Weekly News 2017







Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 November 2017
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G’day All. Hope all is well. Have had a quiet week, been doing a little fishing over the weekend. (no pics). I have written to the Australian Maritime Museum thanking them for their hospitality on Remembrance Day. We may even get an invitation next year…

We should have additional pics on FB soon of the October reunion. Darby is sending down his pics.

These blokes have fallen off the radar.
Has anybody been in contact with or know the whereabouts of
John Stephens;
Charlie Burrows; and
Ian Curwood
Doug Brown

Will be putting out a survey in the near future to determine where our next big do will be. If you have a contribution please let me know. These are the nominations so far, Darwin, Hobart, Gold Coast (RSL), the Gold Coast (St George) and/or a sea voyage.

Sick Bay Michael Haining is not travelling too well, received this from his wife Netta. Michael is currently in Lake Macquarie Private hospital- he is unable to stand up-no strength in his legs. Had to call an ambulance yesterday. Not sure what is causing it. Netta Haining

Brent Balchin is back in Caulfield recuperating.

Received this from Jennie Summerhayes

I know Glenn had his hopes up to attend this Remembrance Day Wake at Darling Harbour on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Unfortunately, he has been ordered into Hospital on Monday 6 Nov 17 following very low blood pressure resulting in dangerous levels of Anaemia and had a Blood Transfusion of two unit of blood, all Pre-Admission Tests will be tomorrow at Liverpool Hospital. He is to undergo further ‘Exploratory Surgery’ in attempt to improve his “GUT” Quality of Life. Not a Happy Chappie. Keep you informed of his progress in due course

There are several of our members wives in Sick Bay.

We wish all of them a speedy recovery.

Have you celebrated your 70th birthday and not received a birthday card from the 63 group. If you haven’t received one, please contact me and read under. I have received three responses so far.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are pics of the reunion and Remembrance Day at the Australian Maritime Museum. You will know these people. 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 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.

The polo shirts and caps have been ordered, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $30 plus postage.

Pen and Pencil sets. They are cast in wood, look great, feel very comfortable to write with and only cost $25 a set. Phil Clements has done very well with these. The sets are part of the memorabilia package we have for sale. Let me know if you want one, I can forward it to you, they will be good as a Christmas present. Pics on our FB page. Tell your wife about them.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. The exact date not known at this time. They are also going to discuss the granite piece Ken Dobbie forwarded from the JR Memorial at Leeuwin Barracks offering it for placement in the GI Chapel.

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

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays

Jokes

Cheers

Ron








Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 November 2017
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G’day All. Saturday was an outstanding success at the Australian Maritime Museum. Pics of the event have been posted on our Facebook page. We had two late withdrawals as Glen Summerhayes was unable to attend as he was too crook and Mike Shephard’s wife Jean was undergoing treatment and Shep wanted to stay by her side.

Those who did attend were Gary Angel, Spook Cairns, Ken Scarisbrick, Mick Gallagher, Schubes, Wally, Robyn and Kelly Gawne, Ted Hase, Jack Davey, Macca McKenzie, Roger and Dee Collins and me. There was a Remembrance Day ceremony being conducted at the AMM directed to the NSW Commando Association. We took part in that ceremony. On completion of the service we were offered Morning Tea. We then had our pics taken with the VAMPIRE as a backdrop, then proceeded to the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel for lunch. Some did do a tour of VAMPIRE.

Has anybody been in contact with or know the whereabouts of
John Stephens;
Charlie Burrows; and
Doug Brown

These three blokes have fallen off the radar.

Dolly is back, Tasmania has not fallen off the end of the earth. I can see the smiles on your faces.

Will be putting out a survey in the near future to determine where our next big do will be. If you have a contribution please let me know. There have been at least three nominations so far, Darwin, Hobart, the Gold Coast (St George) and/or a sea voyage.

Sick Bay Michael Haining is not travelling too well, received this from his wife Netta. Michael is currently in Lake Macquarie Private hospital- he is unable to stand up-no strength in his legs. Had to call an ambulance yesterday. Not sure what is causing it. Netta Haining

Brent Balchin has received treatment from four Irish nurses and has a smile on his face.

Received this from Jennie Summerhayes

I know Glenn had his hopes up to attend this Remembrance Day Wake at Darling Harbour on Saturday 11th November 2017.

Unfortunately, he has been ordered into Hospital on Monday 6 Nov 17 following very low blood pressure resulting in dangerous levels of Anaemia and had a Blood Transfusion of two unit of blood, all Pre-Admission Tests will be tomorrow at Liverpool Hospital. He is to undergo further ‘Exploratory Surgery’ in attempt to improve his “GUT” Quality of Life. Not a Happy Chappie. Keep you informed of his progress in due course

We wish all of them both a speedy recovery.

Have you celebrated your 70th birthday and not received a birthday card from the 63 group. If you haven’t, please contact me and read under. I have received three responses so far.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are pics of the reunion and Remembrance Day at the Australian Maritime Museum. You will know these people. 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 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.

The polo shirts and caps have been ordered, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $30 plus postage.

Pen and Pencil sets. They are cast in wood, look great, feel very comfortable to write with and only cost $25 a set. Phil Clements has done very well with these. The sets are part of the memorabilia package we have for sale. Let me know if you want one, I can forward it to you, they will be good as a Christmas present. Pics on our FB page. Tell your wife about them.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. The exact date not known at this time. They are also going to discuss the granite piece Ken Dobbie forwarded from the JR Memorial at Leeuwin Barracks offering it for placement in the GI Chapel.

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

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Dolly Gray – Tales from Tasmania
Andy Anderson
Wayne Godenzie
Mick Roberts
Tom Kinross
Laraine Uttley
Rocky Freier on VAMPIRE
Mal Chatfield
Navy News link
U.S. Vietnam Veterans are more deserving with medal recognition than Australian Vietnam Veterans!
Naval Historical Society
Joke

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 November 2017
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G’day All. Thought I could update a few other highlights of our reunion you would be interested in. Speaking parts - we had a MC, Bongo DiBetta, he controlled and entertained our group, ex JR Admiral Russ Crane was the guest speaker, he reminded us amongst other things ‘we were the second and third best intakes out of LEEUWIN’. Leading roles Hector Hart and Phil Clements produced our rabbits, Hector the JR Posters and Phil the pen and pencil sets.

