Weekly News 2017


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 21 May 2017
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G’day All. We, well that is, Spook Cairns, Doug Wilson, Tom Houldsworth, Russ Loane, and Tank Evans (we should see tomorrow) are suffering with our support players, Dave and Garry in downtown Forster playing Matelot Bowls.

We have been in Forster Gardens (The Navy Holiday units) for two days, two hectic days and nights, I can assure you. I have asked all our participants to contribute to this edition.

There are some interesting articles in this weeks Attachment, have a look you will enjoy.

‘Doug’ relates to the boxing team in MELBOURNE in Hong Kong in 1964. What happened was, it was organized at the Hong Kong Cricket Club, Henry Ptak, Hec Hart and Doug were part of the team who had to fight the Gurkas who were stationed in HK. The bloke who was running the show was a previous opponent of Ambrose Palmer and Fred Henderbury quite famous Australian boxers of the 50’s. Doug didn’t box as there was nobody in his weight division and he was invited to sit in the Hong Cricket Club for the duration with free booze and food for the night. …

‘Spook’ was in a beard growing competition in STUART. We had two weeks to grow our beards, anyhow, the day we were all lined up to be inspected by the Captain, there was hair everywhere on the remainder of the crew except me, I was like a baby’s bum, the CO came to me and said, ‘Cairns, you started late’, I said, ‘no sir, I started two weeks early’. I was given beer and a cigarette lighter for the encouragement award. Which was later taken off me for a misdemeanor.

Tom was asked recently by a Dib Dab how long was a Dog Watch, Tom’s response was he didn’t know as Birdies only did 12 hours on and then 12 hours off. Doug said he would give me a lift down to collect the pizzas, Tom is complaining as he had to sit in the back of his ute and he wasn’t allowed to bark at the dogs……….
I had a very interesting talk to Ian Hine (McLean) during the week. Ian left the Navy, however, he didn’t leave defence. He transferred to the Army, serving in Transport, Commandos and later in Career Management, retiring from Army at 69, that is within the last 12 months. Bloody well done. Another one of our group who transferred to Army and had a great time.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our data base. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

We are now less than 5 months away from the Canberra reunion. Names of those attending are in the attachment. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 50 starters. Quigs and Alice Quigley are now onboard and I omitted Butts and Margaret Butterfield from the previous list. Talk to me, are you coming to your function. Contact me if you intend to attend. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Doug Wilson, Spook Cairns, Ron Giveen and Tom Houldsworth at Forster for the Matelot Bowls. Russ Loane was asleep. If you 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

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Jim Clegg
Barry Quigley
Max Hart
Jack Davey
Aircraft Carriers
Bravo Zulu
HMAS HOBART New DDG
Mr Pine Politician
Boer War Memorial
BRISBANE Reunion
Lost souls
Jokes

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 14 May 2017
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G’day All. Happy Mothers Day to all your wives/partners. I have said Happy Mothers Day to a photo on our lounge wall. What wonderful people they are. Mother’s - luv em.

We had the usual entertaining lunch at the Rockers on Friday. Ten attendees: Tom Houldsworth (Nowra), Spook Cairns (Lake Macquarie), Phil Clements (Hamlyn Terrace), Mike Hogan (Sydney), Mal and Robyn Chatfield (Gold Coast), Bong DiBetta (Sydney), Schubes (Canberra), Mick Gallagher and me both from Sydney. Had emails from Kev Bock, birthday boy John Hatchman, Barry Parker, Mike Shephard, Ken Scarisbrick, Benny and Kay Hill, Ted Hase, Bristles Lassau, Mick Roberts, Mal Ritchie and Tank Evans indicating they could not attend.

Had a good Friday night with Fred Howes and his group; they were too tired to go out for dinner so we ate in. The salt water must have got to them all. Was really good to catch up.

Had a yarn to Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith during the week, he is still working and living in FNQ at Mission Beach. He is going to push out an offer of discounted accommodation where he works. (watch this space) He also tells me Nev Barry has left Mackay and is now living just south of Tully. I am looking forward to catching up with them both when I am in FNQ. I leave this Friday travelling slowly up the coast after a week at Matelot bowls in Forster.

From some of the emails I received you will be pleased to know Bristles and Lou were recently at Crescent Head but are heading north and from there, going to the Kimberley’s and Mick Roberts is currently living in France for a few years (have asked him to write a little dit for us on his stay there).

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our data base. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. Brian Gorringe has forwarded his new email address which I have updated. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

We are now less than 5 months away from the Canberra reunion. Names of those attending are in the attachment. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 49 starters. Bristles and Lou Lassau are now onboard. Contact me if you intend to attend. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

The Matelot Bowls starts this Friday at Forster and runs through to the following Thursday. Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters. Tank has indicated he may be there and we are looking forward to catching up with him, maybe other spectators as well. Watch this space.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Fred Howes, Chris and Val Smith and Scarcey outside our house in Dee Why. If you 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

There is an article in the Attachment ‘May DFRDB Update’; the letter has three attachments, however, the letter is driven towards obtaining support for the reinstatement of a full DFRDB pension when the payment of the commutation has occurred. I have written to Tony Abbott, my local member and I invite you to write to your relevant representatives. There is also the NIRIMBA article ,which could interest all those of our group who went through NIRIMBA.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Reunion list for October – Canberra
DFRDB May Update
HMAS NIRIMBA – List of Trainees
NIRIMBA Reunion
Carrier Flight Deck duties – really good article
Joke

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 7 May 2017
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G’day All. A week to Mothers Day. Another of the really big days in our lives. A good day to reflect. We have from Adelaide, Fred Howes and Scarcey with another of their mates Chris Smith and Valerie (all went to the Adelaide reunion) are spending the night in Dee Why on their way to a week on the Hawkesbury River where they are enjoying a week on a yacht to celebrate Fred’s 70th.

Thanks very much to all of you for your kind words for my birthday. I had a great time, celebrating over two days. Others might say (those who live at the same address as me) that I celebrate every day. Don’t believe her.

Navy and Army played the annual Interservice Game yesterday at Ballymore, for the first time it was streamed on YouTube. Unfortunately for us, the better side won. Next year, I believe the games will be played in the Sydney Area.

Who remembers Syd James. I spoke to him during the week. He was in Kaiber and became a Communicator. When he discharged from Navy he went back to school and upgraded his Radio Officer’s certificate. He then worked around Australia in various roles. He currently lives up near Gympie raising a few cattle. Wife still works as a nurse and they are very happy with their lot.

The Rockers function is only Friday week away. Schubes, Spook, Mike Hogan and I will be there about midday. Bockie, John Hatchman, Barry Parker and Mike Shephard have indicated they are busy. For interest sake Mick Gallagher hasn’t responded.

Have you changed your postal address in the last couple of years and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our data base. I keep it safe and it will not be put on any website. Concurrently, please have a look at our website in the members page and check whether your correct email address is listed. Brian Gorringe has forwarded his new email address. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

We are now less than 6 months away from the Canberra reunion. Names of those attending are in the attachment. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 50 starters. Bristles and Lou Lassau are now onboard. Contact me if you intend to attend. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. This bowls function is looking like we should have a top time. Still not sure of the format. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Fred Howes and Scarcey at ANZAC Day. If you 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

Have bought some polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest on the left and LEEUWIN Larikan logo on the right breast. They are for sale if anybody wants one, there are limited numbers. Small, XL and 2XL are available. Each shirt cost $40 plus $10 postage. Talking about merchandise, we also have mugs, LEEUWIN and Under two Flags pins plus other stuff. I will take all this stuff to the reunion.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Mal Ritchie – ANZAC Day
Larry Kent
Call the Hands – The Naval Historical Society Monthly Newsletter
Supporting Younger Veterans
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 30 April 2017
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G’day All. Another month gone, ANZAC Day in Sydney was blessed with good weather for the early services. In Dee Why the dawn service is conducted on the beach commencing at 0530; the timing is terrific, as it coincides with the awakening and the screeching of the lorikeets, the sun rising and the waves hitting the sand about 100 metres away; around 3000 attendiing, very stirring. Hope you enjoyed your services as much as I did.

Who is coming to our next function on Friday 12 May around mid day at the Rockers, it should have been in your diary. If it is, let me know if you are coming. Ian Schubert is a starter, I am a starter, haven’t heard about anybody else starting only those that will be overseas including John Hatchman, Barry Parker and Mike Shephard.

Have been in contact with Speedie Hannant and Wally Cook, however still looking for Alan Smith, does anybody know where he is living. If you have changed your postal address and not let me know; please do. Saying that, I have had a look at our website in the members page and concede there are email addresses that are not valid. Could you please check yours to see whether it is accurate, if you want it updated please let me know. The website address is www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm

We are now less than 6 months away from the Canberra reunion. Names of those attending are in the attachment. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 52 starters. Bristles and Lou Lassau are now onboard. Contact me if you intend to attend. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. This bowls function is looking like we should have a top time. Still not sure of the format. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Fred Howes and Scarcey at ANZAC Day. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. A really good mate of mine Ray Sandford is now the President of the Queensland Naval Association, he is leading a group from that association and will be at the ground. If you see another group of old farts, go and say G’day. I will not be able to make it. I don’t know whether I am allowed to say ‘bugga’, but I really would like to be there.

Have bought some polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest on the left and LEEUWIN Larikan logo on the right breast. They are for sale if anybody wants one, I have limited numbers. Small, XL and 2XL are available. Each shirt cost $40 plus $10 postage. Talking about merchandise, we also have mugs, LEEUWIN and Under two Flags pins. I will take all this stuff to the reunion.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Speedie Hannant
Margaret Parker
RIP Rodney Clarke
Awards Quota System – 60’s
Administrative Instructions for Vietnam Service by RAN Personnel
Joke

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 23 April 2017

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G’day All. ANZAC Day is with us again. To all those participating, hope you have a good day enjoying the company of your mates, commemorating the day and remembering those that have gone before us.


