GLENELG Shire’s Anzac history will be shared as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival.
The shire will explore the theme of conflict and compassion with local museums, RSL clubs and other groups throwing open their doors for the Anzac Day weekend.
There will be special displays at both the Casterton and Portland RSL clubs, and the Merino hall will host an exhibition including honour boards, memorabilia and photographs.
The Digby Memorial Hall will be open today with displays including honour boards, photographs and profiles for each of the 97 servicemen commemorated in Digby’s avenue of honour.
A new war memorial trail brochure will also be launched after the Anzac Day ceremony in Portland.
This self-driving tour route contains a comprehensive and informative map, with directions to each of the shire’s war memorials, avenues and honour sites for the wars throughout the last century.
Portland’s World War II memorial lookout tower will be open each day of the heritage festival weekend, as will other Portland museums including the curator’s cottage at the botanic gardens, History House and the Powerhouse and vintage car museum.
Heywood’s pioneer wagon shed museum and the model train display in the old Heywood primary school will also be open with honour boards on display.
The open weekend also includes the Anzac Day floral display in Portland’s Memorial Triangle and the exhibition Portland’s Anzac Floral Tribute at the Portland Art Centre.