Matt Katsis (VIC) + Billy The Tree
We already have Expressions of Interest lodged. Registrations will open early in All current information and EOI form, can be found on our website, which is updated as events, venues and other details, are finalised. For those coming by private vehicle, the Club has its own parking , but don't forget to get a ticket at the boom gates and have the Club Receptionist stamp when you are finally leaving.
For those coming via Public Transport , alight from either rail or bus at the Parramatta Interchange and walk down the Mall you cant miss it, there is so much building construction going on and the first cross street is Macquarie Street, do a turn left and 2 blocks down is the RSL Club.
At the Meeting after the following reports for the period have been given by the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, all Committee positions shall be declared vacant and any financial Member of the NSW Chapter can be nominated for any position. Please make and attempt to attend and also serving personnel of the CIS Branch, as you are the people who will continue this Association.
You can become a Member on this day. Funeral arrangements are not known at this stage. Sad News, Bloo was born on 29 April and signed for 9 years from 25 September He signed for a further 3 years on 25 September 70, to complete 12 years.
We had a few tiffs in later life, but he was always a professional communicator. Howard Halsted OAM, passed away this morning. He was one of Nature's gentlemen. The Service will be held at St. Josephs, Hunters Hill commencing at pm on Tuesday 17th July.. The Service was held at St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill and I would estimate that there would have been in the vicinity of hundred plus in attendance and this included 2 RAN Officers in full uniform, a Commander and a Lieut-Commander.
The Service was Officiated by Rev Fr. Bernie Hennessy , and the Eulogy given by Chris Hietbrink. Unfortunately due to another commitment, I had to leave after the Church Service. If you ever have the chance to attend a Service at the Chapel of St, Josephs College — go, it is one of the most beautiful Chapels that I have ever seen.
His son rang me this evening with the sad news.. Ray was a long time member of the Association, having joined in The funeral is expected to be held next Monday 16 July, at in Williamstown. Further details will be promulgated when known. David Speed Dwyer H. Funerals 81 Kororoit Creek Rd.
The White Ensign will be draped over his casket and the Naval Hymn will be played ,in honour of his service to Australia. With thanks and kind regards. PLease open the attachment and read. Morning Chaps Please send this Blurb out on any sites you think would like it. Comms of course - but there are many others and I don't have links. As you know BZ mentions greenies, engineers, seamen, stokers, flyers etc.
Best Terry Feltham Follow this link for more information. Allan, we've met over the decades.. Think it's 'Bluey' Croese and 'Squizzy' Taylor -- not to sure about the latter as there were 2 Killick Sparkers during my time on board. However, thought they might be added to your RANCBA site as lost souls for 'posterity' just might ignite some Sparkers memories of the good time.
Trust you are in fine fettle On 29th June , whilst on the 'Tobruk Ferry Run' she came under attack from German Stuka bombers and sadly on 30th June , with no casualties became the first Royal Australian Navy warship sunk during the War.
There was also other Guests who had been invited. On completion, all were asked to make their way to where they Cooks had prepared, sausages, etc for a BBQ luncheon. Demobilised 23 December Rated Sig on 23 March Condolences to wife Maureen and family. Sad news, Lest We Forget. I remember Tiny very well as he was in the next intake after me in So sad to hear of Tiny Kopp's Passing. We had plenty of good times ashore while serving on the Melbourne. Condolences to Maureen and the family. Re Vale 'Tiny' Kopp..
Pse insert to QSO. Tiny and I were same intake Oct Tiny as our class leader in Comm Recruit School.. A born leader and a terrific fellow. Pete De Maskens - 43 Years Service. What happened of significance in , apart from Pete De Maskens joining the Navy.
George Dragons 38 points to nil. As already indicated, probably the most significant of events to occur that year was a young Pete De Maskens joining the Royal Australian Navy in October.
