No. 45 Spring 2012
Official publication for Returned & Services League of Australia Tasmanian State Branch (inc.)
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From the Editorial Desk 2
From the Presidents Desk 2
Chief Executive Officer’s Comment 4
Deputy President’s Report 5
Vice President’s Reports 6
State Welfare Coordinator’s Report 7
ANZAC Day 8
20 th Intake Army Apprentices (Vehicle Mechanics) Reunion 10
Tribute To Bruce Ruxton AM OBE (1926 – 2011) 11
2012 Australia Day Achievement Awards 12
RSL (Tasmania) Women’s Auxiliary Annual Conference 2012 12
Veterans News 13
A Birthday Befitting A Barracks 15
Caribou Propeller Centrepiece For Clarence Memorial 17
Long Tan To Afghanistan 18
Ship Losses Remembered 19
Serving Tasmanians 20
‘Lady Soldiers’ – A Glimpse Of Life In The WRAAC 21
Around The Sub Branches 22
Navy Dentist Sinks Teeth Into Dog Surgery 24
Just Ask A Blonde 28
Book Review 32
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No. 45 Spring 2012
Official publication for Returned & Services League of Australia Tasmanian State Branch (inc.)
Cover: XENA, ex Military Working Dog - Service Number - EDD399 has been
a familiar sight for many years at the ANZAC Day services at St Helens.
Zena was in service from 1999 to 2006 which included Malaysia, the
Olympic Games 2000, CHOGM 2002 and the Rugby World Cup 2003.
Zena retired into the care of Mrs Beryl Elliot of St Helens, whose son,
Cameron was Zena’s handler. In recognition of her service, Zena was
awarded the Canine Service Medal and the War Dog Operational Medal.
Sadly, Zena passed away in 2011.
In this my final report in “On Service” I wish to
again say what a privilege it has been to have been
given the opportunity by you, League members
in Tasmania, to serve as your State President for
the past three years. It has been an honour to
represent you at State and National level and
I trust you have not been disappointed with
my performance or the outcomes achieved. I
have visited most of the Sub Branches in the
State, many on more than one occasion, and
have enjoyed your hospitality, camaraderie and
advice. I have also taken on board criticism and
suggestions on how to represent you better and
endeavored to make changes where such has
been in the interests of the whole of the League,
but not necessarily those that had limited or
That said, three years in the position is long
enough and it is now time for me to make way
for new ideas from a successor who must be
in touch with the needs and aspirations of the
younger members of the serving and ex-service
community who, after all, represent the future
of the League.
Living on the North West Coast, some 300km
distant from ANZAC House in Hobart, has
not been without some difficulties; but with
the support of a very capable CEO, Office
Administrator and a group of volunteers at
ANZAC House, the business of the League
in Tasmania has, in my view, been managed
efficiently and effectively.
In the case of our CEO, Noeleen Lincoln, I made
the statement at the commencement of my term
in office that, as CEO, she ran Tasmania Branch
and that I was the pretty face (some might dispute
that), trouble shooter, media contact and final
FROM THE EDITORIAL DESK
The other day, while working in Canberra, I
asked a younger veteran with service in Timor,
Iraq (twice), Middle East, Afghanistan and
Bougainville what he was doing on ANZAC Day.
I was surprised to hear that he wasn’t going to join
the March but instead watch from the sidelines –
not knowing where he fits into the ANZAC Day
commemorations. I wonder how many people
don’t feel a part of ANZAC Day either not having
served overseas (but efficient long service) or
have served across a range of operations, they’re
unsure of where they belong.
This ANZAC Day, the two Tasmanian based
Battalions aren’t marching – instead providing
catafalque parties around the State. Therefore
there are many younger veterans, many being
Reservists with peacekeeping service in the
Solomon Islands or Timor, wondering where
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This is an opportunity for RSL Sub Branches
to show leadership and have someone ready to
welcome those coming through the door for a
beer or two on ANZAC Day. At the Marches,
keep an eye out for younger veterans standing
in the crowds and invited them to participate
before coming back to the Sub Branch. Many
stories abound about younger veterans entering
an RSL for the first time and walking out because
they weren’t welcomed. I was one such younger
veteran and if it hadn’t been for the later efforts of
other RSL members, I would never have become
a member based on that first experience.
ANZAC Day provides the RSL with a significant
presence across the State. The commemorations
have been the focus of local communities since
they commenced on that first ANZAC Day in
1916. And it is a time when veterans come together
usually at a Sub Branch somewhere. A warm
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
arbiter of decisions as endorsed by the members
you elected to the State Executive. I believe
this has worked well and Noeleen probably has
appreciated me not looking over her shoulder
all the time and thereby distracting her from
the other, normally more important, work she
was doing. Noeleen and we in the League in
Tasmania have also been very well served by the
only other paid member of the staff, our Office
Administrator, Tamara Harper. No task, it would
seem, was too difficult for Tamara to undertake
and she proved to be a fountain of knowledge
on League matters within her purview. Finally,
I need to acknowledge the excellent work carried
out by David Skinner in his capacity as Pensions
Officer/Advocate in the State Branch. Although
primarily funded by DVA he works from ANZAC
House so we look after his administration and
receive the benefit of any free capacity he may
have, which may include switchboard operator
I have also been very lucky to have had the
support and assistance of a number of dedicated
volunteer workers at State Branch. First of all
I would like to acknowledge the excellent work
done by our Honorary State Treasurer, Wayne
Cargill in keeping our finances in order and
maximizing returns from our investments.
It is with much pride that I can say that the
Branch finances are in a very sound position as
a result of his administration and timely advice.
Secondly, I must acknowledge the efforts of our
former Membership Officer, Carol Batten, who
has had the demanding task of setting up our
membership database and the training of Sub
Branch representatives in their responsibilities
to maintain it on behalf of their members.
Carol has unfortunately had to step away from
this task recently to focus on other avenues.
quick tour of the
see a younger
veteran return as
a member – all
through a simple
ignoring them may see them never become
members of the RSL. A simple process but one
often overlooked in our Sub Branches.
As we commemorate ANZAC Day 2012, let’s
raise a glass to the sacrifices of our forebears,
the mates we served with and those currently on
operations around the world – and let’s welcome
those potential new members through the doors
of our Sub Branches.
Tony Scott, is
assistance in Bill Kaine MBE
matters relating to
licensed Sub Branches and clubs until this was
handed to Deputy President Chris Munday and I
am eternally grateful to them both as I lacked the
knowledge or time to undertake that role. I must
also thank Peter Hind for taking on the duties of
the RSL Tasmania Training Consultative Group
representative. Other members who regularly
volunteer to assist us around the office are
Elizabeth Dolan and Imelda Cooper and their
support (and supply of bickies for morning tea)
has been greatly appreciated.
I would also like to express my appreciation to all
those other volunteers who have supported State
Branch from time to time, as and when needed,
to sell poppies and memorabilia, stuff envelopes,
represent State Branch on various committees,
and so on.
To all the Sub Branch committees and members
of the League from whom I have sought and
received support, input and encouragement
during my time on the State Executive and as your
State President, thank you. To my colleagues on
the State Executive both past and present, I trust
you have enjoyed the journey. Your support and
encouragement has certainly been appreciated.
And finally, for my successor and the soon to be
elected State Executive I wish you well for your
future endeavors furthering the ‘Objects’ of the
League in Tasmania.
So, what has been achieved during my tenure?
Most pleasing has been the granting of Tax
Concession Charity (TCC) status to RSL
(Tasmania Branch) Incorporated and all our
complying Sub Branches, by the Commissioner
of Taxation, on the 3rd of November 2011. The
terms and conditions of the ‘Deed of Agreement’
took effect from 1st January 2011. Under the
‘Deed’, the CEO is required to warrant that each
Sub Branch granted TCC status has complied
with criteria and protocols of the ‘Deed’ and to
this end a process has been initiated whereby
State Executive members will undertake
periodic checks of Sub Branch documentation,
in consultation with Sub Branch executives, to
ensure compliance requirements are being met.
In the event that the Commissioner does not
receive this Warrant in relation to any Sub
Branch or is not satisfied as to the determination
under the Warranty, he/she retains the right to
revoke the endorsement and issue assessments
against the relevant Sub Branch. The benefits
of the ‘Deed’ are substantial and I strongly
encourage all Sub Branches to ensure they
meet their obligations, especially in relation to
providing substantial resources to the welfare
and wellbeing of the serving and ex-service
community in particular and needy in the wider
This achievement resulted from the tireless
and very time consuming efforts of the CEO,
Noeleen, and our lawyer, Bruce Curl, and with
the cooperation of all of those Sub Branches
granted TCC under the ‘Deed’. I congratulate
you all on a job well done.
