On Service Autumn 2011 - RSL Tasmania

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No. 42 Autumn 2011

Official publication for Returned & Services League of Australia

Tasmanian State Branch (inc.)

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Inside this


From the Editorial Desk 2

From the Presidents Desk 2

Chief Executive Officer’s Comment 4

Deputy President’s Report 4

Vice President’s Reports 5

State Welfare Officer’s Report 8

ANZAC Day 2011 8

Australia Day Achievement Medallions 2011 13

Our Newest Hero 14

Just Ask a Blonde 15

RSL Members Discount/ Rewards Participants 16

RSL Support Pack 17

RSL Tasmania Woman’s Auxiliary Annual Conference 18

RSL Tasmania Licensed Sub Branches and Clubs Conference 19

Tasmania Remembers Corporal Richard Atkinson 22

Bernard Hodgeman OAM - Part 2 23

Around the Sub Branches 25


My Time In Australian Navy Cadets Written By Cpo 29

Amay Scott (Ts Mersey)

Diggers in the Solomon Islands Appreciate RSL Gifts 29

Book Review 30

AWM Returns from Financial Crisis 31


The On Service magazine is produced

by the Returned & Services League of

Australia (Tasmania Branch) Inc and

issued three times per year.

Submissions 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


or mailed to:

On Service, RSL (Tasmania

Branch), ANZAC House,

68 Davey Street

HOBART Tasmania 7000

Submissions should be free of personal views, political bias and must be

of interest to the wider membership of the RSL.

Short requests seeking information or contact with ex-Service

members are welcome for the Notices section.

All enquiries relating to On Service may be forwarded to RSL (Tasmania

Branch) Editorial Team of Phil Pyke on 0408 300 148 or to the Chief Executive

Officer, Noeleen Lincoln on (03) 6224 0881.”

We reserve the right to edit, include or refuse any submission. Articles based

on personal views will not be included unless in the form of Letters to the

Editor with name and address of the author.

Disclaimer: RSL (Tasmania) State Branch advises readers who are

contemplating agreements with advertisers in this magazine to seek

independent financial or legal advice.

RSL Tasmanian Branch reserves the right to refuse or withdraw an

advertisement before publication if this advertisement is deemed to be in

conflict with the RSL or of an obscene nature.

Editorial Team

Phil Pyke – Editor

Mobile: 0408 300 148

Noeleen Lincoln OAM – Chief Executive Officer

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COVER: Mr. Bernard Hodgman OAM, President of the King Island Sub Branch.

Follow Bernard’s story in this issue of ‘On Service

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As 2011 commenced, there was much

to celebrate in the Defence, ex-service

and indeed the wider community with

the presentation of the Victoria Cross to

another Australian soldier.

Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith MG VC is the

most recent recipient and if media reports

of his actions of storming Taliban machine

guns are accurate, then Cpl Smith-Roberts

is certainly deserving of this highest


It has also been a sad occasion with the

death of a young Tasmanian soldier in

Afghanistan. Cpl Richard Atkinson’s

ultimate sacrifice bought home to many,

the stark reality and dangers faced by these

young soldiers in trying to achieve their


This edition of On Service carries an

article on Cpl Richard Atkinson but I am

also mindful that the 1st Combat Engineer

Regiment has since lost another member –

Sapper Jamie Larcombe.

However, in seeing the vision and images of

the farewell service and ramp ceremony for

Cpl Atkinson in Afghanistan, followed by

the memorial service here in Launceston,

I am reminded of those from past conflicts

who lie in graves somewhere across the


It was for this reason the Soldiers Walk

on the Domain was constructed, giving

families a place to grieve. For many who

died in WWI, their bodies were never

found amid the carnage of the Western

Front. Today the Soldier’s Walk, renamed

Soldier’s Memorial Avenue, gives us all a

place to commemorate those who never

returned home from the “War to end

all Wars.” If you haven’t yet walked the

commemorative path, take some time to

do so – it is a great walk.

On another note, as I finish writing this

column, I am about to head over to visit

Operation ANODE in the Solomon

Islands in my Reserve capacity. At this

point in time around 26 Tasmanians

from the 12th/40th Battalion and 16

Field Battery are participating on the

Combined Task Force as part of the

Regional Assistant Mission – Solomon



Phil Pyke

I will be taking editions of On Service over

as well to hopefully encourage our newest

younger veterans to consider joining the

RSL. It’s important that younger veterans

know they have the right to join the RSL

and should always be encouraged to do so.

For me, there is always great personal

satisfaction in seeing our young Tassie

soldiers (men and women) undertaking

their Reserve roles with such great

enthusiasm and dedication. There are also

Tasmanian Reservists serving in Timor, the

Middle East and soon London.

Until next time

Phil Pyke

Editor - On Service

At the time of writing this report the work

being undertaken by our CEO, Noeleen

Lincoln, in conjunction with our solicitor,

Bruce Curl, is progressing to plan and we

expect to have completed the initial phase

by mid 2011. This task has progressed

smoothly with the cooperation of subbranch

committees and is expected to put

our sub-branches and associated clubs onto

a sound administrative and financial footing

for ongoing operation. We should be in a

position to advise the Taxation Office that

RSL Tasmania is tax compliant before the end

of the current financial year and to be granted

Income Tax Exempt Charity (ITEC) status.

When this has been achieved we propose to

seek exemption from paying Council Rates for

those sub-branches that own property.

Gallipoli Victoria Cross Exhibition. . The

nine VC’s awarded to Australian soldiers at

Gallipoli were on display at the Tasmanian

Museum and Arts Gallery in Hobart from

19 November until 17 December 2010. As

most of you will be aware, the VC’s were not

initially scheduled to come to Tasmania but

as a result of lobbying by Senator Guy Barnett

and the RSL, with the support of some of the

other ESO and politicians, the decision was

made to include Hobart in the tour schedule.

While the Official Opening took place on

Friday, 19 November, the Museum agreed

to hold a special day for the serving and exservice

community on the 27th November

and it was pleasing to see a good number

turn up on the day. Sub-branches were

encouraged to demonstrate their support

for the decision to bring the exhibition to

Hobart by arranging group tours and it was

especially pleasing to see a group of around

20 from the North West make the journey

on the day. From all reports they had a very

successful social outing although there were

a few weary heads by day’s end. Well done

Ulverstone for organizing the trip. On the

whole, I am advised that in excess of 20,000

people visited the exhibition.

Review of the ANZAC Day Observance

Act 1929. At the invitation of the Tasmanian

Bill Kaine MBE

Government, State Branch proposed that the

ANZAC Day Act needs to be a stand-alone

Act covering all aspects affecting trading and

observance on the day. This would simplify,

in one Act, all matters relative to observance

of ANZAC Day. Other recommendations in

our submission are briefly described in the

following paragraphs.

We believe that it is important to enshrine the

provision of the Act in Legislation. ANZAC

Day is currently proscribed nationally and

should continue to be commemorated on

the 25th April.

All activities that have the potential to not allow

the general public to attend commemorative

or observance services should be restricted.

We therefore recommended that the Act


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should require the closing of factories and most

shops, prohibit the selling of real estate, and

generally require places of public amusement

not to open before midday on Anzac Day.

The exception to foregoing restriction

should apply to those businesses in an office

where the usual activities conducted include

renting or leasing accommodation; in an

independent retail shop; in a factory or shop

in employment solely for one or more of the

following activities—printing, publishing or

distributing newspapers; manufacturing,

distributing or supplying electricity, gas or

water; a necessarily continuous process of

manufacturing or mining; essential services

including the supply of motor vehicle fuel;

milk supply; bread manufacturing; preparing

food in restaurants, cafes, pastry-cook and hot

takeaway food kitchens; an activity prescribed

by regulation.

The occupier of a place of public amusement

should be required to keep the place closed on

Anzac Day until midday, except if the Minister

has given permission in writing to the occupier

to keep the place open on that day before that

time. Markets should be required to conform

to those restrictions placed on other traders

In relation to the ANZAC Day Trust Fund,

we believe there is a need to add to the funds

currently being made available to the Trust

and a broadening of the criteria for which

it can be used in support of the serving and

ex-service community. It was suggested that

the funding base could be broadened to cover

all revenue, or a percentage thereof, due to

Treasury from gambling activities conducted

on ANZAC Day.

We recommended that management of the

Trust Fund be delegated to trustees appointed

by the Governor in Council and comprise

three members, one to be a nominee of the

RSL. As an alternative, we recommended

that the management be undertaken by a

sub-committee of the Tasmania Veterans’

Advisory Committee in consultation with

the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs and the

Department of Premier and Cabinet

Queensland Flood Appeal.

In early January, at the suggestion of the Lenah

Valley Sub-Branch, I invited Sub-Branches

and Clubs to make a donation to a Flood

Relief Appeal for members of the serving

and ex-service community who may have

been impacted by the floods in Queensland.

Donations received at State Branch were to

be forwarded to the Queensland State Branch

Eternal Flame Foundation (their welfare fund)

for distribution to the most needy of those


On behalf of the League in Tasmania, I would

like to sincerely thank all those sub-branches,

clubs and individuals who contributed. The

final amount raised was $17,500. State Branch

contributed $2,500 and a cheque for the

donation was handed to Mr Chris McHugh,

CEO RSL Queensland Branch) in early March.

Award of Australia Day Medallion and

Certificates of Appreciation.

Each year RSL (Tasmania Branch) seek

to present Australia Medallions and

Certificates of Appreciation to members of

the community, or the League who make a

substantial contribution towards the welfare

and wellbeing of the serving and ex-service

community or to the community in general.

This year we chose to recognise the excellent

work of the volunteers who staff four Veteran’s

Support Centres which provide welfare and

advocacy services to those in our community

who have served, or are serving, in the

Australia Defence Forces and their families.

All of the members who staff these Centres

are volunteers who give freely of their time

to provide the assistance to the Community

as and when needed. Limited funding for the

administrative needs of the Centres is provided

by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs under

the BEST Program.

Receiving the Medallions were the volunteers

of the Central Coast Veterans’ Support Centre

at Ulverstone; the East Coast Veterans’

Information and Support Centre at St Helens;

the Kingborough Veterans’ Support Centre

at Kingston Beach; and the Launceston RSL

Support Centre in Launceston.

Release of the Personal Service Records

under the Freedom of Information


In response to a request for our position in

relation to the release of the personal records

of ex-service personnel we advised that there

is general concern about the release of such

records when those of the general public are

protected under Freedom of Information

legislation. There is a strong feeling that such

records should not be released without the

consent of the member, if still alive, or the

nearest surviving relative. Additionally, there

is a body of opinion that considers it offensive

that they are not advised of who has requested

the information and for what purpose it is to

be used.

The foregoing notwithstanding, there are

valid reasons for the release of some generic,

rather than personal, data from a group/

cohort for research purposes. By this we

mean medical records from a group (personal

details removed) for the purposes of research

such as the inquiries into the effects of Agent

Orange, F111 deseal/reseal and the Vietnam

RAN Potable Water consumption. In all of

these situations it should be possible to provide

details without identifying the persons by


The release of personal information such as

performance evaluation reports, conduct

sheets and medical records is of more concern.

While acknowledging that it would be nigh

impossible for the staff at the Australian

Archives to gain consent from the person/

nearest relative of the records being sought,

surely a better way would be for the person/

organization seeking the information to gain

that approval and present such evidence to the

Archives before release is approved. Such a

system is already in place for the release of

medical records in relation to the preparation

of compensation claims lodged with DVA by

pension Advocates.

Corporal Richard Atkinson – KIA

Afghanistan February 2011.

On behalf of the RSL, I acknowledge the part

that Corporal Atkinson has played in defending

the freedoms that we, as a nation, continue

to enjoy on a daily basis. He and his mates

pursue the most hazardous of all professions

in pursuit of these freedoms and deserve our

deepest respect and gratitude. Unfortunately,

as in the case of Corporal Richard Atkinson,

they make the ultimate sacrifice.

Lest we Forget.

Bill Kaine MBE

State President

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On the 5th March I commenced my seventh year

as your CEO which I personally find unbelievable

considering it feels like I just sat in the chair

yesterday. There has been so much water

under the veritable bridge over that time and

I have witnessed many changes to the League

in Tasmania. None so important however; as

the changes we have implemented during the

past two years. I refer to the incorporation

of our Sub Branches and the merging of some

Sub Branches with their related RSL Club or a

separate Ex-Servicemen’s Club in their location.

Tasmania, as we all know, has a small

population and an even smaller Service or Exservice

population which RSL membership is

dependant upon. We have gained considerable

membership as a direct result of the mergers and

at State Branch we see it increasing every day

as new applications for membership arrive on

our desks.

I believe we have made the vital changes

necessary to place the League in Tasmania in

a viable, stable position which will allow us to

survive into the future for many years to come.

Yes, it has been a costly exercise and the State

Branch has felt the pinch. I wish to thank

all those Sub Branches who have contributed

without a murmur to their legal fees. Ultimately

at the end of the day, the Sub Branches will reap

the benefit as we move into the next phase of

gaining our Income Tax Exempt Charity status.

