Four mo­ments in his­tory

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - GARDENING - PAULA HULBURT

One of the An­zac’s great­est mil­i­tary vic­to­ries will be re­told at a spe­cial his­toric talk and screen­ing in Marl­bor­ough.

Aus­tralian his­to­rian and doc­u­men­tary maker Kelvin Crom­bie will present a free viewing of his doc­u­men­tary, the 31 Oc­to­ber Des­tiny’s Date, at the Marl­bor­ough RSA.

Based in Jerusalem in Is­rael, Kelvin be­lieves the date has spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance as four ma­jor global events hap­pened on this date in his­tory.

He will share his knowl­edge about An­zac mil­i­tary her­itage and his time in Is­rael.

Af­ter mov­ing there in 1979 he worked at a hospi­tal for hand­i­capped chil­dren and then at a re­tire­ment home.

But talk or­gan­is­ers in Blenheim say it is his wealth of knowl­edge about the An­zacs that prompted the talk.

Don Moore says there are four key events which Kelvin will talk about.

‘‘His doc­u­men­tary por­trays four key his­tor­i­cal events that oc­curred on Oc­to­ber 31, in­clud­ing the Bat­tle of Beer­sheba in­volv­ing the Aus­tralian Light Horse in 1917. The other events are the of­fi­cial be­gin­ning of the Protes­tant Re­for­ma­tion in 1517, the Kaiser’s en­try into Jerusalem in 1898 and the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion in 1917.

‘‘He’s a re­ally knowl­edge­able speaker,’’ Don says.

Kelvin is in­volved with other An­zac mil­i­tary her­itage and com­mem­o­ra­tion projects in Is­rael. He is a par­tic­i­pat­ing mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion of the Her­itage of the First World War.

He will be at the Clubs of Marl­bor­ough on July 31 at 7.30 pm. Con­tact 022 025 6787 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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