There is a note from Froggy French, Ian Schubert and Col Yench in the attachment and a few other articles worth a read.


Has anybody been in contact with Wally Cook or Daryl Hannant, if you have could you please let me know the contact details.


Friday 12 May around mid day at the Rockers is only a couple of weeks away, is it in your diary. If it is, let me know if you are coming. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.


Have bought some polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest on the left and LEEUWIN Larikan logo on the right breast. They are for sale if anybody wants one, I have limited numbers. Each shirt cost $40 plus $10 postage.


We are now less than 6 months away from the Canberra reunion. Names of those attending are in the attachment. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 52 starters. Bristles and Lou Lassau are now onboard. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.


Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Bruce Pollock, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. This bowls function is looking like we should have a top time. Still not sure of the format. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.


Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; I received a note from Dave Clifford who lives in Airlie Beach, the scene of destructive Cyclone Debbie. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. I will not be able to make it. I don’t know whether I am allowed to say ‘bugger’, but I really would like to be there.


Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Froggy French overseas

Schubes on holiday travel

Col Yench

Stanthorpe Naval Association

Jokes


Cheers


Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 16 April 2017
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G’day All. Happy Easter. Met up with Fred Howes and his mate Dave Borgo in Port Adelaide for a quick beer during our road trip to Adelaide; Fred was quite chuffed, showing me his letter advising him of his entitlement to the ‘Gold Card’, he is also doing a trip on the Hawkesbury River in May and we should catch up again.

If you want to do the tour of Lake Burley Griffin on the Sunday of the reunion be aware there are limited tickets. We currently have 48 starters for this activity. The boat takes 80. Get your name into Barry and Margaret Parker as it will be first come first served.

In this weeks Attachment, the article on ‘Perisher’ is a good read, I remember when serving in PLATYPUS how excited the hierachy was when a RAN participant passed Perisher. It was exciting times for the Squadron, as I am sure it is now the case in STIRLING.

Put Friday 12 May around mid day at the Rockers in your diary. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.

Have bought some polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest on the left and LEEUWIN Larikan logo on the right breast. They are for sale if anybody wants one, I have limited numbers from XL to 3XL. Each shirt cost $40 plus $10 postage.

We are now less than 6 months away from the Canberra reunion. Names of those attending are in the attachment. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 52 starters. Bristles and Lou Lassau are now onboard. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Bruce Pollock, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. This bowls function is looking like we should have a top time. Still not sure of the format. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; John ‘Hatch’ Hatchman is posing in his new LEEUWIN 63 Polo. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. I will not be able to make it as I have 4 major family commitments that weekend. I don’t know whether I am allowed to say ‘bugger’, but I really would like to be there.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Barry Andrews
October 2017 Function Participants
Submarine CO Training – Perisher
VENDETTA Veterans – Brisbane ANZAC Day details
Paddle Steamer ‘NIRIMBA’
Dedication of Memorial Park at AWM on 4 May 2017
Article on HOBART forwarded by Ward Hack
Billy Waldock on ORDSMN Davidson
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 9 April 2017
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G’day All. School holidays are back with us and we have made the road trip to Adelaide to look after 3 grandkids for a week while our daughter competes in a diving competition. We are driving back to Sydney with two of them on Thursday.

Had a yarn to Fred Howes recently, he is travelling to Sydney soon with some of his mates to do a little cruising on the Hawkesbury as a birthday present. Nice place to visit.

As advised previously there are limited numbers for the tour of Lake Burley Griffin on the Sunday of the reunion. We currently have 46 starters for this activity. The boat takes 80. Get your name into Barry and Margaret Parker as it will be first come first served.

These and other articles are included in this week’s attachment. Who remembers HOBART being attacked when she was on the gunline, a query on the DERWENT’s role with ANZUKFOR people, KUTTABUL Commemoration, lost sould and a few jokes are in the Attachment this week.

Put Friday 12 May around mid day at the Rockers in your diary. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.

Have bought some polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest on the left and LEEUWIN Larikan logo on the right breast. They are for sale if anybody wants one, I have limited numbers from L to 3XL. Each shirt cost $40 plus $10 postage.

We are now less than 7 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 50 starters. Jo and Bongo Di Betta are now onboard. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Bruce Pollock, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. This bowls function is looking like we should have a top time. Still not sure of the format. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; John ‘Hatch’ Hatchman is posing in his new LEEUWIN 63 Polo. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. I will not be able to make it as I have 4 major family commitments that weekend. I don’t know whether I should say ‘bugger’, but I really would like to be there.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
DERWENT
HOBART’s gunline incident
KUTTABUL Commemoration
Lee Hawkins – Lost Soul
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 2 April 2017
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G’day All. Mons Cup at TG Milner was an outstanding success. We had 11 men’s and 4 women’s teams. Included were the CANBERRA and ADELAIDE. For those who have been made aware they had maintenance issues and couldn’t sail to assist in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie be assured for once it was not the Rugby heads that put the spanner in the works. Just joking, weather brilliant, big crowd, everything went to plan. For the record CERBERUS beat CANBERRA in the final of the Cup. Try and make it next year.

