On the Shortt list

REGARDING The Daily Examiner article on Monday, Anzac memorial at Tullymorgan: If Owen Kevin Shortt had not taken a stand years ago the Anzac memorial and Littlebush school would not exist today.   It is disappointing that many people seem to forget all the hard work he did and what he achieved.   Having saved the school from sale and demolition, he and his small band of helpers spent years creating what is now the Anzac memorial. For example, they dragged the old gas lamps out of the river, cleaned and repaired them and erected them where they now stand.   Kevin designed and built the map of Australia flower bed.   He organised the Light Horseman replica to be made and placed on the cenotaph where it has proudly stood since. Sadly, as noted by the Examiner article, age and exposure to the elements have caused the old soldier to start to crumble.   Kevin also organised a tree to be transported from every state and territory in Australia. These were planted in 1975 on a special tree-planting day.   Many people participated, but sadly a record of their names and the tree that each one planted has long disappeared.   Most of the expenses incurred by these ventures were paid for by Kevin himself.   Over the years he organised sports and picnic days that were enjoyed by many people.   The lord mayor of Sydney (Alderman Doug Sutherland) and our local member of parliament officiated at the opening of this memorial, and were most impressed by the site and that it was being dedicated to the RSL.   The dawn service at Tullymorgan on Anzac day is a most moving and spiritual event. The setting is quite beautiful.   Thanks to the Clarence Valley Council, the caretakers and the school committee, the grounds are kept in excellent condition.   Kevin Shortt would be very proud.   Les Hawkes, Maclean


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