Despite one of my ambitions being to visit all Sub
Branches during my tenure there were a number
that I missed. Unfortunately, some of our smaller
more remote Sub Branches are not in a position
to hold social functions but they do continue
to maintain the RSL presence in their area and
carry out the ‘Objects’ of the League, particularly
in relation to commemoration and welfare. That
said, by my reckoning I have managed to visit all
but nine of our 52 Sub Branches and for those
that I have missed I sincerely apologize. I will
give my list to my successor and perhaps he can
make it up for me. In some cases I was only able
to visit a Sub Branch once, normally as a result of
clashes of dates between functions and I would
strongly urge you all to place you activity dates
on the RSL Tasmania ‘Events Calendar’ on our
web site (rsltas.org.au) and, wherever possible,
try to avoid clashes between Sub Branches in
your region. A big part of the RSL ethos is the
camaraderie associated with social interaction
between Sub Branches. I see this all of the time
when there are often more visitors attending a
function than members of the host Sub Branch
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I have covered most of the other issues in previous
reports in “On Service” so see little benefit in
repeating them here. I believe the League in
Tasmania continues to enjoy good health and see
no reason for this not to continue in the future.
Some changes to our structure and Constitution
are being put to the Annual Congress in May
and I see these as positive steps for the future
administration and membership growth leading
up to the centenary of the establishment of the
League in 1916.
I wish you all well and while my ability to
influence the way ahead will be reduced to that
of an ordinary member you can rest assured my
interest in the League will not wane.
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We are nearing the end of another chapter in the
life of RSL (Tasmania Branch) with our upcoming
elections for State Office Bearers. As you will
have read in the State President’s column, Bill
Kaine is stepping down after State Congress in
May after three years as your State President. I
wish to formally acknowledge Bill’s dedication
to the Presidency during his three years in office
and publicly thank him for his friendship, his
support and for having the confidence and trust
in me which allowed me to get on and do my job
during his term in office. I am sure Bill will not
miss that Midlands Highway and to he and his
wife, Margaret I wish you both every success in
life’s next venture.
The year commenced with a bit of respite for me
as I took annual leave throughout the month of
January. However, that resulted in February
being a very busy month with lots to catch up on.
We held the first of the State Branch Workshops
in February around the island and I was very
pleased to see the Sub Branch attendances were
around the 85% mark. Workshops will continue
to be held in the future as they have proved to
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S COMMENT
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be a very worthwhile exercise in the passage of
information both to and from the State Branch/
Sub Branches. With time on the Saturday
morning of State Congress being dedicated to
an open forum, and an avenue to ‘workshop’ any
issues, it is likely that the next full Workshop will
be in November this year.
I would really like to see some more stories and
pictures coming in from the Sub Branches. Please
remember this is your magazine and please think
about getting some more local content into it.
Also, we wish to continue our ‘Profile’ section
and would be glad to hear of anyone you consider
worthy of having an article dedicated, similarly
to the one printed last year on the good Bernard
Hodgman OAM, former President of the King
Island Sub Branch.
Our Sub Branches are progressing well with their
responsibilities to the Tax Concession Charity
(TCC) status and many with properties have now
been successful with General Rates exemptions
from their local Councils. As the round of
Annual General Meetings comes to a close I
would urge all those new Committee members
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I will be closely monitoring Sub Branch activity
throughout the year.
As ANZAC Day approaches I remind the Sub
Branches that we have permission to sell ANZAC
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maximum advantage of the entire week. I wish
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REPORT FROM DEPUTY STATE PRESIDENT -
ANZAC DAY is upon us once again and I
would be surprised if the crowds did not
continue to increase. One thing I get
asked quite often in country areas is “are
kids allowed to march?” I suspect the
question comes because some cities having
to cut down the number of marchers, as
processions can take too long. I know
that a lot of people believe that everybody
who supports our Service people, past
and present, should be allowed to march.
Personally, I agree but, with the caveat
that we have to remember that our WW2
and Korean veterans are now at an age
where standing or even sitting around
for a very long time waiting for all the
marchers to arrive at Cenotaphs can be a
bit of a problem, and at the end of the day,
we must consider these folk first. So, in
areas where potentially very large numbers
might march, sanity must prevail. In all
other areas, where numbers are not huge,
then we should do all we can to swell the
numbers of supporting marchers.
It is great to see family members of older
veterans and those who have past away,
wearing medals (on their right side) and
showing they are proud of their relative’s
Replica medals are readily available from
James Grice at Foxhole Medals and I can
personally vouch for the quality of work
and “turnaround time” from that particular
In country areas, school students, sea scouts,
cubs and the other like organizations, could
be welcomed to march, once again keeping
in mind the comfort of our aging veterans.
Personally I believe that one of the most
important duties of Sub Branches is to have
somebody go around to their local school/s
and give informative, interesting talks on
Australia’s military history. This is best
done as close to ANZAC DAY as possible.
I am sure that most Australians are still
unaware that more bombs were dropped on
Darwin, than on Pearl Harbor. In the age of
the computer, there should be somebody in
every area capable of putting a Power Point
presentation together, and it is also a good
idea to try to include a little “contemporary
speak” in the presentation. You would be
alert at the
mention of “South
Park” or a band that is currently doing well.
Whether I am still a member of State
Executive or not, after this coming May’s
State Congress, I intend to put together
Power Point presentations on various
conflicts and “Peace Keeping” missions, and
have them distributed to Sub Branches who
may feel they could use them at schools etc.
Simply, if you want to get something
across to anybody, with lasting effect you
have to think “entertainment”. Colour and
movement are two words that should be at
the forefront of any presentation.
Let’s hope this ANZAC Day is the best at
every Service across the State.
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REPORT FROM VICE PRESIDENT SOUTHERN
DIVISION – KARREN WALKER
Some members would know by now that
I did not stand for a position on the State
Executive this coming year as I have been
struggling with a few personal issues.
Most recently the in-laws were the victims
a vicious home invasion leaving both with
serious injuries. So I encourage all members
to lock your doors and windows when alone
or retiring for the night.
I will continue with my Welfare work for
the Claremont Sub Branch and I will still
run my day group, which is for the female
members and wives. The day group meets
2011 has been and gone and we look forward
to 2012 being a year of good health for
everyone. I am aware that some of us have
started off on the bottom of the scale but
we can be optimistic and look forward to a
brighter year ahead.
On the 7th December the Penguin Sub
Branch, War Widows and friends (26 in all)
had a bus trip to Low Head Pilot Station
Museum followed by lunch at the George
Town RSL. It was a pleasure to visit my old
stomping ground. I believe a good time was
had by all. I have continued with visits to
several of the coastal Sub Branches however
I am still finding it difficult to arrange visits
with the West Coast Sub Branches. Could
all North West Division secretaries please
advise me of the dates of your monthly
committee meetings, the dates of your
Annual General Meeting and the dates of
your Annual Dinners? This would assist
me greatly when scheduling a visit to your
Sub Branch. On the 25th January, Graham
Deacon, North West Division Executive
Member and I visited Rosebery, Zeehan
and Queenstown. Hopefully our next visit
will include Strahan. Congratulations to
the Zeehan Sub Branch for the extensive
improvements they have made to their
building and also for being successful with
their acquisition of the adjoining properties.
The Queenstown Sub Branch is moving
ahead with planned meals on Friday and
possibly Sunday nights and I urge all locals
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from 10am to 3pm every Wednesday. It
gives the ladies a day away from their
partner and a chance to clear one’s head by
talking things over with others who may be
experiencing similar issues. It is also a time
to catch up on those craft projects. Most of
the ladies quilt but some knit while others
do embroidery all are welcome. If you live
in the area and would like to join in please
come along - the more the merrier.
I have enjoyed my time on the State
Executive and I do intend to stand again in
the future, but for now I do need some time
to take advantage of this. Queenstown Sub
Branch members, Mick Moran and Joyce
Marshall are working on a memorial project
with the Queenstown High School and
Mick also has plans for a memorial precinct
adjacent to the entrance of the Sub Branch.
The Penguin RSL Sub Branch held its Annual
Luncheon on Sunday, 26th February at the
Penguin Sports & Services Club. 110 guests
and members attended. Official Guests
included Bill Kaine MBE, State President
and his wife Margaret; Sue Smith MLC;
and the Mayor of Central Coast, Jan Bonde.
Representatives of the Sheffield, Ulverstone,
Burnie, Wynyard, Latrobe and Zeehan RSL
Sub Branches also attended.
The Penguin Sub Branch President, Graham
Deacon welcomed all in attendance. A
beautiful luncheon was provided by the
Penguin Bowls Club and a wonderful
afternoon was had by all.
