Vale

Lost another mate of 60 years, Barry Sheather crossed the bar 30th. Dec 2015  Fair Winds and Smooth Seas on you final voyage   MateAnzac Sailor

Miss Me But Let Me Go-

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom-filled room;

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little- but not too long

And not with your head bowed low.

Remember the love that we once shared,

Miss me but let me go.

For this is a journey that we all must take

And each must go alone.

It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,

A step , on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick of heart,

Go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,

Miss me – but let me go.

Naval Memorial Progress

JTThe clay model of the Sailor for the Naval Memorial is now ready for the casting at the foundry, it is hoped that completion and dedication of the Naval memorial will be in the first half of this year.

Seasons Greetings

236    May the good times and treasures of the present  become the golden memories of tomorrow.       Wishing you lots of, joy and happiness.  A Very Merry Christmas! & A Happy and Healthy New Year

Proposed Naval Memorial Brisbane

It has long been the concern of many Queenslander’s who have served their country in the Royal Australian Navy and in many cases have paid the supreme sacrifice. That Brisbane and to the greater extent Queensland lacked a true Naval Memorial depicting that service. With this in mind the Queensland Division of the Far East Strategic Reserve Navy Association have joined with the Queensland Naval Association of Australia to try and rectify this situation. We have sought the service of a renowned Queensland sculptress to create a bronze statue of a sailor in pre-1960 No1 rig uniform with a seabag at his side waving goodbye. The sculptress has completed similar projects, such as The Year of The Outback, which stands outside the Council Chambers at Boonah.

After numerous site suggestions we have obtained a site from the Brisbane City Council adjacent to South Bank Memorial Park opposite the Queensland Maritime Museum. The statue will be 2 metres high on a 2mtr octagonal plinth it is visualised that the front will feature a plaque of blue granite with the Naval Logo in gold and the Naval Ode each of the other sides will carry a plaque depicting the ships names in all wars since Federation. WW2 will have all the Battle Honours due to the number of ships involved, is hoped that this memorial when finished will serve as the pinnacle place for all naval events, long overdue in Brisbane. To date, a memorial such as this has not been erected in Queensland and therefore is truly unique and worthy of acknowledgment. It will stand for years to come, marking a moment in time when naval veterans banded together to right an injustice, making a difference not only in their own lives but in the lives of many.

The committee has be seeking funding through Federal and State Governments subsidy schemes, and our own membership bases, but it is anticipated that the cost of the statue at $70,000 will exceed grant expectations. That is why we are seeking financial backing from the private sector; navy oriented associations and from present and past serving members it is our intention to have the names of major donors of $1,000 and members names of a $200 donation inscribed on a brass plaque adjacent to the memorial.

It is our wish that this memorial will honour not only the past, but also touch the social consciousness of generations to come. To date the statue is almost ready for casting; funds are still required to finish this project. There is still time for you to donate and become a part of this truly unique Naval Memorial, the committee would welcome your support in helping to make this memorial a reality, honouring the service past and present of all who served in the Royal Australian Navy.
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Seasons greetings

christmas_l8_55062 May you all have A Very Merry Xmas and may the New Year bring you Good Health and Prosperity to you and yours.

The Australian the bravest thing God ever made

 (A British Officer’s Opinion)

The skies that arched his land were blue,

His bush-born winds were warm and sweet

And yet from earliest hours he knew

The tide of victory and defeat;

From fierce floods thundering at his birth,

From red droughts ravening while he played,

He learned no fear no foe on earth

The bravest thing God ever made!

The bugles of the motherland

Rang ceaselessly across the sea,

 To call him and his lean brown band

To shape imperial destiny.

He went by youth’s grave purpose willed,

The goal unknown, the cost unweighed-

The bravest thing God ever made.

We know- it is our deathless pride

The splendour of his first fierce blow,

How, reckless, glorious, undenied,

 He stormed those steel-lined cliffs we know!

And none who saw him scale those heights

Behind his reeking bayonet blade

Would rob him of his title right-

The bravest thing God ever made.

Bravest, where half a world of men

Are brave beyond all earth’s rewards,

So stoutly none shall charge again

Till the last breaking of the swords;

Wounded or hale, won home from war,

Or yonder by the Lone Pine laid,

Give him his due for evermore-

The bravest thing God ever made!

W.H. Ogilvie

Seasons Greetings

 From my house to yours all the very best for the coming festive season, may you enjoy the company of your love ones and may the coming New Year bring you good health and happiness

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National Commemoration Day Malayan Emergency & Indonesian Confrontation

Soon to be entrenched the 31st of August to be  gazetted as the “Malaya & Borneo Veteran’s Day”as a result of talks between Maj.Gen J C Hughes AO DSO MC, and Maj Gen Brian (Hori) Howard AO MC ESM, this long awaited recognition will be confirmed and duly recorded in the Australian Military Calender of Commemorations in the near future.

Anzac Day centenary has risks: review

AAP March 25, 2012, 11:13 pm

The Anzac Day centenary celebrations in 2015 could cause divisions in multicultural Australia, a government-funded review has found. News Ltd newspapers said focus-group testing found that multiculturalism represented a risk for the celebrations and one that should be considered to avoid unexpected negative complications. The report said commemorating our military history in a multicultural society is something of a double-edged sword. “While the 100th anniversaries are thought to provide some opportunity for creating a greater sense of unity, it is also recognised as a potential area of divisiveness.” The RSL has rubbished the review and says Australia’s enthusiasm for the day remains as strong as ever. RSL national president Ken Doolan told News Ltd that Anzac Day held a central place in Australia. “The Australian people have said overwhelmingly that they want the centenary celebrated,” he said.

 

How long must we put up with this garbage and all this political correctness, all these government funded reviews is nothing but a waste of resources that could be beneficially used elsewhere. This review and the one to use ANZAC as a brand for commercial use is off limits and should not be tolerated.

Vaccinations Gold Card holders travelling overseas

The following article was post on the FESR Forum may interest all those Gold Card Holders heading overseas

Earlier this year after submissions had been made to me at an AVADSC meeting in Brisbane I approached the Deputy Commissioner in the Queensland Consultative Forum regarding Gold Card holders being required to pay for Medical Vaccinations prior to overseas travel, I have now received a positive outcome.

Prior to 1st Aug 2010 DVA has not provided coverage for medical vaccinations for DVA clients travelling overseas, the approach was that these were privately incurred expenses.
DVA has now released a new Business Line where in it now states that as from the 1st Aug 2010 all GOLD CARD holders are eligible for all required vaccinations to be covered under the Gold Card arrangements.
Any Gold Card holders that may have incurred charges from 1st August 2010 are able to seek reimbursement via DVA. I would expect a fact sheet covering this to be issued shortly.
I ask that you make this information widely available to your friends and association membership, I will send you a copy of the DVA Fact Sheet once it becomes available.
If you or anyone else has any questions ask them to contact their nearest DVA VAN office.

Regards

Gordon Blake
Chairman
QLD State Advisory Council
Australian Veterans’ & Defence Services Council