The Governor of NSW David Hurley has praised Dubbo’s public high schools for producing heroes like Rawdon Middleton, the World War II pilot awarded a Victoria Cross posthumously.
He says the schools have made an “exceptional contribution to our state and national life in educating students of high calibre and commitment and equipping students with the opportunity to live meaningful and contributory lives in the Australian and international community”.
“Not many schools can claim to have educated a Victoria Cross recipient,” the Governor said.
“ Rawdon Middleton VC is one of 449 ex-students listed on Dubbo High School’s roll of honour for World War II and an example of the many outstanding students who have passed through the public high schools of this city.”
The Governor and his wife Linda will travel to Dubbo for the official lunch on Saturday of the Centenary of Public High School Education in Dubbo. They will be among an estimated 500 current and former students and staff of “all high schools” in the city, taking part in centenary events from Friday to Monday.
“I know many former students and teachers have travelled from all corners of our state, and further afield, to show their justifiable pride in the century of public education provided by Dubbo High School, Dubbo South High School, Delroy High School, Dubbo College, Dubbo School of Distance Education and Mian School,” the Governor said. “I am delighted to join them to celebrate this prestigious history which spans several generations, outlined in the wonderful publication Milestones and Memories, which is also launched this weekend.”
The centenary program includes an 11am service on Sunday at the cenotaph to honour former and current servicemen and women, with a “special focus” on Rawdon Middleton VC. A former student of Dubbo High School, he gave his life for his Royal Air Force crew after a bombing mission to Italy in 1942. Go to www.bindyi.com for the centenary program.