Weekly News LEEUWIN 63 2019







Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 10 February 2019
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G’day All. Chris Mansbridge has passed over the bar, Barry Parker has picked up this melancholy information from the latest edition of Reville. I had Chris’ address as Canberra but hadn’t heard from him for a long time. If anybody has any info on his passing please let me know.

Today/yesterday we assembled to honour those who lost their lives on VOYAGER. The ceremony in new look Voyager Park, Huskisson was officiated by the CRESWELL Chaplain Max. Those from our group who were there: Tom and Val Houldsworth, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan, Spook Cairns, Shep and Jean Shephard, Schubes and Marian Schubert, Sandy Powell, Mick Gallager, John and Lyn Hatchman and myself.

We had a mini meeting at the Sunday luncheon to determine the way ahead in Darwin in September, I showed everybody who was there Jeff Dunn’s email with the options. There was a clear majority wanting the ‘Admiralty House’ option.

Several of our group attended Ken Fielding’s funeral last Thursday at Mt Thompson Cemetery at Holland Park Brisbane. There is a pic on our FB page. John Hatchman did an excellent job speaking about his ‘time with Ken’.
https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963/photos/rpp.169643233127961/2102678239824441/?type=3&theater

Has anybody received any spam/scam emails relating to the ‘Member’s page’ on our website. Brian Gorringe alerted me of the issue, have received one other response confirming the copying of the email address and have checked my ‘junk mail’. I have one also. I have contacted the host. To ensure maximum security the advice I received was to take the email addresses off the page. If you want your email address left on the ‘members page’ of our website
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm please let me know, otherwise I will be taking all the addresses off that page.

I have received notification from the Command Chaplain, there will be three Dedication Ceremonies this year. They will be held in March, May and October. Keri Henderson-Smith has asked for Hyphen’s Dedication Service to be held in March; saying that, the family does not want anybody to speak on his behalf. Kaye Slotboom has asked to have Karl’s Dedication service on 19 May. Kaye has sent me a copy of Karl’s Service Certificate and I have a dit on Karl. Spook has indicated he will run with the Eulogy.

Details of the events and starters plus possibles for Darwin for this year’s ‘Wake”, are now contained in our website. Just click on www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv26/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page9.htm

Please let me know if you are a starter.

The Mons Cup this year will be held at Randwick Barracks, Avoca Street Randwick on Wednesday 20 March probably starting about 0930. CYA there.

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. There is a pic of those who attended Ken’s funeral. Have a look and enjoy the memories. 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 easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Ken Fielding eulogy by John Hatchman
RSL Police Investigations
DFRDB Commutation
Jokes

Cheers
Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 3 February 2019
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G’day All. The loss of Ken Fielding has dominated our conversations this week. He had nicknames, KI and Dinga that I knew of. His funeral will be commence 1530 this Thursday 7 February at the Eastern Chapel, Mt Thompson Crematorium. I have passed all the sympathy messages forwarded to me to Marilyn’s email address. John Hatchman, Ken’s best mate, has been asked to speak about Ken and he will also speak on our behalf. We should have quite a good representation at the funeral. Unfortunately, I had made a firm commitment elsewhere and I cannot make this special service.

The anniversary of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision occurs on 10 February in Huskisson. As you know we attend this memorial ceremony each year. Mike and Jean Shepherd, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Sandy Powell, Mick Gallagher, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, John and Lyn Hatchman, Spook Cairns, Ken Scarisbrick, Bill and Narelle Hay and I will be there. Doug and Trish Wilson (other plans)and Robyn and Wally Gawne (will be travelling in the Southern states) will not be able to make it this year, Mike Hogan is a probable. I have booked tables for 19 commencing at 1830 at Club Jervis Bay (Husky RSL). I will be there from about 1700. Tom has purchased a wreath for the ceremony.

Has anybody received any spam/scam emails relating to the ‘Member’s page’ on our website. Brian Gorringe received one. I have contacted the host; they have not responded to date. A copy of Brian’s email to me is in the Attachment. Additionally, there are quite a few other interesting articles this week. Ward Hack’s Australia Day speech (a good read), Call the Hands had to be forwarded in two extra emails tonight but a good read. I could go on as all the articles are interesting.
The death of Captain J.P. Stevenson, who was the CO of MELBOURNE in 1969 when we were involved in the collision with USS FRANK E EVANS passed away last week at age 98. A remarkable and well respected man.