You may remember we had an auction for the LEEUWIN ship’s buoy. Some may remember a similar auction on the Gold Coast when bids in excess of $1000 were taken, then to be told the buoy did belong to the current HMAS LEEUWIN and wasn’t for sale, well Tom Houldsworth did produce this one for sale. The successful bidder was Barry Andrew.

John (Hatch) Hatchman did present me with a pic taken in 1963 at Port Beach in Freo which included Alan Lowes with Peewee Petherick covering me with sand (about a metre high) and placing a cigarette in my mouth. Good blast from the past. Thanks Mate.

I was very happy to receive a response from Brent in respect of his being awarded the 2017 JR of the year award. I don’t think he realizes how much we appreciated his contributions over the years.

Talking about pics of the weekend. Please send them to me electronically if possible, otherwise please put them on a stick and forward them to PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099. Schubes is bringing his to Sydney for the Remembrance Day cerermony.

Will be putting out a survey in the near future to determine where our next big do will be. If you have a contribution please let me know. There have been at least three nominations so far, Darwin, Hobart, the Gold Coast (St George) and/or a sea voyage.

Sick Bay Michael Haining is not travelling too well, received this from his wife Netta. Michael is currently in Lake Macquarie Private hospital- he is unable to stand up-no strength in his legs. Had to call an ambulance yesterday. Not sure what is causing it. Netta Haining

Brent Balchin has had a set back and is returning to the PA tomorrow. Sue Balchin

We wish them both a speedy recovery.

The ad for the Remembrance Day ‘The Wake’ has been updated with more starters. I will be wearing medals for the ceremony, up to you though, to do what you want. Hoges will not be able to attend as he and Jill are on the 7 seas cruising.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. The exact date not known at this time. They are also going to discuss the granite piece Ken Dobbie forwarded from the JR Memorial at Leeuwin Barracks offering it for placement in the GI Chapel.

Have you celebrated your 70th birthday and not received a birthday card from the 63 group. If you haven’t, please contact me and read under.

Mentioned earlier about the recalcitrant Australia Post in taking years to deliver a letter to Zeke. Well to further elaborate on their efficiency, this week, I received RTS birthday cards that were forwarded in April and May. I have also had RTS for the birthday cards for Robin Mackinnon, Barry Nichols, John Nicholson and Henry Overmars, if you have any contact details for these blokes, please let me know.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are pics of the reunion. You will know these people. 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 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.

The polo shirts will be a goer, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $40 plus postage.

Pen and Pencil sets. They are cast in wood, look great, feel very comfortable to write with and only cost $25 a set. Phil Clements has done very well with these. The sets are part of the memorabilia package we have for sale. Let me know if you want one, I can forward it to you, they will be good as a Christmas present. Pics on our FB page. Tell your wife about them.

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

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Tank and Phyllis Evans
Peewee Petherick
Roger and Dee Collins
Roy Rigg
Gordon Davison
Speedy Hannant
Ken Scarisbrick
New Government initiatives supporting Veterans recent conflicts
My Aged Care
DFWA Luncheon
Jokes

Cheers

Ron













Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 29 October 2017

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G’day All. I told you so, our function in Canberra went off with a bang. It was a total success, good food, good company and a good time for all. So successful there was a popular vote taken to have the next function in 2019. The committee, led by the Schuberts and the Parkers were applauded for all their brilliant work in organizing a top time. We had one late withdrawal because of sickness, Jock McGregor’s wife Dot got real crook which prevented them from attending.


The Butch Cousins donated shield ‘Legends of 63 JR of the Year was announced for 2017 over the weekend. The award each year is decided by the previous recipients. This year it has been awarded to Brent Balchin for his ongoing support to our group. Brent has been manufacturing and donating us posters over the years at no cost. We have been auctioning these items e.g we made $250 over this last weekend to support our group. Brent is a deserving recipient. I will send a pic of the shield engraved with his name to his wife Sue who can then show him in hospital. A copy is on our FB page.


Talking about pics of the weekend. Please send them to me electronically if possible, otherwise please put them on a stick and forward them to PO Box 137 Dee Why NSW 2099.


Will be putting out a survey in the near future to determine where our next big do will be. If you have a contribution please let me know. There have been at least three nominations so far, Darwin, Hobart, the Gold Coast (St George) and/or a sea voyage.


Sick Bay Michael Haining is not travelling too well, received this from his wife Netta. Michael is currently in Lake Macquarie Private hospital- he is unable to stand up-no strength in his legs. Had to call an ambulance yesterday. Not sure what is causing it. Netta Haining


Brent Balchin has had a set back and is returning to the PA tomorrow. Sue Balchin


We wish them both a speedy recovery.


The ad for the Remembrance Day ‘The Wake’ has been updated with another starter.


Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. The exact date not known at this time.


Spike Jones dropped me an email asking about Bob Vitenbergs and Phil Clements mentioned he was keen to get in touch with Harold Hunt. Can you help. I have had RTS for the birthday cards for Robin Mackinnon, Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have any contact details for these blokes, please let me know.


Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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


Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are pics of the reunion. You will know these people. 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 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.


The polo shirts will be a goer, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $40 plus postage.


Pen and Pencil sets. They are cast in wood, look great, feel very comfortable to write with and cost $25 a set. Phil Clements has done very well with these. The sets are part of the memorabilia package we have for sale. Let me know if you want one, they will be good as a Christmas present.


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


Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Rick Avey

Di Lewin
Wally and Robyn Gawne
Len Bodimeade
Submariners at play
RAN in WW1
Australian Navy history video
Military and Defence discounts
VENDETTA Christmas function
VAMPIRE T shirt
Jokes


Cheers


Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 22 October 2017
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G’day All. We are in the home straight, 5 days to go to our major function commences in Canberra. It will go off with a bang.

Phil and Joan Clements came over to our house on Saturday to deliver the pen and pencil sets for the reunion. They are cast in wood, look great, feel very comfortable to write with and cost $25 a set. Phil has done very well with these. The sets are part of the memorabilia package we have for sale. Let me know if you want one.

I have updated the ad for ‘The Wake’. It reflects – ‘we are talking about 2017 Remembrance Day and an updated list of starters and potential starters plus some more apologies’.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018. Exact date not known at this time.

Does anybody out there contribute to the Australian National Maritime Museum publication called ‘Signals’. It is published quarterly. The reason I ask, is, I recall talk about people in our group who when they were very young were force migrated to Western Australia from UK as orphans and were placed in the rural community. I am not sure I know of any. Do you know anybody who fits into this group. There is an article about this group of kids arriving in Fremantle in 1947. This of course makes them too old for our group but, could have been forerunners to our people. In the same edition there is a story about the history of HMAS TINGIRA pre and post commissioning and where she lies today. Plenty of really good stuff in this dit.

Spike Jones dropped me an email asking about Bob Vitenbergs and Phil Clements mentioned he was keen to get in touch with Harold Hunt. Can you help. I have had RTS for the birthday cards for Robin Mackinnon, Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have any contact details for these blokes, please let me know.
In the Attachment this week. There are major upgrades for GI(East) proposed and a video to prove it, the battle of Beersheba, an article on the US Navy sacking a CO and XO for colliding with a ship in the Far East and a few jokes.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; John (Hatch) Hatchman and Ken (KI) Fielding have met a week earlier to commence ‘starters’ for the reunion. 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 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.

The polo shirts will be a goer, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, (not ready for the October reunion) LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $40 plus postage.

If anyone is travelling through Molong, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Russ Loane is spending tonight there. Good way to catch up with Jim.

Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
GI (East) upgrade
Battle of Beersheba
USS JOHN S MCCAIN
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 15 October 2017
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G’day All. The good news during the week is Brent Balchin has moved out of the PA in Melbourne to rehabilitation in Caulfield.

We have 51 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Schubes and his team have everything in order to ensure you have a good time. The Olims will be the place to be.

We have had another starter for the Wake on Remembrance Day, Mike Shephard. Tom Houldsworth, Knocker Whyte, Doug Wilson, Tank Evans and Hector who recommissioned VAMPIRE have indicated they can’t make it this year.

Have been in contact with the Command Chaplain organization. The dedication for Dick Lewin and Checkers Aldridge is expected to be in February 2018.

Quite a bit in the Attachment this week. A lot to do with when we reach the front of the queue and pass on. Dits about PERTH and HOUSTON sinkings. James Carroll as VP of NQ RSL. There is a new website for ex serving members (you) and a few jokes. Hope you enjoy it.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Has anybody been in contact with Robin Mackinnon, Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have please contact me with their details.

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.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; We have a new cover theme, it is the poster produced by Hector Hart. We have included the pic of the Balchin Bear and pics of Checkers and of his funeral. 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 polo shirts will be a goer, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, (not ready for the October reunion) LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $40 plus postage.

If anyone is travelling through Molong, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Rod Hazell spent a night there, he highly recommends it. Good way to catch up with Jim.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Tony Zajer
James Carroll
Dedication Plaque application and logistics to attend
PERTH and HOUSTON
New website for serving and EX serving members
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 8 October 2017
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G’day All. School holidays, don’t you love them. Flat out with kids, we are having fun.

Spoke to Gary Angel during the week about Remembrance Day at Darling Harbour, have included an additional attachment, advertising this get together.

I am having a little problem with formatting the Attachment. Please play with it a little to see the lot.

Have received one life resume, please forward yours.

Have real good news about Brent Balchin, he is now in the recovery stage, he has battled through horrific injuries and his survival is testament to his character, his recovery I think you can put down to Sue his wife. She is terrific. She has been forwarding out reports every afternoon. This is a typical message which I just received ‘Our weather forecast talks about late storms and as I walked home I could see it gathering in the distance. Today was a reasonably quiet day for Brent except an X-ray on his left ankle and foot. He snoozed and talked and even managed to try and write his name. I stayed late to tempt him to eat some dinner as his food tube has blocked which means if he doesn't eat enough real food they will replace it tomorrow which he knows is an uncomfortable trial for him. He only managed a few spoons of soup and main course, but it's a start. Let's hope he eats enough breakfast. He's feeling very flat therefore uninterested in food, he told the nurse so she's documented that. Have a good week everyone and big hugs to you all. Sue Brent and Judy xxx’

We have 53 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Jeff and Kaye Dunn are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Has anybody been in contact with Robin Mackinnon, Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have please contact me with their details.

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.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; We have a new cover theme, it is the poster produced by Hector Hart. We have included the pic of the Balchin Bear and pics of Checkers and of his funeral. 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 polo shirts will be a goer, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, (not ready for the October reunion) LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $40 plus postage.

If anyone is travelling through Molong, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Rod Hazell spent a night there, he highly recommends it. Good way to catch up with Jim.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Jeff Wake
Collins submarines
Prince Charles - Admiral of the Fleet
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 1 October 2017
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G’day All. We have just spent the week at Moe at the Inline Hockey National Championships with two of our Grandkids participating. Great week, beautiful place, but bloody cold. Some days it made 10 degrees, blew a gale, and then a sunny 16, reminds me of CERBERUS. We are spending the night at Seymour and had a look at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Well worth the visit.

I mentioned last week about service information needed whenever one of us passes over the bar. (Have been reminded we are all lining up) Fortunately, we are a robust group, I have been forwarded two links which will help with the info. Please pass these on to your NOK. This plus plenty more are in the Attachment.

Spoke to Rod Hazell and Nev Barry during the week, Rod, had been in the East for the HOBART Commissioning and is in Melbourne for the Grand Final, know he favoured the Tigers. Nev, sounded well, he is a little bored now his daughter has closed the shop at Murray Falls, but still enjoying life in beautiful Far North Queensland.

Rod Hazell visited Brent Balchin at ‘The Albert’ hospital in Melbourne. Brent did not recognize him. He is still really crook. Each day he has to overcome a milestone just to survive. His wife Sue has been forwarding out reports every afternoon. Our thoughts are with him.

For those who were confused or unsure of the dress code for the Saturday Night major function (Coat and Tie) there will be NO medals worn. We have 53 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Jeff and Kaye Dunn are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Has anybody been in contact with Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have please contact me with their details.

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.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; We have a new cover theme, it is the poster produced by Hector Hart. We have included the pic of the Balchin Bear and pics of Checkers and of his funeral. 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 polo shirts will be a goer, I have received orders for around 10. If anybody else want one with the two emblems, (not ready for the October reunion) LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. Approx $40 plus postage.

Our next function in Sydney will be the ‘Wake’ held at the Australian Maritime Museum – read VAMPIRE, meet there for the 1100 ceremony for Remembrance Day, and proceed later to lunch. November 11 this year is a Saturday. Please let me know if you will be attending. Gary Angel and Wally Gawne will be there. A medals event.

If anyone is travelling through Molong, remember Jim Clegg and his Missus have the only motel in that town. Rod Hazell spent a night there, he highly recommends it. Good way to catch up with Jim.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Eulogy information
Service Records
Roger Collins
National RSL incident
Navy Pics
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 17 September 2017
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G’day All. You all need to know Checkers Aldridge passed away Friday evening last; he was seriously ill and suffered for some time. I have spoken to his wife Phyllis and she has indicated funeral details will be known late Monday. Watch this space. Checkers was a legend, he was so well known around the Fleet and GI, nobody had to know his surname, only Checkers.

Phyllis wanted to know the exact date Checkers left Navy. I couldn’t tell her off hand. What I am getting at is – let your partner or me know your details, postings and discharge dates, it can save you wife or kids a lot of heartache.

I feel I am repeating myself but Brent Balchin is still battling away at ‘The Albert’ hospital in Melbourne. He is still really crook, still having major surgery each and every day. He has now been diagnosed with a stroke. It appears he is lapsing in and out of consciousness. Our thoughts are with him.

Ken Railton has contributed to this week’s Attachment. Ross Gowers has found our site and has contacted us. Other blokes responding to the birthday cards, people you may not have heard from for some time. Look at the list below. A good read.

For those who were confused or unsure of the dress code for the Saturday Night major function (Coat and Tie) there will be NO medals worn. We have 53 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Jeff and Kaye Dunn are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Has anybody been in contact with Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have please contact me with their details.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are some new pics of Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Spike Jones, Jim Clegg and me having a real fun time at the AIF Bowls in Dubbo. 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 been in contact with Di Lewin, she is happy for us to have a Dedication Plaque inserted in the GI Chapel (Sydney) for him. Rob Cavanagh has stepped up and will present a eulogy on our behalf. Please watch this space for further details.

Have had a query on one of our polo shirts, does anybody else want one with the two emblems, (not ready for the October reunion) LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. If there is enough interest I will order some. Approx $40 plus postage.

Our next function in Sydney will be the ‘Wake’ held at the Australian Maritime Museum – read VAMPIRE, meet there for the 1100 ceremony for Remembrance Day, and proceed later to lunch. November 11 this year is a Saturday. Please let me know if you will be attending. Gary Angel will be there. A medals event.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Ross Gowers
Pat Zegenhagen
David Macfarlane
Chris Jamieson
Ron Quetcher
Knobby Clark
Ron Mitchell
Ken Railton
Terry Pitt
RSL NSW
Joke

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 10 September 2017
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G’day All. Received a letter from Desma Wieringa informing us that Dutchy Wieringa passed away on 7 December 2015. A copy of her letter is contained in the Attachment.

Has anybody been in contact with Ron Mitchell, Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars, if you have please contact me with their details.

Have been in contact with Di Lewin, she is happy for us to have a Dedication Plaque inserted in the GI Chapel (Sydney) for him. Rob Cavanagh has stepped up and will present a eulogy on our behalf. Please watch this space for further details.

Brent Balchin is still battling away at ‘The Albert’ hospital in Melbourne. He is still not out of the woods, still having major surgery each and every day. Most importantly he is responding to treatment. Fantastic news. Our thoughts are with him.

For those who were confused or unsure of the dress code for the Saturday Night major function (Coat and Tie) there will be NO medals worn. We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Jeff and Kaye Dunn are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Have had a query on one of our polo shirts, does anybody else want one with the two emblems, (not ready for the October reunion) LEEUWIN Ship’s crest on left side and LEEUWIN Larikan on the other. If there is enough interest I will order some. Approx $40 with postage.

Have you changed your postal address and not let me know. If you have, please let me update our database. 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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there is a new pic of Dutchy Wieringa’s funeral card forwarded by his wife Desma. 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

Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are travelling to Dubbo this coming week for the AIF Bowls. It promises to be a great week, you may want to think about attending next year. Would love to see you there. There is also the Navy competition in May in Forster. Watch this space for details.


Articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Jeff Wake
Fred Howes
VENDETTA Veterans (QLD)
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 3 September 2017
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G’day All. Back in Sydney after a couple of months in FNQ, must admit I am looking forward to next year already to return to God’s Country. Going through three and a half months of mail has been anything but fun. Have had the following birthday cards returned. I forwarded the cards to the address I have on my data base for Ron Pope, Ron Mitchell, Barry Nichols and Henry Overmars.

Have been in contact with Di Lewin, she is happy for us to have a Dedication Plaque inserted in the GI Chapel (Sydney) for him. Rob Cavanagh has stepped up and will present a eulogy on our behalf. Please watch this space for further details.

As advised last week Brent Balchin had a major accident whilst walking across a road under the sanctuary of ‘Green Lights’ in suburbia Launceston. He was hit by a bus and is in a very bad way in hospital.

A precise of his condition – he has been transferred from Launceston Hospital to ‘The Albert’ in Melbourne, he is still in an induced coma, he has had multiple internal operations, he does not have an area in his body that does not require major repair. There is hope that some of the broken bones may be set tomorrow. He has been too unwell to do these tasks earlier. His wife Sue is in Melbourne with him. Fortunately, Marty Grogan is still working at CERBERUS and is also on standby to assist if necessary.

You may all remember Brent is the bloke that provides our group with the brilliant posters. Many of you have them in your home now. His generosity to our group is outstanding. He provides the posters to us for free and we have auctioned them to gather funds for our group. He also does a lot of work for the CERBERUS Museum where his best mate Marty Grogan is the curator. His love of Navy is unquestioned. He is a bloke who you would want to be with when you are in the trenches. Get well soon Brent.

Does anybody remember David McFarlane, he was in Yagan 2, Mokare 1, then became a Writer, not sure how long he spent in the Puss. He has recently contacted me by snail mail with his contact details.

Does anybody remember Noel Donnelly, his death notice was in the paper on Friday last. He would have been a LS/PO when we joined. He was the Foc’sle PO on VOYAGER on the night of the collision. Played Rugby at IS level for Navy, paid off as a WOCOXN. Great bloke, great Coxswain and real character, a sad loss. Another of Navy’s legends gone.

For those who were confused or unsure of the dress code for the Saturday Night major function (Coat and Tie) there will be NO medals worn. We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Jeff and Kaye Dunn are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

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

Face Book – Doug Brown has liked our FB page, I have asked him to be a friend so hope to have him as a contact soon. Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics taken by Rob Cavanagh during Dick Lewin’s funeral. 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
Don Muller
HMAS HOBART Commissioning
Jeff Wake on DVA
HMAS TOBRUK
HMAS CANBERRA
DFWA Meeting
HMAS ALBATROSS
Jokes

Cheers

Ron





Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 27 August 2017
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G’day All. As advised earlier, Dick Lewin passed over the bar ron 16 August and was buried in Gatton on Friday 25 August. Rob Cavanagh and Russ Loane attended the service. Rob forwarded some pics which have been placed on our Facebook Page. There is one of these pics in the attachment with some comments from Rob.

Dick will be sorely missed, one of the quiet achiever’s in this world. Loved everything Navy, particularly Submarines where he was a Boat Coxswain. He has been described as the salt of the earth type of bloke, these comments I would like to endorse. He and his wife were particularly unlucky; in 2015 they lost their son who had joined the RAN in his 40’s, unfortunately he didn’t complete his Recruit - Specialist Course as he had a Melanoma. Dick was keen on our group and was keen to progress it; he kept in occasional contact with me, he also attended our major functions whenever he could.

Brent Balchin has had a major accident whilst walking across a road under the sanctuary of ‘Green Lights’ in suburbia Launceston. He was hit by a bus and is in a very bad way in hospital. He has been placed in an induced coma for 3 days – that’s how crook he is. Marty Grogan has been keeping us informed of his struggle. Receiving updates at least every 24 hours. As of 1700 today he is not out of the woods yet as he suffered major internal and external injuries. He has had 10 specialists working on him. Brent is a fighter, he is responding to treatment and although nobody knows how he is going to respond psychologically, when he comes out of the coma, (They are starting to reduce the amount of medicine needed to stay in a coma) where there is life there is hope. We are all thinking of him and wishing him all the best for a speedy recovery.

You may all remember Brent is the bloke that provides our group with the brilliant posters. Many of you have them in your home now. His genorosity to our group is outstanding. He provides the posters to us for free and we have auctioned them to gather funds for our group. He also does a lot of work for the CERBERUS Museum where his best mate Marty Grogan is the curator. His love of Navy is unquestioned. He is a bloke who you would want to be with when you are in the trenches. Get well soon Brent.

We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Jeff and Kaye Dunn are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics taken by Rob Cavanagh during Dick Lewin’s funeral. 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
Les Barclay
Rob Cavanagh on Dick Lewin’s funeral
The infernal engines of progress
Jokes

Cheers

Ron
















Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 20 August 2017

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G’day All. It is time to complete our payments for the Canberra reunion. If you are attending the three functions it will cost a total of $180 a head less your deposit. The details have been forwarded by separate email tonight. Our bank details are: Bank account – BSB: 032-003 Account number - 307469


We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Pie and Ros Pieda are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.


Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. This year we are running with one team: Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.


Hector Hart has responded to his birthday wish and particular you contacting him. There is some real interesting articles about defence both here and overseas plus a few good jokes. Hope you enjoy


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


Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics of Rob Cavanagh in HK and Bill Godenzie showing off his fish in Exmouth. I think Bill is showing off, lucky bugger. 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

Hector Hart

LEEUWIN Poster

HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS ADELAIDE Fuel problems

HMAS SYDNEY being broken up in WA

ADF Gender War – this is a joke

HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH arrive in Portsmouth

Two minutes of Aviation History

Jokes


Cheers


Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 13 August 2017
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G’day All. It is time to complete our payments for the Canberra reunion. If you are attending the three functions it will cost a total of $180 a head less your deposit. The details have been forwarded by separate email tonight. Our bank details are: Bank account – BSB: 032-003 Account number - 307469

We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Pie and Ros Pieda are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. This year we are running with one team: Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.

Hector Hart has responded to his birthday wish and particular you contacting him. There is some real interesting articles about defence both here and overseas plus a few good jokes. Hope you enjoy

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics of Rob Cavanagh in HK and Bill Godenzie showing off his fish in Exmouth. I think Bill is showing off, lucky bugger. 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
Hector Hart
LEEUWIN Poster
HMAS CANBERRA and HMAS ADELAIDE Fuel problems
HMAS SYDNEY being broken up in WA
ADF Gender War – this is a joke
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH arrive in Portsmouth
Two minutes of Aviation History
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 13 August 2017
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G’day All. Big couple of months for our group coming up. Dubbo Bowls in September, Reunion in October in Canberra and the ‘Wake’ to be held at the Maritime Museum on Remembrance Day sponsored by Gary Angel. I am looking forward to all of them.

Tassy Mason is the only starter to date for the Long Tan ceremony on 18 August in Sydney. Does anybody want to join him.

Had a response from Brose Palmer a mate and EXJR who is attending a function for his group, he is interested in using Hector’s poster for their reunion. Pretty good recommendation, I reckon!

We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Pie and Ros Pieda are the latest to sign up. If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself as definites and Bruck Pollock as a possible. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom. It is time to think about accommodation. Tom has been advised we will be playing at West Dubbo. This is walking distance to the Big 4 Caravan Park which services the Dubbo Zoo.

Been a quiet week in email heaven, this week we have some birthday responses and a joke. Hope you enjoy

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics of Rob Cavanagh in HK and Bill Godenzie showing off his fish in Exmouth. I think Bill is showing off, lucky bugger. 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
Jokes


Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 6 August 2017
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G’day All. Hector Hart has done a brilliant job by producing a brilliant poster for our reunion. A copy is in Attachment 2. This is for sale for a very moderate price, have a look at the poster, the details and I will be surprised if you are not interested.

Tassy Mason is the only starter to date for the Long Tan ceremony on 18 August in Sydney. Does anybody want to join him.

We have 57 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October in Canberra. Pie and Ros Pieda are the latest to sign up. Thanks very much for all those who responded to the little survey from last week. There was a myriad of reasons you aren’t attending, sickness, travel and rival reunion commitments were prominent; reunion fatigue was also mentioned.

If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom. It is time to think about accommodation. Tom has been advised we will be playing at West Dubbo. This is walking distance to the Big 4 Caravan Park which services the Dubbo Zoo.

Have some birthday responses from Ron Lockwood, Errol Delaney, Tony Zajer and Rob Cavanagh. There is plenty to read in this edition past and future articles relating to defence are interesting and some pretty funny jokes. Hope you enjoy


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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics of Rob Cavanagh in HK and Bill Godenzie showing off his fish in Exmouth. I think Bill is showing off, lucky bugger. 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
Ron Lockwood
Errol Delaney
Tony Zajer
Rob Cavanagh
Hugh Ochremionco – The Sailors friend
75th Anniversary of the loss of HMAS Canberra at the Battle of Savo Island
The Vendetta Veterans' Association (Qld Division)
The Warrior’s Return
Mark Latham: Diversity Is Not Strength When It Comes To Military
China Lake Us Military Training Facility
Sinking Of HMS Brazen (Rtrd)
DFWA National update Jun – Jul 2017
Jokes


Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 30 July 2017
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G’day All. Another quiet week at Kurrimine Beach. A few fish, but absolutely nothing to get excited about.

We must all congratulate and be proud of Jeff Wake who has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday list for his contribution to assisting Veterans and Veterans families in WA.

Is anybody going to participate in the Long Tan ceremonies on 18 August.

Have been in contact with Mal Chatfield the co-treasurer, he is keeping our group honest.

Two members of our hard working committee celebrate their birthdays this weekend, Barry Parker and Hector Hart. Happy Birthday blokes.

We have 55 starters for the weekend of 27-29 October. Buck (Terry) Rogers is the latest to sign up. This is the lowest number we have had for a reunion. Was wondering why. If you aren’t going is it because:

a. You are travelling elsewhere;
b. It is too far from home;
c. Am not well enough or wife too crook to travel;
d. Have been to previous functions and need a break;
e. Better offer somewhere else;
f. Too close to other functions, e.g. HOBART’s commissioning;
g. Have had enough of reunions; and
h. Other

Please give some feedback, nobody will be offended by your point of view. But it will give us an idea on the way ahead.

If you do want to go, please contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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 Canberra Yacht Club & the boat management have stated they need to be provided with all surnames of persons entering the club & for the manifest on the boat. Margaret Parker will contact all those who have indicated they will be enjoying the sojourn on the Lake.

Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. I know it is close to our reunion in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know.

To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom. It is time to think about accommodation. Tom has been advised we will be playing at West Dubbo. This is walking distance to the Big 4 Caravan Park which services the Dubbo Zoo.

Doug Wilson’s club at Bateau Bay has a fire sale happening, this includes Royal blue bowls slacks. I say that, as we are using the Royal Blue slacks and our polo shirt as our official rig. If you need slacks please let him know.

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

Have some birthday responses from Huck Elliot and Stew Dewar, a list of those attending our function in October and a joke included in the Attachment this week.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics of Rob Cavanagh in HK and Bill Godenzie showing off his fish in Exmouth. I think Bill is showing off, lucky bugger. 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
Huck Elliot
Stew Dewar
Joke


Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 23 July 2017
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G’day All. Had a yarn with Doug Wilson and Rod Hazell during this week. Both are well. I am kidless for a few weeks so am looking forward to catching up on a bit of fishing as the weather is pretty good. There is some new information for our AIF bowlers included below.

Davo forwarded this article on the Gold Card:

Quote
On the Gold Card.

Now that some of you veterans have crept past the age of 70 years, you may not be aware that you, or a mate, are entitled to a Gold Card from DVA. Even if you have never made a claim on DVA for a disability, it doesn't matter. It's an entitlement. And we think there may be thousands of you, who can gain financially, and get treatment benefits hither to disadvantaged by out of pocket expenses. It only take a phone call to DVAmon 133254 and the process is easy.
Unquote
Cheers mate
Davo

Some interesting history in this week’s attachment. Another strike by part time sailors; these blokes were legends. We have 5 by 70 year old birthday boys. A few pics of familiar faces and of course a few jokes.

Remember the weekend of 27-29 October is the date you need to put into your calendar. Great dates for a big bash. While you are there make a week of it, Canberra is a city with a lot to see and offer, take advantage of the opportunity.

The Canberra Yacht Club & the boat management have stated they need to be provided with all surnames of persons entering the club & for the manifest on the boat. Margaret Parker will contact all those who have indicated they will be enjoying the sojourn on the Lake.

Really, it is time to make the decision whether you want to go to the Canberra function or not. Believe it or not, you are still alive and ready to go for the next couple of years, don’t waste your time. Get onboard, meet your mates and have a good time. Spend more than a few days there as Canberra has a lot of really good places to see which are very interesting. Contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. I know it is close to our reunion in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know.

To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom. It is time to think about accommodation. Tom has been advised we will be playing at West Dubbo. This is walking distance to the Big 4 Caravan Park which services the Dubbo Zoo.

Doug Wilson’s club at Bateau Bay has a fire sale happening, this includes Royal blue bowls slacks. I say that, as we are using the Royal Blue slacks and our polo shirt as our official rig. If you need slacks please let him know.

