TRIBUTE TO VETERANS
TWO local veterans, Veronica Roach and Peter Hackett, have been thanked for their service as gunners along the WA coast as part of the Fremantle Fortress during World War II.
Paying tribute to their contribution, South Metropolitan Region MLC Phil Edman said Mrs Roach was one of the brave women who lied about her age to enlist at 17, providing support to the coastal defence units.
She manned a predictor that was used to calculate the trajectory of artillery shells at the Leighton Battery, a key component of the 12 batteries that protected the Port of Fremantle from attack.
“The women she served with were just like family and although her unit worked gruelling hours, her time in the army was some of the best years of her life,” Mr Edman said.
Mr Hackett served in Rockingham and was one of the few remaining surviving gunners from the bombing of Darwin.
He said the details about the bombing of Darwin were heavily censored in the media and people were still surprised to hear of the widespread destruction and loss of life.
“Peter and Ronnie have both sacrificed for the defence of our nation and their story needs to be remembered,” Mr Edman said.
Their stories are part of the Battle for Australia Exhibition on display at the Gary Holland Community Centre from April 22-28, open from 9am-4pm daily.
The exhibition has been supported by the City of Rockingham, Rockingham Visitors Centre, Defence Housing Australia, and Cedar Woods Properties Limited.