Tassie All Class Reunion

After talking with Rob Murray, Rob Jones took up the challenge of organising an all class get together down in the Apple Isle. Here are his notes from the event.

Well in the end seven of us veterans of OCS , plus one partner, gathered for lunch at the New Sydney Hotel in Hobart.

Attendees from left to right as you look at it Bill Kaine , June 63, Bruce Cook, December 73, David Solomon, December 54, Mark Cooper, June 84, Rob Jones, December 72, Margaret Manning partner to Graeme, they’ve been married 68 years I think. Graeme Manning, June 52 an original,  and Denis Pegg,  June 63.

It was a great afternoon. Several of us still there closing in on 5 o’clock. Amazing really the bond a place like Portsea built. Many of us had never met before but you would have thought we had been together as friends for life.  Well worth the effort.

Loyalty and Service

Rob, thanks a lot for organising this and let’s hope you have many more. Perhaps the challenge is now there for other areas. Our SE Queensland lunch is looking good for 6 December. There are over 60 booked so far!

OCS Scheyville Classes – Scheyville Reunion October 2022

OCS SCHEYVILLE 50th YEAR CLASS REUNION

The Officer Training Unit (OTU) Association Scheyville held a 50th Year Reunion in Windsor (NSW) and at Scheyville itself, over three days from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 October 2022.  The event coincided with the date the last National Service Class marched into Scheyville in October 1972.  Approximately 400 graduates and wives/partners attended a gala dinner at the Hawkesbury Race Club on the Friday evening.  This was followed up by individual Class functions on the Saturday evening and a BBQ attended by approximately 250 personnel on the Sunday.

The Scheyville OCS Classes were well represented during the weekend.  Class members came from as far afield as King Island and the Sunshine Coast with one member from the 2/72 and 1/73 Classes in attendance respectively.  In all, 16 graduates and wives/partners attended the National Reunion Dinner on the Friday evening and 19 at the Combined OCS Classes’ Dinner on the Saturday evening held at the Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley.  17 followed up at the BBQ at Scheyville on the Sunday.  For those who attended, the weekend was an outstanding success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Congratulations must go to the OTU Association’s Organising Committee.

1/72 OCS Scheyville Class Wives and Partners at the National Dinner

L – R:   Barb Prain, Gareth Ward, Mike Prain, Judy Brady, Paul Brady, Helga Deer, Bob Deer, Garry van Ree, Jenny van Ree, Richard Boyce, Margaret Stansfield and Gary Barker (present on the night but absent from the photo – Peter and Judy Whyntie)

OCS/OTU Class 50th Reunion Dinner Crowne Plaza

Clockwise around the table:  Mike Prain, Jan Boyce, Richard Boyce, Gary Barker, Margaret Stansfield, Helga Deer, Bob Deer, Mark Howard (2/72), Chris Grigsby (1/73), Gareth Ward, Judy Whyntie, Peter Whyntie, Garry van Ree, Jenny van Ree, Anne Cotter, Judy Brady, Paul Brady, Graham Ferguson and Barbara Prain

2/72 and 1/73 Representation at the National Dinner

Mark Howard (2/72) and Chris Grigsby (1/73)

Some Additional Photos

L – R: Gareth Ward, Paul Brady, Mike Prain, Bob Deer, Garry van Ree, Richard Boyce, Gary (Shorty) Barker

It was a packed house.  There was half as many as that behind me as I took the photo.  Approx 400 in all.

1/72 Main Table with one ring in, Keith Michael.  Gary Ward, Judy and Paul Brady and Pete and Judy Whyntie were on other tables for some reason.

Paul and Judy Brady.  A lovely couple!

Legacy Brisbane Giving Day

Join us for our first-ever Giving Day on September 8, 2022, where all donations will be doubled by generous matching donors.

Legacy Brisbane has been delivering on our promise to help the families of those who gave their lives or their health for our country for almost 100 years. We support 5,762 family members of fallen and injured veterans across South-East, Central and Western Queensland, providing essential social, financial and developmental support that these families depend on each day.

