The Andrews Labor Government is helping the Werribee community teach its young students about our Anzac story and World War I by supporting a new travelling roadshow.

The Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI puppet show follows the journey of Nell, Trick and Bullet – three dogs responsible for carrying messages between headquarters and the front line.

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas said the free puppet show is tailored to students from prep to grade six, telling tales of courage, determination and mateship that capture the hearts and minds of young Victorians.

The 45 minute performance will come complete with an online education resource kit for primary schools to download. Each participating student will receive their own commemorative 1919 Children’s Peace Medal.

All Victorians deserve an opportunity to connect with Australia’s wartime legacy, no matter their age or where they live. The Messenger Dogs – Tales of WWI puppet show follows the Anzac Centenary – Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance show, which has reached 35,000 Victorians in two years.

Tim Pallas MP said programs like these ensure that the stories of World War I are kept alive for future generations.

The roadshow will be ready to tour from 22 August 2016 and expressions of interest to host the roadshow at your school can now be submitted online by visiting anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au. Queries can be sent to messengerdogs@dpc.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas

“The travelling roadshow is a unique take on World War I that will capture the hearts and minds of so many young Victorians.”

“So many Victorians have a connection with war. This is a chance for tomorrow’s leaders to better connect with the moments that shaped our history.”

“Australia has a proud wartime history, and it’s our duty to preserve our past for future generations to cherish.”