Contributed by George MILLIE (49B)
The year 2005 marks a significant milestone in the passage of recent history, commemorating both the 90th anniversary of the landings on the Gallipoli Peninsular in 1915, and the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1945.
These events in the Australian psyche are seen as the epitome of “Mateship”, a concept expressed in the “Last Post” penned by an unknown author.
If we adopt these sentiments as our credo surely we cannot go astray.
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Updated: 1st January 2007
By Trevor STUBBERFIELD (52A)