And now 43 years later, Pete intends to retire this October. The fact that the Navy put up with him for that long is even more remarkable. An open invitation is extended to all those who have been associated with Pete throughout his career. Those wishing to convey messages of farewell, or provide photographs of Pete taken over the years, are requested to email Daphne as well.
Full payment should be made by cheque or direct deposit no later than 20 September , to: Serving CIS Sailors are more than welcome as you are the people that we hope will continue this Association. If coming by private transport, ample parking across the road from the Club in the Club's Parking Station.
Just walk through the Mall to Macquarie Street and do a turn left and it is on the right hand side. Hoping to see you there.
Firstly we have great news - We have secured the Navy band for Vietnam Vets day Museum service, the march and to play in the afternoon after the march. It will further assist this weekend in being very enjoyable. The purpose of this update is to provide further information on activities during this reunion. I shall also provide the accommodation venues again. To date we have 32 booked and I am aware of at least another 20 that intend to book. I can provide further information re the programme of events.
Firstly is the meet and great Thursday the 16th which commences at 6. We will be in a private area - The Anzac room which is to the rear once you are inside. The RSL is providing the finger food at no cost to us. You may also purchase meals during the evening. Friday we feature a bus trip which has been finalised except we are still waiting to hear the price after our group discounts.
Pick up is at the RSL and parking as per last night. We will depart around 9. The first stop is the Vietnam Vets museum. Next is Churchill Island Heritage farm where we will also have lunch. After lunch we will head to the Grand Prix tract for a 40 minute tour.
If there is time we will visit the Nobbies Penguin nesting area for a short visit. The final visit is to the Penguin parade have a look around and then watch the penguins come home out of the ocean. Then its back to the RSL for dinner around 7.
Saturday just got a lot bigger - we have the a Navy Bugler for the service at the Vets museum, then we head back into the township - the cultural centre for the march.
We have secured the Navy band to lead us in the march. We will also be led by our patron Commodore Greg Youk and a number of other navy personnel to be advised. PS dont forget your medals. Then its back to the RSL after the march where we will be entertained by part of the Navy band. Please park at the rear again. Finger food will be supplied during the afternoon. On saturday we will have our usual reunion dinner in the Anzac room again.
I shall ask our patron to give a quick summary of his role as the Senior Naval Officer Victoria. You all should sleep well after dinner. There will be a further update at the end of next month after our Singapore cruise. This will be mainly to tidy up some of the minor things not finalised like tour costs etc. In the meantime please advise your friends about this reunion - the more the better to enhance a great weekend.
Amaro park - 97 church st Cowes - phone - - cabins and 3 remaining small camping sites. He was living at Biloela at the time. Condolences can be sent via his email address patapomona westnet. I have been in contact with other communicators, who also knew and served with Kev, and they also were unaware of his passing. His operation was a success, a third of the lung removed and according to the surgeon, he has been healed.
He is back home and has to have some follow up therapy on his other lumps and bumps. He sounds very positive and even sounded as though he has a sense of humour!
Further to our previous update we can now provide further information regarding this regional reunion. We have a private area - the Anzac room which is to the rear of the building. The RSL is providing finger food for this evening at no cost to us. You may also purchase meals later if you require.
They also provide a shuttle service home if needed. Friday we will have a bus or two for a tour of the local sights.
If you have been there previously you will be surprised at the growth and the increase in items on display. The cost of this is TBA and this will also be the same for the other venues that we visit as we are discussing discounts with each venues head office. Other visits will be the Chocolate factory and then the Churchill Is heritage farm where we will be having lunch. Following lunch we will visit the Grand Prix track - a real eye opener this one!!
Then its off to the Nobbies which is a boardwalk where the penguins nest in the side of the hill. Then its down to the Penguin parade for their evening parade home.
We will then return back to the RSL for dinner at approx 7. On completion of this service we will drive into the Cowes township where the march will commence at We must thank the Shire of Cowes for setting up the March with Barriers, road closures etc at no cost.
