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History Essay Writing Brilliance

Each year the Nambour and District Historical Museum hold a remembrance service honouring different people from the Sunshine Coast community and the sacrifices they have made. This year we were privileged to contribute to this occasion as Jim Hocking’s life and death were honoured at a special service attended by his family and key members of the Sunshine Coast and Fenland district (United Kingdom) communities.

Through his act of heroism, Nambour’s son Jim Hocking has forged a partnership between Nambour and the district of Fenland who to this day, still honour Jim in the township of March and remember his bravery. In the March Museum there is a display dedicated to Jim and a slate memorial resides at St Wendreda’s church close to the crash site.

Councillor Mike Cornwell and his wife Judith travelled from Fenland district in the United Kingdom to Australia to be a part of the service held on Saturday with Jim’s brother, Alan, being a special guest.

The essay writing competition is an integral part of each year’s ceremony, with first place entries being read by the students as a part of the service. The essay writing competition this year was dedicated to Jim Hocking’s memory.  The museum community are always very impressed with our students and enjoy them being a part of the day.

The Coolum High students who received awards were:

Year 10:            1st        Caoimhe Mallon             2nd       Casey Hewitt

Year 9:              1st        Reuben Johnson            2nd       Angie Sprokkereef

Year 8:              2nd       Tia Dawes