November 2007
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          November 2007

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Presidents Report

CO's Report

Presentation to AGM 2007 by Dick Palk

We are asking too much from our TA soldiers

Correspondence from Members

War Quotes

Things to Think About

AGM 2007 Photos

Christmas Party Invitation

Functions in 2007

Membership Dues

QURA Office Bearers



President's Report


This will be the last newsletter for 2007.  In September the Annual General Meeting was held in conjunction with a dinner at the United Service Club. Thirty four members enjoyed the evening.  We were all very interested in the address which the Commanding Officer presented.  A copy of the notes from her address is further on in this newsletter.  The highlight of the night was the after dinner presentation from Dick Palk.  He took us on a journey of highlights of his military service and diplomatic life.  He gave a fascinating look behind the scenes of the diplomatic staff interspersed with appropriate pictures and humour.

The executive management committee was re-elected for the following year.  The list of names and contacts can be seen in the newsletter.

Recently we were advised of changes to the regulations governing Incorporated Associations.  Prior to the AGM a draft of the changed constitution was published on the web.  This draft was approved by the assembled members.  The new constitution will be sent to the Department.  On acceptance the new constitution will be appropriately displayed on the web.

We were contacted by representatives of a newly formed Queensland University Squadron Association asking whether we would be interested in joining them in a submission to install a plaque in the University commemorating the two units linked to the University.  I have enclosed a copy of the letter in this newsletter.  I would be happy to speak with any QURA member who wishes to become involved or who is interested in furthering investigations.

The next activity is the Xmas function at the Victory Hotel.  Full details can be found further in this newsletter. I hope to see as many of you as can make even if only for a short time.

I wish to you all a healthy and happy festive break.




CO's Report to the 2007 AGM

President, MAJGEN Luttrell, MAJGEN Golding, Previous COs, graduates and members,

Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my favourite subject QUR. There has been a significant amount of change in the past six months since I assumed command. It certainly has been a busy time with refurbishment, changes to the First Appointment Course, changes to the role of the Army Reserve and changes to the command and control of QUR, pay structures.

First things first-

In February QUR graduated 17 SCDT, 2 from NQC and 15 from SQ. 2LT Michelle Scott from NQC was awarded the Geddes Prize for excellence in military skills.  Currently QUR has 170 staff and 114 SCDT, spread across NQ and SQ.  15 SCDT are OTRS – studying at the local university and gaining military skills with the ARes students. More about the SCDTs later.

To date this year, we’ve conducted:
an SSO course with 28 students
Mod 111A1 with 94 students
Mod 111A2 with 87 students
In the remainder of this year, QUR will conduct:
Adventurous Training – EX JAYWICK – commemorating a Z Force commando operation in September 1943. The exercise will conduct sea kayaking between Cleveland and Tangalooma wrecks off Sth Stradbroke over several days, island hopping etc.
Section Competition for 2 days in November
Mod IIIA3 in December.

In October 2006 Brigadier Mark Bornholt was appointed as COMDT RMC-A. He is a mover and shaker, and has shaken the ARES GSO FAC 2008 from its current structure to a new one. Much of the change was driven by the change to Role of the Reserve – the New FAC is to produce “Pl Comd capable of commanding in peace and stability operations in the Hardened and Networked Army”.

What that means, is that no longer are the ARES training for conventional operations – but that does not mean that we will not learn conventional operations. The ARES is more likely to serve overseas in places such as the Solomon Islands, Timor etc where the emphasis is on peace operations. If ARES officers are to serve in FT deployments, then they will get JIT training through pre-deployment to get them up to speed. But in the mean time, what ARES FAC Officers need is different continuum of training.

