Saturday, 16 October 2010

Victoria Barracks - the Corps of Guides


The Corps of Guides, established in 1983, is an active group of retired service men and women who give of their time freely and joyously to share the history of Victoria Barracks. There were up to a hundred interested members of the public shown around in maybe 5 groups.

My group was guided by Tom Marshall, ex-Navy, and a Scot by descent. He was demobbed in 1948, and took up teaching. He is now aged 82, and has a delightful turn of phrase and a wide-ranging knowledge, not just of the Australian services and Victoria Barracks. A gentleman, a scholar and a joy to meet.

8 comments:

Steffe said...

A fine portrait of Tom.

Kay L. Davies said...

Wonderful, Julie. Thanks for reminding us how much we can learn from the few WWII veterans who remain.

Kay, Alberta

Francisca said...

That's a lovely portrait, Julie, both in photo and words. A man to be appreciated, for sure.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Nice portrait, Julie, and that lawn mirrors the lines and angles of the building's columns. Thanks for the story too.

Bon weekend,
Genie

J Bar said...

I do like this view of the barracks too.

Bruce Caspersonn said...

We will be the poorer when the likes of him are not with us anymore.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Look at the lawn, very orderly.

altadenahiker said...

You captured dignity.

(I see you have done some redecorating around here. There are two columns I will very much miss, but I'm off to try the new one.)