Exercise Executive Stretch 2012

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Volume 70 December 2012



RSL South Australia, Northern Territory and Broken Hill

$2 Remembrance Coin

Exercise Executive Stretch 2012

Membership Renewal

Service Members have the opportunity to

WIN 1 of 4 32” flat screen TVs

Renew your Service Membership for 3 years

before February 28th 2013 to be in the draw.

Drawn Friday 8th March 2013; winners will be notified by mail.

Thank you for your continued membership of the RSL. Membership is vital for the RSL. It enables

us to assist currently serving and ex-serving personnel and their families in times of crisis, illness or

distress. Helping thousands of Defence families by providing essential support services, advocacy,

medical assistance and counselling.

Your support is greatly appreciated by the RSL SA, NT and Broken Hill, and by those who benefit from

the support, care and assistance we are able to provide through your membership.

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members. The Ambassador Card scheme is Australia-wide covering daily shopping, dining, travel,

accommodation, car hire, fuel, theme parks, tourist attractions, variety and specialty stores, and services.

If you know of anyone who values the sacrifices and efforts of past and present Defence Force

members, but who have not been in service themselves, we would welcome them as an Affiliate. If you

require further information regarding membership, please contact 08 8232 0322.

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Returned & Services League

South Australia State Branch

ANZAC House, Torrens Training Depot

Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000

Phone: 08 8232 0322



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nominated Sub-Branch.

Inside this Issue 1

State President’s Report 2

Chief Executive Officer’s Report 3

Defence News 4

Military Entitlements 6

Sub-Branch News 7

Points of Order 12

Women’s Auxiliary 13

Letter to the Editor 13

Young Veterans Forum 14

Exercise Executive Stretch 2012 15

General News 16

Requests and Reunions 26

Book Reviews 27

The Last Post 28

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Inside this Issue

The Signal magazine is published by the Returned &

Services League of Australia (South Australia Branch) Inc

and issued four times per year.

Submission of articles of around 300 words, with

accompanying photographs (in digital format), or items for

the Notices section are encouraged. Submissions should

be emailed to signal@rslsa.org.au or mailed to:

The Signal, RSL SA

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Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000

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COVER: Exercise Executive Stretch 2012. Photograph: Courtesy Dept. of


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Welcome to the RSL! This is the

greeting that you will receive

when you telephone State

Headquarters. It is the greeting

that I encourage all of you to use

whenever somebody contacts

your Sub-Branch. Unfortunately,

it is not the experience that

we universally offer our many

visitors and potential new

members. I know because I

am one of them! That is, I have

stood at the front door of some

RSL premises and been greeted

with looks which belong in a

horror movie. We need to fix this as part of our offering. It is not

the job of your Sub-Branch committees to meet and greet visitors.

It is everyone’s responsibility to embrace people who wish to make

contact with and be part of our great organisation.

John F Kennedy once said that “Change is the law of life. And those

who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

I know that many of you recognise the need for change as the RSL

approaches its first 100 years. It isn’t easy but we need to keep

working hard to position ourselves for future success. Continue to

think progressively.

Looming issues remain for us:

• Brand recognition - what does the RSL stand for and what do

we do? We don’t sell ourselves well enough.

• Sub-Branch management - adopt the rules, stick to them and

look after your finances

• Membership - take every opportunity to increase it by being

flexible and accommodating to different needs.

I was very privileged to hear Major General John Cantwell speak

recently on his experiences with PTSD as he describes in his book

‘Exit Wounds’. The General’s talk was very sobering. His courage in

candidly speaking in public about his experiences is a landmark in

Australia. It will greatly assist in improving public acceptance that

mental health is every bit as important an issue as physical health.

Having a mental health issue is normal just as having a physical

disease is normal. Sadly, many young veterans are returning

from current conflicts badly affected by their service. The RSL is

determined to be there for them. We are examining options for a

major contribution in this area and believe that the RSL community

in South Australia will see this as a very tangible symbol of what the

RSL is here to do. We will let you know more on this early next year.

My last few months have involved many trips to Sub-Branches

across the State. It has been a great pleasure for me to meet so

many dedicated RSL people as I have travelled from Victor Harbor to

Murray Bridge and Mannum to Ardrossan since assuming the role

of President in July. It is inspiring to see the great pride that you all

have in your RSL and the work that you undertake.

Recently, I met with a group of young cadets who were undertaking

a tour of Canberra as part of one of our RSL programs. They were

under the guidance of former Army officer and RSL staffer, Mark

Keynes. The cadet movement is a wonderful one and the four

cadets I spoke to were bright, articulate and enthusiastic. They

also learnt a lot about the RSL during their tour. They had some

interesting views on what might make the RSL more relevant for

their generation! At least one of them will be invited to speak at the


State President’s Report

next State Conference.

Poppy Day has come and gone for another year. Thank you for your

efforts for this important day on the RSL calendar. Some may have

heard comments that I made in the media about extending Poppy

Day sales. We are looking at options to enable improved sales

perhaps for 11 days. We have received many comments about how

difficult it was to buy a poppy. Our consideration will include means

other than relying on our volunteers.

This year has seen the 70th anniversaries of some very significant

moments in Australian military history. The RSL is pleased to be able

to support nominations for veterans which has resulted in South

Australian representation in London for the Bomber Command

memorial, in Timor, El Alamein and at Kokoda. Most recently, Eric

Sambell and Ray Baldwin, both ex 2/27 Bn soldiers, returned from

Papua New Guinea. I have been advised that the experience has

been well worth it for our veterans, despite some of the physical

challenges many face. As Ray said, ‘You never forget.’ As we salute

these wonderful Australians lest we forget.

2012 is rapidly drawing to a close and the festive season is

nigh. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your

commitment to the RSL and the wellbeing of all who have served,

whether they are returned or not. I wish you all the best for 2013

and, on Christmas Day, I ask you to pause and share a thought for

our service men and women who are deployed in various theatres

across the globe.

Tim Hanna AM


7 RAR Deploy

Approximately 450 soldiers from the Adelaide based, 7th Battalion

(Mechanised), The Royal Australian Regiment were farewelled as

they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan as the 7 RAR Task Group.

The Task Group, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Wells,

is the first one deployed by the Australian Defence Force, as advisors

to the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade, not mentors as seen in

previous rotations. This change of role reflects the current transition

of responsibility of security and governance in Afghanistan to the

Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan

National Security Forces.

The 7 RAR Task Group will provide advice to Afghan National Army’s

4th Brigade as they plan, support and conduct their own operations

in Uruzgan province.

The RSL wishes favourable experiences and a safe return to all

those deployed to Afghanistan.

Chief Executive Officer’s Report

Greetings all. The whirlwind of

Poppy Appeal and Remembrance

Day has passed and I’d like

to take this opportunity to say

a big THANK YOU to all those

individuals and Sub-Branches

who help us out every year, we

couldn’t do it without you.

You will see that we have some

exciting new initiatives in our

membership renewals this

year. We are offering Service

members the option to renew

for 3 years, and if you do so

before the end of February 2013

you will go into the draw to win

one of four flat screen TVs. All Affiliates will receive a personalised

letter outlining the benefits of RSL membership and both Service

members and Affiliates will receive the new Ambassador booklets

which will give you some idea of the great savings that can be made

from your RSL membership Australia-wide.

I have had a few Sub-Branches come in with the same questions,

mostly about their future and what they are going to do. So I did up a

simple information memo which I put into the Sub-Branch mail out.

I thought I might repeat a few of them here so you can get an idea

of what’s been said. Here are the most common questions I get and

some suggestions:

Our members are dwindling, what can we do?

Do you accept Affiliate members? If not, this is a good way to

encourage local community to join the club. If you do and your

numbers are still dwindling, are there other local clubs who you can

amalgamate with. If you do need to close your doors then contact

us so we can help with the legalities and ensure your memorabilia

is protected.

I can’t get a committee together at our AGM?

Your club might be a great going concern within the local community,

but what happens when you can’t get a Committee together. There

are a couple of options here, we can write to all members on

your behalf outlining the issues and seeking their support for the

Committee. In the end if you can’t get a Committee together contact

State Branch and we may be able to assist. The reason no one is

willing to put their hand up is in this day and age of regulations

and legal responsibility of volunteer committees, many people

simply don’t want the responsibility of running a Sub-Branch; and

understandably so too, it’s a huge responsibility. So what can you

do? One option is to give up your separate incorporation and ask

State Branch to run the business side of the Club. This will take

the financial and regulatory responsibility away from a Committee.

Many may see this as State Branch forcing you out. This is not so,

it is simply a way the Sub-Branch can form a Committee and get

back to the basics of helping their fellow veterans in the community.

What this will mean though is that State Branch will be responsible

for the Club and premises.

The administration of our club and bar is too much for our

volunteer commmittee?

I think I have answered this above, but let me give you a fictional

generic example:

The Outer Bloggstown RSL Club has 21 Service Members and 15

Affiliates, they own their Hall but lease it to the Community to get

a bit of an income, and open the Bar for Members on a Sunday

afternoon and have a Monthly lunch after their meetings. They get a

small profit from the leasing of the Hall of about $1000 per month.

They just had their AGM and couldn’t form a Committee because

no one wanted the responsibility of running the Club. The President

approached State Branch for a solution. In the end they gave up

being an incorporated club and became an un-incorporated club

and moved under State Branch’s Incorporation. State Branch then

has the responsibility to manage the Club. The Committee now

meet as a social group to help organise activities of the Club for

the betterment of the veteran community be it social functions,

commemorations or pensions and welfare work. The financial

management, government reporting and auditing, licence regulation

and general administration of the club becomes State Branch’s

responsibility. As we are all bound by the Constitution very little

would change for members, the Club would still be run as a Sub-

Branch and State Branch would report the finances to the members

at the AGM as opposed to the Committee.

My committee don’t understand their legal responsibilities?

If you do wish to stay independently incorporated then the

Committees do have a significant amount of responsibility for the

management of the club. Members of the Committee are personally

liable for the good governance of the club, not the Club Manager. In

other words if anything goes wrong and it ends up in court, individual

Committee members could risk their house and/or income. This has

happened to other not-for-profits in the eastern states. But it is not

all doom and gloom, there are plenty of training packages out there

to assist you in staying on the straight and narrow, and we are more

than happy to provide advice and assistance if you’re not sure. The

golden rule here is, if you are not sure don’t fudge it, ask us to help.

What’s the future of our Sub-Branch?

So what is the future of your Sub-Branch? I don’t know, that’s up

to you. But whatever it is, involve us. We see all Sub-Branches

come through our doors, we know what works for one but hasn’t

for another, we can offer assistance and advice, that’s what we are

here for. One thing is for sure, if you ignore this question, your Sub-

Branch will not have a future.

I do hope these may be of assistance. If you have any queries or

suggestions for the future of your Sub-Branch, please contact our

Project Development Officer, Julia Langrehr who can offer some

advice and assistance.

It’s been a busy year and no doubt next year will be the same. I

thank you all for your hard work over the last 12 months and wish

you all the best for the festive season. See you in the New Year.


Sam Jackman


Wishing you a

Merry Christmas and

all the best for 2013.



Hosting a Growling Capability

RAAF Base Amberley played host to three United States Navy (USN)

EA-18G Growler aircraft visiting Australia for the first time.

The Growler aircraft, from the USN’s Electronic Attack Squadron

(VAQ) 132 (known as the ‘Scorpions’) based at Oak Harbor in

Washington, arrived on 28 September to participate in Exercise

Growler 12.

In a media day at Amberley on October 5, Defence Minister Stephen

Smith, Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare and Chief of Air Force

AIRMSHL Geoff Brown officially welcomed the USN visitors.

“The US Navy are regular visitors to Australia as part of longstanding

aircraft cooperation arrangements between Australia and the United

States, however this is the first visit for the EA-18G Growler aircraft,”

Mr Smith said.

“The USN EA-18G Growler visit will allow the Australia Defence

Force to learn more about how the capability works alongside our

F/A-18F Super Hornets.”

The Growlers were working with the RAAF’s Super Hornets during

the bilateral Airborne Electronic Attack exercise, which began on

October 1 and finished on October 20.

