As part of the commemoration of the centenary of Armistice Day 1918, the Mosman Anzac Memorial Hall Trust held a literary competition. Mosman school students were invited to research the story of a Mosman resident during WWI or a Mosman soldier or nurse who had been on the Western Front during the war. The winner was Margarita (Maggie) Dowd, who traced the path of David Samuel Anderson, of 21 Holt Avenue, who was killed at the Battle of Fromelles. The other five finalists were Johnny Austen, Mia Cumming, Daniel Dickeson, Leila Heichmann-Basha and Lucy James.
Maggie's prize was a fully paid 14-day escorted tour of the Western Front, accompanied by her mother, which included the official Armistice ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux on 11 November 2018.
Mosman Historical Society congratulates Maggie and the other finalists and commends the Mosman Anzac Hall Memorial Trustees for encouraging young people to appreciate history. More details about the competition, as well as the other entries, are available at the Mosman Local Studies Library.
The grave of Margarita’s subject, David Samuel Anderson.
Margarita and her mother, Natalia, on their trip.