2024 OCS Lunch – Reminder

July 16 is fast approaching and will be on us before we know. The lunch is a great opportunity to renew friendships and catch up with classmates or others you may have served with.

It is being held at the Kedron Wavell Service Club in the Kittyhawk Room. The Club is providing the room free of charge – a great saving for us.

The lunch costs $55.00 and there will be a raffle providing support for Legacy. A four night mid-week stay at Caloundra’s Kings Beach is the first prize. Tickets available on the day.

If you wish to book, follow this link – https://kedron-wavellltd.iwannaticket.com.au/event/ocs-alumni-annual-lunch-MzA5NTQ

Please ensure that you include your class (e.g. Dec68) and the name of your partner if attending. Any special dietary needs should be included to assist with catering.

Please note that bookings will close on Monday 8th July 2023.

Research Cente Update – Markets March 2024

Following updates to the proposed Field Station design, the Point Nepean Research and Education Field Station team attended the Point Nepean Portsea Markets on Saturday 9 March 2024.

Warm weather and clear skies made for a wonderful day out, with project team members and researchers from both the University of Melbourne and Monash University in attendance to discuss recent project updates. The market provided an opportunity to answer questions, discuss research opportunities, and share the positive impact this collaboration will have on both local and global communities.

In the video above, project team member Tim Pearce and University of Melbourne researcher Dr Allyson O’Brien share the exciting vision for the new Home of the National Centre for Coasts and Climate.

ANZAC Day 2024

The Rye RSL was busy at work getting the statue ready for the big day. John Wilson and his staff cleaned the statue and then laid a wreath in preparation for ANZAC Day.





John Goodchap (June 1974) visited for a dawn wreath laying.


David Irving-James (UK Ex Long Look instructor 1976) sent through his ANZAC Day experience from the UK. The notes are below including a poem he wrote.

ANZAC Day not forgotten in this little part of England .

Some gave a little,

and some gave their all .

               Your countrymen and brothers

               may lay in England’s distant lands

                but I make to you this promise.   

                 they lay safe in English hands


                They may never see the sunset 

                    on your Australian shore

              but they will share in my sunrise 

                safe in my land forever more 


David Irving-James

ANZAC Day 2024

OCS Alumni Lunch 2024

Yes, it’s on again. Set the 16th July 2024 in your diaries for our next Alumni lunch. The Kedron Wavell Services Club (Brisbane) will once again be the venue.

Graduates, all staff, partners and friends of Portsea are welcome to attend. At our last lunch we had graduates from the first to last class attending including fly-ins from Hobart, Sydney and overseas. If you are travelling through why not join us?

Over 100 enjoyed the last event so let’s see if we can improve on that. Further details will be published once we have the finer details.

Research Centre Update December 2023

Following my email to you in April, I am writing to update you on further progress of the Point Nepean Research and Education Field Station.

As communicated, in April the university partners, Monash University and the University of Melbourne, agreed to inject additional funding to support the development of the Field Station, supplementing the $17 million in grant funding already received from the Commonwealth.

We are pleased to inform you that the project team has finalised the conceptual design for the Field Station. The design will be submitted for planning approval early in the new year, including the required consultation process.

The design envisages the Field Station as being a vibrant teaching, learning and research hub bringing together students, researchers and the local community in a unique coastal and marine environment. It will be capable of hosting significant coursework and research onsite, including immersive student experiences in a unique landscape rich with culture, history and biodiversity.

The Field Station will comprise the adaptive reuse of the existing Badcoe Hall, transforming it into a research and teaching facility, complete with laboratories and collaborative spaces. A new purpose-built short-stay university accommodation facility will be built between Badcoe Hall and Jackson Road, allowing students and research groups to stay onsite to maximise the teaching and research potential offered by the Field Station.

