Battery show success


Peter and Berrie Hackett with Ronnie Roach.
Peter and Berrie Hackett with Ronnie Roach.

The exhibition opened last Friday night with a gala dinner to thank sponsors and raise money to see the Point Peron Battery restored.

Despite being 92 and 94 years of age, World War II veteran gunners Ronnie Roach and Peter Hackett attended the event and received a standing ovation.

The display opened to the public last Saturday morning.

“We had over 1000 people attend the exhibition on Sunday alone and the feedback has been quite overwhelming,” Mr Edman said.

“People are really touched by the display and the films. Some are learning about this part of history for the first time and some are remembering back to when they were kids and the war was on.”

On Monday, the first group of school students visited the display with 50 students from Bungaree Primary School shown the guns and equipment used at the coastal batteries.

“This display is the first step to seeing this important part of history recognised,” Mr Edman said.

The Forgotten Battlefield short film can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVkR8xjYiBo.