Have been in contact with Nev Barry, he has survived the cyclone in Mackay, last report was he had power restored. Buck ‘Terry’ Rogers contacted me during the week as he was concerned about one of his mates in the area.

As advised previously there are limited numbers for the tour of Lake Burley Griffin on the Sunday of the reunion. We currently have 46 starters for this activity. The boat takes 80. Get your name into Barry and Margaret Parker as it will be first come first served.

Dolly made comment about ADELAIDE and CANBERRA’s unavailability to perform core tasking, James Carroll adds to the article last week on the US Submarines in Brisbane. The HMAS HAWK incident relating to Bungy Williams and ‘Call the Hands’ is included which relates about 3 ships that have been lost. Well, 2 of these ships are significant to me. HMAS ARROW was lost as a consequence of Cyclone Tracey; Ken Dobbie wanted to erect a monument to ARROW, but when told there was one already erected, he then went about erecting the JR Memorial in Leeuwin Barracks. Jack Baxter was a member of the crew of the HMAS TARAKAN incident, he survived major burns from the fire and then became a Wallaby prop. There is a pic of him in the KUTTABUL Rugby Heritage Collection. These and other articles are included in this week’s attachment.

Put Friday 12 May around mid day at the Rockers in your diary. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.

Have bought some polo shirts with the LEEUWIN crest on the left and LEEUWIN Larikan logo on the right breast. They are for sale if anybody wants one, I have limited numbers from S to 3XL. Each shirt cost $40 plus $10 postage.

We are now less than 7 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 50 starters. Jo and Bongo Di Betta are now onboard. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls), another mate of Russ’, Gary Pothoven Ex Greenie (plays with Russ and wants to become a 63 JR), Tom Houldsworth, Bruce Pollock, Doug Wilson and myself are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. This bowls function is looking like we should have a top time. Still not sure of the format. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; Ross Muller sent a thank you card upon receiving his birthday card. I think I made a bad call last week, the pic of the promotees was in MELBOURNE and of course the CO was Commodore Hudson. Does anybody know the names of the other three blokes. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. I will not be able to make it as I have 4 major family commitments that weekend. I don’t know whether I should say ‘bugger’, but I really would like to be there.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Dolly on Cyclone Debbie
Indigenous ‘Diggers’ of the Australian Light Horse
Lost Soul ABCK John Taylor
HMAS HAWK Shooting incident
DVA on increase to Service Pensions
US NAVY Brisbane Submarine Base Capricorn Wharf, Macquarie Street New Farm, Brisbane during WW2
Call the Hands

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 March 2017
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G’day All. Have just received advice Ken Dobbie has been awarded the Tingira Association 2017 inaugural ‘Stonehaven Medal’. Ken received this award as he virtually single handed put together the 2010 dedication ceremony which included the building and unveiling of the ‘JR Memorial’ which was held in Leeuwin Barracks. Recognition of his efforts is fantastic news and extremely well deserved for a job well done. Ken has continued to show an active interest in the preservation of the JR Memorial on its current site. A pic is in our FB Page.

What is the Stonehaven Medal you ask, well your question can be answered as there is a link to this award amongst other articles in the Attachment. It is so good to see the 2010 event recognized.

On the way back from Wooli I stopped at Garry Angel’s house, unfortunately he was at a medical appointment (sound familiar) but had a cuppa with and met his lovely wife Bernadette. Garry is on the road soon. He is travelling to South Australia, then heading north in an indirect route to Darwin; heading east to Innisfail then down the east Coast to Laurieton. He is going over to Port Lincoln for Easter. If anybody is around the traps Garry is going to, he would like to catch up. Get in contact with him and give him your details.

Received emails this week from Froggy French (moving), Jim Bush and Jock McGregor (birthday) and Russ Loane (bowls). Spoke to Bruce Pollock. Bruce is a starter for the Forster Bowls in May.

Mons Cup is being played at TG Milner Field this Friday 31 March commencing 0900.

We now have a date for our next function in Sydney, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.

We are now less than 7 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 48 starters. Jo and Bongo Di Betta are now onboard. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls) Tom Houldsworth and Bruce Pollock are now starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated with 3 pics, one of Ken with his award, another of Knocker and Marilyn Whyte dining with Bob and Pat Stupple in SA and another with Tom Houldsworth being promoted by CO RANAS. Does anybody know the names of the other three blokes. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Ken Dobbie’s award
Lost Soul – Pat Nolan
HMAS ANZAC and TOBRUK – ANZAC Day march Sydney 2017
Gold Coast Tribute to the RAN on Saturday 1APR17
HMAS MELBOURNE – CARRIER have a look
US NAVY Brisbane Submarine Base Capricorn Wharf, Macquarie Street New Farm, Brisbane during WW2
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 March 2017



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 March 2017
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G’day All. Have been in contact this week one way or another in respect of various topics with Gary Freak, Norm Friebe, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane, Mick Gallagher and Tom Houldsworth. Mick went to the Sunshine Coast for a ‘JEPARIT’ reunion.

