Fourteen students will visit historical sites around Western Australia for the 2021 Premier’s Anzac Student Tour.
The group will travel to Kununurra, Broome, Rottnest and Albany from April 16 to 26, focusing on the Anzac legacy in Western Australia’s pastoral heritage, nation building between the wars, and the defence of the home front during World War II.
During the 10-day tour, the students will be accompanied by three teachers and a tour co-ordinator.
Students will visit important historical sites including the flying boat wrecks in Broome, the Oliver Hill battery and tunnels on Rottnest, the Special Air Service Regiment Museum at Campbell Barracks, and the State Library of Western Australia to explore the military collection items.
They will then commemorate Anzac Day by attending the dawn service at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial on Mount Clarence in Albany.
As this year’s tour was not able to go ahead as planned, those students will combine with students selected for the 2021 tour.
The Premier’s Anzac Student Tour is an annual competition open to all Western Australian students in Years 8 to 11 who are selected following a written submission and interviews.
Next year brings the number of students to 216 who have travelled on the tour.
More information about the tour is available at https://www.education.wa.edu.au/anzac
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“The Premier’s Anzac Student Tour is an important event for students to commemorate the many sacrifices made by Australians.
“I’m pleased that students selected for this year’s tour, which wasn’t able to go ahead, will be able to share the experience with their peers in next year’s tour.
“I know these 14 students, as many have before them, will have life-changing experiences that will broaden their understanding of Western Australia’s military history.”