The Wantling family on their original Soldier Settlement block. My husband Russell's grandfather was a WW1 veteran and was a recipient of a Soldier Settlement block at Amiens where he raised his family of 8, including Russell's dad. Pictured are Tommy, Margie, Betty and Daphne, Arthur, Herbert, and Wilfred.
The Wantling family on their original Soldier Settlement block. My husband Russell's grandfather was a WW1 veteran and was a recipient of a Soldier Settlement block at Amiens where he raised his family of 8, including Russell's dad. Pictured are Tommy, Margie, Betty and Daphne, Arthur, Herbert, and Wilfred. Contributed

OPINION: Kids spoilt for local knowledge

GROWING up in Stanthorpe, I was fairly oblivious to the wonderful history our region held.

Sure, I could tell you everything about when and how Australia was founded, I knew the names of all the famous Australian explorers, and I could tell you everything there was to know about the pyramids in Egypt, but when it came to the history of the Granite Belt (Stanthorpe), well I knew Stanthorpe meant tin town and that was about it.

I can't help but be a little envious that the Granite Belt kids of today don't just learn about our wonderfully diverse history, but they are encouraged to live it.

Our children are growing up knowing not just about tin mining, but also about our rich multicultural heritage, our orchards and the farming communities that run them, our vineyards and world-class wine that is produced, our returned soldiers and the great impact they had on shaping our district, and the list just goes on. We encourage our children to be a part of our region, to believe in its greatness, to be a part of its passion and to carry the torch for all those that came before us.

So when something as significant as the marking of the Centenary of Armistice Day happens, in a region that reflects so much World War I history, what better time to teach our children the sacrifices made during the war for their freedoms and the hardships many faced in the aftermath of war, in order to build the region we stand so proud of today.

I encourage each of you to come to the Amiens History Association's marking of the Centenary of Armistice Day and the opening of the Amiens Legacy Centre on Sunday, and make sure you bring along your children - they will one day be the pillars of this community and the ones we entrust to carry our very important history into their futures.

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