It’s truly impossible to comprehend the plight of our ANZACS but an absolute honor to be a part of their enduring legacy and contribute to the enhancement of the Anzac Memorial currently being undertaken by the NSW Government to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Our contribution made possible by the vision of acclaimed artist Fiona Hall, who was selected to create an artwork for the Memorial’s new Hall of Services. The artwork will include a plaque and soil sample from some 1700 NSW sites from which service men and women enlisted during the First World War.
The Soil Collection Program has been championed by the Minister for Veterans Affairs and the department of Spatial Services, most ably led by our Surveyor General, Narelle Underwood and we are humbled to honor our veterans by collecting soil from a number of these locations.
The Roseville Memorial Park marked the site for one of our significant collection events and we were delighted to be joined by the Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea, The Mayor of Ku-ring-gai, Jennifer Anderson, Councillor Peter Kelly, Michael Askey, President of the Roseville RSL Sub- Branch, Dr Bruce McAdam, Secretary of the Roseville Sub – Branch and John Whitworth, President of the Roseville Memorial Club. Our CEO, Michael Lockley, was on hand to record the GPS Co-ordinates of the soil collection location, assisted by LTS Survey Assistant Adun Feasey who has quite a remarkable Anzac history.
Aduns grandfather, Frederick Feasey, fought in a number of the most significant and brutal battles of World War 1, including Gallipoli, Somme and then Passchendaele.
Frederick is pictured left, the photo taken after his release from military hospital. Fred was dug from the mud by his Anzac mates, following the explosion of an artillery shell in close proximity. He spent three months recovering from shell shock.
Like his grandfather, Aduns father, Donald Feasey (pictured left) was drawn to serve his country and obtained his parents permission to enlist in the Navy at the age of 15. He fought in the Coral Sea Battle of World War 2 and went on to become a torpedoman in the Korean War.
Adun proudly followed his forebears into the services, joining the Royal Australian Navy after completing a Bachelor of IT in 2009 and spent 7 years serving his county. His recent career change has seen him join our wonderful surveying profession. Adun is currently studying surveying at Southern Queensland University while gaining valuable surveying experience at LTS.
The pride Adun has in his family and their achievements is overwhelming – “My Dad is My Hero”. It’s these words that so aptly describe our Anzacs, they are all hero’s.
The LTS Team collected from 10 different sites across the North Shore of Sydney and I would like to thank each of those who gave their personal time to assist. A huge thank you to Michael Lockley, Joseph Monardo, Daniel Vicente, Adun Feasey and Scott Lord.
To take part in this commemorative project, to remember and honour our service men and women, including direct family members of our staff is a true privilege.