When Meg McNena went into an RSL to ask about a series of cypress trees, she ended up walking out, determined to write a play about 'Pompey' Elliott.
Major General Harold Edward Elliott CB, CMG, DSO, DCM, VD was born in poverty to a Charlton family in 1878, but life changed after his father found gold and they moved to Ballarat.
Pompey attended what is now Ballarat and Clarendon College, where he was the dux of his year.
Meg says the World War 1 hero was a unique leader and personality and leader.
Her play 'Mud and Blood' will be presented at the Ballarat Mechanics Institute (117 Sturt St) from 12.30pm and 7pm tomorrow (Friday May 17).
Tickets are $39 or $29 concession and are available at the door.
You can also book by going to .. https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=493326
And here's a sample of historian Ross McMullin's work, which Meg mentions in her interview...