WRAAF NSW Newsletter – March 2016

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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 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

WRAAF Brisbane Newsletter July to September 2015

07/02/2016 at 12:17 pm

WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE
Newsletter – July to September 2015
Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division
WRAAF Branch Newsletter –July to Sept 2015
Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Bruce Casos, Division 4, ICC 1
Message from our President
Rosie Forster
Welcome everyone, it has been a busy two months. The Branch was well represented at the Toowoomba Christmas in July, although some were disappointed in the main course, the company & day was really enjoyable.
The Tri-Service Luncheon was a great success & the WRAAF’s won the singing competition – thanks to Margaret Huntley for the choice of song.
I attended the RAFFA Redcliffe President’s lunch on the 29th August, another enjoyable day.
I attended the Kedron Wavell Friendship lunch on the 6th September & thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Last Wednesday was the Wreath Laying & Memorial at Kallangur.
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2015 WRAAF Branch Meetings
Meetings are held in the Brisbane Square Library Community Meeting Room on the ground floor (all Saturdays at 10 am to 12 noon). You can gain access to the Library via the side entrance through the food court any time after 9 am. The security guard will let you in.
14 November 2015
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WRAAF Branch SOCIAL CALENDAR 2015
Date
Event
9 – 11 October
WRAAF NATIONAL REUNION – GOLD COAST, QLD
14 Nov 2105
WRAAF Branch Christmas Lunch, 12 noon Café Brisbane
5 Dec 2015
All Services Morning Tea 10 am Berkely on Ann
**** Christmas lunch cost $25 to be paid by 6 Nov 2015 and All Services Morning Tea cost $15 to be paid by 20 Nov 2015.
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Newsletter Subscription replaces Social Membership.
This subscription is for those not wanting to be a full or associate member of the WRAAF Branch but who want to keep in touch with friends and the Air Force generally. You will receive 4 newsletters each year.
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IT’S FINALLY HERE !!!!!!!!!!!
WRAAF NATIONAL REUNION – GOLD COAST, QLD
9 to 11 October 2015
See Special Events on our website www.wraaf.org.au for information.
Numbers have been given to the venues and NO REFUNDS will be given after 12th September 2015.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS. If you have not done so please advise if you have any dietary needs. Email Rosie – president@wraaf.org.au or ring on 3889 3728
WRAAF BRANCH BRISBANE
Newsletter – July to September 2015
Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division
WRAAF Branch Newsletter –July to Sept 2015
Printed with the kind assistance of Councillor Bruce Casos, Division 4, ICC 2
PROGRAM – COOLANGATTA SANDS HOTEL, cnr McLean & Griffith Sts. Coolangatta
Friday, 09 October 2015
4.00pm Registration (Enter off McLean Street)
6pm-8.30pm Meet & Greet – Ground Floor, Coolangatta Sands Hotel
Saturday, 10 October 2015
Rest Day explore at your leisure
Registration 5pm
5.30pm for 6pm Formal Dinner (miniature Medals may be worn) Ground Floor, Coolangatta Sands Hotel (Concludes 10pm)
Sunday, 11 October 2015
11am Memorial Service at Currumbin RSL (WRAAF blouses, blazers may be worn)
12noon Light lunch will follow the service. Buses will be provided to & from Coolangatta.
Shuttle buses will ferry attendees from:
Sebel Hotel 9.30am and 10.10am
Ocean Plaza Resort 9.35am and 10.15am
2pm buses will ferry attendees back to Coolangatta
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WHAT HAVE WE BEEN DOING?
Army Nurses Lunch in July
I attended this delightful gathering on behalf of the branch at the Casino Kitchen restaurant. The Army Nurses are a small, friendly group who made me more than welcome even though I won 2 out of the 5 raffles. (Pamela Ritter)
Tri-Service Lunch and Singing Competition
The Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Associations Queensland is a State wide organization and was originally set up to encourage ex-servicewomen from all services to come together to enjoy each other’s company at Ceremonial activities and also at social functions. Prior to the Council being formed very rarely did ex-servicewomen from these separate services meet each other. Prior to 2007 the Council held many social functions, bus trips and also the Tri Service lunch. In 2007 it was decided that to make the Tri Service Lunch more interesting a singing competition among the Associations would be introduced. This proved to be very successful and great fun has been had by all at every lunch since then. To take part in this competition it is not necessary to be able to sing.
At this year’s Singing Competition our WRAAF members competed against the Nurses, WRAAC and the WRANS and we won. This is the second time the WRAAF have won. The first time was in 2009. We will be there to defend our title next year. Our big challenge is finding a suitable song that is easy for everyone to sing as we have very little chance to rehearse. I can’t recall that we have ever rehearsed. If any members would like to either write or adapt a song for next year’s competition please do so. I have provided the songs every year and I am running out of ideas so any input would be greatly appreciated.
Margaret Huntley
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Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division
WRAAF Branch Newsletter –July to Sept 2015
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The Tri-Service Lunch
Once again for the umpteenth year the Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Associations Qld organised the Tri-Service Lunch at the Kittyhawk Function Centre (formerly known as the Community Centre) at Kedron-Wavell Services Club on Saturday, 15 August 2015.
This lunch is all about the 3 main services (Army, Navy and Air Force) and the nurses getting together in a pleasant atmosphere and having a delicious lunch, some great conversation, winning a raffle prize and taking part in a singing competition which is great fun.
We have all ages there from post war to some very sprightly WWII ladies – they won the singing competition last year.
Would you believe which service won the singing trophy this year – WE DID!!!! Many thanks to Margaret Huntley who every year painstakingly searches out a new song to sing, usually with an old tune which we all hopefully remember as we sing it without music.
Added to this we have a lovely 2 course lunch, perhaps a glass or two of vino or water or whatever and you may even make a new friend or get to know someone better by a little more conversation in a convivial atmosphere.
Also, added to all that excitement, the Council elected a new President at their AGM on 13 August 2015 and it is none other than our own President, Rosie Forster, who has just signed up for 3 years as the President of the Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Associations Qld. Rosie is capably assisted by another WRAAF Branch member, Rosemary Coleman as Secretary of the Council. However, we must not forget our long serving delegates to the Council, Margaret Stevenson and Lyn Wilkes.
So next year why don’t you make it a New Year’s resolution to attend the Tri-Service lunch at Kedron-Wavell Services Club on Saturday, 13 August 2016? Hope to see you there.
Rosemary Coleman,
Secretary, Council of Ex-Servicewomen’s Associations Qld
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Trip to RAAF Base Amberley 17 August 2015
Judy Morris
There is an unassuming letter in the alphabet we call “W”. On its own this little letter doesn’t stand out but when you notice some of the words ‘W’ leads, it becomes a giant among letters. Words like –
Women
WRAAF
Worthwhile
Wonderful
Welcome
Wow
All of these words can be used in describing our visit to Amberley on 17 August. We were hosted by Sqn Ldr Belinda Johnson and WOff Kathy Furlan and the welcome and respect we were shown was quite overwhelming. We were accompanied by Cpl Chris Bell of the Service Police (I am not sure who was being protected – us or the RAAF Base). We were very ably driven around all day by LACW Hayley
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Pearce and lots of photos were taken by Cpl Shannon McCarthy. We very much appreciate the time and effort put in by these ladies.
A great friendship between our members and serving members began several years ago when WOFF Kathy and our President Rosie arranged for serving members to be invited to join us on our Anzac Day march. The numbers have grown beyond expectation and last Anzac Day, 76 serving members marched with the ex-WRAAF. A wonderful bond of friendship and camaraderie is being nurtured by enthusiastic women of several generations, both RAAF and ex-WRAAF and even though WOff Kathy is leaving Amberley, Sqn Ldr Belinda is very keen to continue the friendship.
Belinda and Kathy went to a great deal of trouble preparing an itinerary which included a visit to Doggie section where we had a guided tour of the residents’ quarters and a very informative narrative of the dogs’ personalities, capabilities and training programme. We were also given a demonstration of the dogs and handlers in action which was very impressive. A little MWD (military working dog) in training whose name is Blok was introduced to us and seemed to love the attention he received.
After Doggie Section (I think we stayed too long as everyone was reluctant to leave) we were driven to Fire Section where a demonstration of the enormous fire trucks was given and was great. A couple of lucky ladies went for a ride in the truck and played with the water hoses. Once again, we were thoroughly entertained and greatly impressed.
Off then to the Mess where lunch was served. Our hosts had invited other serving members to join us for lunch and we had an opportunity to speak with women serving in different areas in the RAAF. It was amazing to engage with such women of achievement – no sign of a glass ceiling here at all.
After lunch, we were off to 36 Squadron where we were met by Sqn Ldr Samantha Freebairn who is a C-17 pilot. How fantastic to be shown over this massive aircraft and we all had the chance to sit in the cockpit. It was quite moving when Belinda spoke of the humanitarian work done by our service people and this mighty aircraft. A wonderful experience. Definitely something to brag to the grandchildren about.
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We were all feeling a little overwhelmed by the day and the enormous effort put into the day’s activities on our behalf, when Sqn Ldr Samantha told us that women of today’s RAAF have a great admiration and respect for members who served ‘back in the day’ because without the small steps taken by our generations, today’s serving women would not have the choices they have. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house at that moment. We sure felt the pride. A great day.
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Congratulations
To Kaye Horne who won 1st and 3rd prizes in the EKKA Creative Art & Craft Category – Papercraft – General Greeting Cards Any Subject.
Member’s travels
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE
By Gillian Shepherd
On our trip to Canada and Alaska we spent time in Victoria and Vancouver, and then travelled on the Rocky Mountaineer through Kamloops to Jasper. From there we travelled by bus to Banff, Lake Louise, Kelowna, Whistler and then back to Vancouver where we boarded our ship for our 7 night cruise to Alaska, stopping at Ketchikan, Juneau and Scagway. We also cruised Glacier Bay and College Fjord on our way to Whittier, Alaska. After disembarking at Whittier we travelled to Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula and then on to Mt McKinley, Denali National Park and finally Fairbanks.
As some of our members have done this trip I do not want to bore you with the details of our trip except to say that it was fantastic with many highlights, including the flight across the Arctic Circle, which was an optional extra on our tour.
We left Fairbanks at about 3.45 pm for the Arctic Circle on a Piper Navajo 8 passenger twin engine aircraft and flew north towards our destination of Coldfoot. On the way we flew over the Yukon River and the Alaska oil pipeline which stretches from Prudoe Bay in the north to Valdez, a length of 800 miles. Unfortunately, our view was impeded somewhat by the smoke from some of the 360 bushfires burning in Alaska at that time. We were told that the fire fighters were working to extinguish 60 bushfires and were allowing the others to burn out. Our pilot announced that we were crossing the Arctic Circle and we were able to photograph the instrument display showing its position of 66 degrees and 33 minutes north.
