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War widows book project is officially launched in Macksville.

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March 17, 2003

War widows book project is officially launched in Macksville

A project which will record the stories of war widows in the Nambucca Valley has officially been launched.

The focus of the project is a book featuring valuable insights into the lives of the war widows which will be written by students from three schools in the Nambucca shire.

The project is being co-ordinated through Nambucca Valley legacy and will take approximately six months to complete.

Students from Macksville High School, Bowraville Central School and Nambucca High School will interview war widows in the shire and write about their thoughts and feelings.

Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, and mayor George Hicks were the special guests at the book’s official launch at the Nambucca Shire Council Chambers last Monday.

Mr Hartsuyker said recording the views of the widows was important in an historical sense.

“When we think of war we rightly remember those who made the supreme sacrifice by fighting for their country,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“However, what is sometimes overlooked is the loss experienced by those who stayed at home.

“This book will allow widows to tell their story and record their experiences and memories.

“I am sure it will prove to be a most valuable resource.”

The book is being produced with the support of government grant through the Celebration of Generation - Lest We Forget initiative.

Two students from the school will meet with local war widows to compile the individual pieces.


Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, (second from left) with those behind the book on war widows in the Nambucca Valley. From left: Lynnette Salom from Nambucca Valley Legacy, Maree Sanger from Macksville High

School, Courtney Walker from Bowraville Central, mayor George Hicks and Jack Lhuede Nambucca High School.