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WRAAF Branch Victoria June Newsletter 2016

18/01/2017 at 9:21 pm

EX-WRAAF ASSOCIATION VICTORIAN BRANCH JUNE2016 Edition SHAME WEBSIITE In the last NSW Branch newsletter was an interesting paragraph about the ‘RSL Shame Website’ which had been brought to the attention of their committee. This intrigued me so I did a little investigation of my own. The RSL is not to be blamed nor is the correct internet address given. It has nothing to do with the RSL (other than frequent criticism of that organisation when it comes to members wearing medals to which they have no entitlement) but still makes interesting reading. I have long been aware of this site but it is ages since I last checked it out. They have revamped it and boy, have they added ‘wannabees’. If you want to look for yourself go to the Australia and New Zealand Military Imposters Group site. The part that caught my interest in the NSW newsletter was that they had ‘shamed’ an ex-WRAAF wearing an unearned Peace Keepers beret. So I had to have a look. I have spent a long time today working my way through the alphabet to get to the entry I was after. But to save you some time, I suggest you head for the letter ‘R’. If you served in the period 1958— 1967, or were an MTD, or your service number was in the vicinity of W219035—W219045 you may know the lady. NSW are seeking her whereabouts so that they can write to her “and explain what disrespect she has brought upon the WRAAF”. I would imagine that they have already received that information as the page gives a few clues and it isn’t a big metropolis community. If you have some spare hours with nothing to do, enjoy the reading. It will probably bring a smile to your face. Some people have fertile imaginations and delusions of grandeur to say the least. Dear ex-WRAAF, I began this newsletter with good intentions back in March, and here I am trying to break the speed-typing record and finish it. Back in March I was in Benalla (approximately half way between Melbourne and Albury) and the weather was gorgeous. I was bemoaning the lack of rain as we really needed it around most of the state. You will be pleased to know we have since had some rain but could use more if you have any to spare. In March it was a typical autumn day. I always recommend that if you are coming to Victoria, come in autumn when the colours of the trees show it to its absolute best. Close to where I was staying was the old RAAF base on what is now known as Benalla Airfield, the home of the Gliding Club of Victoria and their highly-rated gliding school. I have been meaning to take myself down to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook to make closer enquiries on the units located there during it’s wartime heydays, but haven’t got around to it yet. I feel pretty sure that it was a flying training school. So now I have a project. Thanks to Noelene Park and Pat Kempton (from West Australia branch) who passed on the information reported on page 4 of this newsletter. That is one of the features of being an ex-WRAAF I value most—the spreading of news. We won’t need to rely on telephones or computers as our only sources of news while the grapevine still functions. Many of you may already be aware that there is planning underway for another reunion. WRAAF Branch WA are interested in hosting a Reunion in September / October 2017 in South Australia. The address for contact is Judy Bland. You can email her (to express your interest or find out more details) at gib41@bigpond.com. I googled ex-WRAAF reunion 2017 and came up with one site with the following message, (which seems to indicate a change of date): NEXT WRAAF REUNION 2018 6,7,8 April 2018 to be held in Adelaide SA EXPRRESSIONS OF INTEREST Please send $10 with information: Service No. Name, Address etc Post to WRAAF Reunion RAAFA Bull Creek Drive BULL CREEK WA 6149 All info confidential. Also please enclose a self stamped addressed envelope. (Thanks). email: wraafreunionsaustralia@wraafreunions.org A group of girls who served at East Sale are planning on a cruise reunion around September 2017 too and have thrown it open to all ex-WRAAF. For more information contact Lyn Mitchell by email on kipling3@bigpond.com. When I started drafting this newsletter it was Autumn. Well, winter has well and truly arrived now. We have had days of cold weather plus beautiful rain. The kind of days you want to spend indoors, curled up around the fireside reading or knitting. Or outdoors watching the footie (as my husband is doing today). I am staying indoors to write this newsletter. There is no end to the sacrifices I am willing to make! And next newsletter we will be looking at our spring gardens, that is how quickly the seasons pass. Talking about time passing it is hard to credit that this time last year many of us were making final preparations for our trip to Coolangatta for the reunion. Regards Brenda 2 FROM THE PRESIDENT Well Ladies, it is hard to believe that a quarter of the year has gone. Where does the time go? I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year. As you will know by now we didn’t have a Luncheon in February. However, I wish to thank two ladies who came up with suggestions. Caroline Hanrahan suggested either of the hotels opposite Southern Cross Station. Parking could prove expensive if we used the Southern Cross car park, and an alternative is difficult. Cate Pettit suggested Anzac House (the home of the Victorian Division of the RSL). This would mean we were very limited in kitchen resources and would need to take in our own lunch with the ability to make a cuppa on site—and this would be reliant on being granted permission to use their meeting rooms on a Sunday. Both these suggestions require further investigation and are subject to the opinion of the membership. Thank you for at least making an effort to offer suggestions. Our June luncheon will be held at the Altona RSL. Please be aware that WE NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING SO THAT WE CAN MAKE A BOOKING. The venue isn’t large and is reasonably busy, so help us to avoid being turned away. Congratulations go to our very own Berys McEvoy who come October will be sailing around the Greek Islands due to success in a Photography Competition. We are green with envy and unfortunately won’t be able to congratulate her in person as she will not be available for the Luncheons before she sails away. Cheerio J Go
I do hope that the Victorian Proban (the Official newsletter of the Probus Association of Victoria) don’t object to us using their material. This item and photograph appeared in the April—May 2016 edition. MEMBER NEWS “Berys McEvoy, a member of the Ringwood Clocktower Probus Club, was all smiles after being awarded first prize in the Probus Southy Pacific Limited Photographic Competition, which is a great honour for her and the club. The winning prize was a $25,000 cruise for two around the Mediterranean and Adriatic Coast. To reach the finals the photo taken by Berys of Autumn Fun in Bright had to face competition from scores of entries taken by Probus members around Australia and the south Pacific Region. Eventually the photos were narrowed to just six finalists one of which was fellow club member Col Pask, The final judgement was made by PSPL during A dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour. Our congratulations to Berys. We know from experience that she seldom has a camera far away from her hands. We heard that she couldn’t make the next lunches, but didn’t know the full details. We have tried to convince her she should take one or two of us with her, but no success. To say we are green with envy is putting it lightly. DID YOU KNOW …. ? The average Aussie street of 100 houses would contain: 10 kids under three, 45 dogs, 27 cats. There would be a marriage every nine months, a birth every 14 weeks, and a death every seven months. Small Talk We have many distinctly Aussie phrases, but the most popular is ‘no worries’ with 74 per cent of us using the tem regularly. I wonder what your favourite Aussie- ism is? AUSSIE FACTS The wettest town in Australia is Tully in Queensland. The town receives an incredible 4400mm of rain each year compared with Lake Eyre, our driest area, which receives just 100mm. 3 SICK LIST (Thanks to NSW Branch) PAT LAW (THOMPSON) WIN MAYNE (SMITH) HELEN RODDOM (SILLIVAN0 LYN MORRISON (CHRISTMASS) LEONE HANCOCK (WILSON) HELEN VIDLER (DOAK) PAT BRIEN (O’REILLY) JOY ROBERTS & JEN SHEILA VAN EMDEN BARBARA COHEN JAN JONSHON (CRUMPTON) MARGARET DONALD (GRAHAM) ANN GARLAND (ROSS) UNA COOPER (McCAULEY) ADDITIONS TO OUR MEMORY BOOK Vale MARION HAY (nee POWER) Marion lost her long battle on 12 February 2016. Marion was on Course 83, serving from 1958 t0 1968 as a Teleop, achieving the rank of Sergeant. She was a much loved member of the NSW Branch committee and gave valued support. ROSEMARY RYAN (nee McCOSKER) February 2016 WRAAF in the Equipment world from January to December 1961 “She had to leave the good life back then to take up the hard life as a RAAFie wife when she married Ashley (Jumbo) Ryan (deceased), an ex C130A loadie and Equip SGT at Edinburgh, Richmond, Butterworth and Fairbairn. WAAAF QX168613—CPL HINES, Rita (formerly Stokes, nee Gow) 04 Mar 2016 Found in ‘Mufti’ (RSL VIC DIV) MARY HOLMES Metung DOROTHY ALEXANDRINE JACK Box Hill AMELIA ALMA WATSON Tongala WE WOULD LOVE TO KEEP THESE TWO BOXES EMPTY, BUT LIFE BEING WHAT IT IS THAT IS WISHFUL THINKING. Still, we can only spread the news if you pass it on to us. HELP WANTED Correspondence has been passed to us from Belmont (Geelong)Victoria, requesting help. It says “I am a volunteer at the Queenscliffe Historical Museum, Hesse Street, Queenscliff, Victoria. A badge was found on the back beach at Queenscliff and handed to the museum. It has obviously been in the sand and sea for a long time. It is a Saint John Ambulance badge, engraved W.R.A.A.F. W316626 Laraine Barkley—300440, and I assume probably presented to Laraine when she joined the WRAAF. We would like to trace Laraine or any family members to let her know of this find, or obtain more details.” I have had this message for at least six weeks now, and knowing that my source will have spread the news far and wide through her own contacts, Laraine or a family member may have been found, but in case they haven’t had success maybe you can assist. If you can offer any help please contact R.W. Hodgetts on 03 5243 6637 or even the museum directly. 4 VICTORIAN BRANCH MAIL EMAIL PRESIDENT — June Gospel (nee Hoy) Brenda Douglas victorian.exwraaf@gmail.com SECRETARY —- Ann Steele (nee Dodds) 41 Bourke Crescent EDITOR —- Brenda Douglas (nee Whiting) Hoppers Crossing Vic 3029 CONTACT US —— Some of you may remember the reports on the horrific bushfires in Western Australia (in the Harvey region) in January this year—what a terrible way to start the new year. The above was sent to me as a cutting from the ‘West Australian’ dated 26 Jan 16. it may be someone you remember from your RAAF life as it concerned a Bevan and Jan Delaney who lost their home when fire raced through Yarloop. In the picture above you see all that they were able to retrieve from the wreckage of their home after the fire had passed. According to the article Bevan spent 22 years in the RAAF (serving in Thailand, Malaysia and Darwin). The couple met in Darwin where Jan was also in the RAAF (ed’s note: this should have been WRAAF. Her maiden name was Ridgeway and she was on recruit course 100). Fortunately it appears they had sufficient warning to prepare to evacuate the town and managed to pack photographs, a computer and some clothes while they waited to make the final decision. Their worried sons convinced them that it was time to go. Bevan was born and raised in the town and thought that it was ‘the best place in the world to live’. His childhood home survived the fire. How often do we hear of bushfires being selective in which house or building they will burn? Regrettably I don’t have any follow up on this story, but maybe you do? We can only hope that Bevan, Jan and their families are recovering from this dreadful experience and that the whole community is passing through the terrible period of grief which is part of the ordeal and resuming a ‘normal’ life. I understand that the fellow-members of the Ubon Group have supported Jan and Bevan, at least in the early days. At the end of January a Town Meeting was held about the future of Yarloop and the consensus was that the town would be rebuilt. One of the leading-voices at this meeting was Andrew Forrest, a mining magnate and landowner in the region. In 2009 after the Black Saturday bushfires destroyed Marysville, here in Victoria, he was one who gave valuable assistance and support with the successful rebuilding of that town. THE NEXT LUNCHEON DATE: SUNDAY, 26 JUNE 2016 TIME: 1200 HRS VENUE: ALTONA RSL CLUB {CNR SARGOOD ST AND RAILWAY ST SOUTH} COST: APPROX $15.00—APPROX $30.00 (YOUR CHOICE FROM THE MENU—THREE COURSES AVAILABLE) DRINKS: BAR PRICES PARKING: PLENTY AVAILABLE TRANSPORT: RAIL STATION ADJACENT REMINDER: SENIORS TRAVEL FREE ON SUNDAYS Please do not forget to put your name down if you are going to join with us. Give June a call on 03 9741 5562 or Brenda on 03 9749 6068 before June 22nd. Sign of Old Age Several days ago, as I left a meeting, I desperately gave myself a personal search. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search of the meeting room revealed nothing. Suddenly I realised I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the car park. My husband had scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. His theory is that the car will be stolen. As I scanned the car park I came to a terrifying conclusion! His theory was right. The car park was empty. I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all. “Hello MY Love”, I stammered. I always call him “My Love” in times like these. “I left the keys in the car, and it has been stolen.” There was a period of silence. I thought the call had disconnected, but then I heard his voice. He barked, “I dropped you off!” Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.” He retorted, “I will, as soon as I can convince this policeman I have not stolen you b….. car.” This is what they call, The Golden Years.

