Weekly News 2020

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 1 March 2020
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G’day All. Welcome to autumn. The summer was something we don’t need again except for the rain.

Terry Pitt said to say G’day and gave everybody his regards.

We are going to have a gettogether on Friday 27 March 2020 commencing at 1200ish at the Rockers. You may recall one of the things we were going to do on February 10 was to present the shield to 63 JR of the year for 2019 Mick Gallagher. We couldn’t do this as Mike Hogan had some difficulties in attending due to the big storms. I have looked on the Lennox Walker long term forecast and there are no storms forecast for that date. Do you want to witness this memorable occasion. Please let me know.

I will be changing our website to another provider as it should be cheaper and give us more data. It is scheduled to occur within the next week. Will let you know the address.

John Hume contacted me during last week as he wanted a few of our ‘larrikin’ labels. If anybody wants one or a couple please let me know via email. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have you met up with any of your 63 mates and have a pic to remember the event. If so, please send it to me to post on our Face Book page.

Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Lieutenant James Cook claiming Australia for the Poms at Possession Island. The big day for all in Sydney is 29 April (now read it is 28th) which is the anniversary of the date Master Will Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay and the first time any of Cook’s crew stepped ashore in New Holland. I have read in the press we will not celebrating this event as we did at the 200 year anniversary.

Ken Railton is looking at our survey and will forward a report in due course. He has made note there were no completely negative comments which is inconsistent with other reports.

For the sporting types, the Mons Cup will be held in Sydney on Friday 20 March, there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 1 May until Thursday 14 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.

Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, or XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
John Hume
War crimes by Servicemen
Ward Hack
Jokes

Cheers
Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 23 February 2020
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G’day All. Spoke to Sandy Powell this afternoon, he is not as healthy as he should be. Look in the Attachment and see what happened to Mal and Robyn Chatfield, they were involved in a massive accident.
I have been having problems with my email address book and have been losing addresses, obviously I haven’t lost yours but I have lost quite a few including Mal and Rob Chatfield’s. You may recall it was Mal Chatfield who approached us with the proposal of combining the two intakes at LEEUWIN the 6th and the 7th.
Some interesting historical dits in this week’s attachment.
Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Lieutenant James Cook claiming Australia for the Poms at Possession Island. The big day for all in Sydney is 29 April (now read it is 28th) which is the anniversary of the date Master Will Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay and the first time any of Cook’s crew stepped ashore in New Holland. I have read in the press we will not celebrating this event as we did at the 200 year anniversary.
Ken Railton is looking at our survey and will forward a report in due course. He has made note there were no completely negative comments which is inconsistent with other reports.
For the sporting types, the Mons Cup will be held in Sydney on Friday 20 March, there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 1 May until Thursday 14 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, or XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Mal and Robyn Chatfield
Broadside
A Nation Scorched
HMS VANGUARD
DFRDB update
Nominal rolls
Taking back the seas
ANZAC Day Brisbane
Jokes

Cheers
Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 16 February 2020

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G’day All. As you are all aware the rain and floods caused a lot of havoc on the East Coast last weekend. Ironically, the ceremony was conducted in the best conditions we have experienced at Huskisson. It was warm and dry.

Our thanks to Tom and Val Houldsworth for organizing and donating the wreath for the dedication service. I thank Tom for his kind words at our Breakfast.

Our numbers were impacted due to the weather forecast. Those that turned up were Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell, John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Wally and Robyn Gawne, Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, Ray and Roz Cattermole, Barry and KayMarie Andrew plus me. Was informed by Mike Hogan (had a fall during the storms in Sydney), Bristles and Lou, John Tant plus Ted and Fiona (weather forecast) they could not attend. Overall a tremendous attendance and a great get together. I should mention to those that have not attended a VOYAGER ceremony we do a breakfast the following morning and they are important to our group and really fun.

This was the first occasion Ray and Roz Cattermole attended. Really good to have them onboard.

We did not have the opportunity (through misfortune) of transferring our 63 JR OF THE YEAR SHIELD to our new recipient with Mike having a fall, Mick was there and turned up on time. Hopefully we can arrange the transfer in the new future.

There is an article from ADSO on the Government decision to establish an Independent Commissioner to investigate into Veteran suicides. Must admit I agree completely as a Royal Commission would have only made the lawyers richer and would have been a one off decision based on history. This way we have an ongoing investigation. A great result.

Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Lieutenant James Cook claiming Australia for the Poms at Possession Island. The big day for all in Sydney is 29 April (now read it is 28th) which is the anniversary of the date Master Will Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay and the first time Cook’s crew stepped ashore in New Holland.

Ken Railton is looking at our survey and will forward a report in due course. He has made note there were no completely negative comments which is inconsistent with other reports.

For the sporting types, the Mons Cup will be held in Sydney on Friday 20 March, there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 17 May until Thursday 21 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.

Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, or XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.



Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

A Vietnam War Story

Maritime News

VOYAGER Service Brisbane

Air Force show

ADSO on Veterans Suicide

Jokes



Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 9 February 2020

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G’day All. The fires seem to have been extinguished in NSW and Queensland, we are now concerned about the condition of the roads due to flooding.

Due to the weather John Tant has offered his apologies and decided not to drive at least 7 and a half hours each way to Husky in the abysmal weather. Bristles and Lou are in a similar plight. They will make their mind up tomorrow. Knocker and Marilyn Whyte have also forwarded their best wishes. (going to Bali for their son’s 50th)

As advised earlier there will be a service tomorrow night commencing around 2030 irrespective of the weather conditions. I reiterate, take your wet weather gear…. Possibly need something for inside as well.

Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered Mick G, Rod Hazell and me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne, Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, Ray and Roz Cattermole, Barry and KayMarie Andrews, Bristle and Lou Lassau plus me. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function (36 so far). We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.

Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming Australia for the Poms. The big day for all is 29 April which is the anniversary of the date Master Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay. I recall in 1970 the celebrations that went on were fantastic. Amongst other things I definitely recall going out to Milner Oval in Sydney to participate in a Rugby knock out competition (I think Gary Angel and I were in the same team), a visiting Pommy cruiser HMS BLAKE came away with the chocolates.

Ken Railton is looking at our survey and will forward a report in due course. (look at his dit in the Attachment). He has made note there were no completely negative comments which is inconsistent with other reports.

For the sporting types there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 17 May until Thursday 21 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.

Did anybody watch the Bushfire Appeal cricket this afternoon in Melbourne. Contained a lot of the big names of yesteryear. What a great game and unbelievably finished in a tie. Ha Ha

Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.



Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Nick Bryant on bushfires

HMS TIGER

RAN Chemicals – you may be affected

Tom and Sandy on Husky 10 Feb 2020 (rough programme)

Joke



Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 2 February 2020
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G’day All. Thank you all for your very kind words on my award. I think I visit the Governor in May with all the other recipients.
Tom Houldsworth our Husky function co-ordinator has pushed out a rough programme for 9-10 February and have added an add for a concert forwarded by Sandy Powell. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered Mick G, Rod Hazell and me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, John Tant, Ray and Roz Cattermole, Barry and KayMarie Andrews, Bristle and Lou Lassau plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function (38 so far). We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming Australia for the Poms. The big day for all is 29 April which is the anniversary of the date Master Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay. I recall in 1970 the celebrations that went on were fantastic. Amongst other things I definitely recall going out to Milner Oval in Sydney to participate in a Rugby knock out competition (I think Gary Angel and I were in the same team), a visiting Pommy cruiser HMS BLAKE came away with the chocolates.
Ken Railton is looking at our survey and will forward a report in due course. He has made note there were no completely negative comments which is inconsistent with other reports.
For the sporting types there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 17 May until Thursday 21 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Nick Bryant on bushfires
HMS TIGER
RAN Chemicals – you may be affected
Tom and Sandy on Husky 10 Feb 2020 (rough programme)
Joke

Cheers
Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 January 2020
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G’day All. Quite a bit in the Attachment this week. RSL Queensland through Roger Collins’ sub branch were inquiring about the state of our group that were impacted by the effects of the bushfire. Pretty bloody good, I reckon Something else that is pretty good is James Carroll, he is taking over as the President of the Atherton RSL sub branch and resigning his FNQ RSL position. A little bird also told me (not James) that he made a substantial donation to the same club.
Tom Houldsworth our Husky function co-ordinator has pushed out a rough programme for 9-10 February. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered h Mick G and me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, John Tant, Ray and Roz Cattermole, Barry and KayMarie Andrews plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function (36 so far). We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
I am a little embarrassed and very honoured to receive an OAM today. I found out this morning who the culprits are who contributed to this award vide Schubes. John Hatchman, Schubes (the writer), Tom Houldsworth, Barry Parker and the late KI Ken Fielding. I thank all you blokes and Marilyn on behalf of KI for being so kind and thoughtful. I think I had made it very clear that I really enjoy doing this weekly stuff and it is a great hobby. I have been rewarded for something I have had a lot of fun with. How lucky am I.
Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming Australia for the British. The big day for all is 29 April which is the anniversary of the date Master Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay. I recall in 1970 the celebrations that went on were fantastic. Recall going out to Milner Oval in Sydney to participate in a Rugby knock competition, and a Pommy cruiser HMS BLAKE coming away with the chocolates.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Tom on Husky 10 Feb 2020 (rough programme)
Roger Collins,
Mick Roberts
Judy and Hoss Potter
Nev Barry – FB
Doug Wilson
Quigs
James Carroll
VADM David Leach RAN rtd – funeral details
WRAN Writer Merle Hare
A financial article - opinion
Jokes

