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I really like history, especially Australian history.
When we went to Walhalla the town had recently tidied up the war memorial from the first world war and our guide gave us the history of it.
Take a look?
Start with the American spelling of Honor.
That there is not a single name on the memorial, a mining town full of young men, yet no names of any lost in the war.
And the dates. Wrong again.
The mines in Walhalla started closing in 1911, people left, the train finally arrived, the war started, the people kept leaving, the money ran out, the men went to war.
Those that remained in this isolated area wanted a memorial for the towns fallen. But they had no idea what was going on, and they were all planning on leaving town too.
So they guessed.
They just guessed how long the war might go for and it is presumed they were still to know the names of any men (boys really) that were not to return.
So they did what they could to honour the lives of our ANZACS. And made a shrine a little the same, but different to all the other towns around the country. So often we just walk straight by them without really taking a look.
Do you like history? Do these little things interest you when you visit a town?