RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Ceremony
On Wednesday 5 April, RSL and schools participated in the RSL & Schools 
Remember ANZAC Ceremony. It was a great opportunity for the kids to show what 
ANZAC Day means to them.

Check out some of our photos from the day on our Facebook page - 
Missing Medals
Richard Broniman:

I have in my possession three medals awarded to James Edward DUNCAN, Service 
Number 138657. Mr Duncan was born 29 April 1924. He was, I believe, a member of 
Malabar RSL Sub Branch and therefore would have lived around that area. I can find 
no trace of him in RSL records. I would like to reunite the medals with his NOK.
HMAS Duchess Reunion 2017
Urgent Notice: Venue and Dates Corrections

Registrations are now called for the 8th reunion of HMAS Duchess Crew members, to 
be held at Surfers Paradise RSL, not Tweed Heads as previously advised, and for 
October 6th – 8th, 2017, not November. 

Full cost will be $200.00, which includes Friday and Saturday night dinner and Sunday 
lunch, and a certain amount of dry till Saturday night. Deposit of $50.00/head for 
prospective attendees to be paid 1st July, 2017, balance of payment by 8th September 

Phone or email for flyer to Rod Clarey, Ph 0409267388, or email, or Bruce Bowmaker Ph 0403243795, or email
Remembrance Ride

Rob Eade who served in the Defence Force for 21 years (1965-1986) is undertaking a 
venture to ride his motorised trike, towing a small trailer, around Australia and place 
a small hand held Australian flag with the detail of veterans who paid the supreme 
sacrifice from the Vietnam war through to the current war/conflicts in their 
birth/enlistment town memorial. 

He estimates a possible three year journey to accomplish this endeavour that he 
started mid-2016. 

Assistance would be welcomed, from RSL and Veteran groups in the towns he will be 
visiting, in the area of accommodation that is pet-friendly for he and his assistance 
dog, and the odd hot shower or home cooked meal would be greatly appreciated. 
This is a self-funded enterprise.

In NSW, Rob will be visiting the following towns and will contact you 1-2 weeks before 
his arrival:

Corowa  Canberra (ACT)  Goulburn Braidwood
Toomerong Wollongong  Camden Sydney
Katoomba Rylstone  Bathurst Orange
Cowra Forbes  Parkes Wellington
Mudgee Gulgong Dubbo Gilgandra
Coonamble Coonabarabran  Baan Baa Wee Waa
Moree Inverell  Armidale  Uralla
Tamworth  Merriwa  Muswellbrook Gosford
Newcastle Taree  Wingham Kempsey
Belligen Coffs Harbour  Grafton Kyogle
Lismore Ballina  Murwillumba

If you want to contact Rob to offer assistance please email him on 
Book Launch - Don Tweedie - Fighting Bandsman's Last Stand
Chatswood RSL
My name is Terry Tweedie and I have just authored and published a book on my  
father’s wartime experiences on the Burma Railway and Japan as a POW. 

I am having a book launch at the Chatswood RSL on 22 April 2017 at 10.30am. 

I would like to invite all sub-Branch members of NSW and individual 
sub-branches across NSW to the Book Launch. The Premier of NSW 
will be in attendance  and I suspect the Mayor of Willoughby (not 
confirmed yet). 
The Chatswood RSL sub-Branch is aware of this as they have assisted me in 
obtaining  use of Chatswood RSL. Please feel free to contact me – Terry 
Tweedie on 0428711725 or  for more information. 

If anyone wants to come could they please contact me prior to 20 April so we 
can  arrange seats, etc. for the event at Chatswood RSL.
Attention Galloping Green Grocers

Attention Galloping Green Grocers aka RAASC-RAAOC Food stuffs Platoon members. 
Our next RAASC Vietnam Supply Platoons Association Reunion is in Hobart this year 
to coincide with Armistice Day. Dates are 6-9 Nov 17. Why not come along and 
connect with old mates. Even stay awhile in the Apple isle. 