Operating out of Amberley, Exercise Growler training missions were

focussing on real-world proficiency in Airborne Electronic Attack

employment and integration.

OC 82WG GPCAPT Geoff Harland said it provided a valuable training

opportunity for the RAAF’s Super Hornets.

“The EA-18G Growler capability will provide Australia with an ability

to disrupt or jam a range of military electronics systems, including

radars and communications systems.”


Defence News

Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence

Australian Soldier Honoured with Victoria Cross

Corporal Daniel Alan Keighran VC has been invested as the recipient

of Australia’s 99th Victoria Cross by Governor-General Quentin

Bryce during a ceremony at Government House, Canberra.

His citation reads: “For the most conspicuous acts of gallantry and

extreme devotion to duty in action in circumstances of great peril at

Derapet, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as part of the Mentoring

Task Force One on Operation SLIPPER” on 24 August 2010.

At the time, Corporal Keighran was a member of the 6th Battalion,

The Royal Australian Regiment which was deployed to Afghanistan

with Mentoring Task Force One.

Corporal Keighran is only the third recipient of the Victoria Cross

for Australia, which in 1991 replaced the British or Imperial Victoria

Cross awarded to 96 Australians. He is the first member of the Royal

Australian Regiment to receive the country’s highest military honour.

“This is a very unexpected and humbling experience and I don’t

think it has really sunk in yet,” Corporal Keighran said.

“I am very proud of the boys from Delta Company, 6 RAR and how

they performed that day. This award is as much for their efforts as

it is for mine.

“I would also like to acknowledge my family, friends and especially

my wife Kathryn. They have been very supportive throughout my

service and deployments and I would like to recognise and thank


The Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, congratulated

Corporal Daniel Keighran, VC on being awarded the Victoria Cross

for Australia.

“Corporal Keighran acted with exceptional clarity and composure

that spread to those soldiers around him, giving them confidence

to operate effectively in

an extremely stressful and

dangerous situation,” General

Hurley said.

“His actions identified and

suppressed enemy firing points

and turned the fight in our


“The valour of his actions and

those of the other members

of his patrol, are exemplars

of the very best in Australian

soldiering,” Lieutenant General

Morrison said.

Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence

First LHD Hull Delivered to Australia

The hull of the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s two new

amphibious ships, HMAS Canberra, transited through Port Phillip

Heads and was greeted by the men and women of HMAS Cerberus

on 17 October 2012.

The Canberra class vessels are 230.8 metres long overall, with a

maximum beam of 32 metres, and a maximum draught of 7.18


At full load, Canberra will displace 27,851 tonnes, making the new

LHDs the largest ships to serve in the RAN.

HMAS Canberra will be accepted into service in 2014, followed by

her sister ship HMAS Adelaide (LHD02) the year after. Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence

Australia Assumes Leadership Role in Afghanistan

Australia assumed leadership of Combined Team – Uruzgan (CT-U)

in Afghanistan on 18 October.

Outgoing Commander CT-U, United States Colonel Gerald Hadley,

handed over command to the incoming Australian Commander,

Colonel Simon Stuart, at a formal Transfer of Authority parade at

Multinational Base, Tarin Kot.

Australian leadership of CT-U is a step toward transferring security

responsibility from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

to Afghan National Security Forces.

The CT-U has the role of commanding International Security

Assistance Force (ISAF) operations in Uruzgan Province. The United

States has led CT-U since its establishment in August 2010.

Australian Task Groups, Special Forces and the Provincial

Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan have been working closely with

their International Security Force and Afghan counterparts to

improve security and build the capacity of the Afghan National

Security Forces.

Defence News

Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence

Prime Minister Visits Tarin Kot

The Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP

visited Afghanistan on 14 October 2012.

The Prime Minister met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in

Kabul and later made a surprise visit to Australian Defence Force

personnel based at Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province.

During her visit to Multi National Base - Tarin Kot the Prime Minister

was briefed by the staff of Combined Team Uruzgan, met with the

Provincial Governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada and spoke with

ADF personnel and Defence civilians over a meal.

Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence

Royal Australian Navy: International Fleet Review

The 2013 International Fleet Review has been launched in Sydney

by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs.

From 3–11 October 2013 the International Fleet Review will offer

a spectacular program of naval events to celebrate the centenary

of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet arrival in Sydney Harbour on 4

October 1913.

On this day, the flagship HMAS Australia led the new Australian Fleet

of seven cruisers and destroyers (HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney,

Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra) into Sydney Harbour for

the first time.

The program will include: a tall ships parade; warships arrival;

ceremonial fleet review; naval gun salutes; fixed wing and helicopter

flypasts; aerial acrobatic displays; Sydney Harbour fireworks and

light show; ships open to visitors; combined naval march through

the streets of Sydney; military band concerts; Freedom of Entry

parade in Parramatta; religious and memorial services; and sporting


Vice Admiral Griggs said the International Fleet Review would be the

nation’s most significant commemorative naval event in the past

100 years.

The Royal Australian Navy will be represented by at least 17 ships

and submarines from across the Navy.

A significant naval aviation component is also planned with more

than a dozen current and former naval aircraft types represented,

including the Australian Fleet Air Arm’s current Sea Hawk, Squirrel,

Bell 429 and MRH90 helicopters alongside historic aircraft from

Navy Historic Flight.

Tall ships from around the world will embark on an exciting journey

to Australia to help celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian

Navy’s fleet entry into Sydney Harbour.

Australian and foreign tall ships will visit Fremantle, Melbourne and

Hobart prior to gathering in Sydney on 3 October 2013 then take

part in a special regatta race to Auckland, New Zealand.

Many of the Australian and international warships will participate in

Exercise TRITON CENTENARY off the east coast of Australia and visit

other Australian ports before and following the International Fleet


Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence



I have been the Senior Entitlements Officer since July this year. You

may have heard the expression ‘drinking from a fire hose’. That’s

about how I feel and I expect the sensation to last for some time.

By way of background I did 27 years in Army as an Infantry Officer

and deployed several times. I am a young veteran and part of the

next generation. In this article I want to talk about younger veterans,

the value of getting assistance early on, the growing number of

female veterans and the need for grass roots support for mental

health. Also the State Branch Entitlements Team is getting bigger

and reaching out to help.

Young Veterans

We have more young veterans now than at the end of our involvement

in Vietnam. I want to thank those that went before us, especially

the Vietnam Veterans, for the services they fought long and hard

for: the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)

that supports us and our families and the Training & Information

Program (TIP) which provides us with trained Entitlements and

Welfare Officers. We know young veterans and their families are

using these services and I encourage you to encourage them to

keep using them as need be.

Reach Out – Get Assistance Early

To RSL Members and Affiliates everywhere, please reach out to the

young veterans and serving members and let them know we are

here to help. Many of them don’t see themselves as veterans and

don’t know how the RSL can help them. Many return with hidden

scars or finish long careers with an accumulation of problems. Too

many think the RSL is about old people and this is plain wrong - we

were all young once (and the older we get the better we were). I see

many clients at the end of their tether, they spend months or years

alone finding their way through a maze of claims and processes

confused and frustrated. We can save them and their families a lot

of heartache if we reach out to them with a hand of friendship early

in the piece. If you think someone needs help, you are probably right

- please safe hand them to a Sub-Branch Entitlements or Welfare

Officer or any one of my team at State Branch.

Female Veterans

We have a growing number of young female veterans and they are

not immune to the pressures or conditions suffered by their male

colleagues. An added problem is the lack of an authentic identity

for them in the national story. We can fix that. They serve their

country and deserve due respect. In my short time in this role I have

encountered several with PTSD and other serious conditions. Just

like everyone else who suffers from PTSD they feel isolated, a sense

of shame and a fear of being rejected in case someone thinks they

are not real veterans with real wounds. We will be making a huge

mistake if we downplay their role and ignore the fact that women

have been part of every force that has deployed since the Boer War.

They deserve our respect, help and support. Next time you see a

woman with medals on her left side be assured she is wearing them


Mental Health at the Grass Roots

A lot of work has been done to address mental health among the

wider community and veterans in particular. Professional counselling,

prescribed medication, government funding and programs, toll free

numbers, glossy brochures and corporate show bags are all good

but can only do so much. One thing we can do particularly well is

personal support at the grass roots. As members of the RSL we

should have empathy in spades. We know from experience, either


Military Entitlements

personal or from our mates, how debilitating mental illness can be.

There are no obvious wounds on the outside but inside is a mess.

Young veterans now tend to be scattered far and wide throughout

the community. They have more choice than previous generations

and therefore are not likely to congregate of their own accord in

Sub-Branches. I applaud everyone who reaches out to them and

helps them to establish support networks. There are some excellent

programs being run by RSL members and other ESOs at grass

roots level. Young veterans need that personal contact from older

veterans. They need to be grand-fathered into a Sub-Branch. With

grass roots support a stronger recovery is more likely and they in

turn will be better able to help others when the time comes. There

is a powerful lot of good in having a cup of tea with someone who

listens and understands. This isn’t a substitute for professional

health care and no-one should avoid seeking professional help if

they need it. Social inclusion is essential for good health and this is

something every Sub-Branch is well equipped to do. It’s the reason

for their existence.

The Team and the Dream

The State Branch team now includes the Advocates and Pension

Officers from the Plympton/Glenelg Pension Office and Tea Tree

Gully RSL; Murray Crittenden, Graham Coghlan and Jeff Yates.

They still work out of the Plympton/Glenelg RSL and Tea Tree Gully

RSL respectively. A new member to the team is Ian Kennedy being

mentored by Jeff Yates. Ian will eventually work out of the Stirling

RSL and aims to cover Woodside Barracks. Di Capus works three

days a week at ANZAC House and Tuesday mornings from Salisbury

RSL to cover RAAF Edinburgh. Roger Donnelly continues to work

from ANZAC House and is being assisted by Craig Mitchell a Level

4 Advocate. In the NT we have Joy Handicott based in Darwin at

the Palmerston RSL and between Joy and I we will work together

to cover Central Australia from the Alice Springs RSL from 2013.

My dream is to assist Sub-Branches, their Officers and anyone who

needs help with personal contact and a professional level of service.

If anyone needs help or advice please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I may not have the answer straight off the bat, but I have a network

that I can call on.

Mark Keynes

RSL SA Senior Entitlements Officer

Military Pensions, Entitlements and Welfare

Telephone: 8232 0322 Fax: 8232 0377

Email admin@rslsa.org.au

Entitlements Officers at RSL SA State Headquarters

Wendy Rydon Director (Operations)

Mark Keynes Senior Entitlements Officer

Roger Donnelly Entitlements and VRB Case Officer

Di Capus Entitlements and Welfare Officer


Pirie Gets a Huey

One of 6 decommissioned Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopters will get

a new home in the Port Pirie RSL Museum. Sub-Branch President

Haydn Madigan welcomed the recent announcement and expects

the iconic Huey to become a magnificent drawcard to Port Pirie.

The museum is already a ‘must see’ for locals and visitors with high

quality displays and military memorabilia exhibits.

The Huey will be an interactive exhibit and visitors will be able to sit

inside it. It will be displayed in a purpose built enclosure, protected

from the weather. Inscribed pavers are being sold to raise funds

towards the cost of the building. Individual, lettered pavers are

offered for $65 or including a service symbol for $95. Businesses

may include a logo and can range from one $175 paver or multiple

pavers forming a graphic from $275 for 4 pavers to $1000 for 32


For more information on how your name will go down in history

contact Port Pirie RSL, 240 The Terrace, Port Pirie (08) 8633 1448;

rslptpirie@westnet.com.au; www.portpirie.rslsa.org.au

Wishing you a

Merry Christmas and

all the best for 2013.

Sub-Branch News

Remembrance Day 2012 Macclesfield Sub-Branch

Sunday 11th November all over the Commonwealth people stopped

at 11am and reflected. At Macclesfield a Living Tribute of trees in

the form of the refurbished Avenue of Honor was the setting for a

moment of reflection.

The Avenue symbolises the loss experienced by the town and district

of those who sacrificed all in the service of their nation starting from

the Boer War.

With a good crowd in attendance, a simple ceremony led by Padre

George Smith was conducted.

