|Committee Vice President Ms Christina Despoteris at today's announcement, with some of the student prize winners behind her. Photo Jim Claven 2017|
Myself, President Lee Tarlamis and Vice-President Christina Despoteris were invited to attend the announcement. Note that in previous years we have lobbied successfuly for the inclusion of Lemnos and Greece in the European study tour. Our Patron, Lambis Englezos was also present at the announcement.
As our President said:
"Congratulations to the 22 recipients of the 13th Annual Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize who will travel in the footsteps of our World War II veterans as they visit places of national significance in Darwin and Singapore to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the fall of Singapore. Congratulations also to the 20 regional finalists who will participate in a study tour to Canberra where they will visit sites like Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Achieves and the Australian Defence Force Academy. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our history."
|Ms Christine Couzens, MP, representing the Minister for Veterans, the Hon John Eren MP, addresses the invitees. Photo Jim Claven 2017|
The Prize is open to Year 9 and 10 secondary school students currently enrolled in all Victorian Government, Catholic and Independent Schools. Students need their parents' permission to enter the competition.
Winners are awarded for two prizes - one is for an overseas commemorative tour and the other, a tour to Canberra, including the Australian War Memorial
Winners of the overseas tour prize have traditionally visited Gallipoli, Lemnos and the Western Front.
You can read the blog about the 2014 tour by clicking here.
This years winners will travel to Darwin and then on to Singapore. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Malaya campaign, the fall of Singapore and the POW experience following the campaign.
|Ms Christine Couzens, MP, representing the Minister for Veterans, the Hon John Eren MP, presents one of the student prize winners with his award. Photo Jim Claven 2017|
As the Government media release states:
"The overseas tour group will follow in the footsteps of our World War II veterans as they visit places of national significance in Darwin and Singapore to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the fall of Singapore. A total of 22 students will head overseas in the first week of April, joined by three teachers, two veterans, a tour historian and tour leader, Member for Geelong Christine Couzens. They will visit historical sites including the bombing of Darwin exhibition, the Adelaide River war cemetery, the Kranji War Memorial and Fort Siloso."
To read the full Acting Veteran's Minister's Media Release, click here.
Inquire Now for the 2017-18 Intake
An appeal was made to encourage more students to apply for the Prize in the future. Next years intake will need to make application this year.
Information on the Prize can be viewed by clicking on the following link.
To apply for next years intake, you can read the information for the 2016-17 intake by clicking on the following link.Lemnos and Greece
We hope that Lemnos' role in Anzac, as well as Greece's role in both WW1 and WW2 will again be part of the overseas study tour in the future
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee