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Commando exhibition at the Prom

Monday 28 October, 2013

Wilsons Promontory National Park is renowned as one of Victoria’s most loved national parks being an ideal family getaway destination. However, how many visitors would actually be aware of the Prom’s pivotal role in Australia’s World War II training efforts!

Visitors will now have the opportunity to learn about the Prom’s role as the site for Australia’s first Guerrilla Warfare School in 1941-42 at a fascinating exhibition, "Cornerstone of the Nation", which has been organised by the Foster and District Historical Society.

Parks Victoria Ranger in Charge Brett Mitchell said the Australian Army built their first School of Guerrilla Warfare - No 7 Infantry Training Centre in 1941 at the current Darby River Picnic Area Site and also had established Camps at Tidal River.

"The school trained eight Australian and two New Zealand Independent Companies during 1941–1942 before the training program eventually moved to Queensland.

"It is quite an exciting exhibition to host at the Prom and I am sure our visitors will enjoy discovering the role the Prom played in providing an environment for military training of selected soldiers for guerrilla warfare in WW II", said Mr Mitchell.

The site will also play host to the annual pilgrimage of Commandos and their families on 17 November 2013 for the memorial commemorations.

The commemorations will begin with a short march from the Visitor Centre at approximately 1pm and head to the Commando cairn located in the Tidal River campsite area. A short ceremony will follow, with visitors welcome to attend this special event.

The "Cornerstone of the Nation" exhibition will be on display at the Tidal River Visitor Centre until 15 December 2013. It is envisaged that other exhibitions will be held in the future in conjunction with the Foster and District Historical Society to provide visitors with more insight into the Prom’s colourful history.

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Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro

Parks Victoria media centre

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