Tom Watts of Bendigo donates painting by Castlemain artist to Military Museum | Bendigo Advertiser


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The Soldier’s Memorial Institute Military Museum in Bendigo has added another moving tribute to its ranks thanks to a donation from a local family. In a ceremony on February 6, First World War veteran Tom Watt was joined by family and friends to donate a painting by Bendigo and Castlemaine artist Geoff Hocking to the Bendigo and District RSL . Mr Watt’s daughter Roslyn Flood said it was time for the family to give back to their local museum. More News: Bendigo’s Fresh 5 Donates Meals to Bendigo Health Workers “We are making this donation for many reasons, but part of it is because we wanted to support the great work that is being done here at the museum,” said she declared. “We found a relic that bears my father’s and grandfather’s name in a museum in France, and we wondered why we didn’t have something of the family on display here in Bendigo.” Geoff was a good friend of ours and has the theme of creating a memorial for soldiers throughout his artistic career and after a conversation with the family Jeff created this painting. “Without museums and organizations like the RSL, this ‘Let’s not forget’ tends to happen. Other stories: “It’s the only one that promotes understanding and adds something to the already beautiful downtown .” said it was great to have a historic piece with a modern twist in the museum. “Donations like this are really important because they commemorate all veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice “, he said. “It’s a very modern take on history and it’s great to have something that tells a World War I story in a contemporary way. “We are very grateful to the Watt family and to Jeff for this beautiful painting.” Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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