Weekly News 2020

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 20 September 2020

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G’day All. Hope you are all well.  I am back in Sydney enjoying the Northern Beaches.

Thanks to all you blokes for responding to the call for ‘do you remember Peter Dahlstrom’, through James Carroll am trying to get your emails to his mate.

Do you remember filling in the questionnaire on your time in LEEUWIN.  Ken Railton had volunteered to process the responses and make some sense out of them.  As you know Ken is not now with us.  I have started on the job.  Will let you know the results in due course.

During the week I spoke with James Carroll and Jaffa Robinson.

We will be meeting at the Sydney Australian Maritime Museumn this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  This Wake will not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.  

We (Mal Chatfield) has been in contact with Garry (Stoney) Bourke.  Stoney has been very busy on our behalf.  At our recent function at the Rockers there was a lot of interest in helping out.  Mal wasn’t there, he is the main mover at present and I know Terry Dack is also interested in helping, Bongo is keen to help, he has volunteered to put a zoom meeting together.  There is scepticism on whether this event will occur.  That will be decided as events unfold.  If the pandemic continues, we will decide on a cut off date at our Zoom meeting.  If you want to be involved in the organizing of this function please let me know.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan and/or Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.  I have now forwarded those that have asked for them.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The most recent pic captures Stan and Margaret Church with Ron Giveen at Cardwell FNQ.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 13 September 2020

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G’day All. Hope you are all well.  Left Kurrimine Beach today heading south, an hour south of Kurrimine I met up with Stan and Margaret Church in Cardwell for a very enjoyable cup of coffee and a chinwag.  They were heading south also.  I am currently overnight in Claremont.

Last Monday I travelled to Atherton for the unofficial opening of the Atherton RSL and meet up with James Carroll (Immediate past President).  When I was waiting on James I was joined by a bloke who was also a visitor.  I was wearing our LEEUWIN shirt and he happened to ask me if I remembered Peter Dahlstrom.   I couldn’t remember him, however, I recalled he joined with the 7th intake and had passed away.  This bloke (Jim) told me he and Peter were the very best of mates, went to school together and caught up regularly.  He asked me to stay seated, when he departed for his caravan park to return with a pic of Peter.  He still carries it with him.  Peter was described as a wag and the life of the party.  He crossed the bar in the mid nineties.  Jim an ex Soldier who served in Vietnam was very excited to know about our group and share his experiences with us.  He recalls one of Peter’s mates was called Errol, but couldn’t remember his surname.  I contacted Errol Delaney, it wasn’t him.  Do you know.  He may have been a Stoker as Peter was.  Peter’s pic is in the Attachment.

During the week I spoke with Annie Oakley (missed a fishing expedition), Jaffa Robinson, Tassy Mason, Spook Cairns, Gordon Stringer and Errol Delaney.

We will be meeting at the Sydney Australian Maritime Museumn this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  This Wake will not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.  

We (Mal Chatfield) has been in contact with Garry (Stoney) Bourke.  Stoney has been very busy on our behalf.  At our recent function at the Rockers there was a lot of interest in helping out.  Mal wasn’t there, he is the main mover at present and I know Terry Dack is also interested in helping.  There is scepticism on whether this event will occur.  That will be decided as events unfold.  If the pandemic continues, we will decide on a cut off date at our Zoom meeting.  If you want to be involved in the organizing of this function please let me know.  I have had no responses as yet.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan  and Serving under two Ensigns’ please let me know. (I have run out but am waiting on a reprint). They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.  They should be ready in a couple of weeks.  Have also ordered biros but they will not be posted.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The most recent pic captures Stan and Margaret Church with Ron Giveen at Cardwell FNQ.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 6 September 2020

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G’day All. Hope you are all well.  Happy Father’s Day, hope you have enjoyed your day with your family.

Thanks to Fergie and Ken Dobbie for providing Charlie Wright’s email address.  Have been in contact with him.

There has been no response in respect of helping out with Ulverstone.  I take it that those that volunteered initially are still on board.

Last week I gave credit to an article on Teddy Sheean to Ross Gower, it should have read Ross Muller.  Sorry blokes.

Have been in contact with Stan Church and Tassy Mason during the past week.  Intend meeting up with Stan and Margaret next Sunday at Cardwell.

We will be meeting at the Sydney Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.  

We (Mal Chatfield) has been in contact with Garry (Stoney) Bourke.  Stoney has been very busy on our behalf.  At our recent function at the Rockers there was a lot of interest in helping out.  Mal wasn’t there, he is the main mover at present and I know Terry Dack is also interested in helping.  There is scepticism on whether this event will occur.  That will be decided as events unfold.  If the pandemic continues, we will decide on a cut off date at our Zoom meeting.  If you want to be involved in the organizing of this function please let me know.  I have had no responses as yet.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan  and Serving under two Ensigns’ please let me know. (I have run out but am waiting on a reprint). They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.  They should be ready in a couple of weeks.  Have also ordered biros but they will not be posted.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. There is a pic of Annie Oakly, James Carroll and Ron Giveen.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Cheers

Ron

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 30 August 2020

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G’day All.  Hope you are all well.  Has anybody been in contact with Charlie Wright.  He has slipped off the radar.  His email account is not responding nor is his home phone number.

Annie Oakley, James Carroll and myself met last Friday and enjoyed lunch at the Bungalow Hotel in Cairns.  Speaking for myself I had a great time.  All of us spun a few warries.   Enjoyed our lunch and looking forward to next year.

If anyone is interested there is a link to ‘Report of Proceedings’ in the attachment up to 1970.  You might find it interesting to read the official version of your time at sea on whatever ship you served in.  I certainly did.  There is a specific link to the blokes who served in DUCHESS.

We will be meeting at the Sydney Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Ross Gowers is a potential starter, Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.   

We (Mal Chatfield) has been in contact with Garry (Stoney) Bourke.  Stoney has been very busy on our behalf.  At our recent function at the Rockers there was a lot of interest in helping out.  Mal wasn’t there, he is the main mover at present and I know Terry Dack is also interested in helping.  There is scepticism on whether this event will occur.  That will be decided as events unfold.  If the pandemic continues, we will decide on a cut off date at our Zoom meeting.  If you want to be involved in the organizing of this function please let me know.  I have had no responses as yet.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan  and Serving under two Ensigns’ please let me know. (I have run out but am waiting on a reprint).  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:  https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated.  There is a pic of Annie Oakly, James Carroll and Ron Giveen.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 23 August 2020

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G’day All.  Hope you are all well.  

