Weekly News 2017
Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 March 2017



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 March 2017
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G’day All. Have been in contact this week one way or another in respect of various topics with Gary Freak, Norm Friebe, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane, Mick Gallagher and Tom Houldsworth. Mick went to the Sunshine Coast for a ‘JEPARIT’ reunion.

Does anybody want our other car stickers - ‘Pride of the Fleet JR’s 1963 with the two ensigns’. These are the stickers the late Tug ‘Allan’ Wilson designed for the Mildura function. They are well designed and good quality. Mine have been on my car for 6 or so years, no bleaching or signs of wear and tear.

Who remembers the occasion when the RAN transferred to the Australian White Ensign. Well that was 50 years ago this month. I remember being at HARMAN and the GG came out to the ceremony. Col Yench forwarded a link on celebrating 50 years of raising the AWE each morning at 0800. (Don’t need any warries about being at sea and it stays aloft, keeping the sea lanes open…… etc) ANZAC Day, DFWA Bulletin on Digital Readiness, Navy History and more plus joke are in the Attachment.

We do have an active interest in the LEEUWIN Lifebuoy we are going to auction at this year’s reunion/wake. Do you want to bid for it? Look on our FB page if you do. If you are not on FB contact Ian Schubert or me to register your interest.

If you have moved in the last couple of years and have changed your postal address, could you please let me know as some birthday cards are being returned. I have asked Stoney Bourke to check whether the 8th intake would like the residue of our birthday cards.

We now have a date for our next function in Sydney, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls) Tom Houldsworth and maybe Bruce Pollock are now starters/potential starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated with John Hatchman’s pic of the ‘LEEUWIN larrikin’ sticker. There are some recent photos of Brent Balchin, Ken Dobbie and Wally Gawne having a good time. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

The ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. Mons Cup is being played at TG Milner Field on Friday 31 March commencing 0900.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Barry Andrew
ANZAC Day Brisbane
Australian White Ensign Video
DFWA – Digital Readiness
Privacy Protection
Naval History
Lost soul – Ron Heath
KUTTABUL Commemoration
Navy Rugby for Golden Oldies
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 March 2017
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G’day All. We caught up with Brent and Sue Balchin on Tuesday for dinner, then Ken and Lorraine Dobbie hosted Wally and Robyn Gawne plus Bev and I to a delightful lunch on the Wednesday and showing off the new additions on their home. Also caught up with Chris Smith and his wife (ex CPOWTR) when we met up with Brent and Sue, then on Saturday morning met Stoney Bourke (8th intake) (also ex CPOWTR) for coffee in Ulverstone.

Our nephew was married in SHROPSHIRE Park in Ulverstone. If you haven’t been there it is worth the look, the town is very service oriented and the park is well done. There are memorials to ships of all sizes, some I haven’t heard of plus recognition of a lot of Navy Banter. Have a look.

Spoke to Bob Stupple today, he is convalescing. Not a good way to spend your birthday.

Stevan Coll has commented on the article about the RSL in disarray. John Grenfel has responded to the Matelots Bowls in May, a good article on DFRDB, the story of the Battle of the Java Sea; plenty to read and enjoy.

We have an interest in the LEEUWIN Lifebuoy we are going to auction at this year’s reunion/wake. Do you want to bid for it?

I have asked Stoney Bourke to check whether the 8th intake would like our birthday cards.

We now have a date for our next function, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Let me know if you intend turning up.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth and maybe Bruce Pollock are now potential starters for the May Navy Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. Unfotunately John Grenfel and Ron Pope will not be attending. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. The competition should be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th.

Face Book – New pics have been posted on our FB page, there are photos of Brent Balchin, Ken Dobbie and Wally Gawne having a good time. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

The ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Stevan Coll on the RSL saga
John Grenfel (not going to Matelots bowls)
The Gross Reduction of DFRDB Benefits
Battle of the Java Sea
Joint Strike Fighter
Water – It is good for you
Lost Vincent Burke
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 February 2017
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G’day All. Bev and I have arrived in Tasmania, we caught up with a slimmer Dolly Gray today who I haven’t seen since the Mildura bash, (he has lost more than 5 stone and plans to lose more) he looks fit, happy and it appears like he has found his perfect sea change in Southern Tasmania. He certainly keeps himself busy with home and community projects. Am hoping to catch up with Brent and Sue Balchin, Ken and Lorraine Dobbie and Wally and Robyn Gawne during this week in Northern Tasmania.

Spoke to Nev Barry, Doug Wilson, Phil Clements and Schubes during the week and have received an email from Tom Houldsworth with the pic of the LEEUWIN Lifebuoy we are going to auction at this year’s reunion/wake. Also received emails from Steve (Knocker) White, Ron Quetcher and Ray Poole re birthday cards.

