El Arish Diggers’ Museum – a tribute to its Veterans

Members of the El Arish Hall Committee enjoying a Friday morning tea. Left to Right: Marie Carman, Lorna Williams holding Polly (standing), Scott Withers (standing), Anna Gibson, and Mavis King .

El Arish Diggers’ Museum is a lovingly maintained depository of, and tribute to, local ANZACs, service men and women, and the town’s long history of soldier settlement. It is one of three buildings managed by the El Arish Hall Committee. The other two are the El Arish RSL Memorial Hall and the Percy Benn Oval and Clubhouse.

The Diggers’ Museum is located in the old Railway Station, opposite the El Arish State Primary School, and contains a treasure trove of World War I and II memorabilia, photographs of local veterans and displays of medals, insignia, and information. 

Surveying of the El Arish settlement commenced in 1918 and the first returned soldiers from WW1, who received a settlement parcel, arrived in the area in 1920-21. The story of their first years is recounted in photographs and text at the Diggers’ Museum, which is open every Friday from 9am to 11am. It can also be visited by appointment by telephoning the Secretary and Caretaker, Marie Carman on 0438 288 412.

The El Arish Hall Committee meet every Friday from 9am at the El Arish Diggers’ Museum and share a morning tea. The Association is actively seeking new members and anyone with an interest in the history of the town or of its service men and women should please contact the Secretary and Caretaker, Marie Carman, on 0438 288 412.

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