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Ted Baillieu — Anzac Centenary address

On Thursday, 1 May 2014, Ted Baillieu came to speak to the Year 9 students about his role as Chair of the ANZAC committee, looking at Victoria’s response to the centenary of WW1.

Mr Baillieu took time to talk to the boys about what life in Melbourne was like at the outbreak of WWI.

Perhaps the most telling moment was when he spoke of a 14 year old boy who told his parents that if they didn’t sign the papers for him to go to war he would go anyway and not write to them. He died 9 months later having written many letters to his parents and although his parents wrote many letters to him he never received any of them as they were sent to the wrong place. As the years go by many stories of family members are forgotten and Mr Baillieu spent time encouraging the boys to find out about their own family involvement in conflict and that of their community.

De La Salle College is running it’s own Centenary of War project and I encourage all families to consider submitting a photo of a family member who may have been involved in conflict over the last 100 years so we can tell our story and honour those who suffered as a result of war.

Andrew Wozencroft
History Department

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