LEST WE FORGET - HARPER BROTHERS ongoing display opened 2014 and since extended

In October 2014 a special display was initially established on the upstairs landing in remembrance of the Harper brothers, Robert and James of Golden Grove, who were killed on The Somme in World War 1.

The display started with material from a Remembrance Day ceremony at Ardtornish Primary School. Information has been added from The Australian War Memorial digital archives and family history gathered from local sources.

In 2015 Janet Ashton tracked down family members and invited them to visit our display and add any more information. They were taken on a local tour, starting at Golden Grove Uniting Church with a memorial commemorating soldiers from the area. The grave of the eldest brother, William, and his wife, is in the cemetery opposite the church. The tour drove past Harper's Field, a football oval named for the brothers. At Pedare College, the Harper brothers are remembered with memorials in Wattle Court. The trail ended at The Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum with a viewing of the display.

Robert and James died on their first day of fighting, at Mouquet Farm. Museum volunteers Janet and Trevor Ashton visited the site in April 2015 and placed poppies from the Tea Tree Gully Anzac Day remembrance on Robert and James' memorials.