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Why did Edward VIII, when he was the Prince of Wales, visit the rural town of Coonamble in 1920? Meet the Australian team competing in the Invictus Games. Find out more in this week’s podcast …

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Invictus Games’ Australian Team

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert launched Australia’s Invictus Games campaign at Parliament House, Canberra, on Tuesday 26 August 2014. Rear Admiral (RADM) Robyn Walker, Commander Joint Health Command, RADM (rtd) Ken Doolan, National President Returned and Services League and nine athletes were present.

Members of Australia’s Invictus Games Team after the official launch at Parliament House.

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert launched Australia's Invictus Games campaign at Parliament House on Tuesday 26 August 2014. He was joined by Rear Admiral (RADM) Robyn Walker, Commander Joint Health Command, RADM (rtd) Ken Doolan, National President Returned and Services League, and 9 of the athletes. *** Local Caption *** The Australian Defence Force, in partnership with the Returned and Services League (RSL), is supporting a team of 36 serving and former serving wounded, injured and ill military members to compete in the inaugural Invictus Games in London. The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport competition championed by His Royal Highness Prince Harry. Over 400 athletes from 14 countries will attend the Games from 10-14 September 2014.

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Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott shows his support for the Invictus Games.

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP shows his support for Team Australia.

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Royal Visit To Coonamble, 1920

Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1920.

Coonamble welcomes the Prince of Wales with a parade.

Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

His Royal Highness stopped at Tyrone Pub for a beer.

Prince Edward also visited Tyrone Pub.

Tyrone Pub. Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum.

Edward Prince of Wales also stayed at Wingadee Station during his visit to Coonamble.

Wingadee Homestead. Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Wingadee Homestead. Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Prince Edward slept here!

Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

The dressing table in the Prince’s bedroom.

The Prince of Wales' dressing table at Wingadee Station. Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum.

Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Prince Edward’s Letter to Coonamble Schoolchildren

The letter written to schoolchildren in Coonamble written from Prince Edward aboard the HMS Renown, which is on display at the Museum Under the Bridge.

Letter from Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1920. Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Letter from Edward, Prince of Wales, in 1920. Photo courtesy of Coonamble Museum

Contact:

The Museum Under The Bridge
Aberford Street
Coonamble NSW 2329
Phone: (02) 6822-2873 or +61 2 6822-2873 (for overseas callers).

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