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Musée Franco-Australien de Villers-Bretonneux

Victoria school

Victoria school

MESSAGE

Built in 1923-1927, the school is the gift from the children of the state of Victoria, Australia, to the children of Villers-Bretonneux as proof of their love and good-will towards France. Twelve hundred Australian soldiers, fathers and brothers of these children, gave their lives for the heroic recapture of the town on April 24th and 25th, 1918.

On the front of the building there are two plaques (one in French and one in English) referring to this.

ECOLE VICTORIA

In the School Yard, as well as an Aboriginal style moral created by the students of the school and inaugurated on ANZAC Day 2009, is an inscription over the porch on a green background in yellow writing saying :

DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA

Due to the strong bond of friendship between the Australian population and the inhabitants of Villers-Bretonneux. This message expresses the need to remember and show gratitude.

This inscription is found in French in each school room.

 

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Also situated in the school is the Victoria Hall, with its wooden paneling, carved by the Australian sculptor John Grant and his students from the Daylesford Technical College in Victoria, the carvings represent fauna and flora from Australia. In the hall is a permanent photo exhibition about the state of Victoria, offered to the town on ANZAC day 2003 by Peter A. Hansen former Agent-General for the state of Victoria in London.

 

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