Singleton Council is proud to contribute earth samples from our local government area as part of the Anzac Centenary Project.
Later this year, the Hall of Service at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park will be lined with plaques and soil samples from every town in NSW where soldiers enlisted in World War I.
Last week, Council answered the call from the state government, with samples collected from Gowrie, Liddel, Stanhope, Belford, Whittingham, Gouldsville, Dural via Jerry’s Plains, Bulga, Broke and Workworth.
Council’s Acting General Manager Mark Ihlein said the project was symbolic in representing just how far the call to enlist was heard across the state.
“The Soil Collection Program highlights the reach of the call of service for men and women who served in the First World War,” Mr Ihlein said.
“Over 400,000 Australians enlisted in World War I, many from places around NSW like Singleton. More than 60,000 never came home- that’s three times the population of our local government area.
“For those soldiers who didn’t come home, there will now be a sample of soil from their hometown on display with a plaque as a permanent memorial,” he said.