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Makan – No. 198
Nov/Dec, 1971

Official Organ of the 2/30th Bn. A.I.F. Association

COMMITTEE

CHRISTMAS MESSAGES TO ALL

For the first time in the annals of MAKAN there is a special poignancy this year, due to the sad passing of our well loved Sir Frederick (B.J.), who always wrote his Christmas Message personally.

We would like Lady Galleghan, whose loss has been even greater than ours, to know she is much in our thoughts. Our thoughts are also with those whose dear ones are no longer with them.

To the President, Arch Thorburn, Members of the Executive and the stalwarts too numerous to mention, who have done so much in so many different ways to keep the Association going for so many years, we offer our thanks.

In this respect, I am far from unmindful of the sterling and heart-warming: efforts of Bessie Ellis and Cecilie Boss over a very long period, for which we will be ever thankful.

To all Members, their wives and families, wherever they may be, I sincerely wish a very Merry Christmas for 1971, and a New Year filled with everything they could wish themselves.

May God Bless You All

George Ramsay
PATRON

If there were those among us who feared our Association would wither and die with the passing of B.J., their fears were dispelled. We missed him at the November Reunion certainly, but the spirit of comradeship that was so evident there left us in no doubt as to our future.

Let us build on the foundation he laid and show "Gentleman George", our New Patron, and Lady B.J., who is showing the same practical affection for our Members as did the man whose name she bears, that we are still the strongest Association, both numerically and otherwise, in the. A.I.F.

I send to you and yours my warmest greetings for Christmas and trust the New Year will bring you good. health, happiness and prosperity.

Arch Thorburn
PRESIDENT

GEMAS DAY, 1972

Now that we have our special Gemas Memorial, situated at the Drill Hall, West Street, Pymble (H.Q. of 17 R.N.S.W.R.) we propose to celebrate Gemas Day with a Family gathering on the Sunday afternoon nearest the actual day - on this occasion, Sunday 16th January, 1972, at 3.00 p.m. This arrangement will naturally supersede the former practice of gathering at the Cenotaph on the actual Day in the late afternoon/evening, over which, we feel, the new venue has many advantages.

Arrangements are now being completed with the C.O. of 17. R.N.S.W.R., and precise details will be furnished subsequently in a special Circular to Metropolitan Members and Next-of-Kin, but it is expected that proceedings will be along the following lines:

We will gather as a Family (and it is hoped that children, grandchildren and friends will be included) prior to 3.00 p.m. for the simple Ceremony of laying a wreath on behalf of the Association (plus any other tributes which individuals may desire to place), the sounding of the Last Post and Reveille and the recitation of The Ode. There will be no speeches. We will all then adjourn to the Drill Hall for afternoon tea. With respect to this latter: Tea, milk, sugar, cups etc will be provided, but each Family Group attending is asked to bring along a "little something" to eat, which we propose to aggregate and place on tables for all to partake of. We do not anticipate nor desire a sumptuous repast - just a "cuppa" and a bite to eat - and any unaccompanied males, or others who find it awkward to bring something along are asked please not to worry, as there is sure to be plenty to go around.

It is also possible that one of the Messes will operate and some of the Black Watch Company of the Regt will attend in full regalia details will be advised in the Circular.

ANNUAL REUNION DINNER

The Dinner was held in most pleasant surroundings at R.A.N. House, Sydney on 20th November, when 66 Members attended. Some of our usual Long Distance Runners were missing, but we had with us Neil Huntley, Port Macquarie; Sid Stephens, Maitland; Stewart Blow, Berry; Athol Charlesworth, Leura; Wally Scott and, Con Hedwards, Illawarra; and we were specially delighted to welcome our Padre, Paddy Walsh from Rockhampton, who luckily was visiting Sydney, and-was-able to attend. Unfortunately, our Patron had re-entered R.G.H., Concord just a few days before the event, and was unable to be present. He is making a good recovery, and expects to be out very soon. Per favour Des Duffy, who had recently returned from the West, we received greetings from Ron Stoner, from Perth; where Des declares Ron is working himself to death in the usual Stoner fashion.

Following a Welcome and the Loyal Toast by President Arch Thorburn, Sammy Hall proposed the toast to Fallen Comrades in his usual efficient and fitting manner and, naturally, commended to our special thoughts our late Patron, B.J. Nugent Geikie was entrusted with the toast to The Regiment, which he also handled most capably, tracing briefly the history of the Battalion and its achievements, which reflected the personality and force of character of our former Leader, B.J.

In the absence of our Patron, Noel Johnston responded to the toast to The Regiment, and made mention of the momentous events which had occurred during the year. He also paid tribute to the Officers of the Association who were largely responsible for keeping it actively alive, mentioning in particular the excellent service rendered by the Ellis and Boss Families over so many years. He stressed the importance of maintaining contact, particularly with those in Hospital and otherwise afflicted, and with the widows and children of deceased members, to ensure that every help was given them. He also outlined arrangements being made for celebration of Gemas-Day, on the afternoon of 16th January, 1972, at our Memorial at Pymble.

Following the Dinner we adjourned to the adjacent area, where a Cabaret-style setting provided most congenial surroundings for get togethers until midnight; and all present declared the venue and the Dinner to be the best ever.

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SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR 1972

Members are reminded that Subscriptions for 1972 now fall due, and are payable on the basis of:

Ordinary Members: 50 Memb. Fee, $1.50 MAKAN Sub: Total: $2.00. Life Members: $1.50 MAKAN Sub.

With the exception of those who heeded the plea and have sent their Subs in during recent weeks (and for whom a Receipt is enclosed showing their position regarding Subs etc) a Circular is enclosed, specifically addressed to each Member concerned, setting out the exact position regarding Subs. This course was necessary as Members fell into various categories regarding Subs in Advance and Donations.

Under normal circumstances, over much emphasis is not placed on payment of Subs, but in the present instance we are endeavouring to have MAKAN registered for Posting as a Periodical (when the saving to the Association in postage alone will be over $130.00 per year) and this cannot be achieved until we are able to produce to the P.M.G. Inspector actual Receipts for payment of Subs to MAKAN by at least 75% of the Circulation. Prompt payment by all Members is accordingly essential, if we wish to obtain Registration without undue delay.

To those who receive a Receipt with their MAKAN: Thank you so much for your co-operation. To those who receive a Circular with their MAKAN: PLEASE RETURN THE CIRCULAR promptly with your remittance, or your instructions regarding application of Subs in Advance and Donations, as applicable.

