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Somewhere across the valley they have a graveyard, and later in the afternoon we heard the firing of the Salute and the “Last Post” – Sister Helen Fowlds, Lemnos, 1915

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum

Absolutely brilliant! Don’t miss it — the story of Australia’s WWI army nurses told with exhilarating style.

Follow Sister Florence Whiting on her four year odyssey — from departure on the troopship Kyarra, to tours of duty in the Dardanelles, on Lemnos, in Egypt, France and the Western Front.

Based on the letters and diaries of Australian army nurses, Through These Lines offers an intimate and unique theatrical experience, performed by a talented ensemble cast with authentic costumes and props for an immersive experience of the tumult of war.

We were stunned by the performances … the cast and crew can be very proud of the show … a treasure in the 100th anniversary year of the War to End Wars

Uplifting, terrifying and sad all at the same time … The cast was absolutely brilliant and swept the entire audience up in the history, struggles, happiness of love and crippling devastation of war. Get to see this show if you can, you won’t be sorry

Poignant, thought provoking, great balance of pathos, humour and insight

The Lithgow Small Arms Factory opened on 8 June 1912. It manufactured rifles and bayonets for the Australian forces during World War I.

Performances take place in the museum located on the original Small Arms Factory site. The museum (visit them on Facebook) has a fascinating collection, and the finest firearms display in the Southern Hemisphere.

Book online or get your tickets in advance at the museum.

Through These Lines

August 2014


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Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum
69 Methven Street, Lithgow
Getting here
Get directions with Google Maps
Free parking outside the main gate
Public transport
Trip Planner
20–25 minute walk from Lithgow Station


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General admittance
$35 Adult, $28 Conc. & Group 5+
Includes GST. Online booking fee 30c.
Box Office
Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum Ticket Office
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9:30am–2pm
Weekends & public holidays 10am–4pm
School holidays 7 days, 10am–4pm
Phone (02) 6351 4452
Limited tickets on the door prior to show

Show times

7pm, Friday 22 August
2pm and 7pm, Saturday 23 August
2pm, Sunday 24 August
Doors open 20 minutes prior to performance
85 minutes, no interval
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance

The Venue

I knew I wanted my main character — Flo — to come from regional NSW and in all my research I kept coming back to the Lithgow Small Arms Factory and imagining what the Great War meant to a town like Lithgow and its people.

Then the idea hit me to make Florence’s father the manager of the factory as his eldest daughter — a trained nurse — goes to war and his youngest marries her sweetheart.

Lithgow Small Arms Factory and its museum are pivotal to Australia’s wartime history and it is an honour to be performing in its halls.

Lithgow, like several other communities in Australia, also has a Lemnos Street!

— Cheryl Ward

Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum