World War I commemorative event at Kalamunda History Village

DISCOVER more about the lives of early local war heroes as part of a free World War I commemorative event at Kalamunda History Village.

The Kalamunda Historical Society is holding its Kalamunda at War 1914 Centenary Day tomorrow from 1pm to 4pm and everyone is welcome to learn more about the contributions of soldiers and their families who lived in the Hills.

The event will feature a series of displays at different locations throughout the Williams Street village, with its many indoor and outdoor attractions.

‘District honour boards have been a focus of ongoing research by historical society members for some time,’ society representative Rod Pepper said.

‘We are now ready to invite everyone to come in and read the stories (of our local heroes).’

Mr Pepper said the society anticipated a record number of visitors.

There will be a special display in the Bill Shaw room about the Piesse Brook soldier settlement scheme, as well as military medals and awards.

Among the many other attractions will be a GH8 steam engine with sound effects and railway stations, an early classroom with old-fashioned inkwell desks, an ancient dolls house and other yesteryear memorabilia.

Children are welcome to climb aboard an early bush fire engine in the new memorial building and view tractors and ancient farming equipment from years past.

The final attraction will be a 1km ride in a vintage bus to the Soldier Memorial, leaving the village at 4pm.