New “lick” for historic Birdwood House

Having been built in 1935, it’s always been a battle to maintain the appearance of Geraldton’s historic Birdwood House … but no more.

Thanks to a $10,000 community grant from City of Greater Geraldton, the Geraldton Sailors, Soldiers and Airman’s Memorial Trust will be able to paint the building exterior, which is home to the Geraldton City Returned Services League and Birdwood Military Museum.

“The money has come at an opportune time, given the fact we are in a cycle of 100 years of Anzac history,” said Museum president Barry Stinson.

“The building is indelibly connected to our community and Anzac heritage, with it being named after Field Marshall Sir William Birdwood, who commanded the Anzacs at Gallipoli.”

Several community groups also use Birdwood House for meetings and group activities. The RSL recently hosted a group of motorcycle riders travelling around Australia to raise funds for malaria research.

“It really is an all-purpose meeting place for many people,” Mr Stinson said. “The City is a great supporter and this will ensure the building is kept for posterity.

Work will start soon after Anzac Day (25 April) and is expected to take several weeks.
Further information, Barry Stinson, 0408 222 653.