Portsea Ring Proposal Update 11 June 2020

PLEASE NOTE: No orders being taken at this stage. Do not indicate interest as this is not being tracked. Please wait for further directions in a new Post once final design and suppliers approved.

A note from Ash Pagett:

Alumni and Classmates (6/83) – I just wanted to let you all know that today I received delivery of the prototype OCS Portsea Alumni Ring to review for acceptability. I have to say that, on initial eyeballing of the large sized 9ct yellow gold ring, it looks magnificent. The attention to detail in text on the badge and scroll, the proportions, the use of white and yellow gold in the badge with the two red/blue colours surrounding the badge looks excellent. There is a question over the colour matching of the red colour (might be a tad too burnt orange), but this is not structural and is easily resolved through consultation between our Singapore designer and the Victorian manufacturer (Graduation College Rings – Australia). We also have an RFQ out to a US company which is lagging the Aust firm by some weeks I believe. I have posted some photos today on the FB OCS group pages for which I am a member and will try to post some here too; through Paul Asbury and Ossie Kleinig. More information on precious metals available in 9 & 18 ct gold (white, yellow, rose), Silver & Platinum, and three sizes including large, medium and small (ladies size).

Trying to Find Someone – Staff Daughter – Pauline XXX

We’ve had a request from Julia Bates as follows:

I am trying to locate the daughter of an instructor that was at Portsea in 1954. I only have her first name, Pauline. She lived in Queensland in the 80’s. I’m not sure when she was born, between 1954-1958??
Very vague, I’m sorry.
Thanks in advance
Julia

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Visit by Malaysian Chief of Army February 2020

We recently received the following information from Parks Victoria via the Rye RSL (John Wilson).

L-R General Meor, MAJGEN Gerard Fogarty (Rtd), General Hasbullah

I thought you may be interested to know that on 21 February, Parks Victoria hosted a very brief visit by a group of international and national military dignitaries on a tour through the Quarantine Station.  The visit was one of nostalgia primarily, and notably included the Malaysian Chief of Army, General Hasbullah and Major General Gerard Fogarty (Rtd) who both graduated from the Portsea Officer Cadet School in 1981, and Brigadier General Meor who graduated a year later.    Since graduating, General Hasbullah and Major General Fogarty (Rtd) have remained close friends, and shared many memories and amusing stories as we wandered through the site.  Their friendship is a testament to the enduring significance this site holds for those who trained here during the school’s 34 year occupation.  We informed the group of the Portsea OCS Alumni’s proposal to reinstate the OCS memorial with the statue and honour  roll next to the Parade Ground and Badcoe Hall.  They were all very pleased to hear this, and mentioned they have seen to the original memorial at Duntroon in the preceding days as part of their international relations tour of Australia.

L-R Julia Street,, Brigadier General Meor, MAJGEN Gerard Fogarty (Rtd), General Hasbullah, COL Nahar, Sally Hutchinson