Thursday 6th August was the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine. The Gallipoli Club in Sydney commemorated the date by unveiling 10 busts sculpted of the Australian and New Zealand Victoria Cross winners from the Gallipoli campaign.
6th class students Scout H and Henry B had the honour of being asked to unveil seven of the busts, the other three being unveiled by the NSW Governor His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley and Mrs Hurley, and relatives of the VC winners who were able to attend.
The busts, commissioned by the Gallipoli Memorial Club, were on display alongside every winning painting in the Gallipoli Art Award from Australia and Turkey, from the past ten years. It was wonderful to see all the winning entries together, and so many of the winning artists gathered.
John Colet School art teachers Juli Allcorn and Mrs Gadsby and two students were invited to the event because of John Colet’s continued support of the art award. Earlier this year a larger John Colet group attended when this year’s art award finalists were shown. They are pictured in front of the 6th class combined entry for 2015. Happily, the Gallipoli Memorial Club will continue the art award, longer than its initial ten year life.