Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies Australia

QLD: Evening Lecture - Ms Vikki Bennett - "Never Forget Australia! The Little French Digger, one of six poignant stories from the upcoming documentary based on Vikki Bennett's recent book"

  • 06 Mar 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
  • RUSI Hall Victoria Barracks Brisbane

RUSIQ Evening Lecture

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

Never Forget Australia!
The Little French Digger, one of six poignant stories from the upcoming documentary based on Vikki Bennett’s recent book.”

Last year, Vikki Bennett spoke to RUSI about her children’s book : “The Two Pennies”, Another story which she mentioned was that of a very young French orphan boy who was adopted by an Australian unit. The soldiers became so attached to their young charge that they decided to smuggle him from France to England and then from England to Australia.

This they managed to do, not without some excitement.

In Australia, he was “formally adopted” by Air Mechanic Tim Tovell. None of the soldiers, or this little boy knew his real name, so he was universally known as “The little Digger”. Vikki has just written a book on this story, entitled “The Little Stowaway” This will be published in March, so Vikki will have copies available on the night for us to purchase

Presenter: Back by popular demand! Ms Vikki Bennett, well known motivator and author.

Vikki will be accompanied by Ms Sally Elliott, a granddaughter of Tim Tovell, who will give an appreciation of this extraordinary story from the Australian side.

SBS will be screening the documentary: “Never Forget Australia” on Monday 23 April at 8.30pm

To register to attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to rwghume@bigpond.com, by close of business, Monday, 05 March 2018

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)

Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes. 



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