Our lawyer, Mr Bruce Curl, well known by

now to the majority of sub branch committees

is preparing to lodge our applications to the

Australian Taxation Office. We must be

mindful that Mr Curl is also undertaking a

similar exercise with RSL (Western Australia)

and RSL (Queensland) and although he is a very

‘clever fella’, he can only do so much at once.

We must be patient and the end result will be

worth the wait.

By the time you receive this issue of ‘On Service

the sub branches will have completed their

voting for the vacancies on the State Executive.

Those taking up positions on the State Executive

will have a little more accountability and a little

more to do than in the past. We will have an

obligation to the ATO to continually show that we

are compliant with the terms of our impending

income tax exemption and the members of the

State Executive will be visiting the Sub Branches

more often and whilst there will be asking to

view Sub Branch financial records and minutes

of meetings. They will then report back to me

through the State Executive meetings that all

our Sub Branches are doing the right thing in

this regard. It is I who will warrant to the ATO

that RSL Tasmania is compliant.

I had the great pleasure during a recent visit

to RSL (Queensland) to present a cheque for

$20,000 being the donation from RSL (Tasmania)

Sub Branches and State Branch towards the RSL

(Queensland) Flood Appeal. The CEO, Mr Chris

McHugh was very thankful and very impressed

at the size of the donation. He informed me that

there was a priority to buy some beds for some

widows in one of the flood stricken areas and

our donation was very timely for that purpose.



As you are all

aware we receive

some financial


from RSL


on an annual

basis and I was

Noeleen Lincoln OAM

very pleased to be giving something back on your

behalf. Thank you to all those Sub Branches

which contributed.

We have now had the opportunity to view some

card making machines in operation and are in

the process of purchasing our own at the State

Branch. Members should receive their plastic

membership cards in a very short space of time

from now on.

We will be making a considerable effort this

ANZAC Day to have as many volunteers flood

the streets of Hobart during our ANZAC token

appeal. This is one of two main fund raising

opportunities we have during the year. We are

authorized to sell during the week, 19-25 April.

I would like to call on our members and any

reader in fact, to please contact us at the State

Branch and offer your assistance in helping us

with the appeal, even if you can only donate two

hours of your time. It would be very much


Stay safe and healthy

Noeleen Lincoln

Chief Executive Officer

I n my last report I mentioned the Lone Pine tree

dedication at the Memorial and Honour Rose

Garden at Clarence High School. Since then I

was given the privilege of dedicating the plaque

for the Garden.

I was informed last week by the School Chaplain

that the plaque has been vandalised. We will

install another one. Amen.

Our State President, Bill Kaine MBE was

unavailable to represent us at the handing over

of the Victoria Cross, other medals and personal

items that belonged to Harry Murray at the

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG)

in Hobart recently. I witnessed this event on your

behalf. Chris Murray, the grandson of Harry,

arrived with a small carry-on airline bag and

gently placed everything on a table. There were

several pieces of memorabilia, documents, slouch

hat complete with bullet hole, and the Medals, all

with their original ribbons. I was just amazed.

LTCOL Harry Murray VC, CGM, DSO (and bar),

DCM, Croix De Guerre is Australia’s most highly

decorated soldier as well as the most decorated

soldier in the Commonwealth in WWI. During

the hand over Senator Guy Barnett spoke about

Tasmania initially being left out of the national

tour of VC medals to mark the 95th anniversary

of Gallipoli held in 2010.

Senator Barnett praised the RSL in Tasmania,

in particular our State President Bill Kaine, for

all his support in convincing the Australian

Government that Tasmania should be included

in the VC tour. Well done Bill! When the tour

did come to Tasmania in November-December

over 20,000 people attended.

Past State President Tony Scott OAM is one of

our most committed volunteers, always doing

something to improve our lot. The recent RSL

Tasmania Licensed Sub Branches and Clubs

inaugural Conference was just amazing in every

respect. All of the organising for the event was

done by Tony. I am sure all those who attended

appreciated Tony’s input and effort and enjoyed

the dinner entertainment.

At a recent working

bee on the Soldiers

Memorial Avenue

on the domain

in Hobart it was

Chris Oakes

noticed that 19 of

the plaques were

suffering from corrosion and may have to be

replaced. The cost of this exercise was estimated

to be nearly $8,000. I was given permission to try

a product on these and other plaques. Bingo it

worked, corrosion halted and the patina restored.

The product used was Water Displacement 40,

commonly called WD40. The main ingredient

of WD40 is fish oil. The manufacturer of the

plaques was informed and I believe they are using

the product as well.

Chris Oakes

Deputy State President

E-mail: christopheroakes@bigpond.com


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Hello All. We should all have well and truly

gotten over the Yule headache and be rearing to

go for another year. (Can I hear shouts of “Speak

for yourself?).

Last year, we put in place some vital changes

which will serve to place the League in Tasmania

in a safer and secure position than it has ever

been. I would like to thank those sub branches

and clubs who underwent those changes. Those

who agreed to merge will definitely be very glad

they made the decision to do so. Later on the

obvious benefits will become known to others

still considering the idea, and hopefully we will

see more mergers taking place in the not too

distant future.

I had the chance to get around and “meet n greet”

more members of my division but still await

responses from a couple of sub branches. It

matters not to me how small your sub branch is,

in fact the smaller ones are possibly the ones who

could do with the help I may be able to provide.

So, if you have pressed the button on your

answering machine to find it’s been me leaving

a message and have not got around to calling

me back yet, all is forgiven. But remember, “You

never never know, if you never go”.

I am looking forward to attending quite a few

Annual Dinners over the next couple of months.

This seems to be a great way of keeping in touch

with the thoughts and feelings of the majority

of our members. People seem to open up more

easily in a relaxed atmosphere than at any

“formal” gathering. I like annual lunches to have

a certain air of “informality” and, like everybody,

I especially like to see speeches short and to the


Whilst I am pretty heavily engaged in other

projects at the moment, I will take a step back

from pension work though of course, nobody

will be let fall through the cracks. A new

acquisition to St Helens from the North Island,

Bruce Heathcote, is very experienced in pension

work and has an excellent success rate. Bruce is

especially interested in helping our post-Vietnam

veterans and serving members as he has a special

interest and a very good grasp of MRCA, but will

of course be available for all. Bruce has spent the

last five years working for the WA branch of the

SAS Association and has extensive experience

working with current and recently discharged

ex-service personnel. I have spoken to Bruce at

length and have come to a loose agreement that

I will continue to concentrate on pre Vietnam

personnel, whilst Bruce concentrates on Vietnam

and post Vietnam personnel.

Chris Munday

Bruce has given me permission to give out his

contact details which are: Phone 0428280238 or

email bruce.heathcote@me.com. Bruce is now

living on the East Coast but is willing to travel

anywhere to help with pensions.

Finally, I am sure that all the delegates who

attended the Inaugural “Clubs Conference”

found the two days very informative and the

dinner very entertaining. Congratulations once

again to Tony Scott for putting together an event

which was special and also for his input into the

entertainment at the Dinner. Whilst he maybe

shouldn’t give up his day job just yet, it turns out

Tony is quite a good singer.

Until next time,


Chris Munday

Eastern Division Vice President

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The year has taken off at a fast but steady

pace with lots happening. There was the

RSL Tasmania Licensed Sub Branches and

Clubs conference in Launceston at the

Country Club. As all who attended would

agree, it was a very successful event with

everyone learning something and having

the opportunity of meeting new contacts

or renewing old ones. A number of sub

branches have also had their AGM so there

are a few new faces on committees now.

I traveled down to Cygnet for there Annual

Luncheon and as usual it was a great day and

their Women’s’ Auxiliary do a marvelous

job. My husband was disappointed he did

not win the Water Colour (by a Local Artist)

in the raffle and he is determined to return

next year to try again.

As we all prepare for the upcoming ANZAC

Day please don’t forget about your members

who are in Nursing Homes as they may wish

to attend. If they are unable to attend for

health reasons please arrange for someone

from your sub branch to go and give a small

service at the Home, even if it is the day

before. It would be much appreciated, not

only by your members. but by all residents

in the home.

I look forward to seeing you whenever I pop

in to your sub branch and remember, I am

here to help you so don’t be shy. Come and



talk to me or

drop me a line, I

promise I don’t


Yours in Service

Karren Walker

Karren Walker

Vice President Southern Division


Ph: 0409471112

W e are well into the business year as usual

and all are gearing up for ANZAC Day

which will be upon us very quickly.

Congratulations to Bruce Scott OAM,

President of the Scottsdale Sub Branch on

his award of the Order of Australia in the

Australia Day Honours List 2011. The

award is very well deserved.

I remind all members that the RSL Sub

Branches and Clubs rely on your support

and each day is more difficult for them

to survive with dwindling numbers of

members and volunteers. Please contact

me on 0417-474343 if you would like me to

attend a meeting or if I can assist your sub

branch in any way.

The Launceston RSL Welfare office has been

very busy and members are reminded that

the best results are mostly gained by our

very well trained Pensions Officers who are

available most Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Please phone

Launceston RSL for

an appointment on

(03)6344-9806 or call

into the Launceston

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Time has certainly flown and here we are into

March already. Christmas has been and gone

and some of the sub branches have held their

AGM’s and have new committees to guide them

through the coming year.

I have had the opportunity to visit Queenstown

and Rosebery in the company of the State

President. We were able to speak with members

at the Rosebery Sub Branch, had a short visit

to Zeehan where all is quiet and moved on to

the Queenstown Sub Branch for their meeting.

We were made very welcome, although the

numbers attending were down on our last visit.

I believe the sub branch will battle through and

I do encourage the members at Queenstown

to support their new sub branch President and

committee, keep in touch and help wherever

possible. Unfortunately time did not permit

us to visit Strahan however; I have that on my

agenda and will attempt to visit in late March/

early April.

I have also visited the Wynyard Sub Branch and

it appears the merger undertaken late last year

between the Sub Branch and the former Wynyard

Ex Servicemen’s Club has been accepted by

the members and they are moving forward. I

wish them every success. I am confident the

committee will make it work.

The Railton Sub Branch held their AGM recently

and unfortunately very few of the members

attended. Railton is a small sub branch making

every effort to hold on to the RSL cause in their

area. I would ask all their members to please

make every effort to support the sub branch, it

needs you.

At Penguin Sub Branch the AGM was also

held recently with no change to the executive

and some new

members elected

on to the general Kevin Knight

committee. The

Annual Dinner was this year changed to an

Annual Luncheon and was very well attended.

There is an article in this issue of ‘On Service

relating to the day.

I intend to make every effort to visit most of the

sub branches over the next couple of months

and would ask the committees to please let me

know the dates you intend holding your Annual


Regards to all

Kevin Knight

North West Vice President

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In the last edition of “On Service” I spoke

of tackling the most insidious problem for

our aging members - isolation. Whilst

not all Sub Branches have TIP qualified

Welfare Officers, it should not be too

hard in the short term, for Sub Branch

committees to bring up this subject at

their next meeting and see if between

you, it is possible to compile a list of all

the vulnerable ex- service persons in your


Obviously we have to be aware of privacy

issues but, if practicable I would put

resolving a problem well before political

correctness. The simplest way to see if

someone needs help is to go and ask them.

While you are there most likely being told

“I’m OK mate”,

Please, have a look about the place and see

if you can spot where help may be given.

It may be that a water tank needs replacing,

or the garden has got to point where the

aged or disabled can simply no longer

cope. Realizing that a lot of people on

committees have their own health issues,

the suggestion would be to employ someone

in your area who could use a few extra bob,

to undertake this work. Obviously make

sure they have their own insurance for the

tasks to be undertaken before entering into

any agreement. Sometimes this work can

be organized through “Family Based Care”

etc, but I have found that often even these

very good agencies simply cannot find

anybody to do this (paid) work.

Smaller Sub Branches without a

commercial activity will obviously find

funding virtually impossible, but a little

further down the track we may be able to

get the larger clubs to give a hand once

they have gone down the road of “charity

begins at home”.

As we enter this new dawn of “Charity

Status”, we are going to have to work

out, in the short term, where and how

to spend funds on the needy. This year I

intend to get Welfare Officers together for

a one day forum, most likely holding one

in the North and one in the South. We

will invite DVA, VVCS and members from

TVAG etc to these forums to “brainstorm”.

Every attendee will have the chance to put

forward input and ideas. By the time this

issue of ‘On Service’ goes to print, I will

have replaced Bill Kaine as a member of

the VVCS Consultative Forum” as this is

mainly about welfare. I look forward to

having an input and welcome input from

our members to myself regarding any

matter relevant to this forum.

If you have a

Gold Card and

are in need of a

new phone with

the ability to

press a button

and have an

instant increase

in volume,

larger numbers and an answer phone

within the Base Station part, along with

a portable phone, these things, and many

other very useful items, can be obtained

through “Home Front” which is funded

through DVA. You do not need a doctor’s

referral. Simply give me a ring on 63 736132

or email me at munday.chris9@gmail.com

and I will organize to have someone ring

you to make an appointment to see how

you can be helped.

