EXHIBITION A MASTER STROKE
FOR keen rower Grace Blake, setting up an exhibition about rowers in the Great War was a stroke of luck.
After looking up at the World War I honour board on the wall of the Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club, Blake embarked on a quest to find out more about her club’s former rowers who had fought for their country.
Years of curiosity and detective work led to Accounts from the Front, 1917, a free exhibition on show at the club until May 4.
Wartime letters and memoirs from club members, including excerpts from the diary of Harry Duncan, father of 1956 Olympic rower and former club president Bob, are included in the exhibition.
A special Anzac Day curator’s tour will be held at the club from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
And Blake is convinced there are more stories to be uncovered, urging descendants of other club members who enlisted to share their stories.
This article appears in the Port Phillip Leader on Tuesday, 18 April, 2017 on page 5. To view the full digital version, please click here.