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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s October 2014 Newsletter
G’day and Welcome, We had a get together last Friday at the Brewery in Newcastle. Mick Gallagher, Mike Hogan, Michael Alymer, Ian Schubert, Spook Cairns, Sandy and Jan Powell and myself were the starters. Apologies were received from Tom Houldsworth, Brian Gorringe, Mike and Jean Shephard, Les Allan, Ted Hase, Froggy French, Mac McKenzie and John Tant.
Our next function is at ‘The Rockers’ on the second Friday in December which is the 12th commencing at 1200. Give me a call 02 99711991 or 0410529797 if you can attend.
The good news is we have not lost anybody since the last newsletter. The dedication ceremony for Trevor (Squizzy) Taylor went off without a hitch. Thanks very much to Ian (Schubes) Schubert. A report is on our website.
We have been to Dubbo for the annual Diggers Bowls in September. We the spectators had a ball, needless to say the players did also. We created history by having the first female team in the competition. Mal Ritchie has booked his accommodation for next year. Think about it, what a way to start our reunion, play or support our bowlers on the way to Adelaide. Doug Wilson has indicated he will also be a starter, we had three teams of triples this year, we are aiming for more next year.
Barry Andrew is chasing up a special bowls shirt for our group. We will be changing our logo to a cheeky sailor.
Adelaide October 2015 Reunion
The next sub committee meeting for the reunion is scheduled to take place on the last Friday in November. Please contact Nifty Thomas the Chairman of the reunion committee of your availability at unicom05@bigpond.net.au 0418 843147. If you intend attending the reunion in October next year please contact Ian (Schubes) Schubert on 02 62315429 or 0417 027 814

Nifty is also assisting us in the IT world. Our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963 Have a look at our latest pics, you may be surprised. Feel free to put yours there. Love to hear from you.
Weekly News is produced weekly. If you have access to an email address lease let me know, I can forward it to your kids or grandkids. Our website is at the top of the page.
Contact details Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com
Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh2111@bigpond.com

Cheers
Ron



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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s May 2014 Newsletter
G’day and Welcome, We had a get together last Friday at Rockers, Mick Gallagher, Mike Hogan, Michael Alymer and Mike Shephard were the Micks there, also Ian Schubert, John and Luba Miscamble, Spook Cairns, Tom Houldsworth and myself were the participants. Apologies were received from Doug Wilson, Phil and Joan Clements and John Hatchman.
Since the last newsletter Trevor (Squizzy) Taylor has passed over the bar.. Squizzy’s dedication will be held at GI Chapel on Sunday 22 June 2014 commencing at 1000. Please let me know prior to the end of May if you wish to attend as I need to arrange entry via GI Security.
We are entering as a group in the annual Diggers Bowls in Dubbo in September 2014. Contact Tom Houldsworth if you wish to nominate. Two men’s teams and one ladies team has been nominated, however we are still short a servicewoman or ex servicewoman. If you know one who bowls and would happy to play please contact Tom at tgh2111@bigpond.com. Our representatives so far are Nev and Di Thomas, Ron Pope, Mal Ritchie, Tom Houldsworth, Barry Andrew, Di Thomas and Carol Pope. Tom’s telephone number is below. Our group will provide polo shirts and promote this function as these bowlers will be representing us. Marian and Schubes, Mick Gallagher and I intend going out as supporters and reserves for the drinkers team, please let Tom know of your intentions.
Adelaide October 2015 Reunion
The next sub committee meeting for the reunion is scheduled to take place on Friday 30 May. Please contact Nifty Thomas the Chairman of the reunion committee of your availability at unicom05@bigpond.net.au
Nifty Thomas’ message
Call the hands!
Ex ‘Grubs’ 1963 will muster on the lower deck at the Seacliff Beach Hotel, Friday 30 May 2014.
12:00 for scran at 12:30 to be followed by a leisurely planning meeting, progress reports and further discussion aided by liberal lubrication.
Our target for the 30th is to gather up the ideas and possibilities for the reunion and activities, etc. and start building some structure around 23 – 25 Oct 2015 in Adelaide.
All hands are welcome, natives and others. Don’t be a stranger, don’t be shy, spread the word.
Please RSVP by Wednesday 28 May for catering.
See you there.
Nifty (Nev) Thomas R94130.
Nev Thomas is now assisting us in the IT world. Our facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963 We have had some contributors with photos. Feel free to put yours there. Love to hear from you.
MELBOURNE/VOYAGER 50th Anniversary was a huge occasion for our group and well attended by us. Everybody was very impressed with the functions Navy put on. We had a sea day on HMAS CHOULES taking us to the collision area. A service was held there, then on return to CRESWELL a dinner meal was provided and a ‘Beat the Retreat Ceremony’ to honour the 82 who were lost was very impressive.
We will be meeting in Newcastle on 17 October at the Brewery.
Weekly News is produced weekly. If you have access to an email address lease let me know, I can forward it to your kids or grandkids.
Contact details
Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com
Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au
Cheers
Ron



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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s October 2013 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

We had our 50th Reunion weekend during the period 11-13 October in Sydney, the Meet and Greet at Rockers Friday, the Dinner/Dance on the harbour cruise on Saturday, then visited GI Chapel and the farewell BBQ at Rockers on the Sunday.

We gathered at the GI Chapel on Sunday morning. Mick Gallagher and Spook Cairns spoke about our lost brothers. They did an outstanding job. We have lost Roger Pearson and Garry Pike in the last 6 months. It has also been confirmed Bill Irwin crossed the bar in 1973.

Each function was an outstanding success and well patronised. Mike Hogan and his team should be congratulated for all the good work they put into the events to make them so memorable. Even for old farts who cannot remember yesterday, it was a good weekend they will remember.

We as a group would like to thank those of you who donated to our group. (I do not think it appropriate to mention names.) This money will ensure we can afford the site fees for the website, dedication plaques, wreaths for funerals, wreath for VOYAGER Park on 10 Feb each year and mail outs to those who do not have access to computers. I must add we sold quite a bit of memorabilia this function. Most of this was purchased for our function in Mildura which was organised by the late Tug Wilson. He would have been very happy to see the result as he did so much work putting that function together.

Jim (Tug) Wilson has donated us an original TINGAIRA medallion with number 65. He is going to provide the history of the medallion. We will have it mounted and added to our collection.

I was honoured and humbled to receive a framed history of ARU rugby jersies signed by Ken Catchpole, presented by John Hatchman. In addition Butch Cousins introduced a Shield to award the one of us who assists our group the most during a specific period. Again I was humbled to receive this award. We will have to negoitiate with Butch to ascertain the caveats for this award in the future.

In September three of our group travelled to Dubbo to play in the AIF Bowls completion. Tom Houldsworth, Ron Pope and Danny Tiley. They were very successful., so successful in fact we now have a number of other starters who will be playing for LEEUWIN 63 in Dubbo 2014. Do you want to be part of that group. Please let me know, I will pass it on to the team.

Nev Thomas is now assisting us in the IT world. He has established a page for us on face book. https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963 We have had some contributors with photos. Feel free to put yours there. Love to hear from you.

Our next get together will be in Adelaide on 8 November. This function will be to sort out our next reunion in Adelaide. If you want to attend or have some input please let me know.

MELBOURNE/VOYAGER 50th Anniversary is on next year at Huskisson. We will be meeting over the weekend to commemorate this event. If you have not already, please let me know if you intend attending.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991

PO Box 137

Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453

Email address is: tgh@people.net.au



Cheers



Ron


Tom Houldsworth and John Hannay (President - Survivors of VOYAGER Association) at Husky 10 Feb 2013 laying wreaths



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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s February 2013 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

We have had two functions since the last Newsletter. The initial one was held to ensure we were on track for the October 13 reunion, the latter held on 10 February was to commemorate the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE incident.

For the record the following attended the functions: Rockers Sandy Michels, Ian Schubert, Mike Hogan, John Hatchman, Ian Oakley, Spook Cairns, Kev Bock, Wally Cook, Ted Hase, Mick Gallagher and Ron Giveen. Apologies were received from Bill Hay, Tassy Mason and Tom Houldsworth.

On 10 February the following attended Husky RSL Spook Cairns, John and Lyn Hatchman, Ian and Marian Schubert, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Gordon Stringer and Nita, John Hume, Peter Sutton, Mick Gallagher, Sandy and Jan Powell, Russ and Georgina Nelson and Ron Giveen. Apologies were received from Ted Hase, Tom and Carol Kinross, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Bill and Narelle Hay, Mal Ritchie, Barry Andrew and Kev Bock.

Pommie Laundon and Alex Vujic passed over the bar in the second half of 2012. Two legends have left us www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page4.htm Jeff Wake and Peter Sutton have posted tributes to Alex, they are worth the read.

Where are we with the 50th reunion? Rockers is booked for the Friday night meet and greet. Mike Hogan is leading this function and has made enquiries with various carriers for the Saturday night dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. We are also making inquiries into an exciting location for the Sunday BBQ; we are planning a central location. Don't forget this will also be your opportunity to go to the G.I. Chapel and see the dedication plaques that have been inserted there for your mates.

To date we have 122 people indicating they wish to attend. What we need to know is do you wish to attend and specifically the Saturday night dinner cruise. To book a cruise we need to pay a deposit. We are well advanced in our negotiations with the carriers and need to firm up with numbers. We cannot book a cruise until numbers are confirmed as the number of attendees determines the size and price of the cruise. What we need from you now is a deposit to confirm your attendance. Could you please deposit $50 a head into our account to allow us to book the cruise. We do not know how much the cruise is going to cost, we do not expect it to be more than $130 a head.

Our banking details are still the same:

Westpac 1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 Please include your personal number if you can; or send a cheque to me endorsed 1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN. Please do not send a money order as Post Offices do not recognise this title. When you deposit please email or text me, I will confirm receipt using the same mode.



Nev Thomas has established a page for us on face book. https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963 We have had some contributors with photos. Feel free to put yours there. Love to hear from you.

We are going to have our next function at Rockers on Friday 14 June commencing 1200. It is the Friday after the Queens Birthday weekend. Put it in your diary; let me know if you are attending, my details are below

If you now have access to an email address, please let me know, as there are many items of interest you are missing out on.

Additionally , we now do a birthday list each week and have an anonymous page on ‘Hometowns and where are you now’. Please let me know if you would like to participate

A lot has occurred in the RAN since our last newsletter, significantly the category names of the Supply and Secretariat Branch have changed. New ship CANBERRA is in Australia and being fitted out. The veteran community still await full indexation, promised by both parties but delivery has not occurred.



Contact details



Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991

PO Box 137

Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453

Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

Cheers



Ron


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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s June 2012 Newsletter



G’day and Welcome,


We had our function at the Rockers on 15 June. During this meeting we formed and consolidated the committee for the 50th reunion.


Allan (Tug) Wilson has passed over the bar due to cancer. For those who could not attend his funeral in Mildura, there was the option of watching it online live. Tug was dynamite, nothing was too much trouble for him, he will be sorely missed by all. His strengths were highlighted by the amount of work he did and the success of our recent reunion in Mildura.


Nev Thomas is now assisting us in the IT world. He has established a page for us on face book. https://www.facebook.com/#!/LEEUWIN1963 We have had some contributors with photos. Feel free to put yours there. Love to hear from you.


Did you know - if you are a TPI once every 2 years or 40,000 km, eligible veterans are entitled to GST exemption on the purchase of a new car. GST exemption is also available on spare parts necessary for the running of this motorcar, this includes tyres. I didn't.

Check out the new design of the Military Exposures website www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures

The user-friendly “4 Ways to Find Exposures” serves as a kind of virtual compass pointing visitors to information on a range of chemical, physical and environmental hazards during military service. Visitors can search by: related health concerns, wars and operations, exposure categories, and exposure topics A to Z.

REUNION 2013 - Mike Hogan (mikehogan@ozemail.com.au) is the Chairman of the Reunion committee. Tony Zajer has offered his services if required. The dates for the reunion have been settled, the Meet and Greet will be on Friday 11 October and the reunion will conclude on Sunday 13 October. Broadly speaking, the intention is to meet somewhere in Sydney (possibly the top deck of the Rockers) to conduct the Meet and Greet. A Harbour Cruise for the Saturday night major function. An Establishment for our BBQ function to conclude the weekend.

This is a once in a lifetime function - spend your Carbon Tax bonus wisely in Sydney in October 2013 - on yourself.

Mike Hogan will be negotiating with various companies to get us a deal where we will be the only customers on the Saturday night. As of now I have no idea on cost, but, the cost is generally determined by the numbers. To that end, it is vital we know who is intending to go on the Ferry Trip. Please respond as early as possible.

Don't forget this will also be your opportunity to go to the G.I. Chapel and see the dedication plaques that have been inserted for your mates. Hopefully we will have a few more there by then.

Any questions please email Mike at mikehogan@ozemail.com.au or contact me.

In early October this year Navy Rugby will be hosting the Commonwealth Navies Rugby Championship. The venues and exact dates of games have not been worked out yet, there will be games in Sydney. I went to the previous CNRC in UK and it was terrific. If you like the game and/or want to catch up, this is a good opportunity to do both.

Our next function is on Saturday 18th August Friday 2012. We will be meeting at Martin Place for the Vietnam Veterans Day ceremony which commences at 1000ish. On completion we will be going to the ‘Hero of Waterloo’ for lunch. Hope to see you there. All our function details are included on www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm


I recently changed from a PC to a Mac computer. As a consequence of this I have lost some email addesses as I experienced difficulty in the transfer. Could you please forward me your new email address.



Contact details


Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991

PO Box 137

Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453

Email address is: tgh@people.net.au


Cheers


Ron



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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s February 2011 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

We survived our first function of the year at Huskisson on 10 February; it was well attended and enjoyed by all. Put the date in your calendar for next year, Friday 10 February 2012. Forget about lost weekends in JB when you were onboard the Grey Funnel Line. Today, it is a great place to spend a few days or a lost weekend enjoying the natural facilities that are there and an opportunity to catch up with your mates. Spend a few days there and soak up the sun, check out Point Perpendicular, look at the porpoises as they come up the creek. The food was good, the company was better, we were asked to leave at eleven. We all participated in the Memorial Service for those who went down on the VOYAGER. Tom Houldsworth laid a wreath on behalf of the 63 LEEUWIN Group. On Friday morning several of us shared breakfast at one of the local eateries. Something I would like to promote and encourage at future functions.
It was the first time Jock and Dot McGregor have attended any of our functions. Welcome again Jock and Dot. You may remember within the last few months the rowing team was being promoted. Ken Railton sent down the photos he had, however, we lacked a few names. Jock responded via email as he was in an 8 sculling team. He helped us out by identifying all but one in the shell. As a throwaway line he cast aspersions on the Rowing Officer’s parents because he was not issued or presented with a rowing singlet at the time. Well we contacted Ken Railton, he wrote a note to Jock, apologising for something which occurred 47 years ago . We also checked out the lost property of the PMG (read Australia Post) and we were pleasantly surprised and shocked to find Jock’s rowing singlet just sitting there waiting to be collected. The singlet we found is not proportionate to Jock’s size now. I think the singlet shrunk. Tom Kinross who was also in the rowing team, made the presentation and spoke on behalf of Ken. There is a photo of Jock receiving the singlet, taken by Mick Gallagher.

Who attended - , Bill and Narelle Hay, Pete Sutton, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Mick Gallagher, John and Lyn Hatchman, Tony and Robyn Gawne, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook Cairns, Doug and Trish Wilson, Glen Butler, Schubes Schubert, Jock and Dorothy McGregor, Sandy and Jan Powell, Tom and Carol Kinross, Brissles and Lou Lassau, Warren French and myself. Apologies, Terry and Helen Dack, Ken Railton, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Mike Hogan and Ted Hase.

Kev Uttley has been really crook, he had a heart attack and stroke, fortunately he has recently started to improve. Ken Fielding and Darby Ashton have been seeing him and /or talking to his wife Larraine and have been providing updates on his condition. Kev really appreciates contact by his peers, so contact him if you can. To all others who are crook, all the best and hope your recovery is swift.

Dedications – There are three dedications being discussed, Rex Geoghan, Don Mann and Gerry Stock. Watch this space for further details. If you are particularly interested in receiving details on the status and do not have access to email, please let me know.

Nev Barry and Greg Henderson-Smith have both survived the cyclone in FNQ. Nev indicated he does not want to go through that again. Nev chased up Hyphen to make sure he was still good. Onya Nev. In Brisbane, during the floods, the Aveys had to be moved from their Caravan Park to higher ground. Others were also affected. Bongo DiBetta has just returned to Sydney from Brisbane where he and Jo have spent the last six weeks helping out his family recover from the floods.

Did you know? Mick Gallagher was the Santa Claus at Beverley Hills Shopping centre during the recent festive season. I, for one have been ringing him asking for my missing bike.

Functions
MILDURA REUNION – Commencing Friday 28 October in Mildura continuing over the weekend, it includes a bowls game, golf, river cruise, nearly forgot, Friday meet and greet and Saturday night reunion dinner. Schubes has recently passed through Mildura, he raves about the RSL (our function venue). Tug Wilson, our Mildura coordinator stresses the importance of booking accommodation early. He could possibly do deals with the Motels and the Caravan Parks for the weekend to help us avoid the price hikes, but he stresses it is a numbers game. Please let me know if you want accommodation I will relay this to Tug. I will be asking for names of those wanting to participate in the various activities in the near future. Bowls (Doug Wilson), Golf (John Hatchman) will be coordinating these social events. They are not intended to test your ability, rather to have fun. Prizes will be provided. I intend to take Bev my wife on a Balloon trip when we are there. This should be the best reunion we have held.

The status of who is attending the reunion is now on the web site under Mildura www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page8.htm Is your name there? When I was in Perth at the Memorial Service, each and every 63 JR I spoke to was going to attend the Mildura Reunion – so far the acceptances have been a little slow. Please let me know, if you are a ‘yes’ ‘no’ or ‘maybe’. For those that haven’t, it is time to make the decision on whether you intend to attend. Nothing is cast in stone at our age in life, we all have priorities, but indicating your intention of attending makes our job a lot easier.

Sydney at the ‘Rockers’ on Friday 3 June. Meet for lunch and a milkshake at midday. Hope to see you there. Please let me know if you are attending.

Navy Centenary – Did you know the RAN is in its Centenary Year. Well believe me, it is, however, these centenary celebrations are going to continue until April 2015. Next year is the centenary of Navy Rugby. There is also a special coin minted for the centenary. For further details follow the link: https://www.rarecoin.com.au/product/14412 From the Perth Mint

Hope to catch up soon.

Dates to remember: 3 June at the ‘Rockers’, 28 October in Mildura for the time of your life.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

Cheers

Ron









1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s December 2010 Newsletter
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G’day and Welcome,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have had a full calendar this year. Early funerals, functions at Huskisson RSL in February, (Rockers) Sydney in May, JR’s Memorial ceremony in July at LEEUWIN, Vietnam Veterans Day in August, Royal Yacht Club Toronto in September, Dedication day at GI Chapel in October, Irish came over and we had drinks in the Rockers in November and recently the Queensland sojourn at Mudjimba. Thanks to those who attended any of these functions. Our web site still receives enough hits to ensure we continue maintaining it. It is surprising who is interested in LEEUWIN and the personnel who passed through the gates.
We all had a terrific time at Mudjimba on Saturday 4 December.
We started off with our luncheon at the RSL, (there is a list under on the attendees) then Russ and Viv Loane invited all to dinner at their house. Incidentally, Doug Wilson, Kev Smith and I were also staying there. Russ and Viv were master hosts, echoing Phil Narramore and speaking on behalf of all who attended the BBQ dinner and who stayed overnight, I would like to thank them for their hospitality and the manner it was extended.
Phil Narramore spun a few dits and produced an interesting display of memorabilia which was enjoyed by all. Doug Wilson also produced a recipe for breakfast muesli; I have had requests for it already.
Extended Absentees - There are a few blokes who have fallen off the radar. Peter Pagett, Brian Hooper, Trevor Coghlan, Grant Dernedee, Bob Scharper and John Stevens. If you know where they are please let me know or preferably, contact them and ask them to send me an email.
Dedications – There are two dedications being discussed, Bongo for Rex Geoghan and Don Mann’s brother in law is looking after him. Please contact me if you specifically wish to be contacted re a dedication. Of course we had dedication ceremonies this year on 3 October for PJ Walsh, Skull Boden, Mal Johnston, Bernie Lawson and Jim Dansie.
We will not be having a Queensland function next year as the dates of the major reunion in Mildura would clash.
Attendees - Larry and Penny Kent, Don and Ann Muller, Alan and June White, Russ and Viv Loane, Doug Wilson, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Knobby and Rhonda Clarke, Spook Cairns, Ross and Di Fullarton, Neil Duckworth, Bob and San Cavanagh, Rocky and Lin Freier (at last), Nev Barry, Tassy and Pam Mason, Barry Andrews, Kev Smith, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Pee Wee Petherick, Max Lampo, Dick Lewin, Terry Rogers, Phil and Tracey Narramore, George and Pike, Bill Hayward and me. Received apologies from Glen Butler, Sandy Michels, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Ian and Marion Schubert, Geoff and Glyn Anderson, Darby and Frances Ashton, Mike Shephard, Tom and Carol Kinross, Les Barclay, Wayne Chapman, Russ and Georgina Nelson, John and Luba Miscamble, Jack and Carol Davey and Michael Alymer. There are photos on the web site in the Newsletter page.
Functions
Our next function will be held at Huskisson on Thursday 10 February. It will be a dinner, time and venue will be advised in due course, of course our reunion will commence on Friday 28 October in Mildura – contact me to let me know you intentions of attending. Look at the website for details.
Sick Parade
Have received emails from Glenn Summerhayes and Greg Henderson-Smith both have been crook. Hope you blokes see better days real soon.
Contact details – thanks to those receiving snail mail who have recently contacted me, electing to use their family’s computers to receive the Weekly News and Newsletters.
Hope to catch up soon.
Dates to remember: 10 Feb in Husky, 28 October in Mildura
Contact details
Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com
Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au
Cheers
Ron





1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s September 2010 Newsletter
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G’day and Welcome,

Friday at the Yacht Club in Toronto was tops. We had lunch, followed by a small meeting. Twelve of us turned up, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, John Tant, Doug and Trish Wilson, Michael Alymer, Wayne Chapman, Vern Pasfield, Mac McKenzie, Jim MacInally and myself. Michael Haining turned up later and shared a drink with us. Apologies were received from the following Mick Gallagher, Tom Houldsworth, Ian Schubert, Bongo DiBetta, Terry Dack, Mike and Jean Shephard, Mal Ritchie, Glen Butler, Darby and Frances Ashton and Sandy Powell. Thanks must go to Spook (and probably a medal) for his hospitality of putting three of us up for the night and half the next day. I could have stayed the weekend.

Dedications The dedication service will be held this Sunday 3 October at 1400 for Bernie Lawson (Tom Houldsworth), Peter Walsh (Mal Ritchie), Jim Dansey (Spook Cairns) Mal Johnston (John Tant) and Skull Boden (Hector Hart). Bongo DiBetta is sponsoring a plaque for Rex Geoghan.

2011 Reunion Our next major reunion is in Mildura commencing Friday 28 October 2011 with daily events leading into the Melbourne Cup. Advertising for this has commenced. Contact me if you wish to attend. By contacting me it doesn’t set your attendance in stone, it just gives us an idea for catering purposes, so if you think you might like to attend, will attend, definitely won’t attend, think it is a good idea or whatever, please let me know and we can sort out confirmed numbers closer to the date.

February 10 Will be our annual function at Huskisson to help commemorate the VOYAGER disaster. It will be a similar format to last year, a dinner commencing 1800ish. Contact me if you wish to attend.

Irish O’Leary is coming to Sydney on 19 November this year. Who wants to catch up with him at the Rockers commencing at 1200. Please contact me if you intend turning up.

SE QUEENSLAND Function Would anybody be interested in attending the Twin Town’s RSL on Saturday 4th December. Again please let me know if you are interested. If a dozen starters indicate they will appear I will organise it.

JR MEMORIAL We had a good turn up to the 50th reunion function in WA. Ken Dobbie did a brilliant job in organising the Memorial project. We had the usual turnup for the Vietnam Veterans Day at Martin Place. Photos of both of these events are on the website.

SALT We are going to advertise with SALT. They do discount accommodation and advertise service reunions. I think Sharon, the coordinator is Tug Wilson’s (7th Intakes) daughter.

CERBERUS JR’s We are going to invite the CERBERUS JR’s to all our functions. As you would be aware they would all have joined at LEEUWIN had the accommodation been available for them. Saying that, at earlier meetings we agreed in principle that our organisation was open to 1963 LEEUWIN JR’s and interested parties.

Unfortunately Rod Lamont passed away on 30 May 2010. Our condolences to his family and friends. There are still several who are on the sick list and I, on your behalf wish them all a speedy recovery.

We have distributed a lot of information over the past few months in ‘Weekly News’ and photos on our ‘photos’ page. Most of these photos are of our time in LEEUWIN. The website address at the top of the page will lead you into those topics. For those without computers, ask your kids or grandkids to help.

Hope to catch up soon at one of our functions.


Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au


Cheers
Ron






1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s May 2010 Newsletter
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G’day and Welcome,

Friday at Rockers was enjoyed by all, in fact when we had our little talk later in the day, when all who participated were firing, a very robust discussion ensued. There were eight of us turned up, Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, Mick Gallagher, Tom Houldsworth, Ian Schubert, Bongo DiBetta, Tassy Mason and myself. A photo of all attendees will be included on the web site if we ‘ever’ get the photo from Navy’ leading photographer and reporter Mick Gallagher. Chances are it will never happen. Only joking Mick, I know we will get it within ……… Apologies were received from the following blokes Doug Heath, Tom Kinross, Terry Dack, Doug Wilson, Jack Davey, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard,. This was Mal Ritchie's first contact with us, good to catch up Mal.

Functions Our next function will be held at The Royal Motor Yacht Club 6 Arnott Ave Toronto www.rmyctoronto.com.au Spook Cairns lives nearby , he has indicated he has some accommodation for those who wish to stay over. The function will be held from 1200 on Friday 24 September 2010. We are hoping some of the other locals will attend.

JR’s 50th Anniversary Of course, prior to the function in September, a lot of us are travelling to WA to attend the dedication ceremony which will be held at LEEUWIN to celebrate the 50 years of Junior Recruits in the RAN. Hope to see you there.

Sick Parade Glenn Summerhayes, John Nicholson and Butch Cousins are currently crook. Butch has been diagnosed with Myalgia Fibrosis (not guaranteed name of disease). Hope you blokes see better days real soon. Max Hart has been to hospital, operated on, operation successful, home and recovering nicely. Onya Max.

Vale Don Mann On Thursday 4 March 2010, Don passed over the bar. Mick Gallagher and I attended the funeral and passed on condolences to Jane and her family from our group.

Dedications We are awaiting advice from the Command Chaplain on a date for the dedication service for Bernie Lawson (Tom Houldsworth), Peter Walsh (Mal Ritchie), Jim Dansey (Spook Cairns) and Skull Boden (Hector Hart). An application is being forwarded for Mal Johnston (John Tant). Bongo DiBetta is sponsoring a plaque for Rex Geoghan.

Vietnams Veterans Day 18 August For those that wish to catch up, we will be at Martin Place for the 1000 ceremony and will have a drink after.

Donations Muswellbrook RSL Sub Branch (John Tant, Treasurer) have donated $200 to our organisation to be used for the purchase of dedication plaques, John subsequently has donated $70 for the plaque for Mal Johnston and an additional $10 to ensure we get three dedications out of the grant from the RSL.

Of interest, Mal Chatfield and I still run the bank account for our group. People who wish to sponsor a dedication plaque are given the opportunity to donate towards it but are not obliged to. To that effect, with the cost of the dedications, wreaths for funerals of our group, the cost of the web site ($200 a year) and the need to have cash to hold our reunions it was proposed by Bongo and supported by all present to open our account for further donations. Details - Westpac 1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469

Items of Interest Other items discussed were - Mick Gallagher advertising for a Rock and Roll tour and much to my surprise Bongo has volunteered to chair our 50th Reunion in Sydney in 2013. Mick Gallagher volunteered to do the PR work. Anybody interested please contact me. Of course we will be having our next reunion in Mildura in November 2011. Advertising for this will commence late this year/early next year.

Hope to catch up soon.

Dates to remember:

Tuesday 13 July - LEEUWIN Barracks - 50th Anniversary of JR’s dedication,

Wednesday August 18 at 1000 - Martin Place - Vietnam Veterans day

Friday September 24 at 1200 ish - The Royal Motor Yacht Club - next function

TBA - Dedications - please contact me if you specifically wish to be contacted re a dedication

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

Cheers
Ron





Victorian Resident Ex HMAS Leeuwin 1963 JR’s Get together
On Saturday 8 May 2010

Five of the Victorian Resident 1963 HMAS Leeuwin Ex JR’s and 3 partners attended a brief meeting and a long lunch at The Clayton RSL, Clayton on Saturday 8th May 2010.

Attendees:-
David & Linda Lowe, John “Dolly” Gray, Ian “Hoss” & Judy Potter, Hector Hart, Russel & Joy Dale and Karl Slotboom.

Apologies were received from:
Peter Johnson

Disability and War Service Applications:
Welfare Officer, Dave Lowe continues to assist members with applications for benefits etc.

Fellowship
Everyone enjoyed the facilities at the RSL. A great meal, lots of old waries spun and a good time generally had by all.


Next Meeting
A weekend to be selected in October 2010. Everyone will be emailed and asked for suggestions on a location and date.


Russel Dale
0428559001
Email; russdale@bigpond.net.au
205/86 Church St
Grovedale 3216




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s February 2010 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm



G’day and Welcome,



The functions at the Husky RSL on 12 February was a buzz, all who attended intend to revisit next year on 10 February. The report is below. Talking about functions, our next one will be held in Sydney at the Rockers commencing 1200 on Friday 7 May.



Sick Parade Rocky Freier is home from hospital as is Tank Evans. Bluey Mann is crook, he is at home. Contact details are

Rocky: - 25 Coachwood Drive, Jimboomba QLD 4280. His email details are gafym@dodo.com.au

Tank - 5 Parkwood Place Bellmere QLD 4510 - 0754281909 email tank.vk4ege@bigpond.com

Blue - Clovelly NSW 02 96653351 donmann@bigpond.com



Passing over the Bar On New Years Eve, Skull Boden, then on New Years Day Paul Gallagher passed over the bar. Mick Gallagher (no relation to Paul) attended both funerals, Paul ' s at the CERBERUS chapel and Skull's at the Gold Coast. Both funerals were well attended. Skull's mother travelled from Tasmania, apparently she was overwhelmed by the number of ex sailors who turned up. We provided a wreath for Skull's, which was laid by Mal Chatfield but unfortunately, we were unable to do the same for Paul due to time constraints.



Dedications Bernie Lawson’s dedication ceremony should take place in June, it has been delayed as the GI Chapel is currently undergoing renovations. Hector Hart has indicated he is interested in sponsoring Skull's dedication. If anyone would like to sponsor Paul, please let me know. The procedure is on the web site, if you want to and need help, I am very happy to assist. Dedication plaques for Jim Dansey and Peter Walsh are still going through the processes.



Snail Mail Mail has been forwarded for the past six years to everybody whom I have had a postal address and did not have an email address. Currently 120ish copies are forwarded. The majority of people who receive this snail mail have not responded in any manner. I am unaware if they receive the mail, not interested, not with us or whatever. Mail is regularly being returned to me (not known this address). As such, I intend limiting snail mail after forwarding this newsletter. Could those who wish to receive a copy via snail mail as you do not have access to email and/or the internet please contact me. (standfast Butch, Checkers, Max Lampo, Ben Franklin, Max Borthwick and Max Hart) My address details are below.



QUEENSLAND Get together Darby needs to know your contact details. Contact Darby by email ourouse@bigpond.com tele 07 32483264.



Banner We have a banner. It will be taken to LEEUWIN in July and other functions. A photo is on the Newsletters page of the website.



JR's Memorial and Reunion Ken Dobbie has published more Newsletters. Photos and stories of LEEUWIN in 1963 are included. Copies of these newsletters are available to peruse on our website. Details of the JR's reunion have been forwarded to all on email in the past weeks. Copies of the programme are been produced for all those on snail mail. Remember the cut off date for booking of rabbits is 15 March. There is also a link if you wish to register or check up on the status of the 50th Anniversary reunion.. www.jrsreunion.org/functions_registration_form.pdf Bookings for the gala dinner are no longer being taken.



Husky RSL 12 February 2010



Ian and Marian Schubert, Bristles and Lou Lassau, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Mick Gallagher, Spook Cairns Tom and Carol Kinross, Russ and Georgina Nelson, John and Lyn Hatchman, Sandy and Janet Powell, Peter Sutton, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Bill and Narelle Hay, Phillip and Denise Longdon and I attended. Apologies were received from Mike Hogan, Terry Dack, Wayne Chapman, Tony Gawne, Doug Wilson, Gordon and Robin Duncan, Warren French, Mal Ritchie, Larry Kent, Roger Pearson and Derek Whyte. Mick Gallagher took some photos of the event and he has actually forwarded them to me, they are on the web site. www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page8.htm



Spook who arrived in Huskisson earlier that week placed a wreath on our behalf on the VOYAGER Survivors Memorial. Am trying to locate the photo to put on the web site.



Functions in the pipeline:

Friday, May 7 at 1200 - Rockers - Get together,

May 2010 - Victorian Get together - venue and date TBA

13 July 2010 - LEEUWIN Memorial Service dedication and 50th anniversary reunion - Perth

TBA - Bernie Lawson's dedication service at Garden Island Chapel probably June (Please contact me if you wish to go and am not on email)



Contact details

Ron Giveen,
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com (h) 02 9971 1991

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au



Cheers

Ron







1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s November 2009 Newsletter

www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

 

G’day and Welcome,

The functions at the Twin Town Services Club in Tweed Heads on 21 November and the Sailors Rest Hotel in Geelong on 14 November were well attended and very successful.  Reports are below.

 

Sick Parade        Rocky Freier is crook, we have sent a get well card, however if you wish to contact him his details are 25 Coachwood Drive, Jimboomba QLD 4280.  His email details are gafym@dodo.com.au

 

Dedications        Advice has been received indicating Bernie Lawson's dedication will occur in the New Year.  Dedication plaques for Jim Dansey and Peter Walsh are still going through the processes.  

