Certificate of Appreciation, Dick Brothers; c1920; 20.91

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Port Macquarie Museum

Name/Title

Certificate of Appreciation, Dick Brothers

About this object

This framed certificate was compiled as a tribute to three Port Macquarie soldiers who served in the Australian Imperial Force during World War I. The soldiers were William, Arthur and Herbert Dick, sons of Alice and William Burgess Airey Dick who built the cottage called “Bellbowrie” on Hastings River Drive, Port Macquarie in the late 1800s.

William Valentine (known as “Val”) was aged 29 and married, when he enlisted as a Driver in the Australian Wireless Squadron in October 1916, Arthur Morrison (known as “Artie”) was 21 and single when he enlisted in the 17th Battalion in April 1915, and Herbert Stanley (known as “Bert”) was also 21 and single when he enlisted in April 1916 in the Machine Gun Company 9. The three brothers all fought on the battlefields in France, but Arthur also served in Gallipoli until the withdrawal of the troops from there in December 1915. He was later promoted to Sergeant in the 2nd Machine Gun Battalion and he received the Military Medal for “great courage and bravery in the bombing attack at Pozieres in France.” All three, although wounded, returned home safely and all became involved in many activities in their local communities for the remainder of their lives. William and Herbert also enlisted to serve again in World War II.

The Certificate with its handwritten personalised inscriptions, photographs of each of the brothers in uniform, and hand drawn colour badges showing the Units/Battalions in which they served, is a unique item compiled to honour the soldiers’ participation in World War I. It is believed to have been proudly hanging in the Dick family home “Bellbowrie” for more than 50 years.

Certificates of Appreciation have been, and remain a popular way to thank people for a job well done, or for participation in a particular event or activity. Professionally printed certificates, that can be individualised to meet different needs and situations, are now readily available in a variety of designs and formats. Although there are no markings on this Certificate to indicate its date or origin, it is thought to have been compiled in the early 1920s and the background appears to have been professionally printed with the personal details and embellishments added by members of the Dick family.

As stated on the Certificate, William, Arthur and Herbert Dick, like so many other soldiers from Port Macquarie and the surrounding areas ‘went forth from their homes to fight for the preservation of Australia’s nationhood’, and their loved ones were justly proud of the contribution and sacrifice they made for our country. The Certificate remains as an enduring reminder of the involvement of these young men in the First World War, and it helps to remind us of the more than 400,000 other young men and women who also proudly served our nation during the turbulent years between 1914 and 1918.

Margaret Blight
15 March 2015

Date Made

c1920

Place Made

Port Macquarie

Medium and Materials

Paper, ink, wood

Measurements

Certificate - 450mm L, 350mm W

Credit Line

Donor: Harvey Dick

Object Type

Certificates

Object number

20.91

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