SICK PARADE

Kevin Ward reports the. position as at 3rd December:

In R.G.H., Concord:

Ted Rickards (B Coy),
Bob Wright (HQ Coy).

In St. Vincent's:

Dick Andrew (A Coy)

Transferred from Lady Davidson to R.G.H., Concord:

Tom Rockett (C Coy) - since deceased.

Discharged since last MAKAN:

George Ramsay (BHQ),
Jack Goodwin (HQ Coy),
Phil Higgins (A Coy),
Bob Skinner (HQ Coy),
Frank Topham (C Coy),
Ernie Willis (HQ Coy).

LAST POST

Thomas Rockett (C Coy). He died at R.G.H., Concord on 20th October, at the age of almost 61, and after a long up-hill fight. An original member of C Coy, Tom was promoted to Corporal in the Field, and his Section quickly reflected the qualities of their Leader. A tough, wiry customer with a great sense of humour and an ability to tackle a job and see it through, Tom was one of the C Coy personalities who will long be remembered. He did his stint on "H" Force and on "X1" Tunnelling Party in Johore, where he was when hostilities ceased.

On his return from Service, Tom settled in the Grafton area, and interested himself in P.O.W. affairs, being President of the local Branch of the Association for many years. He so devoted his efforts to their well-being that he received quite a citation on his retirement from that office. Early this year it was found necessary to amputate his right leg and within a matter of eight weeks, his left leg followed suit. To most of us, at 60 years of age, that could easily have been the end of everything, but his indomitable spirit and cheerful acceptance of the disability was the subject of report in the Mch/Apr 1971 issue of MAKAN. Transferred to Lady Davidson, Tom proceeded to have his two tin legs fitted, and to learn to walk all over again. He became one of the star pupils, and the focal point in his Ward, with his bright, cheery nature. Unfortunately, he suffered a stroke. last August, which completely paralysed his right side and his speech, and though the Rockett determination enabled him to fight this last affliction for many weeks, the strain eventually proved too much.

His remains were transported to Grafton, where he was buried in the Lawn Cemetery on 22nd October, after a largely attended Service, where Jack Newton, Harry Rhodes, Arthur Roberts•and Fred Winters joined with two other P.O.W's as Pallbearers, and an impressive Guard of Honour was formed by T.P.I., P.O.W., Ex-Service and Bowling Club friends, which included Bob Newman from Woolgoolga, Joe Veivers from Coffs, Jack Collins and John Korsch.

To his widow, Merle, his daughter and son, we extend our deepest sympathy.

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George Gorman Taylor (HQ Coy). He died as the result of an accident on the Highway, when travelling from Kempsey to his home at Port Macquarie, on 20th October, at the age of 59. An original member of HQ Coy, George did his stint on "F" Force and on "X1" Parties, and on his return to Australia, he continued his association with the timber industry; eventually marrying and settling in Port Macquarie. Of later years he had been a timber haulier, and was` returning from work as a passenger in a utility, when the fatal accident occurred.

He was buried at Port Macquarie on 22nd October, after a largely attended R.S.L. Service, which included Dudley Bale, Bruce Campbell, Jack-Conn and Neil Huntley.

To his widow, Araluen, his two sons and five daughters, we extend our deepest sympathy.

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We also mourn with Keith Chapman (A Coy) the sudden loss of his wife, Myrtle, on 25th September last, as the result of a stroke. Her remains were cremated at Rookwood on 27th September after a service at the Methodist Church, Regents Park, at .which we were represented by Joe Geoghegan and Johnny Parsons.

To Keith and his children we extend our deepest sympathy.

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Our sympathy is also extended to Fred Arnett. (HQ Coy) and to his mother, at the loss of Fred's father., who died on 14th June last; knowledge of which only came to us recently.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVES

We have been concerned of late that there may be occasions when one of our Members answers The Call in a Country area and we are not adequately represented at the funeral, while early approach may not be made to his widow to ensure that everything possible is being done on her behalf. It is also often very much after the event before we hear anything about it.

We are now in the course of appointing a Representative in each of various Country Centres, who will be the central point for information and action in his area; and a full list of names and addresses will be published in next issue of MAKAN.

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NEWS, VIEWS AND WHOS WHOS

Accompanied by his wife, Vi, your Editor  (Phil SCHOFIELD) set off on 12th October to have a few days holiday with some friends in Texas, Q., and basically, to go around the traps up North in an endeavour to contact as many as possible of the boys in that area, most of whom he had not seen for over 25 years, and with some of whom contact with the Association had been lost.

It was a marvellously rewarding trip from all aspects, and was made all the more enjoyable by the kindness of Wal and Freda Eather, Tamworth; Harry and Dot Riches, Brunswick Heads; Joe and Sybil Johnston, Knockrow and Ron and Gwen Sweeney, Rappville; all of whom put us up with them in lieu of going to a Motel or Pub, and made sure that we saw a bit of the Countryside as well as boys in their neighbourhood. While Tamworth, Grafton and Port Macquarie turned on good gatherings, the highlight was undoubtedly the gathering at the R.S.L., Mullumbimby, where 40 of us (25 men and 15 wives) sat down to a sumptuous meal at a long table tastefully decorated with purple and gold. In all, 17 Centres were visited and contact was made with 55 of the boys, 30 wives and 2 Next-of-Kin, while information was obtained about another 20 of the boys living close by. Tamworth and Mullumbimby were field days for your Editor who, apart from receiving some Donations and Subs for 1972, roped in 12 new Subscribers to MAKAN and it is expected that subsequent reminders to a few other spots will produce a few more.

Vi joins in thanks to you all for the distances some of you had to go to be at various gatherings; and your hospitality, which made us feel as though we really were welcomed visitors.

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At Tamworth, we caught up with:

Wal and Freda Eather (HQ Coy) who put us up for the night, and organised the Dinner at the R.S.L. Club. Having retired from School mastering, Wal and Freda live close handy to the Golf Club where they spend a fair amount of time belting that small white ball around, to such a degree of proficiency that Wal had collected the Diggers' Cup the week-end before we arrived. Wal is President of both the Sub-Branch and the Club, and Freda gets roped in for all sorts of jobs. With their family grown up and married, they are well and truly in the Grandpa Stakes with 11 grandchildren; and they both appear to be reasonably fit.

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Phil Bailey (HQ Coy) is Secretary/Manager of the Club, which position he acquired just after Wal took over the Presidency. Phil looks as fit as a bloke who could push a stack of wheat over in easy fashion, and declares that despite the fact that he and Wal were both in the A.A. Pl., there is no collusion, and the books will stand up to any audit.