To achieve this, the First Appointment Course (FAC) for ARes GSO Officers has been streamlined, from 142 days to 104 days. It has been organised into 5 modules:
Mod 1 = RRTC 28 days – advantages is that offr done the same as a soldier, if soldiers do not make the grade then they can transfer to the soldier stream without detriment (now SCDT must resign) and in service applicants may be exempt the first module. 2 courses per calendar year, plus trickle feed
Mod 2 – Centre of Excellence is AUR / WAUR – Small military team leader theory (2 weeks)
Mod 3 – Centre of Excellence is UNSWR (Duntroon) – Small Team leader practical (2 Weeks)
Mod 4 – Centre of Excellence is MUR and MonUR – Command, Leadership and Management (2 Weeks)
Mod 5 – Centre of Excellence is RMC and SUR at Duntroon – Peace and Stability Operations and Graduation (4 weeks).
Continuation training between each of the modules to achieve competencies prior to the modules.
Now some may have noticed that QUR is not a Centre of Excellence for the FAC. That is because until the amalgamation of QUR and LWC in January 2009, QUR will take on Grade 2 and Grade 3 (postgraduate courses) for the Office Continuum. The proposal will go to CASAG for QUR to assume the lead role in several courses including INF IET, RRF and Dvr Trg. This will be a busy unit, but I anticipate the ability to harness the assistance of LWC in the transition will be invaluable.

At this time, we anticipate that 25 cadets will attend Module 5 in February 2008. I look forward to letting you know of their successes.

Thank you.


Jenny Cotton
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment




(Reported by Trevor Luttrell)

Dick’s brief for his after dinner address was, in the words of Peter Morton, “tell us what you have done since you left QUR”.  No small feat considering his last year at QUR was 1977 – thirty years ago!

For most of that time he has been away from Queensland, spending the first sixteen years as a Public Affairs Officer in the Regular Army and since 1994 he has been with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  His presentation covered highlights of his time in both organisations, with an emphasis on the “out of the ordinary events” in his time in the Army and a focus on military activities during his time in the Foreign Service.

In Australia, Dick served in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney during his time in the Regular Army and he said the great advantage of being a Public Affairs Officer was always being involved in “high profile” military events – service life was never boring! During his service he participated in many major Army activities ranging from Kangaroo exercises to being Defence Director at the Government Media Centre for the First Gulf War.  He also provided PR support to operations and exercises in Malaysia, PNG, NZ, the USA, the UK, Turkey, Greece and Cambodia.

However his address focused on the “out of the ordinary” when addressing his time in the military.  He spoke of his involvement in promoting the Bicentennial Military Tattoo in 1988 – a huge Public Relations and recruiting exercise for the Army and his involvement in unusual events ranging from honouring the then three living Victoria Cross winners to promoting the film “Good Morning Vietnam” with Robin Williams.

While posted to Land Headquarters in Sydney he had the great honour to coordinate publicity for the ADF’s involvement in the 75th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Gallipoli in 1990 and the 50th Anniversary of the Greek Campaign in 1991. He accompanied the veterans and ADF contingents on both pilgrimages. The Gallipoli Campaign itself needed no explanation however he was humbled by the heroism and understatement of the 59 veterans, aged between 92 and 103, who made the Gallipoli pilgrimage.

The 220 veterans, mostly from the AIF’s 6th Division who made the 50th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Greece and Crete were also amazing servicemen. Their significant contribution to the Greek Campaign was obvious by the sincerity, gratitude, hospitality and warmth with which the veterans were greeted by the locals, particularly in Crete, who remembered these Aussies who had fought the Germans until their ammunition was exhausted and they could do no more.

The peak of his military career was to serve as the Chief of Military Public Information for the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) in Cambodia. The operation was the largest deployment of a UN force on a peacekeeping operation, with 15,500 soldiers from 32 countries deployed to Cambodia. In his address he gave some background on the situation in which the UN found itself in Cambodia and he talked about the 500 Australian Army signallers deployed to 55 locations throughout the country. He explained how the UN force went about preparing for, and then conducting, the election in Cambodia and described the public affairs and civic aid responsibilities of his UN Public Information unit based in Phnom Penh.

A year after leaving Cambodia he joined the Foreign Service. His first posting was to Bangkok, initially as a Public Affairs Officer but, as a result of a DFAT re-organisation, he was transferred to the position of Consul General in the Embassy. The Consul General is, in Army terminology, Chief of Staff for the Embassy and is also responsible for all Australians in the country. This was a challenging task for the Embassy in Thailand which has one of the largest consular workloads overseas. In just three months in 1998 the post handled seven deaths, 13 hospitalisations, 32 general whereabouts cases, six arrests and administered 12 prisoners in Thai gaols.