Nev Barry’s older brother is really crook, he is in Mackay. Nev wanted to let us all know that we (i.e. you and me) have an option if/whenever we are brain dead we have an option to have life support turned off. His email is attached. Doug Wilson is chasing up some bowling stickers for the bowlers, Phil Clements is doing a good job chasing up the whereabouts of Alan Smith and Schubes is working hard on our upcoming reunion/wake in Canberra this October.

Please make sure I have your correct postal address for your ‘personalised birthday card’.

Does anybody have any mates from the 8th intake. We will have a surplus of birthday cards. The printer finished a run and didn’t charge us any extra for the additional cards. The 8th may like to use them.

We now have a date for our next function, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Let me know if you intend turning up.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth, Ron Pope and maybe Bruce Pollock are now potential starters for the May Navy Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. The competition should be held between 20 – 26 May

Face Book – A pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

The ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
DUCHESS Reunion 2017

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Nev Barry
By promoting diversity over fighting ability the Army is alienating Warriors
Rogues yarn
Call the hands
The Buzz
The Bangka Island massacre
Lieutenant Eric Worsley GM MBE RNVR
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 February 2017
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G’day All. What a good weekend. Went up to Bateau Bay yesterday to attend Bruce Pollock’s surprise birthday party. Bruce had no idea 50 plus of his relo’s and mates were turning up to help him celebrate; in fact he was of the understanding he was going out to dinner with his daughter Samantha and her family who live in the area. Everybody especially the kids had a fun time. I have included a pic of Bruce and myself on our Facebook Page.

Prior to going to Bruce’s place I caught up with Doug Wilson in his new home in Bateau Bay. Trish was working to keep Doug in the standard he demands so didn’t see her. When I was at Doug’s place I received a phone call about Navy Bowls. As Doug and I are discussing getting stickers for our bowls when we bowl as a group it was ‘karma’.

Have received a call from Phil Clements in regard of the whereabouts of Alan Smith, Phil and Joan live in the area and he is going down to the address and chasing it up. Still no response on Syd James. Was he your mate. If he was, perhaps you may know the whereabouts of some of his relations or mates. Please make sure I have your correct postal address for your ‘personalised birthday card’.

Does anybody have any mates from the 8th intake. We will have a surplus of birthday cards. The printer finished a run and didn’t charge us any extra for the additional cards. They make like to use them.

We now have a date for our next function, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Let me know if you intend turning up.

There is so much in the Attachment I had to cut out the jokes as the data limit was next to stretching point. There is something for everybody, there is an emphasis on the October Wake/reunion and the 2nd World War plus plenty more.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth, Ron Pope and maybe Bruce Pollock are now potential starters for the May Navy Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. The competition should be held between 20 – 26 May

Face Book – Bruce Pollock at his surprise 70th Birthday Party. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

The ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
DUCHESS Reunion 2017

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Reunion/Wake minutes of meeting held at Husky on 10 Feb 2017
List of Attendees for our reunion/wake
Vale - Fred Halsey
Recruiting Video
LEEUWIN Barracks
Small Ships News
ANZAC Day Sydney 2017
Defence Participation in 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade
Battle of the Coral Sea
Vietnam Brochure
Darwin 1942
The fall of Singapore – a Naval perspective

Cheers

Ron






Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 February 2017

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G’day All. Still chasing up the whereabouts of Alan Smith and now Syd James. Do you know any of their contact details as their birthday cards have been returned.


On Friday we had our annual function at Husky to commemorate the lives of the blokes who were lost on VOYAGER. Tom Houldsworth as usual organized the dinner bookings and purchased and laid the wreath. In perfect conditions the ceremony was conducted in VOYAGER Park by a Padre from CRESWELL. The ceremony is also supported by local radio 2ST. We may need singing lessons prior to next years service as most of us had difficulty with the second verse of ‘Advance Australia Fair’. It is apparent the ceremony is attracting more people, our group numbered 21 and we weren’t the majority group. We also do breakfast the morning after, which is equally satisfying. Put it in your diary for next year.


Tom Houldsworth was presented with the ‘1963 JR of the Year for 2016’ shield. As reported previously, ‘I am very happy to announce that I have consulted with Schubes and Terry Dack who are past recipients of the Butch Cousins donated ‘1963 EXJR of the year Shield’ to determine the annual winner. This year it has been awarded to Tom Houldsworth. There were several blokes nominated, however Tom is being recognized for the outstanding work he does for our function at Huskison each year and his contribution to the Dubbo Bowls since we have been participating there. You may also recall this as I have mentioned it earlier, but it was Tom and I who agreed to have the first reunion after we had met up with Annie Oakley in Sydney in November 2002. We enjoyed ourselves so much catching up we thought of bringing together the whole group. Enough said’. A Pic of Tom with the shield is on our Facebook Page.