For more details phone Christina on 0430 125 195 or write to PO Box 207 Mitchell 
ACT 2911 or email or see our website: for more information. No phone calls after 8pm thanks.

2RAR National Reunion Brisbane 2017 - “where old mates reunite”

Date: 17-21 May 2017

Location: Brisbane

The 2RAR National Reunion runs from May 17 - 21 2017. This reunion is for everyone who served in 2RAR and 2/4RAR. No requirement to be an Association member to come along to this reunion. Early bird registration has been extended. Rally your mates and make this a memorable reuniting of past comrades-in-arms. Spouses/partners/families are welcome however it is essential that all attendees are registered. Click on the 2AR Association website to register. The cost of the reunion is listed on the registration form and will depend on the date of your registration. For further information call 07 3342 4272.

Searching for people from...
Is anyone from 39 Course 10 EFTS Demora on 41 Course 6 SFTS Mallala?

Please contact Peter Neilson (02) 6885 4586
HMAS Duchess Reunion 2017
Expressions of interest are called for the 8th Reunion of all HMAS Duchess Crew members, to be held at Tweed Heads RSL. November 3rd, 4th, 5th 2017.
Expected cost will be $200.00, which includes Friday and Saturday night dinner and Sunday lunch, and a certain amount of dry till Saturday night. 
Deposit of $50.00 expected to be called end of June 2017. A balance of payment will be due by the end of September 2017.

Enquiries to Rod Clarey - Ph: 0409 267 388 or email or Bruce Bowmaker- Ph: 0403 243 795 or email
Attention Galloping Green Grocers
Attention Galloping Green Grocers, aka RAASC-RAAOC Food stuffs Platoon members. The RAASC Vietnam Supply Platoons Association was set up in part to network with other Foodie mates, regardless of where you served. Why not join us and connect with old mates. We have regular reunions, regular newsletters and more.

Why not contact us? Phone Christine on 0430 125 195 or write to PO Box 207 Mitchell ACT 2911 or email or see our website: for more information.
Centenary of Public High School Education in Dubbo
The Committee organising the Centenary of Public High School Education in Dubbo in April 2017, are seeking ex-students and teachers of Dubbo High School, South Dubbo High School, Delroy High School and Dubbo College, who have served or are still serving in the Australian Military.
On Sunday 23rd April, 2017,  there will be a service at the Dubbo Cenotaph to honour former servicemen including Rawdon Middleton VC.
All current and former serviceman & women of these Dubbo schools are encouraged to participate in the service and wear the appropriate medals.

For more information, please contact Doug Butcherine ( or ph: (02) 6882 2323
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ANZAC Day - Greg (?) We met in Sydney, at a pub in the city. You were in Vietnam in 1965 and were a peacekeeper in the Middle East. You wear a Claddagh ring and spend 6 months a year in Italy. 

Please contact me on 0431 538 224 or
RAAF - Class of 74' No 33 Fireman's Course
Searching for members of RAAF - Class of '74 No 33 Fireman's Course.

F Hill (Jock)
D Kefford (Stalky)
J Rettalick (Ratty)
K Suhr (Sir)
P Blyth (Blue)
B Callaghan (Shorty)
W Hitchcock (Hitched)
R Lind (Lindy)
K Simmonds (Paddy)
D Smith (Smitty)
J Thompson (Tommo)

If anyone can help, please contact Lin Slaughter:
Tel: 0439 750 797 or Email:

Geoffrey Ernest Gabriel & 11 AUST SMALL SHIP COY
GEOFFREY ERNEST GABRIEL & 11 AUST SMALL SHIP COY. Geoffrey Gabriel joined the Naval College in 1928 and discharged from the Navy in 1936. He joined the CMF in 1942 (possibly an RAA anti-tank unit). He was then seconded to the 2AIF in 1943 and became a Master of Craft in the 11 Australian Small Ship Company (possibly skippering MCVs Blackwood & Danae or Doreen in New Guinea). He discharged from the Army in 1946.
Seeking contacts and information on Geoffrey’s Naval & Army service and the operations of 11ASSC. 

