The Krupp Cannon has survived as a priceless part of the history of Childers and the former Isis Shire for almost 100 years.
A touch-screen kiosk, officially unveiled today, enables visitors to share in the unique history of this rare piece of First World War German artillery.
The touch-screen kiosk, built at a cost of $18,600, was an initiative of the Childers Chamber of Commerce with support from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Bundaberg Regional Council, Creative Regions and Augmented Reality Marketing.
Chamber president Wayne Say said the kiosk is a historic “time capsule” telling a story that will enthral and inspire visitors, history buffs and those locals with a knowledge of the significance of the memorial.
“It really is a travesty to drive past memorials such as this and wonder at the story behind them.
“Now we have a comprehensive history covering all aspects of how the community secured this war trophy and how it has been preserved for almost 100 years.”
Krupp Cannon support from Council
Mayor Jack Dempsey said Council was pleased to support the touch screen kiosk which is one of several such devices across the region.
“It is a great way for people to connect with the story, to explore all facets of its history and understand its meaning to a community like Childers.”
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the project was funded through the Armistice Centenary Grants Program to recognise the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
“This grants program was designed to deliver local projects and activities to communities like ours to commemorate Australia’s role in the First World War and pay tribute to service men and women and the Armistice Centenary,” he said.
“The commitment of the Childers Chamber of Commerce to bring this project to fruition ensures we can preserve our local history for future generations.”
Deputy mayor and divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said the Krupp Cannon was linked to the local community through the lives that had been sacrificed from the Isis district during the Great War.
“This former fearsome weapon is a monument to the patriotic spirit of this community and its preparedness to defend the values that sets our country apart as a peaceful nation.
“History is preserved within the touch screen kiosk and the story it tells will remain relevant even in another 100 years,” Cr Trevor said.
Krupp Howitzer Touch Screen Kiosk
- A project concept developed by the Childers Chamber of Commerce
- Built at a cost of $18,600 by Bundaberg company Augmented Reality under the guidance of Creative Regions
- Funding was provided by the Federal Government ($8000) through the Department of Veterans Affairs Armistice Centenary Grants Program and Bundaberg Regional Council ($10,600).
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