Albany Anzac art framed by Albany Men’s Shed ahead of Remembrance Day official unveiling

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Albany Men’s Shed member Peter Hilditch made the frame.
Camera IconAlbany Men’s Shed member Peter Hilditch made the frame. Credit: Supplied

Albany Men’s Shed has been put to the task of framing an Anzac-themed artwork to be formally unveiled next month on Remembrance Day.

The Albany RSL sub-branch asked the Men’s Shed to frame a unique double-sided wall-hanging to commemorate the Anzacs.

Albany Men’s Shed vice-chairman Mike Taylor said it was a special project to be involved with.

“We do so many different projects but this one was really different,” he said.

“We made a frame, glassed on two sides with the banner in between — the main reason being the RSL wanted to display both sides.”

Mr Taylor said the frame was made from local sheoak, with the lightness of the wood complementing the stark red of the wall-hanging. Men’s Shed member of 10 years, Peter Hilditch, made the frame.

Albany RSL services director Michael Tugwell said it was a significant souvenir documenting history.

“It shows Anzac scenes, The Ode and signatures on one side from copies of letters written home to Australia from Australian personnel serving overseas in World War I,” he said.

“It was made by a local lady, who donated it to the RSL. Initially, it was considered for raffling, however when we looked at it and saw the significance of it, it was a unanimous decision to keep it, have it enclosed in a frame for protection and have it on display.

“The storyline of the wall-hanging is a direct link to our military history.”

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