Jack Davey didn’t receive an invitation to attend the Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration ceremony at Martin Place, Sydney.  He had his own ceremony.  See his words and pic in the Attachment.

If you are in FNQ and would like to catch up, we will be getting together for a lunch at the Bungalow Hotel Aumuller St, Cairns commencing 1200ish this Friday 28 August 2020.  If anybody wants a lift from the Innisfail/Tully area please let me know.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Ross Gowers is a potential starter, Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.   

 

We (Mal Chatfield) has been in contact with Garry (Stoney) Bourke.  Stoney has been very busy on our behalf.  At our recent function at the Rockers there was a lot of interest in helping out.  Mal wasn’t there, he is the main mover at present and I know Terry Dack is also interested in helping.  There is scepticism on whether this event will occur.  That will be decided as events unfold.  If the pandemic continues, we will decide on a cut off date at our Zoom meeting.  

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.  I have ordered some more and also trying to reproduce the ‘Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:   https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

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

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

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

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 16 August 2020

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G’day All.  Hope you are all well.  I am sure everybody is happy with Teddy Sheean being awarded his well earned Posthumous VC.  To see that he has been honoured at long last is very satisfying.  An Ordinary Seaman becomes Australia’s first ever Naval Victoria Cross winner!  The proponents of his award had to endure many precedents against him being awarded the medal.  They also should be congratulated for their persistence.

I have received advice concerning VP day and Vietnam Veterans Day ceremonies.   In Sydney during these trying times, one needs an invitation to attend the Martin Place ceremony.

If you are in FNQ and would like to catch up, we will be getting together for a lunch at the Bungalow Hotel Aumuller St, Cairns commencing 1200ish on Friday 28 August 2020.  Details will be forwarded later.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Ross Gowers is a potential starter, Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

The Dubbo Diggers Bowls Carnival is also off.  It was cancelled this week.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view?

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.  I have ordered somme more and also trying to reproduce the ‘Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers.

Have built the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:   https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s or beyond may be interested.

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

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

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

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 9 August 2020

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G’day All. Hope you are all well.  There is an interesting item in this week’s attachment on how the Corona virus affected a very fit 50 year old Dr.  Worth the read.

Have been spending time with Wally and Robyn Gawne fishing and playing bowls during the week. If you are around this area please call in, I plan to be here until 2nd week in September.  There are several former Matelots living in the area. 

If you are in FNQ and would like to catch up, we will be getting together for a lunch in Cairns on Friday 28 August 2020.  Details will be forwarded later.

Did anybody else purchase one of the Medal Boxes that were advertised recently in the Attachment.  Sandy Michels did and he claims he it really looks good.  I have now ordered one.

Does anybody want to meet up on August 18 at Martin Place to commemorate Vietnam Veterans (Long Tan) Day.  Have been trying to confirm the Commemoration Ceremony will be taking place – I can not confirm it online.  If it does go ahead Spook Cairns and Jack Davey intend to be there. Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks and Ted Hase has indicated he will not be attending.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Ross Gowers is a potential starter, Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Nev Thomas, John Smith who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Barry Andrew has pulled.   Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.  I have ordered somme more and also trying to reproduce the ‘Serving under two Ensigns’ stickers.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address: https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pic of Rocky Freier beside a ‘dusty’ road sign has been posted.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Ex WORS Maurie Schoer - RIP

Covid 19

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 2 August 2020

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G’day All.  Hope you are all well.  A sad week, having to report Ken Railton’s passing over the bar.  I must report there was considerable confusion in respect of this matter.

Since arriving in Kurrimine Beach I caught up with Wally and Robyn Gawne and Nev Barry on Thursday last week then caught up with Annie and Jerry Oakley in Cairns on Friday (have been catching fish also) and Dean and Debbie Davis.  If you are around this area please call in, I plan to be here until 2nd week in September.  There are several former Matelots living in the area.  If you are in FNQ and would like to catch up, we will be getting together for a lunch in Cairns on Friday 28 August 2020.  Details will be forwarded later.

There are a few articles in this week’s Attachment you might find interesting e.g Defence’s attempt to differentiate between males and females, Russ and Joy Dale helping out the sailors on the visiting ships through the Mission for Seaman plus another DFRDB update and another great read from the Naval Historical Association are some.

Does anybody want to meet up on August 18 at Martin Place to commemorate Vietnam Veterans (Long Tan) Day, Spook Cairns and Jack Davey intend to be there. Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Ross Gowers is a potential starter, Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun and bring your swimming togs for a romp in the Bass Strait.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island (seconded by Ross Gowers), John Miscamble, Brisbane, Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered and Spook Cairns thinks Melbourne should be the place to be.  Do you have a point of view.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Nev Thomas, John Smith who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Barry Andrew has pulled.   Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:   https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated.  Pic of Rocky Freier beside a ‘dusty’ road sign has been posted.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

 

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Russ Dale – Mission for Seaman

DFRDB Update

Naval Historical Society Association – Call the Hands

ADF attempts to explain differences between men and women

 

Columboola Country Veterans Retreat

DFWA

Jokes

 

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 July 2020

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G’day All.  Feel for our mates in Victoria.   Hope you are coping.

Have arrived in FNQ at Kurrimine Beach.  If you are around this area please call in, I plan to be here until 2nd week in September.  There are several former Matelots living in the area.

Does anybody want to meet up on August 18 at Martin Place to commemorate Vietnam Veterans (Long Tan) Day, Spook Cairns and Jack Davey intend to be there. Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.   Schubes will not be there due to the Corona risks.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island, John Miscamble, Brisbane and Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered.  Do you have a point of view.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, Nev Thomas, John Smith who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:   https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated.  Pic of Rocky Freier beside a ‘dusty’ road sign has been posted.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

 

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Terry Dack

Ross Gowers

Historical Aircraft Restoration Society

Queensland Air Museum petition

Bushfire Royal Commission Submission

Jokes

 

Cheers

Ron

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 July 2020

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

G’day All.  Have caught up with Rocky and Linda Freier on Tuesday and Wednesday, then met up for coffee with Toby Turner, Barry and KayMaree Andrew, Jaffa Robinson and Rob Cavanagh.  I forgot to take a pic.  Max Lampo, Ross Gowers (birthday this week) and Peewee Petherick offered apologies

Does anybody want to meet up on August 18 at Martin Place to commemorate Vietnam Veterans (Long Tan) Day, Spook Cairns and Jack Davey intend to be there.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone Tasmania 26-28 March 2021.  Similar format to previous years and heaps of touristy things to do.  Should not conflict with your ANZAC Day activities and does not clash with school holidays.  We will have heaps of fun.

