The Age Jan 20, 1930


Lord Somers to Visit Today
[From a special correspondent.]

ANGLESEA, Sunday – For the first time 80 boys selected to attend Lord Somers’s get-together camp at Anglesea met at Spencer Street Station yesterday and assembled in their respective groups. From the time the boys assembled at No.8 platform the spirit of comradeship was evident, and it was gratifying to members of the staff to see factory boys mingle freely with public school boys. It was a great inauguration for this second camp of its kind. Lord Somers was unable to personally farewell the boys at Spencer Street, but in the first issue of “Summer’s Times,” the official magazine of the camp, his Excellency issued the farewell message. In this the Governor wished all good luck, and expressed the wish that the ultimate object of the camp would be ever present.
On arrival at Geelong scenes of great enthusiasm were witnessed, for during the train ride from Melbourne the boys and staff had become much better acquainted. The healthy rivalry between the five groups was evident, as lusty voices roared their war cries. The Geelong boys joined the throng at the station, and later the party moved off in cars for Anglesea. The cars were provided by the Geelong branch of the R.A.C.V., and as the moves off, bedecked in flags and mascots, it was hard to imagine a healthier and happier band of boys.
On reaching camp the boys soon settled down to their new surroundings, and bonds of friendship were quickly established. The arrangements at the camp are such that industrial and public school boys are encouraged to mix as much as possible in the dormitories, at the dining table, and on the sports ground. A public school boy is placed beside a boy from industry. The benefit of this is apparent and any feeling of social inequality is quickly dispelled.
In the evening the group leaders, Squadron-Leader R, J. Brownell, Major R, H. Nimmo, Mr. Kent Hughes, M.L.A., Mr A. Darvall, and Mr. I. Burge, assembled their respective group, and in isolated parts of the camp ground were to be heard rehearsing the group songs and war cries. Later all members of the camp assembled in the open air theatre, and indulged in community singing, the most popular number being the camp song, Somers Boys Are We. A picture show, interspersed with humorous items, completed the evening’s entertainment.
Today was a free day for the boys to become better acquainted with one another, and with their surroundings. In the morning the camp padre, Rev. A.R. MacNeil, conducted divine service in the open air chapel.
Quite a feature of the camp is a magazine issued daily. Articles are contributed by the boys and members of the staff. The magazine is really a valuable adjunct. The inspiring motto on appearing on the front page is – “Be ye all of one mind, having the compassion of one another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” Tangible evidence that the happy get-together spirit fostered at last year’s camp and not died was provided by a visit to the camp today of 40 boys who were members of the camp last year. These boys arrived shortly after lunch, and soon re-joined their old groups. They made new friendships, and gave great encouragement to the new boys at camp. The afternoon was spent at the beach surfing. A display of lifesaving was given by members of the Anglesea Life-Saving Club, followed by a burlesque by the Otway Forest troop of boy scouts. Much amusement was caused by the efforts of the troop to rescue a despondent young couple from the water.
Engineer Rear-Admiral Sydenham spent the day at the camp, and in the evening delivered an interesting address on Sidelights of the Navy. This was illustrated by a film entitled Life on the Ocean Wave. Rear-Admiral Sydenham explained to his interested audience the customs of the navy and the history of some famous ships. In an interview the rear-admiral said the camp was one of the finest institutions he had seen, and it was apparent to anyone that it must be a success. He hoped this get-together movement founded here by Lord Somers would continue to develop the interest of our young manhood.
The Camp Organiser, Dr. C.G. McAdam, and the Camp Chief, Mr. H.E. Hurst, are more than pleased with the first day’s success, and they are high in their praise for the way in which everyone has settled down to make the camp an unqualified success. Everything points to a most happy week. Tomorrow inter-group sport will commence in earnest, and as Lord Somers points out, there will be no material prize for camp games. The reward will be wholesome fun.
His Excellency will arrive at the camo early tomorrow morning, and will accompany the boys to Geelong aerodrome to witness an aerial display to be given by members of Point Cook flying school. After tomorrow Lord Somers intends to visit the camp every day.