DARWIN 12 – 15 Sept 2019

The Top End Reunion for the classes of ’63 is coming together with a healthy number of the group indicating they are locked in to the party in Darwin on the week-end of 13 to 15 Sept, with a warm up on Thurs 12th for those that are in town early. Still a number of things to be finalized ref venues ect but we are fine tuning several alternates to ensure best value for money. Some details for your info are :-
Schedule (TBC) is ; 1. Thurs 12 Mindil Markets 1700 – 1930 . Informal night at Mindil Markets. A renowned tourist attraction and a great way to enjoy the multi cultural aspects of Darwin.
2. Friday 13. Official meet and greet. Several options being negotiated
A .Trailer Boat Club; 1730 – 1930 ; Casual food platters, about $15 per head, drinks pay as you go. Watch the sunset over Fannie Bay. Stay on for a meal from the club bistro if you are still hungry .Need cab or transport from CBD to Fannie Bay and back, about $30 and most will probably want to eat after at the club or back in town
b. Parliament House, Speakers Green; Over looking Harbour on the Esplanade in CBD. 1730 – 1930, cost about $45 per head based on 40 attending (there is a $500 hire fee plus staff) however food should be sufficient for main meal and venue is easy walking from most places in CBD so no further costs other than drinks. Price reduced if more attending.
3. Sat 14. Dinner at Char Restaurant (old Admiralty house on the Esplanade). Pre dinner drinks in the court yard 1800 – 1845. Upstairs dining 1900. Cost 2 courses entrée and main or main and dessert $85.00 drinks pay as you go.
Alternate is Novotel on the esplanade which is considerably cheaper( but doesn’t have the historic atmosphere) $91.00 which includes 2hr drink package and 3 course meal .
4. Sunday 15 Wind up brunch/lunch Either at Darwin Military Museum $20 (includes $12 entry fee) or possibly at DNB Larrakeyah Barracks.
Apartments at “C2 esplanade” 3 b/r $210 six pers & 2 b/r $175 four pers
Mantra Hotel (esplanade) Room rate $150
Darwin Central (Rydges –Knuckey St, One block back from Esplanade) $180
Value Inn (Mitchell Street Motel style very central and good value) at $110
Novotel (esplanade) $170
Palm City (resort style on esplanade – old Darwin Hotel) $140
Prices are indicative only for September.
I will give further update next week. If any one has any questions please email me at “ jkdunn4@bigpond.com” or ring 0407 186 484.
Jeff Dunn

Programe (TBC) is ;

Thursday late afternoon for sunset Mindil Markets – cost nil;
Friday Meet & Greet Trailer boat club Finger food – cost TBC but $10 -$15 approx.
Saturday Dinner options see below.
Sunday BBQ lunch/Brunch at Darwin Military Museum or Patrol Boat Base (depending on access) cost $20.00

Initial quote for major function

14th and 15th September 2019

Area; Turfed lounge side for welcome drinks, privatised w/ bar set up & sit down meal in Admiralty House upstairs
Guest Pax; 55approx (numbers likely to change)
Arrival time; 6pm (TBC) for welcome drinks
645 (TBC) Move upstairs for meal
700 (TBC) Meal to start

Drinks selection; Possible bar tab for welcome drinks in lounge. Limited selection TBC. Along the lines of a bubbles, white & red wine available as well as a light, mid & full strength beer. Soft drinks also. Anything else requested to be purchased in main bar on restaurant floor. Upstairs cash bar to be available. Still recommend limited selection in order to stock the fridges adequately however a larger selection than downstairs.

Food Selection; 2 Course menu discussed. Entrée & mains or Mains & desserts TBC at $85ph. Lenient on pricing if necessary- can accommodate Entrée & mains with no sides or Mains & desserts at $80ph. As numbers are over 30 we will 'alternate drop' from the limited set menu. This requires two choices to be made from each course. Any dietaries will be catered to outside of these options. As discussed the proteins on the menu are likely to stay the same however the accompaniments are likely to change by September. I will notify you as and when this happens.

Stairs only access to the room upstairs - this is to be discussed with your guests attending.

Please don't hesitate to be in contact should you have any further questions or if I have missed anything on the above list.

Ashton Darby yes
Aylmer . Michael abd Beth Hedge
Barry Nev yes
Butler Glenn . yes
Butterfield Wayne Margaret yes
Carroll James yes
Chatfield Mal Robyn
Dack Terry Helen yes
Dale Russ Joy yes
DiBetta Bongø Joanne yes
Dunn Jeff Kay yes
Freier Rocky Linda yes
Gallagher Mick yes
Gawne Wally Robyn yes
Giveen Ron Bev yes
Hart Hector
Hase Ted Fiona yes
Houldsworth Tom Val yes
Howes Fred + 5
Pike George and Carol
Quigley Barry and Alice
Rogers Buck + 1 yes
Rowlands Darkie & Shirley
Sheavils Kathy + Tara yes
Stapley Bryan and Kaye . yes
Whitehouse Perry yes
Whyte Knocker Marilyn yes
Wilson Doug Trish yes

total 50


Davison Davo
Daw Kim
Dernedde Grant
Harris Jim
Loane Russ
McGrath Garry
Petherick Peewee and Christine
Potter Hoss
Ritchie Mal
Schubes Schubes
Thomas Nifty

Not likely or not attending

Andrew Barry
Avey Rick and Lea
Barclay Les
Bush Jim
Coulthard Terry
Dzodz Vic
Hazell . Rod Karyn
Jamieson Chris Angela
Jones Spike
Michels Sandy Rhonda
Richards Surfie
Missy Luba
Schubes Schubes
Shephard Mike & Jean