For now I must get on with writing Part

2 of the life of Bernard Hodgman OAM. I

should take this opportunity to apologise

to Bernard for having to take a chainsaw

to his life story DVD but space is pretty

critical and as best I can I will give him

full recognition.


Chris Munday

State Welfare Coordinator



Chairman: Colonel Michael Romalis

Parade Marshal: Major Peter Hind

Secretary: Major Tony Richings

Treasurer: Mr John Paul OAM JP


ANZAC Day is a time for reflection, for

thankfulness and remembrance. This

year, 96 years after that fateful landing

on Gallipoli beach, we will gather at the

Hobart Cenotaph, Queen’s Domain to

remember those who gave so much for

our country, especially those who are no

longer with us. The Hobart ANZAC Day

Commemorative Committee urges all

members of the community to be involved

in this national day of commemoration.

The Committee has prepared a number

of information sheets and forms for the

2011 Hobart ANZAC Day Parade and

Main Service at the Hobart Cenotaph.

This information is available on the RSL

website at www.rsltas.org.au

Dawn service

This sombre service will take place at

6.00am on Monday 25th April 2011 at the

Hobart Cenotaph. The Hobart RSL Sub-

Branch organises Dawn Service activities.

ANZAC Day Parade

The Hobart ANZAC Day Parade will start

at 11.00am on Monday 25th April 2011. All

contingents for the Parade will form up at

assembly points along Macquarie Street

and proceed past the Town Hall, where the

Governor, His Excellency the Honourable

Peter Underwood AO will take the Salute

from the official dais. Information sheets

showing assembly points and the route

of the Parade are available on the RSL


Wreath Laying

The Official Wreath Laying Ceremony

will commence at approximately 11.50am,

led by the Governor, His Excellency the

Honourable Peter Underwood AO. Groups

and individuals wishing to lay wreaths who

are not in the Official Party are requested

lay their wreaths prior to 11.50am, or after

the Main Commemoration Service.

ANZAC Day Service

The Main Commemoration Service

will follow the Official Wreath Laying

Ceremony at 12.00pm.

Community Involvement

Groups and Associations taking part

in the Parade are requested to provide

short information summaries on their

organisation. This information will be used

in the ABC’s live coverage of the Parade.

The information summary should be typed

and no more than one A4 page in length.


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The Information Summary should be sent

to the Communications Coordinator,

Hobart ANZAC Day Commemorative

Committee by email hobartanzacday@

hotmail.com.au or by mailing to ANZAC

House, 68 Davey Street HOBART TAS

7000 by Friday 15th April 2011.


Veterans who require transport in

the Parade are requested to complete

a Veterans Transport Request Form

(available on the RSL website) and submit

it to the Committee by no later than Friday

15th April 2011.

Veterans who want to use a private vehicle

to participate in the Parade are requested

to complete a Request for Use of Private

Vehicle Form (available on the RSL

website) and submit it to the Committee

by no later than Friday the 15th April 2011.

Individuals and Groups who wish to drive

a historical/special interest vehicle in

the Parade are requested to complete an

Application for Historic/Special Interest

Vehicle Form (available on the RSL

website) and submit it to the Committee

by no later than Friday the 15th April 2011.


Participants in the Parade and Main Service

are reminded that this is a commemorative

occasion and that neat civilian attire or

uniform dress is appropriate.

Gentlemen wearing civilian headdress are

reminded that hats should be removed for

activities such as the playing of national

anthems and the arrival and departure of

the Governor.

Wearing of Medals

Participants are reminded that recipients

wear their medals on the left breast, while

relatives wear medals on their right breast.

Ladies and children may wear miniatures

instead of medals.


Children may accompany veteran

relatives, but it is requested that there be

no more than two, and that they are able

to complete the entire Parade without



Veterans requiring assistance to participate

in the Parade may be accompanied by a

single carer during the March.


The Committee is seeking volunteers to

act as Marshalls for the Parade and the

Main Commemoration Service. If you

would like to assist can you please contact

the Committee.

For more information contact:

Communications Coordinator, Emily


Mobile 0405 551 159


ANZAC Day services will be conducted around Tasmania at the following locations:

Beaconsfield Dawn Service 5.30am Beaconsfield Cenotaph

Main Service 10.30am Beaconsfield Cenotaph

Bagdad Dawn Service 6.30am Bagdad Community Club

(followed by breakfast)

Bishopsbourne Main Service 9.00am Bishopsbourne Cenotaph

(followed by morning tea)

Bruny Island Dawn Service 6.00am Bruny Island Cenotaph

Burnie Dawn Service 6.00am Burnie Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.40am Assemble Burnie RSL

Civic Service 11.00am Burnie Cenotaph

(followed by lunch at RSL)

Campbell Town Dawn Service 6.00am Campbell Town Cenotaph

Claremont Dawn Service 6.00am Claremont Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main Service 9.00am Claremont Memorial

Clarence/Rosny Dawn Service 6.00am War Memorial (behind Rosny college)

(followed by breakfast Rosny Park Bowls Club)

Cressy Main Service 9.00am Cressy Cenotaph

(followed by morning tea)

Cygnet Main parade 10.45am Assemble Mary Street opposite car park

Main Service 11.00am Cygnet Cenotaph

(followed by refreshments at Cygnet Ex-Servicemen’s


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Deloraine Dawn Service 6.00am Deloraine Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.40am Assemble opposite British Hotel

Main Service 11.00am Deloraine Cenotaph

(followed by lunch at RSL)

Devonport Dawn Service 6.00am Devonport Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.45am Assemble at the 60 & Over Club

Main Service 11.00am Devonport Cenotaph

(lunch available at RSL)

Dover Dawn Service 6.00am Dover Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main Service 10.45am Dover Cenotaph

Exeter Dawn Service 6.00am Exeter Cenotaph

Main Service 11.00am Exeter Cenotaph

Flinders Island Dawn Service 6.00am Emita Cenotaph

Main parade


Main Service 11.00am Whitemark Memorial Hall

Forth Main parade 8.45am Assemble outside service station on main road

Main Service 9.00am Forth Cenotaph

Geeveston Dawn Service 6.00am Geeveston Ex Servicemen & Women’sClub

Main Service 11.00am Geeveston Ex Servicemen & Women’sClub

George Town Dawn Service 6.00am George Town Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main Service 11.00am George Town Cenotaph

(followed by lunch at RSL)

Glenorchy Gunfire Coffee 5.00am Glenorchy RSL

Dawn Service 6.00am Glenorchy City Council Memorial Gardens

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.30am Assemble Glenorchy RSL

Main Service 11.00am Glenorchy City Council Memorial Gardens

(lunch available at RSL)

Evening Meal 6.00pm Glenorchy RSL (open to public)

Evening Cabaret 8.00pm Glenorchy RSL (open to public)

Evandale Dawn Service 6.00am Evandale Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast)

Main Service 11.00am Evandale Cenotaph

Hobart Dawn Service 6.00am Hobart Cenotaph, Queens Domain

Main parade 10.30am Assemble Macquarie Street as directed

Main Service 12.00 noon Hobart Cenotaph, Queens Domain

Huonville Dawn Service 6.00am Huonville Cenotaph, Heron Street

Main parade 10.45am Assemble Huonville Town Hall

Main Service 11.00am Huonville Cenotaph

Kempton Main Service 11.00am Kempton Memorial Hall

(followed by light lunch)


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King Island Main parade 10.45am Assemble car park at Currie School

Main Service 11.00am Currie Town Hall

(followed by light lunch)

Kingston Beach Dawn Service 6.00am Kingborough Council Chambers forecourt

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.30am Assemble at old Kingston High School carpark

Main Service 11.00am Channel Highway near Kingborough Council


(followed by lunch at RSL)

Launceston Dawn Service 6.00am Launceston Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at Launceston RSL)

Main parade 10.15am Assemble Princes Square

Main Service 11.00am Launceston Cenotaph

(followed by BBQ lunch at Launceston RSL)

Lindisfarne Main parade 7.00am Assemble at Lindisfarne Post Office

Main Service 7.30am ANZAC Park Cenotaph, Lindisfarne

ANZAC breakfast 8.30am Lindisfarne RSL (located at Motor Yacht Club at 1

Ford Parade, Lindisfarne)

Lunch 12.00 noon Lindisfarne RSL (open to public)

Longford Dawn Service 6.00am Longford Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main Service 11.00am Longford Cenotaph

(followed by BBQ lunch at RSL)

New Norfolk Gunfire Breakfast 5.30am New Norfolk RSL

Dawn Service 6.00am New Norfolk Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.45am Assemble New Norfolk RSL

Main Service 11.00am New Norfolk Cenotaph

(followed by refreshments at RSL)

North Motton Main Service 2.00pm North Motton Cenotaph

Oatlands Dawn Service 6.00am War Memorial, Oatlands Town Hall

Gunfire Breakfast 6.30am Oatlands RSL & Bowls Club

Main Service 11.00am War Memorial, Oatlands Town Hall

(followed by lunch at RSL)

Perth Main Service 9.00am Perth Cenotaph

(followed by morning tea)

Primrose Sands Main Service 11.00am Primrose Sands RSL

(followed by refreshments at RSL)

Railton Dawn Service 6.00am Railton Cenotaph

Midday Service 12.00 noon Kings Hall, march to Cenotaph

(followed by lunch at RSL)

Sheffield Dawn Service 6.00am Sheffield Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main Service 10.45am Sheffield Town Hall, march to Cenotaph

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Snug Main Service 11.00am Snug Oval

(followed by ANZAC Day Children’s Sports)

Smithton Dawn Service 6.00am Smithton Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.00am Assemble Smithton RSL

Main Service 11.00am Smithton Cenotaph

(followed by lunch at RSL)

Somerset Main Service 9.00am Somerset Cenotaph, ANZAC Park

(followed by morning tea at Surf Club)

Sorell Dawn Service 6.00am Sorell Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.45am Assemble Sorell Council Chambers

Main Service 11.00am Sorell Cenotaph

(followed by lunch at RSL)

South Arm Dawn Service 6.00am Lone Pine Memorial, Fort Direction

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.20am Assemble coffee shop/pharmacy on main road

Main Service 11.00am South Arm Cenotaph

St Helens Dawn march 5.50am Assemble Hilly’s Supermarket

Dawn Service 6.00am St Helens Memorial Park

Main parade 10.45am Assemble Hilly’s Supermarket

Main Service 11.00am St Helens Memorial Park

Strahan Dawn Service 6.30am ANZAC Park, Strahan Esplanade

Main Service 11.00am ANZAC Park, Strahan Esplanade

Swansea Dawn Service 6.00am Swansea Cenotaph

Main Service 11.00am Swansea Cenotaph

Triabunna Main Service 11.00am Triabunna Cenotaph

Ulverstone Dawn march 5.40am Assemble Victoria Street

Dawn Service 6.00am Ulverstone Cenotaph

Main parade 11.10am Assemble Victoria Street

Main Service 11.45am Ulverstone Cenotaph

Waratah Main Service 11.00am Waratah Cenotaph

Westbury Dawn Service 6.00am Westbury Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main Service 11.00am Westbury Cenotaph

(followed by light lunch at RSL)

Wynyard Dawn Service 6.00am Wynyard Cenotaph

(followed by breakfast at RSL)

Main parade 10.30am Assemble at RSL

Main Service 11.00am Wynyard Cenotaph

(followed by afternoon activities at RSL)

Woodbridge Dawn Service 6.00am Cenotaph – Woodbridge School

(followed by breakfast at the school)

Zeehan Main Service 11.00am Zeehan Cenotaph


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The provision of Australia Day Medallions

by the Australia Day Council provides an

inspiring way to recognise the contribution

of individuals and teams for outstanding

performance on special projects or in

performance of their core duties. The

Australia Day Medallions are reserved

for the highest level of recognition and

provide a unique way of inspiring and

recognising staff and volunteers

Each year the Returned & Services

League of Australia (Tasmania Branch)

seek to present Medallions to members

of the community or the League who

make a substantial contribution towards

the welfare and wellbeing of the serving

and ex-service community and to the

community in general.

This year we have chosen to recognise the

excellent work of the volunteers from four

Veteran’s Support Centres which provide

welfare and advocacy services to those in

our community who have served, or are

serving, in the Australia Defence Forces

and their families. All of the members

who staff these Centres are volunteers

who give freely of their time to provide

the assistance as and when needed.

On Australia Day 2011, we recognised the

volunteers who staff the following centres:

Central Coast Veterans’ Support Centre

at Ulverstone

East Coast Veterans’ Information and

Support Centre at St Helens

Kingborough Veterans’ Support Centre at

Kingston Beach and

Launceston RSL Support Centre at


We congratulate all recipients.

Volunteers from East Coast Veterans’ Information

and Support Centre

Volunteers from Kingborough Veterans’ Support

Centre – Kingston Beach

Volunteers from Central Coast Veterans’ Support

Centre - Ulverstone

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Cpl Mark Donaldson VC (left) chats with Cpl Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG (centre) and Keith Payne

VC (right)

your mind is you just won’t let your mates

down.” He said he could not do his job if he

did not have the support of his wife and the

rest of his family “and they do support me

100 per cent”.

