Bombing of Darwin to be remembered in ceremony at Horsham College

THE Darwin Defenders will commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin during World War II.

A ceremony is at Horsham College’s assembly hall from 9.45am on Monday on what is a National Day of Observance.

Darwin Defenders committee member Sheryl Bartlett said the event provided an opportunity for the community to remember those Wimmera men and women who were in Darwin at the time of the bombing. 

It’s important that everyone knows that... they were willing to protect their country when in danger.

Sheryl Bartlett

“About 800 men and women from the Wimmera went to Darwin and served,” Ms Bartlett said. 

“It’s important that everyone knows that those endured hardship, and were willing to protect their country when in danger.”

Student representatives from Horsham College, St Brigid’s College and Dimboola Memorial Secondary College will assist with the running of the event. 

Keith Lockwood will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.

Mr Lockwood’s father Allan was also a member of the Darwin Defenders group.

Ms Bartlett encouraged people to attend the commemoration.