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March 23, 2017
New South Wales and The Great War
When the Great War began in August 1914,
the people of New South Wales took up the
call to arms. NSW sent more people than any
other state to serve overseas and many more
worked and volunteered to support the war
Written by historians Naomi Parry and Brad
Manera, Will Davies and Stephen Garton,
New South Wales and The Great War is an
x of stirr
ng text, arch
records and emotive photographs, that enable
us to visualise our state’s war experience.
It is an authoritative history that uses the
rich visuals and written records held by the
Anzac Memorial, the State Library of NSW,
NSW State Records, the NSW Department of Education and the University of Sydney that
reveal the impact of war on the ordinary citizens of NSW, in theatres of combat and at home
in our cities, towns and rural communities.
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) Governor of New South
Wales launched New South Wales and The Great War at Government House in November
2016, describing it as a "visually arresting and authoritative account of NSW during and after
the Great War".
New South Wales and The Great War honours the sacrifice, the service, the dedication and
patriotism of those men and women who left our shores. There are also great tales and
everyday stories from home, as those who remained worked tirelessly to provide assistance
and support throughout the war.
This is a book that every household should own, and an opportunity to pass on our state’s
history to current and future generations.
All proceeds go to support the Anzac Memorial’s heritage conservation and collection of
military artefacts, and new education programs.
Bulk purchases are available for a discounted price. Buy 10 or more books for $25 per book
(plus P&H). Contact the office of Veteran’s Affairs on 9228 4952 for further information.
Get your copy now for only $35, delivered in time for Anzac Day
Visit the State Library shop or online
Flg-Off Amanda Scott
WOUNDED, injured and ill person-
nel joined others from around the
world to take part in the 2017 US Air
Force Warrior Games Trials between
February 24 and March 5 at Nellis Air
Force Base, Las Vegas.
The trials are an annual event rec-
ognising the importance that adaptive
sport plays in the recovery and reha-
bilitation of wounded, injured and ill
service members and veterans.
Participants competed in a range
of adaptive sports including archery,
cycling, track and field, air pistol and air
rifle shooting, seated volleyball, swim-
ming, rowing and wheelchair basketball.
WO2 Roland Walker and Sgt Kym
Walker, both of 51FNQR, were among
the Australian contingent.
Sgt Walker said it was her first trip to
America and she enjoyed meeting new
people and trying out new sports.
“I competed in the 50m breaststroke,
shooting and rowing,” she said.
“I was always very physically capa-
ble and participating in the trials has
helped me regain some of that physical
WO2 Walker said he got involved
with the ADF Adaptive Sports Program
after a visit to his rehabilitation consult-
ant at HMAS Cairns.
“After serving 30 years, I will be dis-
charging from the full-time Army and
I want to maintain a link with soldiers
I have served with and also be more
involved with veterans’ organisations,”
WO2 Walker said.
“The competitive highlight of the
games for me was winning a gold medal
in the shooting.
“Once I arrived and the games
began, is was not long until I was
addicted and putting up my hand for
any event in which I was capable of
“Being a competitor and having the
honour of representing the ADF will be
with me for a long time and is an out-
standing way to finish my Army career.”
WO2 Daniel Moren, of the Army
Logistics Training Centre, said he was
able to pick up some new techniques to
keep fit and healthy as he got older.
“I competed in the track and swim-
ming events, which brought back mem-
ories from when I was young and swam
at state swimming competitions and did
marathons,” WO2 Moren said.
“Over the years I have sustained a
range of injuries and the advice from
the physio was to get to the gym, which
I started doing 12 months ago. I haven’t
“I lost 12kg and now have the drive
and energy to get back into sport. The
trials helped me pick up techniques and
advice that I will be able to look back
on in years to come.”
WO2 Chris McLeod, 31/42RQR,
said after competing in the Invictus
Games last year, he continued his train-
ing because it gave him the motivation
to continue to participate in sport.
“I competed in the shot put, discus,
wheelchair basketball and sitting vol-
leyball,” he said.
The ADF team of five adaptive ath-
letes brought home 11 gold medals, four
silver and one bronze.
The ADF’s involvement in the US
Air Force Warrior Games Trials is part
of the broader ADF Adaptive Sports
Program for service personnel who have
been wounded, injured or become ill in
service to their country. All participants
are medically classified in MEC 3, 4
For more information, contact Scott Mengel at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
0427 465 195.
Road to recovery
leads to Vegas
Lt Megan Pate
ARMY’s surfing fraternity is
pumped and ready for coming
surfing competitions after a
summer training camp at Coffs
Harbour in NSW gave them the
chance to hone their skills in
Members of the Army Surf
Riders Association (ASRA),
including surfers and stand-up
paddle boarders, will compete in
the Interservice Surf Competition
(ISSC) at Ulladulla, NSW, from
The top ISSC competitors from
the three services will be selected
to form the ADF team that will
welcome international competi-
tors from the UK Army and RAF
for the International Surf Festival
(ISF) at Terrigal and Bendalong,
NSW, from May 1-14.
The summer training camp
included surf education and
etiquette briefs, video analysis and
technical development, land-based
cross training, competition theory,
judging strategy and a pool session
for breath-hold training.
ASRA president Maj Myles
Conquest said the development
camp prepared the team well.
“We are ready to compete
against Navy and Air Force in the
ISSC,” Maj Conquest said.
“With a steadily growing num-
ber of members, ASRA welcomes
surfers of all levels and abilities.”
He said events had an all-inclu-
sive “no rank in the waves” team
approach and fostered camaraderie
across all ranks and corps.
“ASRA runs the development
camp, ISSC and ISF annually with
additional local competitions and
events run throughout the year,”
For more information or to join, visit
Lt Dylan Storrie carves
up the wave face in
preparation for the
Competition on the NSW
Photo: Pete Balmer
Surfers ready to drop in on Ulladulla
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