 

Snail Mail    Mail has been forwarded for the past six years to everybody whom I have had a postal address and did not have an email address.  Currently 120ish copies are forwarded.  The majority of people who receive this snail mail have not responded in any manner.  I am unaware if they receive the mail, not interested, not with us or whatever.  Mail is regularly being returned to me (not known this address).   As such, I intend limiting snail after forwarding the first newsletter of 2010 in February.  Could those who wish to receive snail mail as you do not have access to email and/or the internet please contact me.  My address details are below. (standfast Butch, Checkers, Max Lampo, Ben Franklin, Max Borthwick and Max Hart)  

 

Weekly News Weekly News is generally produced every week.   It contains information about our intake, sick parade, status reports on the JR Memorial and Reunion, information on funerals, DVA. COMSUPER/DFRDB, Lost Souls, Reunion ads for all Navy reunions and items which may be of interest. 


QUEENSLAND Get together   The principal reason we had the function at Tweed Heads was to encourage the locals to meet regularly.  All those that attended supported this concept.  Darby Ashton is coordinating.  Contact Darby his details are below.  Give it a go, it is a lot of fun

 

1963 NSW group next function  We will meet about 1800ish Friday 12 February 2010 at Huskisson RSL for drinks, dinner and a discussion. 

 

JR's Reunion   This is a brief outline of the programme for the JR Reunion full details are on this web address www.jrsreunion.org/program.html

 

Accommodation   For those who chose accommodation near the casino buses are going to run from the Burswood Casino to Leeuwin Barracks for the Memorial service, please contact the organising committee or check the website for further details

 

Travel    QANTAS are providing subsidised fares - JR's website for details

 

Meet and Greet – Monday 12 July 2010 Time: 12.00pm to 7.00pm Burswood Entertainment Complex Convention Centre.  This function is unlimited for numbers. Cost: No Charge for attending.

 

Commemorative Memorial - Tuesday 13 July 2010 Time: TBA. Leeuwin Barracks, Riverside Drive East Fremantle.  Details are available  www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/USERIMAGES/JRMP16.pdf

Gala Dinner – Tuesday night 13 July 2010 Time: 7.00pm to Midnight, Grand Ballroom Burswood.  Tickets for this function will initially be reserved for JR’s and partners only.  This function is limited to 1100 persons due to room size. Cost: $125.00 pp

Recuperative function – Wednesday 14 July 2010 Time: 11.00am to 2.00pm – Ramon’s Willow Pond restaurant and museum.  This function is limited to 500 persons due to licensing laws. Cost: $55.00 pp

Visit to HMAS Stirling, Garden Island – Thursday15 July 2010 Time: 10.00am to 2.00pm HMAS Stirling, Garden Island WA.  This visit will unfortunately have to rely on the security state of the day.  This function is limited to 250 persons. Cost: to be advised

Evening at Gloucester Park Trotting Facilities - Friday 16 July 2010 Time: First race 5.50pm  Tickets are limited to 700 due to dining room size. Cost: $55.00 pp

 

Victorian Resident Ex HMAS Leeuwin 1963 JR’s Get together on Saturday 14 November 2009

Ten of the 1963 HMAS Leeuwin Ex JR’s and four partners attended a brief meeting and a long lunch at The Sailors Rest Hotel, Moorabool Street, Geelong on Saturday 14th November 2009.


Attendees:    David & Linda Lowe, Daryl & Kaye Hannant, Pete Johnson, Gordon & Nita Stringer (Res Adelaide), Hector Hart, John Gray, Russel & Joy Dale and Jesse & Wendy James (Res Hobart).   Apologies were received from    David Cargill, Ron Giveen, Alan Wilson, Ian Potter and Vince Woodward.


Disability and War Service Applications    Welfare Officer, Dave Lowe offered again to assist anyone with a disability or War Service Application and another two attendees openly thanked Dave for the comprehensive and professional effort he had put in on their behalf.


JR’s 50th Reunion 2010 Commemorative Medallion    Attendance at future reunions was discussed and JR’s Commemorative Medallion which is available from the Junior Recruit Memorial Fund at $85- plus engraving and postage costs. The funds raised from these medallions will help pay for the fixed memorial in Fremantle. A few members asked for details and others have already purchased the medallions.


Invitation    Jesse and Wendy James invited any Leeuwin 63’ers who are heading through Hobart to give them a call and catch up. They also have some accommodation available.


Presentations Currently being shown in schools    Dave Lowe showed 2 of his presentations he takes around to schools to educate  children on wars and why we should always remember Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. They were both very powerful, he says he has others as well and suggested that all visit the Navy.gov website to see the historical photos and info well worth a regular visit.

 

Hector thanked Russel and Joy for organising the get-to-gether and Dave Lowe for his presentations.


Next Meeting    May next year and another weekend. Everyone will be emailed and asked for suggestions on a location and date.


Russel Dale 0428559001

Email; russdale@bigpond.net.au 205/86 Church St, Grovedale 3216


 

Twin Towns Services Club 21 November 2009

 

Phill and Tracy Narramore, Ian and Marian Schubert, Barry and Kaymarie Andrew, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Darby and Frances, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Ken and Marrilyn Fielding, Lew and Jo Smith, Ron Carroll and Carol Anderson, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Russ Loane, Kev Smith, Kev Uttley, Ken Railton, Mal Chatfield, Neil Duckworth, Mick Gallagher, Jim Harris, Skull Boden, Richard Lewin, Spook Cairns and myself attended.  Apologies were received from Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Mal Ritchie, Terry Dack, Mike Hogan, Magoo Magnuson, Mike Shephard, Woody Woodward, John and Luba Miscamble, John Hatchman, Rocky and Lin Freier, Terry Rogers and Max Lampo.

 

What a great place to hold a function, as it happened we enjoyed John Williamson (Friday night), our function Saturday afternoon, then Brian Cadd and Russell Morris (Saturday night), food was good, beer was cold, accommodation attached and we were made welcome.  (Spook's nephew plays in Russel Morris' band and provided free tickets for a few of us)

Topics discussed during this function

Our 2010 reunion at Mildura has been cancelled as it was considered too close to the Memorial dedication and JR reunion in Fremantle in July. We are now looking at having a 2011 reunion at the same venue over the Melbourne Cup weekend. Advice will be forwarded when more is known.

Dedications Gary Hardman's dedication service was conducted on Sunday 26 July at 1400. 

Bernie Lawson's dedication will be conducted in the New Year.  Dress Coat and medals.  Dedications in progress are Jim Dansey and Mal Ritchie has volunteered to work on Peter Walsh's.

JR’s Memorial Dedication - July 2010 Ken Dobbie is regularly publishing Newsletters. Copies of these newsletters are available to peruse on our website. There is also a link if you wish to register or check up on the status of the 50th Anniversary reunion.  www.jrsreunion.org/functions_registration_form.pdf

The Website contains all information that is promulgated via email to those who have the service.  This will continue to occur.

Phil Narramore talked about contacting ComSuper and having your UPP part of your pension recognised and credited, obtaining a copy of your Service Certificate which is now updated and obtaining really cheap accommodation around Coolangatta.   

Applications for accommodation should be made to St George's Holiday House, PO Box 326 Coolangatta QLD 4225.   Cost of accommodation is about $35 per night, the brochure does not indicate a set amount rather, a donation and it is tax deductable.  No smoking or drinking alcohol is allowed.  Phil indicated there was a Surf Club just down the road which was a real handy watering hold.  Phil and Tracy stayed there over the weekend and were very happy.

There is a facility now to update your Service Certificate.    If you wish to do this contact  Personnel Records (RAN) , Queanbeyan Annex 2, PO Box 7949 , Canberra BC ACT 2610. 

A copy of Phil's letter from DFRDB is attached.   All items of information were well received by all who attended.

Darby Ashton asked for a show of hands all those who would like to meet more regularly in the SE Queensland area.  All those who wish to participate in this please contact Darby on ourouse@bigpond.com or 07 3248 3264

There is a photo of the group who attended on the website. 

www.mrsite.co.uk/usersitesv2/HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com/wwwroot/page8.htm

Banner I intend having a banner to represent our group at functions.  The intention is to have the name of all divisions, ships name (maybe crest) and 6th & 7th Intakes 1963.  If there are any artistic people out there who would like to contribute to this idea please contact me. 

Functions in the pipeline:

Friday, February 12 at 1800 - Huskisson RSL - Get together,

May 2010 - Victorian Get together - venue and date TBA

13 July 2010 - LEEUWIN Memorial Service dedication and 50th anniversary reunion - Perth

TBA - Bernie Lawson's dedication service at Garden Island Chapel (Please contact me if you wish to go and not on email)


Contact details Ron Giveen,

PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com   (h) 02 9971 1991

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453

Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

 

 Cheers Ron









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Victorian Resident Ex HMAS Leeuwin 1963 JR’s Get together
On Wednesday 9 September 2009

Four of the 1963 HMAS Leeuwin Ex JR’s and one partner had a brief meeting and lunch at Young and Jacksons.

Those who managed to make it were:-
David Lowe
Fred Auty
Karl Slotboom
Russel Dale & Joy

Apologies from:
John Gray
David Cargill

Disability and War Service Applications
Two attendees thanked Welfare Officer, Dave Lowe publicly for his time and expertise in helping them successfully seek their rightful entitlements. Well done Dave.

JR’s 50th Reunion 2010 Commemorative Medallion
Attendance at future reunions was discussed and Dave Lowe displayed the JR’s Commemorative Medallion which is available from the Junior Recruit Memorial Fund at $85- plus engraving and postage costs. The funds raised from these medallions will help pay for the fixed memorial in Fremantle.

Next Meeting
Attendees expressed concern at the poor attendance and discussed how we might give those still working a better chance to attend. As a result it was agreed to trial meetings at weekends outside Melbourne CBD. The next meeting being scheduled at Geelong, lunch at 12 noon on Saturday 14 November 2009. All 1963 Victorian and Interstate Ex JR’s and partners will be welcome, lunch will be at the “Sailors Rest Hotel (opposite the Carrington Pier) and fairly close to the Geelong Railway Station.


Russel Dale
0428559001
Email; russdale@bigpond.net.au
205/86 Church St
Grovedale 3216

PS: Geelong is on the Bellarine Peninsula, trains to and from Melbourne are hourly so this should be a great opportunity for a great day or weekend out to catch up with your old mates in a very pleasant city/country area by the bay.
Please contact Russel or Joy Dale for more detail. If there is sufficient interest additional activities will be arranged.






1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s June 09 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

As planned Rockers was where we met and played last Friday. There were seven of us turned up, Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, Mick Gallagher, Tom Houldsworth, John Hatchman, Mal Ritchie and myself. A photo of all attendees with the exception of John Hatchman who had to catch a train is on the web site. Apologies were received from the following blokes, Bob Cavanagh, Tom Kinross, Checkers Aldridge, Skull Boden, Ian Schubert and Magoo Magnuson. This was Mal Ritchie's first contact with us, good to catch up Mal.

Functions Hope to get some more starters for our next function, the suggestions of the venue ranged from Rockers, Lake Macquarie, Mt Colah and Tweed Heads. Tweed Heads won the day. The function will be held at the Twin Towns RSL on Saturday 21 November 2009. We are hoping some of our northern neighbours may wish to attend.

The 2010 reunion at Mildura has been cancelled as it was considered too closed to the JR reunion in Fremantle in July. We are now looking at having a 2011 reunion at the same venue over the Melbourne Cup weekend. Advice will be forwarded when more is known.

Dedications The dedication ceremony for Mumbles Aldenhaven and Gary Devlin was held on 19 April. With the exception of one who was in the States, all family and extended family of Gary's attended the service. The after drinks were taken at the Rockers. Photos of the event are on our website.

Gary Hardman's dedication service is scheduled to be conducted on Sunday 26 July at 1400. If you do not have an email address and want to attend, please contact Ms Elaine Cleary at the Fleet Chaplain's office on 02 9359 2782.

Dress Coat and medals.

Dedications in progress are Jim Danzey and Mal Ritchie has volunteered to work on Peter Walsh's.

Vietnams Veterans Day 18 August

For those that wish to catch up we will be at Martin Place for the 1000 ceremony and after will be proceeding to the Hero of Waterloo.

Victorian Group The mexicans held a function on Wednesday 12 March which was enjoyed by all participants. They will be meeting at Young & Jacksons for lunch again at 12 noon on Wednesday 9 September 2009.
JR’s Memorial Dedication - July 2010 Ken Dobbie has published Newsletter No.12. Copies of these newsletters are available to peruse on our website.

The Website It continue to receive hits and during this period we have received some interesting emails. To mention two, you may recall LCDR Chris Robson (1963) Captain in later years, he has made a sedrious comment in respect of the number of us who have crossed the bar, however, to help balance things out, the most interesting one was from Paul Lucken who we had in our 'Last Post' pages. He is alive and kicking, he has left his contact details on the 'Guest Book' page. Give him a call. Yes his name has been taken out of the Last Post.
Weekly News It continues to be promulgated weekly and contains the various notices which are considered relevant and might be interesting to the veteran and ex veteran and their family.
The three dates to remember:
Sunday July 26 at 1400 - GI Chapel - Gary Hardman's dedication,
Tuesday August 18 at 1000 - Martin Place - Vietnam Veterans day
Saturday November 21 at 1200 ish - Twin Towns RSL - next function


Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 4421 0453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au


Cheers

Ron





1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s February 09 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

We met at Husky Pub on 10 Feb. I must admit the venue it wasn’t the upmarket place that I had anticipated. The VOYAGER Survivors met at the Husky RSL, a better place to congregate by far. Those that attended included Gordon and Robyn Duncan, Russ Nelson, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Sandy Powell and myself. Apologies were received from Spook Cairns, Mike Hogan, Warren French, Larry Kent, Doug Wilson, Wayne Chapman, Kev Bock, Roger Pearson, Mick Alymer, Tom Kinross, Ian Schubert, Mick Gallagher and Woody. Mick Gallagher was on his way down but was waylaid doing some charity work for the Victorian Bushfire appeal.



The following topics were discussed:

Dedication Status
JR’s Medallion,
JR Organisation
RANCCF
Function 10 Feb each year
Bastardisation
Bullion badges
Next function
Web site

Dedication Status

We are awaiting notice from the Command Chaplain for Mumbles Aldenhaven, Gary Devlin and Gary Hardman. The service should be early this year.

Spook Cairns and Tom Houldsworth have agreed to work on dedications for Jim Danzey and Bernie Lawson respectively.

For those who do not use either email or the net and wish to attend the dedication service please let me know and I will either write or phone when the details are known.

JR’s Memorial Dedication - July 2010

Ken Dobbie has published Newsletter No.9. Copies of these newsletters are available to peruse on our website. A Medallion has been sourced and my copy was shown to those who attended and it was given the thumbs up. It was agreed that they are very tastefully done and well worth acquiring. You may like to encourage the family to buy one and give you for your birthday or Father’s day. If you want one you have to contact Ken Dobbie at 75 Lovett St Devonport, TAS 7310 tele 0364247198. Details leading to the JR’s reunion at the same time are available from the web.

RANCCF

Passed a flyer around from RANCCF outlining the benefits you can receive in respect of Holiday Centres and Ticketing. All you need to be is a currently serving, retired or reserve member of the RAN, and of course it costs nothing to join. Ring 02 9377 3227 if you are interested.

10 February function

All agreed the concept of a function on 10 Feb should remain recurring. The significance of the event and the fact that some of us were part of the history of the incident was considered important enough. We of course celebrate, remember or commemorate another major event which occurred in our time when we get together each Long Tan day.

Bastardisation

A general discussion occurred based on a past communication received from Jim Hammond. Some were surprised at the level that was experienced by our peers when in LEEUWIN.

Bullion Badges (Blazer pockets)

Would anybody like a Bullion Badge relevant to our year at LEEUWIN? Darby Ashton has offered to facilitate. Please let me know and I will contact Darby with the details.

Next Function

Next function will be held at the Rockers commencing 1200 ish on Friday 19 June 09. Please put this date in your diary. For those that can make the Victorian function, don’t forget Young and Jacksons, Wednesday 18 March at 1200.

I didn’t get any starters to fishing with me. I caught a few fish and had a good time.

The Website

This Newsletter will be included with past Newsletters in the website. The Weekly Orders are now being retained also. The photos which were taken for the reunions in 2003 and 2005 on the Gold Coast and in 2008 at Fremantle have been inserted on the website.

Hope to see you in June or earlier at the Dedication ceremony.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au



Cheers

Ron







1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s November 08 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

On 24 October we met at Rockers, some were on the way to the Fleet Air Arm’s 60th Anniversary weekend, they would have had a big weekend. Mike Shephard, Doug Wilson, Spook Cairns, Paul Osborn, Checkers Aldridge, Mick Gallagher, Mike Hogan, Mick Selby and myself attended (there were 4 Mick/Mike’s). Apologies were received from John Hatchman, Ian Schubert, Tom Houldsworth, Tom Kinross, Gordon Davidson and Bongo Di Betta.

Sick Parade Bongo has been in the wars, he has fallen on two separate occasions, he fractured his knee; this combined with one of his daughters being married has contributed to him having a full life. Get well soon big fella. On the sick list are also Merv Sempel and Skull Boden. Speaking for the 1963 group we wish you both a speedy recovery.

Speaking of – You may all remember Checkers entered hospital earlier this year and had part of his leg amputated, he is now well and back with us. He did state however, how important it was to him to receive calls from his 63 mates. He would like to encourage us all to get on the phone and ring or pop around and see any of us that are crook.

Next Meeting Our next meeting is going to be held at Huskisson on 10 Feb 09. It is intended to have a social on the 10th and if possible arranged a fishing trip for the 11th. I haven’t got around to making any arrangements for the fishing trip yet, I would welcome some input from the Nowra, Husky locals.

Social Director Our newly appointed social Director Mike Hogan has resigned, he is moving to Coffs Harbour in December. Thanks for your input mate; you will be missed at our regular functions. Spook Cairns was unanimously elected to the position.

Dedications There are currently two dedications waiting at the Chapel; they are Mumbles Aldenhaven and Gary Devlin. The service is expected to be held early next year. If you do not have an email address and want to attend, please contact me.

Spook has indicated he wishes to sponsor the dedication for Jim Danzey.

Dedication ceremonies were held for Dave Quinlan and Bill Vass on Sunday 31 August 2008. There was a very large gathering of family and friends. Those of our group who attended: Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, Mike Shephard, Woody Woodhouse, Russel Dale, Doug Wilson, Jim Clegg, Mick Gallagher, Magoo Magnuson, Bongo DiBetta and myself. Apologies were received from Ian Schubert, Wayne Chapman and Brissles Lassau.

Mike Hogan spoke on behalf of Dave and Terry Rowe a Dental Sailor spoke on behalf of Bill. Both eulogies went over very well. On completion of the service, we all had our photos taken and then Bill's ashes were scattered at the Fleet Landing which is adjacent the old Dental Surgery.

We then proceeded to the Mess. Sad to say the beer in the Mess was warm, so we had a drink, welcomed all to the Mess and the after ceremony, then went down to Rockers for lunch. Good day was had by all. Photos of the event are on the web site.

Victorians get together Report by Russell Dale
Dear One and All,
I am pleased to report that 11 met for lunch at Young & Jackson's on Wednesday 22 October 2008. Present were:- Russel & Joy Dale, Dave Lowe, Norm Friebe, Garry & Wendy Pyke, Ian & Leonie James, Fred Auty, Karl Slotboom and Hector Hart. Apology John Grenfell
About half of those attending advised they had completed and submitted their details for a potential dedication service at Garden Island Chapel. Proformas were issued to those who are still to do so.
Young & Jacksons proved a good central venue so after a photo with Cloe and a couple of ring in tourists, we decided to meet there for lunch again at 12 noon on Wednesday 18 March 2009 (Next Victorian gathering).
Russel Dale.
PS. WANTED - Copies of photographs of HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Voyager.
In early 2009 I am speaking at several Rotary and Legacy meetings about the Melbourne/Voyager collision and would like scanned copies of any photographs that might be available please.

Queenslander’s Darby Ashton has indicated he would be happy to arrange Queenslanders getting together on ANZAC Day 2009 in Brisbane. Anybody interested in attending please contact Darby on ourouse@bigpond.com or (07) 3248 3264.

Web site More people appear to accessing it, which is good news to the Web Masters. We received a hit from one our members the other day, Barry Parker. If you read this Barry, please email me if you wish to be a part of our little gang.

I believe Norm Friebe and Bongo are working on the site to bring together a map of Australia, which will indicate where all our members live. Will be great to see the finished product.

Howard Foot Does anybody know where Howard Foot has gone. He has moved and not forwarded his address.

HMAS LEEUWIN Memorial Plaque. Ken Dobbie and his team are forging ahead with preparations towards the Memorial Plaque. Newsletters 5 and 6 are on our website. He is in the process of writing another Newsletter, he would like photos or dits on your stay in LEEUWIN. He is also still very happy tor receive donations. Ken’s contact details are ken.dobbie@bigpond.com or 03 64247198.

JR’s 50th reunion Alan Rogers Treasurer Hello to you all The purpose of this email is to update you all on the progress of the registration process and to verify your email addresses - if they do not 'bounce' we are good.
We have managed to arouse the interest of 86 of those young teenagers who joined via the JRTE then plus partners we have a total of 163 people registered at this time. If you visit the website you will also notice [especially for those in the East] we have arranged QANTAS to join with us. In about May or June of next year we will place a "link" with them to allow you to obtain their 'special' prices for those who wish to take up their offer.

We have not yet made final bookings for the main function as we are completely unsure of the total numbers participating but from what we hear on the Internet some of the intakes have cancelled their own events to join with this one planned. We are very happy with their choice and we are confident we will put on a good event.

I have also now placed the intake and year dates on the website, of those registered, which might be of interest to you. If you know any others of your intake and their names are not listed and you know their address information it would be appreciated you contact them and give them a heads up on the functions.

There is the most up to date information with reference to the Memorial - newsletter 6 in the Memorial section on the website. It is also imperative you keep your contact details up to date - if you move - and don't let us know we have lost you.

We thank you for your participation and look forward to the continuation of this process.

Elaine & Alan Rodgers
Unit 95, 41 Geographe Way THORNLIE WA 6108
08 9256 2440 0416 096 841 URL: jrsreunion.org

Pocket Badge Darby Ashton who is the current President of Pine Rivers naval Association has asked whether we would like a pocket badge for our coat for LEEUWIN. The details are under. Please let me know your thoughts, if we have the numbers indicating interest, we will go with it.



MADE TO ORDER BULLION POCKET BADGE, APPROX 90MM HIGH. SECURED BY THREE BUTTERFLY CATCHES.

Minimum quantity 25 x $19.56 each inclusive GST
Postage and handling $9.90 inclusive GST
Delivery 4-5 weeks from artwork approval.

Sunday Entertainment at the Bicton/Palmyra RSL 2008 Reunion- Sunday BBQ –

This is the bloke Barry Quigley arranged for our entertainment, this not bad at all- log on and enjoy a laugh.

Subject: Melbourne Cup Poem - ABC Perth (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
After listening to the radio talkback hype, before the big race, I couldn't resist ringing in with this alternative point of view.
www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2008/11/04/2410079.htm?site=perth

BEREAVEMENT PIN FOR NAVY FAMILIES The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, today announced the commissioning of a bereavement pin for family members of Navy personnel who lost their lives while in the service of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the nation.

Minister Snowdon said many families who lost a relative while they served in the Navy have expressed a wish to have a tangible, yet discreet, memento of the service of their loved one.
“The Navy Bereavement Pin represents their relative’s commitment to Navy and the family’s sacrifice and loss,” he said. “It is hoped that the families, to whom we owe a huge debt of gratitude, will find some comfort in the recognition of their loss through the Navy Bereavement Pin.” The distinctive 20mm gold-plated lapel pin is emblazoned with the RAN crest and encompassed by a wreath to symbolise families’ support of their relative in life and death.

HMAS Sydney II family members attending memorial services in Canberra, Geraldton and at sea in HMAS Manoora on November 19 will be the first invited to receive a Navy Bereavement Pin.

“On the 19th of November, the nation will commemorate the life, the service and the sacrifice of the 645 men who were lost with the sinking of HMAS Sydney II. It is right that the families of those brave servicemen will be the first to wear this symbol of both sorrow and deeply valued service.

“The Navy Bereavement Pin should be worn with pride, and as a reminder that they too, are part of the broader Navy family,” said Mr Snowdon.

Family members of Navy personnel who died while serving in the RAN since Federation, during war or peace time, on active service or off duty, are invited to apply for a pin by calling Navy on 02 6266 2285 or emailing NAVY.BereavementPin@defence.gov.au

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au



Cheers

Ron




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s July 08 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

What a great weekend. We came together in Albury on Saturday 12 July at the Commercial Club. The agenda items are addressed in the Newsletter. The following attended Allan and Margaret Wilson, Jessie and Wendy James, David and Linda Lowe, Spook Cairns, Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Les Allan, Mike Hogan, Russ and Joy Dale, Norm and Narelle Friebe, Magoo Magnuson, Bongo DiBetta and myself. Apologies were received from Brissles Lassau, Errol Delaney, Warren French, Mal Ritchie, Ian Schubert, Bob Scharper, Hector Hart, Hoss Potter, Max Borthwick, Garry Pike, Jim Clegg, Ray Cattermole and Carl Slotboom. I would like to acknowledge the effort of all the people who travelled to Albury and thank those that forwarded their apologies.

Checkers Aldridge We unanimously extended our best wishes and speedy recovery to Checkers who is currently in the St George Hospital recovering from having part of his leg amputated. I have recently spoken to Checkers and he welcomes all calls on 0407939585.

Missing Soul For all those that have ever perused those that are listed on our deceased persons list, you would have noticed the name of Billy Bacon. In 02/03 we searched for Billy to ascertain his whereabouts. We did contact a XJR Bill Bacon and communicated with him. He was in LEEUWIN in 63, however, he was from the 5th Intake. We were informed Bill Bacon from our intake had passed on. Of course, by now, you have now realized Bill is alive and well and has told us he sees Peewee Petherick regularly. Welcome back Billy.

Dedications We are still awaiting notice on the dedication date for Dave Quinlan and Bill Vass. I am led to believe the service for both Dave and Bill will be held on the same Sunday. Thanks to Mike Hogan and Jack Davey for representing us at Bill’s funeral service. Bongo has volunteered to organise to coordinate the dedication for Rex Geoghegan

During the meeting I discussed the procedures and the difficulty that was experienced in getting information out of Navy when one of us passed away. A proforma is attached. Completion of this will assist us a lot in putting together the dedication ceremony.

Web Site Bongo gave Spook and myself dog watch instruction and access rights to our website. Spook is going to focus on photos. We have updated the website. We would prefer to have the site protected, if not the site total but certain pages of the website. Pages we would like to see protected are personal details pages. We are going to try and have these pages protected with a login ID. We are trying to have all Official Numbers inserted as your login ID.

There is a further plan to have a map of Australia inserted on a page. On this map, it is the intention to have all towns and cities listed which contain 63 LEEUWIN people. The town could then link to the individual’s name. If you are happy to have your contact details. If you are not happy, your name will not be put on. Norm Friebe has agreed to assist us with this project.

CERBERUS JR’s Barry Quigley introduced the topic (by proxy) of CERBERUS JR’s being invited to our functions. This proposal was endorsed by all. Quigg’s has addressed this with Ken Needham, who joined from CERBERUS in March 63. I will obtain his address and pass on our weekly orders and Newsletters.

JRTE Memorial Those that are on email have received the most recent status of the Memorial. A copy is attached for those on snail mail.

State Meetings

As advised in the most recent Newsletter Russ Dale, organised a get together of Victorians. We would like him to also include the Tasmanians. Since then Barry Quigley has indicated he will be having a washup of WA folk and intends to continue having irregular get togethers. Darby Ashton has also indicated he would like to do the same thing in Queensland. You are probably aware Ron Pope is the ‘go to’ man in SA.

The Victorians will be meeting at Young and Jacksons at 1200 on Wednesday 22 October.

Those in NSW will meet at the Rockers at 1200 Friday 24 October. Additionally, we will be meeting informally on Long Tan Day on 18 August. The plan is to meet at Martin Place cenotaph for the ceremony, on completion, we will then muster at the Hero of Waterloo for lunch.

Reunion 2010 We decided to have our next reunion in Mildura on the weekend prior to the running of the Melbourne Cup in 2010. During this period there will be a Jazz Festival in Mildura. The programme will be sorted out and info will be forwarded.

Grants A discussion was held in respect of grants available to groups such as ours. Dave Lowe is investigating the possibility of receiving a Best Grant which is a grant directed towards assisting the costs of running the administration. He is also investigating the possibility of receiving a grant for the purpose of having our next reunion. Russ Dale also mentioned the possibility of obtaining a grant for soft ware.

Service Pension and Gold Card I have taken some text in isolation from the DVA website. What could it mean to you? If you have eligible service, you may be entitled to receive a Service Pension and as a consequence of that, a gold card. Check with DVA.
Service Pension
To claim for a service pension you need to:
 complete the form D0503 Claim for Service Pension Part A – Eligibility, or a D0504 Claim for Service Pension by a Partner, a former partner or Widow or Widower Part A – Eligibility; and
 complete any other forms in relation to your personal, residential and financial circumstances; and
 provide us with sufficient documentation to prove your identity. Refer to Fact Sheet DVA 06: Proving your identity to DVA – Proof of Identity (POI); and
 provide us with your tax file number.

To apply for the service pension, contact your nearest DVA office, where an application form will be tailored to suit your circumstances. Application forms are also available from some ex-service organisations, such as the RSL. For more details on claiming service pension please refer to the form D0503/4B: About Claiming Service Pension.

Gold Card
Veterans who served with the Australian Defence Forces may be eligible for the Gold Card when granted the service pension if they:
 receive service pension only and have income and assets within certain limits; or
 receive any amount of service pension plus a disability pension of 50% or more of the general rate ; or
 are permanently blind; or
 have an impairment from one or more service related injuries or diseases that constitutes at least 30 impairment points under MRCA.


Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au



Cheers

Ron







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1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s June 08 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

Our third reunion has come and gone. What a wonderful time. We had it all, after four days of constant festivities we left the function fatter, happier, louder but still no smarter, however, thinking, wondering and confused as to when and where the next do will be held. Barry Quigley’s team did a superb job. I take this opportunity to congratulate and thank him and his committee on organising the four days as each was a very successful function. Barry’s report is contained in this newsletter.

On the Sunday during the BBQ we received the very sad news that Bill Vass was very sick and not expected to last 24 hours. This news of course put a damper on our celebrations. We have extended our condolences to his family. Mike Hogan represented us at Bill’s funeral. Bill will be remembered for many things, he looked after his mates, was generous, loved a beer and a yarn at every opportunity but most of all he was just a good bloke. Bill attended every function in Sydney and the Gold Coast. He rang me on the Thursday morning of the Perth reunion telling me he was crook and couldn’t make it. It took a major illness for him to miss one of our functions. He told me he loved being with us 1963 ex JR’s as we accepted him as one of ours. That perhaps is the ultimate compliment. Vale Bill.

Merchandise On the Sunday afternoon we collected all the uncollected merchandise. Whether we were in a melancholy mood as a consequence of the news of Bill’s illness or/and the free booze was having some little effect, some merchandise was sold twice. As a consequence I have ordered new stock which should be delivered to me this week. It will be forwarded out ASAP. I apologise to all for the inconvenience.

As we now have all the photos on cd, they will be available for further sale at a cost of $10 a copy. The proceeds will go to the dedication fund.

Athol Marsh Special mention must go to the appearance of Athol Marsh who turned up on Sunday at the BBQ. Athol has produced a cookery book. He left 99 free copies to those that attended the reunion. Thanks Athol.

Dedications I have no further news on the date of Dave Quinlan’s dedication. Contacted the Chaplain two weeks ago. He confirmed a date has not been set. Additionally, we would have arranged the dedication for Bill Vass, however, as mentioned earlier Bill never missed one of our functions including dedications. He left the details on how to arrange the plaque with his family. They have already set the wheels in motion. I will tell all when it is going to be held and intend using the Senior Sailors Mess at KUTTABUL for the after function.

Albury Saturday 12 July. I went down to Albury a fortnight ago. Seems like a good place to have a few beers together and dinner later perhaps. We will meet at the Commercial Club at 1700 for an informal drink, a discussion on dedications, future reunions and anything else anybody wishes to talk about. There has been a very positive response from the Victorian Branch of our organisation. What’s this you say a Victorian Branch of the 1963 LEEUWIN, yes I say, Russ Dale organised a meeting on the 29th May in Victoria. 8 turned up and there were 7 apologies, what a great result. All those who regularly attend and those that live in the southern regions are especially invited. To date the following are attending Spook Cairns, Doug Wilson, Magoo Magnuson, Ron Giveen, Norm and Narelle Friebe, Alan and Marg Wilson plus Russ and Joy Dale.

Please let me know whether you are going to attend. I will email or phone through any further details as they come to hand.

Some logistical details provided by Spook Cairns and myself.

Train from Sydney Central
I/we can get a train at 0745 arriving at Albury at 1519 or alternately a 2040 arriving at 0412, the return is 1147-1955 or 2315-0656. Spook suggests going down on Friday and returning Sunday.

The New Albury Hotel www.newalburyhotel.com.au seems to be a reasonable place with good facilities. Ensuite rooms start at $55 for a single rising to $80 for double/single

The Hume Inn 406 Wodonga Place Albury 02 60212733 enquiries@humeinn.com.au – they have 2 rooms which will accommodate 4 and one room that will accommodate 3. The cost of the rooms is $130.00 a night including a light continental breakfast.

The Comfort Inn Albury Townhouse 02 6021 3000 alburytownhouse@bigpond.com
They have rooms $99 a double, $105 a twin and $110 for a threesome.

These three places are representative of the accommodation in Albury. There appears to be plenty of it and it is reasonable cheap. Also these three are within walking distance of the Commercial Club, from 1k to 400 metres.

Donations We have received further donations towards the dedication plaques from Twitch Hawkins, Magoo Magnuson plus Darrel and Carmel Girvan. Thanks all.

45th 1963 Reunion – Wash-Up by Barry Quigley

Thursday 10 Apr 2008 Meet & Greet
Attendance 102
Venue Bicton-Palmyra RSL

A very good night and it was great to see some ‘old’ but new faces that had not attended any previous reunions. The RSL was the ideal venue, as being a Thursday night we had the hall exclusively to ourselves. Apart from getting the weekend started on a good note, it was an opportunity to distribute the Reunion Port and merchandise, have some smally eats and few pale ales.

