Tour will deepen connection

Youle Beatty will be visiting significant Anzac sites in Malaysia during the Premier’s Anzac Tour. Picture: Matthew Poon d399568
Youle Beatty will be visiting significant Anzac sites in Malaysia during the Premier’s Anzac Tour. Picture: Matthew Poon d399568

The Como Secondary College student and nine other West Australian students recently departed on the 2013 Premier’s Anzac Tour.

The students will visit Malaysia and will visit a number of significant sites to honour the Anzacs.

Youle said was looking forward to gaining different perspectives on the war, and hoped that his experiences on the tour will help him to spread the Anzac message.

‘I am commemorating my great-great-uncle, also named Youle Beatty, an Anzac,’ he said.

‘He is a great inspiration to me and even though 99 years ago he was not known, today his story is told by me and that is what is significant.

‘If young people understand the message of the Anzac spirit, then we will be more understanding of the events and recognise what Australians did for their country.’

Department of Education Director General Sharyn O’Neill said this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to understand the sacrifices of generations gone by.

‘Students will visit a number of significant historical sites in Malaysia to honour the Australian service men and women who served during World War II; the Malayan Emergency between 1950-60; and the Malaysian-Indonesian Confrontation in the 1960s,’ she said.

‘They will participate in commemoration services and be provided with historical and cultural experiences that they will undoubtedly share with their family and peers on their return home.’