I have received notification from the Command Chaplain, there will be three Dedication Ceremonies this year. They will be held in March, May and October. I have forwarded these dates to Keri Henderson-Smith and Kaye Slotboom to work out which one suits them. Karl Slotboom’s and Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith Dedication Ceremony will be held in 2019. Kaye has sent me a copy of Karl’s Service Certificate and I have a dit on Karl. Spook has indicated he will run with the Eulogy. Nev Barry wishes to speak on behalf of Hyphen. Will keep you informed about the Dedication Service.

We have some more starters for Darwin for this year’s ‘Wake”, Kath Sheavils is attending with her niece, Hector Hart, Darby Ashton and maybe Glenn Butler and Hoss Potter. Jim Harris is also a possible. The dates for our major function in Darwin have been settled as 14 and 15 September 2019. Looking at the names, it appears only the surnames commencing with A-H are only receiving my emails, there is an R then W’s. Is there something in a name. Please let me know if you are a starter.

Is your email address correct on our Members Page www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm
Check it out, if it is not correct please let me know, I can fix it.

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Missy Miscamble is addressing the Hagus onboard the Sea Princess. Have a look and enjoy the memories. 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 easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Ken Fielding tributes
Brian Gorringe X 2
Jim Harris
Barry Parker
Knocker Whyte
Ward Hack’s Australia Day speech
Villers-Bretonneux
J.P. Stevenson
Maritime Numbers Game – China
Contact Newsletter
DFRDB Commutation
DFWA
Call the Hands
Forgot to put the jokes in

Cheers
Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 27 January 2019
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G’day All. In response to Rocky Frier’s question, Ted Hase has responded, indicating he married a girl he met at the ‘Friday night dances’. Was there anybody else? There are no pics of the dances this week in the Attachment.

The anniversary of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision occurs on 10 February in Huskisson. As you know we attend this memorial ceremony each year. Mike and Jean Shepherd, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Sandy Powell, Mick Gallagher, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, John and Lyn Hatchman and I will be there. Doug and Trish Wilson (other plans), Spook Cairns (not travelling as well as should be) and Robyn and Wally Gawne (will be travelling in the Southern states) will not be able to make it this year, Mike Hogan is a probable.

Karl Slotboom’s and Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith Dedication Ceremony will be held in 2019. Kaye has sent me a copy of Karl’s Service Certificate and I have a dit on Karl. Spook has indicated he will run with the Eulogy. Nev Barry wishes to speak on behalf of Hyphen. Will keep you informed about the Dedication Service.

We have some more starters for Darwin next year’s ‘Wake”, Kath Sheavils is attending with her neice, Hector Hart, Darby Ashton and maybe Glenn Butler and Hoss Potter. The dates for our major function in Darwin have been settled as 14 and 15 September 2019. Looking at the names, it appears only the surnames commencing with A-H are only receiving my emails, there is an R then W’s. Is there something in a name. Please let me know if you are a starter.

Is your email address correct on our Members Page www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm
Check it out, if it is not correct please let me know, I can fix it.

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Missy Miscamble is addressing the Hagus onboard the Sea Princess. Have a look and enjoy the memories. 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 easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Rick and Lea Avey
Hector Hart
Ted Hase
Alan Winchcombe
DFWA
TINGIRA reunion 2020
DFRDB Commutation
AE1
2018 Budget
All Navy reunion
Darwin’s Submarine - The Imperial Japanese Navy’s I-124
Joke

Cheers
Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 20 January 2019
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G’day All. Rocky Frier commented on whether any of us continued our friendships with the girls from the Friday night dances. To a lot of us, it would have been our first girlfriend. Did anybody have a long relationship or marry one of the girls. They were all beautiful. Schubes has contacted some mates of his from the 5th intake to see whether they would like the pics they are included in. If you have any mates from the 5th intake please ask them.

