Students from Creek Street Christian College had an extra history lesson this week during a tour of the RSL Soldiers Memorial Institute.
The Western Front Association’s Mick Hanrahan told them the story of the two Royal Australian Navy ships named after our city.
Hmas bendigo one was a minesweeper and was launched in March 1941. Number two was a patrol boat and served from 1983 until 2006.
The grade five students were each given a cap bearing the name.
Mr Hanrahan said he bought the caps years ago and wanted to find them a good home.