Virtual memorial honours Stanthorpe First World War Kyoomba Sanatorium
As the Southern Downs prepares for the return of traditional Anzac Day services, an exciting digital preservation project is underway to honour an important piece of the region’s wartime history.
Little was known about the Kyoomba Sanatorium when local historian and author Deb Wheeler began her research journey into the World War 1 military hospital, however her determination and commitment resulted in two books, and now the history of this respected medical institute will be available online with free access.
Funded through the Commonwealth Government’s Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program, Deb received $10,000 from the Southern Downs Regional Council to build a virtual memorial website to honour the facility which treated returned soldiers recovering from tuberculosis and other lung diseases between 1916 and 1935.
Southern Downs Mayor Vic Pennisi said projects such as these were integral to preserving the local wartime history now and for future generations.