One of the highlights of the posting was his involvement in the Opening of the Hellfire Pass Museum, constructed by the Australian War Graves organisation, on the Thai Burma Railroad about 80 kilometres from Kanchanaburi in Thailand. Prime Minister Howard opened the museum in the presence of a large group of Australian Thai-Burma Railroad veterans on the eve of Anzac Day 1998. 2,710 Australian soldiers died constructing the railroad, which killed 13,000 POWs and 100,000 forced labourers.  He explained a QUR assault pioneer from the late 60s, Rod Beattie (up the ladder), was responsible for clearing the railroad and supervising the museum’s construction.

Dick was transferred from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur in 1999 where he again took up the position of Consul General. During this posting he was involved again in another military Commemorative Ceremony, - this time a ceremony to commemorate the 161 Australian soldiers massacred by the Japanese in 1942 in the Malaysian village of Parit Sulong. Veterans from the 2/29th Battalion, the 2/15th Field Regiment and 8 Div Signals units returned to the village in 2002 to commemorate this horrific event.

He explained that while in Malaysia his QUR ties came to the fore when former QUR member Alan Patching (late 60s, early 70s), then CEO of Stadium Australia, volunteered his time to visit Kuala Lumpur and address the Malaysia Australia Association on the construction of Stadium Australia, which at the time was being finalised for Sydney’s Olympic Games – an excellent and generous promotion from Alan for Australia and for Sydney 2000.  Alan is pictured centre and on his left is Peter Varghese, the Australian High Commissioner and on his right Dick Palk, Australian Consul General

Dick’s next posting was as High Commissioner to Malta – a country he explained with an amazing history stretching back 7,000 years. The country has the oldest free standing monuments in the world, erected in pre-history, and has seen the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, St Paul, the Arabs, the Knights of St John, Napoleon and the British inhabit its shores. It sustained a Great Siege in 1535 and 407 years later, to the day, its second great siege ended During World War 11. The country holds the record for the heaviest sustained bombing attack in history with 6,700 tons of bombs dropped on the island over 154 days, destroying 40,000 homes.

It was as a result of the devastation imposed on this tiny island during World War 11 that Australia gained its close links with this tiny Mediterranean island. In the 1950s and 1960s one in six of the population of Malta, and its second island of Gozo, emigrated to Australia. Malta has a population of 400,000 and with more that 137,000 people of Maltese heritage in Australia every family has a close connection with Australia. Apart from bilateral Social Security and other community agreements Australia conducts banking and other business in Malta. Australia currently pays 3,756 pensions in Malta to the value of $21 million annually.

Dick was fortunate to be in Malta when it became one of the latest group of countries to join the European Union in 2004. He explained he was also there for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in 2005 which saw both the Queen and Prime Minister Howard visit the tiny isle. He was in Malta to see Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games Baton run across the island and to host the visit of the HMAS Anzac – the first Royal Australian Navy ship to visit the island in 43 years.

He explained that the military links continued with the Australian High Commission’s coordination of Anzac Day activities in Malta – a country which had close military ties with our nation. During the Gallipoli campaign Malta was the “Nurse of the Mediterranean” and as a result 202 Australian Imperial Force servicemen and 72 New Zealand Expeditionary Force members are buried on the island. During World War 11 the island was the base for attacks on the German supply lines to North Africa and it was used as a springboard for the invasion of Sicily, resulting in 24 RAAF and 7 NZAF personnel being buried on the island. The annual Anzac Day Dawn Service and 11am Commemorative Service, attended by the President of Malta, always saw in excess of 300 ex-servicemen in attendance. Dick finished his posting to Malta in August 2006 and is now serving at the Foreign Affairs State Office in Brisbane.

He said during his address that he had been asked to comment on whether his nine years with QUR had had any impact on his career since leaving the Regiment. He said he could honestly say that QUR had laid the foundation for both his Regular Army and his Foreign Affairs career. In addition to basic attributes provided by QUR training such as man management skills, leadership, teamwork, ethics, tactics (which hones analytical thinking) and the value of mateship, he said he was convinced he was selected for the Regular Army as a result of having being commissioned in QUR, and the Foreign Service was a logical progression from the Army. In essence, he firmly believes QUR provided him with the grounding for his careers in both the Army and DFAT, for which he will always be grateful.


