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Thursday, 18 August 2005
Page: 113


Mr ANTHONY SMITH (9:32 AM) —Monbulk Primary School in the electorate of Casey is a school dedicated to its local history and to the local history of the Monbulk township. I have spoken in the House before of their commitment to remembering the service of former Monbulk Primary School students and Monbulk citizens in all of Australia’s conflicts. In that tradition the school conducted a wonderful memorial service on Monday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of VP Day. The students of Monbulk Primary heard speeches from local historian Anthony McAleer and RSL president, John Surridge. He was joined by other dedicated RSL representatives from Monbulk, including Paul Bennett, Barry Graham and Trevor Ricketts, as well as representatives from Lilydale, including President Bob Richardson, Ian Townsley, Stud Buttel, Jim Frawley and John Hoskin.

The students participated fully in the service. They received personal certificates commemorating VP Day. Wreaths were laid. The certificates were designed by one of the hardworking parents, Annette Bryant, and the wreaths were made with the assistance of all the students in the lead-up to VP Day. Again, that was coordinated by another dedicated parent of the school, Jenny Bradford. It was my honour on behalf of the federal government to present the school with a commemorative plaque and a sapling that will be a lasting reminder at Monbulk Primary of the contribution of those who served in the Second World War. The Monbulk Primary School and Principal, Ray Yates, ensure that the students of today learn about that contribution so that they can follow that tradition in the future and remember the wonderful local history of Monbulk and the Monbulk township.