Chanter St tar­geted

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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.

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