WRAAF Branch Victoria – December 2016

18/01/2017 at 9:18 pm

EX-WRAAF ASSOCIATION VICTORIAN BRANCH DECEMBER 2016 Edition Dear Fellow ex-WRAAF, In point of fact Christmas is now over for another year, but the spirit lingers on. Now that I have met almost all of my personal targets I can devote some time to the newsletter. I have surprised myself because I have not opened my computer for the past three days. Believe me, that is something of a record, other than for occasions when I am away and haven’t taken the laptop with me. I have had a couple of days when I have been able to devote myself to my family and it has been a lovely time. We had lunch locally on Christmas Day with our son and his partner plus one of our grandsons who has been left home to house-sit and dog-sit. Then Boxing day our daughter-in-law, her partner and more grandsons spent the day with us for a barbie. So we have had a lovely family Christmas time. Our eldest daughter and our son-in-law are in Sydney with his brother, and our youngest daughter and her family are South Australians so they usually have their big family gatherings there. Add to that our West Australian family. Thank goodness for telephones so that we could spread greetings across the country. People ridicule Melbourne for it’s changeable weather, but it can be a blessing too. Our Christmas Day was in the high thirties with a hot dry northerly wind blowing. The night-time wasn’t much better. Boxing Day was about 20ºC, and our family members had to put sweaters on as they were feeling the cold outdoors. Personally, I loved it as I prefer the winter season to the heat of summer and I function better. Plus it allowed us to comfortably barbecue the lunch. Then we got rain, as anyone who was watching the Boxing Day test would know. Today is almost a repeat, but I still love it. Boxing Day has to be the first time in my living memory of I haven’t been glued to the radio, listening to the start of the Sydney-Hobart yacht-race and the test match. When I was very much younger we also often had the Davis Cup on broadcast, in the days when it was usually the US and Australia playing. So today I have settled down at the computer and have the radio on with the cricket. As yet I haven’t seen which yacht won the race to the Sydney Heads but have heard a short while ago that Wild Oats XI has had to withdraw for the second year with a gear breakage when they were hoping to win their ninth running of the race. I’ve always like that boat, but must admit I only have an interest in the Boxing Day race. Now we can really begin looking forward with a New Year so close. The highlight of 2017 for my family will be our son reaching 50 years of age. (It will also be the fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of ten-o’clock closing for hotels in South Australia as that happened the same day as our son’s birth.) But with a new year we can be optimistic and wonder what will happen. Let us all be positive and ensure that we spread some peace across the world with some medical breakthroughs to improve the health of people in that world. It would be great if there was a greater effort in many countries to improve the living standards for their populations instead of treating them, other than their favoured tribes etc, as people to be down-trodden and exterminated. All too often those same governments expect other countries to address the problems they themselves have created. They can manage to find the money to buy weapons and to prosecute genocide. All too often religion is used as justification for these wars and I for one am tired of that attitude. I get brutal enough that I do wish we could just gather the instigators of these wares, whatever religion they profess to follow, settle them on a island, seal of any external interference and leave them to fight amongst themselves, even if it means they kill each other off. I do know that it is all in my dreams but I can fantasise. I have no sympathy for fanatics. The other wish is that the silent majority would learn to speak-out and drown out the few who think they run the world. Maybe then we would get rid of the do-gooders (who really aren’t solving the problem – they are the problem) and the political correct minority. Maybe then the politicians would learn to do what the people want rather than what the lobbyists push them to do. After all they rely on our voting for them! And now someone has knocked my soapbox from under me so I had best move on to the newsletter proper and stop my political diatribe. I do hope 2017 is good to you and your family, especially if this year hasn’t been kind to you health-wise. Be kind to yourselves and the people you are in contact with. Regards, Brenda Our Greetings to You and Your Family From The All Fellow Members of the Victorian Branch 2 FROM THE PRESIDENT, Now it is time for another message from me and my mind has gone wandering again. Just trying to come up with something original and different is beyond my fuzzy brain. I do hope you all had a pleasant Christmas and that Santa (just remember, if you don’t believe he doesn’t come) was good to you. We had our family get-together at the end of November as the family is becoming more dispersed. The grandchildren are growing up with the result I now can claim being a great-grandmother. It does mean that they have wider families to spend the holiday season with. A reminder that our next Luncheon will be on 25 June 2017 at Altona R.S.L. Please notify Brenda Douglas on 03 9749 6068 by 15 June if you plan to be there for a table booking to be made. We are now only having two luncheons a year due to a restricted venue list, and a reminder that the October one (at Box Hill RSL) is on the fourth Sunday to avoid the Melbourne Cup long weekend. That will 22nd October 2017. you can’t say we haven’t given you plenty of warning of the dates. My health is still a problem and the chemo treatment is on-going. It certainly limits my options for travel and holiday planning, but I try to keep a positive attitude. I have to look after myself, although I have excellent family support. However they all have their own lives so I try not to be needy unless absolutely necessary. I wish you a Happy New Year and hope that 2017 is better for everyone. June G THE NEXT LUNCHEON DATE: SUNDAY, 25 JUNE 2017 TIME: 1200 HRS VENUE: ALTONA RSL CLUB {CNR SARGOOD ST AND RAILWAY ST SOUTH} COST: APPROX $15.00—APPROX $35.00 (YOUR CHOICE FROM THE MENU) (THREE COURSES AVAILABLE) DRINKS: BAR PRICES PARKING: PLENTY AVAILABLE TRANSPORT: RAIL STATION ADJACENT REMINDER: SENIORS TRAVEL FREE ON SUNDAYS A WARNING TO US ALL!!! Shampoo Warning! I don’t know WHY I didn’t figure this out sooner! It involves the shampoo when you use it under the shower. DO NOT wash your hair in the shower. When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and yet printed very clearly on the shampoo packaging label is this warning: “FOR EXTRA BODY AND VOLUME” No wonder I have been gaining weight! Well! I got rid of that shampoo. I am going to start showering with Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. It’s label reads: ‘DISSOLVES FAT THAT IS OTHERWISE DIFFICULT TO REMOVE.’ Problem solved! P.S. If I don’t answer the phone, I’ll be in the shower! Some Historical Trivia In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on the number of people were to be pictured, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are ‘limbs’, therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, ‘Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.’ (Artists know that hands and arms are more difficult to paint.) The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death. ————— A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time… ————— The wife was counting all the 10c and 20c coins on the kitchen table when she suddenly got very angry and started shouting and crying for no reason. I thought to myself, “She’s going through the change.” 3 SICK LIST JUNE GOSPEL BERYS McEVOY COLLEEN WITHERS ADDITIONS TO OUR MEMORY BOOK Vale MAUREEN COUGHLAN nee DUFFY Recruit Course 33 ESALE / LAV 1952—1956 WE WOULD LOVE TO KEEP THESE TWO BOXES EMPTY, BUT LIFE BEING LIFE THAT IS WISHFUL THINKING. We can only spread the news if you pass it on to us. At times, the reports may be ‘old news’ but it does take time for the news to filter down. If you want it to be more up-to-date then please let me know via email (address below) and do provide some background information. At present my main source is the odd newsletter I see. These are really few and far between. 65th Anniversary National WRAAF Reunion 2018 IT’S ON !!!!! The South Australian WRAAF Reunion is on the 6th, 7th, 8th April 2018. We are looking into accommodation and venues for this function – too early for prices as yet. We are selling lovely white handtowels with state or territory flowers with WRAAF embroidery for $15.00. There are also dark blue with light blue WRAAF embroidery Polo Shirts $40.00; Sleeveless Vests $50.00; Ladies Scarf of light blue with dark blue WRAAF on the bottom, a beautiful warm fleecy material $22.00 and Jackets for $55.00. When ordering clothes, please include chest measurement either in inches or cm. Numbers only no letters. [[I think this means – Measurement and not size number]] Cheque, money orders or Credit card details (number and expiry date and CCU) Please contact Laeraine on (08) 9306 2681 any time. Expressions of interest are being called for and a $10 registration is payable and should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Please contact Judy Bland at gjb41@bigpond.com or write to WRAAF Branch, AFME, Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek, WA 6147. ************************************ VICTORIAN BRANCH MAIL EMAIL PRESIDENT — June Gospel (nee Hoy) Brenda Douglas victorian.exwraaf@gmail.com SECRETARY —- Ann Steele (nee Dodds) 41 Bourke Crescent EDITOR —- Brenda Douglas (nee Whiting) Hoppers Crossing Vic 3029 CONTACT US —— PLAQUES Some information for your End-of-Life file to save the family having to make enquiries at a stressful time in their lives. If you wish to have you final resting place marked to record your membership of the WRAAF a letter needs to be sent to the War Graves Commission requesting permission for use of the WRAAF Crest on a grave site. Give as much personal detail as possible. They require your maiden name, service number, dates of service, date of birth and date of death. Small Talk In this country we have many distinctly Aussie phrases, but the most popular is ‘no worries’ with 74% of us using the term regularly. Did You Know ….? that over 46,000 years ago, Australia was home to what is known as megafauna. Picture 2330-kilo kangaroos, echidnas the size of sheep, wombats as big as bulls, and 70-kilo carnivorous rats. And we all know that a wombat’s poop is cubeshaped! Another Did You Know….? The average Aussie street of 100 houses would contain 10 kids under three, 45 dogs and 27 cats. There would be a marriage every nine months, a birth every fourteen weeks and a death every seven months. Aussie Facts If you were to visit one new Australian beach every day, it would take more than twenty-three years to see them all. The wettest town in Australia is Tully, Queensland, the town receives an incredible 4400mm of rain each year, compared to Lake Eyre, our driest area, which receives just 100mm.

