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WORLD NEWS 15
Army August 4, 2011
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith met with
national leaders and Australian soldiers during his
first trip to Solomon Islands on July 13.
During his visit, Mr Smith, who was accompanied
by Defence Parliamentary Secretary David Feeney and
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison, met with Solomon Islands
Prime Minister Danny Philip.
"We discussed the continuing process towards
greater security responsibility for Solomon Islands
authorities and Australia's future cooperation with
Solomon Islands," Mr Smith said.
"I reinforced Australia's commitment to the secu-
rity and prosperity of Solomon Islands."
Mr Smith also travelled to Guadalcanal, where
he spent time talking with personnel deployed on
"I met members of the Combined Task Force, the
Australian Federal Police and Participating Police
Force, including some of the 80 Australian soldiers
currently serving on Op Anode," he said.
"The Combined Task Force has progressively
drawn down to its current size of around 160 personnel
from a peak of around 1800 in 2003, consistent with
the improved security situation in Solomon Islands."
Mr Smith had an opportunity to visit and lay
wreaths at the HMAS Canberra memorial and the US
"We laid a wreath to honour of the crew of HMAS
Canberra I, which on August 9, 1942, was struck by
the opening shots of the Battle of Savo Island and was
damaged beyond repair," he said.
"The cruiser was evacuated and sunk in Ironbottom
Sound by two American destroyers."
During his visit Mr Smith also met with Solomon
Islands Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Relations Peter Shanel Agovaka, Minister for Police
and National Security Clay Forau and Leader of the
Opposition Derek Sikua.
with troops in
By Cpl Zenith King
THE extensive task of record-
ing and documenting the lives of
soldiers deployed on Operation
Anode is being undertaken
by a two-man team from the
Australian Army History Unit.
Oral historian Maj David
Bucholtz and heritage specialist
Maj Henry Fijolek are in Solomon
Islands to undertake the mammoth
"I'm here to collect the stories
of the soldiers and officers who
are serving as part of Op Anode to
complement the official records,"
Maj Bucholtz said.
"We are collecting it because
people are often too busy to collect
it for themselves.
"It's really important to collect
them in the field while it's fresh
in their minds, because as soon as
they hop on the plane home their
world changes and their percep-
About 30 per cent of the cur-
rent rotation will be interviewed
and chosen based on their appoint-
ment, on recommendations and
sometimes at random.
"We spend as much time as
possible having informal chats, try-
ing to get a sense of the place and
how we will form our questions.
"We then get the nominal
role and interview all the people
in key command positions. Then
we look at who might have an
Manager of the Army Museum
of Western Australia and heritage
specialist Maj Henry Fijolek is
primarily responsible for the col-
lection of artefacts and noting the
based," he said.
"I take photographs so that we
can record what it is like for the
soldiers on deployment here.
"There is a vast range of objects
we have to capture through images
-- items we can't take back like kit
and equipment -- but also things
like what soldiers wear while
Maj Fijolek said if they didn't
do it now, in years to come it would
be lost. "You have to capture sol-
diers in the field because the equip-
ment either gets left there or par-
tially goes back so you don't get an
accurate picture," he said.
"There are so many diggers, for
example, who served in Vietnam
who will go to a museum and argue
as to whether they wore an ammo
pouch on the left or right side.
"Also by looking at an image
you can often identify what year
they went on deployment because
the kit is constantly changing.
"Even the smallest thing will
mean something to someone.
"It might be something you dis-
regard today but when someone
sees it in 10 years' time they think
'geez I wish I kept that'."
The team hopes to come back
for each rotation to Solomon
Islands to document changes in
An eye for history
Eyes on the ground: Maj David Bucholtz, Australian Army History Unit, interviews a soldier
deployed to Solomon Islands on Operation Anode.
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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