2011 Reunion - Mildura

From: HMAS Leeuwin 1963.

C/O Mick Gallagher.
9 Northview Place, Mt Colah.
Sydney, NSW 2079.
HMAS Leeuwin 1963 Reunion
Mildura, Victoria.
Fri 28 Oct – Tues 01 Nov 2011

On behalf of the members of ‘HMAS Leeuwin 1963’ we would like to thank Mildura RSL for hosting our reunion held in your wonderful city Friday 27 October – Tuesday 01 November 2011.

The success of the reunion was due mainly to the camaraderie, facilities and service provided by the members and staff of the Mildura RSL Club, which became our ‘home away from home club’ during our stay in Mildura.
In particular we recognize the magnificent job of the club’s President, Allan ‘Tug’ Wilson and his committee, and the dedication and professionalism of General Manager Kim Archibald and his staff.

We appreciate all the assistance given with our reunion events, especially the reunion dinner held at the RSL on Saturday 29 October. A thanks to head chef Russel and waiters Kaila, Ben, Stacey and Selina. The food and service was five star and plenty of it.
We certainly appreciated the efforts of Secretary John Searle and Graham Cameron of the club’s committee who assisted greatly with preparation during the day for the evening’s reunion dinner, and of course the many hours put in by President Allan Wilson in the months and days leading up to event.

We also take this opportunity to thank the people of Mildura for their hospitality during our reunion and we would certainly recommend Mildura to any ex Service group as an excellent place to have a reunion in the future.

Have an enjoyable festive season and a rewarding New Year in 2012.

Ron Giveen & Mick Gallagher.
On behalf of the HMAS Leeuwin 1963 Junior Recruits, and their partners.


Receiving the donation from General Manager Kim, Ron Giveen and President Tug Wilson

Norm Friebe, Barry Andrew, Ron Giveen Tom Houldsworth, Dan Tiley, Les Allan and Mick Gallagher at Mildura

Ron Giveen, Butch Cousins and Russ Loane on tour in Mildura area

Photos supplied by Darby Ashton re the presenting of the cheque (money raised at raffle at reunion and donations) and card to the Uttleys


Max Lampo's pics of the Riverboat trip to the Vineyard


John Hatchman's report on Mildura golf
There were 5 participants who all received a starter pack just in case our ball supply ran low. Attending were Rod Hazel, Butch Cousins, Lyn and John Hatchman and of course Tony Gawne now known as Robin Hood because for the 5 hrs he spent in the forrest. Everybody enjoyed a great day's entertainment and fun, there is always a however, well there is here, 4 of us experienced lots of frustration being beaten by a woman. All in all there were no losers as all were presented with a ball suitably inscribed with an Anchor for later memories. Highlights included Butchs 2 birdies in the first 3 holes courtesy of waterfowl that were a little slow getting out of the way. Rod’s remark, when caught on camera up to his armpits in the lagoon 'it’s not my ball I'm fishing for', his was in deeper water. Many thanks to Alan Wilson for the venue and to the Riverside club starter for allowing the 5 of us to play in one group.


Programme for Reunion



SUNDAY 30TH OCT Sports Day Golf and Bowls - COST TBA


Order form for participants (inc rabbits and sports day)Click here to download this file

There are town activities on Friday night at the RSL a Jazz and Blues night, also Monday and Tuesday is Melbourne Cup Day - a day at the Mildura Races

Contact Tug Wilson for accommodation allan@ncable.com.au
He has organised deals and discounts with local accommodation. The main function and Meet and Greet will be held at:

Saturday night dinner

Dress code is smart casual

1900 for 1930


Les Allen
Geoff and Glynis Anderson
Barry and KayMarie Andrew
Rick and Lea Avey
Nick and Linda Bryant
Spook Cairns
Ron Carroll and Carol Anderson
Mal and Rob Chatfield
Ally and Jenny Coghlan
Butch Cousins
Terry and Helen Dack
Kim and Kay Daw
Tank and Phyllis Evans
Ken and Mary Fielding and Jann Arnell Nd
Norm and Narelle Friebe
Mick Gallagher
Wally and Robyn Gawne
Ron Giveen
Dolly Gray
John and Carol Grenfell
Hector Hart
John and Lyn Hatchman
Rod Hazell
Mike Hogan
Tom and Val Houldsworth
Fred Howes and Dave Scarce
Max Lampo and Ann Fitton
Dave and Phyllis Laundon
Russ Loane
Richard Lewin
David and Linda Lowe
Phil and Tracy Narramore
Annie and Jerry Oakley and Ursulla Will
Roger and Marian Pearson
Ron and Carole Pope and Pat Borgardt
Hoss Potter
Sandy and Jan Powell
Garry and Leah Pyke
Buck and Nellie Rogers
Schubes and Marian Schubert
Shingles and Kaye Slotboom
Gordon and Nita Stringer
Bob and Pat Stupple
Nev and Dianne Thomas
Danny Tiley
Knocker and Marilyn Whyte
Doug and Trish Wilson
Tug and Marg Wilson
Col and Liz Yench
Tony and Gay Zajer

May be attending

Pewee and Christine Petherick



Chicken and vegetable risotto with slow roasted cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese
Fettuccini tossed with bacon, mushrooms and chives in a white wine sauce

Main Course

Beer battered barramundi fillets with tartare sauce
Oven baked lamb medallions on mashed potato with red wine herbed gravy
All meals served with freshly prepared medley of vegetables


Fresh fruit salad in a brandy snap basket and ice cream
Warm sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and double thick cream


Quest Motel Click here to download this file

Ramon Deed Veterans Retreat - managed by ex Starvo Barry Langan, He will provide transport to the Dinner on Saturday night. rdveteransretreat@bigpond.com
Look at his flyer

Click here to download this file

Hi Ron. Carole & I will be coming. Anyone interested the All season caravan park has ensuite cabins available at the moment $70.00 per night. Have stayed in that park before Ron and it is central and a clean park.Regards Ron