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are new pics of Rob Cavanagh in HK and Bill Godenzie showing off his fish in Exmouth. I think Bill is showing off, lucky bugger. 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
Derby Ashton
Dave Ferguson
Ken Railton
Rob Cavanagh
Bill Godenzie
Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 16 July 2017
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G’day All. Met up with Nev Barry at Murray River during the week, hoping to catch up again with Hyphen and Kerri Henderson-Smith in the coming month. Nev looks good and is happy to have left Mackay. He is a well travelled man.

The reunion committee meeting was held at Schubes and Marian’s house during the week, everything is on track. Remember the weekend of 27-29 October is the date you need to put into your calendar. Great dates for a big bash. While you are there make a week of it, Canberra is a city with a lot to see and offer, take advantage of the opportunity.

The Canberra Yacht Club & the boat management have stated they need to be provided with all surnames of persons entering the club & for the manifest on the boat. Margaret Parker will contact all those who have indicated they will be enjoying the sojourn on the Lake.

The attachment this week contains the starters for the Canberra Bash plus an insight into Admiral Chris Barrie’s thoughts of our future. Some interesting stories about the RN and the USN plus a bit more. Hope the dits at the end make your day happier.

Really, it is time to make the decision whether you want to go to the Canberra function or not. Believe it or not, you are still alive and ready to go for the next couple of years, don’t waste your time. Get onboard, meet your mates and have a good time. Spend more than a few days there as Canberra has a lot of really good places to see which are very interesting. Contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Dubbo AIF bowls commences with a day competition on Sunday 10 September then the main games commence on Tuesday 12 September for three days. I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom. It is time to think about accommodation.

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are the pics of the five of us in Cairns. 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
Buck Rogers
Trevor Elias
List of Attendees at Canberra October 2017
Admiral Chris Barrie’s insight into our future
A Lucky Submariner
RN Manning
Burial at Sea
Jokes

Cheers

Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 9 July 2017
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G’day All. The weekend of 27-29 October is the date you need to put into your calendar. Great dates for a big bash. While you are there make a week of it, Canberra is a city with a lot to see and offer, take advantage of the opportunity.

Met up for lunch with our Far North Queensland brothers and sisters on Thursday; Annie and Jerry Oakley, Tom and Val Houldsworth, James Carroll, Charlie Wright, Bill Waldock, Bruce Dawson, Ian Potter and myself met in a Cairns French Restaurant ‘Petit’. Food was delicious and everybody enjoyed it. We were lucky to have three ring-ins, Bill and Bruce are not ex LEEUWIN ites but good mates, Ian joined shortly after us and wanted to catch up. Hyphen and Kerri Henderson-Smith were on the way but had mechanical problems and were stranded in Tully. Nev Barry tendered his apologies, am hoping to catch up with him in the next two weeks as he is living just south of Tully. Thanks to all others who tendered their apologies. Bombed out on a pic of the group (I forgot) and more than slightly p….off about it, however a later pic of 5 of us has been included in our Face Book Page.

Has anybody been in contact with Ron Mitchell recently? If you have, please let me know. His email is not responding.

Did anybody have a look at the December 74 Navy News article last week. Amongst a lot of other articles there was a pic of Rod Hazell returning from a deployment (he doesn’t look a day older today). This week there are some other fun and serious issues addressed, we’ll, Dolly is back and that makes it worth a look. Voice Pipe has a really good article on Ken Dobbie and the dit on th decommissioning of FFG SYDNEY is interesting. There are a few jokes you might get a giggle.

Jock and Dorothey McGregor have signed up for October function, they are attending the Friday night Meet and Greet – are you?

Really, it is time to make the decision whether you want to go to the Canberra function or not. Believe it or not, you are still alive and ready to go for the next couple of years, don’t waste your time. Get onboard, meet your mates and have a good time. Spend more than a few days there as Canberra has a lot of really good places to see which are very interesting. Contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Schubes has called a committee meeting to be held in Canberra on 13 July at his and Marion’s house. If you are committee….

Dubbo AIF bowls is in mid September, I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane, Jaffa Robinson and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom. It is time to think about accommodation.

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are the pics of the five of us in Cairns. 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
Ken Dobbie
Dolly on Tales from Tasmania
EXFFG HMAS SYDNEY
Stroke detectors
Jokes

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 2 July 2017
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G’day All. Met up for lunch with Annie and Jerry Oakley on Thursday in Cairns and then had coffee with Greg and Kerry Henderson-Smith yesterday at South Mission Beach. Building up for next Thursday’s lunch in Cairns, currently we have 10 starters. Waiting to hear from Charlie Wright.

Talked to Hyphen about Wayne Chapman as he was one of his mates. Very sad when your mate passes over the bar.

Has anybody been in contact with Ron Mitchell recently? If you have, please let me know. His email is not responding.

Some really good articles albeit nostalgic in this week’s attachment, the Navy News of December 1974 in particular, in some cases the last issue some of our group received before they left for the big ship ‘Citizenship’, other articles relating to the RN and USN are pretty impressive also.

Jock and Dorothey McGregor have just signed up for October function, they are attending the Friday night Meet and Greet – have you?

Really, it is time to make the decision whether you want to go to the Canberra function or not. Believe it or not, you are still alive and ready to go for the next couple of years, don’t waste your time. Get onboard, meet your mates and have a good time. Spend more than a few days there as Canberra has a lot of really good places to see which are very interesting. Contact Barry and Margaret Parker yyandamurra@bigpond.com to record your interest. 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.

Schubes has called a committee meeting to be held in Canberra on 13 July at his and Marion’s house. If you are committee….

You will have all received the email on the auction for the Life Buoy that is being conducted on Gum Tree by Tom Houldsworth. This would be a great attraction in a collection for bragging rights alone. Remember what happened on the Gold Coast when we played with a phoney auction for the LEEUWIN Life Buoy there. What a night.

