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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC


7 March 2019

Commemorative grants to educate future generations of Australians

Thanks to a Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grant, Newcastle City Council recently retrieved a time capsule buried just weeks before the end of the First World War in 1918.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said this was just one of the almost 50 community projects that shared in more than $115,000 as part of the grants program.

"Members of the Lambton Ladies Committee placed the glass bottle capsule underneath the foundation stone of the Lambton Park Memorial Gates, which included a newspaper from 1914 announcing the declaration of war," Mr Chester said.

"In retrieving the century-old time capsule, the community buried a new time capsule with the hope that in 100 years' time young children would explain its historical significance to another generation."

Mr Chester commended organisations for projects with an educational focus, aimed at preserving Australia's wartime history and passing it on to future generations.

"In regional Victoria, Undera Primary School will use their grant to install additional story boards about Second World War veterans on the school memorial wall and update their honour roll," Mr Chester said.

"By commemorating our Australian servicemen and women, we also reflect on and learn more about our history as a nation."

The Community Commemorative Grants category of the Saluting Their Service program provides up to $4000 for each project and applications can be made through the Community Grants Hub.

Applicants requiring support in submitting their application are encouraged to phone 1800 020 283 or email

A list of the 49 projects receiving funding is attached. All funding listed is GST exclusive.


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