When war broke out in 1914, Berowra was only a small community with a single store (Fosters Store). Most of the residents were poultry farmers, indeed Berowra was a famous poultry farming area. Even when the war concluded, poultry farmers still dominated the community, though there was also another storekeeper, an orchardist, a boat builder, a Justice of the Peace and a blacksmith. According to records of the time, there were less than 30 listed families who called Berowra home, and some were not even permanent residents.
Yet this small community answered the call to protect our homes and way of life, sending men to fight in theatres of war, knowing they may never return. At home, the community were also active in the war effort, from fundraising to opening their homes to returned servicemen.
This is the story of Berowra At War, World War One.
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This exhibition was proudly brought to you by the Berowra Living History Team. Lead curator; Elissa MacDonald.