Further pictures from Dick Palk's presentation to the QURA AGM September 2007

QUR photo of the officers in my last full year at QUR in 1977 (Dick left in early 1978)
The three surviving Australian VC winners (in the late 1980's) at Victoria Barracks in Sydney

 Dick Palk with Robin Willams on Sydney Harbour for a promotion for the film "Good Morning Vietnam"

Ninety five year old Gallipoli veteran Jack Ryan meets former Turkish adversary Hussein Kacmaz during the 75th Anniversary Pilgrimage to Gallipoli in 1990

A veteran of the Battle of Crete in 1941 meets monks in 1991 from the 500 year old Monastery of Prevali - a monastery from which a monk and a British soldier helped hundreds to escape by submarine during the conflict.

Briefing the international media in Phnom Penh

Paying respects after laying wreaths at Parit Sulong in Malaysia - when commemorating the deaths of 161 Australian soldiers massacred by the Japanese in 1942

Dick Palk (second from left) and Helen Palk in the Grand Master's Palace, Valletta, Malta (built in the 1530s) en route to present credentials to the President of Malta at the start of Dick's posting as High Commissioner to Malta

The Prime Minister of Malta, the Hon. Lawrence Gonzi, with Melbourne's Commonwealth Games Baton, brought to him by a group of schoolchildren on the steps of the Prime Minister's Office in Malta (the Auberge d'Castille) on the Prime Minister's right (looking at the picture) is Malta's Education Minister, the Hon Louis Galea and on the other side, Dick Palk

Guests at the 11am Anzac Day Commemorative Service in Malta - on Dick Palk's right (looking at the photo) is the President of Malta, HE Dr Edward Fenech-Adami and on his left (with beard) the British High Commissioner, HE Sir Vincent Fean

During the visit to Malta by the HMAS Anzac the ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Richard Menhenick, briefed Maltese VIPs on the ship's bridge


During the visit of the HMAS Anzac to Malta the ships Commanding Officer, Captain Richard Menhenick greeted the President of Malta, HE Dr Edward Fenech Adami (left) and the Maltese Foreign Minister, the Hon. Michael Frendo (right)



We are asking too much from our TA soldiers

This article was written by Colonel Bob Stewart who was the first British United Nations Commander in Bosnia and published in the London Weekly Telegraph 29 Aug 07 


(Thanks to Sam Harrison for the extract who thinks that there is a lot of similarities with the Australian Army Reserve situation)

Barely a day goes by without another story of our beleaguered Army hitting the headlines.  As the number of dead increases, so do the stories of nonexistent aftercare and lack of respect for the fallen. We are spending a lot of time worrying about our troops, and rightly so.  But what of our reservists – those young men and women who are part time soldiers and part time civilians?  Our troops are struggling, but the Territorial Army’s soldiers find themselves in a similarly parlous situation.  Under today’s incredible operational pressure – short of men and short of money – the Army needs the TA more than at any time since the Korean war.

Over the past 20 years there has been a revolution in the way part time soldiers are used.  When our Army was primarily concerned with deterring the Soviet Union, the TA was simply a reserve that could be mobilized quickly if war in Europe threatened.  No Regulars expected to see TA soldiers serving in places such as Ulster.

With the end of the cold war, a peace dividend was enacted.  The Regular and Territorial armies were reduced to fit the lesser “Threat”.  It is ironic, then, that in the past 15 years fighting commitments have grown hugely.

Right now 13,000 service personnel are facing sustained operational pressure – demonstrated vividly by the number of casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Our relatively small Regular Army is stretched to its limit and so, inevitably, has turned to its Reserve forces for urgent help. Most of the 38 Infantry Battalions are under strength by, on average, 50 men.  Given that each battalion should have just over 500 soldiers, this represents an undermanning to the tune of 10 percent.

