On Wednesday 28 August, the History Club were treated to a special visitor, Mr Stan Thomas, from Merrylands RSL sub-branch accompanied by Sue Bytheway, a welfare officer with the RSL. Mr Thomas met our students at the recent Victory in the Pacific Day at Cabra-Vale Diggers dressed in their World War I outfits.
Nurse Bradford's red tippet
Mr Thomas brought an authentic World War I nurses cape known as a 'tippet' from Merryland RSL's collection. The tippet originally belonged to Sr M.R. Bradford and has been beautifully restored by the sub-branch. Such capes (and the medal on it) are extremely rare and we are extemely grateful for Mr Thomas bringing it in for us to see. He also brought a collection of photographs and other memorabilia for the girls to view.
The other highlight of the visit was an artefact from Pompeii - a petrified apple from 79AD. Mr Thomas brought this from his own collection and it was an amazing experience for the girls to hold something almost 2000 years old.
Fran Musico Rullo - HSIE Teacher