PHOTO HISTORY: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery manager Kathleen Davies takes a look through some of the photos already taken by Dr Louise Grayson.
PHOTO HISTORY: Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery manager Kathleen Davies takes a look through some of the photos already taken by Dr Louise Grayson. Linden Morris

War bridges two communities

THE Granite Belt has long had connections with Northern France, and now one university lecturer and photographer is compiling a body of work that explores that connection.

Queensland University of Technology journalism lecturer and photographer Dr Louise Grayson is exploring the way the two communities remember their involvement in the First World War and the links retained between both communities.

The passionate story- teller said she was inspired on a previous trip to France some four years ago.

"I was in France for an exhibition and wanted to start a new body of work that explored the links between France and Australia," she said.

"Initially I thought about wine but then I thought about World War I.

"I came back to Australia and did my research and discovered so many resettlement areas on the Granite Belt."

Ms Grayson has already starting photographing towns on Armistice Way and their namesakes in Northern France, and has plans to visit both locations again.

"That was stage one," she said. "Stage two is talking to the community."

Ms Grayson said she hoped to speak to the ancestors of Granite Belt locals who went to war or to ancestors of soldiers who resettled on the Granite Belt after the war.

"I want to talk to them about their memories of that person - their father, grandfather or uncle - and find what he was like," she said.

Ms Grayson also said if anyone had female relatives who served in France, she would love to hear about them, too.

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery manager Kathleen Davies said the gallery was thrilled to be hosting the exhibition from April 23 to June 15 next year.

Ms Grayson will be visiting Stanthorpe from August 9-11.

If you are interested in sharing the story of your ancestors involved in the First World War, you can phone her on 0412377736 or email l.grayson@qut.edu.au.

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