Does anybody want our other car stickers - ‘Pride of the Fleet JR’s 1963 with the two ensigns’. These are the stickers the late Tug ‘Allan’ Wilson designed for the Mildura function. They are well designed and good quality. Mine have been on my car for 6 or so years, no bleaching or signs of wear and tear.

Who remembers the occasion when the RAN transferred to the Australian White Ensign. Well that was 50 years ago this month. I remember being at HARMAN and the GG came out to the ceremony. Col Yench forwarded a link on celebrating 50 years of raising the AWE each morning at 0800. (Don’t need any warries about being at sea and it stays aloft, keeping the sea lanes open…… etc) ANZAC Day, DFWA Bulletin on Digital Readiness, Navy History and more plus joke are in the Attachment.

We do have an active interest in the LEEUWIN Lifebuoy we are going to auction at this year’s reunion/wake. Do you want to bid for it? Look on our FB page if you do. If you are not on FB contact Ian Schubert or me to register your interest.

If you have moved in the last couple of years and have changed your postal address, could you please let me know as some birthday cards are being returned. I have asked Stoney Bourke to check whether the 8th intake would like the residue of our birthday cards.

We now have a date for our next function in Sydney, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Ian Schubert is a starter, John Hatchman and Mike Shephard will be OS.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Dave Pescott (Russ’ mate who played for us last year in the AIF Bowls) Tom Houldsworth and maybe Bruce Pollock are now starters/potential starters for the Matelot Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, you are welcome. The competition will be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th. If you are playing you need to let Dave Adams at daveadams6@bigpond.com know your availability, accommodation request and tell him you are involved with our group.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated with John Hatchman’s pic of the ‘LEEUWIN larrikin’ sticker. There are some recent photos of Brent Balchin, Ken Dobbie and Wally Gawne having a good time. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500. Mons Cup is being played at TG Milner Field on Friday 31 March commencing 0900.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Barry Andrew
ANZAC Day Brisbane
Australian White Ensign Video
DFWA – Digital Readiness
Privacy Protection
Naval History
Lost soul – Ron Heath
KUTTABUL Commemoration
Navy Rugby for Golden Oldies
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 March 2017
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G’day All. We caught up with Brent and Sue Balchin on Tuesday for dinner, then Ken and Lorraine Dobbie hosted Wally and Robyn Gawne plus Bev and I to a delightful lunch on the Wednesday and showing off the new additions on their home. Also caught up with Chris Smith and his wife (ex CPOWTR) when we met up with Brent and Sue, then on Saturday morning met Stoney Bourke (8th intake) (also ex CPOWTR) for coffee in Ulverstone.

Our nephew was married in SHROPSHIRE Park in Ulverstone. If you haven’t been there it is worth the look, the town is very service oriented and the park is well done. There are memorials to ships of all sizes, some I haven’t heard of plus recognition of a lot of Navy Banter. Have a look.

Spoke to Bob Stupple today, he is convalescing. Not a good way to spend your birthday.

Stevan Coll has commented on the article about the RSL in disarray. John Grenfel has responded to the Matelots Bowls in May, a good article on DFRDB, the story of the Battle of the Java Sea; plenty to read and enjoy.

We have an interest in the LEEUWIN Lifebuoy we are going to auction at this year’s reunion/wake. Do you want to bid for it?

I have asked Stoney Bourke to check whether the 8th intake would like our birthday cards.

We now have a date for our next function, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Let me know if you intend turning up.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth and maybe Bruce Pollock are now potential starters for the May Navy Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. Unfotunately John Grenfel and Ron Pope will not be attending. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. The competition should be held between 21 – 26 May, the accommodation has been booked from the 20th.

Face Book – New pics have been posted on our FB page, there are photos of Brent Balchin, Ken Dobbie and Wally Gawne having a good time. There is also the pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Stevan Coll on the RSL saga
John Grenfel (not going to Matelots bowls)
The Gross Reduction of DFRDB Benefits
Battle of the Java Sea
Joint Strike Fighter
Water – It is good for you
Lost Vincent Burke
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 February 2017
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G’day All. Bev and I have arrived in Tasmania, we caught up with a slimmer Dolly Gray today who I haven’t seen since the Mildura bash, (he has lost more than 5 stone and plans to lose more) he looks fit, happy and it appears like he has found his perfect sea change in Southern Tasmania. He certainly keeps himself busy with home and community projects. Am hoping to catch up with Brent and Sue Balchin, Ken and Lorraine Dobbie and Wally and Robyn Gawne during this week in Northern Tasmania.

Spoke to Nev Barry, Doug Wilson, Phil Clements and Schubes during the week and have received an email from Tom Houldsworth with the pic of the LEEUWIN Lifebuoy we are going to auction at this year’s reunion/wake. Also received emails from Steve (Knocker) White, Ron Quetcher and Ray Poole re birthday cards.