“I do what I do because I believe in the

country that we live in,” Corporal Roberts-

Smith said.

He said he was ready to serve on the front

line again if deployed.

Corporal Mark Donaldson, who was awarded

his VC for gallantry under fire in Afghanistan

in 2009 said Corporal Roberts-Smith was

“one of the best” who put his heart and soul

into his job.

“He’s good at everything; he’s just one of

those guys who is naturally talented.”

With acknowledgement to The Australian

(News Ltd) 23 Jan 2011

Image courtesy Department of Defence.

Firstly a Medal for Gallantry and now a

recipient of the Victoria Cross - yet all

Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith of the

SAS wants is to get back to doing his job.

Cpl Benjamin Roberts-Smith was awarded

the Victoria Cross by Governor General

Quentin Bryce just before Australia Day in

a ceremony also attended by Corporal Mark

Donaldson VC and Keith Payne VC.

“More than anything else now, out of my

whole unit I’ve got more to prove than

anyone, people will be looking to me so I

need to train more and lead by example and

fight harder,” Australia’s newest VC recipient

said in a News Ltd interview shortly after the

awards ceremony. The 32 year old said he

was just one of many who showed gallantry

during an intense battle in Afghanistan’s

Shah Wali Kot region last October when he

stormed two Taliban machine gun positions

to help protect his comrades.

Corporal Roberts-Smith, who received

Australia’s highest military honour for his

gallantry and daring in the face of the enemy

“in circumstances of extreme peril”, said he

felt honoured and humbled.

“I saw a lot of brave men do a lot of brave

things that day,” the father of five-monthold

twin girls said after the ceremony at the

Perth’s Campbell Barracks. I just hope that

everyone would understand that I’m wearing

it for my unit. I believe that we are making a

difference in stemming the flow of terrorism

into Australia, and I want my children to be

able to live as everyone does now without

the fear of getting onto a bus and having it

blow up.”

He urged Australians to remember the digger

“heroes” who did not come back alive from


“These are the guys who put their hands up

willingly and they didn’t come back,” he said.

“They are our mates and their families live

with that every day. So I will really urge the

public to remember they are the heroes, they

are the ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

The SAS corporal said that in the middle of

intense fighting there wasn’t time to think

and a soldier’s training kicked in.

“I just looked across and saw my mates

getting ripped up,” he said. “I just decided

to move forward because I wasn’t going to

sit there and do nothing. I thought I’d have a

crack, not to let my mates down.”

He then single handedly assaulted two

Taliban machine gun positions and took

them out.

“We won and we hurt the insurgency. I’m

very proud to be part of that,” Corporal

Roberts-Smith said. “I think for everyone

there, including myself what’s going through

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By the time you read through this

you will understand “TANJOOBERRYMUTTS”.....and be ready

for China.

The following is a telephonic exchange between you as a hotel

guest and room-service in China......

Room Service : “Morrin. Roon sirbees.”

Guest : “Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service.”

Room Service: “Rye, Roon sirbees...morrin! Joowish to oddor


Guest: “Uh..... Yes, I’d like to order bacon and eggs.”

Room Service: “Ow ulai den?”

Guest: “.....What??”

Room Service: “Ow ulai den?!?... Pryed, boyud, pochd?”

Guest: “Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry.. Scrambled, please.”

Room Service: “Ow ulai dee bayken ? Creepse?”

Guest: “Crisp will be fine.”

Room Service: “Hokay. An sahn toes?”

Guest: “What?”

Room Service: “An toes. ulai sahn toes?”

Guest: “I.... Don’t think so..”

RoomService: “No? U do wan sahn toes???”

Guest: “I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what ‘udo wan

sahn toes’ means.”

RoomService: “Toes! Toes!...Why Uoo don wan toes? Ow bow Anglish

moppin we botter?”

Guest: “Oh, English muffin!

!! I’ve got it! You were saying


Fine...Yes, an English muffin will be fine.”

RoomService: “We botter?”

Guest: “No, just put the botter on the side.”

RoomService: “Wad?”

Guest: “I mean butter... Just put the butter on the side.”

RoomService: “Copy?”

Guest: “Excuse me?”

RoomService: “Copy...tea..meel?”

Guest: “Yes. Coffee, please... And that’s everything.”

RoomService: “One Minnie. Scramah egg, creepse bayken , Anglish

moppin, we botter on sigh and copy ... Rye ??”

Guest: “Whatever you say.”

RoomService: “Tanjooberrymutts.”

(Please forgive Blondie but she laughed her socks off at this one having

previously visited Hong Kong, and just had to share)


The annual BOER WAR


will be held in Hobart and

Launceston this coming June.

The ceremony in Hobart will

be held at the impressive Boer

War Memorial on the Queen’s

Domain (close to the Aquatic

Centre). It will be begin at 12

noon on June 5th.

The Launceston ceremony

will take place the following

week on June 12th at 12 noon

at the Boer War Memorial,

City Park.

The event is to honour

those Tasmanian soldiers

who served in South Africa.

(1899-1902). Family, relatives,

friends and the general public

are invited to attend. There

is an opportunity to lay a

wreath, a posy or flowers

in memory of those who

served. For further details

please contact Organiser Reg.

Watson on 0409 975 587.

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RSL Members Discount/Rewards Participants

The Stamp Place

Territory Discoveries

Bridgestone Tyre Centres

Bagdad Quilting Supplies

James Grice Medal Mounting

Kempton Old Books (30% discount)

Man to Man Clothing Stores

Ace Alarms & Security

Please remember, this list can only grow

if you, the readers recommend more

businesses to us!!!

Parr’s Heat Pump Centre

Lansdell Glass

Nature Zone Garden Centre – Ulverstone

Robyn’s Hair Studio – Latrobe

Essentially Mobile – Hobart

Leap Health Physiotherapy &


Sadly, we have been informed that with

effect from 1st April 2011 the Clive Peeters

Store at Moonah will cease to exist and in

its place will be a Harvey Norman store.

Readers will be aware from previous ‘On

Service’ articles that Harvey Norman

took over the Clive Peeters chain during

2010. We have been further advised that

negotiations are taking place to establish a

similar benefit to our members. We will

keep members informed.

Defence Service Homes

Insurance Scheme

Home & Contents insurance for Veterans (their widows

or widowers) or ADF personnel who are:

Veterans Entitlement

Act 1986 (including AASM qualifying service)


plus thecare

To see if you are eligible

and to compare the

features call

1300 552 662



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National Launch of RSL Support Pack

Image: RSL National Secretary, Mr Derek Robson AM displays the RSL Support Pack

The RSL has regularly supported all men and

women from the Australian Defence Force

(ADF) through the RSL’s Australian Forces

Overseas Fund (AFOF). RSL AFOF had its

beginnings in the early 1960’s when it regularly

provided comfort packs and recreational

equipment to Australians serving overseas.

AFOF now provides a package twice a year to

every serving member of the Australian Defence

Force serving overseas. The package contains

items such as ANZAC Biscuits, salted peanuts,

glucose confectionary, muesli bars, lollies and a

letter of appreciation on behalf of all Australians.

AFOF regularly provides around 7,000 of these

packages every year.

Since February 2010, the Chief of Army has

provided a Simpson Pack to soldiers injured on

operations. This contains items such as a track

suit, t-shirt, shorts, cap, toiletries and a phone


RSL AFOF identified a further need to provide

more positive support for those ADF members

who require further and more extensive periods

of hospitalization. AFOF is delighted to be able

to provide the RSL Support Pack to every ADF

member seriously wounded on overseas service

and who requires treatment through the NATO

medical facilities in Germany and later long term

hospitalization back in Australia.

The RSL Support Pack consists of an airline

style carry case, tote bag, throw rug, ANZAC

Biscuit Tin, sports shirt and shorts, socks,

notebook, pen, a broad range of toiletries such as

toothbrush/paste, razors, shampoo, conditioner,

shaving cream, chap stick, deodorant, face cloth,

combs, soap, wet pack, an iPod which contains a

wide range of Australian albums and individual

tunes, and a large Australian Flag. All these

items are intended to provide some form of

comfort to each member and remind them that

the thoughts of all Australians are with them

through these most difficult times.

It is appreciated that our wounded are well

supported by the Defence logistic system but this

pack is intended to provide a more personal link

between the serving member and the broader

Australian community. The RSL has subtly

branded the Support Pack on the inside, with

a simple message ‘RSL - Supporting the ADF’

so that the bag can remain within that family

for the future as a personal reminder that this

was provided as a personal gift on behalf of a

grateful nation. Each of the items contained in

the pack are also intended to provide a more

personal connection for the member and as a

reminder that ‘our thoughts are always with you

and that we appreciate your contribution to our

nation’s overseas commitments’. Above all, the

RSL has been particularly conscious of providing

this pack to each wounded member on behalf of

the broader Australian community.

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The 62nd Annual State Conference of the RSL

Tasmania Women’s Auxiliary was held at the

Eastcoaster Resort, Triabunna on the weekend

of 25th-27th February 2011.

The Friday night gathering started with a Service

of Remembrance. Eleven members have passed

away during the year. The Service was followed

by the Official Opening which was conducted by

RSL (Tasmania) State President, Mr Bill Kaine


It was with great pleasure that the Annual RSL

Auxiliary (Tas) Bursary was presented to Mrs

Emma Walker of Launceston, who is continuing

her studies in Biomedical Science, involving her

research into protein recycling in Parkinsons

Disease. We wish Emma every success for the

coming year.

Women’s Auxiliary State President, Mrs Lyn

Morgan assisted by Mr Bill Kaine then presented

Life Memberships to the following ladies:

Mrs Elaine McCullock - Spring Bay,

Mrs Maree Brown - Devonport

Mrs Barbara Hargreaves – Sheffield,

Mrs Marj Nichols - Smithton

Mrs Lyn Midgley - Lenah Valley,

Mrs Jill Shelverton - Kingston Beach

Mrs Helen Pegg - New Norfolk

Saturday was the business session of the

conference and included the receiving and

passing of the 61st Annual Conference Minutes,

financial report and President’s and Vice

Presidents’ reports.

An address was given by State President, Mr Bill

Kaine MBE and a most enlightening address was

given by the Deputy Commissioner of Veterans’

Affairs, Ms Jan Hyde. The guest speaker for the

conference was Mr David Walker who gave an

exceptionally informative history of the Orford

and Triabunna areas, as only David could, with

a little humour thrown in for good measure.

After the luncheon a robust discussion took

place on all Agenda items. The ballot was

declared for Office Bearers. The results are as


State President Mrs Lyn Morgan (Rosebery)

State Secretary Mrs Julie Brooks (Kingston


State Treasurer Mrs Lea McKenzie (Rosebery)

Northern Vice President Mrs Barbara Garwood


Southern Vice President Mrs Barbara Riseley


West/North Western Vice President Mrs Nola

Cooper (Burnie)

On the Saturday evening the Conference Dinner

was held at the Eastcoaster Resort. The evening

included the fancy dress parade and prizes,

followed by dancing. Sunday Brunch was held

at the Spring Bar RSL Sub Branch at Triabunna

after which there was a fond farewell to all

members until our 63rd Annual Conference in

2012 which is to be held at Rosebery.

Mrs Emma Walker


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“New Beginning, Working Together” the

theme of the RSL Licensed Sub Branches and

Clubs – Tasmania inaugural conference held

at the Country Club, Launceston Tasmania, on

the 2nd/3rd February 2011. Twenty eight sub

branches/clubs had delegates attending, along

with members of the State Executive led by our

State President, Bill Kaine MBE.

Also attending were representatives from RSL

(Victorian Branch) led by their State President,

MAJGEN David McLachlan AO (Retd), RSL &

Services Clubs NSW led by the Chairman, Bryn

MAJGEN David McLachlan AO (Retd)

Miller and Derek Robson AM, RSL National

Secretary and chair of the RSL Clubs & Licensed

Sub Branches National Forum.

To hold such a conference we needed sponsors

and supporters of the RSL and we had no

problems securing such people and businesses.

Sponsors for the event were the Federal Group-

Tasmania (Major Sponsor), Country Club

Tasmania, Network Gaming, Tote Tasmania,

Robert Oatley Vineyards (NSW), J Boag&

Son, IGT, Coke Cola Amatil, and Resilience

Marketing. Also supporting the conference

were Willis Insurance, Tasmanian Hospitality

Association (THA), HOSTPLUS Tasmania,

Franklyn Scholar, Steve’s Liquor, and Russell

Corporate Advisory (NSW).

The conference started on the Wednesday, 2nd

February at 9.30am with the opening address

given by MAJGEN David McLachlan AO (Retd),

State President, RSL (Victorian Branch) which

set the scene for a very interesting conference

for all attending.

The idea of the conference was two-fold. Firstly,

to bring the licensed sub branches and clubs

together for the first time and allow the delegates

to mix and network between each other and

secondly, to give them the opportunity to listen

to guest speakers on various topics associated

with supplying services and products to their

licensed sub branches and clubs.