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Edgar Dengate (C Coy) on the other hand was not very much, fatter than Changi days, but Helen declared that she feeds him decent sort of makan, and he keeps rather well; and able to pursue his contract building comfortably. Apart from a big bushy moustache he looks much the same as we knew him in the Army.

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Doug Hicks (HQ Coy) looks after the Hardware at Treloar's and professes to be fit enough, which is a tribute to the tender administrations of Beryl; but during the course of a few jugs he admitted to not being exactly 100%, even though he won’t do much to correct the position.

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Ray Michell definitely is as big as ever, and fit. He reckons that the Garage was tough work with little return, so he gave it away; and now dispenses the good cheer at the Pub at Nemingah, where he stacks them in in ever increasing numbers daily. Tamworth is a bit of a stronghold for the 2/18th and subsequent to the death of a cobber of his, Jack Finley (2/18th) a couple of years ago, to be followed by the death of his wife, Girlie, Ray decided that if you can't lick 'em you can always join 'em, so he and Jack's widow, Elizabeth (popularly known as Tupp) joined families and forces; and, though she won’t admit it as yet, Tupp is gradually being converted to 2/30th. They presented W.S.H. with a bit of a problem upon their amalgamation, as each of them had a War Service Home; and at last report, they still had them.

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Enid McLean (widow of Ron - A Coy) was also at the Dinner, and declared she was fit and well. She brought along her sister, who has definite 2/30th leanings; and that completed the full attendance at the Dinner for the Tamworth contingent.

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On to Armidale next morning, where we called on the Humphreys, Bill (HQ Coy) and Marjorie had gathered Ross and Mollie Madden (A Coy) and Karl Sinclair (D Coy) whose wife, Edna, was not too well and couldn't come along. Marjorie called the spread she put on by the name of morning tea, but it is recorded that we couldn't eat any lunch afterwards. She and Mollie took Vi on a tour of the City, leaving we men to reminisce, and lower the plimsoll on a bottle of White Horse. Bill has greyed a little, but looks very much the same as the boy we knew so many years ago. He builds houses all over the joint, and quite frankly admits that Ross is his right hand man. A recent MAKAN gave the vital statistics of their family. Apart from filling out a bit Ross is just the same as he was in the Army days, with the same ability to remember places and people. He and Mollie have a family of three girls - none old enough to be married yet - and he and Bill professed to being as fit as they looked. Karl, at 68, is no chicken, and he retired from work some years ago. A white thatch on top gives him a dignified look, and though he naturally cannot run 100 yards (neither can I) he professes to having made a good recovery from his heart attack of some few months ago. His son, incidentally, is Accountant at the Bank of New South Wales, Mullumbimby, but was away relieving when I was there.

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A visit to the Sugar Mill on Harwood Island produced a colossus in the person of Morgan Jones. Not many would know him by that name - to us he was V.W.L. (Vic - though his name was Vincent) Jones of D Coy. He assists the Electrical Engineer at the Mill and looks as fit as a fiddle, but a few crook kidneys, an ulcer or two and a touch of osteoarthritis tend to restrict his activities a bit. He subsequently sent in a poem he had written.

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The Brisbane contingent was reduced a bit by the absence of Vic Gordon (B Coy), the transfer of Slim Cranitch (D Coy) to a police Station in the Bush, and the transfer back to Sydney of one Dick Tompson (HQ Coy); so it was only possible to make contact with Squire O'Donnell (C Coy) and Ken Parry (D Coy). Squire, now very white on top and minus the sight in one eye (though no one would know it) is very much the same dignified Squire we have known for many years. Like most of us, he looks fit enough but is not-exactly 100%, though he has made a good recovery of late from a rather serious crop of complaints from which he was suffering a while back. Son John has his degree in Ag. Science and daughter Jill is to be married soon. Kath is reported to be well, though possibly overworked trying to cope with Squire. Young Ken Parry (D Coy) is still the same as reported in May/ June MAKAN and, with his size and fitness, appears to be quite capable of managing the Security Service job he has. Subsequent sleuthing by your Editor has established that Dick Tompson is now Assistant Manager of the Commercial Banking Coy in Sydney. One of these days we might catch up with him, and get his change of address.

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And so to Brunswick Heads, where Harry and Dot Riches (HQ Coy) had the red, carpet laid out to the car. With a prior vague indication that he would endeavour to get a few of the boys together at a central spot, Harry astounded us by advising that a total of about 40 boys and wives would be dining that night at the Mullumbimby R.S.L. This proved to be the case, and your Editor was so overcome that he missed out on getting some of the vital statistics for some of them, for which he craves forgiveness.

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From the Gold Coast came Jock Logan (D Coy) looking very fit and chic (as one might expect a bachelor to look) and he did the right thing and danced with Vi at the conclusion of the Dinner. Jock has a Furniture business at Palm Beach, and appears to be doing well enough to keep body and soul together in a satisfactory manner. A keen Association man, he ropes them in up North.

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A most pleasant surprise was the arrival from Tingalpa, Q. of Charles and Dulcie Annand, and from Tweed Heads of Max and Nola Annand (sons of Charles - D Coy). While Charles Jnr certainly has the family resemblance, to see Max walk in is like seeing his father all over again. Since I didn't hear any complaints from Dulcie and Nola, the boys are apparently doing the right thing as husbands and fathers, but I did hear that having ultimately given up playing themselves, they are encouraging the male members of their families to play football. Max brought with him his father's autograph book, which managed to remain preserved in excellent condition and to find its way home at the end of the War, and in which many of us had written odd messages. Two outstanding contributions (written at Changi after Charles' death on the Railway) were tributes to Charles by B.J. and., Doc Taylor, of which the. Annand family are very proud.

The Murwillumbah contingent comprised:

Tom Grant (C Coy) and Norma, both looking very fit. Tom is very active in R.S.L. circles, and follows the occupation of a Tick Inspector. In between these activities he and Norma have managed to rear five daughters, and with the prospect of ultimately marrying off five girls, I guess they are now concentrating on stacking away a few dollars and cents - an expensive business these marriages, when you are the father of the Bride.

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Alan Venn (HQ Coy) now retired and minus his wife who was visiting Sydney, takes things a bit quietly as a T.P.I., in which Association he busies himself extensively. His wife attended Tom Rockett's funeral at Grafton with a Purple and Gold Wreath. The Venns have some family, but your Scribe omitted to get precise information on the subject.

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The same applies to the remaining member of the contingent, in the person of Keith McFarlane (A Coy). Keith managed to keep himself well out of the Editor's notebook, and it can only be reported that he looked tough and wiry, and in reasonably good shape.