The State President ‘pulled swifty’ and
made a presentation of a State Certificate
of Appreciation from the League to me. It
was totally unexpected and those who know
me will understand when I say I was stuck
for words. I thank all those who made the
award available to me and most of all I thank
my wife, Marlene. She is very tolerant of me
and all my volunteer work.
On a sad note, on Friday, 23rd March
2012 Graham Deacon and I attended the
to sort things
out. I would like
to thank all the
members that I
have met whilst
working in this
position as you have made it a joy. I would
also like to thank the members that have
supported me over the past two years.
Without your support I would not have been
able to achieve as much as I have.
Yours in Service
REPORT FROM VICE PRESIDENT NORTH WEST
DIVISION – KEVIN KNIGHT
funeral of the late
Mr Barry Giani,
of the Burnie RSL
Sub Branch who
passed away after
a long illness. I was very proud to see the
very large RSL presence, which included
the State President, Deputy State President,
Chief Executive Officer, former State
Presidents and Presidents from every Sub
Branch on the North West coast. Members
came from Queenstown, St Helens and
the south. To Beverly and to Barry’s four
children I offer my sincere condolences. I
trust that you can take great comfort in the
knowledge that Barry was highly respected
and will be greatly missed by us all.
As your representative on the State Executive
please feel free to contact me if you have any
problems that need attention from the State
level and I will assist as best I can. I can be
contacted on Mob: 0407-297187 or by mail
via PO BOX 387, Penguin, 7316.
REPORT FROM EASTERN VICE PRESIDENT -
PETER WOOLFORD JP
Greetings to you all. State Congress and
election time is drawing near and I wish to
thank the members of Eastern Division for
giving me the privilege of serving on the
State Executive. My special thanks go to
President, Bill, CEO, Noeleen and the rest
of the State Executive for their guidance. It
has been a wonderful learning year.
Depending upon the outcome of the current
elections this could be my final report so I
will keep it short.
Several members have commented about
receiving two ‘On Service’ magazines. This
will happen if there are two members in
the same household, ie, a Service member
whose spouse may be an Affiliate.
As I go from place to place in our beautiful State,
I am always surprised at how little is known of
the fantastic services offered by the VVCS team.
Firstly, this acronym originally stood for “Vietnam
Veterans Counseling Service”, but has since been
changed to stand for “Veterans and Veterans
Family Counseling Services”.
The name change reflects the fact that services
are no longer limited to only “Vietnam Veterans’.
VVCS services can now be accessed by Australian
Veterans, peacekeepers, and eligible members of
the Defence Force and their families.
VVCS offer many and varied services and I will
list some below:
1. Help improve your physical health (Try
2. Develop your quality of life (Try “Residential
3. Help with transition from the ADF (Try
4. Help with emotional Regulation (Try “Doing
Anger Differently” or “Beating the Blues” or
Every financial member is entitled to a copy
of the magazine. If this happens and you
do not both want the magazine see your Sub
Branch Secretary and have them annotate
the membership database to this effect.
Alternatively, please feel free to drop your
second copy into your local doctor’s surgery
or similar community based facility.
For all those diabetes and arthritis sufferers
who do not receive full DVA benefits, there is
a Medicare scheme operating whereby up to
$4200 over two years is claimable for getting
your dental work done. Please discuss with
your local GP about this entitlement.
I wish all the members standing for the
STATE WELFARE COORDINATOR’S
REPORT – CHRIS MUNDAY
5. Help you get a better nights sleep (Try
6. Be in charge of your alcohol intake (Try
“Changing the Mix”)
7. Improve your relationships (Try “Building
8. Help you take care of your mates (Try
Other groups include “Mindful Yoga”, Woodwork
Program” and “Walking Groups”, “Partners Self
Care”, Veteran’s Stress Management”, and more.
For those of us with a computer, simply Google
“VVCS”. The “Generic phone number” is
1800 011 046 (for any query on eligibility, or to
access any service). Or call in person to 254-
286 Liverpool St Hobart, or, 29 Elphin Road,
Neither Depression or Anxiety or any other
mental illness is to be ashamed of in any way,
but every effort should be taken to “manage” any
problem. I have no hesitation in yelling that I have
personally used the services of VVCS and I cannot
State Executive all
the best and good
luck and I am
Peter Woolford JP
to seeing many of you at State Congress in
Peter Woolford JP
recommend these services
Don’t forget that the
suicide rate of children of
Vietnam Veterans is much
higher than the average
population and that services are available for these
folk from VVCS. If you are a Vietnam Veteran and
feel you have a child who may not be travelling too
well please gently suggest to them that they may
try to seek help from VVCS.
Welfare Officers, please get in touch with VVCS
to keep up with courses being offered. Janet and
I recently did an “Operation Life” (Suicide Assist)
course in Hobart and I feel the knowledge gained
would benefit every Welfare Officer in the State.
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TRIBUTE TO BRUCE RUXTON AM OBE (1926 – 2011)
Mr Bruce Ruxton AM OBE passed away in
December 201. His funeral took place on the
Sunshine Coast in January 2012 and a Memorial
Service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in
Melbourne on Wednesday 18th January 2012.
The following words have been taken from the
Eulogy at the funeral and also from the address
given at the memorial service by Major General
David McLachlan AO, State President, RSL
“Ian, Jill and Family
Our State Executive and members of the League
in Victoria, and I am sure right throughout the
Nation, extend to you our sincere condolences on
the loss of your dad, and grandfather of Vivien and
Ingra-Marie, your husband, Jill, and the Waugh
family your mothers brother and your uncle.
Bruce was born in Caulfield on the 6th February
1926, almost 86 years ago. He enlisted in the
Army as soon as he could – eleven days after his
eighteenth birthday. Nearing the end of World
War 11, he served with the 2/25th Battalion in
Borneo and the 65th Battalion where he saw
service with BCOF in Japan. He remained actively
involved with the 2/25th Association and the
welfare of his battalion mates all his life, serving
as Association Secretary for 54 years.
Bruce was one of life’s most enigmatic men and
for many he was simply known and recognised
throughout the country as either ‘Mr RSL’ or
‘Mr Bruce’. He joined the RSL in 1946 whilst still
serving in the AIF. He was an active member of
the Beaumaris Sub Branch and was elected to the
Victorian Branch State Executive in 1964. He was
a State Vice President from 1969 to 1975 and was
elected Senior Vice until 1979 when he became
State President. Bruce served his Branch in that
role for 23 years making him the longest serving
President of the Victorian State Branch.
He was Deputy National President of the League
from 1988 to 1997 and a member of the National
Executive from 1979 to 2002.
In all these roles he was tireless worker for the
entitlements and welfare of his fellow veterans
and their families – compassionate and fearless
in these pursuits.
In his role as State President he fired salvos
about any issue that took his fancy –
immigration, The Republic, The Flag, gays
in the Defence Force, the plight of citrus
farmers competing against the importation
of cheap citrus concentrates to name but a
few. To some, he was a bigot and xenophobe.
To others, a plain speaker and protector of
the Australian values he believed the diggers
fought for and when confronted by the media
on any issue, and regardless of the questions,
his answers nearly always made the headlines.
Despite the thousands of words written or
spoken about B C Ruxton by journalists and
columnists over four decades, very few have
ever been able to capture the true person he
was and Les Hancock, a mate of Bruce’s for
over half a century, summed it up with the
words ‘No one really knew Bruce Ruxton’,
because he is a very soft bloke underneath’ and
that he was. Nothing however, can detract
from what he achieved on behalf of veterans
and their families. He put his heart and soul
into fighting for their rights and welfare. He
was also intimately involved earlier in his
life in the establishment and operation of
the Sandringham Hospital and the Beaumaris
Community Centre, both of which remain in
operation today. He had the extraordinary gift
of making the seemingly depressing task of raising
money for a project such as a nursing home into an
exciting event. He was very successful in having a
number of high profile people purchase Victoria
Crosses so that they would remain in Australian
hands and all are displayed in the Australian War
A great communicator, Bruce would reply to every
letter he received as he always believed that to
do so was very important to the people who had
Bruce was recognised by the League with Life
Membership in 1966, Life Membership with
Gold Badge in 1977 and the League’s highest
honour, the Meritorious Service Medal, in 1996.
Our Nation honoured him as a Member of the
British Empire (MBE) in 1975 for service to the
community and veterans, and as an Officer (OBE)
in 1981 and then he was made a Member of the
Order of Australia (OAM), again in recognition of
his work for veterans and their families.
He helped thousands; he worked long hours doing
“The Job” as he called it. Many have not always
agreed with Bruce’s way. Bruce was very fond of
his clubs – the Melbourne Club, MCC, his beloved
Collingwood Football Club and his favourite, the
West Brighton Club. Bruce Ruxton is one of a
wonderful generation of men and women who
fought to achieve for the causes they believed in
– in his case the welfare of those who fought for
their country and their dependants.