WRAAF Brisbane Newsletter October to December 2016

18/01/2017 at 9:13 pm

WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 1 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC Message from our President Carol McCool The past couple of months have been a little quite as everyone is getting ready for the Christmas season. I attended a luncheon for ex-service women at Kedron-Wavell Services Club in October and the day was great. Thank you to the hosts and all who attended. At the R.A.A.F.A delegates meeting held in October and things were in a bit of an array as the sad passing of the state secretary had meant that the assistant would normally take over the duties but unfortunately she had not been advised of the meeting by mistake and so I had been delegated to take on the duties for the day. Luckily someone has put up their hand to take on the position and Mrs Fran Bridget from the Redcliffe Branch has been appointed the new State Secretary. There was quite a bit of a debate about the proposal put forward to create a new name for the national branch and a new constitution. My husband Stewart who represented the Redcliffe branch pointed out a few like the matter of confidentially at these meeting and stated at matters discussed at these meeting should be taken back to state and branch meetings for their attention. He mentioned that there should not be any conflict of interest as we should have the same ideals and objectives, and also that the presidency should be an automatic rotation between the states and territories, on yearly or 2-3 yearly basis. The meeting decided not to support the proposal as it stands and will take back a different alternative at the next meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the members and their families a very merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year. ****************************** 2017 WRAAF Branch Meetings Meetings are held on the 3rd Saturday in January and then on the 2nd Saturdays in March, May, July, September & November at Ann Street Presbyterian Church Trust Offices Meeting Room at 143 Ann Street Brisbane (located between office tower at 145 Ann Street and the Church). Access is by Security Card so you will need to arrive by 9.50am at the latest and a Committee member will let you in. 21 Jan 2017 11 March 2017 13 May 2017 8 July 2017 9 Sept 2017 11 Nov 2017 ****************************** SOCIAL CALENDAR 2017 Date Event Sat, 18 Feb Bundaberg & District RAAFA’s 30th birthday celebration, $25 per person. Bundaberg Services Club, 1130 for 1200. Tue, 25 April ANZAC DAY March followed by lunch at Berkley’s on Ann WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 2 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC WE, 14-16 July Bundaberg & District Ex-Servicewomen’s Association long weekend 50th Annual Birthday Reunion & A Salute to Ex-Servicewomen Exhibition, “Across the Waves Sports Club”. Sun, 30 July Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Church Service, St Andrews Uniting Church, 1100 – 1130 Sat, 19 Aug Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Tri-Service Lunch, Geebung RSL, 1130 – 1200 Wed, 13 Sep Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Pine Rivers Memorial Service, 1100 followed by lunch WE, 20-22 Oct Hervey Bay Ex-Servicewomen’s Social Club Birthday long weekend celebration ****************************** VALES Thankfully no Vales for this period but did you know this? If you wish to have your final resting place marked to record your membership of the WRAAF a letter needs to be sent to the War Graves Commission requesting permission for use of the WRAAF Crest on a grave site. Give as much personal detail as possible. They require your maiden name, service number, dates of service, date of birth and date of death. ***************************************** WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING? Townsville air show and open day, 15th – 16th October 2016 (Janet Noack) Along with some 78 thousand aircraft enthusiasts, Branch Members Ellen Thompson, Jan Nichols, Heather Mewitt and Janet Noack experienced a rare aviation spectacular as the sky over Townsville’s The Strand foreshore was a buzz with aircraft for the Defence Air Show. Due to the extreme wind conditions, the initial start to the air show had to be cancelled. We unfortunately did not get to see Alan Moss jump out of an aircraft at 14,000 feet flying a 35kg 1500sq foot Australian Flag flanked by two experienced smoke flare jumpers. Both the 1 o’clock and 4 o’clock skydives had to be cancelled. But nothing could stop the United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon opening the show with an amazing burst of speed and thunderous sound. With a full load of fuel, F-16 Fighting Falcon can withstand up to nine Gs (nine times the force of gravity). This aircraft certainly got everyone’s attention as it not only opened the air display, it was also the closing aircraft spitting out flames as the sky darkened. Unbelievable!! Historical aircraft like the Lockheed Hudson, Catalina, Mustang, DHC-4 Caribou, Neptune and RAAF AP-3C Orion were such a contrast to United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, the RAAF Hawk 127 and the F/A-18F Super Hornet. We all love the old but got a greater buzz when those magnificent jets “do their Thing”. All the children around me oohed and aahed when the Air Force Roulettes took to the air. They performed breathtaking formation-aerobatic displays in their PC-9/A aircraft. – using only hand-eye coordination – at speeds of up to 590km/hr. Most of the Roulettes have more than 3000 hours of flying experience. They were incredible to watch. An awesome afternoon followed by a brilliant finale – a 30 minute fireworks display over the ocean. WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 3 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC I had enjoyed an unbelievable day with my nephew David, his wife Dee and their lovable children, particularly the two littlies as they swam in the ocean, built sandcastles and played with all the children around them and not one SPAT! . And even more unbelievable was with a crowd of 78,000+, I not only caught up with Ellen, Jan and Heather once, but three times!!! All aircraft from the Defence Force Air Show (a total of 25) were on static display at RAAF Base Townsville’s Open Day the following. But that’s another story. ********** Combined RSL Centenary Luncheon Yeronga Services and Community Club, Thursday 27 Oct 2016 (Janet Noack) I attended this luncheon on behalf of Carol and without a doubt; it was the best I had attended all year. A tasty 3 course meal with whatever you wished to drink. However, it was not the food and wine that marked this day, but meeting the delightful Grace Quane (nee Dwyer) and the charming Joyce Dallas. Joyce Dallas (Predeaux) had served during the war as a Teleprinter Operator at Archerfield, Brisbane WT from 1941-1943. Unfortunately we were not seated at the same table and my conversation with Joyce was limited. I was however, seated beside Grace Quane who joined the WAAAF in 1942 and served until 1945 as an Equipment Assistant. Her postings included Brisbane 3SD; USLO (United States Liaison Office), and Toowoomba 7SD. A Little bit of history on the side: 7SD buildings were camouflaged to look like lakes on aerial photographs – a Japanese dignitary visiting the area in the 1960’s asked if he could see the town’s lakes and produced a wartime map indicating the general area of 7SD. After surveying the site, he smiled and casually commented “If we had known (this), we might have bombed you” Janet Noack, Joyce Dallas (Predeaux) & Grace Quane (Dwyer) I enjoyed a wonderful chat with Grace and plan to catch up with her in January along with several other Triple A’s who uphold the tradition of meeting each month (whenever possible) at the Shingle Inn. ********** Hervey Bay Ex-servicewomen’s Social Club, October 2016 reunion (Jill Buckland) Hervey Bay Ex-Servicewomen once again put on a great 3 days of fun and entertainment. The theme this year was “My Island in the Sun”. The Beachside Motel was booked out with groups of WRAAC and Ex-WRAAF girls. Our unit was shared by Rosie Forster, representing the Council of Ex-Servicewomen, Vi Speis, Val Machin and myself. We had fun at night sharing a few drinks and playing board games with Julie Chapple and her WRAAC mates from next door. WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 4 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC As the theme for the weekend was “My Island in the Sun”, festivities began with the Firewalking get together Friday night, the Hula Hula fun luncheon Saturday and the Tribal farewell Sunday. The dress code for the weekend was “your favourite island dress” which was embraced by the majority with many Hawaiian leis and shirts to be seen at all the tables which were adorned with sea shells etc. Saturday there was a competition for the best dressed and while not many wanted to get up and make a fool of themselves the WRAAF girls and several others embraced centre stage in our versions of tropical wear. The outcome was that Val Machin won 1st prize with her outfit which included a very stylish sun hat. Vi Speis and I were the runners up. There are some photos doing the rounds but may be censored. The whole weekend was a wonderful success thanks to all the hard work of the Hervey Bay Ex-Servicewomen. A lot of hard work was put in behind the scenes and the RSL as always made us most welcome. We look forward to returning next year. ********** Xmas lunch Kookaburra Queen, 10 Nov 2016 Sailing majestically down the brown river in a paddle steamer with a Dixie Jazz Band playing, the air so humid you could almost see it, fans whirring futilely and a cooling breeze wafting in through the open windows – 50 of us could have truly believed we were on a river boat on the good ole Mississippi!!!! With the possible exception of those who have really been on a river boat on the Mississippi that is, for we were actually on the Brisbane River having our 2016 Christmas lunch on the good ship Kookaburra Queen. A good time was had with several ladies – who shall remain nameless – seen “dancing” along the balcony to the strains of Sweet Georgia