Nev Barry’s older brother is really crook, he is in Mackay. Nev wanted to let us all know that we (i.e. you and me) have an option if/whenever we are brain dead we have an option to have life support turned off. His email is attached. Doug Wilson is chasing up some bowling stickers for the bowlers, Phil Clements is doing a good job chasing up the whereabouts of Alan Smith and Schubes is working hard on our upcoming reunion/wake in Canberra this October.

Please make sure I have your correct postal address for your ‘personalised birthday card’.

Does anybody have any mates from the 8th intake. We will have a surplus of birthday cards. The printer finished a run and didn’t charge us any extra for the additional cards. The 8th may like to use them.

We now have a date for our next function, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Let me know if you intend turning up.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth, Ron Pope and maybe Bruce Pollock are now potential starters for the May Navy Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. The competition should be held between 20 – 26 May

Face Book – A pic of the LEEUWIN lifebuoy up for auction. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
DUCHESS Reunion 2017

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Nev Barry
By promoting diversity over fighting ability the Army is alienating Warriors
Rogues yarn
Call the hands
The Buzz
The Bangka Island massacre
Lieutenant Eric Worsley GM MBE RNVR
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 February 2017
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G’day All. What a good weekend. Went up to Bateau Bay yesterday to attend Bruce Pollock’s surprise birthday party. Bruce had no idea 50 plus of his relo’s and mates were turning up to help him celebrate; in fact he was of the understanding he was going out to dinner with his daughter Samantha and her family who live in the area. Everybody especially the kids had a fun time. I have included a pic of Bruce and myself on our Facebook Page.

Prior to going to Bruce’s place I caught up with Doug Wilson in his new home in Bateau Bay. Trish was working to keep Doug in the standard he demands so didn’t see her. When I was at Doug’s place I received a phone call about Navy Bowls. As Doug and I are discussing getting stickers for our bowls when we bowl as a group it was ‘karma’.

Have received a call from Phil Clements in regard of the whereabouts of Alan Smith, Phil and Joan live in the area and he is going down to the address and chasing it up. Still no response on Syd James. Was he your mate. If he was, perhaps you may know the whereabouts of some of his relations or mates. Please make sure I have your correct postal address for your ‘personalised birthday card’.

Does anybody have any mates from the 8th intake. We will have a surplus of birthday cards. The printer finished a run and didn’t charge us any extra for the additional cards. They make like to use them.

We now have a date for our next function, it will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 12 May. Let me know if you intend turning up.

There is so much in the Attachment I had to cut out the jokes as the data limit was next to stretching point. There is something for everybody, there is an emphasis on the October Wake/reunion and the 2nd World War plus plenty more.

We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 44 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth, Ron Pope and maybe Bruce Pollock are now potential starters for the May Navy Bowls to be played at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. The competition should be held between 20 – 26 May

Face Book – Bruce Pollock at his surprise 70th Birthday Party. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
DUCHESS Reunion 2017

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Reunion/Wake minutes of meeting held at Husky on 10 Feb 2017
List of Attendees for our reunion/wake
Vale - Fred Halsey
Recruiting Video
LEEUWIN Barracks
Small Ships News
ANZAC Day Sydney 2017
Defence Participation in 2017 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade
Battle of the Coral Sea
Vietnam Brochure
Darwin 1942
The fall of Singapore – a Naval perspective

Cheers

Ron






Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 February 2017

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G’day All. Still chasing up the whereabouts of Alan Smith and now Syd James. Do you know any of their contact details as their birthday cards have been returned.


On Friday we had our annual function at Husky to commemorate the lives of the blokes who were lost on VOYAGER. Tom Houldsworth as usual organized the dinner bookings and purchased and laid the wreath. In perfect conditions the ceremony was conducted in VOYAGER Park by a Padre from CRESWELL. The ceremony is also supported by local radio 2ST. We may need singing lessons prior to next years service as most of us had difficulty with the second verse of ‘Advance Australia Fair’. It is apparent the ceremony is attracting more people, our group numbered 21 and we weren’t the majority group. We also do breakfast the morning after, which is equally satisfying. Put it in your diary for next year.


Tom Houldsworth was presented with the ‘1963 JR of the Year for 2016’ shield. As reported previously, ‘I am very happy to announce that I have consulted with Schubes and Terry Dack who are past recipients of the Butch Cousins donated ‘1963 EXJR of the year Shield’ to determine the annual winner. This year it has been awarded to Tom Houldsworth. There were several blokes nominated, however Tom is being recognized for the outstanding work he does for our function at Huskison each year and his contribution to the Dubbo Bowls since we have been participating there. You may also recall this as I have mentioned it earlier, but it was Tom and I who agreed to have the first reunion after we had met up with Annie Oakley in Sydney in November 2002. We enjoyed ourselves so much catching up we thought of bringing together the whole group. Enough said’. A Pic of Tom with the shield is on our Facebook Page.


Our group comprised of Schubes and Marian, Jill and Mike Hogan, Margaret and Barry Parker, Tom and Val Houldsworth, John and Lyn Hatchman, Doug amd Trish Wilson, Sandy and Jan Powell, Trevor and Marilyn Canggmie, Bruce and Lyn Abbot, Banjo and Jesse Fitzgerald, Spook Cairns and Ron Giveen. We received apologies from Mike and Jean Shephard, Tank Evans, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Russ Loane, John Tant, Tom Kinross, Mick Gallagher, Barry and KayMaree Andrew and Bristles and Lou Lassau.


