LAUNCH OF EXHIBITION: OAKLEIGH-CARNEGIE RSL 1919-2019: A CENTURY OF HONOURING AND SUPPORTING VETERANS
History Monash Inc held a launch of this exhibition on 24 October 2019. Guests included Steve Dimopoulos, MLA for Oakleigh; Monash City Council Deputy Mayor Cr Brian Little and Cr Josh Fergeus; Doug Pendergast, the President of the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL; and the executives of several local RSLs. It was a special thrill to have in attendance four veterans whose stories are told in the exhibition: Ted Young (World War II), Doug Pendergast (Malaya), Neil Smith (Vietnam) and Dave Thompson (Iraq). It was also an honour to include former servicewoman Lorna Paterson. Along with Lorna’s own World War II service, her Oakleigh family has generations of military service. Helen Gobbi, the History Monash Inc historian, then shared these stories at an HM Members and Friends evening on Tuesday 19 November 2019.
Veterans (L-R) Ted Young, Doug Pendergast, Neil Smith and Dave Thompson in front of their panels at the exhibition.