Cu­rios­ity of dis­tant past, land

Em­brac­ing an­other time

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

PHOENIX Hobby donned his brand new uni­form for the Gat­ton An­zac Day ser­vice.

Not the de­scen­dant of an An­zac, Phoenix’s ties to the day are un­con­ven­tional.

The eight-year-old be­gan at­tend­ing An­zac Day ser­vices when he started school and vowed to never miss one, af­ter he learned of his great-grand­fa­ther’s past and the role he played de­fend­ing his home coun­try of Eng­land.

His step-mother, Kiely Hobby, said at­tend­ing the ser­vices gave Phoenix an op­por­tu­nity to re­mem­ber his great-grand­fa­ther, even though he was not an An­zac.

“It makes him sad be­cause he has passed away,” Ms Hobby said.

“But this is the way he re­mem­bers him and what good stuff he did for us.”

For Phoenix, hear­ing tales about his great-grand­fa­ther instilled in him a cu­rios­ity about the his­tory of the An­zacs.

Phoenix said, grow­ing up with his grand­fa­ther, he would hear lots of sto­ries about his great­grand­fa­ther’s life.

He said a story about trained pi­geons was his favourite.

“They would bring mail from other peo­ple,” Phoenix said.

At the ser­vice, Phoenix watched his school mates per­form in the Gat­ton State School choir and saw the Lock­yer Val­ley Celtic Pipe Band play.

He told the Gat­ton Star he was in­ter­ested in learn­ing to play the bag­pipes one day to hon­our his English and Scot­tish her­itage.

“His mum talks to him about the bag­pipes all the time,” Ms Hobby said.

PHO­TOS: EBONY GRAVEUR

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