Have received proposals for the location of our 2023 anniversary bash.  Rocky Freier has suggested Bribie Island, John Miscamble, Brisbane and Terry Dack thinks Fremantle/Perth should be considered.  Do you have a point of view.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, Nev Thomas, John Smith who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:   https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated.  Pic of Rocky Freier beside a ‘dusty’ road sign has been posted.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

 

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Vale Dave Luck – funny story included

Arctic Commandos – Royal Marines

U.S. Will Oppose Chinese ‘Gangster Tactics’ in South China Sea

 

USS BONHOMME RICHARD

Jokes

 

Cheers

Ron

 

 

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 July 2020

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

G’day All.  Would anybody like to meet up for coffee at about 1000 ish on the Sunshine Coast this Thursday 16 July.  Possibly around Caloundra.  My phone number is 0410529797 or return email.

I am on the way to Kurrimine Beach in FNQ to spend the next few months.  Am currently at Russ and Viv Loane’s house in Brisbane.  Russ and I met up with Kev (Smouch) Smith in Brisbane city today.   Also caught up with Marilyn Fielding this morning and am trying to convince her to attend the next ‘wake’ at Ulverstone.  Tomorrow catch up with Rocky and Linda Freier.

Does anybody want to meet up on August 18 at Martin Place to commemorate Vietnam Veterans (Long Tan) Day, Spook Cairns intends to be there.

We will be meeting at the Australian Maritime Museum again this year on 11 November, put this date also in your calendar.

Please forward your intentions on whether you are or are not considering Ulverstone.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, John Smith who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know.  They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site.  The address:   https://www.ranrugby.com/   

Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s may be interested.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated.  Pic of Russ Loane, Kev Smith and Ron Giveen meeting up in Brisbane has been posted.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963  The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.  

 

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Joke

 

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 July 2020

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

G’day All. We had our meeting at Rockers last Friday.  We have locked in a date for our Ulverstone Wake, it is 26-28 March 2021.  I mentioned Ulverstone, all who attended agreed on the venue.  The format of the functions will remain the same.  Details of accommodation are being investigated as are function addresses.  As previously advised Mal Chatfield and Terry Dack have been doing research on our behalf.

We have decided to use members of our group as Guest Speakers.  What that means is if you have a story and you can contain yourself to up to 5 minutes, we need you would like to hear your story.  We have a few volunteers already, Shep, Bongo, Tom Houldsworth, Spook, Hoges, Mick Gallagher and Doug Wilson.  We need quite a few more.  Please give it some thought, as this will be a lot of fun.

Why go to Ulverstone, well there is a lot to see in Northern Tasmania.  Shep and Jean have been through there recently and he has agreed to chase up the tourist destinations you may be interested in.

Our get together at the Rockers on Friday 3 July was a boomer.  There were lots of laughs, good food and we had a meeting.  Tom Houldsworth, Bongo, Doug Wilson, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher, Spook, Shep and I were there to sign the book.   Wally Cook, Schubes, James Carroll, Jack Davey, Glen Butler, Ted Hase (not well) Mal Ritchie, Rob Cavanagh, Bristles, Bill Hay and Sandy Michels forwarded their apologies. 

Mick Gallagher was presented the 1963 JR of the year for 2019 trophy by Mike Hogan who was the 2018 recipient.  Mick was quite excited about the award, he carried from his home all his trophies including his’ best looking baby in Vancouver 1948 trophy’ plus amongst other awards his LEEUWIN swimming trophies from 1963.

Spoke to Mike Hogan, Spook, Sandy Michels, Jaffa,Tassy, and James Carroll during the week.  James is not travelling too well, he is back in the Cairns Base Hospital as he has had a setback.   All the best for a speedy recovery James.  This also applies to Sandy and Billy Hay.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, John Smith who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed.  The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/   The pics are now on Face Book.  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of our function at the Rockers on Friday 3 July are now posted.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, (and tell me about it) I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

David Lowe

John Miscamble

Stan Church

DFRDB

Call the Hands (3)

Deadliest Ships in the World

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 28 June 2020

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

G’day All. Our get together at the Rockers is commencing 1200ish on this Friday 3 July.  If you haven’t contacted me, there is still plenty of time to make your way to the Rockers.  Anyway, we do have some starters, Tom Houldsworth, Bill Hay, Sandy Michels, Bongo, Doug Wilson, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallaghe, Spook, Shep and me so far.   Wally Cook, Schubes, James Carroll, Jack Davey, Glen Butler, Ted Hase (not well) and Mal Ritchie have forwarded their apologies.  Do you want to join us in a convivial, present Mick with the JR shield and discuss Tasmania amongst the other lies.

If you have read this week’s Attachment you will notice Mal Chatfield and Terry Dack have been doing some research on our jaunt to Tasmania.  There is a town called Ulverstone which has a RSL Club and a HMAS CANBERRA/HMAS SHROPSHIRE Park, which would be ideal for a BBQ and maybe other functions.  Russ Loane who was a local of Ulverstone has mentioned we should also look at Devonport as there are more facilities there.  As far as guest speakers, I propose we look into our group and have some of these speak.  These are just preliminary guidelines and are open to alteration subject to popular opinion.  Would you be keen to go to Tassy?  If so, please let me know if the time is right for you.  I am happy to run with the detail.