When we arrived at Coldfoot (permanent summer population 10) at about 4.45 pm, we were met by a guide who was to drive us north to Wiseman which is a small settlement in the middle of nowhere, approximately
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20 km north of Coldfoot, and was originally established after gold was discovered nearby. Wiseman’s population now is about 25 and is the only year-round lived in community on the Dalton Highway which stretches from Prudoe Bay to Fairbanks. We were given a talk by a local about subsistence living (shooting game for meat, chopping wood for heat, trapping furry creatures for fur, fishing, growing vegetables and using wind/solar power for electricity, etc.). He also showed us some wild animal skulls, rocks from the local area and animal pelts. We then viewed some of the homes that the locals inhabited in the past. The local people now live on the other side of the settlement in much more modern homes.
We were then driven back to Coldfoot to wait for our aircraft to return to take us back to Fairbanks. The time was spent at the truck stop where we could buy food to eat which we ate on the deck out front of the building. Coldfoot consists of the truck stop, a post office, the airport (gravel strip) and some accommodation. Our aircraft arrived back with another load of passengers and we departed Coldfoot at about 9.30 pm arriving back at Fairbanks at about 10.30 pm in complete daylight. For the entire time we were travelling in Alaska there was a maximum of 2 hours of semi darkness each night.
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THE WAY WE WERE
Canberra Times, 24 April 1970
ROYAL VISIT 1970 – DEAR FOLKS, I MET THE ROYAL FAMILY
Four excited WRAAF members certainly have something to write home about. The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne stopped to talk to the bright-faced group during the walk about which halted the Royal progress about. 15 times on the way to the car which carried the visitors off to Government House.
LACW Sue Growcock, of Grafton, NSW, LACW Kathleen Powell, of Queenstown, Tasmania, Corporal Karen Roberts, of Brisbane, and LACW Dianne Tinniswood, of Adelaide, were pink with excitement as they reported to other not-so lucky members of the Air Force:
“Well, the Queen said, ‘Are you serving here?’ and we said, ‘Yes, Your Majesty”. We remembered. And we said, ‘Pity it’s so wet, it was good until a few days ago’ and she said, ‘Yes, the Prime Minister told us that you had had good weather before’.
“And Prince Philip said, ‘Do you live here?’ and we said, ‘Yes, Sir!’ and he said, ‘Do you look after the administrative side of things?’ and we said that we were clerks and short hand typists and that and he said, ‘Jolly good show’.
“And Anne said, ‘How many of you are there on the base?’ and Kathleen told her 48 and Dianne said 50. Then she said, ‘You do the donkey work then’ and grinned at us”.
The Queen made no concession to the weather. Her matching dress and coat were of silk printed in a green and white plaid pattern, a green beret was pushed well back on her head and she wore the same shoes as her daughter — white with gold chain across the instep.
Princess Anne appeared in a tangerine close-fitting coat, hem above the knee, and a broad-brimmed navy hat, turned up at one side and with a navy band spotted in white.
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Canberra Times, 9th April 1973
Pay for servicemen
Sir, – Frank Cranston, your Defence and Aviation Correspondent, recently commented on the report of the Woodward Committee inquiry into services pay and conditions. From the services pay aspect, the absurdity of the proposed pay scales would have best been illustrated by simply using the following comparative scales.
AC or ACW (level 6) (Lowest RAAF or WRAAF rank) $4,965 per annum.
Pilot officer S4, 915 per annum.
It is good to see our WOs, NCOs and other ranks, both male and female, receiving due reward for their services at long last: nevertheless, when the factors of qualifications, responsibility and skills are taken into account, surely the most unobservant person must see that there is something wrong with these pay scales, let alone a committee which took a great deal of time in providing its report on same.
From the qualification aspect alone, the majority of pilot officers in the engineering branch for example are graduates of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In addition, many officers will, in fact, suffer a net loss in their take-home pay. This, coupled with such things as some officers getting a good deal less than most of their staff, surely makes the Woodward Report the greatest non-event in the history of services pay, as far as officers are concerned.
The ultimate absurdity is that a pilot officer could resign his commission, re-enlist at the lowest airman rank of AC or alternatively undergo a sex-change operation and re-enlist as an ACW, and in either case be $50 per annum better off. SERVICE OFFICER, Narrabundah.
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Canberra Times, 23 March 1974
Interesting jobs for interested women in today’s Air Force
The Air Force needs women to train for a variety of interesting jobs. You’ll derive a great deal of satisfaction in joining a happy and productive group of young women who are already serving as members of the Air Force.
TRAINING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR:
?BOOKBINDERS ?STEWARDESSES ?PERSONNEL SUPERVISORS ?TELEPHONE OPERATORS ?TELEPRINTER OPERATORS ?STOREWOMEN ?CLERKS (Supply, Medical, General Purpose) ?TYPISTS
VACANCIES EXIST FOR EXPERIENCED WOMEN AS:
?STENOGRAPHERS TA1LORESSES ?GENERAL HANDS ?EQUIPMENT ACCOUNT CLERKS ?DR1VERS
In these jobs, Women’s Air Force weekly pay varies from $84.95 to $120.90 according to job and rank.
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WRAAF Branch Newsletter –July to Sept 2015
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THE WAY THEY ARE NOW.
SQUADRON LEADER SAMANTHA FREEBAIRN Pilot / Royal Australian Air Force
I became quite captivated by the air as a 7 year old during a visit to the cockpit on a family holiday. The sun was setting, the clouds were a mesmerising assortment of shapes and colours, my ears popped and the pilots looked very important. My fate was sealed! After joining the Royal Australian Air Force as an 18 year old because they had the fastest aircraft, I currently fly the C17 Globemaster heavy airlift aircraft and previously captained the C130H Hercules.
