Mildura Weekly : Friday April 24 2015 Vol 9 No 24
08 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015 SUNRAYSIA residents and visitors have only until Sunday, May 3 to view a touring exhibi- tion of Australian Victoria Cross recipients. The exhibition, featuring 37 of the 100-piece touring collection, is open daily in the Wentworth Club. The art is the work of renowned portrai- ture artist Joe Zapp, with the tour organised in conjunction with Brigadier Neil Baving- ton (retired), Chairman of the Reserve Forc- es Day Council Victoria. The Wentworth exhibition was drawn from the 40 oil paintings and 60 pastel sketches that dramatically display the ex- traordinary sacrifice made by our CV recipi- ents. Exhibition organisers say, however, that each painting is much more than merely a portrait of a Victoria Cross recipient, as they graphically depict the selfless acts that re- sulted in the awarding of Australia’s highest individual military honour. The exhibition at the Wentworth Club opened on Tuesday, and will end on Sunday week. Club CEO John Harlock said it was a significant achievement for Wentworth to be able to attract such an important exhibit, particularly with the dates being inclusive of Anzac Day, and he was confident that people across Sunraysia would take advantage of this opportunity to view the exhibit. Artist Joe Zapp will be at the Club on Anzac Day, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to meet and greet. It is also an- ticipated he will undertake another portrait while at the club. Tribute to VC heroes at Wentworth Club • OUR VC HEROES: Artist Joe Zapp with some of his works, LEFT, and ABOVE - a preview of what Sunraysia people can expect at the VC exhibition at the Wentworth Club between now and May 3. ANZAC DAY 2015 ANZAC DAY 2015 WHEN the Matheson family of Black Range, near Talangatuk and Stawell in Victoria, received the regular newsletter from Federal Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, it took on un- expected, and special, significance. Reading the special Anzac Day commemoration Broadsheet, Rod- ney Matheson was moved to discover that his great uncle, A.W. Barber, fea- tured prominently. Having only recently unearthed a number of his great uncle’s belong- ings, including a letter written the day before he died, it’s easy to imag- ine the surprise Mr Matheson felt seeing A.W’s grave in a photograph on the front of the Broadsheet. “It was a shock but it was great,” he said. “There he was, his grave, his story, staring up at me. Six months ago we had no idea about him. It was when we were cleaning out my mum’s place that we found his letters and medal. “They’d been kept all those years, then suddenly we found them, and then we see his story in the Broad- sheet. From knowing nothing about him to this, is kind of overwhelming but good.” Mr. Broad was also moved by the connection, and made sure he caught up with Mr Matheson during his recent road trip to Stawell as part of his two-week visit to isolated re- gions of the huge Mallee electorate. “To have knelt beside A.W.A Bar- ber’s grave and to have read about his service and death in Gallipoli was powerful stuff, but then to see his letters, written in beautiful, thought- out script, made it all the more real,” he said. “In his final letter A.W Barber writes with stoicism about the con- ditions the men faced, surviving on basic food, including ground-up bis- cuits and strong tea to ‘drown out the taste.’ “He also talks about seeing a gunner shot in the head, right in front of him, with another bullet passing through his own jacket but miraculously missing him. Barber later wrote; ‘Quite close for this kid.’ Mr Broad said it was hard reading, especially knowing that A.W Barber was killed the following day. The Broadsheet newsletter is sent out by Mr Broad three times a year, with the latest edition dedicated to commemorating the 100th anniver- sary of Anzac Day. “I went to Gallipoli over my Christmas break and it had such an impact,” Mr Broad said. “I wanted, in a small way, to recognise all those men from across the Wimmera, Mal- lee and Mildura region who sacri- ficed so much. To make this con- nection with Rodney through my Broadsheet was so unexpected, but wonderful.” The Broadsheet is distributed via Australia Post, and is also available for viewing on line at www.andrew- broad.com.au The heartbreaking story of an Aussie soldier at Gallipoli – and his final letter • PLEASANT SURPRISE: Mr Broad, right, with Rodney Matheson. 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