Chanter St targeted
details are pretty precise which is what I was aiming for.’’
As part of the selection process, Angus was invited to the Shrine of Remembrance with about 50 other finalists for an interview and activities day.
He and his family collected the prize at the Park Hyatt from the Victorian Minister for Veterans Robin Scott.
His mother Beth said she was a ‘‘very proud mother mainly because he did it off his own back’’.
‘‘He didn’t need to write the story for school, it was something he did in his holiday time and did it all by himself.’’
Angus joked he ‘‘didn’t spend the whole holidays on it’’, but it did take him some time to write.
His story included incredible accuracy in the details about the plane Vickers Wellington Mark 3.
‘‘I wrote the start but then spent a whole lot of procrastinating and had writer’s block,’’ he said.
‘‘Then about five days before it was due I finished the story in two days. Overall it was probably a whole week from start to finish, including preparation.
‘‘The main problem I had was researching information. I was trying to find certain specific details that were a big part of the story, such as how many people in the bomber.
‘‘I knew the 460 squadron used the Vickers Wellington at that time but I didn’t know what type of bomber — and the type of aircraft would determine how many people I would include in the story.
‘‘I asked the War Memorial to help with research because I had to show the research I’d done.
‘‘I scoured through aeroplane encyclopaedias at home but the main source was from the War Memorial research division,’’ the 16 year-old said.
Angus has an extensive knowledge of military vehicles including tanks and aircraft.
‘‘It’s hard to say what I find interesting about all the aircraft and tanks but it’s probably the way they’re built and how they rode or drove them into battle.
‘‘I used to be fixed on World War Two vehicles. I have studied a bit of World War One aircraft but I’ve branched more into Cold War and modern technology.
‘‘Tanks are a more recent interest.’’
Angus can’t remember when he started developing an interest in military vehicles, but says he would like to be a historian or go into the defence forces.
He doesn’t have a specific favourite aircraft, however his favourite fighter plane is the Hawker Hurricane and favourite bomber is the Handley Page Halifax.
Angus and the other students selected will go on a 10 day study tour of Vietnam and Singapore during the Victorian April school holidays.
‘‘I’m looking forward to seeing the museums, the tunnels, prisoners of war camps and sites of where battles were fought,’’ he said.
Businesses in Chanter St, Berrigan were the target of four separate breakins last week.
According to police, between 3.30pm Monday February 18 and 9.30am the next day, the alleged thieves broke into the Berrigan businesses stealing small amounts of cash. One of the businesses was the Berrigan Red Cross charity shop which had a window smashed and locked cash receptacle attached to the wall removed.
Berrigan branch president Marion Dickins said she was frustrated and disappointed as it was the second time in 18 months the charity has been targeted.
‘‘There’s a lot of hard work our volunteers do for the community. We were forced to stop trading for a day to wait for the police to do their thing. Some of our volunteers were quite shaken as it’s confronting to turn up and see what has happened,’’ she said.
The Berrigan Rural Fire Service building on Cobram-Berrigan Rd was also broken into, however nothing was taken.
A Finley woman was lucky not to lose any money in a phone scam last week.
Police say the woman received a call at 4.45pm from a caller claiming to be working for Telstra. They said the scammer told the woman she was eligible for a refund and she gave her banking details over the phone. According to police the woman noticed money was transferred between two of her accounts externally and contacted her bank to cancel the accounts. Police are investigating and warn people don’t provide any personal banking details over the phone.
Police are reminding the public to lock their doors after a break and enter at a Finley home last week. Between 7am and 2.30pm on Tuesday, a screen door to an entertainment was removed from a Tocumwal St property. An unlocked sliding door was open into the main house, however nothing appeared to be stolen.
Angus Hatty (right) collects his Spirit of Anzac Prize from Victorian Minister for Veterans Robin Scott.