My flying career has been challenging and exciting with numerous humanitarian missions, including evacuation of victims of the Bali Bombing, along with combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. A defining moment has definitely been meeting Nancy Bird-Walton whilst on pilot’s course in 1999. The complex negotiations of retaining femininity whilst balancing military peer acceptance were put in perspective after spending time with a woman who was a mother, a wife, a pilot and a lady. She was a champion for women in aviation supporting other women in aviation and that is an area I have been most passionate about facilitating within the military.
I’m very proud to serve in the RAAF and have chosen to continue to serve because of progressive leadership that has enabled me the choice to return to operational flying after motherhood.
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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
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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.
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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
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Health and Well-Being Officer
Cheryl Souvlis, sends out birthday greetings and get well cards and regularly keeps in contact with members who are not faring too well. If you know someone who is not well, going or been to hospital or experienced a bereavement let Cheryl know – cjpsilvous2@bigpond.com
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WRAAF Branch Newsletter –July to Sept 2015
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Update Your Details
If you change your email or postal address or phone number PLEASE advise the Secretary ASAP – secretary@wraaf.org.au
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Important Email addresses
To make things simpler when people leave positions we have decided not to use personal emails addresses for the President, Treasurer and Secretary. To contact those members in their capacity as President, Treasurer or Secretary please use the following emails:
President@wraaf.org.au
Treasurer@wraaf.org.au
Secretary@wraaf.org.au
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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 Suncorp Account. Please note the details below.
Account Name: (WR) WRAAF Branch RAAFA Qld Div. BSB No. 484 799 Account No. 04107 1771
Cheques made out to WRAAF Branch RAAFA Qld Div.
If direct depositing write your name on bottom of the deposit slip and include what it is for, e.g., fees, functions etc. Contact Truus Perry – details below – notifying her that you have made a deposit and what it is for.
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ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES
Please ensure your membership fees reach our Treasurer to allow adequate time to forward form and fees to the RAAFA State Treasurer by mid-April so you can remain a financial member. If fees are not received by this time, you become unfinancial and will have to join RAAFA/WRAAF Branch again on 1 July.
Full membership: $32.00 per year Associate membership/Newsletter Subscription: $12.00 per year
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Australian Flying Corps and Royal Australian Air Force Association Queensland Division
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YOUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Rosie Forster Phone: 3889 3728 Email: president@wraaf.org.au
Deputy President: Pam Condie Email: pcondie@me.com.au
Secretary: Pamela Ritter 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, Judy Morris and Eunice Smith, Shirley Van Stam
Please contact an Executive Committee member at any time if you have a question or query
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Please forward any items of interest for publication in the newsletter to Pamela Ritter at secretary@wraaf.org.au with the subject heading “Newsletter”.
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The WRAAF Website is www.wraaf.org.au
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DUE DATES – Minutes and newsletters contain due dates for notifying attendance and paying for functions. Payment for functions should be made to the Treasurer or directly into the bank account.

Ex-WRAAF Association Vic Group March 2014 edition

06/02/2016 at 4:49 pm

EX-WRAAF ASSOCIATION
VICTORIAN BRANCH
MARCH 2014 Edition
Greetings to you and welcome to the first edition for 2014. I must begin with an abject apology. I have been trying to
prepare this edition for more than two months now, but unfortunately life kept getting in the way. Once I begin it is usually
full steam and the newsletter is done in a day or two, but sometimes I find it easy to put off any task I should be doing. In my
defence, some of the ‘life’ were things that HAD to be done THEN and THERE. I am sure you all have those events in your
life.
We only had three editions since I became the editor last year and at that time I only distributed about twenty copies.
We have added a further ten names for the address list since then, which is pleasing. A couple of these are the ‘younger ones’
so it is great that they want to be kept up to date on the news. Welcome to all.
For some of you, your SAEs will shortly run out. As a warning, when I send the last envelope I intend putting a coloured
dot sticker on the newsletter to let you know a new batch is needed. I do hope you decide to forward a fresh supply.
It never ceases to amaze me how we come by names and addresses. A couple came via my daughter who knew ‘the
girls’ through her working life. One came when I attended an Australian Air Force Cadets’ Promotion Parade and during a
conversation between one of the cadet’s grandmother and my hubbie it emerged that she was an ex-WRAAF, so of course my
husband brought me into the conversation. It didn’t take long to sell her on the idea of the newsletter and now she has forwarded
her stamped-addressed envelopes and joined the list.
I’m not sure if I welcome this new year as I seem to be learning of too many deaths among people I know,
thankfully not only exWRAAFies. I had three funerals in just on two weeks, and a good friend of mine had two brothers and
a sister die within nine weeks. I’m not sure that I need to be reminded of my mortality so frequently. It is ages since I bothered
to read the birth notices, but not only do I not read the death notices now, I have given up buying the paper as one way
to avoid reading them.
It was very disappointing to have so few at our last luncheon. Not that I am complaining about the company as we had
a lot of laughter and riveting conversation but it would be great to see more at the next lunch. For the Melbourne Ladies (or
even for those planning on coming to the big smoke) details are inside. The few of us would welcome the chance to meet you
either for the first time or once again. Don’t think you will be a stranger, the chances are we know you or someone who
knows you—and we have a history in common.
During the past week my husband and I went to Seymour to visit the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk. May I
recommend it to you if you are traveling north of Melbourne. It is a short distance from the Information Centre (it is easy to
follow those signs) and is made up of panels which when viewed from a distance show photographs of that war involving
many Australian servicemen and women, and when you are close you will find that all the names are recorded, even the
Tracker Dogs. First target was to find my husband’s name and then many family names. Next just to look down the list for
many people we knew during our service life. There is one stand alone panel for those who lost their life. It is a lovely recognition
of their sacrifice and so peaceful. I can heartily recommend it.
