Seaham School of Arts
World War 1 Memorials Project
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Seaham is a village of 1100 people located near to Port Stephens in the Hunter region, 180km from Sydney.
The Seaham School of Arts seems to date from 1889. However the current building was erected in 1902.
The Seaham School of Arts hall contains three WWI memorials: a set of memorial gateposts, a beautiful timber Honour Roll, and a Roll of Honour unique to local members of the GUOOF [the Grand united Order of Odd Fellows], a lodge that regularly met in the hall.
Moreover, the walls of the 1902 hall are lined with photographs of 17 of the 20 locally enlisted soldiers, who went overseas to fight. These photographs provide a unique visual monument of faces frozen in time.
They are not the faces of celebrity soldier/heroes, just ordinary men: farm hands, labourers, a butcher, dairy farmers and a horse-breaker. They gaze back over the years. Age has not wearied them.
Six of these 20 volunteer soldiers died on war service. Most died in 1917 at the height of hostilities.
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