A Suffolk student is the first winner of a new scholarship commemorating a founding father of modern Australia.
Zach Delgado-Barter, from Eye, is a pupil at the Royal Hospital School at Holbrook, near Ipswich. Instead of starting his summer holidays after taking his GCSEs, a “delighted” Zach will fly to Australia in July to spend what is the winter the term at the Cranbrook School in Sydney.
Zach, 16, a former pupil of the Hartismere and Burston schools, has been awarded a scholarship by the Britain Australia Educational Trust to honour the life and work of Admiral Arthur Phillip. The trust supports young people on exchange visits to promote interest and knowledge of Australia.
In 1787 Admiral Phillip was chosen to lead a fleet of 11 ships carrying convicts to Australia to establish a new penal colony. As well as a renowned seaman, he was a linguist, a secret agent against the French and a humanitarian, which was demonstrated in his treatment of the convicts and the Aborigine people. He refused to allow reprisals when he was wounded by an Aborigine and his achievements in Australia were portrayed in the 2015 television drama Banished, showing how he gave the convicts rights and established law and order.
As a boy he had been a pupil at the Greenwich Hospital School from which the Royal Hospital School evolved when it transferred from Greenwich to a site by the River Stour in 1933.
Zach’s grandfather, retired Diss dentist Peter Barter, said that a master at Holbrook said they had looked for a winner who shared the qualities of Admiral Phillip. “The Britain Australia Society had a presentation in London where Zach had to give a speech. He was very nervous but it was very well received,” said his grandfather. “One of the conditions of his scholarship is keeping a journal and giving another presentation to the society when he returns.”
Zach, who lives at Eye with his mother Sarah, brother Lorca and sisters Emily and Lucia, flies home in September to continue his studies at Holbrook.