Alister Henskens portrait
Alister Henskens portrait

Local Student Embarks on Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship Tour

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Iris Lee from the Ku-ring-gai Electorate is one of 20 students from across NSW who have embarked on a two-week study tour throughout NSW, the ACT and Darwin as part of the 2022 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said the Scholarships provided students with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and understanding of the history of Australians at war.

“This trip is a wonderful opportunity for the Scholarship recipients to learn about the military history of New South Wales and our nation, as well as the important contributions made by Australians who served in our defence forces and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Mr Perrottet said.

Minister for Transport, Veterans and Western Sydney David Elliott said the 20 successful students, from Sydney and regional NSW including Armidale, Bathurst, Young and Jindabyne, should be very proud of their excellent submissions.

“This year we had a fantastic response from some very enthusiastic students with more than 125 submissions from 103 NSW high schools from across the State,” Mr Elliott said.

Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens SC congratulated Iris Lee on being selected.

“Our community today is thankful for the sacrifices made by current serving members and past servicemen and servicewomen and their families. This is a great experience for Iris Lee to be immersed in the military history of Australia and further develop an appreciation for the service of the veterans, including those from the Ku-ring-gai Electorate.

“A senior Historian and Curator from the Anzac Memorial will accompany the tour group to teach students about our nation’s military past and help them understand the importance of commemoration.

“A highlight of the tour will be a trip to Darwin to visit historic sites associated with the Second World War, particularly relevant this year as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin in 1942.”

The group will also visit the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum in Goulburn, the Lithgow Small Arms Factory, and the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, the Japanese War Cemetery in Cowra, the Sydney Jewish Museum and Garden Island Naval Heritage Centre during the tour which runs from Friday 23 September to 6 October 2022.

More information on the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship is available here.