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Historic opportunity to honour the Army's past

Historic opportunity to honour the Army's past

Historic opportunity to honour the Army's past

7 August 2018

The Australia Eastern Territory Historical Society is on the look out for someone to take the helm as Major David Woodbury retires from his role as president.

By Lauren Martin 

The Sydney president of the Australia Eastern Territory Historical Society, Major David Woodbury, will announce that he is retiring due to ill health when the society holds its annual general meeting next week.

Several attempts to find a replacement, however, have so far been unsuccessful.

“Every president will bring their own gifts to the role,” said Major Woodbury. “As long as they have a passion for Salvation Army history I think that’s the most important thing ... it’s not a big job; it does take some of your time but there are only four meetings a year.”

Under the leadership of Major Woodbury, the society has taken on a variety of exciting new projects. It received a grant to embark on an Oral History Project, videoing interviews with elderly Salvationists and capturing their memories to preserve. As well as this, partnerships with Salvation Army corps and centres to celebrate historical milestones have also been successful.

“Corps anniversaries and events like Stanmore House, with the new history book written, the 75th anniversary of Kokoda [featuring acclaimed Australian author Peter FitzSimons]. We have celebrated significant events and partnered with other parts of the Army ... that’s been the highlight for me,” said Major Woodbury.

“It’s always been my hope to get more young people involved in the society; that’s one thing I hope for the future. The other thing I hope for is that as we become a national territory, we become more conscious of our history because the Eastern Territory has a very rich history and there are lots of good things that have happened.”

Find out more about the Australia Eastern Territory Historical Society at https://salvos.org.au/historicalsociety

Find out more about applying for the role of President by emailing: david.woodbury@aue.salvationarmy.org

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