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The Bay to the Battlefield Exhibition

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A moving tribute in an outdoor setting
Many events are still happening around the world to mark the centenary of World War One. The City of Holdfast Bay is paying respect to all those who came from this area of Adelaide and served in the Great War from 1914 to 1918 with an outdoor photographic exhibition.

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See these large poster sized images all over the Glenelg and Brighton area.


From The Bay to the Battlefield is a unique exhibition of images of soldiers from the region. The photographs have been reproduced onto large poster size formats and placed all over the Holdfast Bay council area. But the thing that makes it unique is that it is a touring exhibit. The images are removed every six months and relocated in another position, which could be a wall in a shopping area or a spare space by the seaside. And you may not see the same images, so it would be good to do the walk again later in the year.

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A nurse from the Glenelg area graces a heritage wall. Image by Kat May.


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I was pleased to read the writing below this image to learn that this soldier made it home. Image by Kat May.


Most of the images are of servicemen and women who all came from the Glenelg and Brighton districts. Most are in uniform and were most likely taken by a local photographic studio prior to them going off to war. It was interesting to read the notes on the posters, giving the names and what happened to them. It is a powerful and thought-provoking tour to make you stop and think about the Great War and honour those who served and gave their lives. This would be a great walk to take a family member around Anzac Day. Locals who live in the district will especially be interested.

To locate where the images are at any given time, you need to log onto this website and write them down. Alternately, get the information from the Visitor Information Centre at Mosely Square in Glenelg. Most of the images are close to Jetty Road in Glenelg with some along the beachfront and also at Brighton. But you will need to access a map and the list of locations and track them down. I found it impossible to search the council website for the lcoations and had to write to them for the link below - so don't go down to the bay without your list.

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Wander the back lanes and seafront to find the images. A fun outing for kids too. Image by Kat May.


The images are moved every six months with the exhibit closing in November 2018. There will be two more rounds of the exhibition, with location changes in 2018. See here to find the current locations of the posters.
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When: The posters are available for viewing 24hours are day but some may have limited lighting at night.
Where: Images are all over Glenelg, mostly by Jetty Road area and the sea and a few at Brighton.
Cost: Free
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A lovely tribute.
by Annette Vandersluis (score: 2|754) 134 days ago
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