HISTORIANS want to capture the moment Bendigo erupted in elation, relief and sadness at World War Two's end, before it is lost forever.
People's memories would be shared in a new interactive display marking the 75 anniversary of the war's end at Bendigo's Soldiers Memorial Institute Museum.
The Returned Soldiers League knows of some surviving Bendigo veterans but the numbers are dwindling. Children who might have lived through war's end are often getting on in years too.
That makes it even more important their recollections of the giddy highs and sometimes devastating lows of victory in the Pacific are captured, museum research officer Luke Barkmeyer said.
His father was six-years-old when news reached Bendigo on 15 August 1945 that six long years of fighting was done.
"The only recollection he has is walking along View Street, which was just full of people," Mr Barkmeyer said.
"The party was huge. People were dancing in the street."
Mr Barkmeyer has heard another account from a Bendigo woman that the news came through halfway through that day, triggering the jubilant rush out onto the streets.
"It's those sorts of stories we are after, not just those of the men and women returning to their home town from war," he said.
The end of the war brought little solace for many, including those whose sons and daughters died in distant war zones.
Those service men and women who did return home had sometimes been away for as long as five or six years and had been changed by their experiences, Mr Barkmeyer said.
Some families had not heard from loved ones in years because of the difficulties getting letters back to Australia.
"We have been in COVID-19 lock down for two months now. But the war went for six years, so you can imagine the sort of affect that would have had on families," Mr Barkmeyer said.
"It's important that we can share those stories of people being reunited. For many, it was a very special experience."
The museum's managing curator Kirsten McKay encouraged people to get in touch with their recollections.
"There's not pressure here, it could be as little as a sentence or two. It helps us paint a picture of that time," she said.
Veterans and their family members can contact the museum on (03) 5442 4513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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