GOLD MUSEUM PARTICIPATION IN FILMING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY
On Saturday, 22nd March, the Gold Museum was involved in the events surrounding the filming of British actor, historian and TV host Sir Tony Robinson’s new documentary, Tony Robinson’s Tour of Duty. The program highlights the military history of Australia and New Zealand in the twentieth century. At each of the cities on the itinerary, the public is invited to attend an open day, where they can show their war memorabilia and tell their stories on camera.
Gold Museum Manager/Curator Roger Trudgeon and Assistant Curator Claire Muir hosted a display of military items from the archives, including a World War I soldier’s helmet, photographs from the Sir Albert Coates collection and personal letters from Ballarat soldiers Joe and Rob Lugg, who both fought in the World War I.
A number of objects from the collections of both the Gold Museum and the Ballarat Historical Society were also used in filming part of the program. These included the hoof of Ballarat Bob, a wedding dress that was worn by seven women during the years of World War II, and a bell that was borrowed from the Ballarat Railway Station and was taken through the African Campaign and the siege of Tobruk. Of course, it is not certain that all of these stories will end up in the final cut of the film, but it is nevertheless a wonderful opportunity to share them with the public.
In addition to Ballarat, the Tour of Duty includes the following venues: Launceston, Dunedin, Auckland, Hahndorf, Bathurst, Newcastle, Toowoomba, Darwin and Fremantle. Filming will take place throughout April and May. For more details of filming dates and times, please refer to the website: http://www.historychannel.com.au/callouts/1/tony-robinsons-tour-of-duty-call-out
The completed program is due to air on the History Channel on Foxtel in 2015.