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Governor and Mr Howard with the Rats of Tobruk
The Governor and Mr Anthony Howard QC, with Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, pictured with surviving Rats of Tobruk.
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The Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard QC hosted an afternoon tea in honour of the Rats of Tobruk. 

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This afternoon, the Hon. Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard QC hosted an afternoon tea in honour of the Rats of Tobruk.  Joined by former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce AD AE and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, the Governor welcomed the surviving Rats of Tobruk to Government House, and spent the afternoon speaking with them about their memories and experiences.

The siege at Tobruk lasted for eight months during 1941.  During those months, these and many other predominantly Australian soldiers withstood attacks from enemy forces, and also endured particularly arduous conditions in the North African desert.  Around 14,000 Australian troops, together with 12,000 British and Indian troops, resisted the repeated attacks by German forces.  Over 3,000 Australian troops were injured or killed during the siege.  

The Governor and Mr Howard welcomed the opportunity to speak with those who formed part of such an important piece of Australia’s wartime history.