THE MESSENGER DOGS – TALES OF WWI

PRESERVING THE LEGACY OF OUR VETERANS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

A new travelling roadshow will visit Victoria’s primary schools to teach young students about our Anzac story and World War I.

Member for Western Metropolitan Region Cesar Melhem today visited Seabrook Primary School, where students have been learning all about Australia’s involvement in World War I.

Mr Melhem announced the new travelling roadshow would begin touring primary schools in August, to ensure the legacy of our veterans is protected for generations to come.

The Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI  puppet show follows the journey of Nell, Trick and Bullet – three dogs responsible for carrying messages between headquarters and the front line.

All Victorians deserve an opportunity to connect with Australia’s wartime legacy, no matter their age or where they live. The Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI puppet show follows the Anzac Centenary – Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance show, which has reached 35,000 Victorians in two years.

The free puppet show is tailored to students from prep to grade six, telling tales of courage, determination and mateship that capture the hearts and minds of young Victorians. The 45-minute performance will come complete with an online education resource kit for primary schools to download.

Each participating student will receive their own commemorative 1919 Children’s Peace Medal. In 1919, Australian children under 16 received a silver-coated medallion – a special reminder of the service and sacrifice of Australians at war.

World War I was one of the most decisive chapters in Australia’s story, touching many families around the nation. The Labor Government has provided $5 million for commemorations that mark the Centenary anniversary of the war.

Primary schools can express their interest in hosting the roadshow at www.anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans, John Eren

“The travelling roadshow is a unique take on World War I that will capture the hearts and minds of so many young Victorians.”

“So many Victorians have a connection with war. This is a chance for tomorrow’s leaders to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.”

“Australia has a proud wartime history, and it’s our duty to preserve our past for future generations to cherish.”