Memorial honours RAN’s bravest IN the 114-year history of the Royal Australian Navy, just five men have been awarded the George Cross, making them the Navy’s bravest of the brave. Although they are honoured individually at points across Australia there has never been a joint memorial to their heroism. That changed at Hastings on Saturday last week when Commodore Jack Rush, RFD, QC, unveiled a memorial tribute at Hastings Community Hub, FrankstonFlinders Rd. In a display of inter-service solidarity, he was accompanied by Army hero and VC winner Keith Payne. The tribute was prepared by the Victorian Maritime Centre to be part of a complex planned for the Hastings foreshore to house the submarine, HMAS Otama, and the former Port Phillip pilot ship Wyuna. The tribute comprises photos and citations for each of the five winners. Their stories are spine tingling: Jonathon Rogers, having helped smaller
colleagues escape from the sinking HMAS Voyager through a tiny hatch, bravely led the trapped remainder in hymns as the waters closed around them. Then there is Leonard Goldsworthy, George Gosse, John Mould and Hugh Syme, who defused mines and booby traps, in positions of appalling peril and discomfort. Maritime Centre president Max Bryant said: “Reading their stories it is hard to believe that no serving RAN member was ever awarded the Victoria Cross. “The George Cross is the second highest award for bravery, but it is hard to see what more these five could have done to demonstrate their courage – the more so since each had also been decorated for heroism on previous occasions. “They are heroes of the highest order. They deserve national recognition.” Before construction of the new centre it is hoped the tribute will go on display at other venues around Australia Safety afloat: Mornington Peninsula Shire sport and leisure operations leader Miranda Markovic and Cr David Garnock with Josh and Lilian, front boat, and Lexi, back boat, taking part in Water Safety Week activities at Pelican Park, Hastings.
Learning water safety by the pool
Heroism recognised: VC winner Keith Payne inspects the George Cross display.
ALMOST 1000 swim school students at Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Pelican Park Recreation Centre played it safe by the water last week for Water Safety Week – 29 November-6 December. “Water Safety Week aims to reduce the number of drownings in Victoria and increase awareness among the Victorian community about water safety,” Cr David Garnock said. “Too many people are still losing
their lives to water or swim-related accidents each year.” During the week, Pelican's WET Skills 4 Life students benefitted from swim instructors setting up several different water environments other than the normal swimming program. “This was a brilliant opportunity for the young swimmers to experience different water situations in a safe environment,” Cr Garnock said. “Activities included learning how
to safely enter water at the beach and into rock pools, survival strokes with clothes on and no goggles and experiencing different open-water scenarios, such as river banks, rips, rescues, lifejackets, swimming between the flags and boat safety. For information on WET Skills 4 Life or other swim programs at Pelican, email meredith.bowers@ mornpen.vic.gov.au
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Mornington News 15 December 2015
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Mornington News 15 December 2015