Military History Society of NSW Presents Hurricanes To Russia

Denis Smith’s talk could also be sub-titled ‘the story of a RAAF fighter pilot with RAF 151 Wing’. It tells the largely unknown story of HMS Argus, the aircraft carrier which transported 24 RAF Hurricane fighter planes to Russia in 1941. Around 3,000 Hurricanes followed in subsequent convoys, promised by Churchill to Stalin.

One of the pilots was an Australian RAAF fighter pilot, Denis’s close friend ‘Nat’ Gould. His other nickname was ‘Natski’ after his time flying in Russia. Conditions in the Russian winter were very harsh but when the Japanese came into the war, Nat returned to Australia and flew Kittyhawks at Milne Bay, as well as Spitfires, Seafires, Mustangs, SeaFuries, Fireflies, Vampires and Hellcats to name a few.

Denis will be presenting with the assistance of a documentary special film made for prime time Russian TV in 2016 called "Arctic Brotherhood" for the 75th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy to Russia. The documentary is dubbed into English. He will also have a copy of Nat's Flight Log when he was taking off from HMS Argus. Denis was born in Sydney. He is now a retired electrical engineer having run his own company with over 40 employees. His uncle flew Sunderlands with 10 Squadron RAAF in England during World War 2, which aroused his interest in military history. His close friend ‘Nat’ Gould talked him into joining the Spitfire Association, and he also joined the Aviation Historical Society. He is past president of the Lane Cove Historical Society (received an OAM), Vice-President of the Fellowship of First Fleeters, Vice-President of the Matthew Flinders Society of Australia, and a member of the American Civil War Round Table of Australia.

Time & Venue: Saturday, 3 August 2019, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Goulburn Room, Level 4, City of Sydney RSL, 561-567 George Street, Sydney CBD. Admission is free of charge but a gold coin donation would be appreciated. For further information call 0419 698 783 or email

Patriots Australia - MMC (Military Motorcycle Club) National Annual General Meeting (NAGM) 2019

The Patriots Australia Military Motorcycle Club – Hunter Valley & Barwon chapters in and around Newcastle would like to invite RSL NSW to participate in a dawn motorcycle ride and raffle. Information and contact details for the ride can be found here, and details on the raffle can be found here.

Memorial Park Benches

Plasma Art is a company that makes park benches. They would like to work with sub-Branches to receive feedback and generate interest in their products. Examples of the benches can be seen here and here. Visit to find out more.

HMAS Sydney IV 30yr Tri-deployment Reunion - 23/24 Oct 2020

Open to crews from deployments 1990 world trip (75th Anniversary Gallipoli) 1990/91 Damask II (Gulf War) and 1991/92 Damask IV (Red Sea)

Meet and greet at the First Fleet Mess HMAS Kuttabul on the Friday evening, the 23 October 2020, with light eats provided excluding drinks. Followed by a 4 hour harbour cruise on the Saturday night, 24 October 2020, with a wine and dine buffet.

Reunion organisers are now taking deposits for the harbour cruise phase of the reunion please email Adrian Burns (Radar) at or the Facebook reunion page for further details.

Inaugural compensation & wellbeing advocacy network seminar - 26 July 2019

Hosted by the Sydney Eastern Metropolitan Compensation and Wellbeing Advocacy Community of Practice, this seminar will be held at Club Bondi Junction. If you have been accredited by ATDP, your attendance will earn you CPD points.

For more information CLICK HERE.

RSVP by Friday 5 July

Free travel for Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Services in Sydney and Blue Mountains, Sunday 18 August 2019

Free transport has been approved for Members and Ex-Members of the Australian Defence Force and the carers, spouses, children and grandchildren of living and deceased service personnel travelling to and from the service on Sunday 18th August 2019. Free travel will be available on Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink intercity services, Sydney Ferries, Inner West and Newcastle Light Rail services and bus services in the Sydney metropolitan and outer-metropolitan areas.

This free transport will not require participants to hold a valid ticket. Instead, to access services participants will be required to:

  • Wear an Australian Defence Uniform; or
  • Display service medals; or
  • Carry a War Widow’s gold card; or
  • Carry an official letter of accreditation from a branch of the Returned and Services League or other recognised ex-services organisation

If a participant parks in a Transport Park&Ride car park, they should use the intercom button at the exit gate and advise the operator that they are a participant in the Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Service.

