A group of 10 Eden Public School students visited the ABC South East radio studio in Bega on Thursday, as part of the Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour Soundscape project.
The project is designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Australian troops’ landing in Gallipoli, with the students aged between 10 and 12 each recording the name and age of one of the 62,000 Australians who died during World War I.
Speakers will be installed in the First World War section of the cloisters in the Australian War Memorial’s commemorative area, to play the recordings.
They will begin playing in August 2014, running through the entire Centenary period, until 2018.
Hit play below to hear a sample of Eden Public School students recording their contribution to the project (from 1:03-1:42), thanks to ABC South East.
Eden Public School teacher Sue Lee was behind the school’s involvement, and says the students thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
Mrs Lee put the school forward through an online application, and was thrilled when the War Memorial responded to tell her they had been selected.
“They sent me through a list of five names for each student,” she said.
“From there, we had to get in touch with ABC South East to organise a time to record it.
“The kids got to meet a number of the personnel up there, including morning producer Ian Campbell, who was our host for today.
“He showed them around the station and they got to see all the equipment and see how it works.
“It was a really interesting day for them, and I think they all felt very proud and chuffed to have been involved in something of this scale.”
In a video on the Australian War Memorial website, Dr Brendan Nelson, the Museum’s director, says Soundscape is an important project in both recognising our history, and engaging our young people.
“We are bringing young Australians to a direct understanding that there were individual sacrifices made in our name,” Dr Nelson said.
“They gave their lives for us.
“We will keep these recordings of the 62,000 names, made by young Australians, at the Australian War Memorial forever.”