The march will be led by Commodore Yorke our Patron, and we will have our barrier following him. We are hoping the band will play a few tunes for everybody to top off the event. Our usual reunion dinner will also be held in the Anzac room - purchase own meals.
We may also have a small raffle!! Our patron may have a short chat re his role as the Senior Naval officer Victoria and what he hopes to achieve. There will be 1 or 2 further updates at the end of next month following the Singapore cruise. This will be mainly to tidy up some of the minor points not finalised like the tour costs and the full role of the navy band. In the meantime please tell your mates about this weekend so that we can have an impressive roll up.
Amaroo Park - 97 Church St Cowes - phone - cabins and 4 small sites available. Any other queries please ring me on There was persons on board when it had sailed from Sydney, but sadly lost their lives on that fatal day. Sister Savage was one of the twelve Nursing Sisters who had sailed in CENTAUR and when it was torpedoed off the Queensland coast near Moreton Island , she was the only Nursing Sister to survive, and even though suffering from severe bruising, a fractured nose, burst ear drums, a broken palate and fractured ribs she managed to join the other survivors and gave assistance where ever she could.
She raised their morale and supervised the rationing of their very scare water and food supplies. This was followed by a Service - Placement of the Memorial Candles — everyone was given a lighted candle in a small vase and all went forward and placed on the Alter — Very moving. Then the Lord's Prayer and Benediction and the National Anthem and here from a very packed congregation, sung with great pride.
This brought to an end of a very well organised and conducted Service. Goldie was a great Aussie Rules player who thrived on taking speccies and kicking goals, generous to his mates of who he had many and generally an all-round good bloke. When funeral arrangements have been finalised to be held in WA they will be published. For those who knew Goldie's wife Beryl Barton, she is on Facebook if you wish to pass your regards. We also played in the Navy aussie rules premiership side together in Very sad to see him go.
There is a port of no return, where ships May ride at anchor for a little space And then, some starless night, the cable slips, Leaving an eddy at the mooring place… Gulls, veer no longer. Sailor, rest your oar. No tangled wreckage will be washed ashore. Graham Thomas Bence R DOB 09 April Date of entry 27 May , renewed engagement until 26 May Postings after this not known.
Sent home to have 2 weeks leave prior to departure rejoining the ship in Fremantle enroute to Singapore. My first watch was with Graham and my life as a Radio Operator began under his instruction. Thank god that name never stuck. For my remaining time in the Navy I never saw him again after he left the ship upon our return to Sydney but did follow him around different drafts a couple of times. Sure enough it was. He told me he had worked for Foreign Affairs and had been in Warsaw, Poland.
He became friendly with a Polish woman Ewa and eventually married her before returning to Australia. His time with Foreign Affairs came to end because he had married a person from a Communist country.
His daughter Alex began a 5 year Vetinary degree at Queenlsand University and he visited me on one of his trips and stayed over.
We caught up from our navy days to present day. His next trip he stated he would like to catch up with Tackers Miles and Gus Dodds. It was so good we said this should happen every month so thus began our Grand Central meets on the first Monday of every month. Graham had missed out on the and Nationals as he had no contact with anyone ex navy at that time. I rang him and gave him details to get in contact with Wop Boydle. Now he was able to attend National Reunions and thoroughly enjoyed them all.
He always carried a note book with to write down the beer, date drank and where. I found out there were a lot of Yuppie Beers here in Brisbane on his visits. Graham was a solid mate and I will miss our chats and e-mails. Graham was a 'man for all seasons' and in all the time I had known him, he never changed and took life as he saw it.
It wasn't a great shock when Doug Boydle rang me, as Graham has sent me a corro ages ago advising he was having problems, but never elaborated but told me you have to expect problems in our age.
He will be sadly missed by all that knew him. Fond memories of times past- Especially one memorable day At the Noonamah Pub!! Saddened to hear of the passing of Graham Bence. A good bloke , a friend a lovely wife and family.
