Nashos long to list locals

The call has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list.

The call has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list.

The call has gone out for locals who enlisted for National Service between 1950 and 1959 in and around Griffith to add their names to a list.

Griffith National Service branch member Jim McGann said the project, started by the late Vic Budd, hoped to create a historical record to be kept at the Griffith War Memorial Museum.

The current list of names, which contains about 250, is at the Griffith City Library and locals are being invited to check its accuracy and add their names to it.

“This is something we want to do in Vic’s memory. Registration for National Service started mid-November 1950 until the end of December 1959,” Mr McGann said.

“I was one of the ones who went to a fortnightly camp in about 1953 because the Korean war was about to finish. 

“In that period of time, up to 1959, we were put on the short list to go to conflict in Malaya.

“It subsided and they didn’t need us.”

Mr McGann said he wanted to complete the list, but had found it difficult due to privacy laws.

“We are putting together this list and don’t want to miss anyone,” he said.

“Our intention is to give the list to the museum. 

“This is about making sure all of our history is recorded.

“When I went to find out who was on the register in Griffith I was refused because of the privacy laws. 

“It means everyone has to come to us.”

The list can be found at the front counter of the library and anyone with any relevant details is urged to contribute.

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