Refurbished World War I honour board unveiled at Penneshaw Town Hall

Board unveiling: Unveiling the refurbished World War II Roll of Honour at the Penneshaw Town Hall are progress association members Jayne Bates and Betty McAdam, refurbisher Graham Sanders and the KI RSL sub-branch's Peter Denholm. Photo: Stan Gorton
Board unveiling: Unveiling the refurbished World War II Roll of Honour at the Penneshaw Town Hall are progress association members Jayne Bates and Betty McAdam, refurbisher Graham Sanders and the KI RSL sub-branch's Peter Denholm. Photo: Stan Gorton

The brilliantly shiny World War I Roll of Honor at the Penneshaw Town Hall was unveiled in a ceremony on Friday, March 12.

The contrast with the yet-to-be refurbished WWII honour board is striking as the unfurbished board is jet black with patina or oxidation of the copper metal.

Yet-to-be refurbished WWII honour board.

Yet-to-be refurbished WWII honour board.

The WWI honour board features about 175 local men who went off to fight for the country starting in 1914, but interestingly the end date is left blank on the board.

This perhaps indicates the board was completed prior to the end of the end of First World War and then the banner was never updated in 1919.

The Penneshaw Progress Association's hall committee and the Kangaroo Island RSL sub-branch were able to secure $4000 from Veterans Affairs and $2000 from the KI Council.

The committee was able to secure the services of expert restorer Graham Sanders, who just recently moved to the Island. The process took two years to complete.

Mayor Michael Pengilly attended the unveiling and said it was his view that the council should be responsible for the upkeep of the Island's honour boards as they were a vital link to the past.

RSL sub-branch president Peter Denholm gave a comprehensive run down of some of the Kangaroo Island men featured on the board.

He also broke the sad news that Dean Stanton of Stokes Bay had recently died, speaking about his service flying bombers in WWII.

Also speaking was Chris Ward from the Kangaroo Island Pioneers Association.

Mr Ward said the men were from all over KI not just the Dudley Peninsula.

"Most of these Rolls of Honor for World War 1 had the end date as 1919," he said.

"Strictly speaking the war didn't end until the Treaty of Versailles came into effect on January 10, 1920 although the treaty was signed on June 28, 1919."

Kangaroo Island Pioneers Association has prepared a digital list of names of Island residents who served in wars for the RSL for display at the Kingscote Town Hall.

That list includes names of those who lived on the Island and served in the war but did not necessarily enlist from KI.

Mr Ward is also keen to hear from anyone who knows a KI resident who missed on that list and they could be added anytime.

The Penneshaw hall committee now hopes to refurbish the black WWII board, turning it back to its original brilliant copper hue.

It's also in the process of refurbishing the back entrance and kitchen, but stay tuned to The Islander for that story.

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