Farewell Private Ruxton you have done your
duty – now you may Rest in Peace. As a great
Australian we salute you in death as we did in life.
LEST WE FORGET
I had the honour of representing the RSL
(Tasmania Branch) at Bruce Ruxton’s memorial
service in Melbourne and, on your behalf I passed
on our condolences to his son, Ian and the rest of
the family in attendance.
Tony Scott OAM JP
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2012 AUSTRALIA DAY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
In January this year the RSL (Tasmania Branch) awarded four Australia
Day Achievement Medallions to businesses and individuals who have been
major supporters to us or whose dedication to their duties has gone above
and beyond what has been expected of them.
Australia Day Achievement Medallions, presented by State President, Bill
Kaine MBE were awarded to:
Pura Foods Pty Ltd – for the donation of eggs over many years to Sub
Branches for ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfasts.
A very successful 63rd Annual RSL (Tasmania)
Women’s Auxiliary Conference was held in
Rosebery on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2012.
Ladies traveled from all over the State to attend
Conference, the first on the West Coast for over
20 years. Friday night started with the opening
ceremony and welcomes by the Mayor of the West
Coast, Mr Darryl Gerity and the President of the
Rosebery RSL Sub Branch, Mr Peter Morgan. RSL
State President, Mr Bill Kaine MBE and the State
Women’s Auxiliary President, Mrs Lyn Morgan
presented Life Memberships to the following
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Resilience Marketing Pty Ltd – for services to the RSL in the production
of the ‘On Service’ magazine and continuous assistance in other areas of
Mrs Janet Munday – for her dedicated service to the East Coast Veterans’
Support & Information Centre, St Helens.
Ms Noeleen Lincoln OAM JP – for services to RSL (Tasmania Branch),
particularly for efforts resulting in the granting of the Tax Concession
Charity status for all Sub Branches.
The staff at Pura Foods Pty Ltd Gail McCulloch, Director, Resilience Marketing
Mrs Janet Munday, St Helens Ms Noeleen Lincoln OAM JP
RSL (TASMANIA) WOMEN’S AUXILIARY ANNUAL
Mrs Julie Poulson; Mrs Nancy Herdwicke; Mrs
Joy Grey; Mrs Peg Dwyer; Mrs Lea McKenzie;
Mrs Julie Brooks; and finally to Mrs Lyn Morgan.
Congratulations to everyone.
Saturday saw the business part of the Conference
take place at the Rosebery District High School.
Saturday night the Conference dinner was held at
the local football club rooms with the theme being
the Wild West. Costumes ranged from Cowboys,
Indian Squaws, Miners, Ladies of the Night,
Undertaker, Bank Robber, and Miner’s Widow to
many others and a lot of work and effort was put
into each costume. Breakfast on the Sunday was
held at the Rosebery RSL Club Rooms.
This year saw the return of knitting, crochet
and sewing items for donation to our hospitals.
Thanks to all who participated. Thank you to
Rosebery RSL Women’s Auxiliary for hosting
a great Conference and we will see you all at St
Helens in March 2013.
RSL (Tasmania) Women’s Auxiliary
Gold Card Holders
Earlier this year after submissions had been
made to me at an AVADSC meeting in Brisbane
I approached the Deputy Commissioner in the
Queensland Consultative Forum regarding Gold
Card holders being required to pay for Medical
Vaccinations prior to overseas travel; I have now
received a positive outcome.
Prior to 1st Aug 2010 DVA has not provided
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travelling overseas, the approach was that these
were privately incurred expenses. DVA has now
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that as from the 1st Aug 2010 all GOLD CARD
holders are eligible for all required vaccinations
to be covered under the Gold Card arrangements.
Jet Fuel Exposure Syndrome Study
I recently attended the Jet Fuel Exposure
Syndrome Study Meeting held at DVA. Defence
is seeking F111 Deseal/Reseal participants who
worked on F111 aircraft between 1972 and 2000
to come forward and participate in the Jet Fuel
Study urgently. Participants only need to supply
a blood sample.
Defence currently have 35 personal who have
volunteered and they need at least 200 for the
study to go ahead. Volunteers do not need to live
in Brisbane. They can live anywhere in Australia.
Any Gold Card holders that may have incurred
charges from 1st August 2010 are able to seek
reimbursement via DVA. I would expect a fact
sheet covering this to be issued shortly. I ask
that you make this information widely available
to your friends and association membership, I will
send you a copy of the DVA Fact Sheet once it
becomes available. If you or anyone else has any
questions ask them to contact their nearest DVA
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A BIRTHDAY BEFITTING A BARRACKS
Her Excellency, the Governor General of Australia, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO inspects the
Australian Federation Guard during the Anglesea 200 commemoration
It was a birthday befitting Australia’s oldest
continually occupied barracks – an event its
founder, Governor Lachlan Macquarie, would
certainly have approved of.
As the gates of Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks
opened on the first weekend in December, record
crowds came to join the bicentenary of this unique
“The bicentenary saw the Barracks and the skies
above host the largest display of the Australian
Defence Organization ever held in the State,”
said Anglesea 200 Project Director, Lieutenant
Colonel Helen Macpherson.
“With many Tasmanians having personal or
Lieutenant Colonel Tony Bidgood (Rtd) and Lieutenant Colonel Owen
Winter (Rtd) at Anglesea 200 – the two men have had connections with
Anglesea Barracks over the past five decades.
generational links to Anglesea over the past 200
years, we wanted to invite as many as possible to
become a part of this historical event.”
Interactive displays were provided by the three
Services and included a number of displays with
DMO providing a Bushmaster Protected Mobility
Vehicle as well as the latest equipment through
the Diggerworks program.
Navy presented an Agusta A109 helicopter on
the helipad, while RANR divers from CDT10
demonstrated their skills in a large dive tank,
attracting many fascinated children.
Around the precinct, Tasmanian based Reserve
and cadet units and ex-Service groups hosted a
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series of displays around the precinct with the
Australian Army Band - Tasmania providing
popular musical entertainment.
Overhead the RAAF Roulettes showcased their
flying skills in the skies over the Barracks in one
of the most impressive displays ever seen over
Staff from the RSL (Tasmania) State Branch
set up a stall underneath the verandah of Navy
Headquarters Tasmania, and were kept busy
all day selling merchandise and answering
membership and general questions.
Her Excellency, the Governor-General Ms
Quentin Bryce AC, CVO reviewed a parade by
the Australian Federation Guard and Australian
Army Band – Tasmania before unveiling a plaque
marking the event.
Project Manager for Anglesea 200, Lieutenant
Colonel Helen Macpherson, said it will be at
least another 30 years before another barracks
will celebrate a bicentennial achievement.
“Anglesea Barracks is the oldest Barracks still in
continual use by the ADF and while Anglesea 200
is about celebrating this history, it is also about
acknowledging the role the Barracks plays today
as the centre of Defence in Tasmania.”
“The success of the bicentenary highlights that
Anglesea Barracks remains closely linked with the
The occasion was marked by the release of a book,
Barrack Hill – A History of Anglesea Barracks
1811 – 2011 by authors John Lennox and John
Wadsley which remains available through the
Military Museum of Tasmania.
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The Clarence City Council recently extended
its publicly acclaimed Memorial Precinct in
ANZAC Park, Lindisfarne, with the dedication
in early December of a Memorial to those who
have served in the Royal Australian Air Force.
The memorial was dedicated by Air Commodore
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Alderman Doug Chipman, Mayor of Clarence,
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At the centre of the new RAAF Memorial at
ANZAC Park stands a propeller from a Caribou
The DHC-4 Caribou, used as tactical air
transport in support of the Australian Army,
have now been decommissioned from active
service with the RAAF. Caribou were a vital
part of Australia’s service in the Vietnam War,
where they were flown by the No. 35 Squadron
and affectionately known as Wallaby Airlines.
The park also contains a memorial to
Tasmanians who died in the Vietnam conflict.
“We are proud that ANZAC Park can be a
centre for remembrance of each service and
particularly that it highlights the service of
Tasmanians in conflicts such as the Vietnam
War,” Alderman Chipman said.
“This Park is unique in Tasmania and
contains several poignant memorial precincts
surrounding the Cenotaph built in 1922.”
“Council is now working toward finishing the
interpretation shelter that will offer visitors
added understanding about Tasmania’s
participation in the Australian Defence Force
and the impact war had on local communities.”
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LONG TAN TO AFGHANISTAN
A Review by Phil Pyke
As Delta Company 6 RAR is warned for
deployment to Afghanistan to form the nucleus
of the Battle Group that made up Mentoring Task
Force 1, the Company prepares for the tough
training that lies ahead. A few travel to Vietnam
to walk the battlefield of Long Tan — to walk in
the footsteps of soldiers who served proudly and
heroically on that day in August 1966.