On Friday there was a meeting called by Schubes for the October function. There will be minutes of this meeting published next weekend.


We have a tentative date for our next function which will be held at the Rockers. It is Friday 19 May, the date is tentative as it may conflict with the Navy Bowls being held in Foster Tuncurry. We are still awaiting advice on this date. If not the 19th it will be 12 May.


We are now less than 8 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 42 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.


Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year. Spoke to him during the week they were supposed to have a meeting today. He did indicate the day may be May 17.


Face Book –Tom Houldsworth with the 1963 JR of the Year Shield for 2016. If you 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 ADF Rugby Competition will be held in Ballymore again this year. Navy play Army on Saturday 6 May commencing at 1500.


DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:


DVA items in Attachment:


Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Navy Week Victoria Ball held on 21 October 2017


Other articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Veterans do not escape Turnbull Government cuts

LEEUWIN Barracks

Lost soul – Stephen Schiele

Vale Bill Chester

Victoria Cross book

New Guinea WW2 – A Maritime Campaign

Jokes


Cheers


Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 February 2017
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

G’day All. Had yarns this week with Tom Houldsworth, Knocker Whyte, Nev Barry and I swim with Mick Gallagher on Tuesday nights. Does anybody know the whereabouts of Alan Smith, he did live in Hamlyn Terrace but his birthday card was returned.

Schubes has called a meeting at 1100 at the Husky Pub this coming Friday 10 February, if you are on the committee, cya there.

Shep and Roger Collins are OS, a little more about DFRDB and some newsletters from other associations plus a few jokes. That’s what is in the attachment this week.

Tom Houldsworth is arranging the wreath and has made contact with the VOYAGER people for the Friday function. The Chaplain from CREWSWELL will conduct the service; there will also be a reporter from the local Radio station present. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick, Russ and Gorgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan, Doug and Trish Wilson, Barry and Margaret Parker, Sandy and Jan Powell and mate Bruce Abbott and his wife and me are some of the starters. Tom is booking for 25 at Club Husky for dinner.

We are now less than 9 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year. Spoke to him during the week they were supposed to have a meeting today. He did indicate the day may be May 17.

Face Book –The pics Gary Angel gave me are up on our FB – if you played Aussie Rules or cricket in 63 at LEEUWIN your pic is there. There are some team pics Bill Mudd did not have. Some will be able to have a look at how they grew in the 6 months from being a JR2 to a JR1.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you 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

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:
DFRDB Petition

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
HMAS HOBART ‘The Buzz’
Call the Hands
Other articles in the attachment:

Birthdays
Roger Collins
Mike Shephard
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 29 January 2017
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G’day All. Gary Angel travelled overnight by train south to the smoke on Friday, we met, we spent a couple of very pleasant hours at the RAN Museum Garden Island then about 1400ish he boarded that same steel stallion and headed back north. Gary brought with him some pics of LEEUWIN and some pics of football teams and he is 70 and he can still remember names, so was a very productive day for me. He submitted two documents on the way ahead for our group, which I will table at the meeting in Husky on Feb 10. I like the proposals.

Schubes has called a meeting at 1100 at the Husky Pub on Friday 10 February, if you are in the committee, cya there. Have been talking to Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and Sandy Powell during the week. Shooting the breeze is a great way to spend a few minutes. I think I forgot to mention was speaking to Annie Oakley, Mike Hogan and Nev Barry last week. We all should speak more often. Also our numbers are starting to increase for Husky.

I must thank Ward Hack for sending on the info re the impact of receiving a DFRDB pension come July. Have a look. Yes there are some jokes that may upset the PC set and a little indulgence, a poem about Rugby. What a game.

Friday week I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick, Russ and Gorgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan, Doug and Trish Wilson, Barry and Margaret Parker, Sandy and Jan Powell and mate Bruce Abbott and his wife and me are starters. This is normally a popular get together as it represents an event which occurred when we were serving and can relate to.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year. Spoke to him during the week they were supposed to have a meeting today. He did indicate the day may be May 17.

Face Book – I will be including some of the pics Gary Angel gave me in the coming days. Some will be able to have a look at how they grew in the 6 months from being a JR2 to a JR1.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you 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

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:
Scrap Iron Flotilla lunch in Melbourne

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
DFRDB
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 22 January 2017
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G’day All. There have been a couple of emails congratulating Brian Gorringe on his long naval career and his impending retirement as he turns 70, not only from blokes who joined with us but others like Ken Railton and Marty Grogan. Great to read.

Our Facebook page has had some input, Phil Narramore in a full divers suit and Mike Haining enjoying himself on his yacht at Lake Macquarie have sent some recent pics, good looking roosters. Rick Avey included his reunion pics. Where are yours?

Have been talking to Schubes during the week, he has been contacting some of of our group for their birthdays and has been enjoying catching up.

