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  • Centenary of ANZAC grant for Little River Historical Society

    I want congratulate the Little River Historical Society for their successful grant for the Centenary of ANZAC.

    Little River Historical Society President Les Sanderson and the team put together a strong application which has broad community support.

    This grant of over $50,000 will be used to build a memorial to two First World War local nurses, Sister Catherine (Kit) McNaughton and Sister Sarah (Sadie) McIntosh.

    They were cousins, both born and raised in Little River. The memorial is to honour their role and the contribution made by local serving women during the Great War. It will be unveiled to coincide with the centenary of the departure of Sister McNaughton from Station Pier in Port Melbourne to her war time duties on 17 July 1915.

    Kit McNaughton's service was mentioned in dispatches by Winston Churchill. After the war, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross First Class, a British award presented by the then Prince of Wales—who became King Edward VII—on his visit to Australia in 1920.

    Kit McNaughton's story will also be shared with the broader Australian public this year through Screen Australia's The Other Anzacs, and the ABC documentary series, The War That Made Us. Both are due to be screened soon.

    Joanne Ryan and Les Sanderson

    Joanne Ryan MP and Les Sanderson discuss the importance of the new memorial to the local community

    On behalf of my community, I would like to thank Dr Janet Butler for her curiosity about the nurses from our region and her pursuit of family history for her research.

    Through that research, she found the diaries kept by Kit during her war service and wrote Kitty's War: The Remarkable Wartime Experiences of Kit McNaughton, published in 2013.

    Janet was awarded the New South Wales Premier's History Award for 2013 for this work.

    From the diaries of Kit McNaughton, Janet traced many of the nurses who served with her and heard their stories. Through letters and diaries and stories, Janet was able to trace not just their service but their relationships and their lives after the war. Janet's work has informed the ABC documentary. I also acknowledge the work of Clare Wright, our most recent recipient of the Stella Award, for her work on the documentary.

    I would also like to thank the independent panel members in Lalor who have assessed and made recommendations from the community: the Honourable Tim Pallas State member for Tarneit; Ms Margaret Campbell, a respected local historian and author; and Ms Judith Gilbert, a long time history teacher and now secretary of the B24 Liberator restoration in Werribee.

    I look forward to Kit and Sadie having a permanent memorial in the town they grew up in, and in the region they returned to, where Kit married and raised her family. I would also note that Kit McNaughton is my grandmother.

  • Anzac Centenary

    I rise today to note the bipartisan support for the centennial Anzac commemoration announced by the honourable Julia Gillard on the centenary of Anzac 24 April 2012. The Australian government's Anzac Centenary Local Grants program is assisting and encouraging communities across Australia to undertake their own Anzac centenary projects that commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and service-women in the First World War.

    I want to take a moment to thank the independent panel members in Lalor who have assessed and made recommendations on 10 projects from the community: the honourable Tim Pallas state member for Tarneit; Ms Margaret Campbell, a respected local historian and author; and Ms Judith Gilbert, a longtime history teacher and now secretary of the B24 Liberator restoration in Werribee. Only one has at this time received approval and it is creating much excitement. This was promptly submitted by the Little River Historical Society on the day the applications opened. It is for a World War I nurse memorial for Sister Catherine Kit McNaughton and Sister Sarah Sadie McIntosh. They were cousins, both born and raised in Little River. The memorial is to honour the role and the contribution made by local serving women during the Great War. It will be unveiled to coincide with the centenary of the departure of Sister McNaughton from Station Pier in Port Melbourne to her wartime duties on 17 July 1915.

    Kit McNaughton's story will also be shared with the broader Australian public this year through Screen Australia's miniseries The Other Anzacs, launched at Parliament House last week, and the ABC documentary series, The War That Made Us, which will be launched at Parliament House tomorrow evening. On behalf of my community, I would like to thank Dr Janet Butler for her curiosity about the nurses from our region and her pursuit of family history for her research. Through that research, she found the diaries kept by Kit during her war service and wrote Kitty's War:The Remarkable Wartime Experiences of Kit McNaughton, published in 2013. Janet was awarded the New South Wales Premier's History Award for 2013 for this work.

    I and many from my community attended the launch of Janet's book in 2013 at the shrine in Melbourne. This event brought together people from all over Australia, many of whom were descendants of nurses and servicemen who knew Kit from the war. Janet's research took her all over the country, talking to families about their mothers, grandmothers, aunts and great-aunts. From the diaries of Kit McNaughton, Janet traced many of the nurses who served with her and heard their stories. Through letters and diaries and stories, Janet was able to trace not just their service but their relationships and their lives after the war. Janet's work has informed the ABC documentary to be launched as part of a series tomorrow night. I also acknowledge the work of Clare Wright, our most recent recipient of the Stella Award, for her work on the documentary.

    It is important to note the belated acknowledgment of the nurses of the Great War by our country. Kit McNaughton's service was mentioned in dispatches by Winston Churchill. After the war, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross First Class, a British award presented by the then Prince of Wales—who became King Edward VII—on his visit to Australia in 1920.

    However, she did not receive an Australia award. In fact, she had to fight for a part-veterans pension in the later years of her life when the trials of her service tolled heavily on her health. Sadie, who never married, had to apply to the Edith Cavell fund for financial assistance in 1950. Therefore, I think it is fitting that modern Australia now looks back and acknowledges the sacrifices made by our serving nurses, the way their service changed the way they saw themselves and others and, in time, the way Australia saw itself. I look forward to Kit and Sadie having a permanent memorial in the town they grew up in, and in the region they returned to, where Kit married and raised her family. I would also note that Kit McNaughton is my grandmother.

  • Locals urged to be part of anzac centenary

    Member for Lalor Joanne Ryan has reminded local residents wishing to attend Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli next year that the ballot will close on 31 January.

     “With only a few weeks to go, it’s really important that anyone who wants to be there submit their application as soon as possible.”

     Ms Ryan said the ballot system had been agreed upon by the Governments of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey as the most fair and equitable process for organising attendance.

     “Thousands of Australians will want to be a part of this truly exceptional experience and so I would urge local people to register at http://www.gallipoli2015.dva.gov.au .”

     Ms Ryan also reminded local community groups to apply for funding under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program for projects within the Wyndham community.

     Ms Ryan said that the program provided each electorate with $125,000 in funding to commemorate the Anzac Centenary and the First World War I.

     “These grants are open now, so those in the community thinking about developing a project to commemorate the Centenary should apply for funding,” Ms Ryan said.

     “This is an important opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women, so I would encourage our community groups to get involved.” Program guidelines and applications are available on the Anzac Centenary website at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au