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  • World War 1 exhibition Murrurundi Looking for openers on Opening Day.
  • DSCF5828bLighhorse formation on the left side of the Church hall.
  • DSCF5829bLighthorse formation on the right side of the hall.
  • DSCF5831bCouncillor Lee Watts (left) and Mayor Wayne Bedggood (right).
  • DSCF5832bCouncillor Lee Watts and Mayor Wayne Bedggood snaring the museum prsident, Des Dugan (middle).
  • DSCF5833bLocal church minister Wendy Jackson gets personal with the horse congregation.
  • DSCF5834bPresident Des Dugan warms up the crowd before the official opening.
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  • DSCF5843bCurator Ray Hynes (left) and Murrurundi's Council's last mayor Earl Kelaher opening the WWI Exhibition.
  • DSCF5846bCurator Ray Hynes explains artifcats used in the exhibition.
  • DSCF5850bThe Catapult which came up from Newcastle for the Anzac Day march.
  • DSCF5858bThe two WWI guns donated to the township of Murrurundi. The gun on the right is used by the Lighthorse at ceromonial occasions.
  • DSCF5864bCloseup of the Lighthorse gun.
  • DSCF5866bLighthorse gear including the 303 rifle.
  • DSCF5869bExhibition view from the front door.
  • DSCF5872bView showing the centre console and Historical Society patron, Peter Norvill.
  • DSCF5873bView of the church altar and left-hand corner of the hall.
  • DSCF5876bAt the end of the day the Lighhorse gun and lumber can be seen in the left-hand corner.
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WWI exhibition a big success

WWI was the centre of attention on Anzac Day (April 21, 2014) in Murrurundi as people flocked to the unveiling of the local museum's exhibition.

Opened by the last Murrurundi and District Council mayor (before the local council amalgamations in 2004), Earl Kelaher — the museum had a free day for veterans and their families to view the exhibits.

With six months in the making, the event's storyboards covered most of the important dates from the first shots fired in the war in 1914 up until the end of the war in 1918.

Museum president Des Dugan urged the visitors to look at the exhibition with 1914 eyes reiterating the war was at a time when Australia had a population of just under four million and having more casualties than the British.

Earl Kelaher told the gathering of his surprise in discovering while he held his great uncle's medals – which were on display – the museum already had his war diary.

Exhibition organiser Ray Hynes spoke of the chance discovery of a lead-light window relating to the Watson family.

On a visit to Timor he was informed a Wilson memorial lead-glass window was in the back of St Paul's Anglican church in Murrurundi.

The borrowed window had pride of place in the exhibition.

The tiny church hall was almost bursting at the seams as people of all ages mulled around the storyboards and objects unveiled.

Local resident Tony Perkins even returned with his granddaughter to give her a snapshot of what happened in those dark and gloomy days taking her around reading and explaining the events.

The opening doors of the heritage-rated church hall exhibition centre were flanked by seven mounted members of the local light horse re-enactment contingent and boosted by a seven-person ceremonial squad from the Williamstown air force base outside Newcastle.

On Saturday visitors were privileged to a display of the double limber and another WWI gun in the park outside the exhibition.

This is the first time in a number of years both WWI guns have been on display at the same time.

The exhibition went for three months until December 7, 2014.