Sunday, January 16, 2011

Albert Jacka and Port Melbourne

The annual commemoration of the life of Albert Jacka VC, MC and Bar was held today at his grave at the St Kilda Cemetery. Jacka was the first Australian to win the Victoria Cross in World 1, and many commentators thought he should have been given greater recognition for his valour on the western front. He had a reputation for challenging authority when he thought his men were exposed to unwarranted risk and for his extraordinary dedication to his men.
Jacka returned to Melbourne on the SS Euripides berthing at Station Pier in October 1919. He didn't like all the adulation that he received from the public. He went on to become mayor of St Kilda but died in 1932 - worn out at the age of 39.
Give him a thought when next you drive along Jacka Boulevard.
Blue and yellow are the colours of the 14th battalion - known as 'Jacka's mob'.

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