Plan to restore honour boards

Colac RSL manager Bryan Hunt and Karen Jarvis in front of a First World War honour board the RSL wants to restore. Ms Jarvis is helping co-ordinate fundraising efforts to raise money for the honour board’s restoration.

Colac RSL manager Bryan Hunt and Karen Jarvis in front of a First World War honour board the RSL wants to restore. Ms Jarvis is helping co-ordinate fundraising efforts to raise money for the honour board’s restoration.

COLAC’S Returned Services League is raising money to restore historic First World War honour boards bearing the names of soldiers who died.

Karen Jarvis said the honour boards, currently in storage, bore the names of Colac and district residents who died during the war.

“We have at least 10 of these some in very poor condition and names are starting to wear off,” she said.

“These honour boards display a listing of every soldier that made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in the Great War.

“I thought it was so sad the names were wearing off and I thought it would be a good idea to get them restored.”

Ms Jarvis said she and the RSL were planning to raise the money for the restoration and a wall display case throughout the year, including at an Anzac Ball on April 17.

Ms Jarvis said the boards were important artefacts to the Colac district and hoped they would go on display once restored.

“Most of these men left their farms, left loved ones to never return. It is important that we honour their sacrifice for generations to come,” she said.

“The honour boards are from Colac and little surrounding areas including Beeac, Larpent, and Eurack.

The ball will feature live music from the 10-piece Big Bash Band.

“The main aim is to get that restored and ensure that memorabilia lives on.”

One Response to “Plan to restore honour boards”

  1. Phil Alexander

    Great that an attempt is being made to restore the Honour Boards, but why were they allowed to fall into disrepair in the first place? Surely the Victorian State branch of the RSL has the funds to restore the boards, or don’t they see this as a priority? The names of the men on these boards should have been in perpetual public display and not left to decay in some storage facility.