A walk to remember

A WALKING track honouring the service and sacrifice of World War One (WWI) soldiers is now open to the public.

A continuation of the Claremont Windermere Bay Memorial, the “Walk of Remembrance” project was brought to fruition by the Rotary Club of Claremont with assistance from the RS&L Claremont Sub-Branch and Glenorchy City Council.

Beginning at Windermere Bay and winding all the way to the Cadbury Factory, the walking track’s location marks the spot of the Claremont Military Training Camp where more than 2,000 troops were trained.

It is also the founding place of the 40th Battalion, which went on to fight on the Western Front in Europe.

The track features a number of interpretative information panels that use Smart QR codes to provide users with access to podcasts and wartime records of enlisted personnel, expanding community information and offering in-depth history and records.

Project coordinator Eric Myers said the Walk of Remembrance would educate community members about the Claremont Military Training Camp and its importance in preparing recruits for battle.

“Providing interactive signage that covers the significance of the Claremont area allows individuals, schools and the community to better appreciate the value of the historical site,” he said.

“People who see these signs could be encouraged to seek further information about the camp and soldiers who served in WWI.

“Through the reappearance of oral and printed history, families will be able to share their individual stories of relatives who serviced with their family members, children and grandchildren.”

The Walk of Remembrance guides visitors through depictions of what would have been experienced by recruits, including details and photos of everyday activities.

This includes training activities covering horsemanship, shooting, trench warfare and gunnery practice, as well as everyday activities such as cooking, peeling spuds, tent building and leisure.

Mr Myers said that much of the built heritage of the Claremont and Glenorchy communities had already been removed, including the rich history and environs of the Claremont Military Training Camp.

Mr Myers said that “significant community benefits” came from displaying the past, presenting photos of the lost built heritage and sharing stories of the human aspect of the location.

“Descendants of those who trained at this facility and represented Tasmania at the many theatres of war during WWI will now have tangible contact with the past,” he said.

“Every Tasmanian can honour the memory of the troops from this establishment.”

A “handing over” of the Walk of Remembrance to the RS&L and greater community will take place at 10.30am on the lawns near Cadbury Factory on Wednesday 25 January 2017.

All community members are invited to attend.

Caption: Digger owner Nathan Upton, left, with Claremont Rotarians Michael Cooke and Doug Fulton at the Windermere Bay site.