Brown. The band was good and created a riverboat atmosphere. The buffet food was plentiful and the drinks system worked – as evidenced by the aforementioned dancing display – despite the initially confusing voucher system. On the down side it was a bit of a tight squeeze with the tables so close we all had to breathe in very, very deeply to get out. Unlucky if you chose a window seat!!! However the window seats – as well as having a view – were lucky for providing the only cooling air. The fans were certainly not up to the job and our Secretary has given the KQ some excellent feedback in regard to these issues. We managed to dock just before the storm hit Brisbane and get into the bus just as the rain started pelting down. Our thanks to our bus driver Linda Hamer (ex-WRAAC) for getting us through the dark, wet, traffic clogged streets to the station and the bus terminus. A few of us got wet getting into the station but after the sticky heat of the afternoon it was a bit of a relief to cool down a bit. ********** WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 5 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre, 16 Oct 2016 (Janet Noack) WHEN IS A MUSEUM NOT A MUSEUM? Unfortunately on Sunday 16th October, I found out! I had arranged with Ellen, Jan and Heather to meet inside the WAAAF Display Nissan Hut located at RAAF Townsville Aviation Heritage Centre. I was finally going to meet Mrs Mary Hilbig and have the pleasure of seeing the fantastic display of WAAAF and WRAAF memorabilia Mary had gathered over many years and from numerous contributors throughout Australia. Oh Dear Me……………this is what we found………………. A sign saying “Sorry This Display Area is temporarily closed. The “Women of the RAAF” Display Is on loan to Canberra.” Jan Nichols, Janet Noack, Ellen Thompson & Heather Mewitt 16/10/2016 ****************************** THE WAY WE WERE – 40th Anniversary This year, come the 1st May, it will be 40 years since the WRAAF was disbanded and we were integrated into the RAAF. It was supposed to be a final milestone in the inequalities that existed between airmen and airwomen – following on from being allowed to stay in after marriage and pregnancy and equal pay. Only combat musterings remained closed to us Those of us who were still in in 1977 probably have mixed feelings and memories about the “integration”. It was the end of a “sisterhood” that we were all proud of but we are still “a force to be reckoned with” thanks to our commitment to our ex-WRAAF groups, our friendships and our reunions. Remember bed rolls, bed checks, Orderly WRAAF, Monday night panics, drawer inspections and applying for weekend leave? My particular bugbear was having my drawers inspected and I told a WRAAF officer that having this done to me – at the age of 24 – was offensive as even my mother wouldn’t do it. She was not impressed with my attitude!!!! But to this day my drawers still look like they are awaiting inspection. WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 6 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC One memory I have of the integration – other than the equal pay which I recall taking some time to take effect – was having to replace our WRAAF hat badges. I deliberately kept wearing the old one until an eagle eyed officer ordered me to change over. ****************************** THE WAY THEY ARE NOW Some light reading Women in the ADF: six decades of policy change (1950 to 2011) Click here or go to http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/FlagPost/2015/December/Women_in_the_ADF Or a good read for the New Year One Woman’s War and Peace: A Nurse’s Journey in the Royal Australian Air Force By: Wing Commander Sharon Brown (Retd.) In 1999, idealistic 23-year-old Registered Nurse Sharon Brown left her comfortable family life in Tasmania and joined the Royal Australian Air Force with the aim of providing humanitarian aid to the world. Through her 16-year military career she deployed on three operations, barely survived a helicopter crash, struggled to return to military service, mixed in political circles in Canberra and around the world as Aide de Camp to the Minister for Defence, and commanded a combat surgical team during some of the most intense fighting in Afghanistan. During this time, she lost her mother to breast cancer and almost lost her policeman father to a homicidal psychopath on his way to shoot dead his girlfriend but who decided to kill a cop instead. From teaching East Timorese orphans to learn English to tending to wounded Coalition soldiers choppered into her surgical team from deadly battles on the Afghan dust, Sharon’s story is that of a sheltered civilian RN becoming a military Nursing Officer and a commander. Her military service was unique, varied and far-reaching but came at the cost of her physical and mental health. A broken back, shattered jaw and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are the price she has paid for a remarkable and inspirational career in the Royal Australian Air Force. ****************************** 65th Anniversary National WRAAF Reunion 2018 – IT’S ON !!!!! The South Australian WRAAF Reunion is on the 6th, 7th, 8th April 2018. We are looking into accommodation and venues for this function – too early for prices as yet. WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 7 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC We are selling lovely white handtowels with state or territory flowers with WRAAF embroidery for $15.00. There are also dark blue with light blue WRAAF embroidery Polo Shirts $40.00; Sleeveless Vests $50.00; Ladies Scarf of light blue with dark blue WRAAF on the bottom, a beautiful warm fleecy material $22.00 and Jackets for $55.00. When ordering clothes, please include chest measurement either in inches or cm. Numbers only no letters. [[I think this means – Measurement and not size number]] Cheque, money orders or Credit card details (number and expiry date and CCU) Please contact Laeraine on (08) 9306 2681 any time. Expressions of interest are being called for and a $10 registration is payable and should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Please contact Judy Bland at gjb41@bigpond.com or write to WRAAF Branch, AFME, Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek, WA 6147. ****************************** RAAF NEWS ONLINE You can access the latest RAAF News – now simply called Air Force – online by going to http://digital.realviewtechnologies.com/?xml=defencenews_airforce.xml ***************************************** RAAF RADSCHOOL MAGAZINE You can check out the latest issue of the Radschool magazine by going to www.radschool.org.au, click on Magazines then follow the prompts to the latest volume. ***************************************** RAAF Amberley Museum Remember to keep an eye on the website for updates on how the WRAAF collection is progressing at http://www.raafamberleyheritage.gov.au/women-in-the-air-force.aspx ***************************************** Health and Well-Being Officer Maureen Stewart keeps in contact and sends out cards to those who are not well, those supporting a loved one who is infirmed or recovering themselves, and to those who have lost a loved one. If you know anyone in these situations let Maureen know – morsy@optusnet.com.au or phone her on 3389-5762 or 0424 741 527. Maureen is keen to expand her role and would like to encourage likeminded volunteers to assist her with the hospital and or home visits. ******************************************** Update Your Details If you change your email or postal address or phone number PLEASE advise the Secretary ASAP – secretary@wraaf.org.au ******************************************* Important Email addresses To contact our President, Treasurer or Secretary please use the following emails: President@wraaf.org.au ; Treasurer@wraaf.org.au ; Secretary@wraaf.org.au **************************************** Paying for functions, trips etc. Payments for membership, functions, fees, clothing etc. can be made to the Treasurer at meetings or deposited (electronically or manually) into our Heritage Bank Account. ****************************************** WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE Newsletter October – December 2016 Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division WRAAF Branch Newsletter Oct – Dec 2016 P a g e | 8 Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Kylie Stoneman, Division 4, ICC WRAAF ACCOUNT ? Account Name:- WRAAF Branch Queensland ? Bank:- Heritage Bank ? BSB:- 638-070 ? Account No:- 13917374 ? Cheques made out to WRAAF Branch Queensland. ? Direct deposit – Put your name on bottom of deposit slip, include reason – fees, functions etc. & contact Truus Perry – see below – notifying her you have made a deposit and what it is for. ************************************ ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES Membership fees must reach our Treasurer in time to send form & fees to the RAAFA by mid-April. If not received by this time you not be financial and must rejoin RAAFA/WRAAF Branch on 1 July. Full membership: $32.00 per year Associate membership/WRAAF membership: $12.00 per year ******************************************** YOUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President: Carol McCool Phone: 0419 798 567 Email: president@wraaf.org.au Deputy President: Pam Condie Email: pcondie@me.com.au Secretary: Janet Noack Email: secretary@wraaf.org.au Minute Secretary: Pam Condie Email: pcondie@me.com.au Treasurer: Truus Perry Email: treasurer@wraaf.org.au 40 Sunnyside Road, Scarborough, Qld 4020 Assistant Treasurer: Jill Buckland Email: jillbuckland@bigpond.com ***** General Committee Members: Jill Buckland, Gillian Shepherd, Eunice Smith, Margaret Humphries Please contact an Executive Committee member at any time if you have a question or query ******************************************** Email for the newsletter If you have anything you would like included in the newsletter – a trip you have been on, a recipe, any photos you would like to share – please send them to newsletter@wraaf.org.au Feedback is invited. ******************************************** The WRAAF Website is www.wraaf.org.au ********************************************