With the theme of “New Beginning, Working

Together” our first speaker was Steve Old,

General Manager, Tasmanian Hospitality

Association (THA). Steve gave the delegates an

insight into THA and spoke of the assistance

that was available to them in the day to day

running of their businesses and the other

benefits of being a member of their association.

Also in attendance was Anthony McConnon,

Membership Executive, THA and he informed

me after the conference that he had been

approached by many of the delegates inquiring

about joining the THA. Personally, I am

hoping they all join and I congratulate our State

President and Executive for agreeing to provide

up to $150 towards the joining fee for each sub

branch or club that joins THA in 2011.

Morning and Afternoon tea were sponsored by

Network Gaming and we thank them for that

kind gesture and hope they will be a part of

future conferences.

Justin Voss, Customer Service Manager, Network

Gaming outlined what was happening in the

gaming industry and ways that both Network

Gaming and the RSL can work together here

in Tasmania. He also outlined to the delegates

what they look for in a venue and the costs

involved in applying for Keno licenses.

Our next topic was on ‘Premium Product =

Premium Profit’ and the panel for this was

Mark Slater, Key Accounts Manager, J Boag &

Son, Campbell McLeod, National Sales Manager,

Robert Oatley Vineyards (NSW) and Darren

Pressley, Group Business Manager, Coke Cola

Amatil. This was a very interesting session where

those present listened as the various speakers

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talked about their field and what was the current

trend in their product around the country. The

information given would allow the delegates to

look at their product on their return home and

provided the opportunity to consider changing

to some of those products to move with the trend

of product spoken about by the panel.

Tote Tasmania also supported the conference

and firstly we heard about the wagering industry

from Dan Renshaw, Manager of Corporate

Strategy & Development, Tote Tasmania.

Dan covered all aspects within the wagering

industry, what to look forward to regarding

Tote Tasmania and how to go about securing

the TOTE in venues. Joining Dan from The Tote

were Mick Edwards, Retail Manager and Chris

Berechree, Area Retail Manager.

The TOTE also sponsored a very enjoyable

lunch and all present appreciated that gesture

and I once again thank Tote Tasmania for their

involvement in the conference and look forward

to a close working relationship in the future.

“Amalgamation” - a word not many of us want

to talk about but when is it too late? That was

the introduction from our next speaker, Greg

Russell, Director, Russell Corporate Advisory,

who spoke about the signs to look out for in a

business that may be having trouble surviving.

Greg has a wealth of experience in this field and

has worked closely with RSL (Victorian Branch)

and RSL & Services Clubs NSW. He also spoke

about how to deal with this issue and also to how

to look around and see what was happening to

other Clubs in the area with a possible view to

amalgamating with some of the other clubs in

the future.

Michael Glidden, State Manager, HOSTPLUS

Tasmania addressed the conference on

superannuation and what is required of an

employer regarding employees’ superannuation

entitlements. Michael went on to talk about

other issues within the industry.

Then there was some excitement for Carlton fans

at the conference as the next topic to be addressed

was “the training of your staff”. That address

was given by former Carlton premiership player,

Ken Hunter, National Hospitality Manager,

Franklyn Scholar. Ken spoke about what

Franklyn Scholar had to offer and the work they

had done with Brian Cairns, Chief Operations

Manager, RSL (Victorian Branch) in creating

an RSL Diploma of Management course. The

Tasmania Branch has also taken this idea on

board and intends to run two courses in 2011,

hopefully starting in March.

At the conclusion of Day 1, the delegates and

guests attended the conference dinner which

was sponsored by the Federal Group Tasmania,

Country Club Tasmania, J Boag & Sons, Robert

Oatley Vineyards (NSW), Coke Cola Amatil,

International Gaming Technology (IGT) and

WILLIS Australia. All had a great evening

and enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with

other delegates and guests. During the evening

we ran a raffle with proceeds going to the RSL

Queensland Flood Appeal and Relay for Life.

$1,056 dollars was raised before Chris Munday

challenged those attending that if they would

donate a total of $100 he would have me get up

and sing. You guessed it - within a few minutes

there was $100 dollars on the stage. Yes, I did

sing and we raised a final total of $1156 dollars.

On the Monday after conference I presented

$550 to Carol Harper at DVA to go towards

the team’s donation for the Relay for Life. The

raffle prizes were donated by HOSTPLUS (Gold

Coast Suns jumper), Steve’s Liquor (bottle

of Johnny Walker Blue Label) and The TOTE

($200 voucher). The winners were Graham Bean

(Bicheno) the jumper, Jason Wagner (Glenorchy)

the scotch and Glenn Cash (Launceston) the

betting voucher.

Day 2 started with our second panel who

discussed what was happening both nationally

and in other States regarding the RSL. Panel

members for this session were Derek Robson

AM, RSL National Secretary & chair of the

RSL Clubs & Licensed Sub Branches Forums,

Graeme Carroll, CEO, RSL & Services Clubs

NSW, Brian Cairns, Chief Operations Manager,

RSL (Victorian Branch) and Peter Newell OAM,

Chair, Clubs NSW and Clubs Australia.

Derek commenced by informing those present

about the support the RSL gives our Servicemen

and women serving overseas and also spoke of

the new ‘RSL Comfort Pack’ which will be given

to our wounded soldiers when they arrive at

hospital overseas with no personal belongings.

Graeme Carroll also spoke on the support

provided from RSL (NSW Branch) to wounded

soldiers once they have recovered. They are

offered a week’s paid holiday with their family to

help them recover from their ordeal. Brian spoke

about what is happening in Victoria and the

changes to take place in 2012 when they will take

over the gaming machines in their venues. All

spoke on the support to our younger generation

with each State involved with students travelling

overseas to learn more of our military history.

We, in Tasmania, with the support of the State

Government, send six secondary school students


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on a 16 day tour of Gallipoli and the Western

Front and we congratulate the Premier and the

State Government on their continuing support

of the Frank MacDonald MM Memorial Prize.

Peter Newell spoke of the issues relating to

gaming machines and the drive by Federal

Independent, Andrew Wilkie to have a

betting limit placed on gaming machines and

withdrawal limit at ATM’s within venues. Peter

gave the delegates an insight into what damage

this would cause within the club industry and

recommended we all lobby our local members

on this issue. While we accept there are problem

gamblers and continue to find ways to support

them, we don’t believe everyone should be

limited in the way they gamble. While we

only have nine venues with gaming machines,

many more have KENO and/or TOTE, and we

considered it was important that all delegates

were given the opportunity to listen to the clubs

side of this ongoing debate.

Insurance and what was happening in the

industry, especially with the natural disasters

occurring around the country in the past few

months, was our next subject and the address

was given by John MacMurray, WILLIS

Australia. John has worked closely with the RSL

in Tasmania for over twenty years. He spoke

in general on the insurance industry and what

clubs & licensed sub branches could expect in

the future. John’s news was not all bad and he

informed all those present that he would be

visiting each of them in the next few weeks

to talk directly about their insurance for the

coming year.

During our early forums when we first started

to get together, one subject would always come

up – bulk buying and having a warehouse. Then

along came Steve Skelton, Director, Steve’s

Liquor who offered just what we were looking

for. After having discussions with Glenorchy

and Claremont RSL’s he was introduced to me.

Steve and I then toured the State where he was

introduced to most of the RSL licensed sub

branches and clubs and from there started to

work closely with some of our RSL’s. Steve was

the last speaker at our inaugural conference and

outlined what has happened since his last visit

and what he hoped to achieve with the support

of us, the RSL. I believe Steve and Steve’s Liquor

can offer us what we have been looking for and

hope that all our RSL licensed sub branches and

clubs give it a go and see where it takes us all.

One area that needs to be addressed is Marketing

and promoting your venue. This is an area

where we in the RSL have not done enough and

it was decided that we ask the State Branch to

form a committee for this purpose.

It was proposed that the committee then

meet with Resilience Marketing with a view to

working together on a detailed marketing and

promotion plan for our RSL licensed venues here

in Tasmania.

While the boards of management, managers

and staff look at ways to improve their venues

and profit margin with the support of suppliers

and others in the business community who

understand what the RSL stands for, it is up to

the members of the various RSL licensed sub

branches and clubs to not only be a member,

but be a member that comes along and supports.

They should also make themselves available to

help around the place from time to time and

be proud of their licensed sub branch or club.

Never be afraid to speak to committee members

about ideas you might have - that is showing you

care about your venue.

With our theme in mind “New Beginning,

Working Together”, I call on all members

to make a new beginning and work with your

committees and hardworking staff and make

an effort to visit the venue more often and take

family and friends for a meal or a social outing

more frequently.

Before the conference was closed we needed, as

a group, to make some decisions for the future

and I put to all delegates the following questions:

1. Did we wish to form our own association?

the answer was YES

2. Do we seek approval from the State Branch

to form such an association? the answer was


3. Did we wish to continue with an Annual

Conference and local Forums? the answer

was YES

4. As this was not a one man band, were they

prepared to form a committee? the answer

was YES

5. We needed to come up with a constitution

for the association and should we form a

committee to look at a constitution? the

answer was YES.

The State President, Bill Kaine MBE gave a short

address and closed the conference.

In finishing this report, I wish to thank Leah

Freeburn from George Town RSL and Zoe

Blanusa from RSL & Services Clubs NSW

who assisted me during the conference. Your

support was very much appreciated.

The support I received from Troy Armstrong and

Trudi Clarke from the Country Club Tasmania

was first class and you all must agree it was a

great venue to have such a conference. I hope

it will become an annual event at the Country

Club Tasmania.

To all the sponsors and supporters of our

inaugural conference we thank you and look

forward to working together in the future.

My special thanks go to our big brothers in

RSL (Victorian Branch) and RSL & Services

Clubs NSW along with our RSL National

Headquarters. They have all indicated they will

continue to support where they can and attend

future conferences when held.

My personal thanks go to all those who attended

as delegates. I only see us going forward as we

work together.

I wish you and you venues the best for the future.

Kind regards, Tony Scott OAM

RSL (Tasmania) Licensed Sub Branches and

Clubs Co-ordinator

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Corporal Richard Atkinson

“So farewell Digger. While we mourn and

miss you here, others who have gone before

you will welcome you to the fold. Travel

safely mate, we miss you.”

With this emotional and stirring eulogy

from the Officer Commanding Mentoring

Task Force – Two’s Combat Team Charlie,

Major David French, the body of Corporal

Richard Atkinson began the long journey

home to Australia – farewelled by a

kilometre-long Honour Guard of soldiers,

police and civilian contractors from

Australia, Afghanistan, the United States,

Singapore, Slovakia and the Netherlands.

Corporal Atkinson is Tasmania’s first

Afghanistan casualty – killed by an

improvised explosive device while on

patrol in the Tangi Valley near Deh Rahwod

in early February.

Monsoonal storms gave way to sunshine

as the aircraft carrying the coffin touched

down at RAAF Base Darwin several days


It was a sombre occasion as Corporal

Atkinson’s mates from 1st Combat Engineer

Regiment acted as pall-bearers as the young

Tasmanian’s coffin was taken to his waiting

family, along an honour guard, lead by a lone


Richard’s fiancée, Dannielle, his parents,

Ross and Kate and his brother James were

joined at the ceremony by Chief of Defence

Force Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston,

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Ken

Gillespie, Commander 1st Brigade Brigadier

Gus McLachlan, and Commanding Officer

1CER Lieutenant Colonel Matt Pearse.

Lieutenant General Gillespie said Richard

paid the ultimate sacrifice proving a safe

path for his mates – a role that demands

immense courage.

“Corporal Atkinson’s bravery will not be

Pall Bearers from 1st Combat Engineer Regiment

Ramp Ceremony – Darwin

around him.

“Even for us who didn’t know him personally,

his dedication to his work and his unit was

evident in that he had been promoted to

Corporal in a very short time. In this time

of much sadness for the Atkinson family,

and his fiancée ,Ms Kitchen, members of

the Returned and Services League across

the State acknowledge his supreme sacrifice.

We extend our most sincere condolences to

Major David French, Officer Commanding

Mentoring Team Charlie, farewells his fallen

soldier Corporal Richard Atkinson during a

memorial service at Multi National Base Tarin

Kot, Afghanistan.

forgotten. As an engineer, he led from

the front. His sacrifice brings the greatest

honour to him, the Australian Army

and most of all, his loving family. His

mates will continue their important and

dangerous mission, their resolve and bond

strengthened by the loss of a great mate,”

Lieutenant General Gillespie said.

RSL (Tasmania) State President, Bill Kaine,

said Corporal Atkinson was an exceptional

soldier who was highly regarded by those

his family, fiancée and also the members of

Corporal Atkinson’s unit.”

A memorial service was later held at St

John’s Anglican Church in Launceston

where family and friends were joined by

members of 1st Combat Engineer Regiment,

current and former staff and students from

Launceston Church Grammar, politicians,

and members from ex-Service organizations.

Images courtesy Department of Defence


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Bernard Hodgman OAM

Correction: Bernard was 19 when he became

a Station Manager, and not 17 as written in the

previous issue of ‘On Service’.