Spoke to Rocky Freier, Doug Wilson, Jaffa Robinson Spike Jones and Rod Hazell left a message during the week.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, plus a mate of Doug’s (John Smith) who was in the 8th intake is a starter and me.  Spike Jones (WA) is waiting to see what the travel restrictions will be before he can commit.   We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed.  The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/   The pics are now on Face Book.  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Rick and Lea’s pic of the major functions in the West.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Navy Media

Bongo Dibetta

LCDR Ken Brown RAN (Dcd) a must read

ADF bolsters US show of force

Australian Owned Products

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 21 June 2020

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

G’day All. I reckon today is my favourite day of the year, birthdays are good, Christmas is good, Weddings and Anniversaries are up there, but, today is the shortest day of the year, in my mind the middle of winter, and the prospect of having longer days for the next six months.  Please excuse my indulgence.

Our get together at the Rockers commencing 1200ish on Friday 3 July has received some comments from those outside NSW as some of the borders are closed and may be closed for some time.  Anyway, we have some starters, Tom Houldsworth, Bill Hay, Sandy Michels, Bongo and Jo, Doug Wilson, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher (some time perhaps), Spook and me so far.  Shep will wait until closer to the date to ascertain his status.   Wally Cook, Schubes, James Carroll, Jack Davey, Glen Butler, Ted Hase (not well) and Mal Ritchie have forwarded their apologies.  Do you want to join us in a convivial, present Mick with the JR shield and discuss Tasmania amongst the other lies.

As you are aware we have not had a major function in Hobart.  The show of support we had in Darwin last year indicated our group was in favour of having one there.  I am proposing we hold a function in Northern Tasmania in late March 2021.  We have been to Tasmania in late March and the weather has been very pleasant.  There is a town called Ulverstone which has a RSL Club and a HMAS CANBERRA/HMAS SHROPSHIRE Park, which would be ideal for a BBQ and maybe other functions.  Russ Loane who was a local of Ulverstone has mentioned we should also look at Devonport as there are more facilities there.  As far as guest speakers, I propose we look into our group and have some of these speak.  These are just preliminary guidelines and are open to alteration subject to popular opinion.  Would you be keen to go to Tassy?  If so, please let me know if the time is right for you.  I am happy to run with the detail.

Spoke to Jim Clegg, Russ Loane, Jaffa Robinson and Tassy Mason during the week.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, plus a mate of Doug’s who was in the 8th intake maybe a starter and me.  We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed.  The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/   The pics are now on Face Book.  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Rick and Lea’s pic of the major functions in the West.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tasmania 2021

Suicide in the ADF

CERBERUS – getting a makeover

Jokes

Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 14 June 2020

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

G’day All. My big news, is we now have a new website.  A mate, Scott Gallon has assisted us in producing a free website.  We haven’t lost the contents of the previous one, he has copied it and added it to the new site.  We now just need to pay domain fees.  Besides being free, it gives us more flexibility as we are not as constrained with data volume.  I have added a new page ‘The Attachments’ (minus the jokes) will be now there for all to see.  I am really happy to achieve this as it has taken some time to get there.

Our function in Tasmania in March/April 2021 is starting to gain traction.  I think it should.  We have all been sitting on our bums for the last three months saving heaps.  Here is an opportunity to get out of the house, get on the road again and meet up with some of your old mates and spend some of that wealth.  There are 15 names contained in the attachment who have indicated they are potential starters.  Importantly Mal Chatfield and Bongo have indicated they are happy to assist in putting it together.  Brent Balchin who lives in Launceston and who may not be able to attend has offered to help, Terry Dack (when we were in Darwin) mentioned he was happy to help and he has a niece who lives in Launceston.  We are on the way.  Do you want to turn up?  

Our get together at the Rockers commencing 1200ish on Friday 3 July has received some comments from those outside NSW as some of the borders are closed and may be closed for some time.  Anyway, we have some starters, Tom Houldsworth, Bill Hay, Sandy Michels, Bongo and Jo, Doug Wilson, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher (some time perhaps), Spook, Ted Hase and me so far.  Shep will wait until closer to the date to ascertain his status.   Wally Cook, Schubes, James Carroll, Jack Davey, Glen Butler and Mal Ritchie have forwarded their apologies.  Do you want to join us in a convivial and discuss Tasmania amongst the other lies.

As you are aware we have not had a major function in Hobart.  The show of support we had in Darwin last year indicated our group was in favour of having one there.  To date, I have not received any offers from Tasmanians to assist in hosting this function.  This shouldn’t lessen our resolve.  I am proposing we hold a function in Northern Tasmania in late March 2021.  We have been to Tasmania in late March and the weather has been very pleasant.  There is a town called Ulverstone which has a RSL Club and a HMAS CANBERRA/HMAS SHROPSHIRE Park, which would be ideal for a BBQ and maybe other functions.  As far as guest speakers, I propose we look into our group and have some of these speak.  These are just preliminary guidelines and are open to alteration subject to popular opinion.  Would you be keen to go to Tassy?  If so, please let me know if the time is right for you.  I am happy to run with the detail.

Have you seen the pics of previous major functions taken in WA by Rick and Lea Avey on our FB page.  Additionally, when you meet up with your mates, take a pic and send it to me.  We would all like to see it.

Spoke to Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Mick Gallagher, Jaffa Robinson and Disco Duck during the week.

If you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls.  Received a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September.  There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September.  Both competitions are in the same format as previous years.  Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner.  If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.  Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, plus a mate of Doug’s who was in the 8th intake maybe a starter and me.  We need more names.  Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed.  The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/   The pics are now on Face Book.  Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Rick and Lea’s pic of the major functions in the West.  Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Ken Dobbie

James Carroll

Tasmania 2021

Subic Bay

Ben Roberts-Smith

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 7 June 2020

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

G’day All. Winter is here. Long weekend in NSW, I know, for us every weekend is a long weekend. Long live long weekends.

There has been only a mild response to the proposed major function in Tasmania in March/April 2021. I would like to get an idea if you might come.

Our get together at the Rockers commencing 1200ish on Friday 3 July has received some comments from those outside NSW as some of the borders are closed and may be closed for some time. Anyway, we have some starters, Tom Houldsworth, Bill Hay, Sandy Michels, Bongo and Jo, Doug Wilson, John Hatchman, Mike Hogan, Mick Gallagher (some time perhaps), Spook, Ted Hase and me so far. Wally Cook, Schubes, James Carroll, Jack Davey, Glen Butler and Mal Ritchie have forwarded their apologies. Do you want to join us in a convivial and discuss Tasmania amongst the other lies.

