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Booklet features Woonona digger

AN eight-page booklet titled “The Spirit of ANZAC”, which gives an

Woonona born Robert Fenwick, who features in the new booklet

interesting insight into Australia’s military history and the role personnel, has been produced by State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans.

The booklet features soldiers from within the Heathcote Electorate who played in various wars and conflicts.

The booklet also carries a handy reference guide to many of the dawn services, commemorations and marches across the Electorate.

Anzac Day commemorates the landing of Australian soldiers at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.

“Anzac Day is a time for reflection and a time to show pride in our country’s history,” Mr Evans said.

“It is an important day for this nation. It is a chance for us to gather to remember those young men and women who have served and died, in all wars and conflicts, to ensure we enjoy the freedom and safety we do today.

“We must also remember those service personnel currently on duty overseas.”

Mr Evans said the booklet gave an informative overview of Australia’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign and that he hoped young Australians, in particular, gained from it in an educational capacity.

“Gallipoli forms a great part of Australian history and it’s important we learn about a campaign which was so important to the building and development of this nation,” he said. “The Anzac Spirit – the pride, the courage and mateship – is carried into so many aspects of Australian life every day.”

Mr Evans said large crowds at Anzac Day marches in recent years reflected the continued support and respect all Australians had for those who served their country.

“The tradition of Anzac Day grows each year as more people gather at dawn services and local marches,” Mr Evans said.

The main article in the booklet features Helensburgh’s Robert Fenwick who is one of the 110 “Lost Diggers of Fromelles” so far identified in a mass burial grave which was discovered in 2008. Fenwick was born in Woonona in 1894.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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