As their departure draws close, the members
of the Company prepare those who will be left
behind as best they can. But certainly as many
younger veterans can attest to, nothing can allay
the concern of an anxious mother or a fearful
wife — and the grief of a family whose son will
Long Tan to Afghanistan is the deeply personal
story of soldiers preparing for battle and the
anguished wait of loved ones at home from whom
duty and service can demand the ultimate price.
The documentary has been described as a
powerful, insightful journey into the lives of
the soldiers of ahead of their deployment, their
families at home and the heart-wrenching impact
The emotions of leaving, the parallels of Vietnam
and Afghanistan, the trauma of losing mates
as the result of battle, operating in a hostile
environment and the eventual return home as
very different soldiers. It is a story that has been
unequalled in recent times except perhaps by
Chris Master’s A Careful War.
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There are the inevitable comparisons drawn
between the battle of Long Tan in 1966 and
contemporary warfare in Afghanistan through
the eyes of Long Tan veterans, young soldiers,
and the families who support the soldiers from
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon
said Long Tan to Afghanistan gives Australians
an insight into the motivations and emotions felt
by our Australian Defence Force members in the
lead up to deployment to Afghanistan.
“Most Australians will never know exactly what it
feels like to wear an ADF uniform and prepare to
enter a conflict zone, but this film gives us some
insight into the challenges our serving men and
women and their families face.”
Michael Callan, Director General of the Defence
Community Organization that provides support
services to Defence families, said the documentary
examines the emotional investment of partners,
family and friends.
“It also looks at how the Defence Community
Organization prepares partners and families for
an operational deployment and how it supports
the families when their loved one is away.”
“This documentary is a celebration of the strength
and courage of the families supporting the men
and women who serve Australia’s national
interests,” Mr Callan said.
Produced under a partnership between the
Defence Community Organisation and Big Sky
Productions, Long Tan to Afghanistan, narrated
by Bryan Brown, is a documentary well worth
seeing. The commendable work of Denny Neave,
Adam Dodd (camera man) and the contribution
of Long Tan veterans and the soldiers and
families of 6 RAR brings an insight into a conflict
that many Australians remain ignorant about.
Sadly the major networks will never show this
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tribute to those who never returned home and
to those who did bearing injuries and scars.
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SHIP LOSSES REMEMBERED
Seven survivors of HMAS Perth, which was sunk
off Java during World War II, have attended a
commemorative ceremony at the Australian War
Memorial to mark the 70th anniversary of the
HMAS Perth was sunk on 28 February 1942
during the Battle of Sunda Strait. The battle
claimed the lives of 351 of HMAS Perth’s ship’s
company. American cruiser USS Houston was
also sunk in the battle, with a loss of 638 lives.
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs attended
the commemorative ceremony and presented the
HMAS Perth veterans with an image of HMAS
Perth and USS Houston.
Members of the Royal Australian Navy also
paused on the first weekend in March to
remember the crew of the HMAS Yarra II,
which was sunk while escorting a small convoy
from Java to Australia when a superior force of
Japanese warships came into view.
The Australian sloop bravely turned towards the
enemy to defend her charges, but was mortally
out gunned. 138 Australian sailors died making
a final stand under the command of Lieutenant
Commander Robert W. Rankin. This act of
courage has since drawn national admiration and
praise. Yarra had a crew of 151 men of whom
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Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AM,
CSC, RAN attended along with the sole surviving
witness to that day, Mr Bernard Higgins. Now 88,
Mr. Higgins was serving on TS Anking which
was part of the convoy being escorted by Yarra.
His vessel was also sunk that day. Vice Admiral
Griggs said the anniversary of HMAS Yarra’s loss
underlined the importance of the protection of
shipping and the importance of our sea laws.
“Last week Navy celebrated its 111th birthday
and it is appropriate that we remember our
journey to this point. On this important day, we
acknowledge the lives lost, the sacrifices made
and the selfless service given by tens of thousands
of fellow Australians.
“The story of Yarra is a special one. The ship had
seen action in the Mediterranean, the Middle
East and the Indian Ocean. This commemoration
also reminds all of us in this uniform what can be
asked of us as part of a combat force.”
The loss of the two ships in early 1942, immediately
after the bombing of Darwin and Broome, had a
significant impact on Australia’s morale
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Pictured are Gavin Campbell and Fred Skeels, two
of the remaining survivors of the Battle of Sunda
Strait at the commemorative service during the
70th Anniversary of the Battle of Sunda Strait,
held at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
The commemorations followed other 70th
anniversaries in the fall of Singapore and the
bombing of Darwin.
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OUR SERVING MEMBERS
KRYSTAL SMITH - HOME ON THE RANGE
New Norfolk’s Corporal Krystal Smith never
really caught the travel bug when she was
younger, but now her Army job has taken her
halfway around the world to Afghanistan —
Krystal, 29, has specialized as a quartermaster.
These days she’s normally based in Townsville,
Queensland, but she deployed to Afghanistan’s
Uruzgan province in May 2011 and before
returning to Australia in February.
Krystal and her comrades in the task force are
mentoring the Afghan National Army so they
can better protect the Afghan people and enable
effective governance and development.
“I really enjoy being in the Army but I miss my
horses,” said Krystal.
“This is my second deployment to Afghanistan.
I was here for around six months in 2009 and
I really enjoyed that deployment. “I’ve also
deployed to Solomon Islands and I went to Papua
New Guinea for an exercise a year or so ago.
When Jenna Dean left Devonport in Tasmania
to pursue a life of adventure and excitement she
didn’t dare dream that would include crashdiving
in a submarine and torpedoing ‘enemy’
After leaving Scotch Oakburn College in
Launceston, in 2006, Able Seaman Dean
joined the navy and is today a communications
specialist with the Collins class submarine,
Able Seaman Dean recently sailed with
Farncomb from its base in Western Australia to
Singapore, to participate in a major multinational
exercise featuring some 18 warships, two
submarines and 60 combat aircraft. Farncomb
is one of five Royal Australian Navy vessels
participating in Exercise Bersama Lima, which
is being conducted on the Malaysian Peninsula
and in the South China Sea during October 19
to November 4.
Able Seaman Dean said Farncomb is here to help
the naval task-group to test and evaluate their
Anti-Submarine Warfare capabilities. “It’s been
a fantastic experience to be a submariner and
sail to exotic destinations,” she said.
Able Seaman Dean, 25, said she joined the
Navy after leaving school and transferred to
the ‘Silent Service’ in pursuit of more career
challenges and rewards. She joined Farcomb
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“But I’m really a home body and love nothing
more than spending time riding my horses and
heading bush with my dogs,” Krystal said.
Krystal is one of around 1550 Australian Defence
Force personnel currently in Afghanistan as part
of Australia’s contribution to the international
campaign against terrorism. “It was my mother
who suggested I join the Army. I thought she
was crazy, but seven years later I haven’t looked
back,” Krystal said. “In Afghanistan, I do the
purchasing for Tarin Kot base. When guys need
something it’s my job to get it from Dubai or
somewhere like that.
“I get a lot of satisfaction when I’m able to source
it, get it shipped into Afghanistan and out to
some remote patrol base a few days before the
guys are expecting it.”
When her deployment ends, Krystal is making
a beeline for Townsville to see her Arabian
gelding, Widgey. “Horses are my life. I miss
riding like crazy. My pride and joy and my life is
Widgey — he’s a 15-year-old chestnut Arabian.
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in August, and if the submarine could speak it
would sound just like Able Seaman Dean, who as
a communicator uses voice and data systems to
facilitate communications between the Collins
class submarine and other warships.
“It’s been a really cool exercise, allowing us to
‘sink’ enemy warships while evading detection
by sub-hunting aircraft,” she said. When not
involved in training serials with Farncomb, Able
Seaman Dean has enjoyed seeing the sights and
sounds of Singapore, which includes sampling
the local culture and cuisine. “It’s been very
exciting for a young person such as myself to
explore a different culture in a strange and exotic
land,” she said.
Able Seaman Dean said even though she is fully
occupied learning his trade as an Electronic
Warfare technician, his thoughts often turn
to home in Devonport, where her mother runs
“I enjoy going home because I get a free haircut
from mum,” she said.
However, while training hard with Farncomb
Able Seaman Dean is already counting down
the days to her wedding to another submariner,
on January 12, 2013, after a courtship spanning
Able Seaman Dean was one of 750 Australian
“Home in Tasmania, I used to do a lot of dressage,
eventing, cross-country, show jumping,
anything involving horses,” Krystal said.
