Mt Eliza College students to help in search for First World War shell.

21/03/2014

Real Time Learning students from Mt Eliza Secondary College have been invited to help in the search to find the first shot fired in WW1.

Project Longshot, run by deep sea explorers Southern Ocean Exploration (SOE) and Whitewater Documentaries, hopes to find the shell that Australian forces fired at the German ship Pfalz as it tried to escape from Port Phillip Bay on the morning WW1 was declared.

This was the first Allied action of the Great War. SOE, Australia’s most successful shipwreck discovery team, has invited students to assist Whitewater Documentaries in the media campaign and with an equipment fundraising drive.

Students may be offered opportunities to participate in the on-water search with parental assistance.

Project Longshot offers students an insight into how a real media campaign is managed and will hopefully help them to develop a greater passion for maritime archaeology and Australian history.

Students will be offered local media exposure and the project will also present students with opportunities to develop networks in the public and private sectors.

Project Longshot is supported by Heritage Victoria, Parks Victoria, The Department of Veterans Affairs and by the Victorian ANZAC Centenary Committee.

VACC chairman Ted Baillieu has said the government was planning an event to commemorate the “first shot”, and finding the shell would be a coup. “The VACC has already raised for consideration the possible location and recovery effort of that first shell, if intact,” he said. “If it was possible, such a find would, of course, be of worldwide significance.”

Southern Ocean Exploration team leader Mark Ryan will be presenting a talk to Real Time Learning students at Mt Eliza Secondary College soon.

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