Significance of the Anzac legend honoured in Landsborough Museum exhibition
  • Friday 17 April 2015
Far From This Land exhibition at Landsborough Museum Sunshine Coast Council

To kick off Heritage Month Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski officially launched the Far From This Land exhibition which commemorates the First World War 100th anniversary at Landsborough Museum on Friday, April 17.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the launch of Far from This Land is particularly significant because it acknowledges our Sunshine Coast heroes who fought for their nation.

“The Anzac Centenary is a milestone of special significance to all Australians as it has helped define us as a nation,” he said.

“More than 57,700 Queenslanders enlisted in the First World War and many of them made the ultimate sacrifice. This exhibition gives us the opportunity to honour the stories of four local service men and women.”

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said Far From This Land was the main part of a brand new exhibition and entry display at the Landsborough Museum, which also received Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program funding.

“I believe the community wants to understand the local connections to such a nationally important commemoration and this new exhibition does that with intelligent interpretation and deep respect,” he said.

“I would like to thank and acknowledge the many Landsborough Museum volunteers who worked with Heritage Consultants, Blue Sky View to research the museum’s First World War collection, connect and interview connected families, and design and build an exhibition that explores the region’s First World War history.

“Far From This Land commemorates the First World War experience on the Sunshine Coast through letters, documents, photographs, artefacts and family histories.

“It is also an opportunity to view three rare and significant Dead Man’s Pennies which were issued to the next of kin of servicemen who had fallen in the First World War between 1914 and 1918. The Dead Man’s Pennies are rare and it is significant that the museum has three. They will provide an emotive and tangible connection to the life and stories of servicemen William Murphy, James Maddock, Percy Edwards and their families.

“The Percy Edwards penny provides the museum an interstate connection. Percy was not from the Sunshine Coast but rather Albury, NSW. The museum volunteers are researching as to how the 'penny' came to be in the collection and are discussing the possible repatriation of the penny to Percy’s family or local museum in Albury NSW. “As the Coast’s lead public exhibition initiative to commemorate the centenary of the Anzac landing in Gallipoli in WW1 the project aims to help students, residents and visitors understand the experiences of local servicemen and women and their families during and after the war.” The exhibition is open to the public from Sunday April 19 to April 2016. The Landsborough Museum is open from 9am to 3pm Wednesday to Friday and Sunday. Admission fees apply. For more information phone 07 5494 1755

 Background of four Anzac legends highlighted in the exhibition

Harry Hapgood spent his time in the Middle East, arriving in Egypt in March 1917 and finally leaving in June 1919. He was 24 years old and recorded his time away through many photographs and letters home to his family. Harry was one of nine children of Edward and Lilias Emily Hapgood, who moved to Maleny from New South Wales in April 1910. Harry worked in the Maleny area cutting timber, building fences and doing general farm work before he enlisted. Harry lived to the age of 71.

William Murphy left Australia as part of the 26th Battalion, but was transferred to the British Expeditionary Force on 22 May 1916 and sailed from Alexandria, Egypt, aboard the HT Ivernia, to disembark in Marseilles, France. He was then attached to the 2nd Australian Division, and on 22 July he was “taken on strength” to the 26th Battalion once again. William died on 29 July 1916 in France, at the beginning of the Battle of Poziers, the first major battle the 26th Battalion had fought on the Western Front. He was 28 years of age, and had never married. Initially William was reported wounded and missing in action. This was later changed to killed in action.

William was one of 11 children of Timothy and Julia Murphy, with six brothers and four sisters. William's father was listed in the Maleny Port Office records as a selector sawyer and farmer, and William himself identified himself as a labourer and farmer in his enlistment papers.

Constance (Connie) Lindsay is believed to be one of 10 staff nurses who enlisted for service from the Sunshine Coast. The 60th General Hospital, where Connie was stationed for the majority of her time in Salonika, was a tent hospital with a nursing staff of 90 and over 1,500 patients. The conditions were harsh with hot summers and terribly cold winters. Connie was one of seven children of James and Caroline Lindsay. Her father was a farmer and also a member of the Maroochy Shire Council. Connie returned to Australia in May 1919 and married Godfrey Francis McRae in Buderim on 9 November 1921 and they had six children together. Connie lived to the age of 57.

James Maddock died at the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station (Trois Arbes, near Bailleul, France) of abdomen wounds received in action, and was buried the same day at Trois Arbres Cemetery.  He was 35 years of age and had enlisted just 10 months previously, having seen barely a month in action. James was the sixth child of nine of Thomas and Barbara Maddock, who were one of Mooloolah's pioneering families. James' father had arrived in Australia in 1848 aboard the first immigrant ship, the Artmesis, and settled on land near the Mooloolah River in 1878.

The Ewen Maddock Dam is named in honour of James' older brother Ewen and the pioneering family.