As you are aware we have not had a major function in Hobart. The show of support we had in Darwin last year indicated our group was in favour of having one there. To date, I have not received any offers from Tasmanians to assist in hosting this function. This shouldn’t lessen our resolve. I am proposing we hold a function in Northern Tasmania in late March 2021. We have been to Tasmania in late March and the weather has been very pleasant. There is a town called Ulverstone which has a RSL Club and a HMAS CANBERRA/HMAS SHROPSHIRE Park, which would be ideal for a BBQ and maybe other functions. As far as guest speakers, I propose we look into our group and have some of these speak. These are just preliminary guidelines and are open to alteration subject to popular opinion. Would you be keen to go to Tassy? If so, please let me know if the time is right for you. I am happy to run with the detail.

Have you seen the pics of previous major functions taken in WA by Rick and Lea Avey on our FB page. Additionally, when you meet up with your mates, take a pic and send it to me. We would all like to see it.

Spoke to Mike Hogan, Sandy Powell, Doug Wilson and Barry Andrews during the week.

Further to my opening remarks, if you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls. Received during the week a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September. There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September. Both competitions are in the same format as previous years. Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner. If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three. Russ Loane, Doug Wilson, Barry Andrew, plus a mate of Doug’s who was in the 8th intake maybe a starter and me. We need more names. Our group will pay the registration fee if you play with the LEEUWIN 63 group.

I am still unable to update our website as it is being copied and transited to another server. I expect to have control over it pretty soon.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed. The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/ The pics are now on Face Book. Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Rick and Lea’s pic of the major functions in the West. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Tank Evans

Dave Hanlon

Fairey Gannets

Lemnos Island

Call the Hands

Vietnam Facts

DFWA

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 31 May 2020

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

G’day All. Hope you are all a little happier this week, I have, and am looking forward to the future.

As you are aware we have not had a major function in Hobart. The show of support we had in Darwin last year indicated our group was in favour of having one there. To date, I have not received any offers from Tasmanians to assist in hosting this function. This shouldn’t lessen our resolve. I am proposing we hold a function in Northern Tasmania in late March 2020. We have been to Tasmania in late March and the weather has been very pleasant. There is a town called Ulverstone which has a RSL Club and a HMAS CANBERRA/HMAS SHROPSHIRE Park, which would be ideal for a BBQ and maybe other functions. As far as guest speakers, I propose we look into our group and have some of these speak. These are just preliminary guidelines and are open to alteration subject to popular opinion. Would you be keen to go to Tassy. If so, please let me know if the time is right for you. I am happy to run with the detail.

It was very satisfying to receive an email during the week from Ross Muller who wished to share his experiences with James Carroll. You would recall James had an article on his current circumstances in last week’s dit.

There must be some pics out there that deserve our FB page. When you meet up with your mates, take a pic and send it to me. We would all like to see it.

Spoke to Annie Oakley and Mick Gallagher during the week.

Further to my opening remarks, if you are a bowler and want to play AIF Bowls. Received during the week a letter from Eric Chamberlain the Secretary of the National Digger’s Bowl Carnival stating that the dates for the carnival in Dubbo are 15, 16 and 17 September. There is a preliminary competition being held on 13 September. Both competitions are in the same format as previous years. Let me know if you wish to attend and compete under our banner. If you wish to come with your mates and play under a different banner, that’s brilliant, it will be just great to catch up to share a yarn or three.

I am still unable to update our website as it is being copied and transited to another server. I expect to have control over it pretty soon.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed. The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/ The pics are now on Face Book. Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The pics of all who forwarded their ANZAC Day contribution. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Australia’s finest warship commissioned at sea

Broadside

AWM Hall of Fame

Bad Angel (not Gary)

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 24 May 2020

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

G’day All. Have had a chat with Mike Hogan this week, he is considering his options in transferring the ’63 JR of the year trophy’ to Mick Gallagher. Will keep you posted. Have also had conversations with James Carroll, Jaffa Robinson, Al Bock, Sandy Powell and Marty Grogan. All of these blokes may not have joined with us but they are friends of our group.

There must be some pics out there that deserve our FB page. When you meet up with your mates, take a pic and send it to me. We would all like to see it.

In the Attachment there is an article about a Yank submarine during the Second World War, really good read. Sandy Powell also forwarded an ad he received from Telstra which he considers an improvement on their previous offers.

I am still unable to update our website as it is being copied and transited to another server. I expect to have control over it pretty soon.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed. The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/ The pics are now on Face Book. Those that played in LEEUWIN in 63 or elsewhere in the 60’s and 70’s URL’s are https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000974059991102 and https://www.facebook.com/pg/NAVY-Rugby-Union-110378749050662/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3000984463323395

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The pics of all who forwarded their ANZAC Day contribution. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

James Carroll

Marty Grogan

TELSTRA deals which you might like

RAAF WW2 history

Submarine that blew up a train in WW2

Pearl Harbor

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 17 May 2020

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

G’day All. Hope there is a little more fun being experienced now. I would have spent last Saturday night with Russ Loane on the way north, coincidentally Russ rang in the evening about another topic and we had a great chat.

In the Attachment there is an article from the ABC articulating the reasons Teddy Sheehan should have been awarded the Victoria Cross. Must admit I have signed the petition in the past trying to promote the upgrade of his decoration. He would have been the first to be awarded a VC in the RAN. It has been knocked back again as there is no new evidence provided to alter the Board’s decision. I reckon the Board must only consist of Public Servants, the Army and RAAF.

I am still unable to update our website as it is being copied and transited to another server. I expect to have control over it pretty soon.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed. The address will be: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The pics of all who forwarded their ANZAC Day contribution. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Teddy Sheehan

Pic of HMAS WHYALLA

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 10 May 2020

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

G’day All. Happy Mothers Day to all mothers, grand mothers, great grand mothers and especially to the memory of our mothers.

We would have been in Forster today with the Matelot Bowls; to me the prospect of travelling playing competition bowls feels surreal. What is the new normal? We are hoping to run it later in the year if we are allowed. This week is a big week come Friday in NSW, more relaxations, able to swim in an open pool swimming laps and have visitors, Beaudy. Maybe we should run a book on the date when we will be able to travel interstate and when the pubs and clubs are opened. Send in your estimated day.

Thanks to all for your kind words celebrating my birthday.