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The Lismore District produced:

Bob and Shirley Robinson (B Coy). Bob runs a very successful Dairy Farm and, according to my informant, it is a most modern set-up.- a real push-button affair - with a hot water system on the lines of one he had developed at Changi. With six children in the family and two of the girls married, the Robinsons have not done so badly; and Bob looks as though life agrees with him as his shadow hasn't decreased.

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Jack Korn (A Coy) was there, looking quite fit, but the notebook is blank, apart from the scant information that he works as a Railway Carpenter, is married, and recently came second in the Old Diggers Race at the Lismore R.S.L. Swimming Club - He's not so old at that - I only make him 53.

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A 2/30th by adoption, Stan and Joyce Scarrabellotti (A.A.S.C.) also came along. Having decided to retire from the farm, Stan sold it and lived at Brunswick Heads, but is apparently moving to Yelgun, as he gave that as his address. With two boys and two girls in the family, the eldest girl is married and runs Uncle Tom's Pies - on the Highway at the Mullumbimby turnoff.

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Russ and Marcia Mackie (HQ Coy) were up from Clunes, looking reasonably fit. Russ still has his farm, but manages that by remote control, and has a job with Norco. With a family consisting of two boys (both married) and four girls (one married) Russ and Marcia have some grandchildren, but the notebook omitted to record the tally.

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Ernie and Kathy Stratford (D Coy) merely rolled down the road from Main Arm, where he grows bananas and pigs. He still smiles and looks the same as the Stratty we knew of yore, and certainly displayed plenty of energy when dancing with Kathy. They have two sons- one of whom works in the Bank of New South Wales, with the other still attending High School.

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Len Clavan (HQ Coy) didn't have far to come from Tintenbar, but couldn't bring his wife, Win, as she is a Sister at the Ballina Hospital, and was on duty. There are two girls and one boy in the family, and Lenny occupies himself as a Tick Inspector. In spite of his 53 years, he doesn't seem to have changed a bit, and he had a wealth of funny stories on hand. One of his best was a description of the time he went to Sydney by car with Ron Sweeney, Jimmy Small and Joe Johnston (all cattlemen) and how he (Lenny) ended up exhausted, shovelling bull dust out of the car for nearly 600 miles.

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Close by, from Knockrow, came Joe and Sybil Johnston (D Coy), both looking very fit. With the help of Sybil and eldest son, Ken, Joe runs a Dairy and Pigs, plus a certain amount of cattle grazing, and seems to get by O.K. Second son, Gregory, is with the Commonwealth Public Service in Sydney, and daughter Cheryl is in 4th Year at Ballina High. Joe is very active in Legacy and R.S.L. affairs, and one of the big jobs he undertakes each year is organising the exchange visits of Metropolitan children of R.S.L. Members to the Country, and vice versa.. Naturally, poor Sybil cops a fair corner in the operation, and in all of Joe's activities.

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Ernie and Phyl McNiven (A Coy) came up from Bangalow, where, according to my informant, you name it and Big Mac is in it. He runs a Service Station, a Milk Run and a Poultry Farm, and is Captain of the local Fire Brigade - he was sorry to have to give up playing football only a few years back. When queried about their family, Mac announced one boy and one girl, plus two adopted. Further questioning produced the information that the latter were two coconut palms that came from Miriwinni, Q., which Mac calls Baldy and Honey, and which he nurtures with loving care and kindness. Ernie declared he was fit, and he certainly looked it.

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Ossie and Mavis Jackson (D Coy) came over from Binna Burra, at which place Ossie has an Emporium. Either Mavis does a good job of looking after him, or Ossie doesn't overwork himself, as he looked fit and alert. With two boys in the family, the elder is at the Uni and hopes ultimately to be a Chemist with C.S.R., while the younger lad is still at High School.

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The Kyogle contingent comprised:

Artie and Nancy Power (D Coy), looking reasonably fit, but Artie can't even see as well as your Editor. So Nancy drives him to Do's all over the place, and takes her camera and flash attachment with her, on which she records events - particularly embarrassing ones - of Artie and his cobbers. With two girls and one boy in the family, all will be married when Carol, the second girl, marries on 1/1/72. Helen, the elder girl, has two children, allowing Artie to enter the Grandpa Stakes.

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Alfie Carroll (A Coy) was with the Powers, and Alf's eyesight is so bad that Nancy practically has to lead him around on a string. Alf hasn't married, and still works on a Pig and Cattle Stud, for the same people for whom he started to work when he was 14. Since there is no record of any freak cross between a cow and a boar being produced, Alf apparently can see enough to avoid mixing up the species. He is still as thin and wiry as ever, but says that he is O.K.

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This bad eyesight seems to prevail up North, and an amusing incident was recounted about the time the Kyogle contingent went to the Tamworth Reunion. It consisted of Bill Sorenson (D Coy) Carl Odgers (HQ Coy) Artie and Alf; and Bill reckoned that he

had better take his car. All went well until they got off the flat country and started to climb the mountains. Bill stopped the car and informed them that he was O.K. on the flat, but he couldn't see to drive up hills. A hurried conference produced the information that the whole lot of them were half blind, and Bill couldn't be persuaded that he might be able to back them up the hills; so Carl (adjudged the least blind of the bunch - he could read a number plate at two feet at that time) had to take over; and they groped their way to Tamworth and back.

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From Ballina came:

Bruce Greer (HQ Coy) minus Phyl, who had had an argument with some sand flies and came off second best (she and Vi are apparently allergic to them). Bruce, as reported previously has retired from the Estate Agency at Petersham and has gone to live in Ballina, where he has acquired a block of Holiday Flats with a river frontage. He lives in one, and expects to do nicely, thank you, on the lettings from the remainder. We had morning tea with the Greer's on the way through, and can thoroughly recommend the set up he has acquired.

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Norm and Raema Watkins (A Coy) looking very fit. Apart from the note that Norm is with the Main Roads Dept and has been observed upon occasions driving heavy machinery on the roads, the notebook was sadly lacking in information.

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It was also lacking with respect to Sid Jamieson (2/18th Bn) who is a Plasterer by trade, and is very active in the R.S.L. at Ballina. Sid is another of our Associates who has almost become a 2/30th by adoption, and if Tupp Michell looks like winning the battle in Tamworth, we will merely get the boys to step up the pressure on Sid.

