Fundraiser launched for Anzac Cottage documentary

Anne Chapple  from Friends of Anzac Cottage. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Anne Chapple from Friends of Anzac Cottage. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

FRIENDS of Anzac Cottage have launched a fundraiser to film a documentary about the historic Mt Hawthorn building.

The group hopes to raise $300,000 this year so filming can begin early next year.

Secretary Anne Chapple’s 97-year-old mother Marjorie Porter was born and raised in the Kalgoorlie Street house, which was built by volunteers on February 12, 1916.

It was built as a home for a returned wounded soldier and his family and as a memorial for Gallipoli veterans.

Ms Chapple said there was a poignant and chilling story behind the construction of the house that needed to be told.

“Some of the men that helped build the cottage went on to enlist and fight in World War I and some of them didn’t come back,” she said.

“They helped build their own memorial.”

She said she believed a documentary would reach more people than a book and be more engaging.

“It can be seen over and over,” she said.

The group is seeking relatives of those who helped build the cottage to share their stories.

For more information, call 0411 445 582 or email chapan@highway1.com.au.

To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/the-anzac-cottage-story.