GALLERY: How Gayndah commemorated the armistice
GAYNDAH came together for a special evening to commemorate our fallen soldiers, with the release of creative art and writing book.
The book The Centenary of Armistice (1918-2018): How Gayndah Commemorated was launched at the Gayndah RSL on November 8, with a large turnout to celebrate the RSL's remarkable feat.
Wanting to showcase the pieces from last year's RSL Centenary of Armistice art competition, Russ Tyler endeavoured to make the book a reality.
With help from Amanda Wenck from Truth Designs, Susie Capewell, Tania Fraser with the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) and other vital contributors, this book became a reality.
During the evening there were speeches from the book's creator Russ Tyler, contributor and artist Ross Driver, and RSL district president for the Wide Bay and Burnett branch Trevor Williamson OAM.
In his opening speech, Mr Tyler confessed to the audience that he felt a bit crazy when he was proposing this idea to the RSL board and to the community.
Mr Driver in his speech responded to this confession in a playful way.
"I'm glad you were crazy, because this book here, will be remembered for a long time," Mr Driver said.
"People a hundred years from now, they will look back and say 'what did those people in Gayndah do 100 years ago about the celebration of the end of the first world war?'
"And this is what this book will represent, it's a great part of history."
Mr Williamson offered a few words on the launch of the book, and commending the RSL on their initiative.
"When they asked me to return back here to say a few words following my visit last year, I jumped at the chance for a few reasons," Mr Williamson said.
"The oldest town in Queensland, well done.
"A sub-branch with 100 years, well done.
"And Russ, what you've done here tonight is absolutely fantastic."
At the conclusion of the speeches, multiple books were given away to local schools and organisations for their contributions to the book.
If you'd like to purchase the book, please see the Gayndah RSL Branch.