History brought to life in Northam

Presentation: War historian Peter Weston in front of a whiteboard ready for last Sunday’s talk at the Old Northam Railway Station.”DON’T let anyone tell you Northam doesn’t have a soul.”
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These were the words of war historian and Avon Valley Advocate contributor Peter Weston at a special presentation at the Old Northam Railway Station last Sunday.

Mr Weston received an invitation about six weeks ago from the Northam Heritage Forum, calling it a “privilege”.

He said the Northam area was very familiar to him.

“My father Bill Weston worked at the Old Northam Railway Station as a locomotive driver,” Mr Weston said.

“I remember one time coming in, crawling in a grain wagon and the carriage jerking those were the good old days.”

The hour-long presentation covered 12 military establishments which have been rediscovered in the Shire of Northam and four major award winners Hugo Throssell VC, Edward Madigan VC, Colin Edwin Cock DFC and Keith Christmass DCM.

He took questions from the crowd after each category was covered.

Mr Weston said he has a three-phase plan lined up consisting of articles, a large parade through the main street of Northam and an eventual interpretative centre with a theme of The Soul of Northam.

“Military, railway and immigration are the big three for Northam,” Mr Weston said.

“Northam provided, we did it well.”

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