Up to 8pm on September 8, 2022 (or until the matched fund runs out) your generous donation will be matched and DOUBLED. That means double the impact for even more of our veterans’ families. Your donation will go twice as far in ensuring our families receive the support they deserve, including relief from financial hardship, advice and referrals to support services such as counselling, assistance with children’s education and development, encouraging like-minded friendships, and advocating for entitlements and services.

You can follow the live countdown now at legacygivingday.org.au.

Portsea Camping Sites

John Goodchap visited Portsea on ANZAC Day and took time to have a look around. Earlier we raised the project that Parks Victoria was undertaking to establish a camping area in the vicinity of Jarman Oval.

This link provides an overview of the project – Parks Victoria

Work has now commenced and the following photographs provide an insight to location and progress. John advises that Parks Victoria staff advise that Stage 1 completion is planned for late September this year. This Stage will involve the creation of 34 camping sites with permanent tents on wooden platforms. There will be a mix of two and four person tents.

This last photo show how close to the bay sites will be – located off to the right of the track. This is looking towards the picnic area along Coles Track and the bay. (Check out Google Maps for a street view.) Jarman Oval is off to the left of the photo. See the location map above or the Parks Victoria site for more detail on the actual camp sites.

ANZAC Day Wreaths

Today, John Goodchap from the Class of June 1974 was up and about early to visit the site for a personal Dawn Service. He said it was quite moving being the only person there in the pre-dawn light.

John added a single rose to the wreath provided by the Rye RSL.

He then used the car radio to broadcast The Last Post as played on ABC radio.

John then visited the site later in the morning to lay a wreath on behalf of his graduating class. Thank you Class of June 1974.

He took the following photos for reflection. If you look closely you can see a flypast as specks in the sky.

ANZAC Day 2022

This is a time when we remember those who made the supreme sacrifice. We also pause to remember friends we served with over the years.

Services are held around the country and with the help of the Rye RSL our statue at Portsea is prepared for the day. A thank you to Frank and John for their efforts in ensuring all is well for services.

Limited Release OCS Medallion

NOTICE:

The Numbered Series has been sold out.

We have established a wait List at this site. Please complete your information here – Wait List Site

OCS Medallion

The OCS Alumni is offering a limited edition of fifty numbered medallions for purchase. There is a purchase limit of one per graduate for this limited edition numbered medallion.

NOTE: This is a direct offer from the OCS Alumni and not through the Military Shop as previously planned. This offer is being managed on a cost neutral basis i.e. recovery of costs associated with production, packaging and handling.

Sale of this limited edition will commence at 8:00 am (Brisbane time) on Saturday, 12 February 2022.

Orders will be taken online using the Try Booking websitehttps://www.trybooking.com/BXIHA – using this link. Payment is only available using credit card.

To purchase your medallion, click on the link above and follow the prompts. You should ensure that you have your credit card details ready.

When selecting the number of your medallion, you should select from the available seat numbers. When you hover your mouse over the seats, you will see a number (e.g. A21) which means this is medallion number 21. Select the seat and move on to complete your purchase.

Design

These medallions have been designed by past graduate Robin McBride (Jun 68) over the last two years and will be available for purchase online.

The medallion arrives in a specially designed blue leatherette presentation box which has gold coloured printing showing the years of operation (52/85) and the OCS badge. The medallion is 50mm gold coloured with the OCS badge on the front and a sandblasted engraving of the Portsea peninsular on the obverse.

The medallion number is shown in the rectangle below the peninsular on the obverse side.

Cost

The cost of this magnificent memorial medallion is $77.50 including posting and handling.

Wait List

A wait list has been established to satisfy future orders should there be sufficient interest. Please register using the above link. Future releases will be not be numbered.

We will only manufacture more medallions if we receive in excess of 50 on the Wait List. You will be advised if we have sufficient to create a second unnumbered run.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Wait List will remain open until 21 February to allow orders to be placed.

 

Remembrance Day 2021

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the bloodshed of World War I. Over the past century, this moment has been adopted across the globe as a time to remember those who served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts.

This will be the first Remembrance Day that the statue has been in location.

Our friends at the Rye RSL have made the journey to lay a wreath. Thank you to John Wilson and the team at Rye RSL who monitor the site.