Aussie and Kiwi soldiers reunite
AUSTRALIAN and New Zealand soldiers have again joined forces to reflect their nations’ bond, restoring two Mt Hawthorn bus stops before the centenary of Armistice Day that ended World War I on November 11, 1918.
“This is an education piece for the children of the future about the experiences of the past,” Friends of Anzac Cottage president Pete Ramsay said.
A New Zealand Vietnam War veteran, Mr Ramsay organised restoration of the nearby cottage for 10 years until 2006.
While on the South Island recently, he saw the work of Kiwi soldiers on a bus stop, which was the inspiration for the two bus stops near the cottage on Kalgoorlie Street and Anzac Road.
“I wanted to use timber, iron sheeting and sandbags because they were the materials associated with Gallipoli and Vietnam when Australians and Kiwis fought together under Anzac,” Mr Ramsay said.
The Kalgoorlie Street stop will tell of the Gallipoli Peninsula conflict in Turkey at the start of World War I.
The Anzac Road stop will tell of the ’60s Vietnam War, Anzac soldiers serving at their base of Nui Dat, and the WA branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia that restored the cottage.
Engineers from the Karrakatta-based 13 Field Squadron, 16th Battalion Royal Western Australian Regiment, joined Christchurch-based members of 3rd Field Squadron, 2nd Engineers Regiment, Royal New Zealand Engineers to create the sandbag footings for the bus stops.
The murals are being created by artist Drew Straker.
The bus stops will be opened on Sunday, October 21 at 2pm, after the public meet at the nearby Britannia Road Reserve carpark.
Sergeant Ryan Bellis with Sapper Mark Johnson, Lance Corporal Andy Good and Sapper Thomas Ellis are helping with the restoration of two bus stops near the Anzac Memorial Cottage to signify the centenary of Armistice Day.