Lockwood to speak on Darwin
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.