Anzacs adopted for tour project

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Students from Mt Barker and Albany heading off on an historic tour of Europe are calling on the community for information on local Anzac soldiers.

Mt Barker Community College, Albany Senior High School and North Albany Senior High School students will embark on the second Albany District Schools Anzac Tour in September.

The group of 26 students and four staff will be based in London and travel to northern France and Belgium as they gain further insight into Australia’s war history in Europe.

One aspect of the tour, known as “Adopt an Anzac”, involves investigating a soldier who left Albany during World War I.

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MBCC principal Andrew Fraser said the students were seeking help from the local community to help with their research.

“One of the things we do as part of the tour is to get them to research a local soldier who left from the shores of Albany,” he said

“So we’re asking people from the community if they’ve done research already, and if they want to share that research, then we can give that information to the students. “It will give them a starting point for their work.”

Mr Fraser said the project within the tour added another element to the trip. “They can go and see where the soldiers fought and where some of them unfortunately were buried, so they’ll have that connection when they go over there,” he said

Mr Fraser said the tour highlighted a strong relationship between the three schools.

“It’s a great reflection of the networking between our schools and it’s great that independent public schools are working together to create fantastic opportunities for our students,” he said.

If you would like to contribute, email albanyanzactour@gmail.com or call MBCC on 9851 3400.

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