The sculpture was last year’s winner of the young achievers and viewers’ choice awards at the York Art Show. Janice Cockburn-Campbell purchased the artwork depicting Noel Edwin Skinn and later donated the piece to the Quairading Returned and Services League.
Judges commented on the outstanding craftsmanship, and the ‘sensitive depiction’ of Ms Kasteel’s sculpture ‘that showed a sentiment beyond her years’.
The life-size model called Keep the Light Burning for the Fallen features a light in the soldier’s heart and a medal found on a suburban block in York.
Ms Kasteel’s mother Darlene explored the origin of the medal to discover it was a World War II female relative’s badge.
She wrote to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and contacted the National Australian Archives to find out who originally received the badge. With the help of the York Visitor Centre and the Shire of York, she traced the daughter of Pearl Skinn, the soldier’s mother who originally received the badge.
The newly cleaned badge was presented to Pearl’s daughter, also called Pearl, at a ceremony in York Town Hall last year.