Town on show in French museum

Mortlake recognised overseas: Photographer Sarah Wood and Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan (right) presented Franco-Australian Museum director Yves Tate with a wreath from the Mortlake Country Women’s Association recently.

A piece of Mortlake recently found its home in the new wing of the Franco-Australian Museum.

Photographer Sarah Wood presented a wreath on behalf of the Mortlake Country Women’s Association (CWA) at the museum in Villers-Bretonneux last month.

“The exhibition was very nicely received with a local crowd of about 80 people,” she said.

“I presented the wreath to Monsieur (Yves) Tate, director of the Franco-Australian Museum, he was very touched and it is now in pride of place in a reception show case in the museum, highlighting the sense of local country community and the importance of the Australian-French connection.”

Mortlake was also on show at the reopening of the refurbished museum, where Ms Wood exhibited her new series of photographs of Australia’s ‘Avenues of Honour’, including Mortlake’s.

“The Australian ambassador to France Stephen Brady made a very sensitive, thoughtful speech highlighting the importance of “the living memorials” planted throughout Victoria and Australia,” she said.

“This is a project that I’ve been working on for approximately 10 years.”

The Mortlake CWA-donated wreath will remain on display at the museum permanently.

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