Friday 11 Apr 2008 Dinner Dance
Attendance 118
Special Guest Mr & Mrs Bill Mudd (LEEUWIN official Photographer 1961-1980
Venue Fremantle Sailing Club

The night was started off with pre-dinner drinks with the RANR Band playing in the background led by CPOMUSN Ted Tate – the band (22) was fabulous all night and played on until stumps at 2359. Mick Gallagher and Jeff Wake did the Master of Ceremonies duties and kept the night flowing along nicely. Mick was also our official photographer and his boundless energy never ceases to amaze me. The meal was the top menu provided and from all reports many were seen going around the buoy especially for the seafood and of course the ‘duffs’. The dance floor was given a hammering but not as energetic (funny that) as our 1963f JRTE balls in the old drill hall.

Saturday 12 Apr 2008 Visit ex HMAS LEEUWIN – now Leeuwin Barracks
Free day

Many took the opportunity to walk around LEEUWIN and check out the playing fields, parade ground (sealed now) drill hall and the many changes that have taken place over the years (especially the accommodation & galley/cafe). A few like Phil Franklin had never been back since 1963 and must have been quite a spinout.

Sunday 13 Apr 2008 BBQ
Attendance 95
Venue Bicton-Palmyra RSL

The order of the day was BBQ and FREE DRINKS from 1100 (LAST FREEBIE WAS DRANK AT 1730); it was a good way to wind up the weekend reunion as many had to eat, drink and run to fly back east. The BBQ was catered and Chefed by Twister Harte whose meat selection was ‘as usual’ fantastic. Twister was helped by many for the cooking duties – “ Everybody loves to BBQ”.

The weather for the whole weekend was more than we originally hoped for as the weekend before was foul.

My thanks to our hard working committee members who after numerous meetings watched it all come together without too many hiccups.

Special thanks to the RSL members who were our Cook, Waitress’ & Dish Washer brigade, Barry Brownrigg (ex- POPTI) Alan Meyer (ex WOQMG) and Mick Marwick (ex POSV) who were just terrific Thursday night and Sunday.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS;

Barry Quigley Chairman/Financials WA/Transport/Smally eats

Jeff Wake Secretary/Band/Registration forms/Thursday night raffle/MC

Jim Bush 45th Reunion Commemorative Port/DVA giveaways/Referee

Kevin & Shirley Rowlands CD production/Memorabilia/Dinner dance sub-committee

Rod Hazell Merchandise-Polo Shirts/Stubby holders/labels/fortified wine

Twister Harte Sunday BBQ

Spike & Jean Jones Port label design/nominal rolls/name tags

Vic Dzodz Official Port taster


HMAS LEEUWIN Memorial Plaque. Ken Dobbie and his team are progressing the Memorial Plaque. There is a proposal on the table to alter the configuration of the plaque. The suggestion is to have three 30 mm black granite panels. Panel 1 will depict the dedication, panel 2 a bronze disc with an embossed image of a JR in winter uniform (500 mm left profile) and panel 3, the crests of Leeuwin and Cerberus. There is a gold rope surround on the dedication.

This option is much cheaper than having a freestanding bronze statue of a JR ($75000). As more comes to hand I will communicate further. Ken’s contact details are ken.dobbie@bigpond.com or 03 64247198.

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au



Cheers
Ron




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s March 08 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,


Glen Singline passed away due to cancer on 3 Sep 07 informed by his son Michael 0438 936 224

The April 2008 Reunion.

There have been 98 paid out of 152 who have indicated they wish to attend. To those that haven’t paid please confirm your intentions either way as soon as possible, noting 14 March is the proposed cut off date.

Programme

Thursday 10 - 1700-2200 - Meet and Greet – Bicton/Palmyra RSL, Foss St Palmyra dress neat/casual
Friday 11 – 1830 for 1930 – Dinner/Dance - Fremantle Sailing Club – Navy Band – dress neat/casual
Saturday 12 - Free day – 1000-1400 - tour of LEEUWIN or do your own thing.
Sunday 13 - BBQ commencing at 1100 at TS PERTH

BBQ only

If you do not wish to attend the dinner/dance, but can make the BBQ on Sunday and or the events on Thursday/Saturday, it will cost $25.

Registration

A Registration form is enclosed. Please complete and return ASAP.

Accommodation The Flying Angel Club in Fremantle has available accommodation over the Reunion dates. They have single, double and twin share rooms. A double or twin room is $110.00, a single room, $66.00 per night and all rooms have ensuite, coffee/tea making facilities, TV and reverse cycle air conditioners. Parking is available and onsite Bar, Meals and other facilities are available. The contact details are as follows.Ph:(08) 9335 5000 Fax:(08) 9335 5321 email: fangelc@starwon.com.au web: www.flyingangel.org.au

Another accommodation website is www.onetime.com/hotels/australia/fremantle

Transport to the West I have checked on airline tickets. They are currently available at $230.00 each way. It is worth getting in early, as the prices do and will fluctuate.

Attendees . (* indicates having paid.) They are:Geoff (Andy) and Glyn Anderson*, Barry and KayeMarie Andrew*, Wayne Asher and Michelle Simmons*, Fred Auty*, Rick and Lea Avey*, Tony and Mary Bath*, Jim and Jan Bush*, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield*, Dave (Spook) Cairns*, James Carroll*, Ron Carroll and Carol Anderson*, Bob and Sandra Cavanagh*, Russ and Joy Dale*, Kim and Kay Daw*, Errol and Jan Delaney*, Stew Dewar*, Tony (Bongo) and JoAnne DiBetta*, Jeff and Kaye Dunn*, Vic and Lyn Dzodz*, Marty and Lyn Edwards*, Tank and Phyllis Evans*, Dave and Helen Ferguson*, Ken and Marrilyn Fielding*, Phillip (Bong) Franklin and partner+, Mick Gallagher*, Ron Giveen*, Wayne and Alison Godenzie*, Tony and Ann Gysen*, Hector Hart*, Geoff Harte*,John and Lyn Hatchman*, Arthur (Twitch) Hawkins*, Rod and Karin Hazell*, Tom and Val Houldsworth*, Fred Howes and Dave Scarce*, Jessie and Wendy James*, Ron (Spike) and Jean Jones*, Larry Kent*, Trevor Lally*, Russ Loane*, Phil and Dee Longdon*, David and Linda Lowe*, Garry and Helen McGrath*, John and Luba Miscamble*, Phil and Tracy Narramore*, Noel (Irish) and Sue O’Leary*, Hoss and Judy Potter*, Barry and Alice Quigley*, Doug and Ada Rasmussen*, Ian (Surfie) Richards*, Roy Rigg*, Steve and Shelly Roberts (Thursday and Sunday only), Kev (Darky)and Shirley Rowland*, Ian and Marion Schubert*, Mike and Jean Shephard (Thursday and Sunday only), Karl and Kaye Slotboom*, Lew and Jo Smith*, Bryan and Kay Stapley*, John (Sox) and Wanda Stockings*, Gordon Stringer and Nita Gray* , Bob and Pat Stupple*, Glenn Summerhayes*, Kevin Uttley*, Bill Vass*, Jeff and Jenny Wake*, Perry and Merja Whitehouse*, Derek and Marilyn Whyte*, Greg and Marge Williams*, Doug Wilson (Sunday only)*, Jim and Vicki Wilson*.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

Cheers

Ron





1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s February 08 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

We had our February function in Sydney at the Aussie Rules Club. Eight attended, Doug Wilson, Spook Cairns, Tom Houldsworth, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Tassie Mason, Mick Gallagher, Rob Giveen and myself. Apologies were received from Tom Kinross, Bob Cavanagh, Brissles Lassau, Mal Ritchie, Russ Nelson, Sandy Powell, Mike Shephard, Eddie Sheavils, Roger Pearson, Terry Dack, Ian Schubert, Jack Davey, and Magoo.

We discussed Dave Quinlan’s dedication ceremony. The status - this is currently with the Command Chaplain and it hoped the ceremony will be pre the reunion. The other topics were the ‘status of the reunion’ – the information I had to hand this was extrapolated to all and thirdly, the venue for out next get together in Albury on Saturday 12 July. We discussed the advantage of having a function on a Saturday however, nobody knew of a venue and as such it has not been established as yet. Anybody knowing a suitable venue please contact me so it can be disseminated Hopefully the venue will encourage the Victorians, Southern NSW and ACT people to attend.

Donation We have received another further donation towards the dedication plaques from Butch Cousins. Thanks Butch.

The April 2008 Reunion.

Thursday 10 - 1700-2200 - Meet and Greet – Bicton/Palmyra RSL, Foss St Palmyra dress neat/casual
Friday 11 – 1830 for 1930 – Dinner/Dance - Fremantle Sailing Club – Navy Band – dress neat/casual
Saturday 12 - Free day – 1000-1400 - tour of LEEUWIN or do your own thing.
Sunday 13 - BBQ commencing at 1100 at TS PERTH

A Registration form is enclosed. Please complete and return ASAP noting cutoff date.

Accommodation The Flying Angel Club in Fremantle has available accommodation over the Reunion dates. They have single, double and twin share rooms. A double or twin room is $110.00, a single room, $66.00 per night and all rooms have ensuite, coffee/tea making facilities, TV and reverse cycle air conditioners. Parking is available and onsite Bar, Meals and other facilities are available. The contact details are as follows.Ph:(08) 9335 5000 Fax:(08) 9335 5321 email: fangelc@starwon.com.au web: www.flyingangel.org.au

Another accommodation website is www.onetime.com/hotels/australia/fremantle

Transport to the West I have checked on airline tickets. They are currently available at $230.00 each way. It is worth getting in early, as the prices do and will fluctuate.

Attendees Currently 151 have responded indicating they will be attending, however only 65 have paid as this goes to print. (* indicates having paid.) They are: Geoff (Andy) and Glyn Anderson*, Barry and Kayemarie Andrew*, Wayne Asher and partner Michelle, Fred Auty, Rick and Lea Avey*, Jim and Jan Bush*, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield*, Dave (Spook) Cairns*, James Carroll*, Ron Carroll and partner+, Bob and Sandra Cavanagh*, Jim and Liz Clegg, Russ and Joy Dale*, Jack and Carol Davey, Kim and Kay Daw*, Errol and Jan Delahunty*, Stew Dewar*, Jeff and Kaye Dunn, Vic and Lyn Dzodz*, Marty and Lyn Edwards, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Dave and Helen Ferguson*, Ken and Marrilyn Fielding*, Bong Franklin and partner+ Warren French, Norm Friebe, Ross and Dianne Fullarton, Ronnie Gall, Mick Gallagher*, Darryl Girvan, Wayne and Alison Godenzie, John and Carol Grenfell, Tony and Ann Gysen*, Darryl and Kaye Hannant, Jim Harris, Hector Hart*, Geoff Harte*,John and Lyn Hatchman*, Twitch Hawkins*, Rod and XX Hazell, Mike and Jill Hogan, Des and Jenny Honess, Tom and Val Houldsworth*, Fred Howes and Dave Scarce, Jessie and Wendy James, Ron (Spike) and Jean Jones, Larry Kent*, Russ Loane, Phil and Dee Longdon*, David and Linda Lowe, Magoo and Jennifer Magnuson, Athol Marsh, Gerrard McGuiness, Garry and Helen McGrath*, John and Luba Miscamble*, Don and Ann Muller, Phil and Tracy Narramore*, Noel (Irish) and Sue O’Leary*, Scott and Kay Pascoe-Lambert, Greg and Margaret Peers, Ray Poole, Hoss and Judy Potter*, Barry and Alice Quigley*, Doug and Ada Rasmussen, Roy Rigg*, Steve and Shelly Roberts, Kev (Darky)and Shirley Rowland*, Ian and Marion Schubert*, Mike Shephard, Karl and Kaye Slotboom*, Lew and Jo Smith, Bryan and Kay Stapley*, John (Sox) and Wanda Stockings*, Gordon Stringer and partner* , Bob and Pat Stupple* John and Laraine Tant, Kevin Uttley, Bill Vass, Alex Vujic, Jeff and Jenny Wake, Perry and Merja Whitehouse*, Derek and Marilyn Whyte*, Greg and Marge Williams*, Doug and Trish Wilson (Sunday only), Jim and Vicki Wilson*, Tony and Gay Zajer.

There are quite a few who have indicated very recently that payment is impending. If you have any queries about payment please contact me.

HMAS LEEUWIN Memorial Plaque Ken Dobbie is progressing well with the LEEUWIN/JRTE Memorial. A committee has been formed, Ken is the President. A Patron has been identified, A charter has been established and agreed upon. It has been dedcided to include the CERBERUS JR’s in the memorial. This occurred as a result of several CERBERUS JR’s indicating their desire to be included. You may be aware the CERBERUS JRTE was established in 1963-64 to facilitate and accommodate JR’s while LEEUWIN was being upgraded to meet the manpower requirements. In fact, had accommodation been available in Fremantle they would have been LEEUWIN JR’s.

There has been discussion/debate re the configuration of a design and what the design represents. Further to this various members of the committee have sought quotes on various configuration/designs. I understand the intention now is to attempt to contact the JRTE community with the information provided. This will give the wider community an understanding of what the committee has achieved and the way ahead. A further process of collecting donations to fund the project will commence. An account has been established already with two of the committee members as signatures. If you wish have any input please contact Ken at ken.dobbie@bigpond.com or 03 64247198.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au
Cheers
Ron




1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s November 07 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm


G’day and Welcome,

We had our November function in Bombaderry. Nine Attended, Tom Kinross, Doug Wilson, Tony Di Betta, Russ Nelson, Tom Houldsworth, Ken Scarisbrick, Freddie Auty, Les Allen and myself. Apologies were received from Spook Cairns, Checkers Aldridge, Magoo Magnuson, Errol Delaney, Ian Schubert, Phil Longdon, Bristles Lassau, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan and Mick Gallagher.

We broadly discussed the upcoming reunion, re photos from Mackland Photographers, accommodation and pooling transport. Les Allen has indicated he is a volunteer to perform a gig with other interested parties on Friday and Sunday.

To facilitate attendance of our Mexican neighbours and ACT/southern NSW brothers at our quarterly function expressions of interest are being called to hold a function in Albury Wodonga in July 08. Could all those interested please respond? Our next get together will be held at the Sydney Aussie Rules Club on 8 Feb 08 commencing 1200ish. The SARC is adjacent the Fountain in the Cross.

We have received donations towards the dedication plaques from Darby Ashton and Freddie Auty. Thanks blokes.

Dedications. The Dedication ceremony will be held at the Garden Island Naval Chapel on Sunday 9 December commencing at 1000 for Pete McVee, Pete Dahlstrom, Robin Russell and Dick Geverding. Please try to be there at 0900. This will give you an opportunity to say G’day and have a good look at the Navy Chapel. Parking is limited, please supply me with a list of your guests and their vehicle registrations by Sunday 2 Dec. Please note that unfortunately there is no lift or disabled access at the Chapel and the main staircase is a significant test to less mobile people. Photos will be taken after the dedication ceremony on the Chapel steps, weather permitting.

It is planned to go for drinks on completion of the service to the Chief’s Mess in KUTTABUL.

The April 2008 Reunion. Currently 148 have responded indicating they will be attending. They are: Geoff and Glyn Anderson, Barry and Kayemarie Andrew, Wayne Asher and partner Michelle, Fred Auty, Rick and Lea Avey, Jim Bush, Wayne and Margaret Butterfield, Dave and Dawn Cairns, James Carroll, Bob and Sandra Cavanagh, Wayne and Judy Chapman, Mrs Chapman (Senior), Mal and Robyn Chatfield, Jim and Liz Clegg, Terry and Helen Dack, Russ and Joy Dale, Jack and Carol Davey, Kim and Kay Daw, Errol and Jan Delahunty, Stew and XX Dewar, Jeff and Kaye Dunn, Vic and Lyn Dzodz, Marty Edwards, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Dave and Helen Ferguson, Ken and Marrilyn Fielding, Glen and Kate Forno, Warren French, Norm Friebe, Ross and Dianne Fullarton, Ronnie Gall, Mick Gallagher, Darryl Girvan, Wayne and Alison Godenzie, John and Carol Grenfell, Darryl and Kaye Hannant, Jim Harris, Hector Hart, John and Lyn Hatchman, Rod and XX Hazell, Mike and Jill Hogan, Des and Jenny Honess, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Fred Howes, Jessie and Wendy James, Ron (Spike) and Jean Jones, Larry Kent, Dave and Phyllis Laundon, Russ Loane, Phil and Denise Longdon, David and Linda Lowe, Magoo and Jennifer Magnuson, Athol Marsh, Gerrard McGuiness, Garry and Helen McGrath, John and Luba Miscamble, Don and Ann Muller, Phil and Tracy Narramore, Irish O’Leary, Scott and Kay Pascoe-Lambert, Greg and XX Peers, Ray Poole, Hoss and Judy Potter, Sandy and Jan Powell, Barry and Alice Quigley, Doug Rasmussen, Roy Rigg, Steve and Shelly Roberts, Kev and Shirley Rowland, Ian and Marion Schubert, Mike Shephard, Karl and Kaye Slotboom, Lew and Jo Smith, Bryan and Kay Stapley, John Stockings, Gordon Stringer, Bob and Pat Stupple, John and Laraine Tant, Kevin Uttley, Bill Vass, Alex Vujic, Jeff and Jenny Wake, Perry and Merja Whitehouse, Derek and Marilyn Whyte, Greg Williams, Doug and Trish Wilson, Jim and Vicki Wilson, Tony and Gay Zajer- who else wants to be part of this list? I do not have some names. Please let me know where I have gone wrong on this list.

The boys in the West have been busy. Barry Quigley and Jeff Wake are running with the Friday night dine in night. Rod Hazell is organising Tourism handouts and Polo Shirts with a WA theme, Kev Rowland - intake photos, Jim Bush the commemorative port, Greg Williams doing marketing and sponsorship, Twister Hart organising the BBQ and additionally Jeff Wake is also organising the Navy Band and permission to visit Leeuwin Barracks. I have been tasked to collect names and money. They have come up with the following plan.

Thursday 10 - Meet and Greet Venue TBA.
Friday 11 - Dine In Night venue The Fremantle Sailing Club - specialises in high quality buffets.
Saturday 12 - Free day – opportunity to visit Leeuwin Barracks, Freo, Perth or Rottnest Island – do your own thing.
Sunday 13 - BBQ commencing at 1100 at TS PERTH.

The substantial changes to the initial plan are the venue and the Friday night in lieu of Saturday. Unfortunately, there are no suitable venues available for the Saturday night. The cost of the dining in night is $120.00 per head. Due, primarily to the mining boom, (not enough drivers) cabs are very difficult to obtain on Friday/Saturday nights in Fremantle. A bus is being hired to pick up and drop us off at various key points around Fremantle on Friday evening. A bottle of commemorative port is being organised for each participant and is included in the dining in night cost. The port will be available for collection at the BBQ. Additionally, it is expected to cover the cost of food, beer and goffas at the BBQ.

A Registration Form will be produced and distributed in the near future.

For general info the WA school holidays commence on Monday 14 April.

I have checked on airline tickets. They are currently available at $230.00 each way. It is worth getting in early, as the prices do and will fluctuate.

An accommodation website is www.onetime.com/hotels/australia/fremantle

There are caravan parks; hotels/motels and self contained accommodation in the area. If you have any queries please contact me and I will forward your comments to the WA committee for advice.

SA Reunion email received from Ron Pope on the concept of having a small function in Port Adelaide on Nov 11th Armistice Day.

Hi Ron, Originally 13 sent replies with 9 coming to the reunion the rest away. On the day 2 people came Jim Harris & Kim Daw & myself with an apology from Grant Dennede sick on the day. We had a great time and were asked to lay a wreath on behalf of HMAS Hobart on the day which we gladly did. We will try and organise another day when people might feel more at ease of coming along. I believe some of the fellows have a few issues to overcome and it would be good to sit and talk and some may realise we were all in the same boat. cheers Ron

HMAS LEEUWIN Memorial Plaque

Ken Dobbie was making inquiries with Jim Bush about erecting a Memorial plaque in Maryborough for the two blokes who were lost in HMAS ARROW during Cyclone Tracy in 1974. This conversation resulted in the idea of having some type of recognition of all JR’s and staff who have passed through the gates of LEEUWIN from July 60 to the mid 80’s.

To determine whether the concept was sound, other individuals and Navy were invited to express their attitude towards this proposal. Everybody we spoke to so far has been very enthusiastic of the idea in principle. Ken is now in the process of working out protocol and the way ahead. If you wish have any input please contact Ken at ken.dobbie@bigpond.com or 03 64247198.

I will update you as details progress.

DFRDB (This was sent to me) This is taken from the latest DFRDB info book DB04-JUL07 on their website, I guess their latest pamphlet on the matter:

What is commutation?
Commutation gives you the option of converting part of your retirement pay to a lump sum. If you want to take up this option, you simply complete the D20 form and return it to ComSuper with the other forms mentioned earlier. If you elect to commute, you will also have the further
option of rolling over all or part of your lump sum. Rolling over a lump sum benefit defers payment of some or all of the tax on the benefit until such time as you actually receive the payment. You can elect to roll over all or part of your lump sum money by filling in Section D of
the D20. There are some other things you should know about commutation.
One of them is that once the conversion has been made the portion you commute cannot be restored regardless of you exceeding your life expectancy (see Table 2 on the next page). Also, your retirement pay will be reduced from the date your commutation takes effect.


Nowhere in my original DFRDB info book of JAN 85 ( I resigned in 1987) which I sent around early this month, are there words/wording to this effect! This is all NEW wording post 1985! As you say admin pamphlets have little legal standing but DFRDB are apparently trying to cover their highly polished behinds in that place called Belconnen.

Does anybody have a copy of the forms we signed? If so please let me know. Ron


The latest DVA Nominal Roll on Vietnam is available form www.vietnamroll.gov.au

Breakaway songs Jack Davey has a mate who is searching for ships breakaway songs. In particular he is after the one for Vendetta, as well as any others that you may know. Contact Jack at john.davey@iinet.net.au or 9820 3089.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

Cheers
Ron





1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s July 07 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

I think a Squadron of the 7th Fleet including that mini grey carrier KITTY HAWK was in attendance at GI, however, we EX-JR’s wallowed around on the Rocker’s balcony eating and drinking in glorious sunshine in fine style. The following attended – Spook Cairns, Jessie James (all the way from Tasmania), Errol Delaney, Mike Hogan, Bill Vass, Mick Gallagher, Peter Magnuson Tom Houldsworth, John Hatchman and myself. Mick was accompanied by a friend – Kerry. (Photos attached) Apologies were received from Checkers Aldridge, Ian Schubert, Les Barclay, Bristles Lassau, Tom Kinross, Jack Davey, Terry Dack, Pony Moore, Hoss Potter, John Hume, Bob Cavanagh, Hoss Potter, Woody, Sandy Powell, Eddie Sheavils and Tony Zajer.

Vale Dave Quinlan It would come as a shock to most of us to hear of Dave Quinlan’s passing over the bar. Dave was one of our staunchest supporters of this organisation. He helped organise the 2005 function on the Gold Coast and has been instrumental in putting together many of our local functions. He was the first to volunteer his services in any role to assist his mates. He will be sorely missed. The following is an email received from Magoo and Mike Hogan.

‘David Quinlan was laid to rest in fine style on Thursday 17th May 2007. The NSW police provided an honour guard at St Albans Church, Epping as a mark of respect for David's many years of service with their forensic branch. The eulogy was delivered by David's close friends, Mr Dennis DeSilva (ex WOCK) and Mr Norm Symes (NSW Police forensic). David's casket was covered by a white ensign and was adorned with his and his father’s medals. Three caps were placed on the casket representing his time in the RAN, NSW Police and his deployment with United Nations forces. Epping Sub Branch provided the RSL tribute at the gravesite and the sound of the last post ringing out over such a beautiful scene brought a tear to many an eye. Navy was well represented by 1963 JR’s and HMAS Perth Assn personnel. A wreath was provided on behalf of our fraternity. The day concluded with refreshments at the Quinlan household, hosted by a very gracious Gail Quinlan under trying circumstances. Many fond memories of David's exploits were told and retold and all agreed that the world is a sadder place for the loss of such a great mate. Farewell David,. Rest in peace lest we forget.
Regards to all from Peter Magnuson and Mike Hogan.’

Tom Houldsworth, Mike Hogan, Spook Cairns, Vince Woodward, Mick Gallagher, Magoo Magnuson, Bongo Di Betta, Bill Vass, Ian Schubert, Doug Wilson and Jim Clegg attended the ceremony.

Tank Evans thanks all those mates of his who contacted him and letting you all know he and his wife Phyllis have improved. Give him another call.

Dedications I have forwarded applications for three dedications for Pete McVee, Peter Dahlstrom and Dick Geverding to the Command Chaplain.

A little further on dedication plaques. I am encountering further difficulty in obtaining information from Navy records. This is probably due to their high turnover rate of staff. They have indicated they now require a copy of the death and Marriage Certificate from the widow before they will release details. I can get around all this by you forwarding me your details. Eg date of birth, rank on discharge and years of service. It would certainly help also if you could let me know what postings/drafts you had and if you would like to write an Eulogy. I’m not kidding.

Incidentally did you know Eddie Sheavils (HMAS BALAKAPAPAN) and Brian Gorringe (Middle East) and I think Bongo Di Betta (GI) are still serving members. Tom Kinross and myself are doing a few days a week sometimes.

Donations Tom Houldsworth has forwarded a donation. If you would like to forward a donation to assist with the dedications it would be appreciated and will be acknowledged.

Where to next Long Tan Day We are going to meet at Martin Place on Saturday 18 August and on completion of the ceremony we will be adjourning to the ‘Hero of Waterloo’ in the Rocks. Last year we met up with the Defence Minister Brendan Nelson and had photographs taken with the NSW Governor Maree.

Next Get together We are going to Nowra on the 2nd November. We intend meeting at the RSL at 1200. Please let me know of your intentions of attending.

What’s happening in 2008. Report form Barrie Quigley
We had a small turn up for the pre-reunion get-together, but the good news is we have a committee and have firmed on a date, which is 11/12/13 April 2008,details of where, when and how will come later.
We now need is the approximate number intending to be at the reunion so that we can obtain costing from various venues we have in mind. It is always good to go in with a firm number, and of course it will make a difference whether we have it in a shoebox or a telephone box.
Committee - Doug Rasmussen, Jeff Wake, Rod Hazel, Spike Jones, Terry Pitt and Barrie Quigley.
Apologies - Garry McGrath, Greg Williams, Terry Coulthard and Tony Zajer. Tony and Garry have offered their services, which is all good Regards Quigs

I forwarded out an email asking for your intentions and received the following responses.
The following 41 have indicated they will be attending:
Darby and Frances Ashton, Dave and Dawn Cairns, James Carroll, Jim and Liz Clegg, Russ and Vic and Mrs Dzodz, Joy Dale, Errol and Jan Delahunty, Tank and Phyllis Evans, Dave and Helen Ferguson, Ken and Marilyn Fielding, Warren French, Hector Hart, John and Lyn Hatchman, Mike and Jill Hogan, Jessie and Wendy James, Russ Loane, David and Linda Lowe, Magoo and Jennifer Magnuson, Garry and Helen McGrath, John and Luba Miscamble, Sandy and Jan Powell, Roy Rigg, Ian and Marion Schubert, John and Laraine Tant, Kevin Uttley, Bill Vass, Perry and Merja Whitehouse,- who else wants to be part of this list?

G'day Ron
Please distribute

Gentlemen,
I have started making enquiries regarding travelling to Perth as a group on
the Indian Pacific.
I need to get an estimate on how many are interested at this stage. I am
willing to co ordinate the trip if numbers are sufficient. Fares and
timetables for April 2008 have not been published yet so your response will
be a rough estimate with no committment.
Two WEB sites worth a look are www.gsr.com.au and www.dva.gov.au (click DVA
facts (click numerics(look up IS 152 Great Southern Railway concessions)
Regards Magoo



New Contact Who remembers Michael Moore. Pony has been found, he is now living in Queensland and although working intends to attend reunions whenever he can.

E-mails Ray Poole writes that a ‘Hacker has deleted his old password and jammed it, not allowing him any access. He lost all his personal mail and contact lists. He was advised to change his password every 72 days as he was informed by Technical Support that a Hacker could access any account and do a job on your mail.

Our trip to NT and FNQ.
Met up with Perry and Merja Whitehouse in Darwin on 3 May, they are both well and enjoying the fruits of the Top End. Perry’s cab had had a slight incident that day which allowed him a precious night off. We were greeted by his family who with him provided us with company food and wine (and others) that restaurants only dream of. It was a fabulous night and one I was thinking of next morning grinding through a 400 Individual Medley. In Cairns I met up with Annie and Jerry Oakley, they also are both well. I was looking to buy a dog for my brother, so we trudged around Cairns and then had a very enjoyable lunch together. It pays to advertise when you are on the road

Prostrate Cancer Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have a 48 percent increased risk of prostate cancer recurrence following surgery than their unexposed peers, and when the disease comes back, it seems more aggressive, researchers say. This is part of a report authored in the US. The following is a precise:

The study looked at 1,653 US veterans who had prostate cancer surgery at Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centres in five cities between 1990 and 2006; 199 had been exposed to Agent Orange, a herbicide and defoliant sprayed on the dense forests of Vietnam during the war. Agent Orange contains the carcinogen, dioxin, which can be stored in body fat and is believed to make its way into the cell nucleus and work as a tumour promoter. In the past, relatively higher mortality rates have been found in chemical plant workers and farmers with prostate cancer who were exposed to dioxin, the researchers write in their abstract.
Dioxin's impact is dose-related, and while the researchers did not measure levels of dioxin or Agent Orange, they suspect that blacks, who were more likely to be ground troops, also were more likely to have had more Agent Orange exposure.
The disease appeared to be caught earlier in exposed veterans. Most had their disease staged as T1 by pathologists, which means it appeared confined to the prostate gland, and had lower pre-operative prostate specific antigen scores, an indicator of disease aggressiveness.
However, when the disease recurred, exposed veterans experienced a more rapid biochemical progression of their disease, which PSA measures. In blacks, the PSA doubled in almost half the time of their unexposed peers.
A blood PSA level screens for prostate cancer for most men beginning at age 50 and 40 for men with a family history. "As a population in general, if you were exposed to Agent Orange, you're more likely to have a recurrence," says Dr. Shah. If it sounds odd that men who had their prostate removed could have disease recurrence, Dr. Terris points out that microscopic cancer cells can migrate out of the area before surgery, becoming detectable later when they start pushing PSA levels back up.
In fact, following any type of prostate cancer treatment, men routinely get PSA levels checked for the rest of their lives. Without cancer recurrence, they should stay at zero.
The study was funded by the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Wendy Farrow NSW State Manager Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia PO Box 1332 Lane Cove NSW 1595 Tel: +612 9438 7040 Fax: +612 9438 7099 Mobile: 0439 780 728 Email: wfarrow@prostate.org.au Website www.prostate.org.au

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au
Cheers
Ron





1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s April 07 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

Have just returned from Maitland where we had another very successful get together. The following attended – Doug Wilson, Spook Cairns, Dave Quinlan, Errol Delaney, Mike Hogan, Bill Vass, Mick Gallagher, Keith Mc Guiness (ex Bandie) Peter Girvan, Kevin Reynolds (ex Pressure Head), Les Allen, Peter Magnuson and myself. We were hosted and looked after by Peter Girvan in his and his wife’s Metropolitan Hotel. His home bottled Hunter Valley Shiraz is worth taking the trip to Maitland to taste. We ate and slept well in his pub. I didn’t leave it until Saturday morning….

Apologies were received from Checkers Aldridge, Ian Schubert, John Hatchman, Ted Hase, John Hume, Bob Cavanagh, Roger Pearson and Les Barclay.

Sick Bay Notes Tank Evans has been poorly recently. If anybody would like to contact him, his email address is big.gareth@bigpond.com. I know he would like to hear from his mates.

Dedications I expect we will have further dedications in the coming months. We are nearly there with Robin Russell, Sandra Shephard, Pete McVee and Peter Dahlstrom. There may be more, just depends on how far we can get with them.

The dedication ceremony for Gary Blyton and Jim Donsworth went off very well. It was well attended by family and us 63er’s. The after function at the Senior Sailors Mess in KUTTABUL was pretty good also.

Donations We have received further donations from Bluey Delahunty and Mike Shephard.

Agenda Items We decided last meeting that we would try and arrange our get togethers on anniversary days, which were significant to us. eg 7/8 Jan, 10 Feb, 7 Jul. As the January date is very close to New Year we decided we would generally go for the anniversary of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision on 10 Feb. Hence our next function will be held at the Rockers commencing around 1200 on Friday 6 July.

What’s happening in 2008. Quigg’s has called a get together of all Sandgropers at TS PERTH Cadet Unit in Fremantle on Sunday 22 April at 1200. He is hoping to put a team together to organise our major reunion in 2008. He expects but it is not confirmed that the reunion will be held over the weekend commencing 4 April 08. Stand by for further updates.

Attendances at Reunions and Get togethers We had a discussion last Friday in Maitland in respect of attendances. The discussion centred on how exciting it was to see who was attending a function. To enhance this it was decided to ask for acceptances and apologies for each function. It was realised it would require a major logistical exercise to contact everybody personally prior to the event. We do this with people on email, however, this leaves the snail mailers out in the cold. What we want from those on email, is for you to select from the snail mail list a name or names and contact them when you receive the reminder email. I will be providing a list (to the email crowd) with the names of all who receive snail mail.

Plumbing Discounts Max Borthwick rang and offered all who live in Melbourne an opportunity to buy discounted plumbing gear from his work. His telephone details are 03 8549 8534 and he works between 0600 to 1530 weekdays.

Vietnam Veterans Vietnam Veterans are wanted for help in a study of war-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study is trying to understand what influences the development of PTSD in war veterans so that future treatment can be more effective. Volunteers are required to complete two anonymous questionnaires about their thoughts and feelings. The questionnaires are usually not difficult and will take about 30-60 minutes to complete. To participate in this study you need to be a Vietnam Veteran either with PTSD or without PTSD. The questionnaires, an information sheet, and a reply paid envelope are available from the researcher. Once completed, please mail them anonymously to the researcher. This study is being conducted by David Cockram, a registered psychologist, as part of his Doctor of Psychology research. David is a Vietnam Veteran who served in a rifle company with 3 RAR. All responses are anonymous so no person can be identified, but results of the study will be available later. If you participated in this study in 2005 then please don’t respond again as your data is being used. Thank you for your time and support. For more information about the study or to obtain a questionnaire package please contact: David on 0417 457 295, by email dcockram@netspace.net.au or the research supervisor Dr Chris Lee, School of Psychology, Murdoch University, Perth, 6150, chris.lee@murdoch.edu.au

Web Site It is my intention to put all information passed on by you not directly related to our intake on our web site.