WRAAF Reunion Toowoomba 1985 – Photos to remember

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WRAAF Reunion 1983 – Adelaide – Photos to remember

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WRAAF Branch NSW Newsletter March 2016

18/01/2017 at 12:11 am

WRAAF
President:
Betty Sutherland
14 Batt Street
Penrith NSW 2750
WOMEN’S ROYAL AUSTRATIAN AIR FORCE
Patron: Shirley Mclaren
NEWSTETTER . MARCH 2016
Hello Ladies,
When I was about eight we used to have visits from an old maiden aunt named Myrtle. As you well
know, I am not prone to exaggeration, but she was then aged about one hundred & seventy at the
time. She used expressions such as “when I was young” and in my day” at least five times in every
sentence. Guess what – | have now metamorphosised into Aunty Myrtle and am continuing on in a
way that would make her proud.
“When I was youngl’the world was so different and “in my daf’we had the best of times. We were
taught respect, good manners, self discipline and a work ethic. Today so many things have been
forgotten or never taught. l’m so glad we could go out without needing to drink, inhale, swallow,
inject or snort something so we could have fun without the need to bash some poor innocent
victim. We also had to be home at a time when kids now go out, with some of them Franz Liszt
before they even turn on the ignition.
I feel angry at the way of the world today and wish those so called leaders and intellectuals would
realise that the time and money wasted in an attempt to change mother nature would be far more
beneficially spent if put into changing the values of so many into the way it was “when I was young,,
and ” Tn my day”. ls it just me or do you feel this way too when you see and hear the daily news? I
may have bored you silly with this diatribe, but at least I feel better!
AGM & Committee Meetings: Our AGM was held on 13/2/16 and the new Executive is: President: Betty Sutherland
Vice President: Marj McKenzie
Treasurer: Shirley Delaney
Secretary: Margaret Wells
Asst Secretary: Mavis Edwards
our next Committee Meeting is on 14th May, then 18th August & 12th November. Meetings are held
at Sydney RSL Club, 555 George street, Sydney, commencing at 1130 hours – all welcome to attend.
2015 Annual Reunion Luncheon: Will be held on Saturday 8th october. lt is noted that last year only
27 attended (only 20 WRAAF) and if numbers continue to drop we may have to make this our last.
Many of those who attend travel for a couple of hours each way – what is your reason for not
making the effort?
ANZAC Dav March in Svdnev: lf marching this vear, olease read this carefullv. There have been
major changes to the route and order of march this year. George Street cannot be used and the
march will not pass the Cenotaph in Martin place.
REUNION
Secretary:
Margaret Wells
18 Woodland Avenue
Hazelbrook NSW 2779
47 587 153
I have been instructed we are to form-up behind Card No.10 in Castlereagh Street, near Hunter
Street, no later than 1000 hours, as we are almost at the front of the Air Force and in front of all
Squadrons. We then march down Elizabeth Street, left wheel into Goulburn Street, eyes left at the
War Memorial in Hyde Park, and dismissed at College Street. Remember all the above – we will
have our banner in place prior to 1000 hours. As this is our 65s Anniversary please make the effort
– remember we are all getting older and less able. As final numbers for those wishing to attend
luncheon following the march had to be given on L3/2/L6, those attending will be much smaller
than usual. Please remember to wear our ” uniform” if possible – navy or black jacket & pants, blue
shirt, navy/black shoes & bag.
WRANS Christmas luncheon: Six of us attended on 7th November – many thanks to our Navy
friends for a most enjoyable day as usual.
WRAAC 40th Anniversarv Lungheon: Four of us attended on 31’t October and thoroughly enjoyed
meeting up with our Army friends again.
RAAF 95th Birthdav Service: our President and I will attend and lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on 31,.
March – all wefcome to attend.
Sixofusattendedthisevent,butwemissedthe
familiar faces of our RMF friends. Many thanks to the sergeants Mess.
RSI Shame Website: This was brought to the attention of our Committee. lf you can please visit
“itsanhonour.gov.au” and go to their shame file. Photos show an ex-WRMF wearing an un-earned
Peace Keepers beret, a variety of un-earned medals, badges and flying ensignia. She served at
Richmond around 1960 and was once a member of our Group. The comments about her on the
website show how she is viewed, correctly, by the RSL. Her name is on the site and if you know her
whereabouts, please let me know so we can write to her and explain what disrespect she has
brought upon the WRMF. She served from 1958 to 1967 as an MTD.
Commemorative Mission to Kgrea: The Australian Government is proposing to conduct a mission to
the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the Battles of Kapyong and Maryang
san. This will take place in October this year and nominations are invited from our Veterans who
served in Korea, including nurses of RMNC and RAAFNS. Nominations to be received by DVA by
t3/5h6. lf you qualifo the RAAFA will send all information and forms.
National Reunion -Coolangatta 2015: Congratulations to Rosie Forster and her team for making
this such an enjoyable event. My favourite was the Memorial Service & luncheon at Currumbin. I
know how much time and effort goes into making these occasions work. During the formal dinner
discussion took place regarding the next Nationalto be held. As you would recall, at Sydney,s last