Our group comprised of Schubes and Marian, Jill and Mike Hogan, Margaret and Barry Parker, Tom and Val Houldsworth, John and Lyn Hatchman, Doug amd Trish Wilson, Sandy and Jan Powell, Trevor and Marilyn Canggmie, Bruce and Lyn Abbot, Banjo and Jesse Fitzgerald, Spook Cairns and Ron Giveen. We received apologies from Mike and Jean Shephard, Tank Evans, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Russ Loane, John Tant, Tom Kinross, Mick Gallagher, Barry and KayMaree Andrew and Bristles and Lou Lassau.


On Friday there was a meeting called by Schubes for the October function. There will be minutes of this meeting published next weekend.


We have a tentative date for our next function which will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 19 May, the date is tentative as it may conflict with the Navy Bowls being held in Foster Tuncurry. We are still awaiting advice on this date. If not the 19th it will be 12 May.


We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 42 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.


Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year. Spoke to him during the week they were supposed to have a meeting today. He did indicate the day may be May 17.


Face Book –Tom Houldsworth with the 1963 JR of the Year Shield for 2016. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is

https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963


The ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.


DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:


DVA items in Attachment:


Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Navy Week Victoria Ball held on 21 October 2017


Other articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Veterans do not escape Turnbull Government cuts

LEEUWIN Barracks

Lost soul – Stephen Schiele

Vale Bill Chester

Victoria Cross book

New Guinea WW2 – A Maritime Campaign

Jokes


Cheers


Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 February 2017
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G’day All. Had yarns this week with Tom Houldsworth, Knocker Whyte, Nev Barry and I swim with Mick Gallagher on Tuesday nights. Does anybody know the whereabouts of Alan Smith, he did live in Hamlyn Terrace but his birthday card was returned.

Schubes has called a meeting at 1100 at the Husky Pub this coming Friday 10 February, if you are on the committee, cya there.

Shep and Roger Collins are OS, a little more about DFRDB and some newsletters from other associations plus a few jokes. That’s what is in the attachment this week.

Tom Houldsworth is arranging the wreath and has made contact with the VOYAGER people for the Friday function. The Chaplain from CREWSWELL will conduct the service; there will also be a reporter from the local Radio station present. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick, Russ and Gorgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan, Doug and Trish Wilson, Barry and Margaret Parker, Sandy and Jan Powell and mate Bruce Abbott and his wife and me are some of the starters. Tom is booking for 25 at Club Husky for dinner.

We are now less than 9 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year. Spoke to him during the week they were supposed to have a meeting today. He did indicate the day may be May 17.

Face Book –The pics Gary Angel gave me are up on our FB – if you played Aussie Rules or cricket in 63 at LEEUWIN your pic is there. There are some team pics Bill Mudd did not have. Some will be able to have a look at how they grew in the 6 months from being a JR2 to a JR1.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:
DFRDB Petition

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
HMAS HOBART ‘The Buzz’
Call the Hands
Other articles in the attachment:

Birthdays
Roger Collins
Mike Shephard
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 29 January 2017
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G’day All. Gary Angel travelled overnight by train south to the smoke on Friday, we met, we spent a couple of very pleasant hours at the RAN Museum Garden Island then about 1400ish he boarded that same steel stallion and headed back north. Gary brought with him some pics of LEEUWIN and some pics of football teams and he is 70 and he can still remember names, so was a very productive day for me. He submitted two documents on the way ahead for our group, which I will table at the meeting in Husky on Feb 10. I like the proposals.

Schubes has called a meeting at 1100 at the Husky Pub on Friday 10 February, if you are in the committee, cya there. Have been talking to Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and Sandy Powell during the week. Shooting the breeze is a great way to spend a few minutes. I think I forgot to mention was speaking to Annie Oakley, Mike Hogan and Nev Barry last week. We all should speak more often. Also our numbers are starting to increase for Husky.

I must thank Ward Hack for sending on the info re the impact of receiving a DFRDB pension come July. Have a look. Yes there are some jokes that may upset the PC set and a little indulgence, a poem about Rugby. What a game.

Friday week I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick, Russ and Gorgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan, Doug and Trish Wilson, Barry and Margaret Parker, Sandy and Jan Powell and mate Bruce Abbott and his wife and me are starters. This is normally a popular get together as it represents an event which occurred when we were serving and can relate to.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year. Spoke to him during the week they were supposed to have a meeting today. He did indicate the day may be May 17.