Mob: 0431 174 508 

2RAR National Reunion
2RAR National Reunion 17 - 21 May 2017
This reunion is for everyone who served in 2RAR or 2/4RAR.
No requirement to be an Association member to come to the reunion. Rally your mates and make this a memorable reuniting of past comrades-in-arms. Spouses/partners/families are most welcome however it is essential that all attendees are registered.

Go to our website at Our New Zealand mates are also welcome. Come over to Brisbane and let’s stand shoulder to shoulder again in the spirit of comradeship
DVA Gold Card and Centrelink Pension Card - Discount at the Good Guys
If you are entitled to a DVA Gold Card or a Centrelink Pension Card, you may be eligible to receive a discount on a replacement fridge and/or Television through the Good Guys.

Click on this link for more information and prices.

Rats of Tobruk

There are still many Rats of Tobruk who are not listed on the Association National ROTA Membership Database and Website ; in fact, as of the beginning of Sept 2016, there are still some 2629 not found and listed. The current number listed is now 11,371 as of 1/09/2016.

In memory of these brave WW2 Soldiers, a call is going out to the Public in all States for potential Affiliate Members to join this Unique Association, so that the “Rats” will not be forgotten, thereby providing our younger people the opportunity to understand the role the Rats of Tobruk played, in making Australia, what it is today, both in the Middle East and South West Pacific Area, to our North.

Read more about it here  or ROTA Vic Contact : Owen Carlton - email: or

Korea War Veterans Assoc.NSW Inc

Korea War Veterans Assoc.NSW Inc have a new Executive Committee.

President - Mr Noel Jackson. Ph: 4274 6020

Senior Vice President - Mr C R Morris OAM JP (Bob) Ph: 4422 3333

Junior Vice President - Mr Ben Link Ph: 4421 7299

Secretary - Mrs Alice Burns Ph: 0438 006 401

Treasurer - Mrs Sylvia Mann Ph: 5591 8251

Postal Address:

Post Office Box 3026. North Nowra 2541

Marjorie Lawrence Troop Tours 1944

I am a researcher at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music currently writing a thesis about the life of Australian dramatic soprano, Marjorie Lawrence. Lawrence sang concerts to over 30,000 in Australia during 1944, statistically there should be veterans still living who recall the event. 

Please contact Ellan Lincoln-Hyde, Director, Con to Kabul Concert Series.

2018 Wrans-Ran Women's Reunion. Port Stephens NSW

1-4 March 2018 

For more detailed information, log onto:

Annual Korea War Veterans Commemorative Reunion Canberra

Friday 27th - Monday 30th October 2017.

Cost $470pp with a $50 deposit payable by 5th August and full payment by 21st September 2017.

Cost is pp twin share of 3 nights, 3 x full breakfast, 3 x Main meals, transport to service and Sunday bus outing.

For more information contact Wendy Karam p: 0408913695 e:

Stolen Medals of Harold Gordon Nelson Cassells

My name is Richard (Rick) Christensen and have recently had my Great Grandfathers medals stolen in Queanbeyan NSW while travelling back to QLD. The medals were issued to Harold Gordon Nelson CASSELLS who served in the RAN during the first WW. His service number is 3761 and his DOB was 15 Aug 1891. The medals had only been in my possession for a few days after being passed to me by my Uncle in Melbourne, who had held them for many years. My Uncle unfortunately had never appropriately recorded or photographed the medals and therefore, I have only my Great Grandfather’s service record to guide me to what medals they were. The was a mounting of four medals and a mounting of miniatures of the same I assume. My family had stayed in Queanbeyan on our way back to Brisbane when the medals were identified as missing.

The medals are 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Star and the RAFR Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (issued 1 Jan 1935). The medals have been reported to NSW Police at Queanbeyan and have a COPS Event number E62748705. Any information on these medals please contact Rick Christensen on 0412198522 or or the NSW Police. Thank you.


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