The design no longer includes the proposed seawater tanks and piping system for storing live marine samples onsite. This decision was based on the need to ensure the Field Station is sustainable in the long term given the ongoing maintenance and operational costs of the seawater tanks and piping system. This decision allows for greater flexibility in the design, meaning the Field Station can cater to the full range of teaching and research opportunities envisaged by our academics, allowing us to better maximise the use of the Field Station.

The study of marine life will continue within the breadth of research carried out at the Field Station, the location of which will readily facilitate the study of locally sourced marine samples without the need for permanent live-storage facilities.

With this exciting design milestone reached, the project team will advance our community engagement by returning to the Point Nepean Portsea Market in March 2024, providing the opportunity for the community to view and learn more about the designs. We are also planning further community briefing sessions in the new year.

We look forward to updating you further on the project and sharing visuals of the design in the coming months as we progress through government and regulatory approvals. Please reach out should you wish to discuss the project further or need more information, we are also more than happy to arrange tailored briefings with you.

Kind regards,

Jane Kasby

On behalf of the Point Nepean Research and Education Field Station project team.

OCS Story Collection

Parks Victoria, the current managers of the Point Nepean National Park have asked for some support in relation to Portsea. The following is the detail of a request from them in relation to maintaining interest and history of the Officer Cadet School.

This request includes information from past staff as well as past cadets.

Please fee free to respond directly with a copy to the Alumni (webmaster@ocsportsea.org) for record purposes.

Welcome back to your Officer training grounds here at Point Nepean National Park.

I am collecting stories and memories from Officer Cadets that trained here with a view to using these in a future story telling display of the history of the OCS at the Quarantine Station. 

If you would like to share any stories, memories, or photos of your time here with the permission to potentially have them on public display please contact me via details below. They can be as brief or as long as you like – remember to include dates you were here, your Platoon and your rank.

Thank you –


Pamela Fellows

Visitor and Community Engagement

Point Nepean National Park

T (03) 8427 2463

PO Box 485, Sorrento Victoria 3943



OCS Mini Flag

Craig Poppy Johnston is running a test run on an OCS Mini Flag for the Christmas Market. Check out his post on the OCS Facebook page and order there.

15 available in this run. Details in the photo. Domestic Post only for this run. He’ll investigate international options for any subsequent runs.

OCS Alumni Brisbane Lunch 2023

Our second lunch was held on 18th July at the Kedron Wavell Services Club who sponsored us with venue hire. A successful event with over 100 in attendance. There were a few late withdrawals and apologies so I am sure we can push the limits a bit more for next year. (Plan for around the same time – mid July.) The room is capable of holding 200 so there’s a target.

We had visitors from around the world – Hobart, Shoalhaven and Bangladesh!!! Two of these were from the first class – June 1952 – well done.

We held a raffle for a book – For Valour presented by Richard Clark – and a bottle of red wine which raised in excess of $1,400.00 for Legacy. Paul Asbury also presented a medallion as a lucky door prize.

Here is a short video with a few photos just to show  those who weren’t able to attend.

Click on the photos to see full size.

OCS Alumni Lunch Brisbane – 18 July 2023

We have now finalised the arrangements for our Brisbane luncheon on Tuesday 18 July 2023. We will be having a buffet luncheon in the Kitty Hawk Room at the Kedron Wavell Services Club commencing at 11.30am. Drinks will be available from a cash bar.

Partners and past staff are welcome.

There is plenty of parking available at the venue with drop off available at the door.

Kedron Wavell Services Club has, once again, kindly donated the cost of staff and room hire which provides a significant saving of $650.00 to us for this event.

Payment for the event is now available online through Kedron Wavell’s internal booking system. The price per person will be $55.00 which includes all booking charges. Just follow this link https://kedron-wavellltd.iwannaticket.com.au/event/ocs-alumni-annual-lunch-Mjg3NTM

Please ensure that you include your class (e.g. Dec68) and the name of your partner if attending. Any special dietary needs should be included to assist with catering.

Please note that bookings will close on Monday 10 July 2023.