Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Statements by Members
Wide Bay Electorate: Maryborough Special School
Last Wednesday, I was pleased to visit the Maryborough Special School with the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Darren Chester, to pay tribute to the students and teachers who produced the Stand Proud—Lost Heroes photographic portrait and student portrait exhibition. The students can be proud of their efforts which have been recognised through the national Anzac Day Schools' Award for the best local history research project.
The heroes project took six months to complete. The students, under the guidance of senior arts teacher, Rose Wright, researched the contributions of World War I Defence personnel and went on a tour through Maryborough to help them understand how the regional was involved in the Anzac story. The students told the stories of the soldiers from the region, thereby creating a living connection between the past and the present. The students also produced a number of framed portraits of the soldiers, and these were exhibited at Gatakers Artspace.
When I visited the school, I was presented with the portraits of Henry Harvey, Otto Schafer, James Rose and Frederick Kelly. In recognition of the students' work, and to respect and honour the service of the Anzacs, these portraits will be on display in my office in Parliament House.