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.