Earlier this year we had the Museum celebration of the Royal Australian Air Force’s 93rd Birthday plus the years of
military flying at Point Cook. I must admit I decided to stay at home—seen many Air Shows, but from all reports this one
was spectacular. I am sure that if you go onto the Defence website there will be plenty of photographs to look at.
One of the features of the flying display was the replica Boxkite aircraft which has recently been finished and approved.
How fragile were those aircraft our early aviators flew? The instigator has been looking for a new project and is now
hoping to build a replica Spitfire aircraft and to display it outside the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. His name is Group Captain
(retired) Ron Gretton, AM and he is asking for help. For more information go to http://www.radschool.org.au/magazines/
Vol46/Spitfire_fund.htm. While you’re there have a look at the photograph collection and news about the WRAAF.
Some Light Relief
John was nine years old and was staying with his grandmother for a few days. He’d been playing outside
with the other kids, when he came into the house and asked her, “Grandma, what’s it called when two people
sleep in the same bedroom and one is on top of the other?”
She was a little taken aback, but decided to tell him the truth. “Well, dear, it’s called sexual intercourse.”
“Oh,” said little Jimmy, “OK” and went back outside to play with the kids.
A few minutes later he came back in and said angrily, “Grandma, it isn’t called sexual intercourse, it’s called
bunk beds …. And Jimmy’s mother wants to talk to you.”
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
I know that we are almost a quarter of the way into the year, but this is the the first edition of this year, so a belated Happy
New Year to all. I hope you all had great Christmas and New Year celebrations.
My Christmas was very quiet as my daughter Tracey and granddaughter Pania were headed overseas. My granddaughter,
who is 14, went to play hockey in England, Belgium and France. They played nine games, won three and drew one. As this
was a scratch team against seasoned players I think they did very well. Still they enjoyed my ‘overseas tour’ even if I could
only see the sights in my imagination and through their eyes.
Our luncheon at Elsternwick Bowling Club was disappointing as only 5 people turned up. Trish Hodda, Caroline Hanrahan,
Ann Steele, Brenda Douglas and Me. We still managed to have a very enjoyable meal and the company was most enjoyable
too.
We were lucky to avoid having to pay extra as the venue had put on extra staff as we had booked for 13—20.
To all who are on the sick list, get better soon. And that’s an order!!
June Gospel ?
For those who aren’t avid
readers of ‘That’s Life’ this
notice was published recently.
Good to see the publicity.
COOLANGATTA 2015
Now this won’t be news to those who have already sent off their Expressions of
Interest (EOI) for this reunion, —- the venue has been changed. You can still send
the EOI which was attached to an earlier newsletter, and in return you will receive a
Registration form which contains the details of the venue, cost, souvenirs for sale
and some accommodation suggestions with (2014) prices.
If you didn’t receive the EOI form, and can get on
to the internet (if you can’t ask a grandchild to
show you how or do it for you—they can do it in
their sleep) log on to www.wraaf.org.au and you
can access an online form. For those doubting
thomases, it really is simple.
For those who really don’t know anyone who can
help them, just drop me a line with a SAE and I
will forward you the Registration Form.
If you haven’t sent your EOI in yet get on to the
website and fill out the Registration Form and
send it off so that you are kept up to date by mailout.
Time is running out. Believe it or not there is
only about fifteen months before the show starts.
We would love to meet up with you at the ‘Meet
and Greet’ or the Dinner.
If you have an email address, you will probably have read this already, but it is well worth repeating. As the person who sent
it to me wrote, “The only thing that worries me about this item is that it’s probably true.”
YOUNG PEOPLE CANNOT LEARN FROM HISTORY ANY MORE BECAUSE HISTORY IS NO LONGER TAUGHT
AS A REQUIRED SUBJECT IN MANY PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE US [AND THIS COUNTRY].
Theodore ‘Dutch’ J. Van Kirk was the navigator on the ‘Enola Gay’ when it dropped the A-Bomb at Hiroshima,
Japan, and is the last surviving member of the crew.
This really happened.
Dutch was asked to speak at a grammar school this week. The young teacher introduced him by saying
the speaker was a veteran of World War Eleven (as in WWII).
Dutch stood up and walked out of the school without saying a word. End of story.
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ADDITIONS TO OUR MEMORY BOOK
Vale
GWENETH DAWN PAGE
nee HISCOCK
W315837
Accounting Machine Operator
Enlisted 02 Oct 1962
Discharged 09 Dec 1964
Gwen served at Point Cook (Recruits) and at
1SD Tottenham
Also (again thanks to Sydney Branch)
Shirley Brown (French) Stwd
Olwyn Felton (Punter) – 09 Nov 13
Barbara Mary Cook (aka Sally)
(Nutting) – 25 Sep 13
Sharon Hewitt (Carmody)
Cse 173—01 Aug 13
Marion Marguerita Squiers (Coleman)
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.
SICK LIST
From the Sydney Branch newsletter, these
were published in March. Hopefully they
have all recovered now.
Barbara Marshall (Smith) is now in a
Nursing Home; Kay Kirkland (Harrison)
is now called the Bionic Woman; Una
Cooper (McCauley); Carol Johnstone
(Rudkin); Joan Martin; Laurie Heslehurst
(McPherson); Fay Wheatley (Brien); Margaret
Humphreys; Anita Simmons
(Barrett) and Dany Brown.
OUR NEXT LUNCHEON
Is on Sunday 29th June.
ALTONA RSL
Sargood Street
Altona
Just a short walk from the Altona Railway
Station. Parking is available on the club
site or across the street. Be warned that
the venue is surrounded by one-way
streets. You need to access the club via
Blythe Street and drive north up Sargood
Street. The club is on the corner of Sargood
Street and Railway Street South
which does not allow access to the club.
