Anzac Trip 2015
Nick McIntyre, Year 12, and Bronte Alston, Year 10, are in Turkey in April as Victorian representatives of the Australian Government contingent of students attending the Centenary of ANZAC Dawn Service at Gallipoli.
Nick and Bronte were chosen from a quality field of over 630 applicants with the selection process asking them to demonstrate a connection to their community and an understanding of the spirit of ANZAC.
Both have family members who served on the Western Front during WW1. Nick’s Great Grandfather Alexander Gunning was a driver in the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column. He carried the ammunition up to the front line on a cart harnessed to donkeys. Fortunately he survived the artillery attacks, bitter weather conditions, long journeys and many bouts of dysentery to sail back to Australia four years later aged 29. He went on to receive a Soldier Settlement Scheme land grant in Western Victoria which the family still farm to this day.
Bronte’s relative, Corporal Oswald Brown of the 30th Australian Infantry Battalion, enlisted as a 27 year old school teacher in 1915. He was tragically killed in action at Foucaucourt on 28 August 1918 during the time of the “Battle of Amiens” and he is commemorated in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France. A grim coincidence is that the ship “Barambah”, upon which Alexander embarked to France, was the same one which shipped home a small parcel of Oswald’s personal effects to his grieving parents and sisters.
The 100th Anniversary commemoration at Gallipoli is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a great honour for Nick and Bronte. Both are proud, very excited and keen to share the lessons they learn from their trip with family, friends, colleagues and classmates.
The Victorian Government is sending 98 Victorian students and teacher chaperones to Gallipoli to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service in 2015. 2 students will be representing JMSS - Bronte Alston and Nick McIntyre.
Nick McIntyre - Article from Lake Bolac Newsletter
JMSS and former Lake Bolac student Nicholas McIntyre has been selected to represent Victoria at the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service in Gallipoli. He will join other successful students from across the state and 14 teacher chaperones who will attend the service that marks the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915.
Nick was presented with his award from Premier Napthine at a special ceremony at Parliament House in Melbourne where successful recipients were announced. “The announcement is one of many ways the Victorian Government is commemorating 100 years since the start of World War I,” Premier Denis Napthine said. “We are proud to offer these deserving students and chaperones, the opportunity to spend five days in Turkey representing Victoria, including at the historic Anzac Day service at Gallipoli. “We want our younger generations to experience and establish connections with this important place, and share the lessons they learn with family, friends, colleagues and classmates.”
The competition was fierce with more than 630 students and 104 teachers applying for the positions. The selection process asked students to demonstrate a connection to their community and an understanding of the spirit of ANZAC.
Nick’s Great-Grandfather Alexander Gunning from Coleraine enlisted in the AIF in 1915 and served in France as a driver during the First World War. Alec endured the torturous voyages, bitter weather conditions and numerous bouts of disease but fortunately survived, sailing home again in 1920 aged 29. He was allocated a Soldier Settlers block at Konongwootong which is still farmed by the family today.
Nick has regularly attended Lake Bolac College and RSL ANZAC Day ceremonies, has been to the Dawn Service at the Shrine in Melbourne and participated several times on the ANZAC Legacy excursion to place the wreath at the Shrine. He was also proud to receive the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award at his final Lake Bolac College assembly last year.
At the beginning of this year Nick was accepted via a competitive process into John Monash Science School, Victoria’s first specialist school in Science and Mathematics, to complete his VCE.
The Year 11 student is proud to have been selected to represent both his new school community and the Lake Bolac community. “My school in Melbourne is very multicultural. There is a great cross-cultural opportunity in talking to my fellow students about the Gallipoli experience, from my point of view as a sixth generation Victorian Australian. I am excited to go. Actually being at Gallipoli will be a once in a lifetime experience which I will never forget”.
Nick credits his achievement to the strong ANZAC focus at Lake Bolac College along with the support of his family for developing his interest and respect for the sacrifice of those in the war. “It will be an honour to represent my school, my district and my family” he said.