With a catafalque party from the 16th Air Land Regiment Woodside

stationed around the Lone Pine, Macclesfield RSL Sub-Branch

President Dennis Oldenhove opened proceedings. A lone piper set

the mood, accompanying the hymns and the Laying of Wreath’s.

Members of the Australian Air Force Cadets 622 Squadron were

also invited to take part.

The emotional playing of the Last Post followed by the one minute

silence gave the gathering time to pause.

After the Service was over, many people lingered at the Avenue to

reflect on the plaques placed adjacent each tree in tribute to the

fallen. Many also retired to the RSL hall for refreshments and to

share some camaraderie.

Paul Lemar


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Remember to Renew your Membership

Whether you’re a Service member or an Affiliate, your membership is vital for the RSL.

You can be assured your membership is valued by current Defence and ex-Defence

personnel, their families and dependents who benefit from the support, care and

assistance we are able to provide through your membership.

Thank you.

If you require information regarding membership, please contact 08 8232 0322. Affiliate subscriptions need to be paid to the Sub-Branch.



Macclesfield Sub-Branch

Back in 2011 the Macclesfield Sub-Branch applied to the District

Council of Mount Barker, via their Community Grants Project, for

some assistance in the purchasing of Solar Panels. Our aim was to

make the Sub-Branch as close to carbon neutral as possible. Early

in 2012, a grant was received, which matched dollar for dollar the

Sub-Branch’s contribution in the purchase and installation costs for

a 3.2 kW 14 Solar Panel System. The Sub-Branch sincerely thanks

all the elected members especially Mayor Ann Ferguson and Deputy

Mayor Roger Irvine and the staff of the District Council of Mount

Barker in this worthwhile project.

Dennis Oldenhove, President

Investing for a secure future

For over 35 years, Defence Bank has provided products to help

our members build a secure future. And now all Australians can

take advantage of Defence Bank’s secure investment options:

> Fee free superannuation with a Retirement Savings Account

> Term Deposits with a wide range of rates and terms

To fi nd out how we can help with Retirement

Savings or Term Deposits contact 1800 033 139

or log onto defencebank.com.au

For a full listing of our current RSA interest rates visit defencebank.com.au. Terms and conditions

apply. Termination penalties apply to early Term Deposit redemptions. You should consider the Defence

Bank Super Assured Retirement Savings Account (RSA) Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) available

at defencebank.com.au before deciding to acquire this product. This is general advice which has been

prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before

making any investment decision you should assess your own circumstance and seek independent financial

advice. The RSA is issued by Defence Bank Limited. Please consider Defence Bank’s Products and Services

Conditions of Use, Fees and Charges Schedule and Financial Services Guide in deciding whether to

acquire any Defence Bank Term Deposit. These documents together with current interest rates and terms

are available at defencebank.com.au



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Murray Bridge Memorial

The Murray Bridge Memorial is

making great strides ahead. We

still have a number of pavers to

sell and you are all welcome to

take advantage of this limited

edition. Our engraved pavers

are for sale at $55.00 each.



For further information please

contact John Ali: 0418 807 576.

Photo courtesy of Murray Valley


Kadina to Host Gallipoli Centenary

A meeting for the combined Gallipoli centenary march was held

on Saturday, October 6, and it was decided Kadina would host the


The Centenary of the ANZACs Committee, comprising members

from throughout Yorke Peninsula as well as RSL officials, met at the

Ardrossan RSL Sub-Branch to select a suitable venue for the march.

Joining the local RSL members were state RSL president Brigadier

Tim Hanna and state RSL CEO Sam Jackman, as well as Member

for Goyder Steven Griffiths, District Council of Yorke Peninsula

mayor Ray Agnew and District Council of the Copper Coast mayor

Paul Thomas

A committee to organise the combined march was formed in July.

It called for submissions from towns to host the march, which is

expected to be a major drawcard.

“All submissions came with some capabilities and, after much

discussion, it was decided Kadina would host the event,” committee

chairman Garry Brown said.

“A written submission was made by Kadina president Les Maynard

on the Sub-Branch’s behalf, pointing out Kadina has a good town


“Kadina also has the ability to provide accommodation, food outlets

and toilet facilities with the memorial located in Victoria Square plus

many other factors.”

Mr Brown said the march will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015,

instead of on ANZAC Day because Sub-Branches will hold their own

services then.

“It is envisioned the march will commence in Digby Street and

conclude at the memorial area at 11am, subject to approval from

council, police and other interested parties,” he said.

Story courtesy Yorke Peninsula Country Times


Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Reunion

The Port Pirie RSL decided to organise a Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans

Reunion on Sunday the 12th August 2012, just prior to the Australia

wide Vietnam Veterans Day on the 18th August. On researching the

Pirie Veterans, we found that 147 Pirie born Veterans did a tour

of Duty in Vietnam. This compares with Port Augusta 58, Whyalla

76 and Port Lincoln 53. We contacted all that we could of those

147. Any other Vietnam Veteran that was known to the RSL that

currently lived in Port Pirie was asked as well. Many had passed

away since their Tour of Duty, some we had no way of finding their

current address. We are pleased to have a number of widows of

Veterans attending to honour their husbands service. We had a

total of 40 veterans from as far away as the ACT, Vic, SA and many

locals attend. Veterans were given the opportunity to reminisce with

other Pirie Vets over a BBQ lunch. No pressure was applied for the

Vets to do anything more than have a good time. We had some

Vietnam Veterans that had never entered an RSL since returning

home from Vietnam. They attended to see their school friends that

toured Vietnam. During the day it was explained to them that most

RSLs are now run by Vietnam Vets and that the Port Pirie RSL would

welcome the current crop of veterans with the recognition that they


The veterans supplied the RSL with photos from their days in

Vietnam and these were displayed in the RSL. Much discussion was

had on who had changed the most and who hadn’t changed at all.

Place mats were made up of these photos for the veterans to take

home as souvenirs. A video displaying the photo’s and also movies

of Australian soldiers was displayed on the RSLs TV and Projector

for all to see. The DVDs could be purchased to take home.

The day went off well and everybody had a good time. The only

decision now is when to have another get together. At this stage we

look like having it bi-annually.

I would like to thank the efforts of Angela Mertens and the Volunteers

from the Military Museum in tracking down Pirie Vets that had left

Port Pirie. It involved many phone calls and researching phone

books to find some of the vets.

Haydn Madigan

Sub-Branch News

Morphett Vale Sub-Branch Nurse

Earlier this year, Morphett Vale Sub-Branch was offered free labour

from the WorkSkill unit which coordinates the ‘Work for the dole’

scheme. This has worked out very well and a great deal of painting

and many other tasks have been completed in and around the Sub-

Branch. Allan Puttock, who supervised the workers and was aware

that we had a female mannequin in urgent need of repair work, was

asked by Mrs Brigitte Arthur if he could source an Australian Army

Nurses uniform to compliment the three male mannequins we are in

the process of dressing in the uniforms of the three Services.

Brigitte was put in touch with Custodial Specialist Jackie Pomery

from the textile section of the Adelaide Women’s Prison (AWP). With

support from her offsider Andrea, and approval from Sandra Russell,

the General Manager of theAWP, it was decided that the manufacture

of the uniform could become the textile section’s project for this

year’s Royal Adelaide Show and, having been displayed at the show,

it could then be presented to the Morphett Vale RSL.

The uniform was expertly made by one of the inmates, who did a

wonderful job. The inmate is working her way through her Certificate

3 in garment production and the results of her work were entered

in the ‘Reproductive Costume’ category where it was awarded 1st

Prize, much to everybody’s delight.

On Monday, 5th November, I accompanied Brigitte Arthur and my

wife Dierdre to the AWP for a light luncheon and formal hand-over

of the uniform. We also met the inmate who had done such a good

job. The Correctional Services Officers who supervise in that area

were extremely supportive of

the venture and Morphett Vale

Sub-Branch will very soon, have

a complete set of uniformed


We are grateful for the support

and encouragement given by

AWP General Manager Sandra

Russell, Jackie Pomery and

Andrea Agostino and thank them

for their interest. Special thanks

must go to the inmate for the

excellent work she did and we

wish her well for the future.

Frank Owen

The Combined Ex-Services Mess

The Combined Ex-Services Mess at ANZAC House, Torrens Training

Depot, Adelaide will be open for members and guests on the second

and third Fridays of each month from 4 - 7.30 pm.

The bar is well stocked with packaged beer and a selection of wines

and spirits. Light snacks will also be available.

Comfortable surroundings, ample car parking.

All who wish to make use of the facilities are encouraged to join and

Membership applications are available at the Mess.

Annual subscription is $10.00 per year which becomes due on 1

January each year.



Indoor Bowls Competition

On the 22nd of September 2012, eleven members of the Victorian

RSL Indoor Bowls Association arrived in Adelaide to compete for

the RSL Interstate Indoor Bowls Competition that has been running

since 1947, with only four years not being played. In the early days

teams going either way would fill up one to two carriages of the

Overland train as many RSL Clubs here and in Melbourne were

involved in the friendly competition.

The week started off with a welcoming lunch on Sunday 23rd at

Norwood RSL, followed by the first game of bowls. On Monday

morning at 11am a short service was held at the Vietnam War

Memorial where wreaths were placed by both teams and then the

battle commenced.

Throughout the week the visitors were taken on tours during the day

and then to RSLs for dinner and games. Clubs participating were

Plympton/Glenelg, Norwood and Enfield. The Farewell and Trophy

presentation was held at Enfield RSL on Thursday 27th September

where all had a most enjoyable meal and a great deal of talk about

the preceding week.

The Victorians were just a little too good on the night and took home

the Cup and also the Captains Trophy, leaving SA with the wooden

spoon. This of course gives us a good reason to travel to Melbourne

next September and get the trophies back.

All had a great time and we look forward to next year when the

South Australian members hopefully go to Melbourne to sample

their hospitality and of course, bring back the Trophy and Cup.

The events could not have happened without a grant from the

Veterans SA Department, and for that we thank them.

Tom Camplin

President, SA RSL Indoor Bowls Association.

SA and Victorian RSL indoor bowls members at the Service in front of the

Vietnam War Memorial, which was also attended Mr Graham Nybo of the

RSL Senior Representative Group.


Sub-Branch News

Army Museum of South Australia

The Army Museum of South Australia is located just through the main

gate at Keswick Barracks, ANZAC Highway. Open to the public on

Sunday afternoons between 12 and 4 pm. Several galleries display

uniforms, weapons, vehicles, equipment, pictures, documents and

memorabilia from Colonial times to present day.

New glass cabinets enhance the displayed items. The Medal and

Trophy room displays unique items including three US Distinguished

Service Cross medals awarded to South Australians.

Group tours can be arranged. Anyone with an interest in SA military

history and becoming a Museum Guide should contact Peter Collins.

Ph: 8305 6374; www.amosa.org.au.

Malaya Borneo Veterans

Selamat tengahari Gentlemen,

During the past five years, submissions have been put to the

incumbent Ministers of Veterans’ Affairs, to have due recognition

acknowledged and confirmed properly, by gazetting an official Day

of Remembrance for those Australian Armed Forces personnel who

served in the two post WW2 campaigns of the Malayan Emergency

from 1948 – 1960, and The Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia

from 1962 – 1966.

It gives me great pleasure to advise you that as a result of discussions

between our association’s National Patron Maj Gen J C Hughes AO

DSO MC, and Maj Gen Brian (Hori) Howard AO MC ESM, that this

long awaited recognition will be confirmed and duly recorded in the

Australian Military Calendar of Commemorations in the near future.

The 31st of August is now entrenched as “Malaya & Borneo

Veterans’ Day” annually.

Further to this milestone, the compilation of the Australian Armed

Forces Nominal Rolls for both of these campaigns will also be

compiled and officially published in due course.

This year, for only the second time in Australia, Malaya &

Borneo Veteran’s Day commemorated the 46th anniversary

of the end of the Indonesian Confrontation and the

52nd anniversary of the end of the Malayan Emergency.

We can be assured that the efforts have been finally

acknowledged. Banyak baguslah.........


