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Yandaran honour board restored, rededicated

Yandaran honour board
It took community effort to restore the honour board with couple and Cherry Dale Maidment leading the way.

Community members attended a special service to rededicate an honour board in memorial of those who served in WWI from Miara, Waterloo and Yandaran.

Many months of work went in to restoring the Roll of Honor Miara, Waterloo, Yandaran, which was originally unveiled more than 100 years ago.

On 15 December 1917, the original honour board was unveiled by John White after it took five years to manufacture.

On Wednesday 9 November, community members held the special rededication service at Yandaran QCWA Hall to unveil the restored board with 44 names of the men who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Roll of Honor Miara Waterloo Yandaran honour board
Community members held the special rededication service to unveil the restored Roll of Honor Miara, Waterloo, Yandaran, with 44 names of the men who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

It took community effort to restore the piece of history, with couple Cherry and Dale Maidment leading the way.

“You could hardly read the names on the original honour board,” Cherry said.

“It took about eight months of looking through history and searching high and low for brass.

“It was the effort of a group of people who made this possible. Including Lillian and John Turner and members of the sub branch.

“They’ve done a wonderful job.”

The refurbishment of the Yandaran honour board was carried out by Agnes Water 1770 Men’s Shed members Bill Facey, Dennis Window and Archie Hutton.

Yandaran honour board
Students from Yandaran State School participated in the ceremony.

School participates in Yandaran honour board project

On Wednesday, wreaths were also laid by community members and students from Yandaran State School during the rededication service and to also show respect for Remembrance Day on Friday 11 November.

Yandaran State School principal David Routh said it was special for the students to take part in rededication of the local honour board and he thanked those who made it possible.

“The board had become quite tarnished and a little rundown over the many, many years that it’s been here in Yandaran and the local community wanted to make a special day of it.

“So as the school we were invited in and gleefully became part of that.

“It’s fantastic to have that back up on the wall and in its full glory.

“It’s beautifully polished brass and it’s tremendous to be able to really read the names now and understand who’s there and make those links with the local community again.”

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