In our last issue of ‘On Service’ we left Bernard

at sea, heading for Malaya in 1941.

After a torrid time at sea when we often thought

we were all going to sink, we arrived in Keppel

harbor Malaya, escorted by HMAS Perth. It

was two week trip which should have taken 10

days maximum. After ten days we were moved

up to Malacca in Malaya, our job was then the

real supplying of the various units of the 8th

Division. I was a transport driver in the 2nd AFC

Company. We had about 100 trucks supplying

all of 8th Division including the 27th Brigade

with their food stuffs. We were the supply

column. We had 5 months of peace where I did

lot of driving, right up and down the Malayan

Peninsula where our various units were spread.

We did a lot of socializing.

It was the 8th December 1941 - the Japanese

made their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor,

coordinated with an aerial attack on Malaysia

and Thailand. They bombed the daylights out

of the three places and that of course brought

the Americans into the war. We were at war

with Japan.

The Japanese slipped across the border into

Thailand and overran Thailand without a shot

being fired. The majority of Japanese troops

came down through Thailand and the rest

landed at Katabaru in Malaya. They took the

British completely by surprise; the British didn’t

think they would come through Thailand. The

British were caught out after the landing without

ever having gotten into position.

Our air force was negligible over there then;

we had a few Australian made Wiraways and a

few Bruster Buffalo from America which were

obsolete, and they struck the Japanese Zero

fighter which at that time was they best fighter

plane in the world, better than the Spitfire

and the rest. Our air force was shot out of the

sky within the first few days. An Australian

squadron of Hudson Bombers did a good job

but was all shot down in the finish.

Two of the best battle ships were sent out to

boost us up a bit, the “Prince of Wales” and

the “Repulse”. Torpedo planes came in over the

‘Repulse”, and “Prince of Wales” and those two

big ships were gone. So now we had no ships.

A retreat was fought all the way from Kataburu

and the Sime river right down to the state of

Johorbaroo where the Australians were dug in.

We had to come back to Ahahitum and there

had been a hell of a blue out at Maur. As the

Australians and allies came back out onto the

road our transport drivers, myself included, had

to pick them up and take them back through

Ayahitumj and back to recovery.

So we got there. We were three quarters of the

way down Malaya after eight weeks of fighting.

At one stage, my motor was split in half by a Zero

firing armor piercing ammo. I had a whole heap

of people on board, bringing them back, and it

didn’t hit one of them. We had to evacuate the

2nd/10th at Malacca. There were only enough

ambulances to take the bed patients and we took

the ‘walking wounded’. We also had to evacuate

the hospital with all the gear therein.

We got back to Johorbaru township itself and

went into a perimeter there. Now there were no

more roads for the Japanese to get in behind us.

They had to come through the jungle. We held

them there for four or five days so everybody

could get across the causeway to Singapore, and

everybody did.

Not one person was left on the mainland of

Malaya. Now the thing to remember is that

although it was a disaster up there, it was some

of the heaviest fighting of the war in Malaya and


We’re back on Singapore, an island only 16 miles

wide and 8 miles deep. A whole lot of men

including myself were put into the Infantry. We

had a very quick revision in Infantry training,

were put into camps and called the X battalion.

We had about four days of solid bayonet drill and

throwing dummy hand grenades and using old

Lewis guns and of course we had our rifles and

our bayonets. Including the four days training,

we had been on Singapore for 8 days.

You could hear the Japanese chopping trees

down and making rafts. They made dozens and

dozens off rafts about 15 foot square with about

40 or 50 men on a raft when they came into

land. The straights were fairly shallow and they

poled them across silently. We were sent out

and arrived just before their landing and didn’t

even have time to dig in. They didn’t start using

their mortars from the rafts until they were

practically on the beach and then they let us

have it. We couldn’t even see them as it as pitch

black and they were silent as hell. We opened

up with Lewis guns and what we did have and

very nearly drove them back into the water but

then their bombers arrived and really flattened

us. They came over in waves of 26 bombers at a

time. Probably 150 bombers altogether and they

just pattern bombed us, saturation bombing it’s

called, and that’s why I’m partially deaf today.

Our lines were too thin to really counter and

we had no troops in reserve. We had an Indian

brigade on our left flank which the Japanese put

all the pressure on until it collapsed and let them

come in. We looked like getting cut off so we

had to withdraw about four miles. In the fighting

there were quite a number of our fellows killed.

One mate was hit with a machine gun burst and

killed right along side me.

That night we were practically surrounded again

and we didn’t know it. During the night, our own

guns were firing on us because we shouldn’t have

been there. The order was for us to retreat, but

we didn’t get the order. It wasn’t passed down

the line. The whole of our Company were

being shelled by 25 pounders. It’s not a very

nice feeling, knowing that your own people were

shooting at you.

Amazingly, we got out of it without anybody

being hurt. I was nearly shot there. It was the

closest call that I actually had. My pants were

pegged to a tree by a sniper and I think I shot

him- not certain.

I’ll take my hat off to our Captain, Jimmy Milner,

He was a bloody champion. He got us out.

Our trucks in the AFC got word that we were

marching along Durong road and they came and

picked us up.

The trucks took us back to a base camp which

had a mobile laundry and showers. We were

black with cordite and stunk - God we stunk.

That’s about the sum total of our fighting because

once we got back General Bennett sent for us and

we were positioned around a perimeter around

his Headquarters. You may have read that the

number of Japanese that attacked Singapore was

30,000 but it was never said that they were all

front line troops.

To oppose them they said there were 90,000

to 120,000. There may well have been 120,000

troops on Singapore but the majority was

ordinance and headquarters staff. They were

not trained fighters, but they had to be there to

support the fighters of course. They were given

a bit of quick training and put in the front line.

They were poorly equipped. When all said and

done, between the British, the Australians and

the Ghurkas, we all held the Japanese up for ten


Anyway, as I said, we were put around

Headquarters perimeter on the Friday, having

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come out on the Thursday night. We stayed

there until the Sunday, and then of course

Singapore surrendered. The British General

Percival said that there were too many civilian

casualties occurring with the bombing and

shelling of Singapore that he’d have to surrender.

So, that was about the end of it. We went in

there on the Friday, we called it ‘black Friday’

because there was smoke and burning oil,

burning vehicles, houses, you name it. It was

a shemozzle. Singapore itself was on fire with

countless dead civilians.

General Bennett came around and said goodbye

to us, he didn’t say he was going to Australia, but

he said that he was leaving and he wished us all

the best and hoped that the Japanese would treat

us well, as surrender had taken place. It was the

Sunday night and we all had a sleep. I laid down

on the bitumen and just passed out. The next

morning they put us into huts where we had one

night and then the next day the Japanese came

and said “Right, get your gear together that you

can carry. We’re going to Changi”.

They marched us from Tanglin Barracks to

Changi, and what a march that was. There

were 90,000 prisoners on the road. You can just

imagine stopping and starting repeatedly. The

Chinese were very good, they had water points

for us, gave us water and some of them took

some awful beltings from the Japanese guards,

but they still did it. We left Tanglin Barracks

at four in the afternoon and got into Changi,

eighteen miles out, at seven the next morning.

So we were prisoners of war.

During the first few days there was not a lot to eat.

On the march out we carried a tin of bully beef

each which we were told we were not to open.

We carried a packet of army biscuits which we

were allowed to have and eat on the way. There

was no breakfast that morning, but at lunch time

they had gathered up all the bully beef from us

and they made a bully beef stew out of some

tinned meat and veg’ which some also carried

instead of bully beef. They made this stew, it

was very watery and that was it. We’d eaten the

biscuits because we were bloody hungry. A few

had some biscuits left which they shared with

the bloke next to them, and I admired the fellas

for that. I was greedy and had already eaten my

pack of ten biscuits, so it wasn’t a big feed. There

was no supper that night.

The next day a truck came out loaded with rice.

Nobody knew how to cook rice! When they got

it out, it was rice that had been treated with lime

to keep the weevils out of it and it was awful,

eating limey rice. No matter how long it was

soaked, you couldn’t get all the lime out of it. It

was boiled into a sort of gruel.

For a time we worked on the Burma railway. The

railway from Burma joined at a place called “The

Three Pagoda Pass”. It was joined with a gold

spike and a whole lot of pomp and ceremony

and then the borrowed troops, us (H force) and

D and F force, what was left of us, were brought

back to Siam Road.

I was a bit lucky at Siam Road and was put to

work in the kitchen as a woodman and water

joey. I was on that job and didn’t have to go out

on outside duties. Of course there was always a

little bit of extra sugar or something to sweeten

your burnt rice tea. The food there as far as POW

days were concerned, was excellent. We were

getting 12 ounces of rice a day, dried fish, gascate

(seaweed) which we know here on King Island

as bull kelp, and it was processed in such a way

that there were minerals and vitamins in it. We

also got greens, Chinese spinach, and although

the fellas didn’t like it much, it helped to bring us

back to life. I put on three stone in weight there.

I was around ten and a half stone when we were

eventually sent back to Changi and we wondered

what the hell it was all about, but we found out

when we were sent back to Changi. We had

been fattened up and brought back to reasonable

health to join in the construction of the Changi

airfield which consisted of a north/ south strip

which went out into the sea and an east/west

strip. We built this thing over a period of about

five months and the work there was extremely

hard. Our tucker was cut back because we were

back at Changi where the food was never much

good. We had to supplement it with our own

garden produce which was reasonable stuff.

Never enough - but enough to sustain us.

After the aerodrome was finished the Japanese

wanted a big trench dug right around the

perimeter. We had to dig it and it was eight

feet deep and six feet wide at the top, sloping to

about four feet wide at the bottom. This took us

about six weeks to finish, with hundreds of men

working on it. There were machine guns placed

in it. This is getting towards Christmas 1944

and one of the Japanese officers let the cat out of

the bag. He spoke pretty good English and told

us the trench was for us fellas when the British

come and land in Singapore or Malaya. That was

all he said but we knew what he meant….

From then on we were digging hundreds of

tunnels into the side of hills. About 40 feet deep

into the hill, then swing off at right angles for

about 20 feet and then come back out. They

were nine foot high, nine foot wide and they

were timbered. While we were tunneling,

there was a fella called Cyril Brooks, who came

from Rosbery, Tasmania, and used to work as a

“powder monkey” setting fuses for the dynamite.

Well, we ran into rock in these tunnels and the

Japanese called for anyone with experience with

explosives and Cyril stepped out and was given

the job of laying the fuses. There were always

six holes drilled in the rock and gelignite put in

and Cyril would set the fuses so he could count

them as they went off. One day, the explosions

occurred but one didn’t go off so Cyril told us

not to go in. The Japanese Corporal in charge

was demanding we went in, swinging his sword

around etc. He said “Well I’ll show you terrified

Australians just how brave a Japanese soldier is”

and he went in. Of course the gelignite exploded

and blew him out – dead of course.

I got shifted from the tunneling because the

wood supply fellas couldn’t keep up with demand

from the kitchens so I was back getting wood.

I reckon this saved my life really. I was able to

scrounge a bit of extra tucker because of the

work I was doing. I got a little extra rice and

sugar etc as I was certainly working very hard.

I worked in the cookhouse, cutting wood, right

up until the war ended.

There were no guards inside the perimeter at

Changi, they were outside. The Indians were

all gone and the Koreans were now our guards

mainly, with Japanese Officers. The old Japanese

Colonel Bana was in charge. A mate of mine

was sent out to this Colonel’s place to do a bit

of light gardening as he was too old to go on

working parties. The old Colonel was a Japanese

Officer in WW1 and the Japanese were our allies

back then. He had a bit of time for Australian

soldiers and really liked the old Ozzie, Angus

who worked in his garden. Angus was an old

WW1 digger and they used to have talks about

it. There was one stage when I had another bout

of malaria, one of 40 odd bouts of malaria while I

was a prisoner, most of them up in Thailand. This

time I had to go off wood cutting and Angus,

who wasn’t very well, suggested that I go out

with him while I was on light duties, so I did and

I got to know the old Colonel a bit, though I was

only out there for five days, going backwards and

forwards of course.

I was cutting wood on the morning of August

15th, 1945 and I saw a stick waving around

at the corner of the Changi prison, went over

to investigate what was going on and it was

the Major, Lord D’Ramsey in all his glory, with

insignias up even though the officers weren’t

allowed to wear them. I thought something must

have been on and he said to me. “Now listen,

the war’s over, there’s been some mysterious

bomb dropped and it has caused the emperor

to surrender unconditionally. For goodness

sake just quietly tell your mates and continue

going about your work and do not cause any

disturbance whatsoever. I went back in to the

kitchen and told Captain Roberts and he said

“Well, we’d better have a cup of tea on this

and a sweet cup of tea at that”. So everybody

around the cookhouse got a sweet cup of tea

and we talked very quietly. That night there

was a little bit of joviality in the jail with a bit

of singing going on, but there was no outbreak

of joyousness at all. Next morning on the 16th

August the working parties all went out, but at

midday they all came back and said “Well, it

must be over because the Japanese dismissed us”.