Headquarters 1st Australian Task Force Association Reunion 2020

The reunion will take place from Thursday 29 October to Monday 2 November 2020 at the Capital Country Holiday Park.

For more information view the itinerary and registration flyer HERE

Majors Creek - ANZAC Day Commemoration Service 

A Commemoration Service will be held at the memorial in the grounds of St Stephen's Church, Majors Creek at 8:00am on Thursday, 25 April.

For more information view the flyer HERE

Naval Historical Society Tours

The Naval Historical Society provides guided heritage tours of Garden Island. Tours are run on Thursdays. Price $20 per person.

For more information visit

Gallipoli songs performance - Friday, 12 April - Sydney Opera House 

A project initiated by soprano Ay┼če Göknur Shanal in 2014, to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC landing has seen the commission of historical works by four exceptional composers.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Free History Talk at Lane Cove Library

A free history talk on Australia's involvement in the Korean War is being held at the Lane Cove Library at 6.15pm on Tuesday, 16 April.

For more information view the flyer HERE.

American-Australian Veterans' Fund scholarships 

Applications are still open for the American-Australian Veterans' Fund scholarships to support Undergraduate or Graduate study in the US. Visit their website for further information and eligibility requirements - 

Applications close 17 March 2019.

RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC - Tuesday, 9 April 2019 

The RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC service will be held on Tuesday, 9 April at 11am at the Anzac Memorial.

NMBVAA 2019 Ipoh Commemoration Progam

Wednesday 12JUN19 – Registration Party, Syeun Regency Penthouse Salon 1630 hrs. Levy Fee is RM300.00 each person

Thursday 13JUN19  Breakfast from 0630hrs, bus leaves Syeun at 0745hrs.

0930hrs Commemoration Service at the Kamunting Rd Christian Cemetery, Taiping. There will be a brunch at the Taiping New Club afterwards. 1200hrs - Bus to Sungai Siput where the MPOA have a Museum & Gallery, then back to Syeun Hotel.

Friday 14JUN19 – 0900hrs Commemoration Service at the Ipoh City Cenotaph conducted by the Warriors Association Malaysia. Brunch for international guests afterwards will be presented either at the Town Hall (if renovations are complete), or at the Royal Ipoh Club.

Saturday 15JUN19  Breakfast will commence at 0530hrs, and the bus will depart the Syeun Hotel at 0630hrs.

0730hrs  Church Service at Holy Trinity, Batu Gajah, and afterwards, a wreath laying service at God’s Little Acre conducted by the Malaysian Palm Oil Association. There will be morning tea at the Kinta Golf Club afterwards. 1100hrs Commemoration Service at No 2 Ranger Bat, Kem Sued Putra, conducted by Warriors Association Malaysia. 1230hrs - Lunch with the Palm Oil Planters at Royal Ipoh Club. The bus will leave the Club at 1430hrs to return to the Syeun Hotel. You may remain at the Club if you wish, but please let the Liaison Officer know.

There will be an informal dinner in the evening (1900hrs) at the Royal Ipoh Club.

Sunday 16JUN19 – Sleep in.

Some veterans gather at the Syeun Hotel, Ipoh, a little bit earlier. The Liaison Officer will secure a very good deal for you at the Hotel…..better than normal on-line prices.

For details concerning  the 2019 Pilgrimage, including the best method of getting to Ipoh, - please contact Ian Holthouse  NMBVAA  Liaison Officer on 0477 160097, or email or visit                     

Royal Marines Association of New South Wales

The RMA of NSW meet in the Fisher Room at the Chatswood RSL on the first Sunday of each month at 11:00am, except for September when we meet on the second Sunday due to Father’s Day being on the first Sunday in September.

We have been going since 1913 and would like to see the association continue to thrive. 

To do so, we require people to join the association. We are open to all serving or ex-service RM’s who would join as FULL members. Membership is also open to serving or ex-service personnel of all armed forces, as well as relatives of all such personnel. You would join as associate members. 

Fees are $10 per year and we hold our AGM on the first Sunday of February each year. 

Proof of service, ex-service, and relationship, is required along with a completed application form. All enquiries should be through the Secretary, Mr. John W Lees.