Discharge Certificates Certificates given today are worthy of framing and are a big improvement on the "Certificate" that most of us received, a piece of paper with our enlistment details. As many of you have received medals since discharging I recommend that you apply for an updated Certificate that lists your Awards. The address for details is at the is available at the Navy website
www.navy.gov.au/contact/records.html

Did you know this?

Babies’ bums (SM) Emergency lighting switches, recognisable by touch alone

Bear up Sailing expression meaning to bear the tiller up to the windward in order to keep the vessel pointing as close as possible to the required direction of travel. It is in common use with the metaphorical meaning of Keep your spirits up. The opposite is bear away ie let the vessel fall away from the wind.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au

Cheers

Ron

PS I will be away from Sydney 22 Apr to early June – Top End for swimming then FNQ for fishing. Hope to see somebody on the road.






1963 LEEUWIN J/R’s February 07 Newsletter
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/index.htm

G’day and Welcome,

We enjoyed our first activity for the year last Friday at Rockers. The following attended – Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Bluey Delahunty, Spook Cairns, Mike Shephard, Vince Woodward (travelled down from the Gold Coast), Checkers Aldridge, Dave Quinlan, John Hatchman, Tassy Mason, Jock Stevenson and Greg Croft.

Apologies were received from Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher, Tom Kinross, Bongo Di Betta, Nev Thomas, Ian Schubert, Magoo Magnuson, Warren French and Bill Vass.

Crossing the Bar

Our condolences are extended to Rex Geoghegan’s family. We have all lost another legend.
I received a letter today from Kaye Geoghegan informing us that Rex passed away on 14th November 2006. Rex had been unwell for the past two years or so. He had suffered a stroke and his health gradually deteriorated. Kaye is available to talk to anyone why may want more information on Rex. Her postal address is 7 Stonehaven Crescent, Hampton East Vic 3188, telephone number is 03 9555 3314 and email address is kaye98@bigpond.com.

Dedications

There will be two dedications at the GI Chapel on Sunday March 4 commencing at 1000.

The dedications are to honour our shipmates Gary Blyton and Jim Dodsworth. Helen Blyton is coming down from Queensland, I believe with other members of her family and Jim’s Dad Harry will be coming down with his immediate family from Iluka NSW . Doug Wilson will be speaking on behalf of Gary while Spook Cairns will be speaking for Jim.

If you intend attending please be at GI Main Gates by 0930. I will be there to sign you in. Saying that, I need to know who is coming so you can get authority to enter the Island. Please contact me by Tuesday 27th February with the number of people who are attending and if you require car parking. If you require car parking you need to give registration details of your car also. Remember there are no wheel chair facilities in the Chapel.

It is intended to go the Senior Sailors Mess in KUTTABUL on completion of the service for a few drinks.

Progress on further Dedications

Tom Houldsworth is trying to contact Dick Geverding’s family. If anyone has any information please contact Tom. His email address is at the bottom of this newsletter. Progress is in hand for the following:
Rob Russell Mike Shephard
Gary Devlin Magoo Magnuson
Mumbles Aldenhaven –nee- John Adrian Vanvryaldenhaven Magoo Magnuson
Peter Dahlstrom Bluey Delahunty

Reunion 2008

I have had many calls on the date and venue of the 2008 reunion. Advice will be forwarded as soon as possible. There was also queries on the availability of using service accommodation in LEEUWIN Barracks. Can anybody shed any light on this proposal?
Next get together

We will be meeting will commence at 1200ish at the Metropolitan Hotel, 289 High St. Maitland on Friday 13th April. This pub is owned by Peter and Beryl Girvan. Peter is 3rd Intake LEEUWIN and served 12 years as a Handler.

Service Pensions Checkers Aldridge gave a brief outline on how easy it was to apply and receive his Service Pension. He was very impressed with the way the department turned around his claim to dollars received in his bank. I urge you to see whether you are eligible.

Other Reunions etc Tug Wilson advises that the "HOBART" will be holding a Reunion in Mildura Victoria from November 8th to the 12th in 2007 all info can be found at www.hmashobartasswa.com/reunion.html or by contacting 'Tug" at allan@ncable.com.au or 03 50230631 Mobile 0429964842

CD of Photos of Tankermen and Tankerwomen at Sea. The CD Album also holds many other Navy type photos which will certainly be enjoyed by all who purchase them. Anyone wishing to buy one please send a cheque or Money Order ($10.00) to the Naval Tankermen Association, 108 East St, Bega NSW 2550

Did you know this?

A’cockbill Description of a ship’s anchor when it has been eased out of its stowage (hawse pipe) and is hanging vertically in readiness for being let go. Formerly, the yards of a sailing ship were set a’cockbill – at an angle to the horizontal – as a sign of mourning.

Black silk An items of Jack’s rig worn under the collar and down the sides of the vee of the jacket, and tied off with tapes at the apex of the vee. It is not actually black, nor is it worn in memory of Lord Nelson; it is simply the modern day equivalent of a neckerchief/sweatrag. These were tied around the forehead in the heat of action and prevented beads of perspiration from tricking down into the eyes. Similarly, the three white lines around the light blue collar are not in memory of Nelson’s three famous victories, but was the number decided on in the mid 19th century after a surprisingly democratic ballot of Jack’s Victorian predecessors.

Baby spanner the male sexual organ.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (h) 02 44210453
Email address is: tgh@people.net.au


Cheers


Ron






December 2006 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

Firstly Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. Secondly I must apologise for the tardiness in producing this Newsletter, but with Mum passing away, and working things have been very busy.

Onto the good times.

The Olims Hotel get together in Canberra was enjoyed by all on Friday 3 Nov.
Bongo has forwarded me the following minutes

Apologies, received from the following: Bob Cavanagh Tom Kinross Larry Kent Doug Wilson Warren French Eril Banister Mick Gallagher Jim Clegg and You. We talked about the last Meeting and the minutes were accepted. We then talked about plaque in the GI chapel (Jim Donsworth, Garry Devlin and Peter Dahlstrom ) are all in progress reports will be supplied at the next meeting.

Update on the Web: 1. Members who have indicated will have there Email address posted. 2. New page to be added - "Who is This" it will feature pictures that members send in to see if any body knows who it is. Next Meeting ROCKERS - 1200 Friday 16 February 2007 Merry Christmas. See you next year Tony dB (Bongo) Web Master HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com

Service Pensions Have been meaning to introduce this subject to all for some time. My understanding of entitlement rests with turning 60, having served in an area of operation, and the pension is related to your income/assets which in term determines how much you would receive. Bottom line is we are all turning or have turned 60, those that have the service requirement would probably represent 95% of us. So if you havent thought about it, get off your butt and have a look. Its there.

Bruce Pollock We have received a Christmas card from Bruce Pollock, his wife Christine is in the final grips of breast cancer and was not expected to see out Christmas. All the best Mate, Our thoughts and good wishes are with you Jason, Lennie and Samantha.

I have received emails in respect of the following:
Looking for:

Bob Johnson, ex Darwin served on VENDETTA Vietnam tour contact 08 8332 1004: mpascoe@nordichonda.com.au

anyone who served on HMAS SUPPLY in 1980 who remembers a fire the first night out of Singapore when we were on the way to Gulf. My email is below thanks. Peter Robertson e mail robo4717@bigpond.net

Michael Thomas Bridges, last heard of being a Chief Stoker in Vampire and his cousin Maxwell Gordon Purnell. Both were JR’s. contact Roger Okell - 02 9456 3052

POSTD John Courage who served on Vendetta from 1977 to 1978 please contact Graeme Bee Phone: 02 6266 3953 (bh) Mobile: 0419 69 1123.

ex sub-mariner Geoff Kennedy who used to live at Quakers Hill could you please contact Bruce Gibson at Email address: B_D_GIBSON@bigpond.com

for Les Van eldick he was an ATA and joined the Navy in January 1972. Please contact Kevin FRENCH Email address: kev55@optusnet.com.au

General Interest

There is a new book been released ‘Voices from VOYAGER” by Carla Evans

Irish O’Leary is trying to find out the weight of a wessex main rotor blade also the Iroquois main rotor blade also the weight of the blade folding pole for the wessex. Someone may know and it would assist me greatly. My e mail is irish0@optusnet.com.au

Dear Everyone - I have slowly become angry (but not at any of you). I have been looking at over and over again the article in the FESR August newsletter titled "Vietnam Cancers linked to water" and it this and previous articles in many different publications and missives on the same subject that has got my dander up and I have at last exploded. It was my husband (the late ex WO Ralph Spooner, R50407) whom came up with this concept. He used to speak to me often, long before he was asked to put in a paper on the subject about the rumours that ex sailors were ill from 'agent orange' and the known authorities at the time considered it to be a myth. He told me often that it was the truth and he knew exactly how it came about. When he was asked to put in a green paper about it I know it was thought he would go away but he did not and he provided all facts and figures on this particular subject.
I note the article on this subject was an abstract from The Australian newspaper and was written by a person named "Simon Kearney". My anger is WHY IS RALPH SPOONER'S NAME NEVER MENTIONED. He put a lot of hard work and research into this (I know because I was his unpaid private secretary) and never once has there ever been a thankyou or any recognition of any description. When it was suggested that experiments be carried out it was Ralph whom suggested that it must be done the same way as the ships in Vietnam vapped the waters from the Deltas. It was he who told them that there was an old Navy boiler (brand new and unused) still in Naval stores up here in Brisbane (which the Navy had forgotten was still there) and this brought about his theories being correct. Although Ralph is not of this world anymore does not mean that he did not exist. A few days after Ralph's funeral a Doctor (I never caught his name) rang and after condolences asked me what caused Ralph's death and I have never heard another word in regard to the work of my late husband. He should at least have some sort of recognition. I have heard of some others who have tried to get pats on the back claiming they did this work but it was Ralph who did it all from beginning to end. This is what has made me angry. If it was not for Ralph the authorities would still be saying that it is a myth that sailors in Vietnam duties were suffering from agent orange illnesses. Can anyone help me in getting recognition for Ralph.
From the very proud wife of the late Ralph Hayden Spooner, ex W.O. R.A.N..

Crossing the bar

Please be advised that a former 'Vendetta' shipmate, Rocky Grimsey passed away on Tuesday 5th September, 2006.

Communicator William Edward George 'Molly' Malouf R51622 (ex CPORS) crossed the bar on Thursday 7 September 2006, after a long and stubborn fight against prostate cancer. He was 68.

Reunions
A reunion is planned for all ex-members of HMAS TOBRUK to be held in Newcastle on Anzac Day - 2007 For further information please contact Dennis Dray Phone - 02.4951.5406 Email: dennisdray@bigpond.com

A Reunion is planned for all ex-members of HMAS MORESBY on ANZAC Day - 2007 For further details contact Allan Watt Phone - 02.6628.6405 or Email - jakknco@bigpond.net.au
The 2007 Naval Vietnam Veterans Reunion will be held in Coffs Harbour, NSW, over the weekend of 12 to 15 October 2007. Full details, and more, can be found at the reunion website at navyreunion.server101.com/

Melbourne/Frank E. Evans Reunions Reunions for the survivors of the collision between HMAS Melbourne and USS Frank E. Evans are held both in Australia and the United States. The 2005 reunion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, saw letters of introduction and an invitation from the Mayor of Ipswich (Qld) for the 40th anniversary memorial service to be held in Ipswich in the first week of June 2009. Those at the reunion voted unanimously to hold their official 2009 Frank E. Evans reunion in Ipswich. If any Melbourne "survivors" are interested in travelling to the States for Frank E. Evans reunions, the next three reunions are 2006 in Mobile, Alabama; 2007 in Seattle, Washington; 2008 in Colorado Springs, Colorado (and 2009) in Ipswich. For information contact Ron (Nullarbor) Baker by phone on (07) 3389.9325, mobile 0422 077 781 or email bakschae@optusnet.com.au or nullarbor82@hotmail.com.

DVA News from Jim Bush who works with DVA in Perth
Hi Ron Good to see you all had a great time at the Newcastle Brewery, a bit far for us WA' ites to travel for a beer! I noticed your article regarding DVA coverage for injuries and thought you might be interested in sharing these few comments with our shipmates. DVA provides compensation under the Veterans Entitlement Act for disabilities that were caused during a period of eligible service and consists of payment of a disability pension and medical treatment. Essentially eligible service consists of operational service and qualifying service that was carried out in operational areas during overseas deployments. In addition to the above a period of Peacetime Defence Service, which includes service in Australia is also covered under the Veterans Entitlement Act under duel coverage arrangements that operated between 7th December 1972 and 7th April 1994. This can include participation in organised sporting events during service, therefore your onfield Rugby exploits which I presume occurred during this period of your service would have covered you under the VEA for disability pension and medical treatment. I trust this might be helpful to help understand a little bit about the arrangements for compensation covered by DVA. Best regards Jim Bush

ASBESTOS and BERYLLIUM
Those personnel wishing to have their names entered onto the Asbestos and Beryllium Registers that the government have established must call the Defence Call Centre on the following numbers: ASBESTOS: 1800 000 655 BERYLLIUM: 1800 000 644 Be advised that you may experience difficulties and long delays getting an answer during busy periods

VIETNAM VETERANS HEALTH STUDY RELEASED
The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Bruce Billson, today released the latest reports from a series of studies aimed at obtaining a comprehensive picture of the health of Australians who served in the Vietnam War.
The Australian Vietnam Veterans Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study, produced by the Department of Veterans' Affairs in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, compared mortality and cancer incidence data of nearly 60,000 male Vietnam veterans with similarly aged Australian men who did not serve.
The comparison covered a period of 35 years for the mortality component of the study, and 19 years for the cancer incidence study.
"Vietnam veterans have a 6 % lower mortality rate compared to the general Australian population, while recording a 15 % higher incidence of cancer and 6 % cancer mortality rate than expected," Mr Billson said.
"Quite simply, war service in Vietnam has had a negative impact on the health of many service personnel, as shown by the National Service report, and the Government recognises this.
"However this study suggests that the stringent recruitment requirements for the ADF have played a part in lower mortality rates for veterans over the 35 year study period - what the experts call the healthy worker effect. Their higher level of health and fitness at the time they were selected for service in Vietnam has equipped veterans well for the future health impact of their war service."
Other key findings include:
 Veterans showed a higher rate of mortality or cancer incidence from conditions associated with alcohol misuse, smoking and excessive exposure to the sun;
 The suicide rate amongst Vietnam veterans, 0.7 %, did not differ from the general population. There were 421 suicide deaths of Vietnam veterans during the 35 year study period;
 Navy veterans suffered higher levels of adverse health outcomes than their colleagues in the Army and Air Force. However, the study did not find any association between the higher cancer incidence of Navy veterans and the ship on which they served or the amount of time spent in Vietnam waters. This will allay concerns of adverse dioxin exposure from consumption of potable water amongst this group of veterans;
 The study indicates that Vietnam veterans are taking positive action to maintain their health and are successfully accessing early screening and treatment.
"A positive outcome of this study is that it confirms that health services available to Vietnam veterans through the Department of Veterans' Affairs are well targeted to meet their needs and an active approach to health can deliver positive results for them," Mr Billson said.
"The study validates earlier decisions to provide Government-funded treatment for all malignant cancers and post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depressive disorders, whether or not they have been accepted as service-related.
"The Government also provides free screening for Navy veterans to detect cancers associated with asbestos exposure.
"The mental well-being of veterans is a priority for the Australian Government and Vietnam veterans can access counselling services for themselves and their families through the Vietnam Veterans' Counselling Service. The Howard Government's recent $20 million boost in mental health funding will also deliver significant improvements to the services and programs available to Vietnam veterans.
"The Department of Veterans' Affairs offers a comprehensive range of health and well-being initiatives such as The Right Mix and the Men's Health Peer Education Program, which target alcohol and tobacco consumption and other lifestyle-related conditions.
"The Government is committed to ensuring appropriate health programs continue to be available to all Vietnam veterans to help them maintain their health and, where required, access treatment. I encourage veterans to take an active approach to their health," Mr Billson said.
The Australian Vietnam Veterans Mortality and Cancer Incidence Study extends the previous mortality study of Vietnam veterans which was published in 1997. The results of the study have been published in three volumes:
 Cancer Incidence in Australian Vietnam Veterans Study 2005;  The Third Australian Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study 2005; and  Australian National Service Vietnam Veterans: Mortality and Cancer Incidence 2005.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Cheers

Ron




July 2006 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

‘The Brewery’ What a great day. Overlooking the waterfront at Newcastle in a local ‘watering hole’ we welcomed for the first time at any type of function Les Allen, Chris Neville, Garry Hardman and Kev Bock. Wayne Chapman was also there; it is his first contact since the Gold Coast reunion in 2003. Les brought his guitar (just for senior cits I was told) and Mick Gallagher and he entertained all with their duelling ditties. Shades of Olongapo. Garry Hardman turned up later in the afternoon, he had just spent five hours that day receiving dialysis treatment. Garry had some family members with him. Fantastic effort to make it. Regulars Spook Cairns, Doug Wilson, Schubes Schubert (winging it from Canberra vide Brisbane to Newcastle), Bongo Di Betta, Mike Hogan, Magoo Magnuson, Dave Quinlan, Mick Gallagher and myself made up the number. The following blokes sent their apologies: Errol Delaney, Warren French, Bob Cavanagh, Tom Kinross, Mike Shephard, Pee Wee Petherick, Roger Pearson, Merv Sempel, Jim Clegg, Bill Vass and Peter Girven.

Friday Get together The next get together will be held on Friday 3 November 2006 commencing 1200 at Olims Hotel in Canberra. This pub has accommodation and is near the War Museum. As you are aware Long Tan Day is Friday 18 August. All are invited to attend a public ceremony at the Cenotaph and carry on to ‘The Hero of Waterloo' after. Two big events. Put it in your diary.

While we were enjoying ourselves, a few items were discussed. There is an ad in the most recent Navy News in respect of JRTE ‘Passing out Parade Programme Book’. Well, to complete the full series a request has been made for a copy of the 7th intake. Jack Davey indicated he may have it, but was sure Knocka (Derek) Whyte would have a copy. Don’t know who wants it, but their address is ‘JRTE Information, PO Box 674, Mawson ACT 2607. Over to you - Knocka and Jack.

Web Site Great news it is up and running, Bongo forwarded this email.

Hi All,
Our Website Address is
www.HMAS-Leeuwin-1963.com
On the contacts page you will see an Email Address for Ron and myself, send us any comments or pictures you want put up.
Cheers,Bongo

Ship’s ladders Les Allen would like to know how many steps constituted a between decks ladder on either SYDNEY or MELBOURNE. If you know please contact either Les or me.

The Australian Defence Medal For those who are eligible and I think we all are, the postal address to apply for the medal is:
Director of Honours and Awards
TCC-1-49
Department of Defence,
CANBERRA ACT 2600

Dedication Plaques George Kerr’s Dedication ceremony was very well attended and went off without a hitch. All later met at the KUTTABUL Senior Sailors Mess to tell a few lies. Doug Wilson is progressing with Gary Blytons’ plaque and Kev Bock has indicated his interest in having a plaque dedicated to Jim Donsworth.

Donations We have had a donation from Dave Clifford. Thanks again to all whom have contributed. This gives us an opportunity to go ahead and arrange dedications for the 10% of us who have passed over the bar as you read this. If you wish to donate any amount please do so by using the same process we used for the reunion ie cheque or direct payment into the Westpac Account.

DVA A few of the blokes in Newcastle were talking about DVA issues. The subject came up as a few of us mentioned we travelled to Newcastle with our free passes which needed a disability rating of 10%. There was an opinion expressed indicating that active service was effectively the basic and only criteria one needed to become entitled to receive treatment or compensation through DVA. This is not true. I received compensation in the last five years for injuries I incurred playing lunch time touch football in Sydney. There wasn’t any bullets flying there. If you think you have a disability caused by the service please contact your local RSL or Vietnam Veterans association. They will put you in contact with an advocate. David Lowe and Tug Wilson from our intakes are advocates and have volunteered their help. Please, don’t die wondering.

On a more serious note Jim Hammond has forwarded this letter. If anyone has a point of view on this issue or any other and wishes it to be published please contact me.

Letter to the Editor
The recent article in the newsletter regarding bastardisation at Leeuwin has prompted me to write in the hope that some positive discussion on the subject may now be generated. The fact that the three Bs: Bullying, Bastardisation and Bashings can lead to debilitating illness in victims later in life should raise some questions in the minds of the perpetrators and their victims.
Do the bullies of Leeuwin now show some remorse over their actions? Or do they brush it off by using the familiar excuses such as:
It was just a bit of fun, or
It didn’t happen, or
It was all part of making a man out of the victims, or
Boys will be boys, or even
Those weak or different victims deserved it!
There is no excuse for such abhorrent behaviour. It has taken Governments too many years to make bullying in the workforce illegal. But it is now. Sure, it wasn’t illegal in 1963, but it was definitely wrong! Any caring, compassionate and intelligent person, even in those days, would not participate in the activities of the few bullies in our midst.
A scan of the mailing list of this newsletter identifies some well known bullies of JRTE. Have they changed? Have they passed on the bullying trait to their children who now carry on the tradition in the schoolyards and workplaces?
Why, you ask, am I raising such an unpleasant issue 42 years later? Because I suffer posttraumatic Stress Syndrome as a result of bullying, bastardisation and bashings at Leeuwin. Does that still make me weak or different? In the eyes of some of you, probably yes.
Talking about one’s mental illness is part of the healing process, and I hope that your feedback or comments may contribute to my healing.
It would be great to see your comments in the newsletter for all to read. However, if you wish to keep your comments quiet, feel free to contact me by email at jimhammond36@hotmail.com
Jim Hammond
Winjan Division
JRTE 1963/64
1June2006

E-mails I have received some e-mails concerning Navy people that somebody would like to advertise, contact or have ‘passed over the bar.’ The details are:

I am trying to locate a sailor - Anthony Vincent R66756. He joined at HMAS CEREBERUS August 26th 1967,did recruit school, last heard of went to meet HMAS YARRA in HONG KONG December 1967....he has just disappeared. Please contact Michael Martin R66735.... mmar2250@adam.com.au

“End of an Era” R.A.N Steam Reunion 2 is happening in Townsville North Queensland 5th – 8th September 2008
For further information and registration of interest you can send to address above or email Rod Groombridge on grumbles@tadaust.org.au
or phone 07 4779 6044 or Mob 0402 224 917
or Trevor Williams on mailto:bluemoonb@austarnet.com.au

Finally, for those that didn’t stay on at the last get together in Newcastle. Those that could later met at the Delaney Hotel, had dinner in one of the restaurants in Derby Street and of course behaved ourselves. From all reports everybody had a good time.

E-mails If you received this and you do have an email address, please email me to cut down on the snail mail.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au


Cheers

Ron

Barry Andrew sent me this email WHY I LIKE THE NAVY
I LIKE standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe, the ship beneath me feeling like a living thing as her turbines drive her through the sea. I LIKE the sounds of the navy the piercing trill of the boatswains call the syncopated clanger of the ship's bell the harsh squawk of the main broadcast and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.
I LIKE navy vessels, nervous darting destroyers, plodding fleet auxiliaries, sleek submarines and steady solid carriers.
I LIKE the proud names of capital navy ships Australia, Melbourne, Sydney
I LIKE the lean angular names of navy destroyers ANZAC, VAMPIRE, VENDETTA, VOYAGER, BRISBANE, HOBART, PERTH.
I LIKE the tempo of a navy band blaring through the upper deck speakers as we pull away from the tanker after refuelling at sea.
I LIKE the pipe "libertymen fall in" and the spicy scent of a foreign port.
I LIKE sailors, men from all parts of the land, from city and country alike and all walks of life, I trust and depend on them as they trust and depend on me for professional competence, comradeship and courage, in a word they are shipmates.
I LIKE the surge of adventure in my heart when the word is passed "special sea dutymen close up".
I LIKE the infectious thrill of sighting home again the waving hands of welcome from family and friends the work is hard and dangerous, the going rough at times the parting from loved ones painful but the companionship of robust navy laughter the all for one and one for all philosophy of the sea is ever present.
I LIKE the serenity of the sea after a day of hard ships work, the beer issue, watching flying fish flit across the wave tops as sunset gives way tonight.
I LIKE the feel of the navy in darkness the masthead lights the red and green navigation lights and the stern light the pulsating phosphorescence of the ship’s wake.
I LIKE drifting off to sleep lulled by the myriad noises large and small that tell me that my ship is alive and well and that my shipmates on watch will keep me safe.
I LIKE quiet middle watches with the aroma of kai on a winter's night.
I LIKE the bow slicing through the mirror calm of the sea and the frolicking of dolphins as they dart in and out of the bow wave.
I LIKE watching the track disappearing back towards the horizon knowing that it will be gone in a short time and being aware of the fact that we were not the first or will not be the last to leave our mark on the water.
I LIKE the foaming phosphorescence at night, dancing from the wake of the screws as they constantly push tons of water astern of the ship, carrying us to our next exciting rendezvous.
I LIKE hectic watches when the exacting minuet of haze grey shapes racing at full speed keeps all hands on a razor edge of alertness.
I LIKE the sudden electricity of "action stations" followed by the hurried clamour of running feet on ladders and the resounding thump of watertight doors and hatches as the ship transforms herself from the peaceful workplace to a weapon of war ready for anything.
I LIKE the sight of space age equipment manned by youngsters clad in No8's and sound powered phones that their grandfathers would still recognise.
I LIKE the traditions of the navy and the men who made them and the heroism of the men who sailed in the ships of yesteryear.
In years to come when sailors are home from the sea they will still remember with fondness and respect the ocean in all its moods, the impossible shimmering mirror calm, and the storm tossed green water surging over the bow, and then there will come again a faint whiff of stack gas, a faint echo of engine and rudder orders, a vision of the bright bunting of signal flags snapping at the yardarm, a refrain of hearty laughter.
Gone ashore for good they will grow wistful about their navy days, when the seas belonged to them and a new port of call was ever over the horizon, remembering this they will stand taller and say:
I was a sailor once and numbers will never be the same again. Clothing 1'S 2'S 3'S 4'S 6'S 8'S 10'S 10A'S. Punishment Number 9'S, 10 days stoppage 7 days cells and can someone explain why are 2 4 6 HEAVY? Only a sailor knows. I was a sailor once and I look back and realise it was not a job, it was a way of life, a family where shipmates became brothers. I was a sailor once and I still can’t forget my official number, when medical science receives my body, as they examine it they will find a tattoo inside my brain with my official number and an anchor where my heart is. I was a sailor once and I like the Navy because even as times change, and the youth takes over from the old sea dogs some things never change. The bitching is still the same. The old days were always harder. The recruits were always greener. Official numbers were always smaller. Men of steel, ships of wood. The seas were always bigger. The girls were not as good looking. I recently had the good fortune to attend a Naval Reunion and sat back and observed that friendships and respect are still as strong and binding as ever. The warries are still as interesting only the tale gets bigger. If I haven’t been there it doesn’t exist or we blew it off the map. Only a sailor knows. I was a sailor once and I know. I was a sailor. Once, I was part of the Navy and the Navy will always be a part of me, that’s why I love the Navy.

GOD RAN Retired




May 2006 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

George Kerr’s Dedication A dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday 11 June in the GI Chapel commencing at 1000. George’s daughter, Lieutenant Commander Maria Phillips will read the eulogy. Dress will be Jackets and medals.

All those wishing to attend, should either let the Command Chaplain’s Office at Garden Island know on 02 9359 3760 of their details or contact me and I will coordinate parking and entry to GI and then later to KUTTABUL for drinks.

Rockers We had our regular get together on Friday 10 February at the Rockers. We still had some looking for the Kirribilli Guerilla and were treated to the history of the same legend. Magoo Magnuson, Mike Hogan, Dave Quinlan Mike Shephard, Bill Vass, Tom Houldsworth, John Hatchman, David (Spook) Cairns, Bongo DiBetta, Warren French, Mick Gallagher and Mick’s mate plus myself shared a few lies sorted a few things out and had a nice lunch. Ted Hase, Errol Delaney, David Laundon, Allan (Tug) Wilson and Ian Schubert sent their apologies.

Friday Get together The next get together will be held on Friday 14 July 2006 commencing 1200 at the Brewery in Newcastle. This place is on the waterfront in Newcastle, not very far from the railway station. Of our recent Friday group, most indicated they will be staying overnight. Put it in your diary.

Dedication Plaques We discussed further dedications. It was agreed that we as an organisation should ensure each one of our 1963 contemporaries has a dedication plaque placed in the GI Chapel. The order of priority was discussed. The topic of individuals sponsoring one of their mates was taken up and agreed upon.

Mike Shephard Rob Russell
Mike Hogan Gary Devlin
Spook Cairns Jim Dodsworth
Magoo Magnuson Mumbles Aldenhaven –nee- John Adrian Vanvryaldenhaven
Tom Houldsworth Dick Geverding

Donations We have had a donation from Bongo DiBetta. Thanks to all who have contributed. This gives us an opportunity to go ahead and arrange dedications for the 10% of us who have passed over the bar as you read this. If you wish to donate any amount please do so by using the same process we used for the reunion ie cheque or direct payment into the Westpac Account.

Merchandise There are two XL shirts still available for sale. Jack Davey wants them.

Web Site We agreed previously on the establishment of a web site. Bongo has done the homework and will be the web master. He can get us one for an establishment fee of $75 and a yearly fee of $60. I will let you know when it is up and running.

Reunion 2208 – WA Terry Dack has forwarded me an email outlining a proposal to travel to WA from Sydney/Canberra/Mildura by bus. This proposal is based on a non-profit quote. He can organise a 46 seater bus, which will take 4 days each way. The price is $1300 per person from Sydney/Canberra/Wagga and $1150 from Mildura. People from Melbourne and Adelaide to join in Mildura. The bus would be available to do organised tours when we are in Perth. For further particulars please contact Terry’s email address at: info@gobushtours.com.au.

Australian Defence Medal Just letting all know it has been approved and the basic entitlement is 4 years service, however, if you were discharged for reasons outside your control and you served at least 12 months you will be entitled to it. 8000 have been struck, 6000 for current serving ADF personnel and 2000 for x personnel. The rest to follow in due course.

E-mails I have received some e-mails concerning Navy people that somebody would like to advertise, contact or have ‘passed over the bar.’ The details are:
It is my sad duty to inform you that in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 11May 2006) that Greg Murray passed away peacefully in his sleep after a short battle with cancer, aged 42. The funeral arrangements are yet to be announced but he will be buried in Cessnock probably Monday or Tuesday next week. I will forward details on this as soon as they are known, plus authentication for inclusion on the Big Switchboard. I last saw Greg about 6 weeks ago when I visited him in Cessnock and he was at peace with himself. His family have asked to widely disseminate this information, as they are keen for a large navy presence at his funeral.
Mick Sharp ex-CPOETS 07. 3715.5383

It is with regret that the HMAS BRISBANE Association advises of the passing of a shipmate and a friend. R62297 LEMC Kevin William "Bluey" Oliver, 61, passed away Wednesday, 19 April 2006, at Wesley Hospital in Brisbane, following a long battle with lung cancer. Bluey Oliver was one of the Bay City residents, who stood by BRISBANE and then commissioned the ship in Boston, 16th December 1967. He remained on he ship and went to Vietnam during the ships service on the gunline in 1969.

It is with great sadness that I have to advise that I received a signal at work today notifying the funeral arrangements of the late Ken Stone. Ken was one of the great MOBI characters at NIRIMBA in our time. Ken has not been well for some time - I believe that he suffered from cancer. Ken spent his later years at HMAS CAIRNS where he was responsible for the maintenance of all Minor War Vessels home ported at Cairns and Darwin. He was highly respected at all levels in the RAN for his high levels of energy he applied to his work and his engineering knowledge. The world is going to be a much sadder place without Ken Stone.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of EX POWTR Bill Grundy was held at the Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne on Saturday 6 May2006. Bill passed away at his home in Ellicot City (near Washington DC) in Feb aged 61. His wife Carolyn and daughter Noel survive him. Bill was a HMAS VOYAGER survivor and saw service in Vietnam onboard HMAS SYDNEY and HMAS DUCHESS. EX WOPT R. "PEDRO" Rich, OAM, BEM who saved Bill’s life on the VOYAGER will be delivering a eulogy. Monsignor Frank "Tiger" Lyons, AM, RAN, RTD will also be in attendance
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Looking for Please contact

Mechanician Kevin (Tiny) Johnson Danny Johnson Phone :- 03 62 655780 Mobile :- 0400 128 764 .

POEWE "Harry" Stephenson Arthur Hutchcraft hutch46@gmail.com
Was on VOYAGER, DERWENT
and a long time on MELBOURNE.

Jim Yates Phil Tonks 02 9625 9202
Served in DUCHESS marton56@bigpond.net.au

Function When Contact details

Ballina Naval Association 24-26 Nov 06 Max Lewis
Annual Ships Reunion 02 6628 0086

Notices Sometime in 1967-68 Greenies were piped to x-deck on Vamps. Whilst all the guys, some coming along the deck others from out of the after structure, were mustering x-gun was fired. I myself was climbing the ladder next to the chief’s mess on the port side. I now find my hearing gone in only one side. There was one greenie, first name Laurie, who was almost at the turret and was quite a mess. Does anyone else remember this? Alan 'Buck' Ryan alanryan1@optusnet.com.au

Marty Grogan is trying to locate the 125 Members of the November 1963 Moran adult Entry with a view to having a 45th Anniversary in November 2008.
If you know of any on the list, or any relevant details, please ask them to contact mgro4420@bigpond.net.au 0417 377 763

War vets hope for cancer payouts

TWO cancers are likely to be added to illnesses for which Vietnam veterans can claim compensation. Ex-sailors have been pressing for inclusion of deaths from lung cancer and soft-tissue cancer caused by water polluted by Agent Orange.
This week, the Repatriation Medical Authority will seek ex-service groups' views on adding the two cancers to diseases linked to water taken on by navy ships in the Vietnam War.
Deaths of ex-sailors who drank contaminated water have been linked to the problem, which could affect up to 13,000 men whose ships sailed to Vietnam, plus 6000 soldiers they brought home.
Veterans Affairs Minister Bruce Billson said the move should reassure them the Government was steadily assessing research over the problem.
Mr Billson said the fact that up to seven medical conditions were revised by the RMA to include some caused by Vietnam water since 2003, and possibly three this year, proved the Government's concern.
He said veterans' activists who claim Australia has been too slow to allow the conditions compared with the US should understand important differences in the veterans systems of each country.
Mr Billson said the US automatically linked a disease to a theatre of war, where Australia tried to assess matters on a case-by-case basis.
"Our system is focused on an ongoing search to identify diseases and medical conditions, and to then a establish a link with service," he said.
The DVA said so far there was insufficient sound medical-scientific evidence to link leukemia with exposure to dioxins.
The DVA also pointed out that granting a widow's pension in a key case -- that of HMAS Sydney navigator, the late Capt Chris Hole -- did not hinge on whether he had spent a required 30 days in the Vietnam war zone.
HMAS Sydney Association state Secretary John Carroll said the 30-day rule is unrealistic.
But Dr Carroll also said the US Veterans Affairs Department had recognised soft tissue sarcoma in October 1991 as linked to Vietnam service and lung cancer in June 1994.
Chronic lymphoid leukemia had also been recognised as being linked to drinking water in 2003.

