure the delivery of meaningful projects to local communities like ours to commemorate Australia’s role in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations and reflect our gratitude to service men and women.”