I am still unable to update our website as it is being copied and transited to another server. I expect to have control over it pretty soon.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed. The address is: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The pics of all who forwarded their ANZAC Day contribution. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Ray Poole

A Drone of our own

Naval Historical Society

The Traitors within

Obituary to a past 2nd Sea Lord Sir Brian Brown

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 3 May 2020

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

G’day All. I must admit I am excited about the downgrading of the prohibitions that have been in place over the previous couple of months. Went onto the Bowling green today and had first roll up. My daughter took her 4 kids from the house and visited her mate and her 4 kids. Great for us all. Looking forward to further easing of the restrictions. Saying that I was talking to the blokes at the Bowling Club this afternoon and I was the only one who has put the Corona Virus app which indicates who you come into contact with. They indicated they didn’t want the government to have their info. Must admit I understood the concept of the app was designed to contain the Pandemic. A bit disappointed with the response as I thought everybody wanted the same thing. Paranoia perhaps.

There were several additional pics of you respecting the ANZAC tradition this week. As before they have all been published on our Facebook Page. Have a look to see how we are growing older gracefully.

Rocky Freier has left hospital and is recovering at home. Say G’day, send him an email brian.freier@yahoo.com.au

Congratulations to Mick Gallagher who has been honoured for his service to the community at large in a radio programme. The URL is contained in the Attachment. Additionally there two of four articles from the Naval Historical Society, the remaining two will be published next week.

I travelled over to Kurnell in Botany Bay last Wednesday to celebrate the 250 year anniversary of Jimmy Cook preceded by Isaac Smith landing in Australia. It was a private celebration as the park there were few people in the area of the Monuments. I must admit I have been of the opinion for some time the Governments weren’t interested in celebrating this memorable occasion as has been done in the past 50 year anniversaries and one we witnessed, 1970. To my surprise when I arrived there were several improvements and additions to the artifacts to celebrate the occasion. A new sculpture representing the ribs of a ship have been constructed at the site (I assume ENDEAVOR) and an additional Jetty which contained historical plaques containing the history of the landing from both Cook’s journal and the Aboriginal’s perspective. Really good work. Maybe, the pandemic took the wind out of the sails of the governments. The pics I took were published on my Face Book page, not the 6th and 7th. The only journalists over there were from Sky.

I am still unable to update our website as it is being copied and transited to another server. I expect to have control over it pretty soon.

I did mention earlier that I had trouble with my address book which contained all the email addresses, well it turns out I still am trying to catch up as there have been several people who have contacted me stating they haven’t received any emails for a long time.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, it has been taken offline until it is completed. The address is: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The pics of all who forwarded their ANZAC Day contribution. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Mick Gallagher

I was only 19

Stoney Bourke

Naval Historical Society

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 April 2020

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

G’day All. Possibly one of the most memorable ANZAC Day’s any of us have participated in and or witnessed, in lieu of spending time with our mates, we spent time with the most important people in our lives, those who supported us most when we were OS. We had a really good response from you sending your pics of your involvement. They are all on our FB page.

Spoke to Rocky Freier yesterday, he is in Caboolture Hospital, been there a week, he has major problems with his right wrist.

My comment about Rod Hazell growing pineapples in Mandurah has prompted Sandy Powell to correct my geography. Sydney 33.52S is further south than Perth 31.57S. As an aside he pointed out that Adelaide 34.55S is north of Canberra 35.22. Doesn’t look that way on the map. Sandy tells me he has won quite a few beers on the Sydney/Adelaide issue.

Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

Vale Col Darling who was in the 8th intake, a great bloke. Additionally Vale CMDR Wright, Ross Muller wrote: Hello Ron, I wonder if Commander Wright, who recently passed, served on the Melbourne in 68/69 as Lt Wright. The time line seems to coincide. Regards Ross Muller

I did mention earlier that I had trouble with my address book which contained all the email addresses, well it turns out I still am trying to catch up as there have been several people who have contacted me stating they haven’t received any emails for a long time.

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, however, if you are interested, have a look at: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. The pics of all who forwarded their ANZAC Day contribution. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. (their email is not working) Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Terry Dack

DFWA

Shipping news

Darby Ashton forwarded an article on ‘Homeless Veterans’

Macca, part of his blog

Mates

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 April 2020

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G’day All. ANZAC Day is upon us. This will be a very special year, one we will all remember. Dave Hanlon has responded to the article initiated by Jacquie Lambie. Dave’s item is in the attachment, but he recommends and I certainly endorse it asking, we all have our personal ANZAC ceremony, irrespective of the time of day or/and our medical condition, take a selfie or have somebody take a pic of you, forward it to me and I will publish the pic on our Face Book page.

Spoke to Knocker Whyte this afternoon, he and Marilyn are back in the Glass House Mountain’s area, they are both well having recently returned from a trip to Bali and a cruise (shortened) on the Carnival Princess. He has recently spoken to Tank.

Rod Hazell has been sending me pics of his home grown pineapples asking tongue in cheek whether pineapples could be grown in Sydney as Sydney is further north than Mandurah. In Sydney we have difficulty growing anything tropical. Give your mates a ring, send an SMS or an email, I am sure they would appreciate it.

I did mention earlier that I had trouble with my address book which contained all the email addresses, well it turns out I still am trying to catch up as there have been several people who have contacted me stating they haven’t received any emails for a long time.

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

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, however, if you are interested, have a look at: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Hoss at LEEUWIN and pics supplied by Barry Andrew have been posted. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

ANZAC Day 2020

Aussie Rules team 1963

VENDETTA article

Woolworths and the Gold Card

Open Arms

CMDR Michael Wright

HOBART Association

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 April 2020

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G’day All. Happy Easter to all, ours was pretty quiet. Imagine that would be the case for many. Noticed the golfers are back out playing. Luck buggers getting out.

Had a yarn with Russ Loane over the weekend, he is putting together a little project for Tasmanians. He was born and bred at Ulverstone, a town in Northern Tasmania that has the CANBERRA/SHROPSHIRE Park. Russ will be writing an article on what he plans to do. I have been there several times and really enjoyed the park as we have a nephew who lives there and was married in the Park.

Was surprised on the non response from the pic of the 63 AFL team. Ken Railton helped out with Ian McMutrie’s name. Ken sorted the Aussie Rules officer , surely you can help Nev Barry sort out the players.