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Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth is on Long Service Leave on his way to Cairns. I will include his details in the next letter.

Cheers
Ron

Kev Uttley sent this helpful advice:

Subject: Fw: Telstra's Directory Assistance

And I'm sending it on because I got stung, with my sister phoning 1234, and my bill being over $4.00 for her to find out a phone number... I always use 1223. I send this on to you for your information

Subject: Telstra
For all Australian respondents.... Telstra Phone book

Hi everyone,

For anyone contemplating using the Sensis directory service number,1234....., DON'T! Sensis, as you may or may not know, is a subsidiary of Telstra. The 1234 number is replacing the Telstra 12456 directory assistance number, but this time with outrageous costs attached: 40c to call the number, then 4c A SECOND! By law, Telstra have to provide a FREE directory assistance number, because they are still majority owned by the government. They choose however not to pass this number on to the public.
What's the number?........... 1223 Thumbs up to Telstra for finding a way to charge for a service that is supposed to be provided for free.
Of course, feel free to forward this on.

Ben Hardwick Lawyer Commercial Litigation Department Slater & Gordon GPO Box 4864VV Melbourne, Vic, 3001 Phone: 03 9602 8684 Facsimile: 03 9602 8640




February 2006 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

Eric Haggart’s Dedication The ceremony was conducted on Sunday in the GI Chapel. Carol Haggart and Eric’s two sons Brett and Sean with their respective families attended. In addition to the Haggart family, there were some of Eric and Carol’s old mates from Sydney. Combined with our year group we had a total of over 30 attending the dedication. The service was really well done, it was conducted by Chaplain Ian McKendrick. He allowed for a member of each of the families of the deceased (about 12) to speak. Perry Whitehouse spoke on behalf of Eric and did Eric proud. On completion we trekked to the Senior Sailors Mess at KUTTABUL to have a little chat about Eric and a few drinks to celebrate his life. During our chat, Carol gave us a card of appreciation and a donation to our fund. Dave Quinlan, Mike Hogan, Magoo, Peter Pagett and his wife, Perry Whitehouse and his son Brian, Mick Gallagher, Errol Delaney and myself attended. Apologies were received from Tom Houldsworth, Tom Kinross, Jim Bush, Garry McGrath and Bongo DiBetta.

Rockers We had our regular get together on Friday 10 February at the Rockers. Blokes looking to see whether the Kirribilli Guerilla was still around at an old watering hole were disappointed. Magoo Magnuson, Ian Schubert (Canberra), Mike Hogan, Dave Quinlan, Errol Delaney, Mike Shephard, Bill Vass, Tassy Mason (1965 intake) and myself shared a few stories and a nice lunch. Tom Houldsworth, Bongo DiBetta and Doug Wilson sent their apologies.

Friday Get together The next get together will be held on Friday 12 May 2006 commencing 1200 at the (surprise, surprise) Rockers in Woolloomooloo. Put it in your diary.

Dedication Plaque for George Kerr We are awaiting advice from the Command Chaplain’s Office on the date for the dedication for George. I have been told there are going to be two or three of these services this year. I will send out an email when I know the details. Anybody not having an email account and wanting information please let me know and I will contact you separately with the details.

Donations We have had further donations from Dave Lowe, Butch Cousins, Dave Ferguson, Errol Delaney, Perry Whitehouse and Carol Haggart. Thanks to all. This gives us an opportunity to go ahead and arrange dedications for the 10% of us who have passed over the bar as you read this. If you wish to donate any amount please do so by using the same process we used for the reunion ie cheque or direct payment into the Westpac Account.

Merchandise There are two XL shirts still available for sale. I have received a call about them when I mentioned it in a previous newsletter, but have misplaced my note. Cap in hand, would you please give me another call.

Advocacy I received this email from Tug Wilson

Ron, As with Dave Lowe I will assist anyone that needs help with Pensions etc, I am an Advocate for the Veterans Review Board, Pensions Officer and Welfare Officer.
I am also currently President of the Mildura RSL (Vic) so if anyone is passing thru drop in and see us for a chat, we have an inter-net service for those passing thru and will make sure your stay is enjoyable. Rgd's
Allan (Tug) Wilson '63
Emails I have received some emails concerning Navy people that have ‘passed over the bar’. As the funeral service was completed I did not send them vide email. The details are:

Billy Julius passed away 8 Jan 06. A service was held at the Uniting Church in Wynnum West on 12 Jan. POC Blue Lukey 0422316864

CPOETS PHIL Jeckeln R93522passed away on 21 Dec 05 aged 59 year as a result of Asbestosis.

Alan Humble Ex Petty Officer HMAS Hobart D39 - Ist deployment 1967 passed away 1700 4/1/06 at Geelong Public Hospital. He was a good shipmate and a brave man. Alan was also on board HMAS Melbourne when it collided with HMAS Voyager. He assisted in the treatment and care of the survivors

I was especially asked to refrain from mentioning the passing of LRO Bill Avery of Emerald in Central Queensland until such time as his Funeral had been conducted. Bill was an ordinary bloke and last I knew of him, he was an LRO on the Vendetta, that was early 1960's. He succumbed to the "Deadly "C"" late last week in the Emerald Hospital. If any members knew Bill, he was a very private man but a mate for life once he admitted "you in the door". RIP with fair breezes. Forward by Noel Muller.

Regret to advise that ex Communicator, Data Operator, Writer, Australian Defence Credit Union Manager, West Brighton Club Manager, "Shiner" WRIGHT passed away suddenly yesterday at his place of employment. Shiner joined as a Junior Recruit in 1962 and paid off as a Chief Writer in 1985 to become the Manager of the Australian Defence Credit Union at HMAS CERBERUS where he remained until about 4 years ago. Notified by Marty Grogan

Do you Know where these bloke are?

R66187 Colin George Donaldson, DOB 13/04/1949 -Served HMAS PERTH Sep1970 to Apl 1971 and BRISBANE 72-73 Col to contact Ian Spaulding - Phone 02 62425487 (M) 0411 895487or Email - marian01@tpg.com.au]

I am seeking to contact a former RAN member CPOATWO Vearing K.A (Ken) R106087 DEE 10SEP84. He apparently transferred to the RAAF like many others on the demise of HMAS MELBOURNE. I am told his last posting was RAAF PEARCE before final discharge. If you can assist, Please contact Mr Brian Pettitt brianpettitt@ozemail.com.auTel: (08) 94517548 or 0408 096 746

Any ships company who were on the HMAS STUART in 1974 deployment far east could they contact peter robertson on Ph (02) 66465094.or e mail robo4717@bigpond.net.au, its for my case with the AAT.

Looking for former POEWE Harold George "Harry" Stephenson - now aged 66. Was on VOYAGER, DERWENT, and a long time on MELBOURNE. Please contact Arthur Hutchcraft direct - hutch46@gmail.com

Reunions The 16th Minesweeping Squadron Plaque Unveiling ceremony on Friday 31ST March 2006 at the Australian War Memorial Canberra at 1000

If you have any queries or require further information please phone Rod on (07) 5484 1072 or Jacquie (07) 5530 4633

Asbestos Screening

If you haven't heeded the advice yet - do so!

Defence Health Services and the Defence Asbestos Registration Service database.
Until the 1970's asbestos was commonly used as a building material in many Australian buildings. It was frequently used in ships for lagging, fire retarding and soundproofing until the 1990's. Because of this common industry practice some Defence buildings and (All?) naval vessels contain asbestos.
If you feel you may have been exposed to asbestos, (if your were a member of the RAN there is no "may have been" involved - you were!), and you want further advice on possible exposure to asbestos, the Department of Defence - in conjunction with Health Services Australia - conducts a free service for assessment, counselling and, if necessary testing.
You can access this service by contacting the Health Services Australia office in your region, but you will first need to contact the Defence Call Centre on 1800 000 655 and obtain a reference number. Be advised that the Call Centre number can be difficult to get on to, so you will need to persevere.
You will need to have the above reference number when you call the Health Services Australia numbers, for your region, SYDNEY 02 8396 0680 P/MATTA 02 9806 7362 / 7354 NEWCASTLE 02 4926 4033 WOLLONGONG 02 4226 0172 MELBOURNE 03 9224 8376 ADELAIDE 08 8468 6084 BRISBANE 07 3307 9422 DARWIN 08 8981 7492 PERTH 08 9324 6444 CANBERRA 02 6269 2022 HOBART 03621104

Australian Defence Medal Please note the following update (for information of Sub-Branches) on the Australian Defence Medal. Earlier advice was that it may be produced through a 'selective single provider contract', we understand that this is now not the case. Honours and Awards have advised that there will be a formal tender process for production of the Medal. The tender will be released once the final regulations have been confirmed, that is (from a legal point of view) the tender cannot be released until the regulations have been confirmed and a budgetary allocation has been made for production.
Advice from Government is that:
The Government is still considering the eligibility criteria and regulations for the ADM. There has been wide consultation with the Service Chiefs, and the ex-Service community, to ensure that all the issues and ideas raised have been carefully considered. However, there are some outstanding complexities to be worked through before all the eligibility criteria and associated regulations are finalised.
Eligibility for the ADM will be extended to ex-Servicemen and women who have honourably served but, due to the Defence Force service and enlistment policies of the time, were unable to serve the required six years; or
· have been severely disabled or have died in the course of duty, thus rendering them unable to serve the required six years.
The six year eligibility criterion was specifically chosen to recognise Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who had served for a period that demonstrates a real commitment and contribution to the ADF over and above the three or four year enlistment period applicable to the majority of current ADF members. This service can include periods of service, which in aggregate totals to six years.
The full details will be widely publicised in the media after the final regulations and determinations required to establish the ADM have been approved.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Cheers

Ron

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November 2005 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

Vale George Kerr – Sadly George passed over the bar after an extended illness on the Gold Coast. The burial service was held at Mount Thompson East Chapel Nursery Road Mt Gravatt on 19 September 2005. A very popular bloke, George will be missed by all.

Sick List Mike Hogan has undergone a test for cancer on his voice box (don’t laugh or comment about the usage of the same). Unfortunately, the biopsy was positive and on 9 November he will be operated on. All the best mate.

Nowra We had our regular get together on Friday 28 October at the Bombaderry RSL. Doug Wilson (Green Point), Magoo Magnuson, Ian Schubert (Canberra), Brissles Lassau (Lilli Pilli), Mike Hogan, Dave Quinlan, Roger Pearson (Malau Bay), Gordon Duncan, Ray Cattermole and myself attended. Tom Houldsworth was there early but had to leave, as he was ill. John Hatchman just missed us. Mick Gallagher, Tom Kinross, Errol Delaney, sent their apologies.

Next Reunion We discussed the venue of the next reunion and decided it would be in WA in 2008. Barry Quigley has volunteered to put it together. 2010 in Sydney then 2013 back to the West.

Friday Get together The next get together will be held on Friday 10 February 2006 at the Rockers in Woolloomooloo. For those that wish to see the Garden Island Chapel and where the plaques are set we will meet at Garden Island Main Gate at 1030. We will be back at the Rockers by 1200. We have changed our get together days from Thursdays to Fridays to accommodate the workers. You may be aware the date is the 42-nd anniversary of MELBOURNE colliding with VOYAGER.

Plaques -Eric Haggart We are awaiting confirmation from the Command Chaplain’s Office on the plaque for Eric. I will send out an email when I know the details. Speaking to Carol Haggart about the plaque for Eric she mentioned she was happy she received calls from Dizzie Gillespie, Perry Whitehouse and Brian Gorringe.

As discussed in the previous newsletter re the supply of plaques for all that have deceased and pass away in the future. The discussion indicated, there should be no financial or moral obligation placed on the deceased’s relatives to either attend or contribute to the service. We should have one of us act as an advocate to liaise with the family and obtain the service details that is required for the plaque and further details for the short eulogy, and of course most importantly invite them to attend and participate if they wish. All at the meeting considered it would be more appropriate if a mate of the deceased was given the opportunity to act as the advocate and provide the plaque. If you wish to have a plaque placed in the Garden Island Chapel for one of your mates the process is quite simple and costs only $70.00. Please contact me if you want the details.

Of course it would make things a lot simpler, if you would write a biography of the period of your service life and send it to either your mates or me for safe keeping. The mind boggles. I expect to be the last one standing……

Accommodation All considered we should have a database where, we as individuals can supply accommodation to any of our mates who are travelling. eg like when we went to Nowra, several stayed in Motels rather than in a billeting situation. If this helps get people out and about we should do it. Please contact me if you wish to attend the next get together and would like to be billeted or would like to offer accommodation facilities.

Donations We have had further donations from Ron Carroll, Ian Schubert and Phil Narramore. Thanks blokes. If you wish to donate any amount please do so by using the same process we used for the reunion ie cheque or direct payment into the Westpac Account.



David Lowe Has volunteered to offer his services. I received this email

Ron,
As to future venues for reunions, I am easy and will go with the flow. As to a donation, I have no problem with that and will get something underway for you in the next week.
It did worry me at the last reunion, that a small group had put in the effort, and costs, out of their own pockets to organise the event. As a welfare/pension officer I am fully aware that at times this can get away from you and you are left short.
I also spoke with you about communicating my position as above. I am more than willing to assist any person with enquiries and claims on DVA for disability or service pensions.
My credentials.
I am currently Chairperson of the Casey Regional Veterans Welfare Centre, located at Cranbourne in Victoria. I am a trained Welfare/Pension Officer and can assist anybody anywhere in the world, as e-mail is a marvellous tool. I have recently completed two cases in USA with good results via e-mail. I am the Welfare/Pension officer for the HMAS Sydney Assoc. as well, and that is worldwide responsibility. My service record is Malay Peninsular, Malaysia (both FESR) and Vietnam logistics (escorts and Sydney).
Thanks for all the effort you put into the reunion; it was a good event.
Regards,
David Lowe

July 63 intake photo at Brisbane Recruiting Is anybody interested in a photo of the JR’s at Brisbane Recruiting in July 1963. I can email to you or send a copy vide snail mail. Jim Carroll sent it to me. I recognise a few faces, Jim Carroll, Mal Chatfield, Knobby Clarke, Checkers Aldridge and Lindsay Best. I don’t think their mother’s could recognise some of these baby faces.

Photos of Reunion 03 on the Gold Coast Mal Chatfield and Ian Schubert have forwarded me CD’s containing photos of this event. Anybody wanting a copy of the CD please contact me.

Merchandise There are two XL shirts still available for sale. Rod Hazell bought one. I did receive a call about them when I mentioned it in the previous newsletter, but have misplaced my note. Cap in hand, would you please give me another call.

Service links Bob Cavanagh has forwarded an email relating to Service Personnel. This document contains links to people who have been involved in previous conflicts including Vietnam. Please contact me if you want it onforwarded.

Contact details

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Merry Christmas and Cheers

Ron

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National Archives of Australia holds the service records of servicemen and women from WWI and WWII. Records can be viewed in the NAA's Canberra reading room or a photocopy may be purchased or a request for a digital copy to be placed on the RecordSearch database (free) may be made. This site also details other armed services records held.
Australian War Memorial. The Collection Databases include: art; photographs; film; sound recordings; military heraldry; military technology; private records; official records; books; journals; maps; sheet music and Australian Army War Diaries, Second World War. The Biographical Databases include the Roll of Honour; Commemorative Roll; Nominal Rolls for various conflicts plus World War I Embarkation Roll; Honours and Awards; Australian Red Cross Society Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files and Australian Military Forces Prisoner of War and Missing, Far East and South West Pacific Islands.
Australian War Memorial. The Roll of Honour Database replicates the names from the series of bronze panels recording the names of Australia's war dead at the War Memorial, Canberra (panel numbers are included in the database). The database also offers access to digital images of the Roll of Honour circulars (WWI, WWII and Korea). The circulars were forms sent to next of kin seeking personal details of the deceased. Photographs are also linked to this database where available.
Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll records the names of those Australians who died during or as a result of wars in which Australians served, but who were not serving in the Australian Armed Forces and therefore not eligible for inclusion on the Roll of Honour. It includes those Australians who died while members of Allied Forces, the Merchant Navy, philanthropic organisations attached to the forces, or as war correspondents or photographers.
Australian War Memorial. Honours and Awards Databases. This site contains details of Honours and Awards made or recommended to Australians while on active service during the Boer War, First World War, Second World War, Korean War, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation and the Vietnam War. It does not contain information on campaign or service medals.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The online Debt of Honour Register lists the details and place of burial of 1.7 million Commonwealth forces members who died in two world wars. There are also details of 67,000 civilian casualties of World War Two.
Australian War Memorial. Profiles of Australian Military Units. This site offers profiles of many of the navy, army and air force units that served Australia in times of conflict. Each profile includes a short history of the unit, details of its casualties, decorations, battle honours and commanding officers.
Victoria Cross Reference by Mike Chapman. This site provides extensive details of all recipients of the Victoria Cross.
South Australians at War. This site is a portal to some of the remarkable stories of the sacrifices and contributions South Australians have made to international conflicts.
Regiments.org by T F Mills. A website devoted to the land forces of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth. This massive gateway and information site is a must to visit
Australian Light Horse Association. Information on existing military units, re-enactment troops, museums plus information on regiments and battles. Includes personal histories and military stories.
Digger History. An unofficial history of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Services by Ted Harris. This site contains an amazing amount of information. Topics covered include uniforms, medals, badges, food, nurses, equipment, poetry, music and much more.
Digger History 2. This site features a range of eBooks about the Australian Military in two World Wars and after. The online books are arranged by service, RAN, RAAF and Army.
Military Badges by Booker. This site features a military badge collection, collected by Chief Warrant Officer H H Booker. It covers many countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, China, India, Italy, New Zealand and South Africa.
Department of Veterans' Affairs. This site has an online copy of the book Caring for your Wartime Memorabilia: A Guide to Preserving your Family's Heritage.This book covers diaries, letters, medals, photographs, artworks, film and an assortment of other ephemera. It also explains how to freeze items to get rid of insects.
British Regiments in Australia
Australia's Red Coat Settlers by B & M Chapman. This site features detailed information on the British Regiments who served in Australia. The names of the 36,000+ men (and some women) who served in Australia are listed. Information is arranged by regiment with detailed biographical information on those who chose to settle here.
This site by Graham Jaunay lists the Military Regiments of the British Army that served in the Australian colonies.
Index to Soldiers and Marines 1787-1830 by Heather Garnsey and Martyn Killion. This index is searchable by name, regiment or notations (taken from the original card index held by SAG). A search returns name, rank, regiment, pay list/muster roll, PRO reel/source and notes.
The British Military in Australia. This sites looks at the Royal Marines and the British Army in Australia from 1788 to 1913.
Colonial Forces
Defending Victoria by Ian MacFarlane. Victorian colonial, military and naval forces up to the Boer War and AIF, Australian Flying Corps and nurses up to the end of World War I.
WA Defence Force. This site looks at the Western Australian Defence Forces 1861-1901 and the Western Australian Volunteer Forces.
Sudan
Australian War Memorial. The Sudan Nominal Roll lists details of personnel serving in the NSW Contingent to the Sudan, 1885. Included are the personal particulars, unit and fate of each person and for some individuals enlistment, embarkation and other details.
Boer War
Australian War Memorial. Boer War Nominal Roll Database with details of people in Australian units during the Boer War.
Graves and Memorials of Australians in the Boer War (1899-1902) by Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra. This site contains an online database of burial and memorial locations of Australians who died during the Boer War. Also includes maps, photographs of graves and monuments plus biographies for selected soldiers.
Australians Serving in the Boer War by the Dead Persons' Society, Perth. Arranged by state with a list of contingents arrival and departure dates. An alphabetical list of soldiers showing, name, rank and comments is available for Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia.
Australians in the Boer War Oz-Boer Database Project by Colin Roe. Information on Australian soldiers and nurses who served in Australian units during the Boer War (1899-1902).
Queensland State Archives. Boer War Index To Pay Books. This online index compiled from the Queensland Volunteer Defence Force Pay Books lists name, rank, unit details and references.
Ulverstone Local History Museum, Tasmania. Click on Genealogical & Historical Information for access to an index of Tasmanians in the Boer War which lists surname, initials and contingent. There is also a World War Pages Index which includes photographs and a War Memorial page.
Boxer Uprising
Boxer Uprising Nominal Roll Database. This roll provides details of personnel serving in the NSW, Victorian and South Australian Contingents to the Boxer Uprising, China, 1900-1901.
World War I
The AIF Project. This Project has developed a database that records information on more than 330,000 men and women who embarked from Australia for service overseas in the First Australian Imperial Force, 1914-1918. This database can be searched online.
Australian War Memorial. First World War Nominal Roll with details of members of the AIF who served overseas during the First World War (1914-1918).
Australian War Memorial. First World War Unit Embarkation Rolls, containing details of about 330,000 AIF personnel, recorded as they embarked from Australia for overseas service during World War I. Details given include the ship's name, marital status, trade or occupation, religion and pay rates. The rolls can be searched by name or browsed by unit of embarkation.
Australian War Memorial. Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau files. The Bureau responded to enquiries made regarding the fate of personnel posted as wounded and missing on official Army lists during WWI and responded to written enquiries from concerned relatives and friends. This site contains digitised images of approximately 32,000 individual case files of Australian personnel reported as wounded or missing.
First AIF Order of Battle 1914-1918 by Ross Mallett. Lists the units and formations of the First AIF plus information about where they were raised, when they departed Australia and where they served. An extensive site that is well worth a visit.
Australian Flying Corps This site devoted to the history of the Australian Flying Corps (1914-1919).
Anzac Commemorative Site by the Commonwealth Department of Veteran Affairs with valuable information and photographs for researchers, teachers and those planning to visit Gallipoli.
Anzac. Click on Gallipoli Graveyards for access to the names and details of 3219 soldiers buried in 26 cemeteries plus 6393 who are listed on Memorials. This site also offers lots of other information.
ANZAC Research Site by Kate Blake. A site dedicated to the memory of our diggers. This site includes poetry, message board, photographs, links and much more.
Anzac Day. This commercial site is designed for those who wish to visit Gallipoli. There is extensive information about the Anzac's plus information about the Gallipoli Peninsula, tours to battlefields and war memorials. There are also links to backpacker sites, guide books and hostels in Turkey.
Uttermost ends: New Zealand and the Great War 1914-1918 by Peter Hoar. A site dedicated to New Zealand's involvement in the Great War. Includes a chronology, memorial information, photo galleries, bibliography of New Zealand material, useful addresses, links and much more.
First World War.Com by Michael Duffy. This comprehensive site contains a vast amount of valuable cultural, historical and social documentation for the Great War.
The World War I Document Archive. This archive of primary documents, compiled by World War I Military History List volunteers, is international in focus.
Somme A Land of History. This site is designed to help with information about the Somme battlefields, and memorials and to help trace the Australian and New Zealander soldiers' footsteps.
Silent Witnesses. A guide to the First World War cemeteries and memorials on the Western Front.
Anzac History. This site features histories of the units of the First AIF and the First NZEF.
The Anzac Book. This site contains an online copy of The Anzac Book which was written by the troops at Anzac in 1915 and edited by CEW Bean.
Graveyards of Gallipoli. This site is a tribute to the men of all the nations that took part in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915. It looks at the cemeteries, memorials, history and battlefields of Gallipoli.
The 42nd Infantry Battalion Australian Imperial Force. This site presents a comprehensive account of this Australian Battalion in World War I and includes an online version of Vivian Brahms' book The Spirit of the Forty-Second 42nd Battalion AIF.
World War II
World War Two Nominal Roll. This site was created to honour and commemorate the men and women who served in Australia's defence forces and the Merchant Navy. The online database, to all personnel who served, can be searched by name, service number, honours, place (of birth, of enlistment, or residential locality at enlistment). A certificate of service that is suitable for framing is available for printing online.
Australian War Memorial. AMF Prisoners of War and Missing in the Far East and South West Pacific Islands Database with details of approximately 23,000 prisoners of war and missing personnel as known at 30 June 1944. It includes Malaya, Java, Timor, Ambon, Rabaul, New Guinea and Papua plus No 1 Independent Company and South West Pacific Islands.
Australian War Memorial. Australian Army War Diaries Second World War. Army headquarters, formations and units were required to keep a unit war diary recording their daily activities when on active service. Digitised copies of these war diaries are being made available online. Currently all the Headquarter Units and selected Infantry Battalions diaries are available.
Northern Territory Archives Service. This site contains a Guide to Records Holdings Relating to World War II in the Northern Territory.
The Battle of Britain History Sitecommemorates the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and includes includes a Roll of Honour, campaign diary, details of aircraft involved, background on the Battle of Britain plus information on commanders, units and stations and more.
Korea
Nominal Roll of Australian Veterans of the Korean War. This site honours and commemorates the men and women who served in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force in Korea, or in the waters adjacent to Korea, during the conflict and after the ceasefire, between 27 June 1950 and 19 April 1956. There is information from the service records of more than 17,000 individuals who served.
Vietnam
The Australian Involvement in Vietnam This site details the history, the regiments, Long Tan, the RAAF and RAN in Vietnam, memorials, links and lots more. There is also a Roll of Honour.
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia list of links to sites that relate to the war in Vietnam.
The Fighting Fourth. A history of the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment during their second tour of Vietnam when, with members of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, they served as 4RAR/NZ.
Gulf War
Department of Veterans' Affairs Preliminary Gulf War Nominal Roll includes personnel involved in the hostilities and associated operations in the Persian Gulf, August 1990 to September 1991.
Home Book Information
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Please note the following update (for information of Sub-Branches) on the Australian Defence Medal. Earlier advice was that it may be produced through a 'selective single provider contract', we understand that this is now not the case. Honours and Awards have advised that there will be a formal tender process for production of the Medal. The tender will be released once the final regulations have been confirmed, that is (from a legal point of view) the tender cannot be released until the regulations have been confirmed and a budgetary allocation has been made for production.
Advice from Government is that:
The Government is still considering the eligibility criteria and regulations for the ADM. There has been wide consultation with the Service Chiefs, and the ex-Service community, to ensure that all the issues and ideas raised have been carefully considered. However, there are some outstanding complexities to be worked through before all the eligibility criteria and associated regulations are finalised.
Eligibility for the ADM will be extended to ex-Servicemen and women who:
· have honourably served but, due to the Defence Force service and enlistment policies of the time, were unable to serve the required six years; or
· have been severely disabled or have died in the course of duty, thus rendering them unable to serve the required six years.
The six year eligibility criterion was specifically chosen to recognise Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who had served for a period that demonstrates a real commitment and contribution to the ADF over and above the three or four year enlistment period applicable to the majority of current ADF members. This service can include periods of service, which in aggregate totals to six years.
The full details will be widely publicised in the media after the final regulations and determinations required to establish the ADM have been approved.
Forwarded for your information:





August 2005 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

Vale Eric Haggart - I sent this email on 29 July ‘Just had a call from Carol Haggart, she rang to tell us that Eric is in Hospital and will be until at least Monday 1 Aug. He is currently in the John Flynn Hospital on the Gold Coast. Eric is stating he is OK 120% etc, but he isn’t, he is losing weight and according to Carol he is going down hill very fast. Carol and Eric's home number is 07 55201726 if you would like to contact him after Monday. Carol said he would really appreciate anybody catching up with him whilst he is in hospital.’’

Sadly Eric passed away on the Gold Coast and was buried on Friday 12 August. Eric was a special bloke, always had a good word and a smile, liked a laugh, a beer, and was the eternal optimist. He was a good mate. I’m sure, like many of you who stepped ashore with Eric over the years; there are many happy memories to be shared.

When we had the reunion in 2003, Eric looked like a million quid, in 2005 he indicated he would try and make the Sunday BBQ but unfortunately through illness he did not make it. There is a photo of Eric with some other fishheads at our first reunion at:
www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS/EDITIONS/4612/topstories/story25.htm

Downtown Sydney Get together. We had a get together on Thursday 18 August attended by seven people, Dave Quinlan, Mick Gallagher, Jim Clegg, Mike Hogan, Bongo DiBetta, Magoo Magnuson and myself. There were five apologies.

We discussed amongst other things:

Lessons learnt from the recent reunion. The group photo was a little disappointing. We will break it up on the next occasion to ensure everybody is seen in it to good effect.

A plaque to be placed in the Garden Island Chapel for our mates who have passed on.
There are honour walls inside the Garden Island Chapel (Sydney) where there are plaques inscribed with the name, date of birth – date of death, and period of service in the RAN are being placed to honour deceased sailors. A decision was made to have a plaque inscribed for all in our intakes who pass away in the future. We thought this would be the appropriate place to be remembered as we all shipped out of Garden Island when we first went to sea.
What generally happens, is the plaques are dedicated once every three or four months, it is a collective thing. We will notify the widow and you via email/Newsletter, tell you when it is going to occur. We could meet at the Chapel. A relative or friend is asked to say a few words on the deceased. After the ceremony, go somewhere, possibly the Mess at KUTTABUL to toast ‘his life’.

We intend to start with Eric. There was further discussion on those that have gone earlier. We all agreed it would be appropriate if we could recognise all of our intakes in this way. There are a couple of logistical bumps that would have to be overcome. We would have to contact the NOK of each to ascertain the details of the deceased and secondly there is a funding issue. It would cost close on $3000 to date to have everybody recognised in this way. We don’t have the money.

The next reunion
1. Have the next one in Sydney in 2007 or Have the next one in WA in 2008
Another location in 2010 Sydney in 2010
WA in 2013 WA 2013

If you are in favour of either of these two proposals or have another suggestion please let me know and we can discuss it at one of our meetings. There was the suggestion of hiring a carriage on the Indian Pacific to take us if the reunion was to be held in the West.

A Web site. We also discussed a web site. Bongo indicated he would be the Web Master. During the reunion there were plenty of suggestions on how to further the concept of catching up with your old oppos for fishing trips, 4 wheel driving tours, or just saying G’day when you touring or doing a camping or caravan trip. To facilitate this, we need a forum where everybody can input their movements, that is, if they want to participate. This is feasible on a web site. Newsletters etc will also be accessible this way.

Cost of funding. As you are aware our reunion is a non profit non-organisation, for eg the income V the expenditure for the last reunion was +$20. We don’t have a lot of money, and it does require money to put deposits etc to set up our next reunion, install future plaques ($70.00 a plaque), web site costs (approx $100.00 a year) and for communication costs, mainly snail mail ($80.00).

To fund these initiatives we decided to ask for donations to keep afloat. The name of the donors but not the amount will be recognised. Donations can be made to our bank account or by cheque endorsed to ‘1963 HMAS LEEUWIN Reunion, or by money order endorsed to ‘Ron Giveen’. Please do not endorse the money order with HMAS LEEUWIN, as the Post Office cannot recognise the identity of LEEUWIN.

05 Reunion. The reunion for 05 was successful. Everybody I spoke to ‘said they enjoyed themselves’, Bev and I certainly did. The Friday night get together worked out better this time as we had sufficient food to keep people from wandering away and of course staying upright for longer. On Saturday night in addition to the RAN Band, the MC’s, Mick Gallagher and his apprentice Mike Hogan combined with the guest speakers Phil Narramore, John Miscamble and Tom Houldsworth kept us all entertained. On Sunday for the BBQ, Mal and Robyn Chatfield and family along with Buck and Nellie Rogers again were the stalwarts and work horses in organising a very successful day. In total 130 people attended the three days and an additional 105 of you sent apologies. I have no photos yet of this reunion to display, however, if anybody has any photos they would like to share please contact me and I will arrange for them to go on our current web site.

There are three XL shirts still available for sale. Anybody interested in these please contact me for details.

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797
Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Cheers

Ron

If you received this and you have an email address, please email me to cut down on the snail mail.




June 2005 Newsletter

Vale Noel Barker,

(Message from Ian Schubert) It is with great sadness that I pass on the message that Noel Barker (ex LSSIG) passed away recently in Tasmania of a stroke. Apparently he had this stroke at work and died a short time later in hospital. I don't have any further information. I obtained this information from the RANCBA Website.

Unfortunately, Noel was one of the blokes whose address we did not have; consequently I haven’t forwarded condolences on your behalf.

Have received a couple of e-mails from the Canberra area recently, one from Garry Freak, who is well, one from Ted Hase who retired after completing 42 years plus in the Puss on Friday 24 Jun and intends getting on with his life and also one from Jock McGregor who now manages the Leagues Motel in Queanbeyan. Jock wrote, indicating he is now unable to attend the reunion as on 21 July he is having an exploratory operation on the bladder and prostrate. He wishes everybody a great time at the reunion. His telephone number is 02 6297 1134. All the best of luck for your operation Jock.

Don’t know whether I told you last Newsletter but in the National Interservice Rugby, Navy defeated RAAF 54-9 and belted Army 23-22. First time we have won since 2000. We won the women’s Rugby too.

To the reunion- For those that haven’t, now is the time to pay. (Details are at the bottom of this newsletter) Could all those that are attending please confirm by paying now. If you are sending a cheque or money order, it has to reach me by Friday 8 July. (I am on my way up the coast doing a little fishing etc before the reunion.) All electronic payments must be made by Friday 15 July. My mobile number is 0410 52 9797.

Guest Speakers. We still need another couple of people to volunteer to spin a yarn or tell a dit about their time in LEEUWIN or the Puss.

Accommodation. I have been checking up accommodation prices and availability and have found there is quite a bit of accommodation available at around $90 (a double) per night, some including breakfast. Gold Coast International has offered us a deal of $135 per couple a night, however, if you wish, go online to the accommodation websites of the Gold Coast and you will get the same room cheaper.

