Centennial Celebrations at Crystal Brook

Following an invitation from the Crystal Brook RSL, the Museum Curator and the Marketing Team attended Centennial Celebrations of 100 years of the RSL at Crystal Brook on Sunday, 25th August. Coincidentally, it was also the Centenary of the awarding of the Victoria Cross to local man, Corporal Arthur Percy Sullivan.

‘Sully’, as he was known, received the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the North Russia Relief Force in August 1919. The citation reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty on 10th August, 1919, at the Sheika River, North Russia.  The platoon to which he belonged, after fighting a rear-guard covering action, had to cross the river by means of a narrow plank, and during the passage an officer and three men fell into a deep swamp. Without hesitation, under intense fire, Corporal Sullivan jumped into the river and rescued all four bringing them out singly. But for this gallant action his comrades would have undoubtedly been drowned. It was a splendid example of heroism, as all ranks were on the point of exhaustion and the enemy less than 100 yards away.”

A Memorial Wall was unveiled by His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le, AC, Governor of South Australia. (see photos below).

Everyone then retired to the RSL Building where a scrumptious lunch was provided.

 It was so pleasing for the Museum to receive the invitation and we thank the RSL and the people of Crystal Brook for their wonderful country hospitality.