No Japanese Officer or soldier told us that the

war was over; our own Colonel Gallager said

“Yes, it definitely is and we’ve got to be very quiet

and not do anything to attract attention to us


So, for four or five days we just went about

our camp duties. And then a wonderful thing


On about the 7th or 8th day after the Japanese

surrendered, a member of RAPWE (Relieved


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Allied Prisoners of War) was parachuted

onto the Changi airfield. He was an English

Captain. Well, I’ve never seen anything like it

in all my life. He landed there and stuck his

gun in the ribs of the Japanese Colonel at the

time, disarmed him and told him that he wanted

trucks and the Colonel’s car. All the guards

around the Airfields and around Changi had to

be disarmed. Now I didn’t see that happen but I

saw him when he arrived at the jail. He marched

in to that jail and called all the Officers together

and said “Look I’m only a Captain but I am in

charge.” He said “I’m part of the “Relieved Allied

Prisoners of War, and you must obey me.” The

top British Officers weren’t too keen but they

had to do it

We got permission to go into Singapore and get

a bit of extra rice and stuff. The Captain took

the people who were on the trucks out to the

Singapore cold storage. He shot the locks off

the doors and there in one of the big chillers

were sides of Australian beef stacked from

the floor to the ceiling - hundreds of sides of

beef. In another compartment were boxes of

Australian butter. We got a truckload of beef

and a truckload of butter and another of rice

and came back out. We had a pretty fair sort

of a stew that night with more beef in it than

anything. Of course this made us all sick. We

couldn’t stand it. The cooks were warned by the

medical staff that they had to dilute the stews

down to fairly weak watery stew with plenty of

rice and less butter. They were issuing us with

a quarter pound of butter per day each. There

was no way our stomachs could stand it as we

hadn’t had any decent oily stuff for three and a

half years. Anyway, we all adjusted to this. We

cleaned the meat out over about ten days. The

butter all went.

We gradually got used to better food. The

Captain organized green vegetables from the

Chinese. We were there for six weeks before we

got out of the place. The “River Murrumbidgee”

(Freighter) bought Australian food in. It took

three or four weeks to get used to new tucker.

Medical Officers put out a list of what we could


I got back home to Australia on the “Duntroon”.

There was a lot of controversy over the dropping

of the bombs on Japan, but I can tell you this.

If it hadn’t have been for the dropping of those

bombs, the war would have gone on and on.

Had the Americans and their allies landed in

Japan there would have been millions killed on

all sides, including Japanese civilians. There

wouldn’t have been one prisoner of war or

one civilian internee, of which there were

thousands, left. The same thing would have

happened as happened in Borneo, there would

have been death marches or similar that would

have exterminated the lot. I don’t know what

you think about that, but my thoughts are that

I survived, only because of the bomb.

I remember clearly many characters I met

along the way. People like Father Marsden.

A wonderful priest, who helped people to die

with dignity, and I was in amongst that. Some

of the things you talk about being in are not

believed, and yet it is the truth. My friends

and companions in the ex-POW’s Association,

whenever they run into me, give me a pretty fair

sort of a reception because I was always to the

front when it came to trying to help somebody

or trying to do something that was reasonable

and sound. If it wasn’t, I didn’t want to have

anything to do with it. There were a lot of things

in my opinion which were neither.


Emmerton Park Care

Facility – Smithton

We received a large box at ANZAC House,

and opened it to find dozens of hand knitted

scarves and beanies which were diligently

made by a group of ladies from Emmerton

Park Care Facility’s “Cosy Corner”. The note

inside asked us to please send them to our

Australian troops serving in Afghanistan.

Most of us got out of the terrible predicament

by friendship with others, our mates. In my case

it was this and my belief in God. I’ve always

had my faith and I always will. A lot of people

thought that soldiers didn’t believe in God, but

that was completely incorrect. Most soldiers did

believe in God and it was to our benefit to do so

because you had to believe in something. If you

wanted to pray, you did it privately or at church.

We had a chapel in Changi, built by our own

engineers. All of us attended at some time. I

never went to church much in NSW, nor do I

here on King Island, but I still say my prayers to

myself of a night time. If something is troubling

me, I just sit down and do a bit of contemplation

and that includes God.

It was many years before I was able to speak

like I’m speaking now, the best part of 25 years I

suppose before I could talk about what happened

when we were prisoners because it caused too

much emotion.

It caused me to think of the mates of mine who

were lost through bashings or starving to death

or being put in areas where diseases like cholera

or typhus or ‘berri berri’ (which was caused

from malnutrition) killed them. Some people

were able to talk about these things earlier but it

was always too emotional for me to do it. I get a

little emotional even right now, as I talk about it.

Next and final chapter will have Bernard’s life

after the War, including setting up “Soldier

Settlements” on King Island.

Editor’s Note: ‘On Service’ magazine accepts

that the story as recounted by Bernard Hodgman

are drawn from his recollections and have not

been compared against historical facts.

This is yet another example of a caring and

thoughtful community effort to support our

troops overseas, and the RSL (Tasmania)

State Branch wishes to sincerely thank the

ladies and all involved in providing this

comfort to our serving personnel overseas.

Ladies, your parcel has been dispatched

with a letter inside telling our troops where

the gifts came from.

L – R: Doreen French, Dulcie Quillam, Ivey Furfy and Edie Cure; members of ‘Cosy Corner’

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Beaconsfield’s Howitzer

Beaconsfield RSL Sub-Branch thank and

congratulate Mr Jim Gillies, volunteer at

the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre

and Mr Hans Thogersen, maintenance

carpenter for West Tamar Council, for the

restoration work carried out by them on the

15cm Lang s.F.H.13 Howitzer.

The Howitzer was presented to the then

Beaconsfield Municipal Council (now West

Tamar Council) forty years ago. The weapon

was in a very tired and run down state with

the spokes of the wheels full of rot.

The Howitzer is approx. 97 years old. Jim

and Hans got stuck into the job on hand,

and Jim spent quite a few hours chipping

away the old paint and releasing rusted

up parts. Jim freed the wheels from the

concrete surrounding them, and removed

them from the Howitzer. New timber

spokes for the wheels have been made, cut

to profile by Tony Mohr of Woodturners of

Tasmania, Exeter and painstakingly shaped

and fitted by Jim to replicate the remaining

original spokes. Steel components have

been replaced or repaired by Colin & Guy

Best of Blackwater Steel & Glass, Kelso.

The restoration work that these gentlemen

carried out is a credit to them.

On behalf of Beaconsfield RSL Sub Branch

and the residents of the West Tamar thank

you to all involved for a job well done. The

Howitzer looks like it will last another 100


Penguin Sub Branch

On the 1st September 2010 the President of the

Penguin Sub Branch, Graeme Deacon (pictured

on the left), with the assistance of Mr Bruce

Myers, a former Merchant Seaman and WW2

veteran (pictured on the right) unveiled a plaque

at the Penguin Memorial Library. The plaque is

dedicated to those who gave their lives in service

with the Merchant Navy during both great wars.

The plaque was funded through a Saluting Their

Service grant from the Department of Veterans’

Affairs. Four students from the Penguin

Primary School laid a wreath in remembrance.


At the recent Penguin Sub Branch Annual

Luncheon in February a unique piece of work was

raffled. A quilt, made with patches depicting

war time and military memorabilia, poppies, the

Australian National Flag and the RSL badge in

the centre was made by Mrs Marlene Knight.

Congratulations Marlene on a wonderful piece.

The Annual Dinner was this year changed to

an Annual Luncheon and was held on Sunday,

20th February with 90 members and visitors in

attendance. Special guests included the State

President, Bill Kaine and his wife, Margaret, the

Mayor of the Central Coast Council, Jan Bonde,

and Sub Branch Presidents from Burnie, Sheffield

L-R: Kelcie Miller, Taya Hancock, Chloe

McDairmid and Monique Guard

and Devonport. All had a very enjoyable day

with the Sheffield visitors collecting their fair

share of the raffle prizes. Thank you to Kerri

Fleming and her husband Graeme for collecting

most of the gifts and many thanks to the donors.


‘Net proceeds to Legacy’

“DIARY of an ANZAC “

‘The diaries and stories of a young

Tasmanian digger at Gallipoli and on

The Western Front’.

Visit: www.aaorchard.com.au

03 6273 7498 or most book shops

and some smaller Post Offices


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Spring Bay

The Spring Bay RSL Sub Branch located

at Triabunna has been successful in

gaining grant funding from the Tasmania

Community Fund to weather proof its

outdoor BBQ area. With many functions

having to be cancelled or postponed due to

inclement weather, the current Committee

set about applying for funds to build an

enclosure which would enable them to hold

events for their members to enjoy, including

bi monthly barbecues or functions to keep

the membership group together and able

to enjoy each other’s company. This has

the benefit of group meetings without the

‘officialdom’ of full meetings where views

can be exchanged and members can mix

and discuss health and other matters.

With a small membership of 30, to enable

this project to happen the Committee

engaged in partnerships with other Service

clubs in the town. The Spring Bay Rotary

Club made the BBQ area project one of

their priorities to see the covering a finished

project by the end of the 2011 financial year.

Expert tradesmen assistance also came from

the local Lions Club and their assistance.

The Spring Bay RSL Sub Branch thanks

both the Rotary Club and the Lions Club for

assisting us to bring this project to fruition.

The finishing touches will include roll up

plastic ‘clears’ to hold any weather at bay.

When the covering is totally completed

the Sub Branch intends to have an official

opening, open to the entire community.

The Sub Branch will also be encouraging

other Services clubs to utilize the area for

functions and will also promote community

days where other members of the more

remote areas may meet and mix away from

their home confines.

Our thanks go to the Tasmania Community

Fund, to the Spring Bay Rotary Club, to the

Spring Bay Lions Club and to the many of

our own Sub Branch members who have

donated long hours to bring this project to





This year the Bomber Command Memorial

Day ceremony will be held in Canberra, being

mounted on Sunday, 5th June 2011 at the

Australian War memorial. On the Saturday

evening, 4th June there will be a ‘Meet and

Greet” function under the shadow of “G” for

George, a much celebrated Lancaster.

(Editor’s note: As there will not be another

issue of ‘On Service” prior to the above activity

please contact the Bomber Command Annual

Commemorative Day Foundation on (02)9416-

1445 or (02)9449-6515 for the latest information)

The CD ROM contains ‘A Lion in the Colony’ (Second Edition). An historical

outline of the Tasmanian Colonial Volunteer Military Forces, 1859-1903 as a pdf

file with 82, A4 pages and 86 mages. There is also a Power Point presentation

depicting Tasmanian Colonial Military Forces, 1803-1903, containing 70 slides

and 84 images. This second edition of A Lion in the Colony, is the result of an

additional 20 years of research into Tasmanian military history. Additional information

via the internet, as well as the discovery of historic photographs and documents, has

resulted in significant additions to the original publication. These additions include an

account of the first military encampment at Elwick in 1868, the Chiniquy Riot in

Hobart Town in 1879, the first encampment at Mona Vale in 1885 as well as the

inclusion of many colonial military photographs.

Please enter your details on the form below, enclose a cheque or money

order and mail to: D. M. Wyatt, 9 Morris Ave., Taroona, Tasmania 7053.

Email dmwyatt@bigpond.net.au for additional details.

I wish to order ‘A Lion in the Colony (Second Edition)’, as detailed below:

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They did what they were told...They didn’t know

it was impossible

Pack Screen and Umbrella Entertainment are

digitally re-mastering and re-leasing the 1987

Australian classic ‘The Lighthorseman’ on

25th April - just in time for Anzac Day. ‘The

Lighthorseman’ follows a World War I light horse

unit involved in the 1917 Battle of Beersheeba.

The film is based on a true story.

“The re-release of The Lighthorseman is exciting

not only for those who loved it in 1987, but a

whole new generation of people who can now

connect with it. The film truly incorporates the

Australian spirit and the ANZAC legend,” says

Simon Wincer, the film’s director.

To coincide with the DVD release, Hoyts are

screening the film nationwide from 4th April.

Further, Australian Teacher’s of Media (ATOM)

are producing a free study guide to assist high

school students in utilizing the film to further

appreciate Australian history, WW1 and the

ANZAC legend.

Director Simon Wincer is available for interview.


Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been

stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza

to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has

failed. The Australian Light Horse Regiment

is called upon for a bold flanking attack on

Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks

the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do

you attack across a desert without water?

Starring: Peter Phelps, Sigrid Thornton,

Tony Bonner, Gary Sweet, John Walton, Tim

McKenzie, Anthony Andrews, Bill Kerr, Jon


Director: Simon Wincer

Written by: Ian Jones

Further information and interview inquiries

through Pack Screen:

Director: Peter Castaldi

E: peter.castaldi@optusnet.com.au

M: 0438 668 074

Coordinator: Claire Phillips

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M: 0408 639 135

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I first joined Australian Navy Cadets with

my unit TS Mersey when I was 12 years and

3 days old. My Navy Cadet career has span

over 6 years and I’ve loved every moment.