Best regards,

Brian Selby

President, SA & NT Branch

Keeping the Kids Amused

RSL SA was very happy to

provide a children’s table and

chairs to be used in the waiting

room of VVCS. As we are all

aware there is an increasing

number of younger serving

Australian Defence Force

personnel now requiring and

using the service of VVCS, and

a significant number of them

have small children who need

to be amused while “Mum and

Dad” have a grown up talk.

Alice Springs Sub-Branch Re-Opens

After extensive renovations, the Alice Springs Sub-Branch officially

re-opened to the public on Friday 23rd November.

Visitors and guests enjoyed the newly refurbished, comfortable

and relaxed surroundings. There were many special guests, live

entertainment, BBQ and activities.

The Long Tan Bar re-opened earlier on the 12th of October ahead of

the Masters Games that were being held in Alice Springs.

The response from the Alice Springs community has been very

positive and heartening.

Improvements will continue to be seen at the Sub-Branch, which we

will continue to update progress on.



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Partnering with MOVEMBER

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health issues and fundraising

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exercise. RSL members and

Sub-Branches assisted with

donations and in-kind support

to help ADF members who

took on the MOVEMBER project

and relationships have been

strengthened. Movember raises

funds to assist education,

research and recovery of

prostate cancer and depression.

With RSL and ADF support it

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It is pleasing to find that on

occasions some Sub-Branches

are willing to request clarification

on the Model Rules. I have had

two such requests recently,

both to do with qualifications

required of members who wish

to nominate for office.

For the information of others

who may not have read previous

explanations of qualifications to

hold office, here they are again

and please note the words in

bold. The quoted rules are

extracted from the Model Rules for Sub-Branches:

President/Vice President: “Any Service or Life member shall be

eligible for election as President or Vice President, providing that

member has been a Service or Life Member of the Sub-Branch for

not less than twelve (12) months immediately prior to the calling of

nominations and has previously served at least twelve (12) months

on the Committee of a Sub-Branch.” Rule 22.3 refers.

Committee Member: “Any Service, Life Member or Affiliate of the

Sub-Branch shall be eligible for election as Secretary, Treasurer

or as a member of the Management Committee provided that the

member has been a Service, Life Member or Affiliate of the Sub-

Branch for not less than twelve (12) months immediately prior to the

calling of nominations.” Rule 22.4 refers.

Affiliates of Sub-Branches have almost all of the same rights

and responsibilities as Service Members, except that they may not:

• speak or vote on matters concerning the sale or relocation of

Sub-Branch premises;

• nominate or vote for any office which they are not eligible to

hold, ie. President, Vice President or Sub-Branch Delegate; or

• speak or vote on any Constitutional matter.

Sub-Branches should ensure that Affiliates are aware of their rights

and responsibilities and encourage them to nominate for those

Offices they are eligible to hold.

Social Members are not eligible to hold any office on Sub-Branch

Management Committees and have no standing within the League

structure, nor can they be included on Sub-Branch Membership


Any person who is eligible to be a Service Member of a Sub-Branch,

cannot be admitted as an Affiliate or a Social member of a Sub-

Branch. By-Law 3 of the Model Rules for Sub-Branches refers.

While it is well known that social members generally pay a cheaper

rate of subscriptions, Sub-Branches should encourage them to

become Affiliates of the Sub-Branch.

Adoption of the Model Rules:

There is still a significant number of Sub-Branches which have yet

to adopt By-Law 8, the Model Rules for Sub-Branches, as their

Constitution. It is almost eighteen months since the new State

Branch Constitution was adopted at a properly constituted Annual

Sub-Branch Constitution and all Sub-Branches are bound by the

decisions made at Sub-Branch Conferences.

Powers of the Sub-Branch Conference: “The Sub-Branch

Conference is the supreme governing body of the State Branch.

Resolutions of the Sub-Branch Conference are binding on the State


Points of Order

Branch in relation to matters required to be decided by it under this

Constitution or the Act.” State Branch Constitution Rule 32.2 refers.

The State Branch Constitution and Model Rules for Sub-Branches

may be found on the RSL SA website; www.rslsa.org.au

As this is the last issue of The Signal for 2012, I take the opportunity

to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous

New Year. Please take care if you are driving over the festive season

and return home safely.

Frank Owen OAM

State Board

Balaklava Veterans Race Day 2013

A marvellous day out for veterans, serving ADF, family, friends and

the public on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at Balaklava Racecourse.

Balaklava is one of South Australia’s finest country tracks and

just a short distance from Adelaide. This annual event has a great

following and is the highlight on many group calendars.

Tickets will be available in 2013. Buy a $20 ticket from RSL

State Branch and participating Sub-Branches, TPI House and the

Balaklava Racing Club. Each ticket gives a chance to win a return

trip for 2 people to Penang, Malaysia with accommodation, valued

at $3,000. For those attending race day it also includes track entry,

free BBQ lunch and discounted drinks. More information closer to

the day can be found at www.rslsa.org.au

RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund

The RSL provides packages to Australian Defence Force and

Australian Federal Police personnel serving overseas on Military

Missions, Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Operations and other

Operational activities. Packages are made available for delivery

twice yearly; mid-year and Christmas.

The Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF) was established in

1966 to continue the longstanding tradition of supporting Australia’s

Military Forces overseas. The sending of comfort parcels to the

troops is not a new initiative, as almost every town and community

throughout Australia has at some time formed an auxiliary committee

which organised, prepared and packed parcels for dispatch to those

serving overseas in both WWI and WWII.

The RSL appreciates the support of all Australians who share our

desire to continue this support to all those personnel who commit

themselves to the service of our country.

Please offer your support to

RSL AFOF by sending your tax

deductible donation to:

RSL SA State Branch,

ANZAC House, Victoria Drive

Adelaide SA 5000

or visit www.rslsa.org.au


Women’s Auxiliary

Another year... almost over.

Sadly I have to report the

passing of another of our State

Councillors, Mrs Pat Johnson


A great many friends from all

walks of her life said their last

farewells to her on Wednesday

14 November; she probably

would have wondered what all

the fuss was about.

Pat joined the Women’s Auxiliary

of the Keswick/Richmond RSL

on the 27 January 1983.

She served as Secretary of this Auxiliary from 1984 to 1990 and

then as President from 1991 to 1997 when the Auxiliary closed.

She then transferred her membership to the Hilton RSL Women’s

Auxiliary and in latter years was also a member of the Payneham

RSL Women’s Auxiliary.

Elected as a State Councillor of the Central Council of RSL Women’s

Auxiliaries in 1998, Pat strived to instil into all of the women in her

Group the love and the importance she herself felt for the RSL and

its work for veterans.

All of us who knew her, knew of her passion to support and raise

funds for the veterans she was so proud of. Pat stood on the

Grenfell/King William Street corner selling tokens for ANZAC Day

and Remembrance Day for so many years, business people on their

way to work knew her by name. So, she will be missed not only by

her fellow badge sellers on these days, but also by those who have

been used to seeing her cheery face at the corner.

Pat was awarded Life Membership of the Women’s Auxiliary in

1998, in 2000 she was awarded The Certificate of Merit and Gold

Badge, the highest award made by the National RSL to a nonservice

member. She was extremely proud of these awards but the

“cream on her achievement cake” and her proudest moment was to

be awarded and receive the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011.

We will sorely miss Pat not only for her seemingly endless charity

work, her down to earth attitude, and her effortless ability to pop

out 200 cupcakes whenever they were needed but also for the

friendship she extended to all she met. Vale Pat.

Vice President Gloria and I joined the ladies of Kadina RSL Women’s

Auxiliary on 20 November to celebrate their 60th anniversary. Well

done ladies and thank you for your hard work and for inviting Gloria

and I to help you celebrate.

Nominations have been re-called for the position of Group 5

Councillor and will now be called for Group 3. I hope the Auxiliaries

in these Groups will think long and hard on this matter.

Frank and I wish everyone a happy and safe festive season now

rapidly approaching, time to relax, have some family time and

recharge the batteries. My thanks to the staff at State Branch for

their help this past year.

Remember the best gifts in life will never be found under a Christmas

tree! Those gifts are friends, family, kids and the one you love!

When Good King Wenceslas phoned for a pizza. The salesgirl asked

him:- ‘Do you want your usual? Deep pan, crisp and even?’

Dierdre Owen OAM

State President

Letter to the Editor


I appreciated the excellent article by Keith Harrison (“The Signal”,

October) on those who adorn themselves with medals to which they

are not entitled and/or which are not officially recognised. The first

offence is illegal, as Keith points out. Those so exposed may be

prosecuted, and shamed. However those with the latter offence

do not act illegally and cannot be prosecuted. Some years ago the

Prime Ministerial Advisory Council, at the urging in particular of

Brigadier Neil Weekes AM MC (retd), strongly recommended that the

Defence Act be amended so that the wearing of unofficial medals, or

“tinnies”, should also be outlawed. It has not yet happened. The RSL

may “actively discourage” such display, but it cannot as yet insist

that the offensive medals be removed. Unfortunately many unofficial

medals may be seen on ANZAC Day.

Robert Black

Glen Osmond

Wishing you a

Merry Christmas and

all the best for 2013.

Providing outstanding care and

accommodation for veterans

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Formed in 2009 and meeting at least four times a year, the purpose

of the Young Veterans (YV) Forum is to provide a consultative

forum that can effectively address issues raised by current serving

members of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) and ex-Defence

Force Members, post 1975, who have recently separated from the

Armed Forces.

The YV Forum’s function is to liaise, through the body of the

League, with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) on tangible

matters raised concerning post 1975 service personnel and their

families. The Forum has an open door arrangement that is made

possible through the generosity and ongoing support of the Deputy

Commissioner of DVA NSW/ACT Ms Jennifer Collins.

The relationship forged with DVA has led to forum members being

involved in several fact-finding, review panels and other similar


The YV Forum does not work in isolation, nor is it another breakaway

Ex-Service Organisation. We are endorsed and supported by the

NSW State Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia.

The Forum is a great representation of the three services and all

the other ESOs that link up to form, a conduit that previously did not

exist on behalf of young veterans. We, the League must remember

that whilst the YV Forum is about raising those issues that are

affecting our men and women of the ADF past and present it must

also concentrate on what we can do for the families and widows of

contemporary conflicts. Our families are the crucial link in helping

our young veterans facing many situations and must never be left

out of the Forum’s agenda.

What can we do as an organisation that can support this? The list

is endless and as long as it is part of the Aims and Objects of the

League there is no reason why more support to families cannot be


While there is no formal membership, there are many serving and

ex-serving personnel representing the Army, Navy and Air Force and

other agencies, such as, Department of Veterans Affairs, (DVA) the

Veterans’ and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) - to

name just a few.

Membership to the League is one that must be retained to fight

for their long-term welfare now and into their many years ahead

including those future pension years. Retaining young member’s

regimental social associations is also encouraged.

The best examples of Sub-Branches with real practical applications

and runs on the board with younger members are South Lake

Macquarie and North Bondi. Recently, I spoke with North Bondi on

what they did and what works for them.

In the last 60 days, North Bondi has had 131 serving members join

their Sub-Branch. Currently their membership stands at 285 and

expected to be approximately 500 strong by the end of the year. Not

a bad effort considering they only had a membership of 37 Service

Members and 14 Associates in early 2009. North Bondi achieved

this by providing relevant services for our serving ADF members and

younger veterans that had a positive effect on their lives and that of

their families.

We as League Service Members need to become Sub-Branch centric

with more focus on outcomes rather than on the process. There is

also a need to be more outward focussed not just looking internally.

Our motto must remain to act locally while thinking Nationally.

Sub-Branches need to identify issues specifically of concern to their

local contingents such as - youth, mental health, suicides and family


Young Veterans’ Forum

breakdowns - and structure the services they offer to members

around such concerns. As somebody mentioned to me “You’ve got

to get relevant to your veteran community or you’re dead.”

The younger society is looking not only for ‘what’s in it for me’, but

also for their family unit; they are looking for the benefits in joining

the League for their whole unit. The family make-up today is a more

hands on role with all parties, partners and children.

The RSL needs to change targeting to meet todays’ serving

members, such as why should I join the League when I am not

“old”, how can I get involved and what can I do?

I am very much involved and hold a position on the committee of my

Sub-Branch having previously held an Executive position at another.