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

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

For the sporting types, (I think right now we are lounge lizards) the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army is scheduled for Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy. Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, however, if you are interested, have a look at: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Hoss at LEEUWIN and pics supplied by Barry Andrew have been posted. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Articles in the attachment:

Ken Railton

ANZAC Day

DFWA Enews

Birthdays

JOKES

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 April 2020

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G’day All. Still having fun self isolating with the four grandchildren, still home schooling and we go into the school holidays this week, sign of the times.

Spoke to Nev Barry during the week, he lives in FNQ. He needs to travel to Townsville from Tully Heads for medical treatment. He found out last week DVA will provide free transport. He contacted DVA and was provided with a list of other entitlements he was unaware of. The URL you need to find out what you may be entitled to is:

https://www.dva.gov.au/financial-support/payment-rates/summary-pension-rates-limits-and-allowances

I am still watching the Bond series on 9 Gem each night, a touch of insanity…. We are into the social distancing and the personal isolating. It is obvious to me there are a lot of us who are totally bored and nearly living on their computer. The artists and songs that are being plagarised is growing

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

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

For the sporting types, (I think right now we are lounge lizards) the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army is scheduled for Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy. Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, however, if you are interested, have a look at: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Hoss at LEEUWIN and pics supplied by Barry Andrew have been posted. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Aussie Rules team 1963

Agent Orange

VOYAGER Poem

DFWA

SYDNEY arrives in Sydney

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 29 March 2020

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G’day All. The news of Hoss Potter death on Tuesday was a shock and has contributed to a lot of correspondence. I have forwarded all the tributes you forwarded about Hoss to Judy. Further details relating to Hoss will be forwarded when known.

I have been watching the Bond series on 9 Gem each night, a touch of sanity…. We are into the social distancing and the personal isolating. It is obvious to me there are a lot of us who are totally bored and nearly living on their computer. The jokes I have been receiving have multiplied.

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

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

For the sporting types, the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army is scheduled for Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy. Have been building the Navy Rugby Web site, there is quite a way to go yet, however, if you are interested, have a look at: https://www.ranrugby.com/

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Hoss at LEEUWIN and pics supplied by Barry Andrew have been posted this week. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

ADFRA

ANZAC Day Brisbane

Corona Virus advise

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 22 March 2020

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G’day All. Another week of cancellation of events, we have cancelled our function at Rockers. Hopefully we will be able to reschedule it later in the year. Mons Cup was not played last Friday and the Matelots Bowls has been put on hold, hopefully they will be rescheduled also for later in the year.

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

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

Ken Railton’s report on the status of the survey is in the Attachment. Since that he has contacted me and is waiting on me to forward him extra data. Its in the mail.

For the sporting types, the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army is scheduled for Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.

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

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

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics posted by Nifty Nev Thomas in the last week or so from time in LEEUWIN in1964 including John (Nicho) Nicholson, Len Bodimeade, Don Muller and myself on sponsored leave in Collie with Nicho’s family. Pics are courtesy of Nicho and Len and they came up pretty well considering. Additionally there is a pic of Bob and Pat Stupple in New Zealand this past week. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.

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

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

JR’s Reunion June 2020 – Cancelled

Col Darling

DFWA

Corona Virus - Misinformation

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 15 March 2020

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G’day All. A week of cancellation of events, our AIF swimming at the Gold Coast was cancelled earlier today. Strong words about the main ANZAC Day marches in Capital cities being called off. Watched the one day cricket against the Kiwis on Friday night to an empty stadium, the Kiwis have called it a day and have gone home due to their government policy on self quarintine. Super Rugby is on hold. Suppose we will all just have to be patient and see what transpires.

Did see a bloke on Saturday with a slab of Corona beer on his shoulder at the local bottle, was he carrying the real Corona virus?

Starters have been slow in notifying me for our get together on Friday 27 March 2020 commencing at 1200ish at the Rockers. You may recall one of the things we were going to do on February 10 was to present the shield to 63 JR of the year for 2019 Mick Gallagher. We couldn’t do this as Mike Hogan had some difficulties in attending due to the big storms. I have looked on the Lennox Walker long term forecast and there are no storms forecast for that date. Do you want to witness this memorable occasion. Doug Wilson indicated he was going to our function at the Rockers then do a show in the city with Trish but cannot confirm there would be a show in the city. Please let me know. Schubes and John Hatchman and Doug Wilson cannot make it.

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

If anybody wants one or a couple of ‘larikan stickers’ please let me know. They don’t cost you anything as the cost of the sticker and postage will be covered by our group.

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

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

Ken Railton’s report on the status of the survey is in the Attachment. Since that he has contacted me and is waiting on me to forward him extra data. Its in the mail.

For the sporting types, the Mons Cup will be held in Sydney on Friday 20 March, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 10 May until Thursday 14 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.

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

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

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

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

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

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

DVA Stimulus Payment Fact Sheet

DFWA Newsletters X 2

Corona Virus

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 8 March 2020

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G’day All. Have just spent the weekend in Canberra attending the Writers reunion. Despite nearly 20 of our group being ex Writers only Jim Harris and I represented our group. Did catch up with Schubes and Marian before I came home today. Writers are transferring from the Supply and Secretariat branch to the Executive Branch as of Monday 9 March. Their Boss will be the XO.

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

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

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

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

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

Ken Railton’s report on the status of the survey is in the Attachment. Since that he has contacted me and is waiting on me to forward him extra data. Its in the mail.

For the sporting types, the Mons Cup will be held in Sydney on Friday 20 March, there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 10 May until Thursday 14 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.

