THREE Melville Senior High School students had an opportunity to tour the original Thai Burma Railway courtesy of the Rotary Club of Melville, which sponsored the trip.
Year 11 students Claire Di Giorgio, Georgia Field and Alana Hargreaves won a competition to book their spots on the Quiet Lion Tour over the last school holidays.
The girls spent 10 days with experts and World War II prisoners of war retracing the footsteps of those who built the railway from Burma to Thailand. In a presentation to Rotarians, the students described the emotions they felt learning about the extreme duress of the PoWs, many of whom died along the way.
The trip focused on the story of the Australian PoWs, their camps and the Australian doctors – including renowned military surgeon Weary Dunlop – who tried to keep them alive.
It culminated in an Anzac Day Dawn Service in Hellfire Pass with relatives of PoWs and other school students.