South West Arts launched The Passing Out Parade audio stories at the Finley RS last week.
As an arts and culture project, it aims to enhance our understanding of the ANZAC legacy from a distinctly rural perspective.
The stories commemorate the service and sacrifice of men and women from across the South West of NSW over the century since the First World War.
The Passing Out Parade collection began with intensive research by historian Marg Jefferies.
The Deniliquin Creative Writers group took the research and developed over 40 short stories, with a selection of these stories recorded and narrated by community members.
The series was launched on Monday last week to commemorate Anzac Day.
‘‘The Passing Out Parade represents the historic parade of people, faces and families that have influenced our region during times of war and conflict,’’ South West Arts executive officer Kerry-Anne Jones said.
‘‘We have been so impressed by the way that people from across the region have engaged with the project and the unique and creative way in which these important stories have been told.’’
The launch also saw the announcement of the winners of project’s photography competition.
Bobby Murphy was awarded first prize for her photograph ‘Postal Commemoration’, which featured a collection of wartime stamps.
Local school children will now take the lead on The Passing Out Parade project over the coming months, creating dramatic works on the theme of war supported by Outback Theatre for Young People.
The audio collection will now be shared by local schools, libraries and radio stations.
The full audio series and collection of short stories is available on the South West Arts website at southwestarts.com.au/passing-out-parade.