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Nine young Australians to return to Gallipoli for 80th Anniversary

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MEDIA RELEASET he H on C on S ciacca MP M in is t e r for V e t e r a n s ' A ffa ir s 10 February, 1995


The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Con Sciacca, today announced the names of nine young direct descendants of the original Anzacs to travel to Turkey for the 80th anniversary Gallipoli pilgrimage.

He said one young Australian between the ages of 18 and 35 years was selected from each State and Territory, including one from Norfolk Island, for this historic pilgrimage.

"This pilgrimage will give these young ambassadors an opportunity to see first-hand where their forefathers fought and to learn about the genesis of the Anzac spirit along the Gallipoli peninsula," he said.

"It will be incumbent upon these young people to ensure that the Anzac tradition is passed through the community. Accordingly, I have asked the selection panels for the pilgrimages to ensure that the nine young Australians are prepared to talk about their experiences at Gallipoli to community groups and organisations."

Mr Sciacca said he would lead the pilgrimage, which would leave on April 19 and return on April 29, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first landings at Anzac Cove for a dawn service. On the two days prior to Anzac Day, the group would visit historic battlefields and cemeteries.

He said the young ambassadors were chosen after a nation-wide ballot. Three people from each State and Territory and Norfolk Island were selected from the ballot and following interviews with a selection panel made up of the State Returned Services League president, State War Widows Guild president and the Department of Veterans'

Affairs Deputy Commisioner, one from each area was chosen.

"I firmly believe that this pilgrimage is very similar to the Anzacs in composition. They come from all walks of life and will each have their own experiences to relay to the broader community upon their return." The selections are:

New South Wales: David Shorter 34; Farmer. Married with 4 children. Burren Junction. David is the grandson of C.R.C. Lundy who was in the 1st Field Company Engineers. Mr Lundy landed in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was mentioned in despatches

for distinguished and gallant service at the Gallipoli evacuation. .. 2 /



South Australia:

Western Australia:

Northern Territory:


Norfolk Island:


Tony Morris 27; Health Support Worker. Single. Bendigo. Tony is the great grandson of Thomas Richardson Liddle who served in the 21st Battalion and landed at Gallipoli on 11 October 1915 and was evacuated on 21 December 1915,

Mr Liddle died in 1992 in his 99th year.

Martin Rackett 26; Fitter and Turner. Single. Howrah, Hobart. Martin is the grandson of Archie Roye Rackett who joined the AIF in Adelaide on 14 May 1915, landing at Gallipoli in late September. He was evacuated on 19

December 1915.

David Dean 30; Fitter and Turner. Married with 3 children. Bowden, Adelaide. David is the grandson of S.S.T. Millikan who joined the 27th Battalion and fought in Gallipoli before being wounded in France.

Jodie Fitzsimmons 22; Secondary School Teacher: Single. Quairading, W. A. Jodie's great grandfather, Sydney B. Fitzsimmons was a bombardier in the 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade. He enlisted on 9 August 1914 and fought in

Gallipoli and France.

David Cahir 31; School Teacher. Ramingining. Married with 2 children. David is the grandson of Frank Cahir who joined the 2nd Field Ambulance and served in Gallipoli throughout the campaign.

Adam Killey 23; Purchasing Officer. Single. Rockhampton. Adam is the great grandson of James Brack who enlisted in Divisional Signal Company I on 19 August 1914. He landed on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was evacuated to

Alexandria suffering from malaria approximately 7 months later.

Richard Woodward 32; owner and brewer of the Norfolk Island Brewing Company. Single. Richard is the grandson of Richard Douran who enlisted in the 4th Battalion on 19 February 1915. He fought at Gallipoli until wounded which

led to the loss of Richard Douran's leg.

Shelley Cass 20; University Student. Evatt. Single. Shelly is the great granddaughter of Henry Herbert Akers who enlisted in the 2nd Battalion. He turned 2Ion the way to Gallipoli. The family believe he was evacuated from Gallipoli after being

wounded, but subsequently returned to France.

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