Dromana digger’s diary

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Memories: Jean Rotherham with the 100-year-old diary written by her grandfather Rupert Norman Debney which will be on display at Mornington Library as part of the Writing the War: Personal Stories exhibition. Picture: Supplied

RUPERT Norman Debney was a gunner in the 4th Battalion, 2nd brigade, of the Royal Australian Field Artillery, who retired to his parent’s holiday house at Dromana after World War I.

A diary of his experiences while fighting in France in 1917 will be displayed at Mornington library as part of the Writing the War: Personal Stories from WWI exhibition, 17 February-31 March 2018.

The exhibition will feature diaries, letters, artefacts and photographs taken from the State Library of Victoria’s archive. Seven personal stories from this collection have been selected for the touring exhibition.

Mornington Peninsula Shire has invited the public to the launch at Mornington library. The mayor, Cr Bryan Payne, will open the exhibition along with award-winning poet Jim Brown, who will recite his work: The Anzac on the wall. The opening runs 11am-midday, Monday 19 February, at the library, Vancouver St, Mornington. Book at ourlibrary.mornpen.vic.gov.au

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 13 February 2018

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