My young family is supportive in my RSL commitments but I am also

aware that my family must come first.

Opportunities on the Young Veterans agenda are many and it is

constantly evolving. We are encouraged to strengthen ties with

groups that support the men and women of the ADF specifically

those that support our families.

There are many looming problems such as Mental Health and many

of which we know so little. We need to stand up and get involved

with the League to ensure there is involvement on government

committees and Departmental agencies that will assist the many

veterans in the future. Our involvement in Departmental decision

making is vital for the balanced future we are promising our


Following the old ways of the League will only guarantee a slow and

painful demise. Being creative, innovative and making the League

welcoming, relevant, supportive, and listening to needs of serving

ADF members and younger veterans will guarantee the League’s

survival long into the 21st Century and beyond.

We must become one League moving forward in a positive new

direction. The key is always transforming to make ourselves a better

organisation and not being stuck in the last Century as many of us

currently fear. If we are to predict the future we must determine that

future for ourselves.

Let us market and celebrate the considerable achievements that this

great organisation has and will achieve. Look at the opportunities

and challenges that await - not the threat of being taken over or

becoming irrelevant to members.

Together we are working for the betterment of our Young Veterans.

We have learnt a good deal from mistakes made following the

Vietnam Conflict and our future has now become brighter, positive

and more expansive as we embrace an increasing membership with

new hopes and aspirations.

Shaun McGill

Secretary, Young Veterans Forum.

Currently serving member of the Royal Australian Air Force

RSL - New South Wales Branch


Exercise Executive Stretch 2012

Exercise Executive Stretch 2012 was a rewarding

and exhilarating experience, which will not be forgotten easily.

Exercise Executive Stretch (EES) is an exercise aimed at employers and potential employers of Reservists

to give them an insight into the types of training conducted in the Australian Defence Force and the

skills and qualities Reservist can return to their civilian employment. It is aimed to foster support for

Reservist Employees enhancing the availability of Reservists for Defence Service. Exercise Executive

Stretch was held at RAAF Base Edinburgh from 11-13 October 2012.

I arrived at RAAF base, Edinburgh on a windy Thursday afternoon, not really knowing what to expect of the coming days - I had comfort in

knowing that the other twenty three participants were in the same boat.

We were warmly welcomed by those involved in the coordination and running of EES. After a short briefing, everyone was instructed to hand

over any valuables, watches, keys and any communication with the ‘outside world’. We were then split into 3 groups. These of course were

Army, Air Force and Navy. Our team leaders were Nicholas (Army), Rudi (Air Force) and Mick (Navy).

The fun and polite competitiveness that comes from a group of people that don’t really know each other began. I was placed in the Air Force

team, with our leader Rudi - a tall, well muscled and scary looking man... what had I got myself into?

We were told to grab our gear and boarded our team buses to the barracks where we would be staying for the next couple of nights. In our

rooms were: a bag containing camouflage clothing, a bag with goodies from Defence Reserves Support and a backpack. Our instructions: ‘put

your bags in your room, change into camouflage clothing and be out the front with cap and back pack on’.

We were then instructed on how to build a Hootchie - a shelter traditionally used by Australian soldiers in the field that consists of a tarpaulin

that is normally suspended at waist height between two or more trees with cord or specifically hootchie cord. The different interpretations of a

hootchie between Army, Air Force and Navy couldn’t have been more contrasting.

We had a hot ration-pack dinner and were off in our buses to a mystery destination. This ended up being the 3rd/9th Light Horse Regiment.

We learnt about an array of weaponry and run through how to fire some of them. This was followed by a ride in some of the 4WD troop carriers

over a vehicle obstacle course. We then gathered on the parade ground for drill. An amusing lesson on left and right, THE left and THE right

and how uncoordinated we were. Thankfully there was a drink in the ‘boozer’ on offer and an opportunity to learn more about the other people

involved in EES and the guys from the 3rd/9th, who kindly gave their time to teach us a thing or two, while we in turn gave them a good laugh.

Friday we were awoken by Rudi yelling at us to be outside with our packs on in 5 minutes. It was still dark. No one was game to drag their

heels hearing Rudi’s voice. He was ready and waiting to inflict some pain on our unsuspecting bodies. After the warm up came short jogs, sit

ups, squats, lunges, push ups… my body aches just thinking about it!

Breakfast was a welcome relief before Air Force team were first to ride in the M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carrier and look through and

chat to the guys about an armoured ambulance. We then moved onto a firing range where we were instructed on the use of a variety of fire

arms used within the Defence Force. We were then given the opportunity to fire blank rounds from a Minimi machine gun, a Steyr rifle and a

Browning 9mm pistol. Yet again the ADF personnel were very informative, helpful and a lot of fun.

Next, the obstacle course. The first obstacle was how our sore bodies were, before even contemplating the course! We attempted warm up

exercises amongst a lot of laughter, joking and egging each other on. Knowing we were all suffering the same affliction was a constant source

of amusement and compassion of sorts.

Survival exercises in the pool, fully clad in our cams, occured after lunch. We learnt useful facts and tips about safety and survival. We did

exercises with personal flotation devices (PFDs), were given the opportunity to swim in a dry suit, clamber in and out of life rafts and upturn a

flipped life raft. When finished in the pool, we had an hour and a half to make ourselves respectable for a Regimental Dinner. Air Force team

was last back to the barracks to get ready. The sun was shining and the grass out the front of the barracks looked as though there had been



some sort of carnage, bodies were lying all over the ground. People

had collapsed and literally fallen asleep on the lawn.

Alice, from our Air Force team was panicking about being given the

task to ‘Toast the ADF’ at dinner. So anyone who wasn’t asleep was

reassuring Alice that she would be fine.

At dinner, most of the EES participants had been given some sort of

role as the Regimental Dinner unfolded. Once the formal part of the

dinner was over, many willingly participated in the ‘Subs Court’ - a

mock court where one could be called to answer for any actions

requiring further explanation. This was a very entertaining part of the

evening and everyone seemed to ‘get in on the act’.

Saturday morning was a much more relaxed start to the day. We

marched from our barracks to the Combined Mess for breakfast with

some of the troops from 7 RAR. A bus trip down to Port Adelaide

followed, with a boat ride along the Port River past the frigate HMAS

Parramatta docked for Navy Week, and a submarine being serviced.

Back at the RAAF Base, it was time to pack up our belongings and

change into our civilian clothes for a BBQ and farewell. Although we

were all still sore and laughing

about each other’s aches and

pains, we were sad that it had all

come to an end. It had been a

jam packed couple of days where

we were all challenged, taken

out of our comfort zones and

‘stretched’. EES was a rewarding

and exhilarating experience,

which will not be forgotten easily.

The hard work, effort and

enthusiasm put into EES by

everyone involved in coordinating

this event was evident in the

professionalism, the variety of experiences we participated in, and

ease in which everything flowed.

I really enjoyed the EES experience and learnt a lot about what skills

and qualities Defence Reservists can contribute not only to businesses,

but the wider community. Interestingly, if you Google the top attributes

employers seek in their employees you’ll find: strong work ethic;

dependability/responsibility; self-motivated; eager and willing to learn

new skills; and ability to plan, prioritise and problem solve. These are

skills I believe Reservists have ‘in spades’.

I also learnt that Rudi wasn’t as scary as he looked.

Ursula Thornquest

For further information visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au


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Participation by Older Veterans in ANZAC Day

Commemorative Activities

The RSL greatly values the participation of older veterans in ANZAC

Day commemorative activities. Many older veterans have mobility

difficulties and may reside in their own homes, retirement villages

or in residential aged care facilities. Ageing veterans are always

welcome to participate in Dawn Services and Marches on foot,

in wheelchairs, in gophers, with mobility aids, accompanied by a

carer or in appropriate vehicles depending on their preference and

physical capacities. If you are an older veteran who finds it hard to

get to your local ANZAC Day commemorative activities, please speak

to your local RSL Sub-Branch and/or the lifestyle coordinator of your

aged care provider to let them know your wishes. If you are unable

to leave your aged care facility due to your care needs, please let

your local RSL Sub-Branch know, and they may be able to assist

your aged care provider to conduct an ANZAC Day commemorative

activity at your facility on ANZAC Day.

Adelaide ANZAC Day March

One of the objectives of the RSL regarding ANZAC Day is to

maximise the participation of older veterans in the Adelaide March.

RSL Sub-Branches in the metropolitan area have been encouraged

to facilitate the transport of older veterans to participate within the

veterans’ individual capabilities in the March. Metropolitan Sub-

Branches have been asked to get in touch with their local aged care

providers, particularly the lifestyle coordinators of nearby residential

aged care facilities, to identify older veterans wishing to participate in

the March. Older veterans can be delivered to the assembly areas in

order to participate on foot, in wheelchairs or gophers, or in military

and ex-military vehicles, and a carer may accompany any veteran

that needs assistance to participate. For those unable to otherwise

participate, minibuses may be authorised to transport incapacitated

veterans along the March route in designated vehicle pods. RSL

Sub-Branches may be able to provide transport for older veterans

through their own resources, in cooperation with local aged care

providers, or through assistance from local and state government

sources. Over the Christmas break, the ANZAC Day Committee will

be writing to all metropolitan aged care providers to encourage

them to work with their local RSL Sub-Branches and other nearby

residential aged care facilities to maximise the involvement of older

veterans in the 2013 Adelaide March.

Any inquiries should be directed to Karen Marchant at RSL State

Branch on 08 8232 0322 or events@rslsa.org.au

Corporate Sponsorship

RSL South Australia values the support of our Corporate partners in supporting those who serve

and have served our nation.

There are a number of Corporate Sponsorship packages to suit all types of businesses.

For further information, please contact RSL SA State Branch on 08 8232 0322 or email


War Memorials Just a Click Away

Take a journey of discovery around the war memorials of South

Australia and the Northern Territory at www.tributesofhonour.info.

This valuable resource can be used for research or general interest.

You can search listings by town or district, type of memorial, a

person’s name and entries give extensive information on memorial

locations, details, names and images.

The site is testament to years of dedication by the late Will Clough

and his wife Jacqui, who travelled the countryside recording over

1700 memorials and honour boards, firstly of South Australia then

the Northern Territory. What began as an intended printed record

then a CD format eventually became a website. The website was

launched in 2006 and has been extensively used from all around

the world.

Details of many honour boards and honour rolls are included but with

an estimated more than 6000 boards the emphasis is on memorials,

monuments, buildings, weapons and gardens. Memorials that no

longer exist are covered in the LOST category.

Tributes of Honour is hosted by RSL SA and updating and

maintaining memorial details is an ongoing task as new memorials

are dedicated, established ones are re-located and others are

renovated or damaged. Information on new memorials or corrections

to site information should be advised through the contact facility on

the site.

Earlier this year, the very prominent Tarlee memorial was destroyed

when a stolen motor vehicle crashed into it. Thanks to “Tributes of

Honour”, a comprehensive record exists and will be used as the

basis of creating a replacement.

The South Australian Virtual War Memorial

RSL SA is pleased to announce that we are going to take “Tributes

of Honour” to another level.

As a sometime battlefield tour guide, I and a colleague named

Malcolm McInerney began a journey four years ago on a project to

create “The South Australian Virtual War Memorial”.

The aim is to create a web-based repository so that we can put

the life behind the names of service people that are our social and

military history right across the State, through personal memorabilia

such as photographs, letters and other media before they are lost

forever to our community.

It will enable search by name, unit, conflict, memorial, town, and

even campaigns. There are others sites that do some of what is

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proposed - but not all. It is designed to become a key platform to

support the education of young South Australians about our society,

history and conflict. Fortunately, Tributes of Honour is an ideal

platform on which to base this project. This project will cover all

conflicts, not just WW1.

Having done the rounds in an attempt to source funding through

a number of public channels to no avail so far, I presented the

project concept to the RSL State Board earlier this year. We are

still in discussion around a partnership with the State Government

to approach the Centenary of ANZAC Committee to resource this

and some related activity. However the RSL SA State Board formed

the view that we need something more tangible than an idea. As a

result, the RSL SA State Board recently approved funding to create

a pilot site as the basis of submissions to the Centenary of ANZAC

and to elicit private sector and community support for the project.