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Martin and Betty Wallwork (D Coy) came from the Pocket, Billinudgel (what delightful names some of these North Coast Places enjoy) where Martin has a Banana Patch of sufficient dimensions to keep him off the bread line, and allow the Wallwork's to raise their family of six boys and two girls. Still thin and wiry, though Betty avers she feeds him well, Martin professes to being fit and well, and looks it.

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Harry and Flo Teasdale (D Coy) couldn't make it for the Party at night, so they came over from Lismore that afternoon. Harry retired from the Farm some time ago, largely due to indifferent health, and busies himself with T.P.I. activities, serving on the Far North Coast Council of that body. They have one boy, who works in Newcastle. Sure, Harry is a bit older, and not exactly 100% fit, but he is still very much the same Harry, who can still talk your Editor off his perch; and the boys reckon that he'll talk his way into being Mayor of Lismore before he's finished.

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Mike Garrard (HQ Coy) of Kingscliff also couldn't make it for the Party at the last minute. He runs the Post Office and Store at Kingscliff, is married, and reputedly keeping well; but at that point, the notes ended.

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We arrived at Brunswick Heads at lunch time on the day of the Party and delivered ourselves to Harry and Dot Riches (HQ Coy). At 68, Harry is no chicken, but he hasn't run to fat, like a lot of us, and he's tough and wiry - when he broke his knee 12 or so months ago and was informed that he would have a stiff leg thereafter, he just wouldn't accept the fact and by sheer perseverance he walked it back to a normal knee by long hikes each day on the beach. Dot is apparently tarred with the same brush - a stroke, followed by a second one, couldn't immobilise her, and she cops it from Harry for trying to do too much in the garden. Since selling the Farm and living in Brunswick Heads, Harry has had a variety of odd jobs, but he seems to be happily settled now in a job to his liking, which occupies, his five days a week, from 7 a.m. to noon, though he attends various Shows exhibiting his charges. Harry looks after the “Moonarie" Murray Grey Stud at Byron Bay, loves the work, and has been very successful with exhibits at Shows. He and Dot showed us all over Brunswick, including the large Wendel Holmes project, called Ocean Shores, just North of the Town.

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We arrived in Mullumbimby early that afternoon so that Harry could show us over their pride "The Biggest Little Town on the Coast", and we had a whale of a time at the Party at the R.S.L. After talking our heads off on returning home, we eventually got to bed at 3.30 a.m., and at 4.45.a.m. we were talking again with Harry making tea and toast Naturally, we burnt the toast and a slew-eyed Dot appeared, complaining that we had wakened her up with the scraping of the toast.

Harry and I ducked the washing up and shot off to call on his younger son, Ted, who can't keep abreast of the jobs he has as a contract Bricklayer in the District, even though he calls on brother Alan for help. A couple of healthy youngsters greeted "Pop", and we pushed on to elder son, Alan's property a few miles out of Town. He is doing nicely, thank you, grazing cattle, and still manages to be able to help Ted with his bricklaying. Two grandchildren were observed, but exact numbers did not manage to get recorded.

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Back home, and then on to the Legacy Picnic at the local Park, where we said "Hello" to Ron Sweeney and Jimmy Small (both on duty), and we met up with Mrs. Eva Standing, from Lismore (widow of Ted - HQ Coy - who died on the Railway Job at Kanburi No. 2). Eva admitted to being in good health, and looked it; and advised that daughter Joyce was married, and lived in Brunswick Heads, while son Kevin was an Auctioneer, and Charles worked at St. Vincent's Hospital.

We also met another interesting and dynamic personality in the person of Mrs. Falls, mother of Wally Falls, of "Krait'' fame. A Scotswoman who has not lost her brogue, at 70 years of age she is a most refreshing person to talk with, and her looks belie her age. Wally was a member of the famous crew of the equally famous, "Krait" - now living out her retirement at Church Point as one of the relics of our National Heritage - which wrecked havoc with limpet mines on Japanese shipping in Singapore. Unfortunately, Wally was caught by the Japs on one such foray, and was executed by them at Outram Road only a few months before our ultimate release. When "Krait" was brought out from Singapore, Mrs. Falls was honoured by being invited to the Official Function on board.

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Sybil Johnston arrived later in the afternoon and piloted us to their place, delightfully situated on a ridge overlooking the sea, at Knockrow. We eventually knocked off talking to have a bite to eat, and subsequently to go to bed at some late hour; but it was on again at the crack of dawn, when the milking commenced. That was at the start of Daylight Saving and Joe complained that as his cows didn't wear wristlet watches, they did not realise that they had to appear an hour earlier by the sun for milking, so he had to go and get them. We left Joseph with the thought that by the time their udders had taught them the new routine, it would be time to change back to Standard Time - Joe wasn't happy at the thought.

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Promptly after breakfast we set off on a grand tour of the District, which was most enjoyable - all the more so as Sybil did the driving - and during the course of which we called at Coraki, at the Pub, and saw Fred Arnett (HQ Coy). Though completely blind, Fred has his mother with him, and a very capable husband and wife team who look after things for him. Fred lost his father last June (it was incorrectly reported in the T.P.I. magazine that it was Fred who had died) and though Fred isn't exactly 100% he enjoys a yarn, and can still down a jug with any of his cobbers who call. He had intended to be at the Party at Mullumbimby, but 'phoned Harry while we were there to send his regards and advise a last-minute breakdown in his transport. Incidentally, his Pub is delightfully situated on the Richmond River, with plenty of Huntin', Shootin' and Fishin' on tap, and is a lovely spot for a holiday.

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J.P. (Jack) Newman (D Coy) was also at the Pub, looking as skinny as he ever did on "F" Force, but declaring that he was fit and still able to work his farm. J.P. has never married - may be lack of someone to dish out the right sort of makan has kept him thin - though it is admitted that he looked wiry enough.

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From there to Lismore, where we caught up with Dadda Olley (D Coy) who downed tools to come in to have a yarn and lunch with us, but left his wife at home painting out the joint to bring it up to scratch for Christmas. Dadda is just the same as we knew him in Army days - perhaps a wee bit older - and he farms at Larnook. Of three boys in the family, one works on the farm another at the Meatworks, and the third is at High School. Two girls are both Nursing Sisters, and are currently Overseas.

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Back to the Johnston's in due course, and after spending a further night with them, we left the next morning for the Sweeney’s. Having made a stop at Casino on the way through, at Nugget Crummy's house, only to find the place deserted (except for a yapping dog obviously guarding the joint) I wrote him a hurried note, poked it under the door, and set sail for Rappville, and we arrived there in time for lunch.

