Future Leaders is a national Initiative about leadership and the future of Australia. It seeks to involve, inform and inspire young people.
Please Note: You are viewing the non-styled version of The Future Leaders website. Either your browser does not support Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) or it is disabled.

Email Future Leaders

Young Writers

Back to list of Young Writers


Toy soldiers
Gabrielle Sing

download pdf

“I was fifteen when Claude joined up. My favourite, laughingeyed brother: strong, gentle and mischievous, whose love was absolute.
My lifelong comrade and idol, who had not laughed when I cast aside my dolls and my spinning wheel, but had taken my hand and welcomed me as one of the boys. We ran down the hill, ignoring Mother’s scolding, barefoot in the dust, heedless of my clean skirts …”