Since then I have studied hard to pass the

various tests required and have reached the

rank of Cadet Chief Petty Officer, category


My brother and sister have also been

members of TS Mersey over the years with

Kirk currently serving in the RAN as an AB

with HMAS Kanimbla.

In my time in Navy Cadets I have

experienced many camps and activities with

other units such as the Max Stratton sailing

competition, the Australian Maritime

College, sea rides on HMAS Manoora,

STS Young Endeavour and STS Windward

Bound as well as an incredible joy flight over

Ulverstone in a Medusa helicopter!

Last year I took part in the first National

Leadership Camp in Brisbane, an initiative

to promote leadership and alternative

methods to encourage fellow cadet and

members of our respective communities.

It was an invaluable experience.

Undoubtedly some of the highlights for

me were a ride in a beautiful sleek, black

Italian built Navy helicopter and in being a

crew member on the STS Young Endeavour

as it sailed from Exmouth to Broome.

Swimming at Vodka Beach with the entire

crew, hanging upside down from my harness

on the first night of the voyage and the crazy

sing-a-longs were amazing. I learnt so much

about myself and helping others.

Recently I was fortunate enough to be

awarded RSL (Tasmania) Navy Cadet of

the Year and the RSL (Tasmania) “Spirit

of ANZAC” Cadet of the Year, 2010. This

achievement wouldn’t have been possible

without the support of my fellow cadets and

friends from my unit TS Mersey, the staff

from TS Mersey and around the state and

my family. Thank you so much for having

faith in me and helping me grow to what I

am today.

The laptop which was one of my prizes will

be very useful in the future as I have also

received the news that my application to

join the RAN has been successful with my

enlistment date on May 2nd.

I believe that my time in Australian Navy

Cadets will assist my transition into the

RAN as it did my brother and I encourage

anyone who knows someone or have family

members of the right age, about 12, to join

Navy Cadets. The possibilities are endless,

the group and community activities great

fun and you just never know where you

might end up, what you will learn and who

you will meet along the way.



Australian diggers deployed to the

Solomon Islands could have been forgiven

for thinking it was Christmas when they

received a couple of extremely large parcels

from the Returned & Services League (RSL).

While the troops deployed on Operation

ANODE in the Solomon Islands regularly

receive care packages of luxury items from

the RSL, 4 Platoon soldiers were amazed to

open a flat screen television and mountain

bike with stationary frame.

The gifts were donated from the RSL with

money which was raised through the

Australian Forces Overseas Fund.

The television now takes pride-of-place

in the 4 Platoon common room, where

soldiers can often be found relaxing after

work, either watching movies or playing

Playstation games.

The mountain bike is kept at the Rove

Observation Post as part of the gym soldiers

have set up. Already they have clocked up

quite a few kilometres as they endeavour to

keep up a training regime while conducting

patrols and observation of the prison on the

outskirts of Honiara.

Private Thomas Melick 12/40th Royal

Tasmania Regiment said the gifts were

a fantastic surprise and expressed his

gratitude on behalf of 4 Platoon.

“We’re really grateful. Anything the

RSL does for the guys on deployment is

appreciated so whenever the tin comes

around we always donate,” he said.

Private Thomas Melick

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A long overdue day-to-day account of a

Tasmanian digger’s life in the trenches at

Gallipoli and on The Western Front in France

and Belgium during the First World War has

been released for sale.

From the day he enlisted in August 1914 until

the war ended in November 1918, Launcestonborn

Bert Orchard recorded his thoughts and

experiences in the Australian Expeditionary


He traces the early training at Brighton Camp,

embarkation at Hobart on the troopship

Geelong, life at sea, training in Egypt, the

landing at ANZAC Cove, regrouping in Egypt,

then two and a half long years on The Western

Front, where he witnessed the death of his own

brother (Artie) from gas and wounds.

He was promoted through the ranks and

commissioned as a lieutenant in 1917, then

went on to win a Military Cross for bravery

at The Hindenburg Line south of Vendhuille.

Among the events described in the book are

Bert’s thoughts before and during the landing

at Anzac Cove. The day before his brigade was

to land he wrote: “Our turn tomorrow and I’m

full of glad expectations and confidence. If I go

down under the struggle I will be glad I have done

my duty.”

The detailed diaries give an account of an ordinary

bloke who lived through some extraordinary

times and events.

Bert’s son, Arthur Orchard, began the work to

give copies of the diaries to his grand-children,

but the book took on a life of its own as more

stories came to light.

After seven painstaking years of transcribing the

neat but very small writing in six pocket-sized

diaries, Arthur finally signed the first copies of

“Diary of an ANZAC” just before Anzac Day last

year at Legacy House. The book has since sold well

to schools, service personnel, historians and the

general public.

Full details are on the book’s website at www.

aaorchard.com.au . It is available for $34.95 from

the website or through most local book stores

and some smaller post offices. All net proceeds

will go to Legacy.

I had been held back by the cost and space

required by a stand-alone unit”. Mabel

says her luck changed when she saw

an ad in a paper a few months ago

placed by THE BIDET SHOP for

the Hyundai BIDET toilet seat. It

read, ‘This BIDET simply replaces

your existing toilet seat and will

automatically clean you without

toilet paper’, and also it said you

can install it yourself in minutes.”

After reading that, Mabel said she

was so excited that she decided to

call The BIDET SHOP and nd

out more about this BIDET

supplied by Hyundai. She spoke

to a gentleman called Stephen

who explained that apart from

the comfort factors of a

heated seat and other great

ideas incorporated into the

BIDET, the Hyundai BIDET has many health

benets. He then said how the seat worked and

pointed out that once you had nished doing your

business, “You simply pressed the bottom wash

or feminine wash button and the BIDET provides

a stream of warm water to clean you

thoroughly. The in-built fan then dries

you off with warm air, without the need

for toilet paper”.

Barbara said that although

The BIDET SHOP offered to

send out a brochure pack, she

decided to order a Hyundai

BIDET seat straight away.

Well it arrived a few days

later at no extra charge... She

installed the seat herself easily

and as she had been told, it

tted perfectly on her original

toilet bowl.

Barbara said the Hyundai

BIDET is the best investment she

had made in her personal health and

hygiene in years and no longer nds

going to the loo an issue.


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Australian peacekeepers have played a key role

in dangerous and unstable locations around

the world for many years now. However, little is

known of the long-term effects of peacekeeping

on the individuals involved. Although there

has been a number of Australian studies on

the impact on military personnel deployed

to conflicts such as Vietnam, Korea and the

Persian Gulf, to date none have specifically

targeted the long term effects of peacekeeping

and peacemaking operations.

This is set to change. The University of Melbourne

has commenced recruitment for a major study

of the long term effects on mental health and

the quality of life of Defence Force peacekeepers

who were deployed from the 1990s to 2002.

The researchers have randomly selected former

peacekeepers deployed during the 1990s to

Namibia, Western Sahara, Cambodia, Rwanda

and Somalia, and to East Timor during 1999-2002.

Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Graeme

Hawthorne, said these deployments have been

selected because they are a good representative

sample of Australian deployments during the

1990s and early 2000s, both geographically and

environmentally – covering a range of stresses

and traumatic exposures.

Some 2250 veterans have been asked to

participate in the study which asks them to

complete a questionnaire either on-line or by

phone. To date, responses have been slow and

only 38 per cent of possible study participants

have contacted the University of Melbourne

and consented to participate in the study. This

may be because of the Christmas-New Year

holiday season. It may also be due to the floods

and fires across many States during the initial

mail-out phase. It may also be because the

people contacted to participate just do not see

how another survey can possibly help or change

anything. My view is that we don’t know what

we don’t know. When we’re young and fighting

fit, we tend to believe not much can hurt us and

if it does, we can deal with it. As we get older,

we start to feel differently about these things.

For the study to tell us anything meaningful,

response rates will need to increase considerably.

If you are feeling strong and healthy, physically

and mentally, that’s great. Maybe some of your

mates are not so well. You can help them by

participating in the study yourself, fit or not,

if you were one of the 2250 approached. If you

weren’t you can help also by encouraging anyone

who was asked to join the study to contact the

research team and sign up.

The study will run this year and recruitment

should be finalised by mid 2011. The findings will

be used by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

to gain a better understanding of the future

health needs of peacekeepers and peacemakers

and ensure they get the support they need.

Major General Mark Kelly, Repatriation

Commissioner, said ‘I support this study and

I urge you to participate. This study will give

us the best possible information to understand

the various health effects of peacekeeping

operations, now and into the future’.

For more information on the study, or to accept

the invitation to participate, contact the research

team at the University of Melbourne on (03)

8344 5511.


The Australian War Memorial is facing

“crippling financial circumstances” as it gears up

to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli

landing – according to an article in the Herald

Sun 5th January.

Herald Sun journalist, Phillip Hudson,

reports that confidential advice to the Gillard

Government has revealed the memorial is

considering severe job losses and cuts that will

deliver a savage blow to its reputation if it does

not get a budget boost.

The Canberra landmark is one of the nation’s

most popular tourist attractions and is visited

by thousands of visitors each year in addition

to being the centre of national commemorative

services. Hudson’s investigation has found that

the Rudd Government refused a $5 m assistance

package to the AWM and departmental advice

to Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon

after the election revealed the memorial was

facing a crisis.

It warned “draconian measures” would need

to be introduced, such as closing parts of the

memorial one day a week or on weekends. “The

memorial is facing potentially constraining, if

not crippling, financial circumstances,” it said.

The advice said its $38 million budget made it

the lowest financed major cultural institution

and rejecting the $5 million boost in the 2009

Budget would leave “no option” but to cut 20

per cent of its staff. This was despite having the

highest visitor numbers.

“An organisation does not recover quickly from

an erosion of core staff levels and the loss of key

staff with considerable subject matter expertise

will undoubtedly diminish the memorial’s

reputation during a time where community

expectations will be at an all-time high,” says

the frank advice.

The memorial will be at the centre of many

World War I commemorations in the next few

years, especially the centenary of the ANZAC

landing in 2015. But the Government has been

warned it may not be able to meet community


Opposition veterans’ affairs spokesman, Senator

Ronaldson, said the revelations were deeply

concerning and the Government seemed

incapable of developing a long-term solution.

Prime Minister Gillard recently reaffirmed

the Government’s ongoing commitment to

the Australian War Memorial, announcing an

additional $8m per year to support its ongoing


The increased financial support is the result of

a comprehensive review ordered by the Prime

Minister on funding arrangements for the

Australian War Memorial.

The Prime Minister announced that Minister

Snowdon will take on a new role as Minister

Assisting the Prime Minister on the Centenary


Minister Snowdon will advise the Prime Minister

on the best possible program of commemorative

events for the Centenary.

Acknowledgement: Hudson, P, Australian War

Memorial in Grip of Cash Crisis, Herald Sun,

05 Jan, 2011

RSL On Service 31


Golden Re-Union


5O years ago, in July 1961, 150 adventurous young

lads (15½ -16½ years) travelled by train from all

corners of Australia to HMAS LEEUWIN in

Fremantle. They were the 3rd batch of young men

embarking on a new and great adventure that

would lead to friendships and bonds established

that have lasted to the present day. Stepping

straight out of high school, they were play a part

in a key Naval strategy to prepare the RAN for

a major boost in its equipment and technical

capacity throughout the 60’s and beyond. After

their initial 12 year engagement, many remained

in the Navy as a life career.

The time has now arrived to celebrate the 50th

anniversary of the journey these lads set out

upon that was to have such an influence on theirs

and their shipmates lives.

We are calling all of the young men of the

3rd Intake of the HMAS LEEUWIN Junior

Recruit Scheme to assemble with their wives

and partners and join together again to relive

those momentous times back in 1961. We are

asking that you bring with you the memories

and mementos of your time in that first year of

the remainder of your life.

We are asking that you share these with your fellow

JRs and renew old friendships at the 2011 Golden

Reunion planned for the 8th – 10th July 2011 at

the RSL Club Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast in

Queensland. See http://3rdleeuwinreunion2011.

org/ for contacts.



Open Invitation to all ex naval personnel & family

WHEN: September 29th - October 2nd 2011

WHERE: Hobart, Tasmania

VENUE: Hobart Macquarie Hotel, Macquarie Street, Hobart

$135.00 per couple including full buffet breakfast

COST: $ 55.00 per head for Registration & Saturday Dinner Dance including pre dinner drinks


Additional costs for events other than Saturday night dinner

Thursday 29th September: Meet and Greet with buffet meal at night

Friday 30th September: Day Bus Trip

Evening reception at Government House

Saturday 1st October: Free day - Dinner Dance at night

Sunday 2nd October: Cenotaph Service, Lunch

Farewell Drinks and Finger Food at Night

For Further Information on Membership or Reunion:

Geoff (Wiggy) Bennett

7 Viola Crescent, Highett Vic 3190

Tel: (03) 9532 3672 Fax: (03) 9532 3672

Email: benhun@bigpond.net.au or chjoemon@southcom.com.au

Sponsored by RAN Battle Class Social Club


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