We are not booking a table as we cannot
afford to pay for those who don’t come
and we cannot predict numbers.
As I said earlier in this newsletter we welcome
all who care to join us and would
love to see a large group. But even if there
are only half a dozen of us we will have a
good time.
Do you have a Pensioner Concession Card and have you applied for your MyPost card yet? Every cent
saved is valuable and this card will allow you to purchase 50 stamps for 60c each per year, plus they
give you 5 free stamps when you join. I filled out the form online and took it along to my local Australia
Post (you need to do this as you have to present you Pensioner Card as proof) and they were very helpful.
The assistant asked if my husband was eligible and if he had applied for his card (he hadn’t) so she
filled out the form and it was all done in a short time. I could even sign it for him as my hubbie is recorded
on my card. Some service for a change. The website is auspost.com.au/mypost.
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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 ——
DO YOU KNOW THE WHEREABOUTS OF THESE FELLOW-WRAAFIES?
CAROLE YATES—MedOrd Recruit Course 131 Nola Popowycz is looking for her.
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ROSLYN SINCLAIR nee FERGUSON (RECRUIT COURSE 230)
MUSTERING: TPRINTEROPC AND AIR PHOTO PLOTTER AT CPE
LEFT WRAAF IN 1985 AT TOWNSVILLE
ROSLYN IS LOOKING FOR WOMEN SHE JOINED UP WITH OR WORKED WITH, ALSO A LIST OF RECRUITS
FOR COURSE 230 – 69 LADIES
SOME OF THE NAMES
RAELENE CECIL 230 TPRINTOPC
JUDY MURPHY 230 TPRINTOPC
LYN SCOBERG 230 TPRINTOPC MARRIED NAME SLATER
JENNY NEWON 231 TPRINTOPC MARRIED NAME CRAMERI?
CONTACT DETAILS
C/O TOWNSVILLE ELECTRONICS SERVICE CENTRE PTY LTD
1 / 197 INGHAM ROAD
WEST END QLD 4810
PHONE: 07 4774 7774
FAX: 07 4779 6837
roslyn@tesc.com.au
Contact Roslyn direct to one of the above points and for any inews for Nola Popowycz let me know and I will forward the
information on. Contact details are below.
The Editor
The next twelve months or so will be extremely busy for the ex-service community. As you will be aware this year
is the centenary of the outbreak of World War I (The War to End All Wars!). Probably the largest concentration for Australia
will be on Gallipoli next year. Many people are making their pilgrimage to be there, even if only on board a ship in the
Dardenelles. The area cannot accommodate the projected crowds any other way.
We shouldn’t forget that there is another important date—in October 1914 the first fleet of troop ships assembled at
Albany WA for their departure for the Middle East. This beautiful expanse of water was, for many, the last sight of Australia
they would see. The fleet sailed on 01 November 1914. The commemoration doesn’t start at Gallipoli, it begins at Albany.
There will also be the commemorations of the many battles of WWI—The Somme, Poziers, Fromelle are all familiar
names for those with an interest in Australian Military History. Of course not only Australia and New Zealand people
will be reminded of their history, people from all around the world will remember the troops they provided on both
sides of the war. Britain will be commemorating many battles.
We regard April 1915 as the beginning of military history for Australia and New Zealand, but for Britain it goes
back a lot further. Next year they will be remembering the Six Hundredth Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt which is
regarded as a watershed in their military history. The 25th October, 1415 saw Henry V leading his troops in a major victory
against the French, thanks to his Long Bowmen. We still recall that victory with the famous ‘two-finger salute’ to show
that they were unconquered. Many of us during our schooling learnt about the battle with our study of Shakespeare.
My husband and I had our taste of the Gallipoli commemorations this year with our youngest daughter there for the
Turkish Ariburnu Service, the Anzac Dawn Service and then up to Lone Pine Memorial for the Australian service. It was
an experience she will never forget and I must admit when the ABC crossed over to the Dawn Service I felt I was there
because she was. I found it very emotional. She was able to wear her Great –Grandfather’s medals. He, fortunately for our
family history, was there towards the end and survived. Our family was lucky.
Another historic milestone this year is the Centenary of Australian Red Cross. In August 1914, just nine days after
the declaration of war the Australian Red Cross was formed. What a busy one hundred years they have had!

ex-WRAAF Vic Group September 2014 edition

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EX-WRAAF ASSOCIATION
VICTORIAN BRANCH
SEPTEMBER 2014 Edition
Well, here I am running late again. The only consolation I can take is that I did most of this edition in September. I just
seem to have been snowed-under since then. I find I wear so many hats and sometimes it becomes difficult to prioritise the
time I need to devote to each.
Since my children were teenagers and became members of the Australian Air Force Cadets (or the Air Training Corps as
it was known at the time) I became involved with that organisation. After twenty years from my discharge from the WRAAF
I went back into uniform. I was lucky that I had kept close contact with the RAAF thanks to a serving husband, so it wasn’t
quite the culture shock it could have been. The changes had been an on-going part of my life. I stayed with the AAFC until I
reached the age limit and since then have continued as a Civilian Instructor. I am the Finance Officer / Administration Officer
for the flying flight in Victoria. That is a continuous job, monitoring the payments almost every day of the week plus preparations
of the invoices etc.
Both Ron and I are also civilian instructors for the logistics area and we have been extremely busy lately. We have to vacate
the building we are in and move to another location which seems to have required us to work three or four days a week
instead of the one day. Still the end is sin sight.