Sleep well old friend and rest assured tht you are missed. Tackers From Bruce Spender: So sorry to hear of the passing of Graham Bence. He was a good communicator and a good friend. He was one of those guys who always gave of his best as far as the job was concerned. However, he was one of those guys who could put on a brand new, tailor made uniform and within 5 minutes it looked as if it was years old.
I think this counted against him in some ways. Condolences to his wife and family. Not sure if he made it to WORS. Cheers Bruce From Paul Boase: Farewell to fine person, another of the older of us old Sparkers who I have fond memories of and admired, rest in peace Graham.
We are accepting Expressions of Interest now, with Registrations opening in February Please email the following details to reunion bigpond. Check out our new website for early details - it will be updated as things are finalised. Once again, I am looking for a contact number or email for Jim Kelly ex Yeoman.
Cheers om Les White If anyone can assist with Jim's whereabouts please let me know. I am unsure if they will be of interest to ex-comms folk, but here are a couple of very recent pictures taken of me on air from my Radio Room.
Best wishes to all. The Congregation were all asked to stand as the Australian White Ensign was paraded into the Chapel, by serving personnel and the AWE was presented to the Chaplain, who draped it over the altar. The Dedication of Memorial Plaques then took place, and this included: During this part of this Service , 5 came forward to address and speak on behalf of a person , and my only regret, with some of the talks given, that no record is kept, and they pass into history.
We also remember those who died as POW's and those that have died since that time both in Service and after. After all had then been seated, A Prayer for the Navy and the Blessing. This brought to the end of another very well conducted Service and I would state, if you ever get the chance to attend this unique Service — do so. Here I would like to say special thanks to all that showed their MKR expertise with cooking and then assisting in serving — for many of those families of departed shipmates, it is their first contact with the Navy outside of the Chaplain's Office regarding this Service.
BZ to all concerned. Also met up with Sig Gary Evans, only person to make it off the bridge —this is just a few. That evening, at approx 10th February the time of the collision a Memorial Service was held at the Memorial located at the back of the Club near the waterfront, and here Chaplain Rendall Walker RAN. It pleases us to advise that the next Regional reunion for our group is to be held in Cowes on Phillip Island from Thursday the 16th of August to Sunday the 19th of August.
We have put together an interesting array of activities during the long weekend mainly centered around the magnificent RSL in Cowes. This hopefully will keep everybody out of the cold as much as possible. We have attempted to add a large Navel theme to try and kick start the old memories. Not everything is locked away as yet, therefore we will provide plenty of updates as we progress. However I would like everybody to notify ex Navy mates that may not see this notification to come and join us for this Regional reunion - especially the March and other Naval themes involving the reunion.
Accommodation - We have sourced 3 venues close to or in Cowes and all on the same road and all handy to the centre of the township and the RSL. They have a number of cabins and a few Motorhome sites. You can book this as singles. I am sure it will be booked out quickly. Contact details are phone 03 Some sites may be closed for grass regeneration. There is a huge amount of accommodation on the island as it is a massive holiday location in summer. The meet and greet on Thursday evening will be in a private room at the RSL from around 6.
I will let you know in a later update if there will be a cost for the food. It will be purchase own drinks. This room will also be the venue for the dinner on Saturday night. On Friday the 17th we will organise a bus tour of all the local attractions, culminating with the penguin parade. When we next visit we will organise this tour and which Penguin option we think appropriate. This will be advised in a further update.
I anticipate most of us will visit the RSL for dinner after the penguins. Its handy that the penguins parade early at this time of the year. We will put aside the private room again for dinner At the RSL. The museum may have a service At the museum at 11 am this day. This is still to be advised. We have requested the full Navy band our prospects are very good to lead the March. He hopes to attend with his family for the weekend, but definitely for the day Saturday.
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