20 April 20017
Member for Barwon, Kevin Humphries, has congratulated Broken Hill High School’s Year 11 student Brock Farquhar, who will take part in the trip of a lifetime as one of the successful recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.
Brock Farquhar will visit battlegrounds on the Western Front with other students from across the state to further enhance their knowledge of the Anzac spirit.
“My grandfather, Bob Preston, had a room dedicated to WW1 and WW2 and as a young child I could go in and play with the models, miniature soldiers and machinery, etc. in his collection," Brock said.
“My grandfather also had a collection of old guns and rifles and, as I got older, he would take me out to the rifle club to have a shot – particularly with the old .303s.
My grandfather was my inspiration and why I really love history.”
More than 130 Government, Catholic and Independent schools across the state entered the ballot. The 22 successful schools, one of which was Broken Hill High School, had to run a local process to select one student enrolled in either Year 10 or 11 in 2017 to travel on the tour.
Brock was selected and is the only student to represent the Barwon electorate.
“I am certain this tour will be something all the students will be able to draw upon in their studies as well as being something they will remember for the rest of their lives,” Kevin Humphries said.
“The tour will provide students with a greater understanding of Australia’s wartime history and the birth of the Anzac legend.
“This is a unique opportunity, one that offers scholars like Brock, an insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the Anzac spirit.
“Congratulations and well done Brock."
This 12-day tour will visit significant Australian battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France including Villiers Bretonneux, Bullecourt, Fromelles and Ypres.
Find more information on the tour by clicking here.