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DVA 23 Monday, April 10, 2000

ANZAC Passes the Tradition to a New Generation

One of Australia’s two remaining Gallipoli veterans will tomorrow (Tuesday, April 11) morning pass the Anzac tradition into the hands of a new generation, in a ceremony to be held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra at 11.00am.

I am honoured to have the opportunity to join the Prime Minister, John Howard, for the ceremony at the Memorial’s Commemorative Area, where 101-year-old Alec Campbell will present an Australian flag to six members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

This Australian flag, which symbolises the Anzac tradition, will make a special pilgrimage to Gallipoli with these young officers and junior ranks where it will be flown on April 25 at the first dawn service to be held at the new ANZAC commemorative site. The flag will be returned to the Australian War Memorial for safekeeping. It will be flown each year at the Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli.

Alec Campbell and his comrades forged the ideals of courage, determination and mateship that lie at the heart of the Anzac tradition. But the continuing relevance of that defining moment in Australia’s development as a nation lies not just with our ageing veterans, but with all Australians.

Today’s men and women of the ADF serve to ensure that future generations of Australians inherit the legacy of the Anzac tradition. These six young men and women, outstanding recent graduates, have been chosen to represent the ADF at Gallipoli. With tomorrow’s ceremony I am pleased to say the Anzac tradition will be in safe hands.

Sub Lieutenant Trevor Guthrie joined the RAN last year and has achieved a distinguished record during his naval officer training. Seaman Pamela Eadie graduated last year as a Combat Systems Operator and was Recruit of the Intake.

Lieutenant Glenn Mathews, who has been in the Army since 1991, including service with the SAS, graduated last year from the Royal Military College Duntroon and received the Sword of Honour for outstanding military achievement. Private David Bower was awarded the Skill at Arms prize as the most outstanding student on his recruit course and has just returned from duty in East Timor.

Flight Lieutenant Richard Rahdon joined the RAAF as an undergraduate medical student in 1996 and in 1999 was awarded the RAAF Officer Qualities Award. Air Craft Woman Trina Tonkin enlisted last year, winning the 1999 Academic Dux and Personal Qualities Award.

These men and women face the future with great optimism and hope. They understand the obligations of service life and their role in upholding the tradition created for them by the likes of Alec Campbell.

Through them, and Australians like them, the Anzac tradition will live on, helping future generations to understand the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.

Media contact: Mark Croxford 02 6277 7820 or 0401 145 787




Private Alec CAMPBELL

15th Battalion

Australian Imperial Force

Alec Campbell was born in 1899 in Launceston Tasmania, and was working as a clerk with Colonial Mutual Fire Insurance Company when he enlisted in June 1915.

Private Campbell embarked for overseas service in August 1915 and in October joined the 15th Battalion at Lemnos, Egypt. He served at Gallipoli before returning to Egypt on Christmas Day, 1915.

In early 1916 he was in and out of hospital until he embarked for Australia on board the Port Sydney in June 1916. He was discharged medically unfit in August 1916.

On returning to Tasmania, Mr Campbell worked as a jackaroo before applying for vocational training in motor body building at the Hobart Repatriation Trade School.

Later he worked as a carpenter in Tasmania’s highlands, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and South Australia. In 1927 he took up a position with Launceston Railway Workshop, which he held until 1942 when he was appointed Manpower Officer in Queenstown.

Following World War II Mr Campbell was appointed Disabled Persons Employment Officer and later Research Officer in the Department of Labour and National Service, having completed a degree in economics.

Until 1978 he worked part time as an adviser to the Heart Foundation. He has sailed in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race six times and in 1950 circumnavigated Tasmania aboard the Kintail.



Royal Australian Navy

Sub Lieutenant Rupert Guthrie

Age: 28 Home town: raised in England, but now lives in Brisbane, Queensland

Sub Lieutenant Guthrie joined the RAN in March 1999, and is undertaking seaman officer training on HMAS Watson. He is currently involved in the six-week junior officer leadership course at HMAS Creswell, after undertaking initial sea training on HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Hobart. Sub Lieutenant Guthrie has achieved a distinguished record during his naval officer training.

Seaman Pamela Eadie

Age: 25 Home town: Wivenhoe Pocket, Queensland

Seaman Eadie graduated as a Combat Systems Operator in September 1999.

She achieved Recruit of the Intake last year after achieving high standards in all of her courses. Seaman Eadie is currently posted to the ANZAC Class Frigate HMAS Arunta.

Australian Army

Lieutenant Glenn Mathews

Age: 27 Home town: Gatton, Queensland

Lieutenant Matthews joined the Army as a soldier in 1991, and was posted to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment before joining the Special Air Services regiment in 1994. In December 1999 he graduated from the officer training course at the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon. He was the Battalion Sergeant Major - the most senior cadet at RMC - in 1999 and in June of that year he received the Sword of Honour for outstanding military achievement. He is currently is undertaking signals officer training in Melbourne.

Private David Bower

Age: 19 Home town: Dalby, Queensland

Private Bower was awarded the Skill at Arms prize for being the most outstanding

student on his recruit course. He is noted for his leadership potential and has recently returned from duty as a rifleman in East Timor. Private Bower is currently serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, Townsville.

Royal Australian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant Richard Rahdon

Age: 27 Home town: Melbourne, Victoria

Flight Lieutenant Rahdon joined the RAAF as an undergraduate medical student in his final year of studies in 1996, seeking to combine his medical degree with a career in the Australian Defence Force. In 1999, he completed RAAF officer training and aviation medicine training. Flight Lieutenant Rahdon was awarded equal top Direct Entry RAAF Officer of 1999 for his leadership skills, positive influence on course members and confidence in social settings. He was also awarded the 1999 RAAF Officer Qualities Award. Flight Lieutenant Rahdon is currently the Senior Medical Officer at RAAF Base East Sale.

Air Craft Woman Trina Tonkin

Age: 28 Home town: Colac, Victoria

Air Craft Woman Tonkin joined the RAAF in February 1999 and undertook signals operation training. Currently employed within the Defence Signals Directorate, Air Craft Woman Tonkin enlisted in 1999, winning the Academic Dux and Personal Qualities Awards for her recruit training.

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