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Monday, 2 March 2015
Page: 1781


Ms PARKE (Fremantle) (16:02): Across the four-year span of the Great War there were 849 Fremantle-area men and women who would never return alive. There was also a small band of nurses serving just south of Fremantle who succumbed to the Spanish flu that afflicted soldiers arriving home near the war's end via the quarantine station. Now, a century later, the Fremantle stories of these Australians will be remembered thanks to the dedication of community organisations such as the City of Cockburn RSL sub-branch and the Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp. Along with the City of Fremantle, these two driven volunteer based groups were last week the latest in the Fremantle electorate to be awarded Anzac centenary community and local grant funding. The active Cockburn RSL sub-branch will use its $4,880 grant to create a mobile interpretive display that will enhance their ability to educate people about the realities of World War I. A $3,548 grant will allow the Friends of Woodman Point Recreation Camp to develop an exhibition of unseen photographs taken by one of the nurses who served and died at the quarantine station. The City of Fremantle will be able to cover the $30,000 cost of projecting the names of the 849 fallen locals on the city's town hall. These three grants add to the four previously given across the Fremantle electorate. These projects will help us to remember so that the century-old horrors are never repeated.