“They were official government photographs and that was the one they chose.
“It came as a bit of a shock, I came out of the train and saw myself,” she says.
“I saw myself on the screen at one of the one-hour picture theatres, I don’t know how Peters Ice Cream got it, but there’s a photograph of me saluting and it said ‘Peters Ice Cream salutes the nation’.”
Peg says she has always treasured the Anzac Day march, despite not having taken part before. “I’ve always watched it and always looked for people I know, but I don’t see them any more.”
Peg was one of more than 70 veterans transported to the march by RACV volunteers, continuing a century-old tradition.
During World War I, RACV members transported more than 93,000 soldiers and nurses from ships at Port Melbourne’s Station Pier and Princes Pier to hospital or military barracks.
It was an enormous task for a membership of only 1400, and one that earned the club its ‘Royal’ prefix. Since then, RACV has continued to help transport veterans to commemorative services including the Anzac Day march.