But Krystal has no plans to head home to New
Norfolk right away. “My family understands I’m
an infrequent caller, but I’m sure I’ll get down
there as soon as Widgey and I have become
Defence Force personnel involved in Bersama
Lima 2011, which is being conducted by the Five
Powers Defence Agreements which includes
Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, the UK and
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of a
successful Five Powers Defence Agreements
(FPDA) illustrating the long-term commitment
of the founding members to Defence cooperation
and regional stability.
With over 80 per cent of the world’s trade seabound
and with nearly a quarter of it passing
through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore,
the FPDA continues to remain as an important
regional multilateral arrangement.
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CATHERINE STURGE - HOWRAH
Late October was a busy one for Howrah’s
Catherine Sturge, 45, with her mother, Gwenda,
and sister, Jennifer, definitely thinking of her.
The Army Corporal was in South Korea as part
of Australia’s Federation Guard contingent
at ceremonies to commemorate the 60th
anniversary of Australian involvement in the
Korean War (1950-53).
The UN-led international force’s first task
was to help South Korea push back the North
Korean invaders, and later it had to contend with
human wave attacks by Communist Chinese
“After Elizabeth College I started work in
Accounts,” said Catherine. “By the time I was
32 I wanted to escape the nine-to-five. I was
looking for something more interesting and I
wanted to travel!”
After basic training Catherine first specialized
as Helicopter Ground Crew, before becoming
a Transport Specialist. She has already served
in Bougainville, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and
Afghanistan. Catherine then volunteered for
the Canberra-based Australia’s Federation
Guard. The ceremonial unit includes Navy,
Army and RAAF members, who all are hand
picked to represent the ADF.
“Korea was my first overseas trip with the Guard,”
said Catherine. “It included a number of highprofile
events so it was pretty nerve-wracking
— but exciting too. “It will be good to see the
country where Australians risked their lives as
the South Koreans were being overwhelmed.
“In Australia they call it the Forgotten War but
over here it’s a very different story. I was proud
to be there.”
‘LADY SOLDIERS’ – A GLIMPSE OF LIFE IN THE WRAAC
On 27th April 2012 the documentary film ‘Lady
Soldiers’, telling the stories of 16 women who
served in the Australian Army from the 1950s
to the 1990s, will be launched at the Gratwick
Club, Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne Western
Australia by Dr Sandra Wilson, Professor
of History at Murdoch University with an
introduction by Major Barry Willoughby,
Manager of the Army Museum of South
Director and Producer and former Women’s
Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC)
member, Lyn Kane Dale, received a grant to
make the film from the Department of Veterans’
Affairs ‘Saluting their Service’ and she and
Cinematographer Samantha Bergersen, have
used the recorded voices of the women overlaid
with visual context composed of photographs
of them taken during their service plus Army
recruiting posters and brochures, newspaper
clippings, letters, postcards and other
In the past women’s stories have often been
overlooked, especially the lives of ‘ordinary’
women. The majority of the women Lyn
interviewed said that they had not told their
families much about their Army service. Many
said they had never spoken of it at all and were
grateful to at last have the chance to talk about
that period of their lives.
They tell of the excitement at leaving home
for the first time and the great adventure of
travelling to Sydney for basic training. Once
there they had to deal with homesickness and
the difficulties of adjusting to Army life. They
tell of the training they received, doing jobs
that they loved, learning to live in barracks with
complete strangers, making friendships, many
of which have endured over the years, and being
given responsibility at a very young age.
A nurse tells of working overseas with wounded
soldiers during the Vietnam War. Another
young woman worked in signals in Singapore
in the 1970s. Others were scattered all around
Australia and they tell of interesting, funny
and sometimes sad times. One young woman’s
husband died of malaria in Vietnam without
ever seeing his baby daughter who was born
2 days after he left Australia. His 24 year old
widow was left to bring up their child on her
own. The women talk of living and working
with other women, romances and marriages and
sadness at having to leave the Army when they
wanted to marry. Some tell of being Army wives
and going on overseas postings with husbands
and children, some speak of problems associated
with being married to Vietnam veterans,
marriage break-ups and life after the Army. The
common thread running through their stories
is the camaraderie amongst the women and the
fact that they had to stand on their own two
feet at a very young age. All but three of the
16 women interviewed were teenagers when
they enlisted and all express gratitude that the
training and experience they had in the Army
led them to much better jobs back in civilian life.
Thirteen of the 16 women whose stories have
been recorded will be travelling from all over
Australia to Perth in April, to march in the
ANZAC Day parade and to attend the premiere
of ‘their’ film. Libby (Flemming) Perkins, former
President of the Ulverstone RSL Sub Branch, is
the only Tasmanian represented on the DVD.
In 2013 Lyn plans to use the transcripts of these
interviews with additional material from other
former servicewomen in a book also entitled
‘Lady Soldiers’ which will tell of the women’s
Army experiences in more depth.
“Lady Soldiers” DVD will be available for
purchase from the 27th April 2012 for a cost
of $30 (includes packaging) by contacting the
Director & Producer, Lyn Kane Dale on her
email lyn.dale99A@yahoo.com.au or Ph: No:
08 9418 3002.
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AROUND THE SUB BRANCHES
The Beaconsfield RSL Sub Branch Annual
Dinner was held on the 17th December 2011 at
the Rivera Hotel, Beauty Point. At the dinner
Long Service Awards (50 Year Certificates) were
presented to four members; Mr J McKenzie, Mr
R Watt, Mr TR Manion and Mr J Torney.
The Beaconsfield Sub Branch has recently
received a grant from the Department of
Veterans’ Affairs to have a protective coating
put onto its newly acquired decommissioned
BRIGHTON GREEN PONDS
On Australia Day this year the Brighton Green
Ponds Sub Branch located at Kempton were
recognized with an award from the Southern
Midlands Council. Mayor, Tony Bisdee
presented the Sub Branch with a Certificate
of Appreciation from Keep Australia Beautiful
Tasmania within the category of Health and
Well Being. The certificate was annotated
with the words “With many activities, it is fast
becoming the social centre of Kempton.
Over the past few years the Sub Branch, through
the tireless efforts of its volunteer committee
A Memorial Wall is just one of the many new
additions to the re-emerging Spring Bay RSL
Sub Branch. Unveiled late last year the State
Government funded Memorial Wall is seen
as a wonderful asset for the small regional
Sub Branch. In the past few years the Sub
Branch has completed a number of projects to
improve the look of its premises and increase
The then Club Secretary, Howard Harris said
the Sub Branch is extremely thankful for the
support it has received in completing the $4300
project. “We are totally happy with the outcome
as it looks exceptional from the road and it is
everything we wanted” Mr Harris said. “The
Council put in a lot of work towards the end,
putting concrete around the edges for us which
was much appreciated, on top of the money the
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Leopard tank and to also construct a safety
fence around the tank. These are the final
details which will complete a superb display.
The tank is located adjacent to the Beaconsfield
Memorial. The support from the West Tamar
Council in assisting the Sub Branch with this
project is gratefully acknowledged.
and members has upgraded the rooms it
occupies adjacent to the Kempton Memorial
Hall and has largely increased its membership.
For a small ‘traditional’ country Sub Branch
the members do remarkable work to maintain
commemorative services every year at Kempton,
Bagdad and Pontville.
State Government gave us and the hours that our
fellows put into it. There would be well over 150
hours put into the whole project”.
The design of the Memorial Wall honours the
services of many groups that have given their
lives for our nation. Four life-size photos on the
wall and a wooden cross depict the additional
services from all wars and more modern
conflicts of Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Memorial Wall was officially opened by
Rebecca White MP representing the Premier.
The unveiling was performed in front of a
large gathering including the RSL executive,
members, friends and the public.
It now stands as a beacon of entry into the town
of Triabunna with illumination at night and
the life-size photos make a strong reminder of
L-R: J McKenzie, R Watt, TR Manion and J Torney.
Mayor, Tony Bisdee making the presentation to
Sub Branch President, Ken Clarke
people our Service personnel being involved in
conflicts. Congratulations to President, Murray
Watson and his committee at the Spring Bay
RSL Sub Branch for their exemplary efforts.
AROUND THE SUB BRANCHES
SOUTH ARM RSL SUB BRANCH TURNS 60
On Sunday 25th March 2012, The South
Arm RSL Sub Branch celebrated its very own
“Diamond Jubilee” birthday.
106 people attended the lunch to help South
Arm RSL Sub Branch celebrate this important
milestone of 60 years service, looking after its
veterans and serving the wider community.
The highlight of the lunch was the attendance
of His Excellency, The Hon Peter Underwood
AC, Governor of Tasmania who delivered the
main address and proposed a “Toast” to South
Arm RSL Sub Branch.