National it was announced that this was to be the last held in Sydney. I have heard that perth
branch may be organising a Nationalto be held in Adelaide in2o]7. perhaps lwill have something to
tell you before my next Newsletter. lf you would like to buy a disc showing the photos from the
2015 National, send 55 to Carol McCool, 53 Kurumba Street, Kippering, eld 4021 or go to
www.wraaf.org.au and go to specialevents.
Other sites which may be of interest are htt://wraafraafreunionsposted.wordpress.com/
https;//wraafraafreunioncru ises.wo rdpress.co m/
https;/ /wraafreunion20l5coolangatta.wordpress .com/
https;//woma nthereism uchtodo.wo rd press. com/
and on facebook Women Veterans Network Sydney on
htt ps ://wwwfa ce boo k. co m /wo m e n svete ra n sa ss n
Ex-servicewomen’s Luncheon Club: Meet on 4th Friday each month – enquiries to Barbara Cohen
44L4329 407.
Subscriptions & Envelopes: Please send 55 plus 3x S.A. stamped envelopes to me to stay on the
mailing list. Take note of any reminder I put with your Newsletter and remember that the cost of
postage is now 51.
Sick Parade: Pat Law (Thompson), Win Mayne (Smith), Helen Roddom (Sullivan), Lyn Molison
(Christmass), Leone Hancock (Wilson), Helen Vidler (Doak), Pat Brien (O’Reilly), Joy Roberts & Jen,
Sheila Van Emden , Barbara Cohen, Jan Johnson (Crumpton), Margaret Donald (Graham) and Ann
Garland (Ross) – Hope you are all on the mend. Una Cooper (McCauley) has been fighting a very
long battle and our thoughts and prayers are with her.
Donations: Anita Simmons (Barrett), Lyn Mantell (Paskins), Rickie & Gary Gilligan {Hulsman), pat &
Russ Law (Thompson), Nancy steele, Barry & win Mayne (smith), Mary Hilbig, Kay & Malcolm
Kirkland (Harrison), Joy Comben (Harrison), Beryl Ward (Dougall), Sheila Van Emden, Dorothy Justice
and Margaret smith (Thompson). Thank you all so much for your generous support.
Vafe: Following a long battle Marion Hay (Power) lost her fight on t2/2116. Marion was on Course
83, served from 1958 to 1968 as a TeleOp and obtained the rank of Sgt. Marion was a much loved
member of our Committee and gave such support. About 20 of us attended her funeral ontg/2/L6
and flowers were sent to her family on behalf of us all. she will be missed.
Ingrid Jutta Kuppert, MTD, passed away last year in Victoria. Marj McKenzie (purcell) lost her
husband, owen, on9/12/LS and Pat Maddock lost her husband col last month.
From Victorian Branch – Phyllis France nee Lade, Course 15, Olive Little, Joyce Smith nee Nelson &
Dulcie Richards nee Christie, Grace Coulson nee Packham and Barbara Gladys Meyer nee Hobbs.
Joke Time:
I was at an ATM when an even older lady asked me to check her balance – so I pushed her over.
When I was a kid I was so ugly my mother took me everywhere with her so she wouldn’t have to kiss
me goodbye. I was in George Street the other night and I asked a bloke if he wanted a girl. He said
“l’ve only got a dolla/’ and I said “That’s alright, l’ve got change.,,
I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds -people get out of the way much faster now. I didn’t
make it to the gym today – that’s five years in a row.
Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances. While attending a
marriage weekend a couple heard the instructor declare “lt is essential that husbands and wives
know the things that are important to each other.” He then addressed the men and asked them to
name and describe their wives favourite flower. One poor man leaned over, touched his wife’s hand
gentln and whispered “White Wings self raising isn’t it?” And thus began his life of celibacy.
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape. I got my docto/s permission to join a fitness club
and decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down and
perspired for an hour. However, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, arrives at Passport Control at Athens airport. “Nationality?”
asked the immigration officer. “German” she replied. “Occupation?” “No, not this time.,,
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize
them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
Life is sexually transmitted.
Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Men have two emotions: hungry & sexy, and they can’t tell them apart. lf you see a gleam in his
eye, make him a sandwich.
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person how to use the Internet and they
won’t bother you for week, months or even years.
Health fanatics are going to feel stupid some day, lying in hospital, dying of nothing.
Don’t worry about old age – it doesn’t last long.
Recipe Corner: I made these last Christmas and they were well received.
Cheesv Chicken Balls: 5009 chicken mince, l onion (finely chopped), lzcup packaged breadcrumbs,
% grated cheese, 1 egg (lightly beaten), % cup coriander or parsley, sweet chilli sauce to serve.
Preheat oven to 180c or 150c fan forced & line baking tray with baking paper.
Place all ingredients, except sauce, into large bowl & season well. Mix until well combined (easier
with your hands). Roll mixture into 20 small balls & place on to tray, Bake 30 mins till firm & golden.
Serve with chilli sauce.
Merry Berrv Tarts: 300m1 thickened cream, 1 cup thick custard, 12 pastry tart shells, 1 punnet
strawberries (hulled & chopped), 1 punnet blueberries, l punnet raspberries.
Beat cream until soft peaks form, then stir in custard. Spoon into pastry shells. Top with berries &
dust with icing sugar to serve.
To everyone who is not well or just a bit down and lonely – hope good health and happiness will find
you soon.
Happy Landing & God Bless
4raqaa-32
Margaret Wells
Secretary

