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Monday 27 May, 2019
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Radio Adelaide 101.5FM
ON SERVICE VOICES – MONDAY 27.05.2019 FROM 6 TO 7PM ADELAIDE TIME (OR LISTEN AGAIN ANY TIME AFTER 7PM)
DON CAMPBELL WW2 VETERAN: THE LOSS OF MV MACDHUI
June 1942, Papua New Guinea. Young crew member Don fought to stay alive aboard the Macdhui while Japanese planes attacked, and Australian War Photographer Damien Parer filmed from a nearby hilltop. The savage attack on MV Macdhui, resulting in the loss of the ship and deaths and wounding of ten crew members is legendary in Australian wartime history, but very little is known about the crew.
Now approaching his 97th birthday and living in residential care, Don is frail but still very sharp of mind. Dan O’Brien, Secretary of the US Army Small Ships Association accompanied Service Voices on a visit to Don and we recorded an interview between the two good friends. Don told Dan “I’m not old yet mate, you’re not old until you’re a hundred.”
STEVE OPENSHAW: UNSUNG FOR 100 YEARS – THE HYMN OF THE COMMONWEALTH
Trove shows that the Official hymn of the Commonwealth, with words written by John Farrell, was sung at the inauguration ceremony in January 1901 when the Colonies collectively became states of the Commonwealth of Australia. John Farrell is the Great-Great Grandfather of Dan O’Brien, the chap who interviewed Don Campbell.
Steve Openshaw and the Sing Australia Gordon Choir sang the hymn at a recent reunion of WW2 Veterans in Sydney.
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