Dubbo AIF bowls is in mid September, I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane, Jaffa Robinson and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are pics including Jack and Carol Davey and son with wife celebrating. 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
Spook Cairns
Nev Bryant
Bill Bacon
Ted Wynberg RIP – Funeral Service
Navy News December 1974
Mansions
HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH
USS CORAL SEA
Results of DFRT for the ADF
Joke

Cheers

Ron






Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 25 June 2017

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G’day All. Well its that time of the year again, no not the new financial year, but the cut off date for the birthdays of our 63 group. This coming week the youngest of the 6th intake turn 70. Russ Loane being the youngest then Bill Bacon the next youngest then Ron Mitchell. However, we now turn to those who are turning 71. Congratulations to you all, you are survivors.


On a somber note Wayne (Chappo) Chapman passed away last week. He will be sorely missed by his family and mates. Another one of our brother’s from LEEUWIN who has crossed the bar. Don’t know if anybody made the funeral, if you did please let me know.


Rocky and Linda Freier have just signed up for October function – have you? You may remember the Adelaide dinner where Linda had a severe asthma attack and had to be taken to hospital. Well she has new medication and is ready to rock and roll again. Onya Linda.


Really, it is time to make the decision whether you want to go to the Canberra function or not. Believe it or not, you are still alive and ready to go for the next couple of years, don’t waste your time. Get onboard, meet your mates and have a good time. Spend more than a few days there as Canberra has a lot of really good places to see which are very interesting. Contact me to record your interest. 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.


Schubes has called a committee meeting to be held in Canberra on 13 July at his and Marion’s house. If you are committee….


You will have all received the email on the auction for the Life Buoy that is being conducted on Gum Tree by Tom Houldsworth. This would be a great attraction in a collection for bragging rights alone. Remember what happened on the Gold Coast when we played with a phoney auction for the LEEUWIN Life Buoy there. What a night.


You will probably read the Attachment and say ‘Dolly is back’, well, my or rather our collective thanks are extended to Ken Dobbie for forwarding the article on Tasmania. (I tried to ring Dolly a few weeks back but had to leave a message) There are also a few interesting articles particularly the one about the nursing homes. Could affect you and me. Anyway hope you enjoy the read.


Hope to catch up with our FNQ mates maybe late July early August. Watch this space. If you are going to be in the area of Cairns during this time please let me know.


Dubbo AIF bowls is in mid September, I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane, Jaffa Robinson (new comer) and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave Pescott and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.


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


Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated; there are pics including Kev Smith, Russ Loane, Rocky and Linda Freier, Rocky’s shirt plus Knocker and Marilyn Whyte with Andy and Glynis Anderson in Toowoomba. 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

Gordon Stringer

Lew Smith

Hector Hart

Religious Advisory Committee

Aged Care scams

Jokes

Cheers


Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 18 June 2017
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G’day All. Does anybody remember the scablifter CPOSBA at LEEUWIN when we were there, his name was Bill Mortimer. Well his son has been fishing with me for the last two or three weeks. Small world. Same sense of humour.

It is time to make the decision whether you want to go to the Canberra function or not. Believe it or not, you are still alive and ready to go for the next couple of years, don’t waste your time. Get onboard, meet your mates and have a good time. Spend more than a few days there as Canberra has a lot of really good places to see which are very interesting. Schubes has included an article in the Attachment.

You will have all received the email on the auction for the Life Buoy that is being conducted on Gum Tree by Tom Houldsworth. This would be a great attraction in a collection for bragging rights alone. Remember what happened on the Gold Coast when we played with the LEEUWIN Life Buoy there. What a night.

Hope to catch up with our FNQ mates maybe late July early August. Watch this space. If you are going to be in the area of Cairns during this time please let me know.

Dubbo AIF bowls is in mid September, I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.

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; there are pics including Kev Smith, Russ Loane, Rocky and Linda Freier, Rocky’s shirt plus Knocker and Marilyn Whyte with Andy and Glynis Anderson in Toowoomba. 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
Huck Elliot with Ian Mclean
Mal Chatfield
John Miscamble
Tony Bath
Mike and Jean Shephard are going abroard
Our reunion flyer
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 11 June 2017
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G’day All. Have just arrived back from Burketown fishing. We did really well for the first three days then the professionals came in and netted the river. Very few fish for the next three days. Give Burketown the miss, so annoyed at what the professionals can get away with.


Hope to catch up with our FNQ mates maybe late July early August. Watch this space. If you are going to be in the area of Cairns during this time please let me know.

Dubbo AIF bowls is in mid September, I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have Tom Houldsworth, Doug Wilson, Russ Loane and myself are definites and Bruck Pollock, Dave and Jack Davey are possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.

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; there are pics including Kev Smith, Russ Loane, Rocky and Linda Freier, Rocky’s shirt plus Knocker and Marilyn Whyte with Andy and Glynis Anderson in Toowoomba. 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
Doug Rasmussen
LHD Update
Electricity costs assistance to Veterans
DVA – Tragic News for Veterans
Queensland Bell Bottomed sailor statue
Grumman Tracker
Capt Mona Shindy – Senate Inquiry
Lost soul – Angus McGougan
HMAS BONTHORPE
Jokes

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 4 June 2017
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G’day All. We are in Atherton preparing to go to Burketown fishing for a week, so Weekly News will be late next week by a couple of days. Hope to have some pics for our FB page.

Hope to catch up with our FNQ mates maybe late July early August. Watch this space. If you are going to be in the area of Cairns during this time please let me know.

Dubbo AIF bowls is in mid September, I know it is close to the function in Canberra, however, if you want to play please let me know. To date we have 4 definites and 3 possibles. Tom Houldsworth is running with this, so please contact Tom.

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; there are pics including Kev Smith, Russ Loane, Rocky and Linda Freier, Rocky’s shirt plus Knocker and Marilyn Whyte with Andy and Glynis Anderson in Toowoomba. 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
Stainless steel etched plaque
RAN Corvettes WW2
Naval Historical Society
VENDETTA Reunion
Boer War Memorial
Bernard Gaynor on the Defence Imam
Jokes

Cheers

Ron



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
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

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
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm

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
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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

DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
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

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

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.


DFRDB and ESO items in the Attachment:

DVA items in Attachment:

Other Associations items in the Attachment:

Other articles in the attachment:
Birthdays
Mike Shephard


Cheers

Ron