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