Have a gander at the Enclosure, your input is recognized and thanked. Forgot to save a few jokes this week as we have been out and about.

Next month I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick, Russ and Gorgina Nelson, Mike and Jill Hogan and me are starters. This is normally a popular get together as it represents an event which occurred when we were serving.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year.

Face Book – Phil Narramore and Mike Haining have added some pics. Have a look.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you 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

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Terry Dack on the Gold Card
Schubes on Dizzy Gillespie
RSL Article – worth the read
Russ Nelson – Taxation implications DFRDB
Stan Church on Vietnam
Fred Howes and Max Hart on t-shirts
Lost Soul Darryl Baldwin
No jokes - sorry
Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 15 January 2017
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G’day All. Who remembers Derek Edwards. I recall he attended the Fremantle reunion in 09. I remember having a lengthy yarn to him then. Well he is alive and kicking in Brumel Bay in WA. Derek wasn’t in for very long he discharged from the Navy when he was up top, I think in 64. He was an ORDEM. Has been a farmer, a shearer, a fisherman and has had a few trotters. He is not doing as well as he should be right now as he does not have the use of his right hand and leg but is hopeful of a full recovery. He also mentioned he was aware of another of our group ‘David Walker’ who became a school teacher when he paid off. A little bit of news.

Brian (Clockwork) Gorringe sends an email on his impending retirement. There is the award of the Korean Peace Medal, Fred Howes sends an email on some different t-shirts (you may like one) and a few jokes. Our Face Book page needs updating, send me some pics of events that affect you, maybe your 70th birthday pic.

Next month I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns, Ian and Marian Schubert, Ken Scarisbrick and me are starters. This is normally a popular get together as it represents an event which occurred when we were serving.

Found the birthday cards Monday morning. Back on track. Have lost contact with Ian Rogers and Jan Jablonski, does anybody have a contact address or number. Ronnie Gall made contact.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 41 starters. Tony and Ann Gysen are on the way. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year.

Face Book – A pic of the DE and two other pics forwarded by Brent Balchin. Have a look and see whether you would be interested in buying a print at our reunion in 2017.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you 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

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Birthdays
Brian Gorringe
Korean Peace Medal
Fred Howes and t-shirts
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 8 January 2017
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G’day All. This time next month I expect to be meeting some of you for a convivial as we assemble in Husskison for our 10 February anniversary commemoration ceremony for the collision of the VOYAGER/MELBOURNE. Are you going. Spook Cairns is a starter. This is normally a popular get together as it represents a event we were all aware of vividly.

You may be aware, I on your behalf have been forwarding 70th birthday cards to each of us who has turned 70. Unfortunately, I have now lost the balance of the cards. I have been searching now for three days. I must apologise to all those turning 70 this week and future weeks until I find them. ‘Growing old is wonderful’.

Better news, have been in contact with Mike Haining, Jeff Dunn and Ted Hase. They are all well. Also of interest is Brian ‘Clockwork’ Gorringe; Brian has left his Middle East job, retired and moved to Adelaide to settle. Brian was the last of our group from the two intakes to serve full time or anytime for that matter. I know he didn’t have continuous service since 63 as he was the SA Governor’s secretary for a few years. Still a bloody long time. He may like to enlighten us one day on why he was trapped in the Queen’s uniform. There are some snippets from Wally Gawne (read Robyn Gawne), Dave Ferguson and Shirley Rowland on behalf of Darky. A few interesting articles are also included in the attachment.

We are now less than10 months away from the Canberra reunion. Before you know it we will be on the way down the Federal Highway. Schubes has called a meeting of the Canberra 2017 committee on 10 February at Husky. We currently have 39 starters. Fred Howes and Scarcey and John and Lynn Hatchman are the most recent to add their names. Contact the Registrar, Barry Parker on yyandamurra@bigpond.com or 0419 767 213. Could you please indicate which functions you will be attending. We need to know so we can keep track on numbers in particular the luncheon boat cruise. This will be the time to gauge whether we continue to have two yearly reunions or maybe we will adopt another format for getting together. So don’t miss out on this one.

Russ Loane, Doug Wilson Tom Houldsworth along with Ron Pope are now potential starters for next year’s Navy Bowls to be played in May at Forster Tuncurry. If the dates fit John Grenfel may also be a starter. If you are interested in competing or just turning up to say G’day, please let me know. I have been in contact with Buckets (organiser). He has confirmed there are more than 50 starters. He will give further advice on exact dates in the New Year.

Face Book – A pic of the DE and two other pics forwarded by Brent Balchin. Have a look and see whether you would be interested in buying a print at our reunion in 2017.

Did you know you don’t have to belong to Facebook to look at it. Just click on the URL under. If you 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

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:
Widows Pension

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Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Wally and Robyn Gawne
Dave Ferguson
Shirley and Darky Rowland
Navy commemorative activities 2017
USS WASP and F-35B
Joke

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 1 January 2017
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G’day All. I wish you all a Happy and healthy New Year. May all the bright stars shine on you.


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Birthdays
Mike Shephard


Cheers

Ron