Finding Things

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This was the tshirt sold as souvenier. Not mine. Joan Arbon’s treasure. And it has a date. I’m trying to compile a complete list of reunions we’ve had since 1976 in Adelaide.

It’s a classy design, even today.

Lyn

Lannie has another story – Have you one to tell and leave for the future generations

29/02/2016 at 11:25 pm

Hi Lyn,

Here’s a funny for you.
One day I walked into a small country hospital in Western Victoria,and,there was something very familiar with one of the girls at the reception desk. After a while I asked one of the other girls who she was.The second she said the name I was floored.
We had actually been at Frognall at the same time. Mind you,a lot of years had passed,but,we have chatted occasionally since,and,shared a few funny memories.
We spoke yesterday,and,I told her how to have a squizz at all the Recruit Course photos.
I was having second thoughts about WG Cdr Baxter,thinking it may well have been Flight Officer Nuttal at that time,but,Barb confirmed that it had been Flight Officer Baxter at that time at Frognall.
How bizarre is that. In the middle of “cow country” one runs into an old friend from long ago WRAAF days?
It would be nice if there was a list of all the WRAAF Officers,and,where they served etc.
Okay,I’m off to feed my sheep,and,take the idiot dog for a run alongside the 4 wheeler.
Awrabest
Lannie

WRAAF Lannie Wilson tells us another WRAAF Story

27/02/2016 at 1:19 pm

WGCDR Baxter Margaret LynnSource Lannie Wilson
I have very fond memories of Group Officer Baxter,going back many,many moons.
She was then Flight Officer Baxter,WRAAF Officer in charge at RAAF Frognall. The year was,I think, 1962.
I was posted to Frognall after rookie course 120 at Point cook. I had two wonderful buddies {let them remain nameless at this stage},and,periodically we did get into some mischief in the barracks. In those days nissan huts. I recall distinctly,along with my two “buddies” being hauled ” on the mat” before Flight Officer Baxter for some idiotic mischief in the barracks.. At the time, we were convinced that we were to be court martialled.
Thankfully we were given a gentle tongue lashing,and,dismissed.
The NCO i/c ,who marched us into {then} Flight Officer Baxter’s Office was Sgt Doreen Fraser.
Afer being posted from Froganll to East Sale to await re-muster to TPRINOP at Radio School,Laverton,I did not ever come across Group Officer Baxter again during my years in the WRAAF,but,never forgot her charming,gentle reprimand on that day.
I often wonder about my two buddies,and,always remembered “Flight Officer Baxter” with great affection,and,that day we were hauled “on the mat”.Oh! so long ago. Lannie Wilson

A WRAAF Story – Life at East Sale 1962

23/02/2016 at 7:51 am

Dear Lyn
I was interested to read your account of life at East Sale in the Djinning Assoc. Newsletter which my husband, Lou Thompson, ex-COMMSOP receives. Who can forget Panic Nights and floor polishers!!?
I was sent to School of Air Navigation as a Clerk General in 1962 after completing recruit course at Point Cook. I arrived late at night at the WRAAF Quarters which seemed deserted and wandered around nervously until I spotted a light and knocked on someone’s door. I was put in a temporary hut for a night then allocated a room with four girls who became my friends for the four months that I was there. One was called Cora, I recall, and she seemed to be constantly on a diet and consuming Ford Pills to aid the process! There was a pretty blonde girl and I have photos of her but sadly I cannot remember her name and also Sophie Vladyka who I remember as being quite extrovert and good fun. I remember playing with a ouija board in our room and frightening the life out of each other in the dark.
I had my 21st birthday at East Sale and we went to a hotel for dinner where some commercial travellers gave me samples of their stock as presents! I still have a gold plated china dish from that event. Later in the year I was posted to Base Squadron, Point Cook. Other postings I had were Headquarters, Williamtown and Air Staff at Headquarters Operational Command, Glenbrook, where I met my husband and was discharged after four years service in 1966.
I attended the WRAAF Reunion in Brisbane in 2011 and had my photograph taken, wearing my old forage cap, with Quentin Bryce. I also met up with four or five girls who had been on my recruit course which was a bonus. Hope this is of some interest to you.
Cheers!
Pam Thompson (nee Jones)