Friday, February 12, 2016

History of sheepskin Diggers vest a tribute to community's fundraising efforts for soldiers fighting in World War I

From the Maitland Mercury report:
A book highlighting the history of the sheepskin Digger’s vest – which resulted in their reproduction by Mortels Sheepskin Factory in Thornton – will be launched on Wednesday.
The book called Men in Sheep’s Clothing: the History of the Digger’s Vest, will be launched at Newcastle Regional Museum.

It is the work of military historian John Gillam, and teacher and social historian Yvonne Fletcher.
The two collaborated with Tony and Stephanie Mortel to have the Digger’s vest reproduced at Mortels Sheepskin Factory.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Feb. 9, 2016.