Other dignitaries who attended were The
Premier of Tasmania, The Hon Lara Giddings
MP, the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon
Will Hodgman MP, the Mayor of the City
of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman, the
Deputy Commissioner of DVA – Tasmania,
Ms Jan Hyde, Deputy State President, Mr Chris
Munday, Base Support Manager - Tasmania,
Mr Phil Spehr, our Patron, Mr Eddie Marlowe, a
Life Member of the League and “Rat of Tobruk”.
Presidents and representatives from the
following RSL Sub Branches included:
His Excellency, the Hon Peter Underwood AC with
Sub Branch President, Terry Roe
ST HELENS-ST MARYS
St Helens-St Marys Sub Branch held their
annual luncheon on Sunday, 18th March with
a good attendance. Guests included Speaker of
the House of Assembly, the Hon Michael Polley
MP (a dedicated supporter of the East Coast
Veterans Centre), Tania Rattray MLC and the
new Mayor of the Break O’Day Council, Sarah
Mr Max Franks, Mr Barney Fletcher and Mr Ray
Coltman were awarded with their Long Service
Awards (50yr certificate). Max and Barney
were not well enough to attend the function
His Excellency, the
Hon Peter Underwood
AC with Sub Branch
President, Terry Roe
During the lunch, two
were made. The first, an RSL State Certificate of
Appreciation was presented by His Excellency,
The Governor of Tasmania to Mr Morris
Larkins for ‘his outstanding commitment to
the South Arm RSL Sub Branch over a long
period of time’.
The second presentation was made to Clarence
RSL Sub Branch. It was a framed copy of the
original Minutes of the inaugural meeting held
on 23rd June 1952 when South Arm operated
as the South Arm Section of the Clarence RSL
Sub Branch. The Minutes were presented
to Clarence RSL Sub Branch President, Mr
Kerry Petrie. Making the presentation was
Mr Eddie Marlowe (Oleszkiowicz – as he was
known in 1952), and we believe Eddie to be
the last surviving founding member from that
inaugural meeting. He was assisted by South
Arm Sub Branch President, Terry Roe.
and were given their certificates later in the day.
Hopefully they will be well enough to attend
the St Helens-St Marys Annual Luncheon for
“Over Eighties”, where the official presentation
will take place.
All St Helens-St Marys members who receive
Long Service Awards automatically become Life
members of the Sub Branch and their capitation
fees are paid from the Sub Branch Welfare
Standing: Allan Langley, Roy Whale; Tony Alexander; Peter Bruce OAM;
Mel Cooper (Kingston Beach); Terry Roe (South Arm); Robert Dick (Huon);
Kerry Petrie (Clarence) and Robert Fisher (Lindisfarne). Front: Eddie
Marlowe, Patron, Life Member of the League and “Rat of Tobruk”
Another highlight during the lunch was the
induction of three new members, Mr Hans
Willink and Nicholas Brooks – both Service
members) and one Affiliate member, Mrs
Thank you to Deputy State President, Chris
Munday who represented the State President
and also assisted us with the photography.
All in all, everyone enjoyed themselves and once
again, the meals and hospitality shown to our
visitors by the RSL and Community Club were
Pictured L-R: Deputy State President, Chris
Munday, the Hon Michael Polley, Tania Rattray
MLC, Ray Coltman, Mayor Sarah Schmerl and
Sub Branch President, Wayne Cubitt.
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NAVY DENTIST SINKS TEETH INTO DOG SURGERY
The Navy and Air Force have combined with a
veterinary hospital to ease the painful toothaches
of a young Military Working Dog.
“Rocco” requires root canal surgery to repair
an existing injury and prevent future teething
Unfortunately with no currently qualified animal
dentists in the Northern Territory, Rocco and his
handler, Leading Aircraftswoman Tegan Bowden,
Leading Aircraftwoman Teagan Bowden
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would have been forced into a costly interstate
trip and longer period of recovery––until Navy
dentist Lieutenant Commander Daniel Allan
took on the challenge.
LCDR Allan said it was not unusual for uniformed
dentists to carry out urgent specialized procedures
on animals which provide the opportunity
to hone professional skills and build valuable
relationships with a local veterinary clinic.
“I was approached by the RAAF working dog
section to assess one of their dogs with a dental
problem as there are no veterinary dentists in
Darwin,” Lieutenant Commander Allan said.
“After a thorough evaluation, we recognized that
the injury needed attention and worked through
a solution with the Parap Veterinary Hospital.
“Personally, it is giving me the opportunity to
work with other health care providers, albeit
animal ones, so that we can both learn from
each other and benefit our clients. It is also an
opportunity to work beyond the scope of normal
practice while still contributing to the dental
health of our ADF members.
“Undertaking this surgery also helps establish
links with the wider community and gives an
opportunity to show the ADF values all of its
members and the capabilities they provide.”
Parap Veterinary Hospital Practice Manager,
Alison Lawlor, said today’s cooperation was
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another example in a long history of supporting
Air Force in Darwin. “Our surgery has been
supporting the Air Force dogs for last 20 years
and we are pleased to be able to support them on
this occasion,” Ms Lawlor said.
LACW Bowden and MWD Rocco are employed
within 13SQN Security Police Flight to protect
assets and operations around the clock at RAAF
Darwin. This includes the provision of afterhours
security, crime prevention patrols and
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Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia
Vietnam Veterans’ South West NSW and Wagga Inc
P.O. Box 6323 Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
ABN 20 673 022 996
Established 2002 Honorary Member Kay Hull MP (ret)
TREASURER PRESIDENT Hon. SECRETARY
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(02) 69226014 (02) 69261214 (02) 6922 3855
0408 489 974 0418 692 566 0427 223 855
To all ESO’s, Veteran and Peacekeeping Organisations and Defence Force establishments
The “Murraguldrie Veterans Retreat” in the Murraguldrie State Forest and is managed and operated by the
VV South West NSW & Wagga Inc. The sub-branch committee manages the retreat and arranges Working
Bees and the general maintenance schedule. The retreat is funded through Visitor donations and at the present
time some sub-branch money as well as DVA grants for major projects; so all donations received from those
that use the retreat are spent on the retreat.
We are the only Veteran group in the South West NSW and Riverina running a retreat for Veterans, this
retreat started as a Vietnam Veterans Retreat in 2005 and we have now completed most of the facilities
planned for the retreat now being time to review our achievements and formulated an ongoing strategy for the
retreat. The members decided in October 2010 that we needed to extend the retreat availability to the wider
Veteran community and also to have an access umbrella that allows all War Veterans including those that
have served in the more recent conflicts and peace keeping theatres as well as those who have and are
currently serving in the defence forces so to signify this change the retreat name was changed to ‘The
Murraguldrie Veteran Retreat’. This change was officially launched in December 2010 at our Christmas
Luncheon where we were privileged to have the Commandant of ARTC Col Finney and RSM Buster Bettye
to unveil the new sign, this special occasion was celebrated by a large gathering of Veterans and their
On completion of the shelter shed and toilet block in 2007 the retreat was opened to other than sub-branch
members; since then there has been a steady increase of visitors to the retreat.
We have seen visitors from all states and territories and many use it as their preferred stop over when
travelling the Hume Highway on their summer/winter migrations as well as a rest spot for a few days between
Its close proximity to the Highway and nestled in the foothills of the “Australian High Country” and only a
short drive to the High Country towns and dams with their spectacular scenery has seen many visitors change
their previous travelling routes to include the retreat this has seen most of our retreat visitors returning on
It has been good to see that the younger service personnel from the current conflict using our retreat as we
recently had a group of 60 stay for a couple of days and they are planning a return visit later in the year, it’s
great to see these young guys using this retreat.
To gain access to this retreat you need to contact one of the three designated retreat contacts whose names are
listed on our flyer. They will inform you about the retreat and any restriction in force during your intended
visit. Since this sub-branch is required to carry the public liability insurance for the retreat we need to record
your name in our register if you are not a members of the sub-branch; however all people using the retreat
must sign the visitors book and peruse the retreat rules which are located in the shelter shed.
On behalf of the committee
BOER WAR COMMEMORATIVE DAY.
Heralding remembrance of those Tasmanians who served in South Africa (1899-1902)
The annual Boer War Commemorative Day is to
take place again at the usual venues and times.
Hobart - Sunday 3rd June 2012 at the Boer War
Memorial, Queen’s Domain, Hobart commencing
at 12 noon. It is planned that a plaque to the
memory of Nurse Elizabeth Orr will be unveiled.
Cate Clark is seeking information about the 1st
Australian Armoured Division 1942-1945. Having
recently published To Fight and Do Our Best –
The following was noted from the Defence
Honours & Awards website.
Looking for next-of-kin.
The men listed below have been posthumously
approved for the award of the Commendation
for Gallantry for their service during World War
II and to date their award has not been claimed.
If you are related to any of these men, or know
Did you complete National Service between 1951
Are you interested in participating a research
project about your experiences?