Address: 130 River Road, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750

The $10 cheque can be made payable to RMA NSW and posted to:                                                    

The Treasurer Mr Sam HP Smith. 34 St Johns Road. BRADBURY, NSW, 2560                             


Wings Over Illawarra Air Show
The annual Wings Over Illawarra Air Show returns on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 May 2019.

25% discount on bookings of 20 or more tickets. For bookings or enquiries contact Amanda on 02 9838 1733 or 

CLICK HERE for more information.  

Too Dark To See - e-book 

Western Sydney University has produced a book 'Too Dark To See' which commemorates the lives and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans and personnel serving in the ADF.

CLICK HERE to read the e-book

50th Anniversary Reunion - 1st Logistic Support Group - Vietnam Veterans
A 50-year anniversary reunion will be held for Headquarter 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) in Ballarat, Victoria from 8 November 2019 - 11 November 2019. 

For more details, including accommodation, please contact Tony Brown on 0428 852 736 or email

Garden Island Tours

Tours of Garden Island are conducted by the Naval Historical Society of Australia on most Thursdays.

The tour includes areas within the secure precinct of Garden Island - which is not open to the public - including the Kuttabul Memorial, the Garden Island Chapel, heritage buildings and the top of the Captain Cook Dock. 

Please note, there is quite a lot of walking involved and some stairs during the tour, so group members need to be relatively mobile. The tour is not suitable for visitors who utilise a wheelchair or walking frame.

For security reasons, names of attendees must be submitted to the Naval Historical Society of Australia no later than one week before the tour. Photo identification such as a passport or driver licence will need to be presented on the day of the tour.

The cost per person is $20.00. More information about the tour can be found here.

To book a tour or make an inquiry, please contact Paul Nolan or Frank Doughty on (02) 9359 2243 from the Naval Historical Society of Australia. 

2 RAR Historical Collection
Have you served or had a relative in the 66th BN 2nd AIF, 2 AR, 2 RAR or 2/4 RAR? Do you have images, gear, medals, maps, photographs, movies etc. from you or your relative’s service in these units which form the lineage of today’s 2 RAR (AMPHIB)? Are these items sitting in boxes or a trunk not seeing the light of day, with the possibility they could be thrown out by your family if you passed? The Unit has served in places like The Dutch East Indies, Japan, Korea, Malaya, South Vietnam, Malaysia, Rhodesia, Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda, East Timor, The Solomon Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Timor Leste. We are not just interested in operational service we are very much interested in the Battalion’s daily life, Exercises, Sport, Special Activities, parades, ETVCC, BN balls etc. during its time.

The 2 RAR Historical Collection would like you to consider donating these items for display and to be preserved as part of the collection. We would like copies of any digital images or scanned copies if you don’t want to part with the originals. Remember your negatives and photos are slowly degrading. These items will be available to view and be appreciated by all who visit the historical collection. Ex-members, relatives of these members, current and future members will be able to appreciate and view these items knowing they are at their home at 2 RAR. The museum is funded by donations, sponsors and grants, if you are an individual or business that would like to be a “friend of the 2 RAR Historical Collection” please contact the curator. The museum is looking to completely upgrade and refurbish the Historical Collection display in the near future.

If you would like to visit or donate to the collection please also contact the curator. The curator (CPL J Harrison, soon to be Mr) can be contacted on 0419 749 198 or email Second to None! 

 RESTORE Trial - Phoenix Australia 
Do you believe you have developed PTSD during your military service?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a new treatment trial conducted at the VVCS office in Sydney. The RESTORE trial investigates one of the most effective interventions for PTSD – prolonged exposure.
Potential benefits of taking part in the trial include an improvement in PTSD symptoms and a better quality of life. Prolonged exposure therapy is an effective and evidence-based treatment for PTSD, which can help a person to confront and come to terms with painful memories, challenge unhelpful thinking, and resume activities that are typically too distressing.