Social Calendar. If you are unable to attend the Saturday night function but available for either Friday or Sunday or both, please let me know, so we can cater for you and yours.

Friday night at the Surfers Paradise RSL. Pick up your nametag and any merchandise you may have purchased. Sign the Ship’s Log ie the attendance register. Smally eats provided.

Saturday Night at the Gold Coast International. If you didn’t attend Friday evening’s function, pick up nametags and merchandise. Sign the attendance register then socialise until 1920. 1920-1930 a single group photo for all XJR’s in the ballroom. 1930-2359 dinner and dance to the QLD Navy Band. Don’t forget to bring pen and paper if you wish to exchange telephone numbers and addresses.

Sunday at TS TYALGUM Same old routine with nametags, merchandise and attendance register. BBQ lunch provided. If you have some memorabilia to show please bring it on Sunday. A guest speaker may be available.

Attending
* Indicate paid
Checkers Aldridge* Barry and Kaye Andrew* Darby Ashton**
Fred Auty* Rick and Lea Avey* Kev Bock*
Wayne Boden* Max and Denny Borthwick` Wayne and Margaret Butterfield*
Dave and Dawn Cairns* Jim Carroll* Mal and Robyn Chatfield*
Don and Kathy Churchward* Trevor and Rhonda Clark* Jim and Liz Clegg*
Butch Cousins* Terry and Helen Dack** Russ and Joy Dale*
Jack Davey** Kim and Kay Daw* Lindon Dean*
Bongo and Joanne DiBetta**Ken and Lorraine Dobbie* Dick Dorham*
Marty and Lyn Edwards* Gareth Evans Glenn and Kate Forno*
Ross and Diane Fullarton* Mick Gallagher* Paul and Pam Gallagher*
John Grenfell* Ron and Bev Giveen*
Hector Hart** Geoff Harte* John and Lyn Hatchman*
Bill Hawkins Mike and Jill Hogan** Brian and Jan Hooper**
Tom and Val Houldsworth** Fred Howes** Terry Hume*
Ian and Wendy James** Tom and Carol Kinross* Noel Kropp and Wendy**
Max Lampo Dave and Phyllis Laundon* John and Terry Law* Dick Lewin*
Russ Loane* David and Linda Lowe* Magoo & Jenny Magnuson*
Gerrard McGuinness* John and Luba Miscamble* Phil Narramore and Tracy *
Annie and Gerry Oakley* Scott Pascoe Lambert and Kay Obst*
Allan and Carol Pike* Ray and Janis Poole* Barrie and Alice Quigley*
Dave and Gail Quinlan** Brian and Sandra Ramsay Mick and Kate Roberts**
Terry and Nellie Rogers* Kev and Shirley Rowland** Ian and Marian Schubert**
Alan Smith** Lew and Jo Smith** Dave Staines*
Bryan Stapley Gordon Stringer Dan Tiley
Reg Turnbull* Kev and Larraine Uttley Bill Vass**
Derek and Marilyn Whyte* Greg Williams** Doug Wilson*
Jim and Vicki Wilson* Vince and Irene Woodward**Pat Zegenhagen

Undecided

Ray Cattermole Rod Hazell
PeeWee Petherick Tangles Toolan Linsey Wright

Not coming
* Indicates paid for merchandise
Les Allen John Amourous Brent Balchin
Les Barclay Nev Barry Nick Bryant
Jim Bush Dave Cargill Ron Carroll
Bob Cavanagh Wayne Chapman Stan Church
Dave Clifford Wally Cook Terry Coulthard
Peter Craker Gordon Davison Bluey Delahunty
Grant Dernedde* Stu Dewar Neil Duckworth
Gordon Duncan Vic Dzodz Trevor Elias
Dennis Elliot Dave Ferguson Ken Fielding
Garry Freak Warren French* Norm Friebe
Ron Gall Tony Gawne Darryl Genrich
Dizzie Gillespie Darrel Girvan Wayne Godenzie Brian Gorringe
John Gray Tony Gysen Michael Haining
Eric Haggart Daryl Hannant Dave Hanlon
Jimmy Harris Pete Hartwell Ted Hase
Bill Hay Greg Henderson-Smith Des Honess
John Hume Guy Irwin Chris Jamieson
Pete Johnston Larry Kent Rod King
Jan Klich Rod Lamont Gil Larsson
Brissles Lassau Don Mann Athol Marsh
John McCormack Garry McGrath Jock McGregor*
Sandy Michels Don Muller Ross Muller
Russ Nelson Chris Neville Darrell Nicholson
John Nicholson Irish O’Leary Bruce Oliver
Peter Owen John Partington Mick Pollock
Ron Pope Hoss Potter Ken Railton
Doug Rasmussen Ian Richards* Roy Rigg
Mal Ritchie Chris Rowland Merve Semfel
Eddie Sheavils Mike Shephard John Shinn
Karl Slotboom* Kev Smith John Stockings
Bob Stupple Glenn Summerhayes John Tant
Selwyn Trott Jeff Wake* Perry Whitehouse
Allan Wilson Ted Worcester Col Yench
Tony Zajer


These blokes are leaving it to the last minute to contact Tom or me, re their intentions of attending or not attending this reunion Now is the time…

Geoff Anderson, Gary Angel, Michael Aylmer, Trevor Bartlett, Tony Bath, Dennis Baxter, Chris Bayly, Bill Birt, Reg Blakemore, Len Bodimeade, Bill Broome, Doug Brown, Garry Brown, Terry Burgess, Warwick Burns, Charlie Burrows, Glenn Butler, Don Campbell, Max Cechner, Bill Chapman, Bob Clarey, Jim Claypole, Nev Coglan, Steve Coll, Roger Collins, Tom Coulson, Bob Coventon, Karl Csendes, Ian Cunningham, Ian Curwood, Bruce Dalton, Bob Dearden, Errol Delaney, Jeff Dunn, Henrick Edwards, Paul Finch, Howard Foot, Phillip Franklin, Brian Frier, Rex Geoghan, Neil Gibbons, Mick Gilfoyle, Ross Gowers, John Graves, Tony Grice, Dave Haining, Andy Hammond, Gary Hardman, Max Hart, Rick Hartley, Bill Healey, Doug Heath, Marty Hicks, Steve Hinch, Ian Hine (Mclean), Gavin Howard, Harold Hunt, John Hunter, Bill Irwin, Jan Jablonski, Syd James, Wally Jankiwskyj, Rob Johnson, Len Jones, Ron Jones, Nev Jorgensen, Jim Juleff, Allan Kay, Trevor Kay, John Kean, George Kerr, Terry King, Allen Kirkman, Bernd Krajewske, Trevor Lally, Richard Leitch, Ron Lockwood, Phil Longdon, Allen Lowes, Robin MacKinnon, Chris Mansbridge, Ron May, Barry McDonnell, Dave McFarlane, Bryan McInnes, John McLoughlin, Alan McManus, Peter McMillan, Ron Mitchell, Michael Moore, Peter Morley, Col Mundt, Bob Newton, Barry Nichols, Don Nicholson, Max Nugent, Phil O’Meara, Everhardus Overmars, Peter Pagett, Barry Parker, Roger Pearson, Greg Peers, Geoff Peters, Pie Pieda, Garry Pike, Terry Pitt, Bob Pollard, Bruce Pollock, Graham Potaczala, Sandy Powell, Mal Price, Henry Ptak, Vic Purvey, Ron Quetcher, Fred Radley, Joe Rados, Peter Renwick, John Rhea, Dave Rhook, Steve Roberts, Peter Robinson, Ian Rogers, Charlie Russell, John Ryder, Allen Sams, Chris Sargent, Ken Scarisbrick, Bob Scharper, Graham Seabrook, Tom Shakespeare, Glen Singline, Bill Smith, Vic Soszynski, Jim Stephens, John Stephens, Steve Sternbeck Charlie Stewart, Lindsay Stiles, Pete Sutton, Pete Taudevin, Trevor Taylor, Nev Thomas, Geoff Toole, Ian Turnbull, Neil Turner, Bob Vitenbergs, Alex Vujic, Darryl Walker, Dave Walker, Pete Walton, Glen Washbourne, Ron Weekley, Alan White, Stephen White, Hielke Wieringa, Roger Williams, Graham Woods, John Wright.

All the best of health and hope to see or talk to you soon.

Cheers

Ron






Friday 22 July The Surfers Paradise RSL, Beach Rd in the city centre
start 1900 ish - dress - smart casual smally eats provided
Parking available @ $5 a day for temporary members
Saturday 23 July Gold Coast International
Start 1830 for 1930 buffet dinner at 2000 – Navy Band –until 2300. function wraps up at 2359 – dress - smart casual (no ties) coat optional
Sunday 24 July TS TYALGUM
Start 1100 ish – 1700 ish dress - smart casual - BBQ provided

We are budgeting for an all-inclusive price of $65.00 a head. This price covers, the smally eats for Friday evening , Saturday night dinner and the BBQ lunch on Sunday. Drinks for the three occasions will be at your own expense.

Payment details We have a Westpac Account. Details are:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank, use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero in lieu of the R or S (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number,
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 endorsed with ‘1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN’ or
d. Send a Money Order endorsed to ‘Ron Giveen’.

The preferred way is electronic transfer or cheque, money orders take the most effort as they have to be cashed and then banked, and of course Australia Post does not know who ‘1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN’ is.


Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au




May 2005 Newsletter,

Welcome
We had another get together last Thursday; it was really good to see two new faces turn up, Mick Roberts and Checkers Aldridge. Apologies were received from regulars Mick and Heather Gallagher who are touring Turkey for about 5 weeks and Doug and Trish Wilson who are enjoying the delights of NZ.

Only nine weeks to go to the reunion. In two months we will be enjoying ourselves on the Gold Coast, checking on the credentials of those beautiful - perfect Queensland tourism ads. It is certainly something I am looking forward to. The logistics of the reunion are still rolling along quite smoothly. Remember this is a get together for you and your mates to spin a few yarns about what happened in 1963, not, whether you are concerned whether you turned out to be a Rockerfeller or a brain surgeon. Your mates want to see you. Give Tom Houldsworth or me a call and let either of us know whether you are interested in attending. You can either call me any weeknight except Tuesday or Wednesday, press the return to sender button on your email and I am sure Australia Post is still selling stamps. Our contact details are below.

Guest Speakers Want to spin a yarn or tell a warrie. We are looking for three volunteer guest speakers. You will be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to talk. Please contact me.

Friday and Sunday For those in the Southern Queensland area and their social calendar is full on Saturday 23rd July but have a free moment on either the Friday night or the Sunday and would like to say G’day, please let me know for catering purposes. A donation is all that will be required for the Sunday BBQ, we will absorb the cost of the smally eats on Friday night. Don’t miss this get together – it doesn’t happen that often and may not occur again until 2013.

Merchandise If you want a polo shirt or cap I have to know by June 3. They are good quality shirts and ball caps. Shirts cost $32 and caps cost $16 if picked up at Gold Coast, otherwise a charge for packaging and mailing, $7.50 per shirt or shirt and cap and $5 per cap. Please advise me the number you require and the size.

Band The South Queensland RAN band is booked and is expected to be brilliant.

Photographs We intend having a group photo of all who attend Saturday night and then table photos. Give your camera to your wife/partner/friend if you want to take a photo on Friday night but take it on Sunday.

Was really happy to receive this email from Ron Pope last week…Hi Ron, Have finally joined the rest of the world and trying to learn how to use this thing. Great to get the news letters and hear various things of what’s going on. Sorry Carole and me can’t attend the reunion but strain on the hip pocket wont go that far. Just a brief on my health, have major balance problems, got 80%DVA disability pension and gold card but still have to pay out $80.00 every 60 days to cover tablets for my problems, have 3 stints in the old ticker so don’t move around as fast. Did manage to have 5 days in Chelsea RSL and catch up with some HMAS Sydney & Vietnam Vets during Anzac weekend. Please pass on my regards to everyone at the reunion and hope one day to make it. Regards Ron & Carole

Web Site. You may be aware after the previous reunion I initiated a free web site to display the photos we took, (a lot of the photos are still on it) unfortunately, there is a limit of 3 mg which restricts the numbers. If you have a photo and want it included, either email or send a copy to me and I will have it published. The address is
msnusers.com/leeuwin1963reunion/shoebox.msnw

Attending

Checkers Aldridge* Darby Ashton** Fred Auty*
Barry and Kaye Andrew* Wayne Boden* Wayne and Margaret Butterfield
Dave and Dawn Cairns* Jim Carroll* Mal and Robyn Chatfield*
Don and Kathy Churchward* Wally and Jan Cook Butch Cousins*
Terry and Helen Dack** Russ and Joy Dale* Jack Davey
Kim and Kay Daw Lindon Dean* Max Delahunty
Tony DiBetta Ken and Lorraine Dobbie Marty Edwards
Gareth Evans Warren French Glenn and Kate Forno
Norm and Narelle Friebe Mick Gallagher Paul and Pam Gallagher*
Dizzie Gillespie Ron and Bev Giveen* Dave Hanlon
Hector Hart John and Lyn Hatchman Bill Hawkins
Mike and Jill Hogan Syd and Jan Hooper Tom and Val Houldsworth
Fred Howes Terry Hume* Ian James
Tom and Carol Kinross* John Laundon Dick Lewin
David and Linda Lowe Magoo & Jenny Magnuson* Garry and Helen McGrath
Jock and Mrs McGregor Gerry McGinness John and Luba Miscamble
Ross Muller Phil Narramore and Tracy * Darrell and Margaret Nicholson
Annie and Gerry Oakley* Scott Pascoe Lambert Ray and Janis Poole
Barrie and Alice Quigley Dave and Gail Quinlan** Brian Ramsay
Mick and Kate Roberts** Terry and Nellie Rogers* Kevin and Shirley Rowland**
Ian and Marian Schubert** Karel and Mrs Slotboom* Alan Smith
Lew and Jo Smith Dave Staines* Bryan and Kay Stapley
John and Laraine Tant Reg Turnbull* Kev Uttley
Bill Vass Greg Williams** Doug Wilson*
Jim and Vicki Wilson Vince and Irene Woodward Col and MrsYench
Pat Zegenhagen

Undecided

Kev Bock Max Borthwick Ray Cattermole
Trevor Clark Stu Dewar Darryl Girvan
Ted Hase Rod Hazell Des Honess
Rod Lamont Max Lampo Gil Larsson
Russ Loane John Nicholson PeeWee Petherick
Roy Rigg Mal Ritchie Gordon Stringer
Dan Tiley Tony Toolan Linsey Wright

Not coming

Brent Balchin Jim Bush Dave Cargill
Ron Carroll Bob Cavanagh Stan Church
Dave Clifford Gordon Davison Grant Dernedde
Gordon Duncan Vic Dzodz Dennis Elliot
Dave Ferguson Ken Fielding Wayne Godenzie
Brian Gorringe Pete Hartwell Bill Hay
Greg Henderson-Smith Larry Kent Brissles Lassau
Sandy Michels Russ Nelson John Partington
Mick Pollock Ron Pope Doug Rasmussen
Ian Richards Merve Semfel John Stockings
Bob Stupple

Could these blokes please contact me

Les Allen, John Amourous, Geoff Anderson, Gary Angel, Dick Avey, Michael Aylmer, Les Barclay, Noel Barker, Nev Barry, Trevor Bartlett, Tony Bath, Dennis Baxter, Chris Bayly, Bill Birt, Reg Blakemore, Len Bodimeade, Bill Broome, Doug Brown, Garry Brown, Nick Bryant, Terry Burgess, Warwick Burns, Charlie Burrows, Glenn Butler, Don Campbell, Max Cechner, Wayne Chapman, Bill Chapman, Bob Clarey, Jim Claypole, Nev Coglan, Steve Coll, Roger Collins, Tom Coulson, Terry Coulthard, Bob Coventon, Peter Craker, Karl Csendes, Ian Cunningham, Ian Curwood, Bruce Dalton, Bob Dearden, Errol Delaney, Dick Dorham, Neil Duckworth, Jeff Dunn, Henrick Edwards, Trevor Elias, Paul Finch, Howard Foot, Phillip Franklin, Garry Freak, Brian Frier, Ross Fullarton, Ron Gall, Tony Gawne, Darryl Genrich, Rex Geoghan, Neil Gibbons, Mick Gilfoyle, Ross Gowers, John Graves, John Gray, John Grenfell, Tony Grice, Tony Gysen, Eric Haggart, Dave Haining, Michael Haining, Andy Hammond, Daryl Hannant, Gary Hardman, Jimmy Harris, Max Hart, Geoff Harte, Rick Hartley, Bill Healey, Doug Heath, Marty Hicks, Steve Hinch, Ian Hine (Mclean), Gavin Howard, John Hume, Harold Hunt, John Hunter, Guy Irwin, Bill Irwin, Jan Jablonski, Syd James, Chris Jamieson, Wally Jankiwskyj, Rob Johnson, Len Jones, Ron Jones, Nev Jorgensen, Jim Juleff, Allan Kay, Trevor Kay, John Kean, George Kerr, Rod King, Terry King, Allen Kirkman, Jan Klich, Bernd Krajewske, Noel Kropp, Trevor Lally, John Law, Richard Leitch, Ron Lockwood, Phil Longdon, Allen Lowes, Robin MacKinnon, Don Mann, Chris Mansbridge, Athol Marsh, Ron May, John McCormack, Barry McDonnell, Dave McFarlane, Bryan McInnes, John McLoughlin, Alan McManus, Peter McMillan, Ron Mitchell, Michael Moore, Peter Morley, Don Muller, Col Mundt, Chris Neville, Bob Newton, Barry Nichols, Don Nicholson, Max Nugent, Noel O’Leary, Phil O’Meara, Bruce Oliver, Everhardus Overmars, Peter Owen, Peter Pagett, Barry Parker, Roger Pearson, Greg Peers, Geoff Peters, Pie Pieda, Allan Pike, Garry Pike, Terry Pitt, Bob Pollard, Bruce Pollock, Graham Potaczala, Hoss Potter, Darrel Powell, Mal Price, Henry Ptak, Vic Purvey, Ron Quetcher, Fred Radley, Joe Rados, Ken Railton, Peter Renwick, John Rhea, Dave Rhook, Steve Roberts, Peter Robinson, Ian Rogers, Chris Rowland, Charlie Russell, John Ryder, Allen Sams, Chris Sargent, Ken Scarisbrick, Bob Scharper, Graham Seabrook, Tom Shakespeare, Eddie Sheavils, Mick Sheppard, John Shinn, Glen Singline, Kev Smith, Bill Smith, Vic Soszynski, Jim Stephens, John Stephens, Steve Sternbeck Charlie Stewart, Lindsay Stiles, Glenn Summerhayes, Pete Sutton, Pete Taudevin, Trevor Taylor, Nev Thomas, Geoff Toole, Selwyn Trott, Ian Turnbull, Neil Turner, Bob Vitenbergs, Alex Vujic, Jeff Wake, Darryl Walker, Dave Walker, Pete Walton, Glen Washbourne, Ron Weekley, Alan White, Stephen White, Perry Whitehouse, Derek Whyte, Hielke Wieringa, Roger Williams, Allan Wilson, Graham Woods, Ted Worcester, John Wright, George Young, Tony Zajer,

Memorabilia Start thinking about what you have. Old Photos of you and your oppo, Tingira flashes, sporting photos etc. We intend to have a place to display these on the Saturday night.

Meeting We have scheduled our next get together for 1230 on the 23rd of June at the Catholic Club. If you are in Sydney, (we ie the regular crowd) would like to see you there.

Contact and payment details of the reunion are overleaf.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers

Ron





Friday 22 July The Surfers Paradise RSL, Beach Rd in the city centre
start 1900 ish - dress - smart casual smally eats provided
Parking available @ $5 a day for temporary members
Saturday 23 July Gold Coast International
Start 1830 for 1930 buffet dinner at 2000 – Navy Band –until 2300. function wraps up at 2359 – dress - smart casual (no ties) coat optional
Sunday 24 July TS TYALGUM
Start 1100 ish – 1700 ish dress - smart casual - BBQ provided

We are budgeting for an all-inclusive price of $65.00 a head. This price covers, the smally eats for Friday evening , Saturday night dinner and the BBQ lunch on Sunday. Drinks for the three occasions will be at your own expense.

Payment details We have a Westpac Account. Details are:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank, use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero in lieu of the R or S (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number,
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099 endorsed with ‘1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN’ or
d. Send a Money Order endorsed to ‘Ron Giveen’.

The preferred way is electronic transfer or cheque, money orders take the most effort as they have to be cashed and then banked, and of course Australia Post does not know who ‘1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN’ is.


Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email address is: rugbyron@bigpond.com

Tom Houldsworth (w) 02 4424 3025
Email address is: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au




April 2005 Newsletter,


Welcome,

Anzac Day has come and gone again. Hope you all survived. I marched with the Tankermen in Sydney and met and marched with Bill Hay and Sandy and Rhonda Michels. They had travelled up from Nowra Area. When we were in Tasmania, we had the pleasure of catching up with Ken and Lorraine Dobbie on Good Friday.

To business, less than three months to go before our reunion. In this Newsletter, I have included an additional list of people. Those who I believe have not been in contact with Tom or me in respect of this function. We need a bit of help. If there is anybody on this list that you know and you have contact details, please find out whether they want to be at the Gold Coast in late July and let me know, as it will help with the catering. Talking about finding people, Jack Davey sent this email
‘Hi,
I've discovered lots of ex Navy people have registered at www.schoolfriends.com.au.
A good site where people can be located by schools, workplaces, military service units, sporting clubs (including Navy sporting clubs), and universities etc. Easy to use, and I've found quite a few mates there.
Cheers,
Jack Davey’

On the list of those attending, I have indicated with an * those who have paid for the function and those with a double ** if they have paid for the function and also merchandise. There are also those who are not attending and wish to pay for merchandise.

Talking of paying, the instructions are at the foot of this Newsletter. If you are unable to use the Westpac Bank account, endorse the cheque to the ‘1963 Reunion HMAS LEEUWIN’, however any money order has to be should be endorsed to ‘Ron Giveen’ as the Post Office has difficulty establishing the identity of the Reunion Account.

Attending
Fred Auty* Barry and Kaye Andrew*
Wayne Boden Wayne and Margaret Butterfield
Dave and Dawn Cairns, Jim Carroll*
Mal and Robyn Chatfield Don and Kathy Churchward
Wally and Jan Cook Pete Cousins
Terry and Helen Dack Russ and Joy Dale*
Jack Davey Kim and Kay Daw
Max Delahunty Tony DiBetta
Ken and Lorraine Dobbie Marty Edwards
Gareth Evans Ken Fielding
Warren French Glenn and Kate Forno
Norm and Narelle Friebe Mick Gallagher
Paul and Pam Gallagher Dizzie Gillespie
Ron and Bev Giveen* Dave Hanlon
Hector Hart John and Lyn Hatchman
Bill Hawkins Mike and Jill Hogan
Syd and Jan Hooper Tom and Val Houldsworth
Fred Howes Ian James
Larry Kent Tom and Carol Kinross
John Laundon Dick Lewin
Magoo and Mrs Magnuson* Garry and Helen McGrath
Jock and Mrs McGregor John and Luba Miscamble
Ross Muller Phil Narramore and Tracy Mooney*
Russ Nelson Darrell and Margaret Nicholson
Annie and Gerry Oakley* Scott Pascoe Lambert
Ray Poole Barrie and Alice Quigley
Dave and Gail Quinlan Brian Ramsay
Kevin and Shirley Rowland** Ian Schubert
Karel and Mrs Slotboom Alan Smith
Lew and Jo Smith Bryan and Kay Stapley
John and Laraine Tant Reg Turnbull*
Kev Uttley Bill Vass
Greg Williams Doug Wilson
Col and MrsYench Pat Zegenhagen

Undecided

Kev Bock Max Borthwick
Ray Cattermole Trevor Clark
Stu Dewar Vic Dzodz
Darryl Girvan Ted Hase
Rod Hazell Des Honess
Rod Lamont Max Lampo
Gil Larson Brissles Lassau
Russ Loane John Nicholson
PeeWee and Chrissy Petherick Roy Rigg
Mal Ritchie Merve Semfel
Dave Staines Dan Tiley
Tony Toolan Vince Woodward
Linsey Wright

Have not contacted me

Checkers Aldridge, Les Allen, John Amourous, Geoff Anderson, Gary Angel, Dick Avey, Michael Aylmer, Gerry Bandy, Les Barclay, Noel Barker, Nev Barry, Trevor Bartlett, Tony Bath, Dennis Baxter, Chris Bayly, Lindsay Best, Bill Birt, Reg Blakemore, Len Bodimeade, Bill Broome, Doug Brown, Garry Brown, Nick Bryant, Terry Burgess, Warwick Burns, Charlie Burrows, Jim Bush, Glenn Butler, Don Campbell, Bob Cavanagh, Max Cechner, Wayne Chapman, Bill Chapman, Stan Church, Bob Clarey, Jim Claypole, Nev Coglan, Steve Coll, Roger Collins, Tom Coulson, Terry Coulthard, Bob Coventon, Peter Craker, Karl Csendes, Bruce Cullen, Ian Cunningham, Ian Curwood, Bruce Dalton, Lindon Dean, Bob Dearden, Errol Delaney, Grant Dernedde, Dick Dorham, Neil Duckworth, Gordon Duncan, Jeff Dunn, Henrick Edwards, Trevor Elias, Dennis Elliot, Paul Finch, Howard Foot, Phillip Franklin, Garry Freak, Brian Frier, Ross Fullarton, Ron Gall, Tony Gawne, Darryl Genrich, Rex Geoghan, Neil Gibbons, Mick Gilfoyle, Wayne Godenzie, Ross Gowers, John Graves, John Gray, John Grenfell, Tony Grice, Tony Gysen, Eric Haggart, Dave Haining, Michael Haining, Andy Hammond, Daryl Hannant, Gary Hardman, Jimmy Harris, Max Hart, Geoff Harte, Rick Hartley, Bill Healey, Doug Heath, Greg Henderson-Smith, Marty Hicks, Steve Hinch, Ian Hine (Mclean), Gavin Howard, John Hume, Terry Hume, Harold Hunt, John Hunter, Guy Irwin, Bill Irwin, Jan Jablonski, Syd James, Chris Jamieson, Wally Jankiwskyj, Rob Johnson, Len Jones, Ron Jones, Nev Jorgensen, Jim Juleff, Allan Kay, Trevor Kay, John Kean, George Kerr, Rod King, Terry King, Allen Kirkman, Jan Klich, Bernd Krajewske, Noel Kropp, Trevor Lally, John Law, Richard Leitch, Ron Lockwood, Phil Longdon, Dave Lowe, Allen Lowes, Robin MacKinnon, Don Mann, Chris Mansbridge, Athol Marsh, Ron May, John McCormack, Barry McDonnell, Dave McFarlane, Gerry McGinness, Bryan McInnes, John McLoughlin, Alan McManus, Peter McMillan, Ron Mitchell, Michael Moore, Peter Morley, Don Muller, Col Mundt, Chris Neville, Bob Newton, Barry Nichols, Don Nicholson, Max Nugent, Noel O’Leary, Phil O’Meara, Bruce Oliver, Everhardus Overmars, Peter Owen, Peter Pagett, Barry Parker, Roger Pearson, Greg Peers, Geoff Peters, Pie Pieda, Allan Pike, Garry Pike, Terry Pitt, Bob Pollard, Bruce Pollock, Ron Pope, Graham Potaczala, Hoss Potter, Darrel Powell, Mal Price, Henry Ptak, Vic Purvey, Ron Quetcher, Fred Radley, Joe Rados, Ken Railton, Doug Rasmussen, Peter Renwick, John Rhea, Dave Rhook, Ted Roberts, Steve Roberts, Peter Robinson, Ian Rogers, Terry Rogers, Chris Rowland, Charlie Russell, John Ryder, Allen Sams, Chris Sargent, Ken Scarisbrick, Bob Scharper, Graham Seabrook, Tom Shakespeare, Eddie Sheavils, Mick Sheppard, John Shinn, Glen Singline, Kev Smith, Bill Smith, Vic Soszynski, Jim Stephens, John Stephens, Steve Sternbeck Charlie Stewart, Lindsay Stiles, Gordon Stringer, Glenn Summerhayes, Pete Sutton, Pete Taudevin, Trevor Taylor, Nev Thomas, Geoff Toole, Selwyn Trott, Ian Turnbull, Neil Turner, Bob Vitenbergs, Alex Vujic, Jeff Wake, Darryl Walker, Dave Walker, Pete Walton, Glen Washbourne, Ron Weekley, Alan White, Stephen White, Perry Whitehouse, Derek Whyte, Hielke Wieringa, Roger Williams, Allan Wilson, James Wilson, Graham Woods, Ted Worcester, John Wright, George Young, Tony Zajer,

Not coming

Brent Balchin Dave Cargill
Ron Carroll Dave Clifford
Gordon Davison Dave Ferguson
Brian Gorringe Pete Hartwell
Bill Hay Sandy Michels
John Partington Mick Pollock
Ian Richards John Stockings
Bob Stupple

I would particularly like to thank those that have let me know that are not attending, (ie have a better offer) I then know they are aware of the function.

Merchandise Good quality Navy Blue polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest with 1963 under the LEEUWIN crest and Ball caps with the LEEUWIN crest at the front and TINGIRA at the stern. Shirts cost $32 and caps cost $16 if picked up at Gold Coast, otherwise a charge for packaging and mailing, $7.50 per shirt or shirt and cap and $5 per cap. Please advise me the number you require and the size. Orders will have to be in to me by 3 June. Please pay using the bank details above.

It is our intention to use the in house photographer at the Gold Coast International on Saturday.

Medal for 6 years service. I contacted the Honours and Awards section at Navy Office. There will be no action on this medal until next year.

Meeting We have scheduled our next reunion meeting for 1230 on the 19th of May at the Catholic Club. If you are in town would like to see you there.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers

Ron

This is a reprint of March details:


Friday 22 July The Surfers Paradise RSL, Beach Rd in the city centre
start 1900 ish - dress - smart casual smally eats provided
Saturday 23 July Gold Coast International
Start 1830 for 1930 buffet dinner at 2000 – Navy Band –until 2300. function wraps up at 2359 – dress - smart casual (no ties) coat optional
Sunday 24 July TS TYALGUM
Start 1100 ish – 1700 ish dress - smart casual - BBQ provided

We are budgeting for an all inclusive price of $65.00 a head. This price covers, the smally eats for Friday evening , Saturday night dinner and the BBQ lunch on Sunday. Drinks for the three occasions will be at your own expense.

Paying for this is quite simple – (that is of course if you have it) we have a Westpac Account. Details are:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number.
Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099.

































People who I have no or lost contact with Jan Jablonski


Guest speakers




Les Allen John Amourous and wife
Geoff Andersen Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Garry Angel Darby and Frances Ashton
Fred Auty and Jean Spurling Mike and Maryanne Aylmer
Brent Balchin Nev Barry
Dennis Baxter Garry and Helen Blyton
Kev Bock Skull Boden
Max Borthwick Nick Bryant
Warwick Burns Jim Bush
Wayne and Margaret Butterfield Dave and Dawn Cairns
Dave Cargill Lou and Carol Carroll
Ray Cattermole Bob and Sandra Cavanagh
Wayne and Judy Chapman Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Stan and Margaret Church Don and Kathy Churchward
Robert and Annette Clarey Trevor Clark
Neville Coglan Stevan Coll
Roger Collins Wally and Jan Cook
Terry and Helen Dack Russ and Joy Dale
Gordon and Faye Davidson Jack Davy
Kim and Kay Daw Lindon Deane
Errol and Jan Delaney Grant Dernedde
Stu Dewar Tony and JoAnne Di Betta
Ken Dobbie Harry Donsworth (Jim’s Dad)
Gordon Duncan Jeff Dunn
Vic Dzodz Martin and Lyn Edwards
Dennis Elliot Gareth and Phyllis Evans
Dave and Helen Ferguson Ken and Marrilyn Fielding
Glenn and Kate Forno Phil Franklin
Garry Freak Warren and Robyn French
Norm and Narelle Friebe Brian and Linda Frier
Ross and Dianne Fullarton Ronnie and Karen Gall
Mick Gallagher Tony and Robyn Gawn
Rex Geoghegan Darryl Genrich
Dizzy Gillespie and wife Ron and Bev Giveen
Wayne Godenzie Brian Gorringe
Ross and Rodica Gowers John Graves
John Gray John Grenfell
John Grigg Mick Guilfoyle
Tony Gysen Eric and Carol Haggart
David and Helen Haining Mick Haining
Jim Hammond Dave and Lola Hanlon
Daryl Hannant Jim and Gai Harris
Hector Hart Max Hart
Ted Hase John and Lynette Hatchman
Bill and Narelle Hay Rod Hazell
Greg Henderson-Smith Mike Hogan
Brian and Jan Hooper Tom and Val Houldsworth
John and Dominic Hume Terry Hume
Fred Howes Guy Irwin and Jan Taylor
Chris Jamieson Bob Johnson
Pete Johnson Ron and Jean Jones
Neville Jorgensen Allan Kay
Larry and Penny Kent George Kerr
Rod King Terry King
Tom and Carol Kinross Jan Klich
Noel Kropp Trevor Lally
Max Lampo and Anne Fitton Gil Larsson
David and Phyllis Laundon John Law
Russ and Viv Loane Bristles and Lou Lassau
Phil and Denise Longdon Peter Magnuson and wife
Don Mann John McCormack and Dianne Cook
Garry and Helen McGrath Pete McMillan
Pete and Lyn McVee Sandy and Rhonda Michels
John and Luba Miscamble Peter Morley
Don and Ann Muller Ross Muller
Phil and Tracy Narramore Russ Nelson
Chris Neville Darrell and Margaret Nicholson
John Nicholson Annie Oakley
Irish O’leary Bruce and Robynne Oliver
Henry Overmars Peewee Petherick and Lizzie???
Scott Pascoe Lambert John and Paula Partington
Roger Pearson Pie and Ros Pieda
Allan and Carol Pike Bob Pollard
Bruce and Christine Pollock Hoss and Judy Potter
Sandy Powell Ron Quetcher
Barrie and Alice Quigley Dave and Gail Quinlan
Ken Railton Brian and Sandra Ramsay
David Rhook Ian Richards
Mal and Pauline Ritchie Kev Rowland
Merve Semfel Steve Roberts and Shelly Graham-Smith
Terry and Nellie Rogers Chris and Betty Sargeant
Ian and Marian Schubert Eddie and Kathy Sheavils
Mick and Jean Shephard John Shinn
Kev Smith Bryan and Kay Stapley
Gordon Stringer and Anne Heritage Bob and Pat Stupple
Glen and Jennie’ Summerhayes John and LaraineTant
Dan Tiley Selwyn Trott
Reg Turnbull Kev and Larraine Uttley
Bill Vass Peter Walsh
Garry Washbourne Perry and Merja Whitehouse
Derek and Marilyn Whyte Greg Williams
Allan and Margaret Wilson Doug Wilson
Jim and Vicki Wilson Vince Woodward
Ted Worcester Col Yench
Tony and Gay Zajer Patrick Zegenhagen and wife

Gregg's email is gregg@onstage.com.au
David, I trust this information has been helpful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Regards
Barbara Parkinson

barbara.parkinson@gci.com.au
www.gci.com.au
Tel: +61 7 5584 1230 Fax: +61 7 5584 1277

From: Gail & David Quinlan [mailto:gaildave@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Wednesday, 16 February 2005 9:40 AM
To: barbara parkinson
Subject: Function No 6687
Dear Barbara, At our recent committee meeting it was decided that the band was the only issue, some are in favour of the Naval Band from Brisbane, which is a pay for transport and meals deal. Others support a local band, others just want to chat. So to keep the ladies happy to have a dance, could you give me a quote on hiring a small band for the night. We are all aged 58. My new e-mail is gaildave@bigpond.net.au
Thanks again
David


Gday Ron
Just got back from Airlie Beach, We have been away for 3 weeks
I will contact Chris from TS Tyalgum next week to confirm the venue
Will be in touch
Mal

G'day Ron,
Just sent an e-mail off to Gold Coast Int. re the band, Vince Woodward is also checking, plus we have the option of an Audio Visual. I noticed in your e-mail that sit down is 1930. We have the function room (Grand Ballroom) booked from 1800 to midnight. We have a complimentary Lectern & Microphone. Some of the blokes think that it would be appropriate to wear miniature medals on the Saturday night, I tend to agree, what do you think? or make it optional?
Regards Dave

G'day all,

I have received a reply letter from the Qld Band.
The date is OK.
Looks like the cost will only be for a meal and the hire of the bus from
Brisbane.
Will talk more at the next meet Thurs 10th March 2005.