Ron and Gwen Sweeney (C Coy) occupy a decent sort of a spread on the outskirts of the village, with a picturesque creek running through it, and on which Ron grazes cattle - reasonably successfully it would appear. Son Warwick is still at High School, while daughter Leeann is in an Accountant's Office in Casino and Susan teaches at Billinudgel. Ron recently acquired a block at Kyogle, and contemplates the possibility of selling Rappville, acquiring more land at Kyogle and shifting his activities to that area. Ron is actively tied up with Legacy, and he and Gwen are both fit.

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After dinner that night, Jimmy and Francie Small (C. Coy) arrived from Casino, where Jimmy has a spread and also grazes cattle. The Small family consists of a son who is an Architect, and three daughters, the eldest of whom is married and lives in Ballina, with the remaining two girls still at school. Jimmy is also an active Legatee, and he and Francie are also in the pink.

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Having made the mistake of leaving the bottles within easy access, it wasn't long before the wives were left to their own devices, and the battles were being fought all over again with a lot of "Do You Remembers". At about 1.30 a.m., Francie managed to persuade Jimmy that they had better depart for home, and they eventually did so, with Jimmy driving even better than he did when he drove that truck out of Gemas.

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Next day we departed for Grafton, and arrived there in time to have a good look around (Jacaranda Festival was in full swing, and it must have been a vintage year for jacarandas as the City and surrounds were an absolute picture) before meeting the Gang at the R.S.L. Club at 5 p.m. for drinks and subsequent dinner.

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Fred and Jean Winters (D Coy) came in from The Gorge, where Fred grazes cattle in a reasonable sort of a way. Still tall and rangy, without having put on much weight, he is much the same Fred as of Army days. Although Jean declared that rice was still one of his favourite foods, she obviously feeds him the right makan, as he is obviously fit. With five boys and one girl in the family, they are a bit spread over the Countryside. Son No.1 is on the property, No.2 is married and is a Bricklayer, No. 3 is at the Adelaide Teachers College and No. 4 is jackarooing on a cattle station at Sarina, Q., No.5 (9) and Janeen (11) are still at School.

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Jack and Gloria Newton (HQ Coy) were in fine form, and proudly claimed a family of two boys and six girls, of whom two girls and one boy are married; and between them they have produced a total of three grandchildren so far. Jack is a Timber Inspector with the Forestry Commission, and Gloria fills in her spare time with a job at the Brewery. He is definitely the same Jack Newton -as of yore, with a mass of reminiscences and a host of photos from the early days in Singapore, which he has managed to preserve in excellent condition. Jack is a Past President of the P.O.W. Association.

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John Korsch (C Coy), minus Dulcie who was unable to make it, looked as fit as he obviously was. Jack is a Carpenter by trade and is currently President of the P.O.W. Association. The Korsch family of three boys and one girl have a rather remarkable scholastic record, with the eldest boy already a B.Sc with Honours Dip Ed., and he is doing his Phd. in geology. Second son (at 21) is finishing 3rd Year at the Teachers College, and-likely to do a course at the Sydney Tech in Ceramics. The third is just about to start at-the Teachers College, and the youngest gives every indication of following suit; so they could end up with four teachers in the family.

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Arthur Roberts (C Coy) has a reasonable sort of a spread at Coledale, on which he grazes Herefords in reputedly large numbers. Another of the rangy types who doesn't put on any weight he nevertheless declares himself to be fit. With two boys and three girls in the family, and one of the girls married with a couple of children, the Roberts are starters in the Grandpa Stakes.

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Jack and Iris Collins (HQ Coy) both looked in good condition - probably due to Jack's occupation as a Butcher, ' and an ability to live off the pick of the cuts. With two boys and one girl in the family, and the girl already married, the Collins have a chance of qualifying for the Grandpa Stakes well ahead of Cousin, Kevin Ward, who only has one engaged girl.

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Harry Rhodes (HQ Coy) was on shift work as a Plant Operator at the Abattoirs, - so he and Ethel couldn't make it, but Harry called at our Motel before we left next morning. Obviously, he is bigger and better than ever, and occupies his spare time as Hon. Sec. of the P.O.W. Association, which post he has occupied for the past four years. Incidentally, the boys combined to build a holiday cottage at Yamba, which is let to P.O.W’s at a very nominal rental, and is so popular that bookings are 18 months in advance. The Rhodes family consists of two girls.

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Harry gave some news of Jack Graham (D Coy) who copped it at Gemas, and was invalided out on the Hospital Ship just before Capitulation. Jack lives at South Grafton, is well and is actively interested in R.S.L. affairs.

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Neil Sellers (B Coy) is a Dairy and General Farmer at Brushgrove, has not married, and is keeping reasonably fit.

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And so, on to Woolgoolga, where we found Vera, wife of Bob Newman (HQ Coy), who informed us that Bob was out at the Patch packing bananas. She offered to guide us out, and had the forethought to include a couple of bottles of amber fluid in case we got lost, or a snake bit us. We found Bob, looking very fit and busily engaged in packing sevens and eights, but he allowed himself to be interrupted sufficiently to talk of old times, down a jug or two, and allow your Editor to slash a large bunch of bananas off a tree, and pack himself a case of ripe bananas to take home with him. Having no children, Bob and Vera are not candidates for the Grandpa Stakes, but having married on 21st October, 1945, Bob reckons that they must be well in the forefront of early marriages after our return.

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On to Coffs Harbour, where we tracked down the Veivers' residence, but both Joe and Norma were out, so we could only leave a note under the door.

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On to Sawtell, where we found Ben Pearce (D Coy) dispensing the grog at the R.S.L. Ben started there when the Club opened 15 years ago, and can claim to being an old identity. He knocked off and came to the Customer's side to down a jug or two and to talk of old times, and inform us that-Mildred has looked after him well enough to keep him in good nick; and that their only child, a girl, is working in Sydney.

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On to Port Macquarie, where a telephone call or two produced a gathering at the R.S.L. Club after tea.

Dudley and Rae Bale (one time B Coy, but claimed and transferred to 2/15 Field Regt) are both pretty fit. Dudley still follows his occupation as a Fisherman, but has eased down and now sticks to Estuary Fishing, and then mainly when he gets the inclination. There are two grown-up boys in the family, one of whom graduates from Balcombe as a Fitter and Turner at the end of this year.

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Bruce Campbell (HQ Coy) minus Dorothy, also looked very fit, and advised that he worked for the Port Macquarie Council. Four boys make up the Campbell family, and Bruce is President of the P.O.W. Association; but the note book fell down on the job right there.

