Two Pennies Childrens Book about Viller Bretonneux School Rebuilding

Childrens Book about Villers Bretonneux School Rebuilding


Two Pennies Australian Children rebuild a French School after WW1 by V. Bennett

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This WW1 Children’s book relates the Bennett Family's true story of a 3 generation connection with the Villers Bretonneux School. During the German Offensive of 1918, the Australian Army Forces liberated the town of Villers Bretonneux in France. However, in the process, the town was largely destroyed including the local School.

The book begins with the Author’s Grandfather returning from WW1, to a son he had never seen. This starts an incredible journey for the family. The powerful story is based on the Penny Drive and about a little boy who, with courage, hope and perseverance, helped to rebuild the Villers Bretonneux school across the oceans.
The story culminates with two of the original pennies from the Penny Drive being donated to the new Villers Bretonneax Museum.

The book introduces the young reader to World War One concepts, Australian Soldiers returning to civilian life, Australian Family life in the Great Depression and charity. 

The Villers Bretonneux school was rebuilt with donations from the Victorian Department of Education as well as Victorian School children and their teachers, who helped the effort by asking for pennies, in what was to be known as the Penny Drive. The Victorian Department of Education contributed 12,000 pounds and the School was officially opened on ANZAC Day in 1927. The school was appropriately renamed ‘Victoria College’ and the hall inscribed with the words “N’oublions jamais l’Australie“ (Never forget Australia) - 


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Book Condition:
Total Pages:
around 36 pages - not numbered
Publication Date:
Dimensions in mm :
210 x 265 x 4
Cover Type:
Stiff Card Boards Printed Laminate

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