2007-08 Greece, Crete, Singapore and Malaysia

2008-ANZAC-Day-Reth-padThe 2007-08 Victorian Spirit of ANZAC Prize Schools Competition students travelled to Greece, Crete, Singapore and Malaysia in April 2008.

The successful students, announced by Premier John Brumby on 14 March 2008 were:

  • Logan Edwards, Lavalla Catholic College
  • Norah Finn, Ballarat Grammar
  • Penelope Hicks, Terang College
  • Eliza Jackson, Firbank Grammar
  • Becky King, Camberwell Girls Grammar School
  • Caitlin Latter, Catholic Regional College Melton
  • Jamal Mozafari, Lyndale Secondary College
  • Madeline Revell, Catholic College Wodonga
  • Chloe Sinclair, Melbourne Girls' College
  • Isabel Tickle, Irymple Secondary College

The tour group was accompanied by:

  • Jane Ezard, Principal Rushworth P-12 College
  • Dina Guest, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Garrie Hutchinson, Veterans Unit, Department of Planning & Community Development (Tour Coordinator)
  • Steve Pinner, Viewbank College
  • Tony Robinson, Minister Assisting the Premier on Veterans' Affairs (Tour Leader in Singapore and Malaysia)
  • John Taylor, Chairman Shrine of Remembrance Trustees
  • Matt Viney MLC (Tour Leader in Greece)

ANZAC Day was at Rethymnon on the Greek island, Crete, where the ANZACs fought in 1941.

Read Penelope Hicks' reflection on the day:

"Yesterday was our memorable ANZAC Day. After the ceremony we travelled to a village called Anogia where we met two surviving Cretan veterans of World War II. Their names were Vassilis Spahis and Michailis Rulios. The men spoke about their experiences during the war and the roles they had to undertake...It is hard to imagine so many young people fighting with nothing but their bare hands, and if lucky a knife.

"They also commented on how there is now a large number of Greek people living in Melbourne, Australia. It is wonderful to have such lovely relationship with this beautiful and amazing country. Mr Spahis also talked about the significance of our group coming so far to learn and experience the legend they helped create. It meant a great deal to him that we would remember the stories of their lives and pass them onto the generations to come.

"To hear a real life explanation makes you realise that it was not only our men who suffered and died but every man on that battlefield. I for one can't imagine the circumstances that these men experienced at such a young and vulnerable age."


Last updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017