Flourish: fresh food and history

NATURE: History blooms to life in Flourish, the Musuem of the Riverina’s WWI garden.AT THE MUSEUMTim KurylowiczSPRINGblooms aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when people think about World War I, but a new living exhibition at the Museum of the Riverina, Botanic Gardens site, is recapturing the smells and tastes of local gardens during that time.
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With resources stretched thin, home vegetable patches played an important role in family life.

The raised beds in the Flourish garden feature heirloom vegetables that were popular in the Riverina during the war years.

Beans, cabbage, silverbeet, parsnips, carrots (not all orange) and turnips were staples, with herbs such as rosemary, sage and parsley on hand to flavour any dish.

Even in wartime, flowers were grown and cherished.

Flourish contains some very special flowers that made their way back to Australia.

Amid the devastation of life in the trenches, Australian troops harvested seeds of the Gallipoli Rose (cistus salviifolius) which grew on the Gallipoli peninsula, to take home with them.

We have obtained cuttings from descendants of those original plants courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Another plant which came home and became a permanent reminder of the war is the Flanders Poppy.

Flourish is now blooming in the outdoor area at the Botanic Gardens Museum site, open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to4pm and Sundays 10am to2pm.

SET THE SCENE: A diorama of Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, in the War at Sea exhibition.

Unseen gemsWar at Sea: The Navy during WWI brings previously unseen footage, artefacts and journals to light that reveal the exploits of Australia’s fledgling Navy during the war.

While some of the land battles garner more recognition today, our navy achieved some impressive feats. Learn about the daring Aussie submarine AE2 which traversed the mines of the Dardanelles Strait, and the HMAS Sydney’s victory over the German raider Emden.

Anyone who has spent time in the Victory Memorial Gardens, be it on Anzac Day, or indeed at one of the many major festivals that take place there, has come very close to the stories that are told in the War at Sea exhibition.

Towering over the lawns is a white mast from the HMAS Sydney.

As the plaque says, about halfway up the mast can be seen a scar made by a shell which was incoming from the Emden.

This exhibition is suitable for all ages, with lots to see, read and touch. War at Sea, will be on display from until Sunday, November 22 at the Museum’s Historic Council Chambers site.

While the reenactment of the Kangaroo March is under way, the finishing touches are being made for a commemorative exhibition The Kangaroo March 1915: our local boys walk to war which will open on December 5.

To make sure this exhibition is complete and comprehensive, we are very eager to talk with descendants of the men who departed that day in 1915.

Please contact Genevieve Mott on 6926 9657.

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