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Be a part of history as Project Bowen continues

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 04:53:54 PM
Do you own a metal detector and want to be part of the retelling of a piece of Australian history? Then Wagga Wagga police hope to see you in Wantabadgery this weekend.

Project Bowen is a police-led, community supported project aiming at recognising the community sacrifice shown by Senior Constable Edward BOWEN who was shot and killed by the Captain Moonlite Gang in 1879 in Wantabadgery.

Police and the Wantabadgery community are raising money for a life size monument (being built by Keith SIMPSON of Jugiong) and park faculties at Wantabadgery.

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command Inspector Stephen Radford said the project aims to take the focus off the 'hold up heroes' that have been romanticised over time and their crimes seen incorrectly as victimless. The project has local project has gained

“The next stage of Project Bowen is an archaeological examination of the site of the siege,” Inspector Radford said.

“The examination of the site at Wantabadgery will be held on 15 March 2014 and is led by archaeologist Lyle Radford.

“Everything gets underway from 8am at the Wantabadgery Town Hall.”

Breakfast will be provided for volunteers.

Anyone interested in participating, particularly those with a metal detector and some archaeology experience are asked to email Waggabowen@police.nsw.gov.au and register their interest.

Following Saturday's dig the next phase of Project Bowen will be an art competition and exhibition on the siege of Wantabadgery focusing on the theme of “doing the right thing” rather than "the wrong thing with excuses"

Inspector Radford said the theme of the art competition was highlighted by the actions of Senior Constable Bowen and Captain Moonlite during the Wantabadgery siege.

People wishing to contribute to the fund raising project can send cheques to 'Project Bowen' at Wagga Police Station or alternatively deposit into Police Credit Union Charity Account BSB 815000 Account 277506.

Those wishing to donate goods or services can also email Waggabowen@police.nsw.gov.au and register their interest. Persons interested in supporting the art competition can also register their interest via email.

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