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Jack Conn (HQ Coy) was in the middle of entertaining guests at the time when I 'phoned him, so he left poor Agnes to do the honours, and hot-footed it for the Club. Still as thin as he was in Changi days, he nevertheless declares that he is reasonably fit, and proves it by his occupation as a Plumber. He still owns his Dairy Farm, but gave away dairying some time ago and now runs beef cattle on the property, which he visits at weekends. The Conn family consists of two girls, the elder of whom (23) is in London on Exchange Teaching, and one boy who is in 4th Year at the local High School.

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Neil and Mollie Huntley (B Coy) had just recently returned, from their Safari (July/Aug MAKAN) and were naturally brimming over with enthusiasm, to a point where it looks as though they might do something similar in the future. Both are very fit, and now that he has retired, Neil is able to take an active interest in the R.S.L. (where he serves on the Committee) and has joined Legacy. His son is grown up, and follows the occupation of an Accountant.

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Next day we pushed on to Taree, where we found Harry Griffis (D Coy) at the Post Office. He downed tools and came out for a yarn, and looks much the same as of old - still hasn't put on any weight to speak of. He reckons Noleen does a good job looking after him and the family of two girls and one boy, all of whom are still at School.

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Harry made mention of Bill Newton (D Coy) who lives at Taree, and has not been in luck of late. Wife, Mary, has not been too well, and was at that time in Hospital, while Bill had been rather ill, and had to give up his job at the Sawmill. He was now a bit improved and was able to do light work. Their family consists of one son, in the Air Force, and one girl.

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And so, on to Swansea, where we caught up with Wal (Starver) Jones (HQ Coy), looking very fit, but really far from it. Wal still suffers from dysentery, and had to give away his catering and food business. So he decided to set up in clothing manufacturing and furnishings, and seems to have built up a nice little empire at Swansea (where he employs 120) and Wangi (40 employees). With a son and son-in-law in the business, Wal is able to take things a bit easier these days, and enjoys life with Thelma at their Marks Point home, where they maintain a flat underneath in case any of Wal’s low cobbers call and stay the night. The Jones family of one boy and two girls are all grown up and married; and Wal and Thelma have 7 grandchildren.

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After a week of wandering down the Coast, and already a bit behind in our anticipated return date, we had to decline Wal's invitation to stay the night; and we pushed on home, to arrive in time to do only a minimum of unpacking and to fall into bed, somewhat elated with the experience, but just a wee bit exhausted. It has taken us a while to recover, particularly Vi, who had not previously experienced such a week of concentrated hospitality and meeting so many people; but that trip, and its pleasant memories, will live with us always.

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Mick Lovell (BHQ) heard the plea and wrote in from Sylvania, enclosing his Subs for 1972, and advising that he and Gwyneth recently spent a weekend with Stewart and Ruth Blow (HQ Coy) at Berry. The occasion was the celebration of Stewart and Ruth's 25th Wedding Anniversary, and the gathering included John and Pam Haskins (HQ Coy) Steve and Gwen Allardice (HQ Coy) and Valerie, widow of Reg Friend - HQ Coy). One can imagine the stories that flowed at that reunion. Following a couple of coronaries five years ago, Mick's health is much improved, and with eldest daughter Suzanne married, and one to go, Mick reckons things are not too bad.

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Don McKenzie (C Coy) sent in his Subs from Lismore, where he has lived for the past 12 years, and has a satisfactory sort of a job with the City Council. No news of himself, though he admitted to being O.K.; but he mentioned that he sees Charlie McEwen at Tintenbar at times, where Charlie appears to knock out a reasonable living with dairying and a few bananas. Charlie and Mollie have a girl who is married.

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Don (Sgt) Garner (B Coy) sent in two years Subs to MAKAN and he rounded the cheque off with a Donation. Apart from some nice remarks about MAKAN, he had a suggestion regarding publication (even by instalments) of a Directory of Members, which could prove most useful to holiday makers etc wishing to look up old mates during their tripping around. It is a good idea, which your Editor will give some attention to in the New Year.

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Jack Grossmith (HQ Coy) wrote in from Woy Woy, heartily supporting the charging of a MAKAN Sub, which he sent in; and he rounded the cheque off with a sizeable Donation. He didn't add any news, nor did he include any complaints, so he must be O.K.

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Vince Leonard (HQ Coy) sent in his Sub and regretted his inability to attend the Reunion Dinner, due to a prior engagement which he couldn't duck. He recalled some memories of B.J., particularly regarding his humanity and compassion, and added his tribute to Bessie Ellis and the Boss Family. Incidentally, the Leonard's are in the Grandpa Stakes, per favour daughter Cathy who has a son, Matthew John.

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Dave Swindail (B Coy) sent in his Subs, plus a bit extra, and bragged about his grandson who arrived in this world at 9 lbs 12 oz, and at 17 months pulls down 3 stone 2 lbs. Dave has him lined up to take Artie Beetson's place with the Balmain Tigers.

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Bob Morrison (D Coy) sent in his Sub, and purely and simply to record Enid's achievement, he advised that of their family of three girls, two are married. One has lived in the U.S.A. for the past two years and recorded Bob's qualification in the Grandpa Stakes last June, with Matthew; while the other married daughter is definitely clucky.

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Claire Buckingham did the right thing by Arthur (B Coy) and sent in enough MAKAN Subs to keep him well in advance. Claire has had plenty to do rearing a Buckingham family of four girls and two boys, of whom one girl was married this year and another marries in February next, while one of the boys is to be married later next year. The. second boy works in the Country with the P.M.G.’s Dept, and the two younger girls are still at School. Arthur is a Painter with the N.S.W. Fire Brigade and was silly enough to bust his back in a fall just recently, but otherwise keeps well. Claire mentioned that they see Frank and Ruth Purvis (B Coy) occasionally, and they recently saw Slim De Gray performing at a nearby Club.

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A note from the Gold Coast from Jock Logan (D Coy) enclosed enough to put him well in advance with his own Subs, and a decent sized lump which he had prized out of Bill Anderson (D Coy) will cause Bill to cease to worry about any future Subs for a lot of years to come. Bill works for the Gold Coast Council, and is apparently enjoying good health.

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Neil Huntley (B Coy) eventually returned to Port Macquarie and sent in a nice long account of the Safari which he and Mollie had enjoyed, which is of considerable interest, but will have to be held over to next issue due to lack of space. Upon receipt of the MAKANS which had been held over awaiting his return, he promptly sent in his Sub and included a generous Donation to help MAKAN along; and advised that at a recent R.S.L. Sports Day held at Wingham he saw Tom Dare (C Coy), Lyle Powys (HQ Coy) Tommy (Brig) Hinton (HQ Coy) and Paddles Clune (A Coy), all of whom declared they were well and in good spirits.