I also belong to my local unit of Australian Red Cross, which doesn’t take up as much of my time. If a group of local people
come along and indicate they want to take up the challenge we are willing to step aside. Almost all of our members are
my age and looking for the younger generation to take on the task. However community service is obviously becoming a
thing of the past. I was reading in our local paper this week that my local branch of Apex has closed due to inability to falling
numbers and people who are willing to give their time to their community. A sad aspect of modern day life.
I often express my thanks to my WRAAF training as it taught me to be organised and many of the skills I now use in my
current interests.
In between time I am very involved in tracing my family history. I find it so fascinating to learn what my forbears did
with their lives and how they were affected by their times. I would love to be an invisible observer in so many events to hear
the conversations and see just what went on. To see how they lived and where they lived. My prime piece of the jigsaw
would be to learn just when and where my grandparents landed in Australia. We just can’t find that fact.
Then when I get some spare time I would love to get myself on the sewing machine and knitting needles / crochet hooks.
That is one of my interests that has had to take a back seat for far too long.
Normally, I don’t hold forth on myself as I have just been doing, but this edition I am finding it more difficult to fill the
newsletter. I do seem to write like I talk. So I guess you could add talking as another of my interests. Ask my husband and I
am sure he will tell you I could talk the leg of an iron pot (as the saying goes), but I enjoy a good chinwag.
Brenda
Editor
The Times They Are A-Changin’
A week ago I attended an End-of-an-Era function – The Closure of the Sergeants’ Mess at RAAF Williams
Laverton. A little over a year ago instructions were given to merge the Officers’ and the Sergeants’ Messes at
Laverton. The instructions were obeyed, but after a while a reprieve was granted and the SNCOs returned to
their ‘spiritual’ home if only in a limited capacity. Both messes had in the interim lost their dining-rooms and all
ranks now dine at the mess many of you would have known as the Airman’s Mess. It has become the only dining
room on the base. So on returning to the SGTS Mess there was limited bar service available and almost all
of the accommodation had disappeared.
Now the decision has irrevocably been made to create the Combined Officers and Sergeants Mess (COSM)
and the SNCOs decided to say farewell in typical fashion with a grand Spit Roast and a review of the history of
the mess. The memorabilia has been moved to the Officer’s Mess and will have pride of place in that building.
Shortly the SNCO Mess building will be demolished.
The farewell night was great for those who have had long connections with the mess. My husband (a former
CMC at Point Cook and Edinburgh) met several people whom he had known with his close connection to Laverton.
Farewell and thanks for the good times. Now there are newer traditions to be created—a new era has begun.
A sign of the times—this will surely happen at most, if not all, bases.
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is hard to believe it is almost Christmas, the time seems to go so fast the older we get.
Firstly, congratulations to Margaret Campbell on being named as the ‘Wyndham City’s 2014 Citizen
of the Year’. (The City of Wyndham is centred on Werribee Victoria and Margaret, as reported
in a previous newsletter, is a fellow ex-WRAAF.)
I’m afraid this year has been my ANNUS HORRIBULUS. The only thing that hasn’t happened to me this year is
being hit by a bus, but I’m thinking of taking public transport so I can knock that off my bucket list.
Just a quick summary of my woes—in February I had a bout of pneumonia, April I came out in a rash that I am
still trying to eradicate. Next I lost my Brother, then on the 30th of May I had a TIA and I’m having surgery on a
hernia this month. Hey, I’m still here and I still have my sense of humour so desperation hasn’t sunk me to the
bottom.
Don’t forget the next Luncheon is at Ringwood RSL. It is almost directly opposite the Ringwood station plus there
is plenty of parking available on site which makes for ease of access for all. I hope to see you there if the bus
doesn’t get me first.
June
Some of you will already have read the following editorial in the Sydney ex-WRRAF Newsletter, but just
in case it is food for thought.
“Where is this once great country I grew-up in heading? When are the views of the fair dinkum Aussies
to be heard, including those of our politicians and church leaders? Despite the black flags of Islamic State
being flown and the idiotic hate being spewed from the mouths if some in places like Lakemba in Sydney,
nothing is being done to deter these so-called ‘Australians’. I have had enough of the bleeding hearts
and PC brigade telling me we must be tolerant and compassionate towards those intent on turning our
country into another nation destroyed by these cowardly barbarians. The average Aussie is too laid back
and apathetic and thinks ‘she’ll be right mate’. Remember those who fought and died to keep us free and
safe, and speak up to your politicians and church leaders, who apparently haven’t got the bottle to speak
for the majority, or one day it will be too late for those left after we leave this mortal coil. I for one have
no intention of ‘converting or die’. I read somewhere words to the effect that ‘evils succeeds when good
men do nothing’, and wonder whether those who fled to the top of that mountain and the Christians being
slaughtered in the middle-East had heard those words. If you disagree with my views, perhaps you should
take a crash-course in Arabic now. Why do the leaders of these people call themselves ‘Australian Muslims’?
The rest of us call ourselves Australian, not Australian Christians, atheists, Buddhists, etc. my
church tells me we should turn the other cheek, but you can only do this so many times before you become
punch-drunk. A must read for all concerned Aussies is ‘Salute to Denmark’ online—very concerning.
If I have offended anyone (apart from Islamic State followers, I apologise. Perhaps I should ask God
to keep His are around my shoulder and His hand over my big mouth and writing hand—what do you
think?
If you need to make contact with the Queensland Branch at any time and you have access to email, life is a little simpler
now. You don’t need to know the name of the executive office-holder on their committee but can email them by the alias.