The anniversary of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision occurs on 10 February in Huskisson. As you know we attend this memorial ceremony each year. Mike and Jean Shepherd, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Sandy Powell, Mick Gallagher, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson and I will be there. Doug and Trish Wilson (other plans), Spook Cairns (not travelling as well as should be) and Robyn and Wally Gawne (will be travelling in the Southern states) will not be able to make it this year, Mike Hogan is a probable.

Did anybody from the 7th intake join on their birthday. Bob Sharper who joined on 8 July would be close.

Jeff Dunn has forwarded some details on our ‘Wake’ in Darwin this September. Please let me know if you intend to attend.

Karl Slotboom’s and Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith Dedication Ceremony will be held in 2019. Kaye has sent me a copy of Karl’s Service Certificate and I have a dit on Karl. Spook has indicated he will run with the Eulogy. Nev Barry wishes to speak on behalf of Hyphen. Will keep you informed about the Dedication Service.

We have some more starters for Darwin next year’s ‘Wake”, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Nev Barry and hopefully Kathy Sheavils, Kathy wants to know if there are any other widow’s attending. The dates for our major function in Darwin have been settled as 14 and 15 September 2019. Looking at the names, it appears only the surnames commencing with A-H are only receiving my emails, there is an R then W’s. Is there something in a name. Please let me know if you are a starter.

Is your email address correct on our Members Page www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm
Check it out, if it is not correct please let me know, I can fix it.

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Missy Miscamble is addressing the Hagus onboard the Sea Princess. Have a look and enjoy the memories. 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 easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Quigs on Bringham Young DSM
Friday night Pics
DFRDB Update
British Army
DFRDB
Dick Smith on Commercial accommodation
Ben Roberts-Smith
Snake bite
Jokes

Cheers
Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 6 January 2019
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G’day All. Received some sad news today, Jan Powell passed away due to cancer, unfortunately she suffered from this dreaded disease for 7 years, she was a real fighter and deserved a better life, she kept a positive outlook right up to the final week. On Christmas Eve she was informed by her specialist team they could do not more to help her, she was allowed to go home in palliative care, she stayed alive for Sandy’s birthday and passed away shortly after. Her family were with her over the Christmas period. Our deepest condolences to Sandy and his family on their sad loss. Our thoughts are with them.

The anniversary of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision occurs on 10 February in Huskisson. As you know we attend this memorial ceremony each year. Mike and Jean Shepherd have indicated they will be there. I will be also. Doug and Trish Wilson (other plans), Spook Cairns (not travelling as well as should be) and Robyn and Wally Gawne (will be travelling in the Southern states) will not be able to make it this year.

Jeff Dunn has forwarded some details on our ‘Wake’ in Darwin this September. Please let me know if you intend to attend.

Thanks to all who are responding helping to put names to the pics. When I get the names sorted and some time I intend to send all the pics to those identified.

For those who joined in January 63 it is now 56 years since you signed the dotted line. Was wondering, whether in either of our two intakes whether anybody joined on their birthday. Schubes and Terry Dack must have been close.

Was in contact with a Naval Association sub-branch in Victoria, they had drawn a cheque to pay for Greg Henderson-Smith’s Dedication Plaque at GI Chapel. Just goes to show what a genuine and popular bloke he was.

Karl Slotboom’s and Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith Dedication Ceremony will be held in 2019. Kaye has sent me a copy of Karl’s Service Certificate and I have a dit on Karl. Spook has indicated he will run with the Eulogy. Nev Barry wishes to speak on behalf of Hyphen. Will keep you informed about the Dedication Service.

We have some more starters for Darwin next year’s ‘Wake”, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Nev Barry and hopefully Kathy Sheavils, Kathy wants to know if there are any other widow’s attending. The dates for our major function in Darwin have been settled as 14 and 15 September 2019. Looking at the names, it appears only the surnames commencing with A-H are only receiving my emails, there is an R then W’s. Is there something in a name. Please let me know if you are a starter.

Is your email address correct on our Members Page www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm
Check it out, if it is not correct please let me know, I can fix it.

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Missy Miscamble is addressing the Hagus onboard the Sea Princess. Have a look and enjoy the memories. 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 easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Jeff Dunn and Darwin in September
Divers Reunion
Friday night dance pics
“Get off my bloody ship”
Rear-Admiral John Templeton-Cotill
Opioids: killing us softly—and quickly
Jokes

Cheers

Ron