Lockwood to speak on Dar­win

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

For­mer Wim­mera jour­nal­ist, au­thor and dis­trict his­to­rian Keith Lockwood of Na­timuk will be guest speaker at a Dar­win De­fend­ers 76th com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony in Hor­sham on Mon­day.

Mr Lockwood had fam­ily mem­bers in­volved in the defence of Dar­win dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and will speak about the time ‘when war came to Aus­tralia’.

The mil­i­tary mili­tia with the job of de­fend­ing Aus­tralia’s north­ern cen­tre from Ja­panese forces be­tween 1942 and ’45 was heav­ily rep­re­sented by Wim­mera peo­ple. Many were in Dar­win when Ja­panese air­craft at­tacked the city, drop­ping more bombs than they had ear­lier at Pearl Har­bour in Hawaii.

The cer­e­mony will start at 9.45am, with doors open­ing at 8.45am, at Hor­sham’s Maroske Hall in Dim­boola Road. Or­gan­is­ers have in­vited the stu­dents’ fam­i­lies, along with vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies, mem­bers of the pub­lic and or­gan­i­sa­tions to at­tend the event.

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