Cheers
Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 January 2020

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G’day All. The fires are under control, thank heavens for that. It appears as if the ADF have done a good job. Apparently this is the first time in our history the Governor General used his authority to call out the troops. (Reserves)

Advised you incorrectly last week, Rod Hazell only will be attending on 10 February. We have more starters. Spoke to a couple of our blokes this week, Mick Gallagher at swimming, Russ Loane (recovering in hospital from op) and Annie Oakley in Cairns.

Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered Mick G and me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, John Tant, Ray and Roz Cattermole plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function (34 so far). We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.

No more emails re the MELBOURNE escorting SYDNEY please, Knocker is happy he was right, his mate will not accept the truth.

Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming Australia for the British. The big day for all is 29 April which is the anniversary of the date Master Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay. I recall in 1970 the celebrations that went on were fantastic. Recall going out to Milner Oval in Sydney to participate in a Rugby knock competition, and a Pommy cruiser HMS BLAKE coming away with the chocolates.

Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.

Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.



Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Brent Balchin

Steve (Knocker) White

A visual guide to the Bushfire Crisis

DFWA E-News

On Patrol

Petition on Agent Orange

Jokes



Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 January 2020
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G’day All. The fires are still with us, however, I heard most of the South Coast of NSW is now accessable. Have not heard from anyone indicating they were in trouble this week. Bristles and Barry Parker have indicated they have survived.
Another article tonight on the role of the ADF during this bushfire season. Really good to see. Rod and Karin Hazell contacted me today, indicating they will attend the Memorial Service on 10 Feb then will travel south to see one of Rod’s HOBART mates who is not travelling too well.
Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod and Karin Hazell plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Maybe Mick G may put his name down early. Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function. We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
I have forwarded the surveys minus the names to Ken Railton for assessment. I am still happy to onforward those that are still in the process of completion and have asked for a little time to finish.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up . Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Steve (Knocker) White
Grant Dernedde
ADF – Bushfires
Brent Balchin
Ward Hack’s mate
DFRDB Update
Climate Change
The RAN in Vietnam
Jokes

Cheers
Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 January 2020
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G’day All. Happy New Year to all, hope it is a happy, successful and healthy one. It is hard to concentrate on the positives when so many are suffering from the bushfires. There is many of our group who are in this situation. I posted a pic of John ‘Hatch’ Hatchman on firewatch, have contacted Bristles and Barry Parker and there is a small story with some pics from Ward Hack in our attachment. Everybody is over 70 and still having to pull their weight. Ward had his exit route cut off by a wind change and had to stay and fight the fire to survive.
I know this is an annual appreciation, however, I must thank all those who make regular contributions to our weekly dit, without you these pages would be very hard to fill. I invite you all to contribute with words and pictures, from the responses I receive I know these contributions are appreciated.
I sit back in my living room tonight (as opposed to last Sunday night) and am very proud of the Navy involvement assisting the bushfire victims over the last week. I know we could and should do more. Mates of mine at bowls on Saturday were commenting how happy they were that Navy was assisting Australians in their time of need.
Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing) plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Maybe Mick G may put his name down early. Please let me know if you are going.
I have forwarded the surveys minus the names to Ken Railton for assessment. I am still happy to onforward those that are still in the process of completion and have asked for a little time to finish.
2020, 2020 everytime I say it or type it, I think of the BBL cricket. What a great season for Aussie cricket for the lounge lizards.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Jeff and Jenny Wake at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Fremantle. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Schubes
Jeff Wake
Jesse James
Ward Hack
FAA – Bushfires
Jokes

Cheers
Ron