South Australian firm Mind Vision Interactive is building the pilot site.

Below is a first concept.

We plan to have a working pilot by February 2013.

This is a call to arms. We are going to need a network of people

to help take this project to the community. The RSL Sub-Branch

network is ideally placed to be at the centre of this process. Many of

you already have active military history groups and in some cases,

collections of artefacts.

There are several steps to get this up and running. We want Sub-

Branches to get onto this - to become community hubs for interested

people in your communities.

1. Form a working group.

2. Liaise with neighbouring Sub-Branches

3. Check out Tributes of Honour and do an audit of memorials in

your area. Provide any updates to the contact details on the


4. Register your Sub-Branch’s interest in participating in this

project. Use the Contact email address on the Tributes of

Honour web page

5. If your Sub-Branch needs technical/ hardware/ software

support to get going there are avenues available through

a number of agencies. If you need help, say so in your email

when you register interest.

We expect to know by March where this is heading. With your

support this can become a landmark contribution to the Centenary

of ANZAC. In the next edition I’ll include a piece about how to

research soldiers in your local community, so we can get some

profiles prepared for publication.

If we’re serious about perpetuating the memory of those who’ve

served our nation, this is going to bring it together like no other.

We want you to be part of it.

Steve Larkins

Deputy State President



In April of 2013 The Ghan will make a special journey from Darwin to Adelaide. The Ghan’s

ANZAC Tribute is a four day commemoration of the glories and sacrifices of the Australian Armed

Forces during the Second World War.

The trip encompasses a series of special events including a visit to the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a traditional Dawn Service

in the outback town of Katherine and a journey aboard an original ‘troop train’ through the picturesque Flinders Ranges.

A unique chance to reminisce with mates, make new friends, listen to guest speakers and performers. Enjoy the comforts in the

privacy of your Platinum Service or Gold Service cabin while the magnificent Australian outback glides past your window. Bask

in the unrivalled splendour and culinary delights of the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and the Outback Explorer Lounge.

For every ticket sold Great Southern Rail will make a donation to the RSL. To book your journey on The Ghan’s ANZAC Tribute

visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au or call 13 21 47.


RSL Cadet of the Year 2012

Australian Defence Force Cadets are a premier youth development

organisation. We in the RSL have always had a close relationship

with Navy, Army and Air Force Cadets in SA, NT and Broken Hill.

Each year State Branch sponsors a trip to Canberra for a worthy

Cadet from each Service from both SA and NT. This year there were

four cadets on the tour, three from SA and one from the NT.

This years’ Cadets were: Cadet Able Seaman Scott Barber (TS

Noarlunga), Cadet Under Officer Jakob Batchelor (40 ACU -

Noarlunga), Cadet Leading Aircraftsman David Sandison (601

Squadron – Keswick) and Cadet Corporal James Brown (70 ACU

– Darwin). Each Service also provided chaperones, Lieutenant

‘Connie’ Francis - Navy Cadets SA, Captain Julie Andrew - Army

Cadets Darwin and Flight Sergeant Steven Buscomb – Air Force SA.

The RSL guide and mentor was Mark Keynes.

The group flew into Canberra on Melbourne Cup Day and over the

days leading up to the National Remembrance Day Service they

toured the following places: RSL National HQ, National Museum of

Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House),

Parliament House, National Archives, Australian Defence Force

Academy and Australian War Memorial. The highlight of the trip was

front row seats at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony where

once again the Cadets had the opportunity to meet Chief of Navy,

Chief of the Defence Force and even a chance meeting with the

Prime Minister who stopped to chat with them! Once again a ‘well

done that man’ goes to a Navy Cadet for asking the Chief of Defence

Force to join them in laying their wreath, Bravo Zulu!

The Cadets gained a deeper insight into our nation’s history, the role

of the RSL and the idea of ‘serving the nation’. After a thoroughly

educational tour of Parliament House we walked to the North East

Corner of Parliament Drive to see the RSL Fountain and reflect on

the words inscribed there: “Look around you – these are the things

they believed in’. By then everyone was starting to get a much

better appreciation for the level of involvement of the RSL in the

Nation’s history and why it is so important. Standing at the Fountain,

looking at up at Parliament House and then down the sweeping

vista over Old Parliament House, The High Court, Lake Burley Griffin

and the War Memorial in the distance one cadet pondered then

remarked: “Wow, the RSL isn’t just a club for old soldiers,” He was

spot on, it is a living breathing thing through which generations of

men and women serve to ensure that programs are in place for

the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving

and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependants; and

promote Government and community awareness of the need for a

secure, stable and progressive Australia.

The State President was in Canberra and joined the Cadets for

dinner one night where he asked them to think about speaking at

the Annual Sub-Branch Conference. Planning for 2013 will start

early next year. The aim is to get six cadets; three from SA and three

from NT. The Cadets said their units had a good relationship with

their local Sub-Branch and we hope the relationships stay strong.

For enquiries about the 2013 tour please contact Mark Keynes,

Senior Entitlements Officer, at State Branch on 08 8232 0322.

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Photo left to right: Jakob Batchelor, David Sandison, James Brown, General

Hurley, Scott Barber

An Australian First - A Coloured $2 Remembrance Coin

The RSL in conjunction with the Royal Australian Mint has issued a

$2 Remembrance Poppy coin. This is the first coloured coin issued

in Australia for circulation and is obtainable exclusively from the

RSL State Branch, participating Sub-Branches and through the RSL

website. www.rslsa.org.au

The limited edition $2 coin, features a red Flanders poppy, is the

first coloured coin to go into circulation in Australia and is a fitting

tribute to the sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women.

These highly collectable coins

were produced for, and are

available exclusively from the

RSL for a $10 donation. The

unique $2 coin comes with a

certificate of donation.

Explore Your Online World

ForwardIT is an easy to navigate website developed by the South

Australian Government that provides free online learning materials

to help you, your family, your peers or your clients to develop

digital literacy skills and knowledge to use the internet safely and


ForwardIT is for people wanting to learn about using the internet

and how to participate online, be it for pleasure, work or social

interaction. It is designed to allow you to work through the learning

materials yourself, with support and even to deliver digital literacy

training to others.

ForwardIT learning materials suit a range of learning styles with

videos, step by step guides and printable materials. Topics include

what is the internet, setting up an email account, how to use Skype

and online shopping. New topics, videos and articles are regularly

being added to ForwardIT.

ForwardIT allows you to learn what you want to learn at your

own pace and offers foundation to advanced level digital learning


ForwardIT is FREE - www.forwardit.sa.gov.au



Adelaide United Remembrance Day Match

Sunday 11th November saw Adelaide United play Perth Glory at

Hindmarsh Stadium at 4.30pm.

A Remembrance service was held prior to the match where RSL SA

Deputy State President Colonel Steve Larkins recited The Ode and

Bugler WO2 Graeme Reynolds played Last Post and The Rouse.

For the second year, the Tomas Dale medal was awarded to the

player displaying the finest qualities of sportsmanship during the

match. Dario Vidosic was deemed the best player and was presented

the medal by Tomas Dale’s parents, Karen and David.

Private Tomas Dale was killed in action in Afghanistan in August

2010. Twenty-one year old Private Dale joined the Army in 2007 and

was on his first operational deployment with the 6th Battalion, The

Royal Australian Regiment.

Veterans’ Radio Programs

Service themed or veteran hosted shows.

News from the RSL hosted by Dione Busuttil can be heard on

1197AM at 6pm on Thursdays.

Reminiscing with Robin Carbins 88.7 CoastFM Monday midnight

to 3am

Peter Haran’s Drive program can be heard on 88.7 CoastFM on

Tuesdays 4-6pm.

Listen in to Vets on Air with Gilly and the VVF team on 88.7 CoastFM

on Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. The program includes information,

music, fun, news and commemoration.

The VVA radio program is on Thursdays from 7-8pm on 1197AM.

In the Mid North and Iron Triangle area listen in to Haydn Madigan

on 105.1 TraxFM on Mondays 6-8pm.

The Legacy Hour. Music, information and reminiscing with Legacy

Widows on Mondays at 3pm on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM.

100.5 WOW FM Classic Hits - 9am to 12 midday Fridays. Hosted by

Trevor Marslen.

Something for Everyone with

Margaret & Bert Newell on 89.7

PBA-FM on Fridays 9.30am-



General News

Legal Services

Hunt & Hunt has been a long time supporter and provider of legal

services to the RSL.

A representative of Hunt & Hunt attends Torrens Training Depot

every second Thursday to provide FREE LEGAL ADVICE to members,

their dependents and to Sub-Branches.

If you have a legal problem please ring Carol on 8232 0322 and

make an appointment for an interview.


The Extremely Disabled War Veterans Association SA conducts a

number of regular social functions for EDA recipients and carers.

A Memorial Service each April is conducted in the Repat Chapel

and followed by lunch. Membership is now open to retired people

receiving 100% benefit and we are pleased to have welcomed some

Vietnam veterans as new members. For further information contact

8449 4632 or 8277 2125.

RSL Gives Welcome They Never Received

The homecoming given to Vietnam veterans might have left a lot to

be desired 40 years ago but attitudes change.

Early November members of the Mt Barker RSL Sub-Branch opened

their doors to 37 soldiers from the 16th Air Land Regiment (16

ALR) based at Woodside who had returned home after a 10-month

deployment overseas, including eight and half months in Afghanistan.

Old diggers in their 80s shared a beer and a snag with fresh faced

soldiers in their 20s, swapping stories and peering at old medals.

Sharing a barbecue lunch were Major Charles Slinger, left, and Warrant

Officer Jon Eastley, right, from the 16th Air Land Regiment with Mt Barker

RSL president Greg Lowe.

Story and photo courtesy: The Mt Barker Courier

Publication dates for The Signal magazine 2013

Issue Ad Booking Artwork/Submissions Distribution

71 4 Mar 2013 12 Mar 2013 15 Apr 2013

72 11 Jun 2013 17 Jun 2013 15 Jul 2013

73 2 Sep 2013 9 Sep 2013 8 Oct 2013

74 11 Nov 2013 18 Nov 2013 16 Dec 2013

Ride 4 Recovery

Ride 4 Recovery is a national fundraising event that saw two strong

teams of serving and former Defence personnel cycling the 4500km

across Australia. This ultimate cross-country ride commenced in

Perth and finished in Sydney, passing through the awe-inspiring

landscapes of Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra.

Ride 4 Recovery supports a National endorsed RSL campaign -

Mates 4 Mates. Designed to raise vital funds that provide welfare and

treatment programs dedicated to supporting physically or mentally

injured Australian Defence Force members and their dependents.

Ride 4 Recovery arrived in Adelaide on Friday October 26 at ANZAC

House in the afternoon. Mrs Sam Jackman, CEO of RSL SA officially

passed the torch to the Ride 4 Recovery team when they departed

on the Sunday morning.

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Are you a current service person or an ex‐serviceman or ex‐servicewoman of Aboriginal or

Torres Strait Islander descent? If so, we would like to speak to you as part of a new project

documenting the experiences of Indigenous service personnel and veterans both in the

armed forces and civilian life.

If you would be interested in participating in this project or would like more information,

please contact:

Dr. Noah Riseman OR Naomi Wolfe

School of Arts and Sciences Academic Coordinator, Jim‐baa-yer Centre

ACU for Indigenous Education and Research

03 9953 3226 03 9953 3839

Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au jimbaayer@acu.edu.au





DVA Online Service

A new website offering veterans a more immediate way of dealing

with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been launched.

MyAccount offers online forms, transport booking, payment and card

information, lodging travel claims, changing contact details, viewing

status of claims. The service is optional and veterans wanting to set

up an online account should phone 1800 173 858.

Campbells Wholesale Offer

Campbells is a wholesale supplier of grocery, dairy, confectionery

and general products to business and hospitality. Several RSL Sub-

Branches already obtain supplies at Campbells and the company

has now extended the opportunity to RSL members to shop with


When buying members are required to show a valid RSL membership

card and pay by cash or credit card. Campbells warehouses are at

65 Deeds Road, Plympton and 58 Diagonal Road, Pooraka.

Regular catalogues and further information can be viewed at





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One Man Painted to Keep Sane as a POW Under the


Introducing a new website www.changipowart.com of over 300

images dedicated to Des Bettany who served during WWII as a

Lance Bombardier on 25 pounders.

