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St Peter’s College Anzac Commemorative Events 21-25 April 2015

St Peter’s College Anzac Commemorative Events 21-25 April 2015

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From 21-25 April 2015 St Peter’s College will commemorate the Centenary of Anzac with a series of events designed by Samuel Beer (School Captain) and Alasdair McCall (School Vice Captain).

179 Old Scholars of St Peter’s College, Adelaide, made the supreme sacrifice during the Great War of 1914-1918. Among the first to land at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 were many Old Scholars of St Peter’s College.

Following a whole school Anzac Service on Friday 24 April a highlight will be the reconstruction of a joint farewell gathering between St Peter’s College and Prince Alfred College held at St Peter’s College.

Over 200 students from St Peter’s College and Prince Alfred College will sit down to a joint commemorative luncheon based on a farewell gathering from 100 years ago held in the Adelaide Town Hall.

Among the first Anzacs were St Peter’s College Old Scholars including:

  • Francis Herbert (“Bertie”) Stokes, killed in action 25 April 1915, attempting to drag the wounded from the beach into the relative safety of the cliff face at Gallipoli. He attended St Peter’s College from 1901-1902.
  • Victoria Cross winner, Arthur Blackburn VC CMG CBE ED, who attended St Peter’s College from 1906-1909.
  • Champion Norwood Footballer, Private Phil de Quetteville Robin, who attended St Peter’s College from 1897-1900.

Current School Captain Sam Beer said, “It is hard to picture these two Old Scholars not much older that I am now, Phil de Quetteville Robin with his school mate Arthur Blackburn rushing ashore at Gallipoli with orders on landing to get inland as far as possible. It has been very sobering researching the lives of these men and their experiences for our commemorations.”

Sam Beer noted, “Both Robin and Blackburn raced up Shrapnel Gully. C W E Bean the official Australian World War l historian noted they both came nearer to the goal of the expedition than any other Australian or any other soldier of the Allies had formerly been thought to have penetrated”.

Events during the week include:

  • Wednesday 22 April 2015: The publication of Fallen Saints an outstanding biographical register written by military historian Robert Kearney. Launched by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, documenting lives of 179 men who made the supreme sacrifice.
  • Friday 24 April 2015: A whole school Anzac Day Service of Commemoration with representatives from the Old Scholars Association, staff, and students laying wreaths at the School’s Memorial Hall in front of 179 Commemorative Crosses bearing the names of each of the St Peter’s College War Dead from the First and Second World Wars.
  • Friday 24 April 2015: Rededication of the St Peter’s College Gallipoli Oak and Anzac Memorial Garden.
  • Friday 24 April 2015: 200 current senior boys from St Peter’s College and Prince Alfred College attend a luncheon at the St Peter’s College Da Costa Dining Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the joint “Farewell Gathering”. Hosted by the Captains and Vice Captains of St Peter’s College and Prince Alfred College, the 2015 luncheon will be attended by boys from both schools and distinguished guests.
  • Tuesday 21 – Friday 24 April 2015: Saints to The Front, Athelney Heritage Centre,
    St Peter’s College 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hundreds of St Peter’s College students have volunteered to attend Anzac Day Dawn services across Adelaide on 25 April 2015. Alasdair McCall said, “We wanted to commemorate the events of 100 years ago. They not only changed the face of Australia, but they also impacted our School and our neighborhoods.”

Simon Murray, Headmaster of St Peter’s College said, “Our Captain, Sam Beer and Vice Captain, Alasdair McCall, have taken great care to curate an Anzac Service of Commemoration and design a Centenary Luncheon that does not shirk from the horror of the Great War. What I have been most impressed by is our leaders commitment and collaboration with veterans and to be mindful of Anzac’s significance in commemorating those who fought for justice and the freedom of the world.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact Rhianan Murphy at St Peter’s College
on 8404 0524 or rmurphy@stpeters.sa.edu.au.

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