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Creative talents of the veteran community go on display.

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M i n i s t e r f o r V e t e r a n s ’ A f f a i r s

M i n i s t e r A s s i s t i n g t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e

T H E H O N. D E - A N N E K E L L Y B E M P

Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600 Telephone: (02) 6277 7820 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4140

VA156 Friday 30 September 2005


A unique and fascinating exhibition of art and craft produced by members of Victoria’s veteran community has gone on display at the Red Cross Centre at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, said today.

Mrs Kelly said the exhibition was the result of the Victorian Story Writing and Art Competition for the veteran community, which enabled veterans to explore their creative side or even discover a hidden talent.

“The works on display include Chinese brushwork, oil, acrylic and watercolour painting, textiles, woodwork, ceramics and photography items,” Mrs Kelly said.

“This year’s competition included a special writing category entitled, ‘What the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II means to me’, sponsored by the Royal Australian Mint.

“This special writing category encouraged the veteran community to reflect on the personal meaning of this significant historical event.”

All winning submissions will be reproduced in the book Bravo - Recollections & Reflections of the Veteran Community and true stories of wartime experiences will be submitted for inclusion in the private records collection of the Australian War Memorial.

Mrs Kelly said the Victorian veterans’ Story Writing and Art Competition commenced in 1962 at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital as a writing therapy exercise for returned soldiers.

“Forty-three years later it is still serving as a health promotion activity for the veteran community, attracting more than 700 entries from across Victoria each year,” she said.

“I encourage members of the community to come down to the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and view the work on display.”

The exhibition is on display at the Red Cross Centre, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Waterdale Rd, Heidelberg from Monday 3 October to Sunday 9 October 2005.

Media contact: Craig Clarke 0417 889 423