The trial organisers are seeking veterans or current serving personnel between 18 and 75 years of age, who have PTSD-like symptoms related to a traumatic experience during their military service. To express interest in participating in the trial or to find out more, call 1800 856 824 or visit

Nasho's WA Group - Call for Photos
The Nasho's WA group are looking for platoon and section photos to add to their website. To send photos, please email them to Bob McGuire at or visit

Discounted Holiday Accommodation - RAAF Welfare Recreational Company
The RAAF Welfare Recreational Company offers discounted holiday accommodation to eligible persons, including ex-serving members. The Ambassador Apartments on the Gold Coast have recently been improved with new furnishings, upgraded wet areas and new carpeting. Bookings can be made six months in advance and there are usually ample vacancies outside the school holiday periods and in the quieter, cooler months. 
Ring Andrew on 07 5531 5692 or visit

Defence Archives to provide secure online records access
Defence Archives and Service Centres (DASC) is upgrading its systems and processes to provide customers with faster, secure access to records via the internet. 
Beginning 10 January 2018, DASC will upload completed requested records to a secure Defence website for easy customer access.

DASC will email a unique link and password to the relevant customer to provide them with online access to the requested records.
Customers must provide a valid email address at the time of placing a records request to access the online service.

Please call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) if you do not have a valid email address.

Wingham and the Upper Manning Honour Roll Project
Wingham RSL sub-Branch commenced a project to update the Honour Roll at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall. They aim to create, document and carry out a process to identify every person in the Wingham and Upper Manning locality who has completed military service in the Australian Defence Force and to recognise their service by placing their details on a military honour board at the Wingham Town Hall.

The project committee has made determinations to include twenty-eight new names to the honour roll.

Kedron State High School Needs Your Help!
Do you know of any past or current Kedron State High School (Brisbane) students or staff (cleaners, groundsmen, office workers, teachers, principals etc), who have served as part of the Australian Defence Force during military campaigns? If so, we need your help.This year, the Kedron High RSL Liaison Prefects are working towards acquiring an Honour Board for Kedron State High School.However, we need the community’s help to track down the names of Australian Defence Force servicemen and women from Kedron High who have served in military campaigns to ensure their names are included on the Honour Board. If you know of any Kedron High staff or student who should be added to the Honour Board, please contact Kedron State High School.

Address: 34 Park Rd, Wooloowin QLD 4030

Phone: (07) 3630 3333


Please spread the word so that we may honour those who have served. Thank you, Ryan Malone and Claudia Watson RSL Liaison Prefects

 Our Spirit - Stories of past and current serving women of the permanent Australian Defence Forces

OUR SPIRIT will be an anthology that will tell the stories of our recent and current servicewomen. The content will focus on the positive, negative, mundane, tragic, humorous, unique and unusual aspects of life as a woman in the Australia Defence Force. We are seeking submissions from ex or current serving women who were in the ADF from the 1970s onwards, in the following formats: Short stories, essays, poetry, diary entry/entries, emails or letters, artwork (paintings, drawings, sketches, illustration) with a short caption (up to 100 words); and photographs with a short caption (up to 100 words).

Any past or present servicewomen interested in contributing to Our Spirit, can email us to get our submission guidelines, or find out more via our email address, or go to our webpage
Some information about us: Melanie was in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Supply Officer for 18 years and is a published author and poet.Jennifer was in the Australian Army as a Supply and Training and Development Officer, resigning in 1995 and is also a published author.

Mordialloc College Proposed Honour Board
The Mordialloc College Alumni Association (MCAA) is gathering information for a proposed honour board to be installed at the school (formerly known as Mordialloc-Chelsea High School). 
We are seeking the names of former students who are veterans. If you are a war veteran or know of war service personnel who attended the school please contact:
Paula McCarthy | ph: (03) 9587 4573 | email: | PO Box 5121, Mordialloc 3195 
George Raphael | 1104092 | PM6740 | ph: (03) 9798 4883 | 68/360 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough Vic 3173

Riverina Contempoary Veterans Group (RCVG) 
Greetings all,
For those in Wagga Wagga and the surrounding areas, please feel welcome to attend the Wagga Wagga sub-Branch (26 Dobbs St, Wagga Wagga) on a Thursday and meet with members of the Riverina Contempoary Veterans Group (RCVG).
We are a group of sub-Branch members who are supportive of all veterans but have a vested interest in the issues confronting Contemporary Veterans, their families, and their support networks.
Want to know more email me at (attention Richard Salcole)

Would you like to place something on our Community Noticeboard?
Please contact us below so we can review it.

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