Evacuated from Dunkirk and posted to North Malaya he was

imprisoned by the Japanese at various POW camps on the Changi


You may well ask, how did he make it through all of this? Well, he

painted to keep his sanity.

This artwork of his service life before and after the Capitulation of

Singapore is a range of fascinating illustrations, done often with


However, while painting to keep his head, he nearly lost it, as he was

also painting political cartoons of the Japanese and hiding these.

They were found and after some quick talking and who knows what

else occurred, Des was warned by Col Saito, if he ever painted like

this again, he would get a ‘short haircut’ (be beheaded).

This new website has been put together by us, Des’ family as a

tribute, and to help raise awareness of what the POWs went through,

as seen through the eyes of one man, Des Bettany.

It also gives a rare insight on how others kept ‘sane’ by looking

forward to such things as: The Changi University; The Theatre and

Musical Programs; working to help others ie. making rubber soles

for boots or limbs for amputees; getting up to mischief; partaking in

things of Faith; etc.

After 60 years in a cupboard, at last, this artwork is available to all

who have access to the internet. Who knows, one day there may be

a book.

A small copied sample of the artwork is on display at the Army

Museum of South Australia.

All the artwork can be viewed at www.changipowart.com. Please

share this site with your contacts, members and family so the

message gets out to many of what these men went through and

some of the strategies they used to keep sane.

Should you have any added information, or if you would like me

to give an illustrated address to your group, please contact me at


Keith Bettany (Des’ son)


RSL Care SA provides accommodation, personalised care

and support for the benefit of the ex-service and wider

community of South Australia.

There are facilities at War Veterans’ Home at Myrtle Bank, RSL Villas at Angle Vale and

Affordable/Community Housing villages at Clovelly Park, Campbelltown and Wallaroo.

RSL Care SA believes that the ex-service community deserves the best care and affordable accommodation. RSL

Care SA is an independently constituted not for profit organisation with links to the Returned & Services League of

Australia (SA Branch).

Our mission is to support veterans and their dependents, although the ex-service community are our primary client

group it is not exclusively so. The facilities and services are also available to the broader community.

Services include Residential Aged Care providing low and high care including secure dementia care. Facilities are

located at Myrtle Bank (War Veterans Home) and Angle Park (RSL Villas); Retirement Living options (Myrtle

Bank); Community Housing located at Wallaroo, Angle Park, Clovelly Park and Campbelltown.

War Veterans’ Home, Myrtle Bank

The War Veterans’ Home is a residential aged care facility where a home-like, friendly environment is provided. Our

aim is to ensure our residents retain their identity, values and individuality.

We believe in providing choices to older people, enabling them to age positively and live fulfilling lives. Special needs

of residents with dementia can also be met, with consideration also given to respite care.

A retirement living village is co-located at the War Veterans’ Home at Myrtle Bank, providing modern retirement

living options of apartment living or independent living villas with a range of support services.

War Veterans Home has been providing care and support to ex-service persons and their families since 1917.

RSL Villas, Angle Vale

RSL Villas is a residential aged care facility providing low and high care options based on the design of a family

home. A friendly community atmosphere has been achieved by dividing the hostel into six separate villas, inter

connected by a large living activity and administration area. These are designed for aged men and women, including

married couples, who need care but who are able to maintain a reasonable independent lifestyle.

Residents are supported by caring staff who facilitate their independence.

Each villa has its own private entry, lounge, dining room and kitchen.

All units have en-suite facilities and open out onto landscaped courtyards which incorporate pergolas, paved and

planted areas. Special needs of residents with dementia can also be met, with consideration also given to respite care.

For further information contact:


55 Ferguson Avenue, 18 Trafford Street,

Myrtle Bank, South Australia 5064 Angle Park, South Australia 5010

Tel: 08 8379 2600 • Fax: 08 8338 2577 Tel: 08 8268 7277 • Fax: 08 8268 7211



Veterans Revisit North Africa Campaigns 70 Years on

Australian Second World War veterans, who helped defeat the

Germans in North Africa, returned to Egypt to mark the 70th

anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein and the North Africa


Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said the 21 veteran

representatives, aged between 88 and 95, came from all over

Australia and represent each arm of service involved in the North

Africa campaigns.

He said the group included a Prisoner of War, several ‘Rats of Tobruk’

and a nurse, and for most, it was their first time returning to North

Africa since the war.

“This group represents the thousands of men and women who so

bravely served in North Africa through some of the most ferocious

fighting of the Second World War, including the decisive Battle of El

Alamein from 23 October to 4 November 1942,” he said.

The Allied forces comprised Navy, Army and Air Force personnel

from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India; fighting

against Germany and Italy.

On the night of 23 October 1942, the Allies launched a major

offensive at El Alamein that would lead to 12 days of brutal fighting.

The Australians of the 9th Division were tasked with holding the

northern flank against the German assault while the British forces

breached the enemy line on the southern flank.

The RAAF provided air support, the Navy patrolled in nearby waters

and nurses helped evacuate the wounded to nearby casualty clearing

stations. Together, their efforts forced the Germans to retreat along

the Mediterranean coast and abandon North Africa in May 1943.

“Whilst ultimately a success, the El Alamein campaign was extremely

costly for the Australians – between July and November more than

1,000 were killed, almost 200 listed as missing in action and more

than 3,600 were wounded,” Mr Snowdon said.

The veterans who travelled to North Africa participated in a range

of commemorative activities including an Australian service at the

9th Division Memorial to honour lost mates, and services at the

Commonwealth War Graves Commission El Alamein War Cemetery

with Allied counterparts they fought alongside 70 years ago.

The El Alamein War Cemetery contains the graves of 7,240

Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, more than 1,000

of whom are Australians.

Jim Quilliam, Bill Corey, Joe Madeley and Clyde Towler lay a wreath

on behalf of the veterans at an Australian service at the 9th Division

Memorial, El Alamein, Egypt


General News

Photo courtesy: DVA

William (Bill) Thomas Corey

Rostrevor, South Australia Age 94

Bill Corey was a 22-year-old butcher when he enlisted in Adelaide

in June 1940. Bill was an original member of the 2/43rd Battalion

and remained with them for his entire war service, serving with

the battalion in Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo. In

December 1940, Bill sailed to the Middle East, arriving in Palestine

in February 1941.

The battalion moved to Tobruk in March 1941 and were stationed

there throughout the fighting, usually on defensive duties around

the Red Line or Blue Line, or aggressively patrolling no-man’sland.

Bill was evacuated from Tobruk with the battalion in October

1941, moving to Palestine then Syria and Lebanon. In July 1942 Bill

moved with the battalion to El Alamein, where they were involved in

the fighting at Ruin Ridge. Later, during the October Allied offensive,

the 2/43rd took part in a feint attack, raiding enemy lines as a

diversion. It remained in reserve until the night of 31 October, when

the battalion took part in the fighting around the Blockhouse area,

suffering more than a hundred casualties in one day.

After a brief return to Australia, Bill again sailed for service overseas,

arriving in Papua New Guinea in August 1943. Bill took part in the

landings at Lae and Finschhafen in September 1943, returning

to Australia with the battalion in January 1944. His final overseas

service took him to Morotai in April 1945, in preparation for landings

in Borneo. He returned to Australia in October 1945 and was

discharged as a Private in November 1945.

After the war Bill returned to his trade as a butcher. Currently Vice-

President of the 2/43rd Battalion Club, Bill has also served as

President for several years and was a member of the Rats of Tobruk

Association in South Australia.

James (Jim) Alfred Quilliam

North Plympton, South Australia Age 93

Jim Quilliam was an apprentice watchmaker at Wendts Jewellers

before the war. Told he was too young when he first tried to enlist,

Jim ‘fixed’ the problem by filling out a new form, putting his age up

from 19 to 20, and he successfully enlisted in the AIF in June 1940.

Jim was posted to the 2/7th Field Regiment. He left Australia for the

Middle East in November 1940. Arriving in Palestine in December

1940. In April 1941 the regiment moved to Ikingi Maryut in Egypt,

moving again to Mersa Matruh in May 1941. In early 1942 the 2/7th

moved again to Syria, taking over defensive positions at Bsarma,

near Tripoli. The 2/7th moved to El Alamein and was heavily involved

in the fighting during the German counter-offensive at Tel el Eisa in

July 1942. The 2/7th remained in El Alamein through to November,

supporting Operation Bulimba. As a signaller, Jim supported the

infantry by helping to direct the gunfire against the enemy, and as

a result he was always very close to the infantry. Jim returned to

Australia in February 1943, disembarking in Melbourne. In April

1945 he again sailed for service overseas with the 2/7th in Borneo

and the landing on Tarakan in May 1945. Jim was discharged, with

the rank of Lance Sergeant, in November 1945.

Jim returned to Wendt’s Jewellers to take up his apprenticeship.

However, his service as a signaller had sparked an interest in

communications. After gaining qualifications in communications

and administration, Jim worked in the Commonwealth Public

Service as a communications advisor. Jim is an active member of

the 2/7th Australian Field Regiment social club and has been editor

and publisher of Dial Sight, their quarterly newsletter, for 45 years.

Veterans Revisit Kokoda and the Beachheads 70 Years on

Australian veterans of the Kokoda and Beachhead battles returned

to wartime soil in Papua New Guinea to mark the 70th anniversaries

of the iconic Second World War campaign.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon said ensuring the

Japanese advance halted in Papua was vital to the defence of


“Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Track won an important victory

for the Allies and played a crucial role in bringing an end to Japanese

occupation of Papua,” he said.

“In July 1942 the Japanese landed near Gona on the north coast of

Papua (now a part of Papua New Guinea) and advanced along the

Kokoda Track over the rugged Owen Stanley Range, reaching within

48 kilometres of Port Moresby.

“For four gruelling months on the treacherous terrain and jungles

of the Kokoda Track, Australian soldiers fought side-by-side with

Papuan infantry, forcing Japanese troops slowly back along the

track. Assisting the troops were civilians who became affectionately

known as the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels,” he said.

After Kokoda was secured, the fighting moved to the Beachheads

where Australians and Americans joined together in attacks on the

Japanese positions at Buna, Gona and Sanananda in late 1942.

With increased supplies, reinforcements and air support, they took

all three strongholds by January 1943.

“The battles of Kokoda and the Beachheads were a long struggle

that cost more than 1,800 Australian lives and more than 4,000

wounded or struck down with terrible illnesses.”

Mr Snowdon said the special journey back to the battlefields saw

veterans of the campaign share their memories and honour those

who fell 70 years ago in the courageous defence of our shores.

The veterans travelled to Papua New Guinea to represent all

Australians who served and died during the battles. They participated

in a range of commemorative activities including services at Kokoda

and Popondetta and visits to the Bomana War Cemetery to pay

tribute to lost mates.

The Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery contains the graves

of more than 3,300 Australian service personnel who died in the

Second World War. More than 700 Australian soldiers, sailors and

airmen who have no known grave are commemorated on the Port

Moresby Memorial to the Missing within the cemetery.

Len Griffiths, Les Cook, Ray Baldwin, Bob Iskov, Eric Sambell, Ken

Kell, Bill Stuart and Cyril Allender along with Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels.

General News

Eric Thomas Sambell

Peterborough, South Australia, 92 years old

Eric was a shearer before the war. He enlisted at Wayville, South

Australia, in March 1941. He was posted to the 2/27th Infantry

Battalion and served with the battalion in all its campaigns of the

Second World War. Eric first saw action against the Vichy French

in Syria in 1941. The battalion returned to Australia and was

committed to the Kokoda Track fighting in September 1942. Eric

was manning a Bren gun on Mission Ridge when the Japanese

attacked. His platoon suffered severely, losing six killed and four

wounded. During the retreat from Mission Ridge the entire battalion

was cut off in the jungle. For two weeks they marched south to

regain the Australian lines. Eric remembers that there was nothing to

eat except for some sugar cane they found. Rested in Port Moresby

the 2/27th Battalion was next sent into battle at Buna-Gona. There

the battalion was committed to an assault on Gona on 29 November.