Face Book – I will be including some of the pics Gary Angel gave me in the coming days. Some will be able to have a look at how they grew in the 6 months from being a JR2 to a JR1.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
Scrap Iron Flotilla lunch in Melbourne

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
DFRDB
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 22 January 2017
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G’day All. There have been a couple of emails congratulating Brian Gorringe on his long naval career and his impending retirement as he turns 70, not only from blokes who joined with us but others like Ken Railton and Marty Grogan. Great to read.

Our Facebook page has had some input, Phil Narramore in a full divers suit and Mike Haining enjoying himself on his yacht at Lake Macquarie have sent some recent pics, good looking roosters. Rick Avey included his reunion pics. Where are yours?

Have been talking to Schubes during the week, he has been contacting some of of our group for their birthdays and has been enjoying catching up.

Have a gander at the Enclosure, your input is recognized and thanked. Forgot to save a few jokes this week as we have been out and about.

Next month I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick, Russ and Gorgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan and me are starters. This is normally a popular get together as it represents an event which occurred when we were serving.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year.

Face Book – Phil Narramore and Mike Haining have added some pics. Have a look.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Terry Dack on the Gold Card
Schubes on Dizzy Gillespie
RSL Article – worth the read
Russ Nelson – Taxation implications DFRDB
Stan Church on Vietnam
Fred Howes and Max Hart on t-shirts
Lost Soul Darryl Baldwin
No jokes - sorry
Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 15 January 2017
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G’day All. Who remembers Derek Edwards. I recall he attended the Fremantle reunion in 09. I remember having a lengthy yarn to him then. Well he is alive and kicking in Brumel Bay in WA. Derek wasn’t in for very long he discharged from the Navy when he was up top, I think in 64. He was an ORDEM. Has been a farmer, a shearer, a fisherman and has had a few trotters. He is not doing as well as he should be right now as he does not have the use of his right hand and leg but is hopeful of a full recovery. He also mentioned he was aware of another of our group ‘David Walker’ who became a school teacher when he paid off. A little bit of news.

Brian (Clockwork) Gorringe sends an email on his impending retirement. There is the award of the Korean Peace Medal, Fred Howes sends an email on some different t-shirts (you may like one) and a few jokes. Our Face Book page needs updating, send me some pics of events that affect you, maybe your 70th birthday pic.

Next month I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick and me are starters. This is normally a popular get together as it represents an event which occurred when we were serving.

Found the birthday cards Monday morning. Back on track. Have lost contact with Ian Rogers and Jan Jablonski, does anybody have a contact address or number. Ronnie Gall made contact.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year.

Face Book – A pic of the DE and two other pics forwarded by Brent Balchin. Have a look and see whether you would be interested in buying a print at our reunion in 2017.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Brian Gorringe
Korean Peace Medal
Fred Howes and t-shirts
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 8 January 2017
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G’day All. This time next month I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns is a starter. This is normally a popular get together as it represents a event we were all aware of vividly.

You may be aware, I on your behalf have been forwarding 70th birthday cards to each of us who has turned 70. Unfortunately, I have now lost the balance of the cards. I have been searching now for three days. I must apologise to all those turning 70 this week and future weeks until I find them. ‘Growing old is wonderful’.

Better news, have been in contact with Mike Haining, Jeff Dunn and Ted Hase. They are all well. Also of interest is Brian ‘Clockwork’ Gorringe; Brian has left his Middle East job, retired and moved to Adelaide to settle. Brian was the last of our group from the two intakes to serve full time or anytime for that matter. I know he didn’t have continuous service since 63 as he was the SA Governor’s secretary for a few years. Still a bloody long time. He may like to enlighten us one day on why he was trapped in the Queen’s uniform. There are some snippets from Wally Gawne (read Robyn Gawne), Dave Ferguson and Shirley Rowland on behalf of Darky. A few interesting articles are also included in the attachment.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 39 starters. Fred Howes and Scarcey and John and Lynn Hatchman are the most recent to add their names. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year.

Face Book – A pic of the DE and two other pics forwarded by Brent Balchin. Have a look and see whether you would be interested in buying a print at our reunion in 2017.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:
Widows Pension

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Wally and Robyn Gawne
Dave Ferguson
Shirley and Darky Rowland
Navy commemorative activities 2017
USS WASP and F-35B
Joke

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 1 January 2017
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G’day All. I wish you all a Happy and healthy New Year. May all the bright stars shine on you.


DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Mike Shephard


Cheers

Ron