Local student Madeline Tickle from Red Cliffs Secondary Collegue in Mildura is one of 10 Victorian high school students who will be spending their Term 1 school holidays on an overseas study tour visiting significant military sites at Gallipoli in Turkey, and in Malaysia and Singapore where Australians have served in war.
Premier Ted Baillieu, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Hugh Delahunty and Member for Mildura Peter Crisp were at a reception this week at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to announce the recipients of the 2012 Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize overseas study tour.
“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore in World War II. Madeline along with nine other successful prize winners will set off on a trip of a lifetime visiting significant ex-military sites including Singapore’s Changi Museum, which is dedicated to those who lived and died in World War II,” Mr Crisp said.
“They will also have the chance to delve into Australia’s overseas military history by exploring ex-battlefields and learning about those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who survived.”
“What better way to encourage young Victorians to gain an insight in to the service of our veterans; learn more about family members who may have served; discover for themselves the ANZAC legacy, and better understand Australia’s military history,” Mr Crisp said.
Madeline along with the other nine students on the study tour will receive expert guidance and history of the battlefields from Professor Bruce Scates, Professor of History and Australian Studies at Monash University. Professor Scates is the author of several books including Return to Gallipoli – Walking the Battlefields of the Great War, and the recently published history of the Shrine of Remembrance.
Students entering the 2011-2012 competition were asked: “What does the spirit of ANZAC mean to them?” and “Are the values displayed by the ANZACs at Gallipoli and the Western Front still relevant today?”
Madeleine submitted a poem inspired by her Great Uncle William, a WWI veteran. She highlighted how the determination, bravery and selflessness of the young men that left to fulfill their civic duty in WWI changed the world's perception of Australia, and how the ANZAC spirit of being there for a friend in need is still relevant in today's society.
Minister for Veterans Affairs Hugh Delahunty said, “Through the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize the Victorian Coalition Government is delighted to provide even more opportunities for Victorian students to experience Australia’s proud ANZAC legacy.”
“The prize is an important way of ensuring future generations of young Australians never forget the sacrifices that help define us as a nation, especially in the lead-up to the important centenary of ANZAC commemorations in 2014,” Mr Delahunty said.
Further information on the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize 2011-12 visit www.veterans.vic.gov.au