Mick Gallagher
Mob: 0418 112 675

Thank you for your email.
Fees for bands range from $1320 for a quality Trio and $1650 for a 4 pce.
Hope this helps,
Many Thanks,
Gregg Deakin
-----Original Message-----
From: Gail & David Quinlan [mailto:gaildave@bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 22 February 2005 8:24 AM
To: Gregg from Onstage
Subject: The Band
Hello Gregg, my name is David Quinlan and I am on the committee organising a Naval Reunion at Gold Coast Int, Barbara Parkinson suggested I contact you. The scenerio is there will be about 200 guests all aged 58, The Naval Band is prepared to come from Brisbane provided we pay for transport and meals, an alternative would be to hire a local band, now some suggest a 3 piece band would be enough and some suggest a 20 piece and it would mainly be for dancing to keep the ladies happy, as the blokes prefer to chat. My preference would a small band, however I have to report to the committee re finances. Would you be able to give me some quotes on small to medium size bands available.
Regards David

Ron,
Thanks for the e mail I will definitely update you when the relocationoccurs. My shirt size is XL. If you could include me in the order andthen advise the cost including postage to Melbourne it would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards

Ian Richards

G'day Tom, still can't work out who that bloke who rang you is, if he isn'ton our mailing list, one of our members must have showed him a copy.Anyway, do you have any inside information when the ADF medal will be awarded? Bill Vass also rang (a day late) to find out the date for our last meeting. The Surfers RSL e-mailed that the functions manager is away untilMon 21st but will reply concerning the band. I would prefer the Navy Band but as Ron keeps saying some blokes are doing it tough financially, it might be a bit expensive for some of the blokes, by the same token I feel that if we should decide on the Navy Band we should allow them to enjoy the meal with us and we should pay for it. Vince Woodward told me he heard a radio interview the other day with a former CO of Brisbane, Capt. Morton. I knew Geoffrey quite well on Melbourne and I know he was CO of Albatross and I could tell you some funny stories if you remember him. Regards Dave






SEPTEMBER 2004 NEWSLETTER

G’day and Welcome,

As advertised vide email, on Thursday, 2 September 2004 Tom Houldsworth, Dave Quinlan, Mick Hogan, Mick Gallagher and myself met for lunch at the Catholic Club in down town Sydney.

As promised, I passed around all the e-mails I received as a response to this meeting.

It was unanimously agreed to run another reunion at the Gold Coast during the weekend of 22-24 July 2005. Several areas were considered, however, the Gold Coast was selected for a number of reasons, it has a major airport, flights are relatively cheap and regular out of main holiday periods, accommodation is plentiful, good quality and not expensive and we reckon we will be able to book the Friday and Saturday functions in the same vicinity.

The proposed programme will be similar in some respects to the 2003 reunion. That is:

Friday night get together–meet and greet-during this period we will be able to distribute merchandise-probably tshirts and caps.

Saturday night - main function – dinner dance – hire a three-piece band – run the show ourselves.

Sunday midday – bar-b-cue as TS TYLAGLUM–display any memorabilia ie photos, anything of interest.

Correspondence is the hardest part of this exercise. Could you please, in the first instance reply to this letter vide email, phone or by letter indicating that you received it and secondly whether you would be interested in attending. It is important to know whether you are unable to attend. This will help to ascertain the size of the venue to book for the Friday and Saturday functions.

Currently there are about 75 people that
a. have not been located,
b. have not responded to the letters, or
c. I have misplaced their addresses/ telephone numbers/email addresses.

One priority will be to try and get in contact with these 75 blokes. This is the fun part of running a reunion – letting everybody know that it is a happening thing. If you have any idea where any of these blokes or their families may be currently residing please let Tom Houldsworth or me know. We are happy to use our resources to chase them up and get the correct address.





Our details are:

Ron Giveen, (h) 02 9971 1991
PO Box 137 (w) 02 9377 2858
Dee Why NSW 2099 (m) 0410 52 9797

Email addresses are: rugbyron@bigpond.com
Ron.Giveen@defence.gov.au

Tom Houldsworth

March 2005 Newsletter

G’day and Welcome,

For all those on email, who have been appraised of Gordon Davison’s medical condition - good news, his operation was a success, he is home and the prognosis is good. congratulations Davo.

Unfortunately, Max Lampo has told me that George Kerr is feeling poorly. He has dioxin poisoning, which is a terminal disease. I believe, he is not up to taking groups visits of people. George lives at Waterford West on the Gold Coast. We all wish George all the best.

Please note the name of the Friday night venue as I reported it incorrectly previously:

Friday 22 July The Surfers Paradise RSL, Beach Rd in the city centre
start 1900 ish - dress - smart casual smally eats provided
Saturday 23 July Gold Coast International
Start 1830 for 1930 buffet dinner at 2000 – Navy Band –until 2300. function wraps up at 2359 – dress - smart casual (no ties) coat optional
Sunday 24 July TS TYALGUM
Start 1100 ish – 1700 ish dress - smart casual - BBQ provided

We are budgeting for an all inclusive price of $65.00 a head. This price covers, the smally eats for Friday evening , Saturday night dinner and the BBQ lunch on Sunday. Drinks for the three occasions will be at your own expense.

Paying for this is quite simple – (that is of course if you have it) we have a Westpac Account. Details are:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account please follow the instructions, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number.
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099.

Accommodation, of course is your responsibility. Tom Houldsworth has contacted Steve Likidis (0411570957) the owner or business manager of the Grand Florida, he sent a list of specials that may be of use but seems to want the booking within fourteen days. (don't think it is compulsory).

Isle of Palms. Coolgardie St. Elanora (www.isleofpalms.com.au)
2 B/R app 3 nights $280 5 nights $390
Grand Florida 7 Redondo Av. Miami
2 B/R app 5 nights $389
Nobbys Outlook 122-130 Marine Pd. (www.nobbysoutlook.com)
1 B/r app 5 nights $249

The booking address is Qld Gold Coast Holidays PO Box 690 Springwood QLD 4127 (07) 34204104

The Grande Florida beachside resort, mentioned above is the Army's new welfare holiday accommodation. Their web site address is
www.defence.gov.au/army/aaf.

Ambassador Apartments-Chevron Island. A RAAF holiday resort that accepts ex-servicemen. Stayed here it's quite comfortable and close to the city (10 min walk).

The Manager
Ambassador Holiday Units
9-13 Parnoo St.
Chevron Island QLD 4217
telephone (07) 55315692
email aambassador@bigpond.com
mobile 0417 780961

Bay Lodge Apartments- Surfers Paradise. An Army holiday resort with four two bedroom apartments , they accept ex-service applications in the normal pecking order. That is serving personnel (Army, Navy, RAAF, reserves, ex-servicemen, defence civilians). Good thing is the Reunion is not in peak season.
Bay Lodge Apartments
35 Palm Ave. Ask for the availability of the Army units
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Telephone 07 55922811
email baylodge@qldnet.com.au
www.baylodges.com.au

There are plenty of good cheap travel/accommodation deals with QANTAS and Virgin for this time of year. Give your local travel agent a call. Also, there is accommodation in the International Hotel.

This is IMPORTANT

It is important that as many as possible attend, however, it is more important that everybody who was in the 6th and 7th intake be given the opportunity to turn up. Please try and contact your old mates, give them the details of the function, let us know what you have done and get them to contact either of us. Email or snail mail addresses with telephone numbers please.

Our contact numbers are:
Tom Houldsworth
Work: 02 44243025
Email: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Ron Giveen
Home: 02 9971 1991
Mobile: 0410 529797
Email rugbyron@bigpond.com

This is a list op people who have contacted me reference their attendance intentions. (I apologise in advance for not having correct spelling or not including your wife’s/partners name – please let me know so I can include it) If your details are incorrect, please let me know.

Coming
Wayne Boden Wayne and Margaret Butterfield
Dave and Dawn Cairns, Jim Carroll
Mal and Robyn Chatfield Don and Kathy Churchward
Wally and Jan Cook Pete Cousins
Terry and Helen Dack Jack Davey
Kim Daw Max Delahunty
Tony DiBetta Ken Dobbie
Marty Edwards Gareth Evans
Warren French Norm and Narelle Friebe
Mick Gallagher Dizzie Gillespie
Ron and Bev Giveen Dave Hanlon
Hector Hart Pete and Mrs Hartwell
Bill Hawkins Mike and Mrs Hogan
Syd and Jan Hooper Tom and Val Houldsworth
Fred Howes Ian James
Larry Kent
Tom and Carol Kinross John Laundon
Dick Lewin Garry and Helen McGrath
John and Luba Miscamble Ross Muller
Phil and Tracy Narramore Russ Nelson
Darrell and Margaret Nicholson Annie and Gerry Oakley
Scott Pascoe Lambert Ray Poole
Barrie and Alice Quigley Dave and Gail Quinlan
Brian Ramsay Ian Schubert
Karel and Mrs Slotboom Alan Smith
Lew and Jo Smith Bryan and Kay Stapley
John and Laraine Tant Kev Uttley
Bill Vass Greg Williams
Doug and Heather Wilson Col and MrsYench
Pat Zegenhagen

Undecided

Kev Bock Max Borthwick
Ray Cattermole Trevor Clark
Stu Dewar Vic Dzodz
Darryl Girvan John Hatchman
Rod Hazell Des Honess
Rod Lamont Max Lampo
Gil Larson Brissles Lassau
Russ Loane John Nicholson
PeeWee and Chrissy Petherick Roy Rigg
Mal Ritchie Merve Semfel
Dave Staines Dan Tiley
Tony Toolan Vince Woodward
Linsey Wright




Not coming


Brent Balchin
Ron Carroll Gordon Davison
Dave Ferguson Brian Gorringe
John Partington Mick Pollock
Ian Richards John Stockings
Bob Stupple

I would particularly like to thank those that have let me know that are not attending, (ie have a better offer) I then know they are aware of the function.

Merchandise Good quality Navy Blue polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest with 1963 under the LEEUWIN crest and Ball caps with the LEEUWIN crest at the front and TINGIRA at the stern. Shirts cost $32 and caps cost $16 if picked up at Gold Coast, otherwise a charge for packaging and mailing, $7.50 per shirt or shirt and cap and $5 per cap. Please advise me the number you require and the size. Orders will have to be in to me by 3 June. Please pay using the bank details above.

Photographer We intend having a commercial photographer on site for the Saturday evening. In the first instance Tom Houldsworth is going to contact his cousin John (5th intake) to see whether he will take the photos, otherwise I will contact the GCI and arrange an inhouse photographer.

Dave Quinlan has volunteered to run a formal night to celebrate the award of the new medal for those that did 6 years service (most of us) at the Royal Automobile Club in Sydney. I will forward details when they come to hand.

Does anybody remember Mal Price, he was in the 7th intake and stayed in the RAN for 3 months. He was the bloke who tried to sink a whaler in the Swan River. Does anybody remember that. Anyway, he isn’t coming to the reunion as he doesn’t think he can contribute.

We have scheduled our next reunion meeting for 1230 on the 19th of May at the Catholic Club.

I will be away from Sydney, touring and swimming in Tasmania from 22 March – 7 April, so will not have access to home telephone (and limited mobile) or snail mail during this period.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Cheers

Ron



NEWSLETTER Number 2 of 2005 FEBRUARY 2005

Welcome,

Vale Peter Walsh,

Peter passed away late last year. Pete paid off as a CPOWTR and had retired, living in Dimbulah, North Queensland. Pete was a gentleman. A bloke, who was very popular, he didn’t harm or say bad word against anybody in his life. Pete attended the reunion in 2003. He wrote to me after the function telling how much he enjoyed himself. Additionally, he told his sister, very late in his illness, how sad he was in not being able to attend the next one. Unfortunately, Jack Dancer waits for no man and makes no concessions.

I hope we all have a healthy and happy year. Our numbers took a lot of hits last year. Hopefully we all survive and enjoy this one.

There are two issues recently raised in respect of disability claims. One is in respect of the jason guns/beryllium/toxic dust and the consequent adverse effects which occurred to personnel serving in HMAS MELBOURNE and SUPPLY. If you would like further details please contact your local DVA advocate, or contact me and I will forward what I have. The other issue – COVVHS is an organisation that focuses on health issues facing many children of Vietnam Veterans. If you feel you wish to contact this organisation, details are – Mr Geoff Parker, PO Box 41 Ballarat Victoria 350, email address anne@netcom.net.au is the address

2005- the year of the reunion. I am going to ours in July and then in September – October to the Writers reunion in Adelaide, so am pretty happy about that. I believe there is the HOBART reunion in Hobart in September to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first ‘Freedom of Entry’ and PERTH has its reunion in Brisbane a week earlier than ours.

Our reunion dates are:

Friday 22 July 1900 - …………….. Gold Coast RSL

Saturday 23 July 1900 for 1930 – 2359 Gold Coast International

Sunday 24July 1100 – 1700 TS TYALGUM

Start fiddling with these dates in your calendar and see how it looks. We have around 100 potential starters at this stage. I will promulgate the names of those attending in the March Newsletter. We are working on having a Navy Band provide dinner and dance music. For those that have seen Navy bands perform recently, you would be aware of how good they are. If you would like to help MC the Saturday night function and/or tell a ditty or two (limited time) let me know. Embellishment is a word we all understand.

Although the reunion is focused on 1963, don’t forget, everybody is welcome i.e. your mates. Talk to them and see whether they wish to attend.

Had an email from PeeWee Petherik last weekend, he was on the Gold Coast last week, saw somebody who looked vaguely familiar, started talking and found Trevor Kay, one of those lost souls we have been trying to find for the last two years. To me, the most exciting part of the reunion is to find your old mates, accidentally or intentionally.

We have paid a deposit on the GCI and the GC RSL. Mal Chatfield is still negotiating with TS TYALGUM. I will be taking orders for merchandise eg polo shirts and caps with LEEUWIN insignia embossed. Don’t know the prices as yet, but expect the shirts to be about $35 and the caps around $15. Don’t know the meal costs yet, however, expect them to be slightly dearer than last reunion, I reckon around the $60-$70 a head for the three functions. That price will cover, smally eats on Friday, dinner on Saturday and BBQ lunch on Sunday. Drinks will be at the individual’s cost on each occasion.

Memorabilia – Start thinking about what you have. Old Photos of you and your oppo, Tingira flashes, sporting photos etc. We intend to have a place to display these on the Saturday night.

Recognition – bring your own nametag, make sure it is in big writing so everybody can see the name clearly. Also if you have a business card, either formal or personal, please bring them along, as they come in handy.

We are continuing to have our reunion meetings leading to this reunion at the Catholic Club in Castlereagh St Sydney. The next meeting is scheduled for 1230, 10 March. Again, everybody is welcome. If you are unable to attend but wish to suggest something, please contact me. Your point of view will be represented to the meeting.

If anybody has recently changed or acquired an email address, please let Tom or me know. Additionally, I no longer work full time, so would appreciate if all e-mails addressed to me are forwarded to my home address. Our details are:

Tom Houldsworth

Work 02 4424 3025
e-mail Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Ron Giveen

Home 02 9971 1991
Mobile 0410 529 797
e-mail rugbyron@bigpond.com
address PO Box 137. Dee Why NSW 2099

Till next month.

Cheers


Ron

15 Feb 05




NEWSLETTER NUMBER 8

Welcome,

Vale Pete McVee,

After a long illness Pete passed peacefully away early Wednesday morning, 9 July.

For those that wish to attend , his funeral will commence at 1200 at Berry's Funeral Service on Tuesday 15 July.

His wife Lyn lives at 10 Wall St Norwood SA.

Bob Stupple who provided this information will represent us.

For those that were not aware, we contacted Pete via Lyn in May. Although he knew he couldnt attend, he paid for a dinner at the Gold Coast International on the Saturday night to be there in spirit. He also purchased a cap and a tshirt.

For those that knew him, Pete was a real fighter, he was a person you could trust and rely on. He was a good mate to all that knew him.

The world has lost a good bloke…….

On a separate note Pete was a no fuss person, he stated he did not want flowers, he wished any money be spent on his rememberance be forwarded to ‘The Mary Potter Foundation’ for cancer research. Out of the money left over from the reunion a donation of $60 was made.

State Reps

From our master files, Mal is constructing state address lists. Several people volunteered their services to act as a state coordinator for future reunions. Could these people please confirm their intentions. I know I am missing names of some volunteers however, from memory the contacts were:

WA Tony Zajer
QLD Mal Chatfield
Kev Uttley
NSW Tom Houldsworth
Ron Giveen
VIC Dolly Gray
SA Jim Harris
NT Perry Whitehouse
Dennis Baxter
Tasmania Ken Dobbie



In consultation with state reps, I will produce a questionnaire in respect of future reunions and forward it out in the next newsletter.

The Reunion
Photos

I intend sending a group divisional photo to all who participated via snail mail. These are the only photos I have developed in hard copy. A copy of all the photos I took with my camera has been burnt on a CD. I will burn a copy for anybody that wishes to access these photos via their PC or DVD and post it or alternatively zip the folder and send it to your e-mail address. If you want a CD forwarded please deposit $5 in the Reunion Account or send a cheque to me to cover the cost of the purchase of the CD, packaging and postage and alternatively if you want the zipped copy please just e-mail.

Future Reunions

The concept of the possibility of when, where future reunions could be held was addressed by Mick Gallagher during the weekend giving plenty of options. I think we should work back from 2013 when we should have the 50th reunion in the West. Anyway, do you want to have regular reunions, how often, where, what format. Would you be happy to have a regional reunion in addition to a National one? More on this later.

Memorabilia

For those that ordered at the reunion or just prior to the reunion I have been informed the shirts and caps are expected to be ready approx 8-9 July. I am still receiving inquiries about further orders for tshirts and caps. Due to the demand I will take orders up to 16 July. Please be advised the shirts are ‘generous’ sizes. The cost of the shirts including packaging and posting is $40; a cap is $20. If the cap is ordered with the shirt the extra $5 for postage is not applicable and would cost $15. Anybody wanting anything after this date can forward their order direct to Club Marketing.

Cheers

Ron
Les Allen John Amourous and wife
Geoff Andersen Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Garry Angel Darby and Frances Ashton
Fred Auty and Jean Spurling Mike and Maryanne Aylmer
Brent Balchin Les and Jeanette Barclay
Nev Barry
Dennis Baxter Garry and Helen Blyton
Kev Bock Skull Boden
Max Borthwick Nick Bryant
Warwick Burns Jim Bush
Wayne and Margaret Butterfield Dave and Dawn Cairns
Dave Cargill Lou and Carol Carroll
Ray Cattermole Bob and Sandra Cavanagh
Wayne and Judy Chapman Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Stan and Margaret Church Don and Kathy Churchward
Robert and Annette Clarey Trevor Clark
Neville Coglan Stevan Coll
Roger Collins Wally and Jan Cook
Terry and Helen Dack Russ and Joy Dale
Gordon and Faye Davidson Jack Davy
Kim and Kay Daw Lindon Deane
Errol and Jan Delaney Grant Dernedde
Stu Dewar Tony and JoAnne Di Betta
Ken Dobbie Harry Donsworth (Jim’s Dad)
Gordon Duncan Jeff Dunn
Vic Dzodz Martin and Lyn Edwards
Dennis Elliot Gareth and Phyllis Evans
Dave and Helen Ferguson Ken and Marrilyn Fielding
Glenn and Kate Forno Phil Franklin
Garry Freak Warren and Robyn French
Norm and Narelle Friebe Brian and Linda Frier
Ross and Dianne Fullarton Ronnie and Karen Gall
Mick Gallagher Tony and Robyn Gawn
Rex Geoghegan Darryl Genrich
Dizzy Gillespie and wife Ron and Bev Giveen
Wayne Godenzie Brian Gorringe
Ross and Rodica Gowers John Graves
John Gray John Grenfell
John Grigg Mick Guilfoyle
Tony Gysen Eric and Carol Haggart
David and Helen Haining Mick Haining
Jim Hammond Dave and Lola Hanlon
Daryl Hannant Jim and Gai Harris
Hector Hart Max Hart
Ted Hase John and Lynette Hatchman
Bill and Narelle Hay Rod Hazell
Greg Henderson-Smith Mike Hogan
Brian and Jan Hooper Tom and Val Houldsworth
John and Dominic Hume Terry Hume
Fred Howes Guy Irwin and Jan Taylor
Chris Jamieson Bob Johnson
Pete Johnson Ron and Jean Jones
Neville Jorgensen Allan Kay
Larry and Penny Kent George Kerr
Rod King Terry King
Tom and Carol Kinross Jan Klich
Noel Kropp Trevor Lally
Max Lampo and Anne Fitton Gil Larsson
David and Phyllis Laundon John Law
Russ and Viv Loane Bristles and Lou Lassau
Phil and Denise Longdon Peter Magnuson and wife
Don Mann John McCormack and Dianne Cook
Garry and Helen McGrath Pete McMillan
Pete and Lyn McVee Sandy and Rhonda Michels
John and Luba Miscamble Peter Morley
Don and Ann Muller Ross Muller
Phil and Tracy Narramore Russ Nelson
Chris Neville Darrell and Margaret Nicholson
John Nicholson Annie Oakley
Irish O’leary Bruce and Robynne Oliver
Henry Overmars Peewee Petherick and wife
Scott Pascoe Lambert John and Paula Partington
Roger Pearson Pie and Ros Pieda
Allan and Carol Pike Bob Pollard
Bruce and Christine Pollock Hoss and Judy Potter
Sandy Powell Ron Quetcher
Barrie and Alice Quigley Dave and Gail Quinlan
Ken Railton Brian and Sandra Ramsay
Doug Rasmussen and wife David Rhook
Ian Richards
Mal and Pauline Ritchie Kev Rowland
Merve Semfel Steve Roberts and Shelly Graham-Smith
Terry and Nellie Rogers Chris and Betty Sargeant
Ian and Marian Schubert Eddie and Kathy Sheavils
Mick and Jean Shephard John Shinn
Kev Smith Bryan and Kay Stapley
Gordon Stringer and Anne Heritage Bob and Pat Stupple
Glen and Jennie’ Summerhayes John and LaraineTant
Dan Tiley Selwyn Trott
Reg Turnbull Kev and Larraine Uttley
Bill Vass Peter Walsh
Garry Washbourne Perry and Merja Whitehouse
Derek and Marilyn Whyte Greg Williams
Allan and Margaret Wilson Doug Wilson
Jim and Vicki Wilson Vince Woodward
Ted Worcester Col Yench
Tony and






NEWSLETTER NUMBER 7

Welcome,

The list of names contained in this newsletter contains names of all 1963 JR’s that we are sure we have contact details of. You may be aware there was close on 360 in both intakes, we have 189 in the list and know of 28 deceased. This leaves a lot of blokes unaccounted for. I am assuming, if your name is NOT on this list, you may:
a. not want to be contacted,
b. be overseas or touring this great brown land,
c. not want to participate in reunions or social gatherings,
d. be in goal,
e. are in hospital or maybe have received your final draft,
f. not receiving this newsletter as I have the wrong address, or
g. have contacted one of us and I have stuffed up by not including your name.

To clear things up, anybody that does not have his name on the list, or alternatively, wishes to have his name deleted, please contact me by either e-mail, phone or mail. I will delete the mailing address of all those who do not get in contact, thus saving a lot of wasted money on postage. If you have an e-mail address and receiving a hard copy of this newsletter, please e-mail it to me. While I am on contact details, please let me know if you change your e-mail or postal address.

State Reps

From our master files, Mal is constructing state address lists. Several people volunteered their services to act as a state coordinator for future reunions. Could these people please confirm their intentions. I know I am missing names of some volunteers however, from memory the contacts were:

WA Tony Zajer
QLD Mal Chatfield
Kev Uttley
NSW Tom Houldsworth
Ron Giveen
VIC Dolly Gray
SA Jim Harris

In consultation with state reps, I will produce a questionnaire in respect of future reunions and forward it out in the next newsletter.

The Reunion

What a blast.

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend as we certainly did. We ended up having 194 on the Saturday night and a total of 199 attended at least one of the three assemblies. Brent Balchin, Wally and Jan Cook, Pete McVee and Reg Turnbull all paid but couldn’t attend.

Friday night at the Watermark Hotel was 40 years of ‘channels nights’ come together and most parties partied on for the majority of the night. Quite a few joined forces early in the day as they reccied out the place.
Saturday night was a great success. Mick Gallagher leading from the front kept the night going with his poetry and song. The ode to our departed comrades and the mention of all people who had notified us they could not attend went down well and appear to be appreciated. The four speakers we had were outstanding, Dolly Gray has promised me a copy of his talk to publish at a later date. A lot of people took the trouble to bring their old photos etc in and the display was well attended. We took some photos, ate a really nice meal and got on getting on. Thanks to all those who participated in the auction of the signed photos. The auction then went a little askew when the LEEUWIN lifering went to the hammer. Mal and I were close to cardiac condition Zula Alpha, as that was loaned in good faith from the ship. Good joke for some but not for all. What does stand out though, is the perceived value one of these liferings. I think a bid of $1000 would have been reached. We learnt a few lessons, I think the majority of people would have preferred more dancing and we could have extended by another hour.

Sunday was always going to be a success and it proved to be. The weather was brilliant, we had a very good turn out and, again everybody had a good feed. Thanks a lot to all those that jumped in and helped with the preparation, cooking and cleaning. It was so satisfying to see so many people having a good time and taking the rinse out of each other. Skull’s sign springs readily to mind.

Photos

I intend sending a group divisional photo to all who participated via snail mail. These are the only photos I have developed in hard copy. A copy of all the photos I took with my camera has been burnt on a CD. I will burn a copy for anybody that wishes to access these photos via their PC or DVD and post it or alternatively zip the folder and send it to your e-mail address. If you want a CD forwarded please deposit $5 in the Reunion Account or send a cheque to me to cover the cost of the purchase of the CD, packaging and postage and alternatively if you want the zipped copy please just e-mail.

Future Reunions

The concept of the possibility of when, where future reunions could be held was addressed by Mick Gallagher during the weekend giving plenty of options. I think we should work back from 2013 when we should have the 50th reunion in the West. Anyway, do you want to have regular reunions, how often, where, what format. Would you be happy to have a regional reunion in addition to a National one? More on this later.

Memorabilia

For those that ordered at the reunion or just prior to the reunion I have been informed the shirts and caps are expected to be ready approx 8-9 July. I am still receiving inquiries about further orders for tshirts and caps. Due to the demand I will take orders up to 16 July. Please be advised the shirts are ‘generous’ sizes. The cost of the shirts including packaging and posting is $40; a cap is $20. If the cap is ordered with the shirt the extra $5 for postage is not applicable and would cost $15. Anybody wanting anything after this date can forward their order direct to Club Marketing.

Cheers

Ron
Les Allen John Amourous and wife
Geoff Andersen Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Garry Angel Darby and Frances Ashton
Fred Auty and Jean Spurling Mike and Maryanne Aylmer
Brent Balchin Nev Barry
Dennis Baxter Garry and Helen Blyton
Kev Bock Skull Boden
Max Borthwick Nick Bryant
Warwick Burns Jim Bush
Wayne and Margaret Butterfield Dave and Dawn Cairns
Dave Cargill Lou and Carol Carroll
Ray Cattermole Bob and Sandra Cavanagh
Wayne and Judy Chapman Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Stan and Margaret Church Don and Kathy Churchward
Robert and Annette Clarey Trevor Clark
Neville Coglan Stevan Coll
Roger Collins Wally and Jan Cook
Terry and Helen Dack Russ and Joy Dale
Gordon and Faye Davidson Jack Davy
Kim and Kay Daw Lindon Deane
Errol and Jan Delaney Grant Dernedde
Stu Dewar Tony and JoAnne Di Betta
Ken Dobbie Harry Donsworth (Jim’s Dad)
Gordon Duncan Jeff Dunn
Vic Dzodz Martin and Lyn Edwards
Dennis Elliot Gareth and Phyllis Evans
Dave and Helen Ferguson Ken and Marrilyn Fielding
Glenn and Kate Forno Phil Franklin
Garry Freak Warren and Robyn French
Norm and Narelle Friebe Brian and Linda Frier
Ross and Dianne Fullarton Ronnie and Karen Gall
Mick Gallagher Tony and Robyn Gawn
Rex Geoghegan Darryl Genrich
Dizzy Gillespie and wife Ron and Bev Giveen
Wayne Godenzie Brian Gorringe
Ross and Rodica Gowers John Graves
John Gray John Grenfell
John Grigg Mick Guilfoyle
Tony Gysen Eric and Carol Haggart
David and Helen Haining Mick Haining
Jim Hammond Dave and Lola Hanlon
Daryl Hannant Jim and Gai Harris
Hector Hart Max Hart
Ted Hase John and Lynette Hatchman
Bill and Narelle Hay Rod Hazell
Greg Henderson-Smith Mike Hogan
Brian and Jan Hooper Tom and Val Houldsworth
John and Dominic Hume Terry Hume
Fred Howes Guy Irwin and Jan Taylor
Chris Jamieson Bob Johnson
Pete Johnson Ron and Jean Jones
Neville Jorgensen Allan Kay
Larry and Penny Kent George Kerr
Rod King Terry King
Tom and Carol Kinross Jan Klich
Noel Kropp Trevor Lally
Max Lampo and Anne Fitton Gil Larsson
David and Phyllis Laundon John Law
Russ and Viv Loane Bristles and Lou Lassau
Phil and Denise Longdon Peter Magnuson and wife
Don Mann John McCormack and Dianne Cook
Garry and Helen McGrath Pete McMillan
Pete and Lyn McVee Sandy and Rhonda Michels
John and Luba Miscamble Peter Morley
Don and Ann Muller Ross Muller
Phil and Tracy Narramore Russ Nelson
Chris Neville Darrell and Margaret Nicholson
John Nicholson Annie Oakley
Irish O’leary Bruce and Robynne Oliver
Henry Overmars Peewee Petherick and wife
Scott Pascoe Lambert John and Paula Partington
Roger Pearson Pie and Ros Pieda
Allan and Carol Pike Bob Pollard
Bruce and Christine Pollock Hoss and Judy Potter
Sandy Powell Ron Quetcher
Barrie and Alice Quigley Dave and Gail Quinlan
Ken Railton Brian and Sandra Ramsay
David Rhook Ian Richards
Mal and Pauline Ritchie Kev Rowland
Merve Semfel Steve Roberts and Shelly Graham-Smith
Terry and Nellie Rogers Chris and Betty Sargeant
Ian and Marian Schubert Eddie and Kathy Sheavils
Mick and Jean Shephard John Shinn
Kev Smith Bryan and Kay Stapley
Gordon Stringer and Anne Heritage Bob and Pat Stupple
Glen and Jennie’ Summerhayes John and LaraineTant
Dan Tiley Selwyn Trott
Reg Turnbull Kev and Larraine Uttley
Bill Vass Peter Walsh
Garry Washbourne Perry and Merja Whitehouse
Derek and Marilyn Whyte Greg Williams
Allan and Margaret Wilson Doug Wilson
Jim and Vicki Wilson Vince Woodward
Ted Worcester Col Yench
Tony and Gay Zajer Patrick Zegenhagen and wife






NEWSLETTER NUMBER 6

Welcome,

Vale Bill Arthur, I received this email on 26 May 2003
Good morning Ron,
You recently sent an invitation this reunion to my husband, William (Bill) Arthur. Unfortunately, I regret to advise that Bill passed away on 2 April 2003.
regards,
Wendy Paton

As you can see by the list of attendees on the following page the response has been fantastic. Each division should be well represented. We are still very confident some of the ‘confirmed and not paid’ and ‘unsure’ XJR’s will make it. The hit rate on our last big mail out was very encouraging, I think we have at least twenty of these blokes and partners attending. We would have had a lot more if we had given them more lead time. Since then, Gordon Davison has spent another two days on the electoral roll microfische and gathered some more names and addresses.

What has been really satisfying was the response of these people who could not make the weekend or any part of it. They have taken the time to contact us, telling us of their unavailability and wishing to be remembered to their mates on the night.

To business. Important. We need your confirmation money by Wednesday 4 June. For those that havent done so, please bank the money in the Westpac account by then. Bev, my wife and I will be leaving Sydney on Tuesday 3 June and will not be collecting mail from 2 June until after the reunion. My mobile number for late attendees is 0410 529 797.