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Phil Higgins (A Coy) wrote in from R.G.H., Concord, where he expected to be for some weeks, with some. information concerning Registration of MAKAN as a Periodical, which he gleaned during his years in the Printing Trade. Frank Topham (C Coy) also wrote from Hospital with news of some of the lads he had seen there. Frank has been popping in and out of Concord and Lady Davidson, but he expects to be home for a while now.

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John Kreckler (HQ Coy) sent in Subs for a couple of years, and Nugent Geikie-(B Coy) and Vernon Baynes (D Coy) rounded off the Subs they sent in with Donations. Many others have sent in Subs for 1972, but without including any news.

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Leila, wife of Jimmy Hill (HQ Coy), sent in his 1972 Subs and advised that Jimmy is doing fairly well, though he requires to attend twice a week at R.G.H., Concord for physical and occupational therapy.

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Bill Rooke (B Coy) also sent in his 1972 Subs from Rainworth, Q. Bill is creeping on - turned 61 in November - and though he has had a bit of a rough spin of late, he now appears to be coming good. He sends his regards to all.

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The Reunion Dinner provided an excellent opportunity for your Editor to obtain a few vital statistics of the Metropolitan Members, and to collect quite a few Subs for 1972, and some Donations. On his recent North Coast Trip your Editor was requested to let the Country Members have a bit more information about the Metropolitan Members; and this will be done. Unfortunately a 28 page MAKAN is the maximum size which can be posted for 7c, so only a few of his gleanings at the Dinner can be included in this issue; with the balance following subsequently.

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Second place in the Age Stakes, after Bob Skinner and just four days before George Ramsay, is awarded to Len Lansdown (D Coy), who had put his age back on enlistment and will be 73 on 4th Jan., 1972. Anne must have done a good job looking after him for all those years (they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary in February next) as he still looks very fit, and is enjoying life since his retirement four years ago. With three girls and one boy in their family, Len and Anne have ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Len sprang a few years Subs. in Advance on the strength of it.

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Len Dawson (HQ Coy) and Beatrice on the other hand have been married longer than that, and their family of three girls ( including twins) and one boy are all married, with a total of five grandchildren. Len, who will be 72 in May next, retired seven years ago, and looks much fitter than he actually is; but he reckons that he will carry on for a few years to come.

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Another of the oldies, Les Hall (HQ Coy) reckons that Gladys has done a pretty good job of looking after him. Les retired in 1968, and keeps moderately well. With two girls in the family, both married, the Halls have three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Their eldest granddaughter is at present Overseas - touring Rome.

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Alan Penfold (BHQ) is another of our retired gents (he opted out of the Bank at 55 - 11 years ago) and appears to be enjoying his retirement; and is keeping well. He and Beatrice have one boy, married, - who is rearing their four grandchildren in Adelaide.

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Snowy Stevens (HQ Coy) is not that old, but he and Evelyn•have a-grown up family of three girls and two boys, who have produced eight grandchildren, of whom Snowy .is extremely proud - if you get him started he's even worse than your Editor. As an Overseer with the Water Board, .Snowy reckons that he doesn't have to work too hard, - and that his health is O.K. On the strength of all this, he sprang enough Subs in Advance to take him up to his retirement.

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On the other side of the picture was Gordon Saifallie (D Coy), who hasn't married. Saf. is very much the same as we knew him in the Army (but then, he's still only a boy). He enjoys good health, and is a Packer with the Government Stores Department. He took a sadistic delight in recounting the time that Reg Napper came fresh from a School on Unarmed Defence, handed big Vic Jones a rubber thong, and suggested that Vic attempt to crown him (Reg) with it (the thong, which represented a fearsome weapon). It must have been Vic's size, or the way he did it, or something, but Vic crowned Reg at least six times; until he was swooning, and the. boys had to call the demonstration off.

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The same Reg Napper (D Coy) shows no sign of swooning at the present time. As a serving member of the Forces (he is currently a W.O.2 with the C.M.F.) he was probably one of-the fittest at the Dinner. He and Madge have. one girl only in the family, and it will be some time before they contemplate entry into the Grandpa Stakes.

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A quartet who haven't married are Con Hedwards (C Coy) who is a Bricklayer with Australian Iron` and Steel, Port Kembla; Bill Lawson (HQ Coy) who is an Accounts Clerk with an Engineering Company; Harry Wilson (B Coy) who retired recently and lives at Manly; and Norm Lee (D Coy) who reckons that he is kept much too busy at Luna Park, looking after our kids and grandchildren to be able to afford the time to get married. All of them declared they were reasonably fit, and they looked it.

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Stan Arneil's (A Coy) shadow hasn't decreased, and you don't have to do much to start him bragging about the brood of four boys and two girls which he and Dorothy have raised. They range in age from about 23 down to 9, and, with the exception of the eldest (who has just returned from 18 months service with the A.B.C. in New Guinea), they cover the Education field from the Uni to the Primary School. One of the boys is Captain of the Warringah Rugby Union Team. Following discharge, Stan worked for the A.B.C. for many years, until he became wrapped up in the Credit Union Movement, which now occupies him full time. He is currently Vice-President of The Credit Union Insurance Society, Pacific Area, and, as a recognised authority on the subject, he has just published a book on how to form and run a Credit Union which is now available from Booksellers.

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John Kreckler (HQ Coy), who is N.S.W. Manager for Murfett Greeting Cards and has a son just completing 6th Year at High School .was noticed in deep conversation with Jack Maclay (B Coy). In addition to being President of the Rydalmere Central Bowling Club, Jack is a .Laboratory Technician with Australian Petrochemicals Ltd at Lidcombe, and he and Jean have two boys in the family (23 and 22) neither of whom is yet married. It appeared that John and Jack were trying to nut out something about the holding of a Bowls Day for the Bn., as a possible prelude to a regular B.J. Memorial Bowls Day; and present indications are that the first Day will be held at the Rydalmere Central Club in the New Year - probably some time in April. It would be a great help if interested bowlers were to give Jack a ring at his business number (648 0381) so that he and John can go to it, and do a bit of planning.

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And there we must end, with the promise to continue news of our Metropolitan Members in the next issue, of MAKAN.

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Lack of space even precluded your Editor from including a reasonable Christmas Message - all he can say is: - Thank you all, particularly the wives, for the help you have given me during the Year. May I wish you all A Very Merry Christmas, A Happy and a Prosperous New Year and God Bless.

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