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.

OCS Ring Photos – Project Update

Carl Corbett 6/83 has provided the following photos on the rings developed so far. Read the Specifications on the upper left of the image and the Photo attribution on the lower right to identify the differences.  Featured ring numbers are shown bottom left of the image.

Check out Carl’s comments on the website in the Post Archives for October 2019. The full Ring Proposal is there including some recent Comments if you scroll down.

And here is a short video on the early prototype, Mar 2022, post COVID response lock down delays.  From the class 6/83 volunteers’ Prototyping Phase.  This video is courtesy of Ash Pagett 6/83.

Fulfillment Report for the FCS Prototyping & Fulfillment Test Drive Phases of the project. Click on the above image to open in a readable format. Lines/rows 10-13 rings are still be completed prior to closing out the related phases of the project and proceeding on to the Hard Launch phase on 29 Mar. 2023.

Here is the OCS Portsea Ring Project’s new product range, which incorporates all the buyer feedback and preferences encountered to date.  It was finalised today (3/02/2023) with the assistance of the project’s graphic designer in Singapore.

Please note that the next update will provide details of the purchase process. Any enquiries in relation to these rings should be directed to the Project Coordinator Carl Corbet – carl.corbett@azea.com

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


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!