I am an academic at the University of Sydney,
conducting an oral history project on the
experiences of men who participated in National
Service between 1951 and 1959. The project has
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Launceston - Sunday 10th June 2012 at the Boer
War Memorial, City Park, commencing at 12
Members of the public are invited to attend and
there will be an opportunity to lay a wreath or
Seeking Information on 1st Australian Armoured Division
a book devoted to dealing with the Armoured
Division during its stay in the region of Gunnedah
NSW in 1942/43 – Cate is now looking to expand
on the Division’s story.
In 1942 units of this elite Division took part in the
most extensive land exercises (manoeuvres) that
Australia had ever witnessed. In November of that
same year the 20,000 men of the Division were
then reorganised with half of the soldiers going to
Western Australia to guard Australia’s ‘back door’
and the remaining sent onto Queensland and to
a new Division – the 3rd Australian Armoured
Division. Cate intends to follow the soldiers and
to recount their story.
of someone who may be related, please contact
the Directorate of Honours & Awards’ telephone
enquiry line on 1800 111 321.
PTE Alexander John BELL
SGT Joseph Kenneth BELL
PTE Joseph BELL
GNR Thomas Stephen CUMMING
been funded by the Australian Army History
Unit. I’d like to talk to you about what National
Service was like and how it has affected your life.
You would be asked to either attend an interview
or focus group with other former National
Servicemen. Alternatively, I’m happy to send you
a list of questions for you to answer in writing.
If you’re interested in participating, please contact
For inquiries (both venues) contact Organiser,
Reg Watson on Mob: 0409 975587 or Email: reg@
Cate is seeking any veterans that have not already
been contacted by her and also any residents of
the many towns that the Units passed through,
or called ‘home’, who would be interested in
contributing their recollections or photographs
of that time.
Contact Cate at: 0408 425564 or info@
writerightmedia.com.au. The sample chapter of To
Fight and Do Our Best at: www.writerightmedia.
com.au will illustrate the type of information
required and ‘Latest News’ at the same site will
detail the concept a little more fully.
Commendation For Gallantry For Service During World War II
Wanted: National Servicemen
SGT Clifford Edmund DANAHER
PTE Victor Lawrence GALE
SIG Howard Frederick HARVEY
MAJ Alan MULL
GNR Arthur REEVE
Dr Fiona Gill
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Sydney
ph: (02)9351 6889
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST TO PURCHASE
‘Artillery In Tasmania, 1901-2011’
As we are presently midway through preparing
the History of the 4th Field Ambulance, 1st AIF,
we would like to take this opportunity for relatives
of members of this Unit to make contact with a
view of proofing their relatives entry in the Unit’s
pending Nominal Roll which will appear with this,
as yet unreleased Unit History. Those relatives of
Unit members who would like to see a photo of
their particular family member/members who
served with the 4th, included in the publication,
are asked to make such available, or advise that
such may be available for inclusion.
The 4th Field Ambulance was an original medical
Unit raised in1914 which sailed for Egypt, from
whence they later served throughout Gallipoli.
The unit later moved onto the Western Front and
The Tasmanian RA Sigs Association is sponsoring
the milestone 25thAnniversary Reunion for
former members of the Hobart Signal Squadrons
which were disbanded following changes to
Federal Government policy in 1987.
Over the past 12 months Keith Glyde and I have been researching, documenting and compiling
a detailed history of ‘Artillery in Tasmania, 1901-2011’.
The final document comprises some 264 A4 pages containing text, supported by over 260
photographs (black & white & coloured), as well as maps, plans, documents, and tables.
It is proposed to publish a limited edition this book and we are seeking your support by
submitting an expression of interest to purchase a copy for $45 (plus $10 P&P if applicable.)
We have based the cost of this publication on a limited print run of 200 copies. Should there be
an interest in excess of this number; the cost per item will be reduced accordingly. Your copy
will be signed by both authors.
There is no requirement to pay for your copy at this time. We are only seeking your expression
of interest to purchase in an endeavour to ‘test the market’ and determine the number of copies
to print. Discount is available to bulk sales in excess of 10 copies per transaction.
See the attached flyer and order form as well as a copy of the Preface. Also see www.dmwyatt.
com/ for additional details.
Doug Wyatt and Keith Glyde
Phone: 03 62278840
Mobile: 0427 278840
HISTORY OF THE 4TH FIELD AMBULANCE, 1st AIF
Flanders where this Unit tended to the thousands
of wounded caused by some of the most vicious
fighting to take place during their three years
service in France & Belgium.
Along with a detailed narrative history of this
forgotten Unit’s war service between 1914-1919,
the Unit’s story will be accompanied by one of the
most detailed Nominal Roll’s yet provided for a
medical establishment of the 1st AIF.
Queries re inclusion of material, proofing of
material already on file and items for a permanent
display should be marked for attention to the
compilers, Sarah Wells and Carl Johnson via
email; email@example.com or for phone enquiries:
2012 Signal Squadron Reunion In Hobart
The reunion will be held over the annual Corps
Commemorative weekend 13/14 October 2012
and the Association is looking to contact as many
of the former ARA Cadre, CMF and AARES
Squadron members as possible to invite them to
join in the activities planned.
The accompanying photograph is of the 4th Field
Ambulance’s football team taken in France 1918
Carl Johnson & Sarah Wells
Former members seeking further details or
wishing to update a contact point should contact
the Association Secretary - Dick Goodwin on
(03)6229-6124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF
Celebrating 100 years at Duntroon
By the Commanding officer and members of
the Royal Military College Duntroon
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing. RRP
Paperback edition: $49.95
Book Review by Reg. A. Watson
It is a magnificent book; one which will amply
compliment the best of coffee tables. It’s 336
pages not only contains, Honour Boards
(including that of all cadets who have served
over the past one hundred years), historical
facts, the College’s structure, education, its
Spirit, traditions, values and modern day life
of the cadet at Duntroon.
The pages are full of quality photographs,
both old and new, adding to the exceptional
attraction of this volume, (2297mm x
254mm) vital to military historians.
The book is split into Seven Sections,
each containing its own sub-section. The
introduction is by Michael Jeffrey AC AO
(Mil) CVO, MC. Major General (Retired).
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As an ex Governor-General of Australia,
Jeffrey made a number of visits to the Royal
Military College Duntroon.
In part he writes of the College, “Broadly
speaking, Duntroon’s charter has been to
produce battle leaders trained initially to
command thirty combats soldiers in war
and peace and to have developed in that
process a graduate’s future capacity to lead
companies, battalions, brigades, division,
other commands and supporting services”.
The Foreword is from Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II, in which she states, “Since its
establishment in 1911, the Royal Military
College, Duntroon has held an esteemed
position in the training of Australian troops
for war and peace time service.”
The history of Duntroon goes back to the
Campbell family who had an original land
grant of 4,000 acres in 1806.
The property was named Duntroon, after the
Campbell family’s ancestral castle in Argyle,
After federation, Major General Sir Edward
Hutton KCB, KCMG, recommended that
the government establish a military college,
based on West Point, USA, The Royal
Military College of Canada (Kingston) and
Lord Kitchener, who came to Australia to
review the new nation’s defences, shared Sir
Edward’s vision. In 1910, Colonel W.T. Bridges
became the college’s first commandant.
Legislation was passed to allow admission
of New Zealand cadets.
The property Duntroon was leased 7th
November 1910 and the construction of the
College began. On the 27th June 1911, the
College was officially opened by Governor-
General, Lord Dudley with an intake of
42 cadets, which included ten from New
Zealand. Sadly, the first Commander, Major
General Bridges, when Commander of the
Australian Imperial Forces was killed at
Gallipoli, 15th May 1915. His final resting
place is at Duntroon.
From the very historical sections, the book
moves to highlight every aspect of Duntroon,
past and present.
Interestingly enough, because of financial
cuts, the College was moved to Victoria
Barracks in Sydney in 1931, only to be
relocated at the present site in 1936.
Everything is covered, from the cadet’s
life, the Chapels of Duntroon, its Colours,
Duntroon artistry, and much more. Its
international connections are strong,
accepting cadets from many countries within
the Australian region. The College enjoys
close ties with military colleges from Great
Britain, the United States of America and
The Royal College of Duntroon is a place
of great tradition, some of which is very
colourful; nonetheless it has moved with the
times and has long established itself as one
of the greatest of such colleges in the world.
There are numerous photographs of the
100th anniversary celebrations; many of
those appearing in the photographs can be
Two ex Duntroon graduates are honoured
in the book who have died whilst on service
in Afghanistan; Lt M.K. Fussell and Captain
There is also a limited edition hardback
presented in a custom designed Saifu cloth
hand bound and hinged box. The book is
gilt edge and includes satin ribbon marker.
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