The Claremont Memorial stands where the 40th Battalion was raised in 1916.
Mum’s Great Uncle Baizel Elliss died at Gallipoli 16 June 1915, his address at time of enlistment was Berriedale, near Claremont. Baizel’s elder sister Isabel Rust and her young family lived at Claremont.
Dad’s Uncle George Robinson/Holt died on the Western Front in 1917. George would spend several months camped at Claremont after enlistment.
After Claremont we travelled to the Cenotaph at the Queens Domain to participate in the Coo-ee March..
Centenary of the ANZAC supported by record numbers throughout Tasmania, commemorating our men and women who served not only at Gallipoli but also in all wars since and those that are to this day, serving in peace keeping missions around the world.
Lest we Forget
As always there had been a curiosity to the age of the Holt homestead at Badger Corner.
The information didn’t get handed down through the family.
Mr Riddle senior told dad he discovered a newspaper article papered to the wall inside the home many years after moving in, maybe when doing some repairs. Mr Riddle remembered the Badger Corner and Kangaroo Is. (built by the Harley’s) homes were built at the same time. Indeed they were as it turns out and the year was 1891 – the article eventually came to light after many dead end searches on Trove. The key words being Kangaroo and Holt. The house was started 2 years before Grandfather Horace was born.
Learning the timber was sourced from Table Cape by account of the correspondent a bonus. Jimmy’s boat around the early 1890’s was the Waratah.
The article also gives a good account of several other old families still associated with Flinders and in particular Mr Riddle…..
The poppies are made from Georges AIF record to represent the immeasurable sacrifice he made in 1917.
The petals for each poppy consist of one page from the records and 15 pages in total to build.
Georges signature and the signatures of his parents are within the poppies.