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Capalaba students forge new friendships with French students

St Luke's Capalaba students

A SHORT film commemorating events that took place in a small town in northern France 100 years ago is helping forge new friendships between two schools on opposite sides of the world. The film “Do Not Forget Australia, the duty of remembrance in Villers-Bretonneux” inspired Year 3 students at St Luke’s School, Capalaba, to put pen to paper and write to ... Read More »

Former pilot honoured by Church and French people says ‘Thanks, Lord’

Ron Hickey

ABOVE dark clouds, Ron Hickey piloted his heavy bomber home from battle. In a split second, another warplane whizzed across the nose of his cockpit, missing by centimetres. “Now I’m moving at about 280 miles per hour (450km/h) and he’s cutting across at the same speed, and my wingtip very nearly took his tail off,” Mr Hickey said. “And then ... Read More »

War veteran took on top-secret missions but never hid Catholic faith

Lionel Veale

JUST 12 months after enlisting in the army, 22-year-old Lionel Veale was tapped on the shoulder by a brigadier recruiting for a new, mysterious company of men, willing to take on top-secret assignments. It was 1941, just months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and opened up a new, Second World War front in the Pacific. “Do you think you’d be ... Read More »

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