2008-09 South Korea and Turkey

South-Korea-and-TurkeyThe 2008-09 Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize winners travelled on a study tour to South Korea and Turkey in April 2009.

The ten recipients of the 2008-09 Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize were:

  • Matthew Caldow, Catholic Regional College Melton (Western Metro)
  • Damian Coates, Assumption College Kilmore (Hume)
  • Hana Dalton, Mentone Girls Secondary College (Southern Metro)
  • Larnie Hewat, Clonard College, Belmont (Barwon-South East)
  • Philippa Jones, Horsham College (Grampians)
  • Morgan Lobe, Viewbank College (Northern Metro)
  • Cassandra Petkovski, MacRobertson Girls High School (Southern Metro)
  • Jessica Pocklington, Charlton College (Loddon Mallee)
  • James Smith, Trinity Grammar School (Eastern Metro)
  • Georgie Van Der Staay, Lavalla College Traralgon (Gippsland)

The tour group was accompanied by:

  • Ms Liz Beattie, MP, member for Yuroke and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs
  • Major General Peter Haddad AO (Ret'd), Chair, Victorian Veterans Council
  • Chaplain John Brownbill RFD – a veteran from the Korean War
  • Felicity Williams, English Coordinator, Greensborough College
  • Ian Simpkin, Leading Teacher of Later Years Programs, Mt Clear College Ballarat

ANZAC Day was at the National War Memorial in Seoul, South Korea.


Read James Smith and Hana Dalton's reflection on the day:

"Today was the day we had been waiting for - ANZAC Day. We had to leave the hotel very early to be at the Korean War Memorial for the ANZAC Day service by 6.30am. The service was held in a foyer of the War Memorial, beside plaques where Australian and New Zealand Korean War dead are memorialised. There were about 200 people there, most of them Australian and New Zealand expats, but also tourists, defence force personnel and the Australian and New Zealand ambassadors.

"The service was very moving because there were so many different nationalities gathered together for the same reason. Especially when there were citizens from countries that were not involved in the Gallipoli Campaign at all, but were still willing to acknowledge the ANZACS and their sacrifices. Some of us were given the opportunity to be a part of the service by laying wreaths. This made us feel nervous, but very much special as this opportunity does not come around often."

Read the tour blog on Youth Central.


Last updated on Friday, 31 January 2014