Austral Works Honour Roll
From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
- Austral Works
- HONOR BOARD UNVEILED. SPEECH BY RIGHT Rev. JOHN WALKER. :
- An honor board erected by Messrs Ronaldson Bros: and Tiippett and their employees was yesterday afternoon unveiled at the Austral Works, Creswick road The board, whicln is a beautiful pieceof Australian timber, and is erected in a conspicuous part ot.tne Workshop contains the names of sixty six employes of the firm who joined the A.I.F. to serve in the war. Of these eleven have paid the supreme sacrifice. The unveiling ceremony, which took place shortly before 5 o'clock, was attended by many parents and relatives of the soldiers. All the employees at the works were gathered together and stood throughout the proceedings, facing the Honor board. Mr H.J. Tippett presided. After the singing of the National Anthem, Messrs Dave and Jack Ronaldson, who were warmly received by the men, delivered short addresses. Reference was made to the cordial relations existing between the employers and the employes, and the hope was expressed that this feeling of good will would continue. The Right Rev. John Walker (Moderator-General or the Presbytierian Church of Australia), who performed the unveiling ceremony, at the outset expressed ad miration of the happy relations and the straightforward dealing between the employers and employes of that firm. Continuing he spoke of the Australian soldiers, whom he described as very fine fellows. The best in the world, interjected one of the men.'Yes, I agree with you.' replied the Right Rev. John Walker. He added that while some of the Australian soldiers were not exactly 'the daisy', the bulk of them were of the very best type. When in England he did a good deal of hospital visitation and during the whole of that time he only met one man who was not cheerful, even under the most trying circumstances. He was particularly struck by the soldiers' great love for home and their mothers. This was very notice able when reading, their letters. After referring appreciatively to the British Tommies and' the love of the Australians for Scotland, he went on to say that he knew many of the boys whose names were on the. honor board. One of these the late Lieut. Simpson, was wounded, and although he was returned home, he did not like leaving his pals over on the other side, and against doctors' advicewent back to the front where he was killed. Those were the men who had won their libertie for them. They should be worthy of such men and make Australia worthy of such heroism. He then unveiled the board, after which the "Last Post" was sounded in honor of those who had paid the supreme sacrifice.
--Clare K.Gervasoni 22:14, 10 April 2019 (AEST)