The Rona Tranby Trust to be hosted by Governor

April 24, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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NSW Governor of NSW General David Hurley will  host an afternoon tea at Government House on Friday for participants and supporters of the Rona Tranby Trust Australian Light Horse Project.

Participants in Israel

Thirteen descendants of Indigenous World War 1 Light Horse soldiers received awards from the Rona Tranby Trust to record the stories of their ancestors, as told by their families and communities.

The Rona Tranby Trust is a collaboration between the The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies  and Tranby  Indigenous National Adult Education & Training –  an Indigenous run college in Glebe established in 1958.
The awards also supported the descendants travel to Israel last year to take part in the ANZAC commemoration on 31st October 2017, for the ‘Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba and the Allied Sinai-Palestine campaign’.

For the first time in 100 years, a wreath was laid by an Indigenous representative at the formal ceremony in honour of Indigenous servicemen who fought in the Campaign.

Terry Hutchinson

The Centenary Commemoration was a moving experience for the descendants whose ancestors fought in the campaign. Two of these brave Indigenous soldiers, Jack Stacey and Charles Stafford, rode and fought in the famous ‘Charge of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade’. The Charge broke the Ottoman Army lines and was a turning point in the war, leading ultimately to the Allied victory a year later.

Sadly, one of the ancestors, Ernest Firth, died in action and is buried at the ANZAC War Cemetery at Beersheba.

Executive members of the NSWJBD and Jewish community will also be there.

The Rona Tranby Trust was established in 1991 and gives awards to support the recording and preservation of Indigenous Australian oral history.

The Rona Tranby Trust Australian Light Horse Project is a unique and exciting project that is making a significant contribution to the historical & cultural record of World War 1 and to Reconciliation in Australia.

The Rona Tranby Trust was set up in 1991 from a bequest in the will of Thomas Rona- an active member of the NSWJBD. Discussions between then CEO of NSWJBD,  the late Margaret Gutman, Roland Gridiger representing Thomas Rona’s estate, and Kevin Cook & Kevin Tory from Tranby Aboriginal College resulted in the decision to  use the bequest to give awards to support the oral history recording of Indigenous Elders.
Because of all the work being done at that time in recording the oral testimonies of Holocaust survivors, it was though that the Jewish & Indigenous communities could work together in this area.  Since then the Trust has supported 25 diverse Indigenous oral history projects from across Australia.

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