Wentworthville joins the War Memorial Soil Collection Program

Respect: Greg Cummings and Natasha Maclaren-Jones join Wentworthville Public School, one of five Cumberland schools involved in the program. Picture: Isabella Lettini
Respect: Greg Cummings and Natasha Maclaren-Jones join Wentworthville Public School, one of five Cumberland schools involved in the program. Picture: Isabella Lettini

A piece of Wentworthville will be part of a new Anzac memorial in Hyde Park. 

A ceremony was held at Wentworthville Memorial Park to not only pay respect leading up to Remembrance Day but also collect soil.

The War Memorial Soil Collection Program aims to collect soil from every location around Australia where there were World War I enlistees. Soil samples will be displayed in the new Hall of Service at the Anzac War Memorial, due to be unveiled at the end of 2018.

Wentworthville is among 11 Cumberland LGA sites involved. Seven men from the area enlisted for World War I.

Wentworthville Public School student leaders were joined last Friday by NSW government whip Natasha Maclaren-Jones and mayor Greg Cummings.

“We were honoured to get the opportunity to be involved,” assistant principal Tareena Eastwood said.

“The pupils were proud to be a part of it. It increases their awareness of what happened in the local area at the time.”

The 500 milligrams of soil collected was sent to the Geographical Names Board and will be kept in a safe place.

“The samples collected will encapsulate Cumberland’s early history,” Cr Cummings said. “These families were vital to building the spirit of our area, and while Cumberland has significantly changed from the agricultural centre it used to be, the same spirit is still reflected in the people who live here today.”