Lives changed after Anzac tour
FOR former Perth Modern School student Connor Shaw, travelling to Turkey on the Premier’s Anzac Tour in 2015 was “life-changing”.
“It was such a monumental and emotional experience for me; it shaped a lot of my beliefs and values,” the 18-year-old said.
“The Anzac legacy embodies what it means to be an Australian, which is special right now.”
Every year, students from WA are selected to go on the April tour after writing an essay describing the significance of the Anzac commemorations to them.
Now undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations, Connor said the tour had influenced him to give back to his country.
“I’d like to get involved in the Army Reserves,” he said.
“I want to understand the mateship, sacrifice and courage they (the Anzacs) experienced.
“I’d also like to work for the Department of Foreign Affairs as a diplomat, to prevent conflict between different cultures and nations; war is a terrible thing.”
Six years earlier, fellow Perth Modern School graduate Dominique Maberly was preparing to go on the 2009 Anzac Tour to France and Belgium, an experience that she also described as “emotional”.
Now a doctor, the then-16 year-old said it was important the Anzac story be taught in schools.
“It is really good for the future generation to remember what happened, as we are going to grow up to be the future leaders of this country,” she said, a sentiment Connor echoed.
“It is really important to preserve and honour the legacy of the Anzacs, and to understand the consequences of conflict.”
I want to understand the mateship, sacrifice and courage they (the Anzacs) experienced.
Dominique Maberly (pictured left with fellow Tour participant Christopher Wong), also a Perth Modern student, went on the same tour in 2009 and echoed Connor’s sentiments.