Military hat badges on display

Family heirloom. ..Gore woman Trish Tytler stands with the firescreen her grandfather made using military hat badges. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

A wooden firescreen decorated with military hat badges is part of the Anzac display at Hokonui Pioneer Village.

The firescreen was made by Trish Tytler’s grandfather, Joseph Burton.

Mrs Tytler said there were 144 hat badges from regiments that served in both world wars on the firescreen.

“They are beautifully mounted.”

Her grandfather’s, father’s and uncle’s hat badges are on the firescreen.

“All of my cousins have great memories of sitting with granddad going over the badges when they were young, so when they come and visit me, we always talk about the firescreen with the badges.”

Her grandfather, who was a World War 1 veteran, was a tinsmith and worked in Dunedin.

Village secretary Nancy Stronach said people could visit the display from tomorrow until the end of the month.

Some of the items in the display had not been displayed in public before, she said.

As part of their admission ticket, visitors would receive a homemade Anzac biscuit and a cup of coffee or tea.