Major Geoffrey McLaughlin M.C. –  A Commemoration Weekend

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017

On the last weekend of October, the Blue Mountains Historical Society will remember the life of Major Geoffrey McLaughlin M.C., an ordinary Australian hero, who enjoyed many happy moments in his beloved Blue Mountains holiday home at Tarella in Wentworth Falls. Major McLaughlin lost his life at Passchendaele 100 years ago on 4 November 1917.

Both Tarella Cottage Museum and the Hobby’s Reach Research Centre will be open throughout the weekend of Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm at 99 Blaxland Road Wentworth Falls. There will be a special exhibition featuring Geoffrey Mclaughlin’s life and war experiences in both Tarella and the Research Centre.

On Saturday 28 October at 2.30 pm, a formal ceremony will be held on the Tarella property to commemorate the life, military service and death of Major Geoffrey McLaughlin. Major General Tim Ford AO (Retd) will dedicate the memorial to Major McLaughlin, while Mr Paul Innes will present the Remembrance Stones. A Rifle Salute, the playing of the Last Post, a Minute’s Silence and the recital of The Ode, For the Fallen, will conclude the ceremony.

Entry to the exhibitions and Tarella cottage will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Morning and afternoon teas will be available for a small donation on Sunday 29, when the garden stall will also be open.

Image: Major Geoffrey McLaughlin [Blue Mountains Historical Society]

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