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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release DavidHawkerMP Federal Member for Wannon

22 April 2004

HAWKER WELCOMES WARTIME STORIES ONLINE

Member for Wannon - David Hawker - is urging local people to make use of a new electronic collection of wartime stories.

The Australians at War Film Archive, produced under the Saluting Their Service commemorations programme, is the world’s largest film archive of veteran interviews.

Transcripts are also available on the Internet.

Mr. Hawker said the archive has more than 2000 interviews.

He said they included servicemen and women from each of the Services, prisoners of war and war widows, those who served overseas and on the home front and veterans of all the wars, conflicts and peace operations in which Australia had been involved since World War 1.

“This new website has almost 100 transcripts of interviews undertaken to date, with hundreds more to follow,” Mr. Hawker said.

“As well as being of personal interest, the website will be a valuable resource for researchers, film-makers and future generations of Australians.

“The Australian Government is committed to preserving and honouring the service and sacrifice of Australians in war and strongly supports education initiatives to ensure younger Australians are aware of their nation’s wartime heritage.

“A range of information products has also been developed for schools, like Working the Web: Investigating Australia’s Wartime History, a teachers’ guidebook to the wartime history resources available on the websites of the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio.”

Mr. Hawker said the film archive would be finished early next year.

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“The producers would appreciate the chance to talk to veterans in Wannon to ensure a wide range of service experiences are captured for posterity and to compliment the interviews already recorded,” Mr. Hawker said.

The Australians at War Film Archive can be contacted on 1800 636 111.

The Australians at War Film Archive website can be found at www.australiansatwarfilmarchive.gov.au.

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