The assault failed and Eric was wounded and evacuated to Port

Moresby. Recovering from his wound, Eric was back with the

battalion in time for the advance along the Ramu Valley to Shaggy

Ridge. Eric was also present with the battalion when it fought at

Balikpapan in Borneo in July and August 1945. At the end of the

war Eric went to Macassar for several months for occupation duties.

He was discharged January 1946. After discharge Eric returned to

the family farm. He married and returned to shearing to save money

to buy his own farm, where he raised six children and still lives. He

served on Peterborough District Council for forty-one years, seven

as Council Chairman. Of his old battalion he said ‘the bond the men

of the battalion created still exists between us.’

Raymond (Ray) Gordon Wilson Baldwin

Glenelg, South Australia, 91 years old

Ray enlisted in Adelaide in May 1940 when volunteers were called

for from his militia battalion. He says a childhood memory prompted

him to join up. When he was young he used to sit on a fence near

the Kensington Drill Hall, listening to the bugle calls and watching

the soldiers drill.

Ray disembarked in the Middle East with 2/27th Battalion and

fought in the Syrian campaign. He returned to Australia in 1942.

In September of that year the battalion was engaged in the fighting

on Mission Ridge, where it was cut off. Ray spent two weeks in the

jungle, experiencing starvation and illness before the battalion found

its way back to friendly troops.

In November Ray went with the battalion to Buna-Gona where he

was wounded in action by hand grenade fragments during an attack

on Gona. After a spell in hospital, without having been correctly

discharged, Ray returned to the battalion to ‘see out the rest of the


In 1943 Ray fought along the Markham and Ramu Valleys and in

the Finisterre Range Campaign, returning to Australia once more in

March 1944. In 1945 he went with the 2/27th Battalion to Borneo.

Discharged in November 1945 Ray returned to his pre war job which

his company had kept open for him. However he soon rejoined the

army, travelling to Italy in 1946 as a guard for Italian ex-prisoners

of war returning home. Ray went to Malaya with the 2nd Battalion

Royal Australian Regiment in 1963 & retired from the army in 1970.

Ray worked at Adelaide Supreme Court and the South Australian

Education Department before retiring. He was awarded the Order of

Australia for work with war veterans and the widows of veterans. He

is custodian of the 2/27th Battalion flag.



The Royal Australian Corps of Signals Assn. (SA)

will be holding the Royal Australian Corps of Signals National

Reunion in the beautiful Barossa Valley, SA between the 25 - 28

October 2013.

An expression of interest page can be found on the Signals website

at www.rasigs.com

Whitlam TV Series - callout for stories

This two part ABC TV documentary series examines an era when as

a country we were at our most confident and flamboyant, when we

took risks and went to the margins.

It was a time of power, of passion… and which divided us as a

nation in a way that hadn’t happened before - or since .

If you have a story about Gough Whitlam the man, or the politician

please contact our office on 02 9968 1970 or email


Officer Training Unit, Scheyville National Reunion

Sydney 25 - 28 April 2013

All former national servicemen and staff who shared the ‘Scheyville

Experience’ are invited to the national reunion in Sydney in April

2013. Events will include participation in the Sydney ANZAC Day

March, and ANZAC luncheon, national reunion dinner, Church

Parade at Windsor, and a BBQ at Scheyville National Park. Details of

the national reunion may be found at: www.otunationalreunion.com

Malaya Veterans

Did you serve in Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore or East Timor

post WW2, with any Australian or, Allied Armed Forces including

2/30 Bn RAR Rifle Company Butterworth? Sign on now with the

National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc.

QLD 07 3396 6705; NSW/ACT 02 6258 8988; VIC 03 5428 3623;

TAS 03 6228 5034; SA/NT 08 8387 1672; WA 03 5428 3623.

Looking for Don Phillips

Pam Field (Noske) says Don was at Torrens Parade Ground in

the 1960s. He was married to Betty and lived on Military Road,

Semaphore Park.

Contact Pam on 0429 676 516; or pam@pamfield.com

Bombing of Darwin Day 2013

A service of Commemoration will be held on Tuesday 19 February

2013 in the Chapel at the Repatriation Hospital at 11am. The

Speaker will be Mr Jack Holder OAM, a WWII Darwin veteran. Please

be seated by 10.45am.

If attending the luncheon after the service please advise Mr Darren

Renshaw, Veteran Advocate at Repat Hospital before 11 February

2013 at darren.renshaw@rgh.sa.gov.au

There will also be a Service in the northern suburbs conducted by

the Salisbury RSL Sub-Branch, 19 Park Tce, Salisbury. Commencing

at 9.45am on Tuesday 19th February 2013, with refreshments to



Requests and Reunions

50th Anniversary Reunion OCS Graduating class of June


As part of the reunion I am trying to contact staff members who

were at OCS at the time.

Our reunion is planned for the weekend 13 - 15 June 2014 and will

be held at The Twin Towns RSL, Coolangatta QLD.

Peter Ingram, Class Coordinator OCS Portsea

Mob: 0422 412 586 or email: panddingram@aapt.net.au

Seeking WW1 Artillery Piece

Bordertown RSL seeks a WW1 artillery piece to enhance a display

area in the town. If you can help please contact Leonard Holly on

8752 2552; marlen@internode.on.net

BCOF Reunion

Any veterans of British Commonwealth

Occupation Forces interested in marching in

the 2013 Adelaide ANZAC Day March as a

unit should contact Keith Harrison, RSL-SA,

8232 0322; marketing@rslsa.org.au

Interested in trying a fun recreational sport...

Active Ageing Australia in cooperation with

Rowing SA, Salisbury Recreation Precinct,

Surfing SA and Volleyball SA invite you to

participate in a five week program for the

special introductory price of $10.

All coaching and equipment is included.

Be part of this new initiative to get more

South Australian adults active.

To be eligible for the program you just need

to be-

1. Doing less than 150 minutes of

moderate physical activity per


2. New to the sport you plan to select.

To find out more or to enrol in the program

visit www.activeageingaustralia.com.au

or phone 8362 5599.


State Association House

105 King William St


Ph: 8362 5599

Fx:: 8256 0578

Email: projectofficer@activeageingaustralia.com.au

Website: www.activeageingaustralia.com.au

The 5 FOR 10 Program invites you to ‘have-a-go’

at one of these recreational sports.

Rusty Tennis

Where: Salisbury Recreation Precinct

Waterloo Corner Rd

Salisbury North

When: Tuesdays from February.

Time: From 10am – 11am.





Where: Mawson Lakes Blvd,

Mawson Lakes

When: March 2013

Time: TBA

Book Reviews

A VIETNAM VET’S REMARKABLE LIFE - The True Meaning of Mateship

Things don’t get much more remarkable than standing on a landmine and surviving the explosion.

The initial cost was the lives of two mates, a leg, an arm and most of a hand. Lying on the ground

immediately afterwards and realising the extent of damage to his lower body what was his first thought

about? Buy the book and find out.

This is John ‘Jethro’ Thompson’s story. He tells about his childhood and joining the Australian Army, then

his life changed in May 1967 in South Vietnam. Surgery in Vietnam, return to Australia, more surgery

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and visits home. All the while thinking about beer, girls and wondering what his future was likely to be.

The future was eventful – studying, marrying, fatherhood, being widowed, raising small children,

remarrying, more children, grandchildren, working for veterans, open-heart surgery then writing a book

about it all. Jethro is a larrikin who writes in an honest, gritty style. Within a few chapters he will be

your mate.

270 page, paperback. Price $27.00 + $3.00 postage.Published by Brolga Publishing.

To order (07) 3216 8906; 0488 680 360; perlejohn@bigpond.com.au

EXIT WOUNDS - One Australian’s War On Terror

A cracking read about modern warfare, an exciting and frightening record of an Armoured Corps officer’s

active service. From the First Gulf War when coalition forces bulldozed Iraqi troops, burying them alive

in their trenches to the slaughterhouse that was an aftermath of a car bomb in a market place in the

Second Gulf War. He tells of the terror of coming under artillery fire, walking through a minefield and

the possibility of being obliterated by your own forces. Major General Cantwell was the Australian

commander in Afghanistan in 2011, while concealing the mental toll that war takes on a human.

“Generals are meant to be strong, to lead by example – they aren’t paid to sit around in psychiatric

wards. Not so long ago I was in charge of 1,500 Australian troops in Afghanistan….Now, the only thing

I’m able to manage on my own is a trip to the bathroom.”

John Cantwell has become one of Australia’s best known Army commanders of recent years due to his

admission of mental health problems resulting from his military service, and for his criticism of aspects

of the system. There is nothing new in warriors’ suffering, it’s occurred for thousands of years. The

story is new though, it’s by a modern day Australian soldier and there are thousands like him. Chief of

Defence, General Hurley, recommends that people read this book to better understand post-traumatic

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PACIFIC 360° - Australia’s Battle for Survival in World War 11

Australia’s Pacific War (1941-1945) against Japan was fearsome. But the off-field struggle was also

significant and vital for its survival. Its two biggest ‘Allies’, the British and the US, were at loggerheads

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against Hitler and the Nazis in Europe, or to please the US by using it against the Japanese in Burma

to help China. Churchill and Roosevelt at a critical moment ganged up on and tried to bully Curtin;

US General MacArthur was opposed to Australia’s General Blamey. Australian Prime Minister, John

Curtin, defied them. The book reveals secret court files on Blamey’s sexual peccadilloes that Macarthur

secured to have an advantage over his Australian counterpart.

Pacific 360 analyses the plan of Japan’s General Yamashita who had by mid-February 1942 taken

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undefended Australia. Other senior Admirals in the Japanese Navy believed that Australia was an easy

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The author’s extensive research draws on Japanese and Australian military files never before made

public. It shows how Curtin, an insecure man with problems over alcohol and depression, rose to the

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Lest We Forget

The PTSD Minefield

There’s a special kind of minefield

Just for veterans back from war

It has ghosts that come to taunt you

With hidden memories from before

There’s no barrier fence to warn you

Or a sign to say ‘keep out’

But it soon becomes apparent

When your luck at last runs out

It has the impact of a land mine

With its shock wave repercussion

This really knocks your head about

Like a permanent concussion

This can alter your behaviour

As it modifies your thinking

With depression and despair as well

It can seem your world is sinking

There are haunting night time visits

That can really raise your hair

These will come to you while sleeping

In the form of bad nightmares

You can try to hide the symptoms

And keep quiet about the dreams

But your partner will have noticed

All the thrashing and the screams

She will soon begin to realise

That her man is not the same

Once the moods and fits of anger

Become a permanent refrain

Now, when you walk into a minefield

There is not that much to see

Just an open space of nothing much -

Same-same PTSD

As things can blow up in an instant

That will bring you sudden strife

For not only can these harm you

They can also harm your wife

Seems I’d stumbled on this minefield

Which I didn’t know was there

When bad things began to happen

I sensed trouble in the air

Now this has altered my emotions

And has left me feeling numb

I can see my wife is struggling

With how distant I’ve become

For I was always easy going

With a happy sense of fun

Now I’m quiet and I am angry

I don’t like what I’ve become

The main trouble with this minefield

That can strike with such a clout

Is that once you land within it

There is simply no way out

Seems you’re stuck in this forever

And can only hope and pray

That your partner will stay with you

As you try to find your way.

Bob Walter


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cheerful disposition despite the fatigue imposed by the

harsh terrain and the gruelling jungle conditions. The

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RAR Royal Australian Regiment Infantryman 1969-70 in

marching order with SLR and webbing. The weight of a

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shoulders. The strain of the load and patrolling shows

on his face.

$170 each + $16 P&H

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Manrique Rodriguez

General Manager

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

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recognised as an innovative industry partner

helping members and employers alike. Take our

member financial literacy program for instance,

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The information in this document is general in nature and does not consider any of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, you should consider

obtaining advice from a licensed, financial product adviser and consider the appropriateness of this information, having regard to your particular investment needs, objectives and

financial situation. You should obtain a copy of the HOSTPLUS Product Disclosure Statement and consider the information contained in the Statement before making any decision

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