Monto remembers its Anzacs
The North Burnett Regional Council launched a series of mini documentaries online titled Local Voices, Living Stories: Monto Remembers Its Anzacs at a special screening in April 2016. Locally produced, the documentaries record the inspirational stories of six men who proudly served in the First World War and came to call Monto home.
The series of five mini documentaries were filmed in February using the voices of the six soldiers’ descendants who proudly share their stories and legacies. The films explore each serviceman’s life, frontline and post war experiences including their contribution to the community of Monto.
Round three of the Queensland Anzac Centenary Community grants program funded the research and a professional film maker to create the digital stories drawing on photographs, service records and other memorabilia.
The free documentary series begins with an introduction to Monto including a brief history of the area by local historian Harold Ware and supports the delivery of Anzac and First World War themed modules in local schools.
"The project has raised community awareness of some of the regions outstanding residents, and is not only a lovely tribute to the featured soldiers, but is a unique way to preserve our significant local histories for generations to come," said North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Cr Rachel Chambers.
Local Voices, Living Stories: Monto Remembers its Anzacs has encouraged community engagement and local pride while supporting Queensland Anzac Centenary commemorations.
Watch the documentaries online or you can borrow the DVD version from the North Burnett Regional Council Library.