Aussie and Kiwi soldiers re­unite

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Jon Bas­sett

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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.

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