Wish Me Luck Exhibition

The “Wish me luck – Honouring our WWll Veterans” exhibition featured 100 photographic portraits of South Australia’s World War II Servicemen and Servicewomen.  The portraits were selected from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s (AIPP) special Anzac Centenary “Reflections” project.

In South Australia alone 1050 portraits were taken over a seven-month period. Presenting a selection of these works, the Wish Me Luck exhibition provided a snapshot of our remaining South Australian men and women who served in World War II, honouring their service and the service of those who are no longer with us.

The exhibition was launched at the Flinders University City Gallery in July 2016 and Wish Me Luck was exhibited at the Chaffey Theatre, Renmark in March 2017 and the Main Corner Complex in Mount Gambier from 28 June to 30 July 2017, as part of a regional tour of South Australia.

The Wish Me Luck exhibition was partly funded by a grant from the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund.  At the conclusion of the project, Flinders University Art Museum sought the assistance of Veterans SA to return the block mounted portraits to the World War Two veterans or their next of kin.  Most of the portraits have now been returned.

During a visit to return his portrait, Z Special Unit veteran Mr Merv Fox, explained that his often-graffitied back fence was about to have a mural painted on it by artist, Mr Steve Glass with the assistance of a grant from the City of Charles Sturt  and the 2018 Senior Class of Our Lady Queen of Peace School.

The mural, which can be seen from West Lakes Boulevard, Woodville West is now complete, and we are sure you’ll agree that the Z Special Unit emblem section of the mural has come up particularly well.

Caption: Mr Merv Fox at West Lakes Boulevard, Woodville West mural pictured with his Wish Me Luck Portrait

Merv has had his Wish Me Luck portrait framed and agreed to be photographed with it in front of the Z Special Unit section of the mural.  Hopefully the mural will bring an end to the graffiti problems.

Aged 95, Merv still regularly attends his local gym and is looking forward to visiting Government House at the invitation of His Excellency The Hon Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia on 11 November 2018 to mark the Centenary of the Armistice.

Veterans SA is still seeking contact details for the following Wish Me Luck portrait veterans or their next of kin to arrange for the portraits to be returned.  Please let us know via Tel: (08) 8226 8552 or veteranssa@sa.gov.au if you have contact details for the World War Two veterans listed below or their next of kin.

  • Mostyn Beaglehole SX19301
  • Allan Beames PA2782
  • Clifford Chaplin PA3502
  • Gordon Crawford 48408
  • John Doyle PA1988
  • Charles Fisher SX8131
  • Ronda Frick 111566
  • Victor Grimmett S41184
  • Frank Gubbins 437128
  • Ralph Hagedorn PA4403
  • James Hancock SX1815
  • Roderick Kleinig PA3116
  • Lindsay Laming PA4169 (35141)
  • Rex Lipman VX69785
  • David Mattingley 408458
  • Geoffery Mead 122991
  • Joan Nankivell (Cook) 96677
  • Norman Schrubsole S76967
  • Maxwell Skeer 116000
  • Edward Skinner SX31023
  • Jesse Spangler 107426
  • Reginald Sutton SX29802