Scott Bourke presents medallion to Martin Luther House curator
Scott Bourke presents medallion to Martin Luther House curator

The last journey



TRAVELLING to the football World Cup in Germany took on a special significance for Woolgoolga's Scott Bourke. Not only was Scott there to cheer on the Socceroos, he was also given a special task by his grandfather, Stan Crook, from Safety Beach. Stan entrusted his grandson with carrying a small medal- lion, 42 millimetres in diame- ter, which Scott's great grand- father, Charles Simpkins, an Australian soldier, found on a battlefield during World War I. The medallion carried the image of German church re-

former Martin Luther and the date of 1846. The inscription indicated it was issued in Wittenberg, Ger- many, on the 300th anniversa- ry of Luther's death. "When Charles Simpkins died, the medal was passed to his daughter Norma ? Scott's grandmother ? who prior to her death in January ex- pressed a desire for it to re- turn to an appropriate location in its country of origin," Stan said. Research revealed a number of possible destinations but the family settled on The Martin

Luther House in Wittenberg, the former monestary where Luther lived and worked. During his World Cup ad- venture, Scott and travelling companion Anna Rowsell, of Emerald Beach, delivered the medallion to the curator of the museum almost 90 years after it was found in France. They were given a tour of the museum, which contains original diaries written by Lu- ther in the 1500s. The medallion will nowbe displayed in the museum along with the story of its worldwide journey.



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