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

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

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

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

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

Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

John Grenfell

Ken Railton’s excuse

The Impact of the Charles F. Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyers on the Royal Australian Navy

Call the Hands

Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart[1] VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO

Corona Virus

Jokes

Cheers

Ron

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers
Ron

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

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

Cheers
Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 16 February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

A Vietnam War Story

Maritime News

VOYAGER Service Brisbane

Air Force show

ADSO on Veterans Suicide

Jokes



Cheers

Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 9 February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Nick Bryant on bushfires

HMS TIGER

RAN Chemicals – you may be affected

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

Joke



Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 2 February 2020
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm
G’day All. Thank you all for your very kind words on my award. I think I visit the Governor in May with all the other recipients.
Tom Houldsworth our Husky function co-ordinator has pushed out a rough programme for 9-10 February and have added an add for a concert forwarded by Sandy Powell. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered Mick G, Rod Hazell and me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, John Tant, Ray and Roz Cattermole, Barry and KayMarie Andrews, Bristle and Lou Lassau plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function (38 so far). We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming Australia for the Poms. The big day for all is 29 April which is the anniversary of the date Master Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay. I recall in 1970 the celebrations that went on were fantastic. Amongst other things I definitely recall going out to Milner Oval in Sydney to participate in a Rugby knock out competition (I think Gary Angel and I were in the same team), a visiting Pommy cruiser HMS BLAKE came away with the chocolates.
Ken Railton is looking at our survey and will forward a report in due course. He has made note there were no completely negative comments which is inconsistent with other reports.
For the sporting types there is AIF swimming on the Gold Coast on 4 April, Matelot Bowls in Forster from Sunday 17 May until Thursday 21 May, then of course the Rugby championships culminating in Navy playing Army in Canberra on Saturday 23 May in Canberra. Go Navy.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

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

Cheers
Ron




Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 26 January 2020
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm
G’day All. Quite a bit in the Attachment this week. RSL Queensland through Roger Collins’ sub branch were inquiring about the state of our group that were impacted by the effects of the bushfire. Pretty bloody good, I reckon Something else that is pretty good is James Carroll, he is taking over as the President of the Atherton RSL sub branch and resigning his FNQ RSL position. A little bird also told me (not James) that he made a substantial donation to the same club.
Tom Houldsworth our Husky function co-ordinator has pushed out a rough programme for 9-10 February. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered h Mick G and me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod Hazell, Mick Gallagher, John Tant, Ray and Roz Cattermole, Barry and KayMarie Andrews plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function (36 so far). We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
I am a little embarrassed and very honoured to receive an OAM today. I found out this morning who the culprits are who contributed to this award vide Schubes. John Hatchman, Schubes (the writer), Tom Houldsworth, Barry Parker and the late KI Ken Fielding. I thank all you blokes and Marilyn on behalf of KI for being so kind and thoughtful. I think I had made it very clear that I really enjoy doing this weekly stuff and it is a great hobby. I have been rewarded for something I have had a lot of fun with. How lucky am I.
Did you know this year is the 250th Anniversary of Captain James Cook claiming Australia for the British. The big day for all is 29 April which is the anniversary of the date Master Smith was first ashore in Botany Bay. I recall in 1970 the celebrations that went on were fantastic. Recall going out to Milner Oval in Sydney to participate in a Rugby knock competition, and a Pommy cruiser HMS BLAKE coming away with the chocolates.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

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

Cheers
Ron



Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 19 January 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Articles in the attachment:

Birthdays

Brent Balchin

Steve (Knocker) White

A visual guide to the Bushfire Crisis

DFWA E-News

On Patrol

Petition on Agent Orange

Jokes



Cheers

Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 12 January 2020
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm
G’day All. The fires are still with us, however, I heard most of the South Coast of NSW is now accessable. Have not heard from anyone indicating they were in trouble this week. Bristles and Barry Parker have indicated they have survived.
Another article tonight on the role of the ADF during this bushfire season. Really good to see. Rod and Karin Hazell contacted me today, indicating they will attend the Memorial Service on 10 Feb then will travel south to see one of Rod’s HOBART mates who is not travelling too well.
Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing), Rod and Karin Hazell plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Maybe Mick G may put his name down early. Please let me know if you are going. This could be our biggest turnout for this annual function. We will have people from Queensland, Canberra, WA, country NSW and Sydney attending.
I have forwarded the surveys minus the names to Ken Railton for assessment. I am still happy to onforward those that are still in the process of completion and have asked for a little time to finish.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. A pic of John Hatchman or fire watch plus Wally Gawne and Jim Clegg catching up . Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

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

Cheers
Ron


Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 5 January 2020
www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page2.htm
G’day All. Happy New Year to all, hope it is a happy, successful and healthy one. It is hard to concentrate on the positives when so many are suffering from the bushfires. There is many of our group who are in this situation. I posted a pic of John ‘Hatch’ Hatchman on firewatch, have contacted Bristles and Barry Parker and there is a small story with some pics from Ward Hack in our attachment. Everybody is over 70 and still having to pull their weight. Ward had his exit route cut off by a wind change and had to stay and fight the fire to survive.
I know this is an annual appreciation, however, I must thank all those who make regular contributions to our weekly dit, without you these pages would be very hard to fill. I invite you all to contribute with words and pictures, from the responses I receive I know these contributions are appreciated.
I sit back in my living room tonight (as opposed to last Sunday night) and am very proud of the Navy involvement assisting the bushfire victims over the last week. I know we could and should do more. Mates of mine at bowls on Saturday were commenting how happy they were that Navy was assisting Australians in their time of need.
Our next function/get together occurs on 10 February in Huskisson for the commemoration of the loss of the sailors in VOYAGER. Starters so far, Rob and Sandra Cavanagh, Russ Loane, Doug and Trish Wilson, Sandy Powell (who has offered me accommodation), John and Lyn Hatchman, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Spook, Mike and Jill Hogan, Mike and Jean Shephard, Sandy and Rhonda Michels, Schubes and Marian, Russ and Georgina Nelson, Bongo and Jo DiBetta, Ted and Fiona Hase, Moot Sutton, Wally and Robyn Gawne (bushfires willing) plus me. How could you not attend and miss this mob? Maybe Mick G may put his name down early. Please let me know if you are going.
I have forwarded the surveys minus the names to Ken Railton for assessment. I am still happy to onforward those that are still in the process of completion and have asked for a little time to finish.
2020, 2020 everytime I say it or type it, I think of the BBL cricket. What a great season for Aussie cricket for the lounge lizards.
Have written to the Australian National Maritime Museum about giving us permission to lay a wreath on VAMPIRE on Remembrance Day, but have not received a response to date.
Kaye Slotboom is interested in collecting data for anybody who is suffering from Asbestosis. You may contact her on kaye.slotboom@icloud.com
If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.
Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Pics of Jeff and Jenny Wake at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Fremantle. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link at the top of our page.
If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

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

Cheers
Ron