Details

About 1700 Friday

ZA BA Ice breaker

Watermark Hotel cnr Gold Coast Highway
And Hamilton Ave
3032 Gold Coast Hway
Surfers Paradise
07 5588 8333
07 5504 5559

1900 for 1930 Saturday Dinner

Dress smart casual.
Ball Room foyer

International Cnr Gold Coast Hway & Staghorn Ave
Surfers Paradise





About 1130 Sunday Farewell BBQ lunch

TS TYALGUM Sea World Drive
Main Beach
Nth of Surfer’s

On Friday night name tags and memorabilia will be available for collection. Those that are not attending will be able to collect theirs on either Saturday night or Sunday. The photos we bought from Bill Mudd (the official LEEUWIN photographer of the 60-80’s) will be available for signature. Unfortunately he did not have the Divisional photo negatives available of the 7th intake, so we were only able to buy the 6th. We do have a few photos of large numbers of us at both graduation balls. It is intended to have all these photos signed by all those that are attending and auctioned on Saturday night.

Also suggest you bring either your address book, business cards or self addressed envelopes to give to your mates. I intend to make up a business card at one of the vending machines.

Friday is also a good time to bring your old photos etc that you want displayed on the Saturday night memorabilia table. This will give us a bit of time to sort them out and stick them up prior to the dinner. You may also wish to bring your old Divisional photo and have it signed. (Up to you)

Saturday night programme is all about us getting together. We will however, have a few breaks from the gabfest during the night, there will be an MC who will look after proceedings (Mick Gallagher). Mick has organised a key board player to help him get through the evening. Dave Cairns will be our resident auctioneer to dispose of the framed signed photos. We intend to take photographs of the respective JR Divisions during the night. Mal is making up the Divisional signs. We will need plenty of help and cooperation to organise these, so stand by.

Don’t forget to sign the attendance register we will have in the foyer. Please include your name and address and if you have one, an e-mail address.

In the ball room, we have hired a jukebox with 60’s music programmed. We are also purchasing some ‘LEEUWIN’ drink coasters to mark the occasion.

Volunteers are needed to either recite poetry or recount a life experience relevant to a 1963 Junior Recruit (truth is not and should not be a barrier). These sessions should not be more than 5 minutes. We have one volunteer and one pressed man (sorry Dolly) at this stage but am looking for lots more. Please contact Tom, Mal or myself as early as possible if you are a volunteer or you know someone who should be a volunteer.

Sunday, for those that can make it will be the farewell BBQ. As mentioned previously the money for the food has been donated, drinks are byo at this stage. There is however, a gold coin donation for the use of the cadet premises at TS TYALGUM.

Some of you may know Russ Graystone. He is the webmaster of a privately run Navy website called ‘gunplot’. It was through this forum that we started our advertising for this reunion. For those that havent visited this site, I strongly recommend you do, as you will not be disappointed.

Since going in to print on the last newsletters we have ordered 30 Ball caps to be sold at $15 each. As I go to print this time there are currently 22 unordered. Additionally there are 7 medium and 4 large polo shirts still available. You can still contact me and order these if you like. What is left over from the orders will be taken to the Watermark and sold on a first come first served basis. For those that wish to order larger or smaller sizes, this can be organised. Unfortunately, they will not be ready for the reunion and will cost an additional $10 an order to cover the padded bag and postage.

Attending and paid * means has paid for memorabilia

John Amourous and wife Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Darby and Frances Ashton* Fred Auty and Jean Spurling*
Mike and Maryanne Aylmer* Nev Barry*
Skull Boden Jim Bush*
Wayne and Margaret Butterfield* Dave and Dawn Cairns
Lou and Carol Carroll Bob and Sandra Cavanagh *
Mal and Robyn Chatfield* Wayne and Judy Chapman
Stan and Margaret Church Don and Kathy Churchward
Robert and Annette Clarey Terry and Helen Dack*
Russ and Joy Dale Gordon and Faye Davidson*
Kim and Kay Daw Errol and Jan Delaney
Tony and JoAnne Di Betta and Victoria Archer*
Jeff Dunn* Vic Dzodz*
Martin and Lyn Edwards Gareth and Phyllis Evans
Ken and Marrilyn Fielding Glenn and Kate Forno*
Phil Franklin Warren and Robyn French*
Norm and Narelle Friebe Brian and Linda Frier
Ross and Dianne Fullarton* Tony and Robyn Gawne
Dizzy Gillespie and wife* Ron and Bev Giveen*
Brian Gorringe Ross and Rodica Gowers*
John Gray John Grenfell*
Eric and Carol Haggart* Dave and Lola Hanlon
Daryl Hannant Jim and Gai Harris*
Ted Hase John and Lynette Hatchman*
Bill and Narelle Hay Mike Hogan*
Brian and Jan Hooper* Tom and Val Houldsworth*
John and Dominic Hume Terry Hume*
Guy Irwin and Jan Taylor Pete Johnson
Ron and Jean Jones* Larry and Penny Kent
Tom and Carol Kinross* Jan Klich*
Noel Kropp Max Lampo and Anne Fitton
David and Phyllis Laundon* Russ and Viv Loane
Phil and Denise Longdon* Peter Magnuson and wife
John McCormack and Dianne Cook* Garry and Helen McGrath
Sandy and Rhonda Michels John and Luba Miscamble*
Don and Ann Muller Phil and Tracy Narramore*
Darrell and Margaret Nicholson Pie Pieda*
Allan and Carol Pike Bob Pollard
Barrie and Alice Quigley Dave and Gail Quinlan
Ken Railton Brian and Sandra Ramsay*
Ian Richards Steve Roberts and Shelly Graham-Smith
Terry and Nellie Rogers Chris and Betty Sargeant*
Ian and Marian Schubert Eddie and Kathy Sheavils
Mick and Jean Shephard* Kev Smith
Bryan and Kay Stapley* Gordon Stringer and Anne Heritage*
Bob and Pat Stupple* Glen and Jennie’ Summerhayes
John and LaraineTant Kev and Larraine Uttley
Bill Vass*
Peter Walsh* Perry and Merja Whitehouse*
Derek and Marilyn Whyte Allan and Margaret Wilson*
Doug Wilson Jim and Vicki Wilson
Tony and Gay Zajer* Patrick Zegenhagen and wife
Garry and Helen Blyton Mick Gallagher
Tony Gysen Bristles and Lou Lassau
Peewee Petherick and wife David Rhook

Paid but not attending Brett Balchin Wally Cook Reg Turnbull Pete McVee

The following people have confirmed their attendance but have not paid.

Jack Davy David and Helen Haining

Attending Watermark on Friday only

Scott Pascoe Lambert Vince Woodward

Attending BBQ on Sunday only

Geoff Andersen Col Yench Georg Kerr Rod King Scott Pascoe Lambert

Unsure

Les Allen Roger Collins Garry Freak Rod Hazell Greg Henderson-Smith Bob Johnson Pete McMillan Chris Neville Bruce Pollock LC Wright

Unable to attend

Garry Angel Brett Balchin** Dennis Baxter Kev Bock Max Borthwick Nick Bryant Warwick Burns Dave Cargill Ray Cattermole Trevor Clark Neville Coglan Stevan Coll Wally and Jan Cook ** Grant Dernedde Ken Dobbie Gordon Duncan Lindon Deane Stu Dewar Harry Donsworth (Jim’s Dad)* Dennis Elliot Dave and Helen Ferguson Ronnie and Karen Gall Darryl Genrich Rex Geoghegan Wayne Godenzie John Graves John Grigg Mick Guilfoyle Mick Haining Jim Hammond Max Hart Fred Howes Chris Jamieson Neville Jorgensen Allan Kay Terry King Trevor Lally Gil Larsson John Law Don Mann Peter McVee Peter Morley Ross Muller Russ Nelson John Nicholson Annie Oakley Irish O’leary Henry Overmars Bruce and Robynne Oliver John and Paula Partington Roger Pearson Hoss and Judy Potter Sandy Powell Ron Quetcher Mal Ritchie Kev Rowland Merve Semfel John Shinn Dan Tiley* Selwyn Trott Reg Turnbull Garry Washbourne Greg Williams Ted Worcester


Seeyathere,


Ron

26 May 03













Welcome, NEWSLETTER NO 5 9 May 03

I did send an e-mail at the time, however, for those who were not contacted it is my sad duty to tell you of the passing of Robin Russell. Robin passed away in Canberra on 10 April. Additionally, although not in our intakes it is equally sad to report the death of Lance (Junior) Kempster in the same week. Junior paid off as a Chief Starvo. Vale Robin and Lance.

Only a month to go.

The big news for us all is that we have obtained about another hundred addresses and we are in the process of contacting these blokes.

The attendance list continues to grow, currently there are 117 people who have paid or made a deposit to attend the dinner. I expect many more now we have sent out the additional 100 letters. I have included an * for those who have sent money for memorabilia.

We intend supplying name tags for the function, so could those that have not provided their wife’s christian name please do so by the most convenient means.

John Amourous and wife Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Darby and Frances Ashton* Fred Auty*
Mike Aylmer and wife Brett Balchin**
Nev Barry* Skull Boden
Jim Bush* Dave Cairns and wife
Bob Cavanagh and wife* Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Wayne and Judy Chapman Stan and Margaret Church
Don and Kathy Churchward Wally Cook and wife**
Terry and Helen Dack* Russ and Joy Dale
Gordon Davidson and wife* Tony Di Betta wife and girlfriend*
Jeff Dunn* Vic Dzodz*
Martin and Lyn Edwards Ken Fielding and wife
Glenn Forno and wife* Phil Franklin
Warren and Robyn French* Norm Friebe and wife
Dizzy Gillespie and wife* Ron and Bev Giveen
John Grenfell* Dave and Lola Hanlon
Daryl Hannant John Hatchman
Bill Hay Mike Hogan*
Tom and Val Houldsworth* Terry Hume
Tom and Carol Kinross* Jan Klich*
Phil and Denise Longdon* John McCormack and wife*
Sandy Michels John and Luba Miscamble*
Don and Ann Muller Phil Narramore and wife*
Darrell and Margaret Nicholson Bruce and Robynne Oliver
Pie Pieda* Barry and Alice Quigley
Dave and Gail Quinlan Ian Richards
Buck Rogers and wife Chris Sargeant and wife
Ian and Marian Schubert Eddie and Kathy Sheavils
Mick and Jean Shephard* Bryan and Kay Stapley
Gordon Stringer and Anne Heritage* Bob and Pat Stupple*
John and LaraineTant Dan Tiley*
Reg Turnbull Peter Walsh*
Derek and Marilyn Whyte Doug Wilson
Tug and Vicki Wilson Tony Zajer and wife*
Patrick Zegenhagen and wife

The following people have confirmed their attendance but have not paid.

Garry Angel Garry Blyton Jack Davy
Harry Donsworth (Jim’s Dad) Mick Gallagher Brian Gorringe
John Grigg Tony Gysen (deposit) Ted Hase (dept)
Narelle Hay John and Dominic Hume Fred Howes
Guy Irwin Russ Loone Rhonda Michels
Peewee Petherick Hoss Potter Ken Railton
Steve Roberts John Shinn Kev Smith
Bill Vass

Attending Watermark on Friday only

Vince Woodward

Attending BBQ on Sunday only

Col Yench

Unsure

Les Allen Ray Cattermole* Roger Collins Terry Coulthard
Garry Freak Ronnie Gall John Gray Rod Hazell
Greg Henderson-Smith Bob Johnson Larry Kent
Ben Kropp Muscles Lassau Pete McMillan Pete Magnuson
Russ Nelson Chris Neville Annie Oakley Bruce Pollock
Sandy Powell Kevin Smith LC Wright

Unable to attend

Warwick Burns Dave Cargill Trevor Clark Gordon Duncan
Dave and Helen Ferguson Wayne Godenzie Mick Guilfoyle Mick Haining Jim Hammond Ron Jones Terry King Don Mann Peter Morley
Mal Ritchie Kev Rowland Merve Semfel


Reminders

The idea of this reunion was based on the lies we told about how good we were and what we did at LEEUWIN in 1963. Don’t forget the theme.

Watermark Hotel at ZA BA Friday afternoon assembling around 1700 (self funded)
Gold Coast International 1900 for 1930 dress smart casual negs medals, ribbons and ties (cost of dinner $50 a head – self funded drinks)
TS TYALGUM. Sunday lunch commencing around 1200 (byo drinks – meal funded by benevolent benefactor)
We have to give the final numbers to the International on Wednesday 4 June. Remember if you cancel after that date, you lose your money.

Memorabilia,

The right time to order has been and gone. We have ordered 18 extra shirts total in sizes M, L and XL. We have also ordered an additional 19 coffee mugs. These will be available at the Watermark on Friday. For those who these please contact me ASAP with sizes. I can put further orders in for shirts. At this time the supplier tells me there is a 17 day lead time. Mal can also order more mugs if necessary.

And finally for those who have lost them. Our contact numbers etc and payment details.

Tom Houldsworth (Work) 02 4424 3025
E-mail Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Mal Chatfield (Work) 0418 156 576
(home) 07 5502 8896
E-mail mrchat@ozemail.com.au

Ron Giveen (work) 02 9377 2858
(home) 02 9971 1991
mobile 0410 529 797
E-mail Ron.Giveen@defence.gov.au
E-mail rugbyron@bigpond.com.au
Address PO Box 137
Dee Why NSW 2099

The banking details are:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account the following procedure is required, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number.
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099

Finally,

It has taken us forty years to get this show on the road – do yourself a favour and don’t miss the opportunity on catching up on your mates and telling a few lies about 1963.

Please try to make at least one of the get togethers.

See you on the Gold Coast in June.

Cheers


Ron





40th Reunion Newsletter No 2



















Intakes 6 and 7

Welcome,

The Friday night meeting place hasn’t been settled as yet, however the Sunday bar-b-cue will be held at TS TYALGUM.

We would like you to help us contact the 1963 Divisional Staff. Do you have CPOGI Ian Mintern Lane’s, Lieutenant Hec Donohue’s, LSCD Harry Bingham, PO Stan Tyson, LEUT Ken Railton, and Leut Anderson’s, plus the many other Instructor or Divisional Staff details. There were at least 31 Training and Divisional Staff. Additionally, the sponsors would be welcome. They would come under the same terms of entry to the dinner as us.

We have not sent out e-mail or mail addresses intentionally with the Newsletter. This is because we were concerned somebody may object to their details being publicised. Would you have any objections to having your address and/or phone numbers passed to other members? Until advised otherwise I will not include the details of those who have not given their permission.

A few things to clean up. Wives, spouses, partners etc are welcome. It will cost an additional $50.00.

The accommodation Tom Houldsworth and I are staying at is at Burleigh Heads not Miami. We have been charged $350 for the double for the week. We were put onto this by Resort Promoter Mr Steve Lakidis tele 0411 570 957 or 0734 204 104. I have since spoken to him and he has indicated he has accommodation available at 5 nights for $199 for a double. I am not trying to promote him, rather to give people who know nought about the Gold Coast like me, a contact number.

I have also spoken to Wayne (Skull) Boden, he is living at the Palm Beach Mobile Home Tourist Park, he has indicated there are vacancies at the park. He also indicated he has a few spaces available in his place and would welcome starters. His contact number is 0755 354 459.

The telephone number of the International Hotel is 07 5584 1200.

Memorabilia

Start thinking about what you have. Old photos of you and your oppo, Tingira flashes, sporting photos etc. We intend to have a place to display these on the Saturday night.

I have contacted the photographer who took the Divisional pics in 63. I intend, on behalf of both intakes, obtaining a copy of each, having them framed and then having them auctioned on the night.

Mal is arranging a mug with an appropriate design on it for sale.

Who remembers what our first Short Leave Pass as a JR2 looks like? I will bring mine.

Just to set thing straight, all monies made out of the auction, (mugs will be sold at cost price or subsided by your deposit) and balance of monies received will be used on the weekend at the bar-b-cue and failing that donated to TS TYALGUM or a nominated charity.

The following people have confirmed their attendance vide payment

Tom and Val Houldsworth
Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Doug Wilson
Dave Quinlan
Ian and Marian Schubert
Ron and Bev Giveen
Russ and Joy Dale
Don and K Churchward

We are obliged to pay a 10% deposit by 1 Mar to confirm the booking. It would help if we knew the numbers. Could those who haven’t indicated their attendance to either Mal, Tom or me please contact me my return e-mail, snail mail or phone call. Deposit to the account would confirm your attendance. To this end I would like to reiterate the banking details:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account the following procedure is required, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number.
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099

Networking

We have now had direct contact with 87 and have indirect contact with another 19 from both intakes. The reception we have received so far has been great, remember if you are going to contact a mate, do it sooner, rather than later to give him more time to make arrangements to turn up. Incidentally we have only had one of our intake that has indicated he would be unable to make the weekend. Tom is going to work on that.

We still need a hand to contact everybody. Could all those who receive this please think extra hard and contact one of their old mates.

Our contact numbers are:

Tom Houldsworth

Work: 02 44243025
E-mail: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Mal Chatfield

Work: 07 5591 6050
Mobile: 0418 156 576
E-mail: mrchat@ozemail.com.au

Ron Giveen

Work: 02 9377 2858
Home: 02 9971 1991
Mobile: 0410 529797

E-mail: Ron.Giveen@defence.gov.au

THE ‘WARRIE’ (War-Story)
AND ASSOCIATED SAFETY FACTORS

For something that occurs as often as they do, it seems very little is known about precautions to be observed whilst listening to a “warrie”. Quite simply they can be divided into three easy to remember classes – A, B and C.
CLASS C

The most commonly spun Warrie is class C. These can, and do, occur almost anywhere. Class C Warries contain such things as “How drunk I was last night”, “How many fights I won”, “How many women/men I picked up” etc. etc.
IMMEDIATE ACTION DRILL: These Waries can be handled by anyone of Able Seamen rank or above. Some simple replies to Class C Warries are: Bullshit!
Fair Dinkum!
F_ _ _ Off!
That last pipe was for you.

CLASS B

Nowhere near as dangerous as Class A, but should still be handled with caution. These Warries are about “ How big the swell was” , “ How the ‘Wang’ used to be” , “How fast the ship used to go”,
“How many rounds we fired” or “How many rounds per minute we used to fire”.
IMMEDIATE ACTION: Don anti-flash and try to black-cat the Warrie yourself. If the Warrie continues to gain in strength (higher the bullshit content) leave the scene and pipe all
Three Badgemen to the scene.
Be wary of class B Warries whilst on the grog – too much alcohol can turn a fairly harmless Class B Warrie into an out of control Class A.
Where do Class B’s occur? Flight Decks, Quarter Decks, After Heads, Ships Laundry, and Non combatants Rec. Spaces.

CLASS A

These are by far the most dangerous of any Warrie. They do not occur very often, but when they do make sure you stay well away.
How do you know if you are caught in a Class A Warrie? These are Warries that have anything to do with aircraft carriers, the Navy before bunks were fitted and Indian Ocean deployments.
IMMEDIATE ACTION: Leave the scene. Do not attempt to beat the Warrie yourself. Pipe the most senior member of the ship’s company to the scene. Rope off the area to a distance of seven meters and post duty watch as sentries.
Where do Class A Warries occur? Senior Sailors Messes.

REMEMBER YOUR WARRIE TRIANGLE: REMOVAL OF ANY ONE OF THESE THREE WILL DESTROY THE WARRIE.

ORIGINAL STORY BULLSHIT


ALCOHOL

NB: Gulf Warries will not qualify as Class A for at least 18 years!




Cheers

Ron Giveen

28 Feb 03







40th Reunion Newsletter No 3



















Intakes 6 and 7

Welcome,

An update on the programme.

Friday 6 June
For those that want to get together on the Friday afternoon/night we have a watering hole. Mal Chatfield and Skull Boden have done a Sherlock Holmes on the Watermark Hotel. We thought we could meet at 1630 – 1700 approx at the ‘ZA BA’. The pub is located at 3032 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise and can handle large numbers of lost souls.

Saturday 7 June
The initial deposit has been paid. To add a little colour to the Saturday evening an invitation is extended to all those that may have a story to tell about LEEUWIN in 1963. A prize will be given. Please don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Sunday 8 June
The B-B-Q is still being organised.

Networking
Has been terrific we now have positive communication with a lot more blokes. I have included again the list as I see it. To my knowledge, the bods in lilac (purple) have not been in touch with either Mal, Tom or myself. Very happy to correct the list.


Attending
The following people have paid for the Saturday night dinner at the International Hotel. The list is in surname alphabetical order and is up to date as of 28 March.

John Amourous and wife
Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Fred Auty
Brett Balchin
Nev Barry
Skull Boden
Bob Cavanagh and wife
Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Wayne and Judy Chapman
Stan and Margaret Church
Don and Kathy Churchward
Terry and Helen Dack
Russ and Joy Dale
Gordon Davidson and wife
Ken Fielding and wife
Glenn Forno and wife
Norm Friebe and wife
Ron and Bev Giveen
Dave and Lola Hanlon
John Hatchman
Mike Hogan
Tom and Val Houldsworth
Tom and Carol Kinross
Don and Ann Muller
Bruce and Robynne Oliver
Barry and Alice Quigley
Dave and Gail Quinlan
Buck Rogers and wife
Ian and Marian Schubert
Eddie and Kathy Sheavils
Bryan and Kay Stapley
John Tant
Reg Turnbull
Doug Wilson

The following people have confirmed their attendance but have not paid.

Derby Ashton and wife
Ray Cattermole
Ron Gall
Ted Hase
Bill Hay and wife
Guy Irwin
Don Mann maybe wife
Pie Pieda
Mal Ritchie
John Shinn
Kev Smith
Tug and Vicki Wilson

Accommodation
Walked past ‘Flight Centre’ last week, they had fares from Sydney to the Gold Coast for $200 return and accommodation at $26 a night as a package deal. They are now advertising flights for $85 from Sydney to the Gold Coast.

Other web sites are www.queenslandgoldcoast.com/
www.wotif.com.au
www.needitnow.com.au
www.lastminute.com












We would like to get expressions of interest whether you would like a ‘rugby knit’ collared polo neck tshirt with a pocket containing the above LEEUWIN logo embroidered on it. The colour would be royal blue. ‘Rugby knit’ is the heavy poly cotton type of shirt that should not need ironing.

I have received one quote of approx $30.00 a unit for 50. Would be happy to hear from anybody who has contacts in the rag trade where we could get a better deal. Saying that, in principle would you like a tshirt.

Additionally, a mug with a similar logo has being produced which will cost $15 a hit.

I hope to get the proofs from the LEEUWIN photographer and display them. You will be able to liaise direct with the photographer for a reprint.

I have included an order form as an additional page to this newsletter.

LEEUWIN history
Received this message from Paul Kerr.

Ron, I was DFLO from Feb 2000 to Jan 2002.

As you may or may not know, I am researching and writing on the history of Leeuwin. I started a couple of years ago, but pussers sent me on a long and involved course, and I had to stop for a while.

Well, I'm back into it now, and am looking for some pictures of Leeuwin in the 60's. Not particularly of people, but of the depot itself. The buildings etc.

Can you help

Best of luck with your reunion - I was invited to the 2nd Intakes 40th in 2001. They had a great time - I felt a bit like a shag on a rock.

Would you cast my request to your fellow ex-JRs?

Regards

Paul’s email address is: crucial@legalresearch.com.au

and postal address is PO Box 4153
Denistone East, NSW 2112

Another ditty
Author unknown

I joined in the days when being Jack was fun
He'd step in DB's and Levis for another great run
A Seiko on his wrist and Winnies in his pocket
Adrift the next morning and another great rocket.

A few beers down at Rockers then up to the Sh it-Fight
Across to TTs and VRs to finish the night
Stagger down Macleay for a pizza at Pete's
A maggotty at Harry's and the night was complete.

Next day back onboard with a head that was sore
He'd open his wallet and check out the score
He remembers last night as stand easy comes round
In the mess with a brew warries abound.

He would step with messmates a fine bunch of jacks
They protect each other watch each other's backs
He didn't need RA no need for a wife
With so many mates he loved his mess life.

The fun out at sea with games nights and the like
Boxing on the uppers or a Melbourne Cup night
When crossing the line the bears they would hunt
No bitching from Jack with sump on his rump.

He'd sail off to Asia as one of our best
After a night in Honkers and have tats on his chest
Then over to Subic and off to Manila
Down the Roxas Boulevard life was a thriller.

He'd run down the 'Wang and eat crab with old Moe
Drink bottles of Anchor on the 'Wang patio
Then thunder into town as the night wasn't complete
'til he did the flamers and saw the sunrise over Bugis Street.

He'd deploy to the IO to work with the Yanks
Go ashore in Mombasa and play sunshine bar pranks
He'd visit India and Ceylon but the Seychelles were the best
The European tourist showing him their bare chest.

He stayed out of trouble got promoted through the ranks
Commissioned an FFG and had fun with the Yanks
He got drunk in Tijuana toured the West Coast
But Las Vegas was the place that he loved the most.

The Gulf War came along and DC was now back
Probans and steel caps, no more sandals for Jack
Then females at sea time to adjust his demeanour
He's no longer looked after by those who are senior.

Then he had reviews, TTP, SCRS, RANCIS and SCRIT
I don't think there's a Jack not affected a bit
When will they stop and leave poor Jack alone
Years from now, do they want a clone?

The times they are a changin' now we're politically correct
The Jack dear to us all is virtually wrecked
He can't watch his blueys or spin warries in the Mess
Can't swear when in public or drink to excess.

Jack will soon be a memory to bring out once a year
To march on ANZAC Day and acknowledge the cheers
He'll still spin his warries add a bit to each tale
To ensure to his listeners that they never become stale.

But don't feel despondent please don't despair
'Cause I am still Jack inside and I really do care
I was lucky enough and feel privileged to say
I was an Australian Jack and I won't fade away.

















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40th Reunion Newsletter No 2





















Intakes 6 and 7

Welcome,

The Friday night meeting place hasn’t been settled as yet, however the Sunday bar-b-cue will be held at TS TYALGUM.

We would like you to help us contact the 1963 Divisional Staff. Do you have CPOGI Ian Mintern Lane’s, Lieutenant Hec Donohue’s, LSCD Harry Bingham, PO Stan Tyson, LEUT Ken Railton, and Leut Anderson’s, plus the many other Instructor or Divisional Staff details. There were at least 31 Training and Divisional Staff. Additionally, the sponsors would be welcome. They would come under the same terms of entry to the dinner as us.

We have not sent out e-mail or mail addresses intentionally with the Newsletter. This is because we were concerned somebody may object to their details being publicised. Would you have any objections to having your address and/or phone numbers passed to other members? Until advised otherwise I will not include the details of those who have not given their permission.

A few things to clean up. Wives, spouses, partners etc are welcome. It will cost an additional $50.00.

The accommodation Tom Houldsworth and I are staying at is at Burleigh Heads not Miami. We have been charged $350 for the double for the week. We were put onto this by Resort Promoter Mr Steve Lakidis tele 0411 570 957 or 0734 204 104. I have since spoken to him and he has indicated he has accommodation available at 5 nights for $199 for a double. I am not trying to promote him, rather to give people who know nought about the Gold Coast like me, a contact number.

I have also spoken to Wayne (Skull) Boden, he is living at the Palm Beach Mobile Home Tourist Park, he has indicated there are vacancies at the park. He also indicated he has a few spaces available in his place and would welcome starters. His contact number is 0755 354 459.

The telephone number of the International Hotel is 07 5584 1200.

Memorabilia

Start thinking about what you have. Old photos of you and your oppo, Tingira flashes, sporting photos etc. We intend to have a place to display these on the Saturday night.

I have contacted the photographer who took the Divisional pics in 63. I intend, on behalf of both intakes, obtaining a copy of each, having them framed and then having them auctioned on the night.

Mal is arranging a mug with an appropriate design on it for sale.

Who remembers what our first Short Leave Pass as a JR2 looks like? I will bring mine.

Just to set thing straight, all monies made out of the auction, (mugs will be sold at cost price or subsided by your deposit) and balance of monies received will be used on the weekend at the bar-b-cue and failing that donated to TS TYALGUM or a nominated charity.

The following people have confirmed their attendance vide payment

Tom and Val Houldsworth
Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Doug Wilson
Dave Quinlan
Ian and Marian Schubert
Ron and Bev Giveen
Russ and Joy Dale
Don and K Churchward

We are obliged to pay a 10% deposit by 1 Mar to confirm the booking. It would help if we knew the numbers. Could those who haven’t indicated their attendance to either Mal, Tom or me please contact me my return e-mail, snail mail or phone call. Deposit to the account would confirm your attendance. To this end I would like to reiterate the banking details:

ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account the following procedure is required, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number.
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099

Networking

We have now had direct contact with 87 and have indirect contact with another 19 from both intakes. The reception we have received so far has been great, remember if you are going to contact a mate, do it sooner, rather than later to give him more time to make arrangements to turn up. Incidentally we have only had one of our intake that has indicated he would be unable to make the weekend. Tom is going to work on that.

We still need a hand to contact everybody. Could all those who receive this please think extra hard and contact one of their old mates.

Our contact numbers are:

Tom Houldsworth

Work: 02 44243025
E-mail: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Mal Chatfield

Work: 07 5591 6050
Mobile: 0418 156 576
E-mail: mrchat@ozemail.com.au

Ron Giveen

Work: 02 9377 2858
Home: 02 9971 1991
Mobile: 0410 529797

E-mail: Ron.Giveen@defence.gov.au

THE ‘WARRIE’ (War-Story)
AND ASSOCIATED SAFETY FACTORS

For something that occurs as often as they do, it seems very little is known about precautions to be observed whilst listening to a “warrie”. Quite simply they can be divided into three easy to remember classes – A, B and C.
CLASS C

The most commonly spun Warrie is class C. These can, and do, occur almost anywhere. Class C Warries contain such things as “How drunk I was last night”, “How many fights I won”, “How many women/men I picked up” etc. etc.
IMMEDIATE ACTION DRILL: These Waries can be handled by anyone of Able Seamen rank or above. Some simple replies to Class C Warries are: Bullshit!
Fair Dinkum!
F_ _ _ Off!
That last pipe was for you.

CLASS B

Nowhere near as dangerous as Class A, but should still be handled with caution. These Warries are about “ How big the swell was” , “ How the ‘Wang’ used to be” , “How fast the ship used to go”,
“How many rounds we fired” or “How many rounds per minute we used to fire”.
IMMEDIATE ACTION: Don anti-flash and try to black-cat the Warrie yourself. If the Warrie continues to gain in strength (higher the bullshit content) leave the scene and pipe all
Three Badgemen to the scene.
Be wary of class B Warries whilst on the grog – too much alcohol can turn a fairly harmless Class B Warrie into an out of control Class A.
Where do Class B’s occur? Flight Decks, Quarter Decks, After Heads, Ships Laundry, and Non combatants Rec. Spaces.

CLASS A

These are by far the most dangerous of any Warrie. They do not occur very often, but when they do make sure you stay well away.
How do you know if you are caught in a Class A Warrie? These are Warries that have anything to do with aircraft carriers, the Navy before bunks were fitted and Indian Ocean deployments.
IMMEDIATE ACTION: Leave the scene. Do not attempt to beat the Warrie yourself. Pipe the most senior member of the ship’s company to the scene. Rope off the area to a distance of seven meters and post duty watch as sentries.
Where do Class A Warries occur? Senior Sailors Messes.

REMEMBER YOUR WARRIE TRIANGLE: REMOVAL OF ANY ONE OF THESE THREE WILL DESTROY THE WARRIE.

ORIGINAL STORY BULLSHIT


ALCOHOL

NB: Gulf Warries will not qualify as Class A for at least 18 years!




Cheers

Ron Giveen

28 Feb 03









40th Reunion Newsletter



















Intakes 6 and 7

Welcome,

The reunion is a goer for the 7th June on the Gold Coast. The restaurant has been booked and a format has been programmed. Get to say g’day on the Friday evening, have an informal dinner on Saturday night, then a farewell bar-b-cue on the Sunday afternoon to plan the next get together.

The Saturday night function will be held at Gold Coast International Hotel. It will be a buffet style meal. Drinks will be the individual responsibility.

Deposits are needed to confirm these bookings and more importantly to confirm who is going to attend.

Now is the time to confirm your attendance. The cost of the function will be $50 per head, $10 will be non-refundable if you are unable to attend. We have an account with Westpac, which requires Mal Chatfield and myself to sign the withdrawal forms. The details of the Account are ITF:1963 REUNION HMAS LEEUWIN BSB/ACCT NO 032003 307469 To positively identify who deposits money into this account the following procedure is required, either:

a. Go to a Westpac Bank use a standard deposit slip include the above account details plus fill in the box which contains the Auxiliary Serial number with your service number preceded by a zero (eg 093840), and in the Transaction Code box include the number 60.
b. Use the net, in the Payments, pay anyone pages, there is a description box, please insert the six numbers of your service number.
c. Send a cheque to Ron Giveen, PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099
Accommodation, of course is your responsibility, I have booked a unit in Miami for $50 a double a night for 7 days. Don’t know the availability of any further vacancies or otherwise but the details for what its worth are:

07 55762877 web address www.aussieresort.com.au. They also look after the Grande Florida beachside resort, which is next door, that is the Army's new welfare holiday accommodation www.defence.gov.au/army/aaf.

There is accommodation in the International Hotel, which costs $135 per night or $166 per night with breakfast for two people. Please contact Mal Chatfield if you require contacts for alternative accommodation.

This is IMPORTANT

We, that is Tom Houldsworth, Mal Chatfield and myself have continued to network to spread the word, however we are slowing down, we need more contacts and we need them pronto. We are advertising in Veteran’s Magazines and Navy News, including of course ‘Gunplot’. It is important that as many as possible attend, however, it is more important that everybody who was in the 6th and 7th intake be given the opportunity to turn up. Please try and contact your old mates, give them the details of the function, let us know what you have done and get them to contact either of the three of us. Email or snail mail addresses with telephone numbers please.

Our contact numbers are:

Tom Houldsworth

Work: 02 44243025
Email: Tom.Houldsworth@defence.gov.au

Mal Chatfield

Work: 07 5591 6050
Mobile: 0418 156 576
Email: mrchat@ozemail.com.au

Ron Giveen

Work: 02 9377 2858
Home: 02 9971 1991
Mobile: 0410 529797

Email: Ron.Giveen@defence.gov.au
Rugbyron@bigpond.com

To help jog your memory and start the reminiscing cycle early, I have included a list of names of blokes who joined up with us.

In conclusion please confirm your attendance by your deposit.

Cheers

Ron Giveen

16 Feb 03