For example if you want to contact the secretary send it to secretary@wraaf.org.au. The same applies to the president and
treasurer by using that position in the address. This should make life simpler and save having to regularly update address
books and contact lists.
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN
LESS THAN TWELVE MONTHS TO COOLANGATTA!!
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ADDITIONS TO OUR MEMORY BOOK
Vale
EDITH ZUPP nee BLIGHT
WAAAF & WRAAF 1951-1952
(CPL Course 2)
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.
SICK LIST
ALICE CARMICHAEL nee GOODLAD
UNA COOPER nee McCAULEY
JUNE GOSPEL nee HOY
KAY KIRKLAND nee HARRISON
HEATHER MEWETT nee REYNOLDS
JOAN MARTIN
DEIRDRE NOLAN nee BODDY
NOELENE PARK nee ROSER
HELEN RODDOM nee SULLIVAN
IRIS SELBY
M@RG@RET C@MPBELL
Wyndham City’s Citizen of the Year
Werribee resident Margaret Campbell is Wyndham City’s 2014 Citizen of the Year, receiving the honour at the Wyndham
Community Volunteer Awards dinner held on 22nd August, 2014.
Margaret was recognised for her outstanding volunteering contribution of almost 50 years, which continues today
through her active membership of 15 community organisations. Her interests are wide and varied and she is regarded as a
friend and mentor to many. Margaret is particularly known for her advocacy regarding Aboriginal rights, and as an advocate
for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.
A lady who leads a full and busy life.
In typical ex-WRAAF tradition we add our salute to Margaret.
We are proud of you.
We know there are many more very busy ladies out there.
Why not tell us how you fill your life so we can let everyone
know. Don’t hide your talents – we are all marvellous people.
Margaret has been a board member of the Wyndham Community
and Education Centre for 15 years, eight of which
were spent as either chair or vice chair. For the past 16 years,
she has been a member of the committee of management of
the Wyndham Community Arts Alliance, sat on the advisory
body for the development of the Wyndham Cultural Centre
and is a long-time member of Aboriginal advocacy organisation,
ANTaR.
Margaret’s passion for poetry and literature has led her to
publish extensively, writing on the history of Wyndham, most
notably on migrant and local history. She has contributed to
several literary organisations, including the Western Women
Writers, the Fellowship of Australian Writers and the Werribee
and District Historical Society. Another significant contribution
is her work with a young writer’s group in Wyndham,
mentoring, teaching and developing a love of literature in
young people.
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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 ——
MISSING IN ACTION
DIANNE PATTERSON , Course 144 Telop at RAAF Laverton is
boing sought by Margaret O”Heir (Rose) 07 4936 4816
Fay Ison is seeking info on anyone of Courses 12, 28, 34, 35, 38,
234 and 240, as well as ELIZABETH LANGLANDS (WHITESTEWART)
and YEVONNE WEAVER (CARTHEW). Contact Fay
after 1500 hrs on 07 3816 0906.
ROSIE FINN, Dentast, served during the 70’s and originally from
Brisbane is being sought by Pamela Ritter of the Brisbane Branch.
Lyn Mitchell is looking to make contact with IRIS KATHLEEN
PRIESTLY (WYNYARD), WAAAF and WRAAF. Ring 03 9802
6835.
OUR NEXT LUNCHEON
Ringwood RSL at 1200 hrs on Sunday 31 August 2014.
This venue is ideally located directly opposite the Ringwood Railway Station (don’t forget those with Seniors Cards have
free transport on Sundays). The club is on the corner of Station and James Street Ringwood and for those driving there is
plenty of parking behind the club.
Melways Map 49 Grid Reference H9
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE MOBILE GREY ARMY????
I have just received a report of another memorial to visit. It has
been highly recommended. This is the AFGHANISTAN AVENUE
OF HONOUR and is located at Yungaburra overlooking
Lake Tinaroo near Atherton (south-west of Cairns for those not
familiar with Queensland locations).
I received a few photographs but especially liked this one. We
all willingly salute our service personnel, especially those who
paid the supreme price, but we should also salute those dogs
who gave their lives and service—after all they had no choice.
The dedication is most apt.
If you are planning to be in the area this might be a place to add
to you list of places to go.
An email currently doing the rounds contains complaints apparently
made to councils in Britain by ratepayers. Here are some of the ones
we can safely print.
1. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet
roof. I think it was bad wind the other day that blew them off.
2. My lavatory seat is cracked. Where do I stand?
3. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it
is cleared.
Tickle the Funny Bones
A husband and wife are sitting quietly in bed
reading when the wife looks over at him and
asks the question:
“What would you do if I died? Would you
get married again?”
Husband: “Definitely not.”
Wife: “Why not? Don’t you like being married?”
Husband: “Of course I do.”
Wife: “Then why wouldn’t your remarry?”
Husband: “OK, OK, I’d get married again.”
Wife: “Would you live in our house?’
Husband: “Sure, it’s a great house.”
Wife: “Would you sleep with her in our
bed?”
Husband: “Where else would we sleep?’
Wife: “Would you let her drive my car?”
Husband: “Probably, it is almost new.”
Wife: “Would you give her my jewellery?”
Husband: “No, I’m sure she’d want her
own.”
Wife: “Would you take her golfing?”
Husband: “Yes, those are always good
times.”
Wife: “Would she use my clubs?’
Husband: “No, she’s left-handed.”

Vic Branch Newsletters From 2014 to 2016

06/02/2016 at 4:44 pm

Hello All
Having a Sunday quiet day and housekeeping my computer so it can have a rest in cyber hospital!
So as a result posting all these newsletters in one go. They may have been previously published but you can catch up on old news.
All the best in 2016
Lyn Mitchell