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Mosaic Project: Proud as Punch

Posted: 20-Nov-2018

On Tuesday 13 November, the unveiling ceremony of a permanent mosaic for the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital was attended by a select group of OLMC students. The group represented the 90 students who created the mosaic. 

This project was part of OLMC’s ongoing Artist Within program. Over several weeks in Term 2, local artist Simon Normand worked with 90 Years 7, 8 and 9 students to create two large-scale mosaics commemorating the Centenary of Armistice. The mosaics depict and celebrate the lives and achievements of Australian Army wartime nurses, Grace Wilson and Vivian Bullwinkel. Working on this project provided students with the valuable opportunity to learn about and pay homage to the inspirational, unsung heroines of both world wars.

This hugely ambitious project was funded by both the Federal Government and by generous private donations raised by other organisations, including the War Widows Guild. The students who attended the unveiling ceremony felt deeply privileged to be representing their peers and College. They were left in no doubt about just how significant this project is to many people connected to the hospital, and to the veteran and civilian nurses who fought in all wars for Australia.

The next time you visit the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, be sure to view the completed mosaics, which will be on permanent display at its entrance. We think you will be as proud as we are of the girls here at the College who created this wonderful work under the tutelage of Simond Normand and OLMC Design, Art and Technology (DAT) staff.

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