Proud to be asked to play

This article has photo gallery Published on CPL Sebastian Beurich (author and photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): Anzac Day

Royal Australian Navy Seaman Lynton Robbins at the Australian War Memorial, 21 April 2020. (photo: CPL Sebastian Beurich)
Royal Australian Navy Seaman Lynton Robbins at the Australian War Memorial, 21 April 2020.

The opportunity to combine his Indigenous heritage and military service is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity for one of Navy’s newest sailors, Seaman Lynton Robbins.

Seaman Robbins, originally from Orange, New South Wales, was selected to play didgeridoo at the Australian War Memorial for the Anzac Day national ceremony.

While not open to the public this year, the revised service will be held at 5:30 am at the Australian War Memorial and will be broadcast to the nation on the ABC TV and live-streamed on social media.

“Anzac Day means the world to me,” Seaman Robbins said.

“This is bigger than me, so being part of the ceremony, for both the past and future Anzacs that come through, being a middle ground for the Indigenous people is massive.

“I feel like it’s made my career more worthy.”

Although he’s been playing the didgeridoo for 17 years, he has been working with a tutor in the lead-up to the ceremony to help him perform at his “absolute best”.

“The last Anzac Day I participated in was in 2016, when I played for the Orange RSL,” he said.

“It absolutely gave me goosebumps when they asked me to play for that event, so coming to play for this one – the biggest ceremony in Australia – is pretty extraordinary.

“I’ve been running and swimming to help my circular breathing, which will help me play better and get a better sound quality for the people watching.”

Seaman Robbins is currently posted to Royal Australian Air Force base Wagga Wagga, where he is conducting employment training as an aircraft technician.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20201523.

Royal Australian Navy Seaman Lynton Robbins at the Australian War Memorial on 21 April 2020.

Royal Australian Navy Seaman Lynton Robbins at the Australian War Memorial on 21 April 2020.