The quickest and most economic way to make up such differences is to call on the Territorials.  Reservists make up 4 percent and 7 percent of the total manpower deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.  The MoD plans to molilise 1,200 reservists a year for the foreseeable future.  All but a handful will be sent in harm’s way.

I recently toured Britain and Basra talking to TA soldiers and was seriously impressed by their passion and commitment.  As an ex Regular, I was proud of them.  Not one complained about being mobilised, whether he volunteered or not.  All were very happy to have served their country, even if some would not want to do so again – at least in the immediate future.

The MoD’s proposal to cut TA funding by five million pounds over two years seems strange – even if these cuts are not meant to affect operational ability; five million pounds is a drop in the ocean of defence spending – but its effects on cash strapped TA units will be significant.. Training days have already be pared to the bone but the TA needs an additional 10 days’ training per soldier a year to maintain operational standards.  All the soldiers told me that not being allowed to train properly was a huge “turn off”.

The TA is about 7.000 under its established strength of around 38.000.  But, for understandable reasons such as recent mobilisation or short term medical problems, there may be considerably fewer than 18,000 available and fit personnel to reinforce the Regulars.  The fact that a lot of their senior officers and non commissioned officers are not needed.  The Army wants junior ranks to fill gaps in its order of battle.  This causes problems of cohesion for TA units whose juniors go to war while the seniors stay at home.

A relatively small pool of junior officers and soldiers – perhaps as few as 10,000 – is being extensively quarried.  But TA soldiers feel poorly served by comparison with their Regular counterparts, whose families are kept informed by regimental families’ organisations.  Large number of TA centres have closed – exacerbating the problem.  And it was only after serious pressure that the Government agreed that wounded reservists would be entitled to specialist after care like the Regulars.

Reservists need to have a full-time, central welfare structure.  This too would cost little to establish.  Our Army needs the TA, almost like never before.  But there is a danger that the Territorials will be worn to shreds by over use and dependence on relatively few people.  What happens then? The frightening thing is, we are very close to finding out.






Correspondence from Members

The following emails were received from members in response to invitations to the AGM in September. 


They are reproduced here to help you keep in touch with member's whereabouts and circumstances.



From:- Tscherepko, Kerry MAJ


To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  QUR Activities 2008

Hello Sir,

Could you please advise QURA members to pencil in the following dates for QUR activities in 2008:

Back to the Regiment Night at QUR - 7 Mar 08
Regimental Dining In Night at Cromwell College - 10 May 08 (Officers Only).

The Regt is keen that as many past officers as possible attend the Regt's 60th birthday.  It is requested that your members use their networks to inform everybody of the occasion and contact the Adjutant, Capt Aric Zimmerle (3721 4302) to ensure that they get an invitation if they are not a regular attendee.  The Governor General has been invited to attend the evening and we are awaiting confirmation of his attendance.

As you are aware the Regt is undergoing substantial refurbishment which should be completed by the end of this month.  The Back to the Regt Night will enable QURA members to inspect the renovations - which I am led to believe are the most extensive since the 1974 floods.  The CO will also be able to provide a brief on the significant changes ahead for the Regt.  It will also provide an opportunity to meet the Staff Cadets currently undergoing training.


Second in Command
Queensland University Regiment




From:- VanDyk, Robert MAJ


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  AGM

Good afternoon Peter,

Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the AGM as I will be in the US and Canada, 22 Aug to 04 Oct 07. 

Please pass on my regards to LTCOL Richard Palk.  I'll be sorry to miss out on his presentation.  He was the PL Commander on my recruit course way back in Jan 1977 at Wacol (1 Trg Gp).  He favourably impressed us all with his professionalism and his plain humanity to us raw recruits. 

An example of this was the case of a young recruit who had not even commenced shaving (just had almost indiscernable "bum fluff"!!) and who was to be charged for not shaving by the WO2.  LT Palk interceded successfully on his behalf.


Kind regards,

Rob VanDyk
SO2 Policy / Projects
R1-4-A001 / CP3-7-137



From:- Justice Fryberg


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QUR AGM

Dear Peter,

 Please convey my apologies to the meeting.

 I shall be visiting the Court of Appeals in Athens at that time, thanks to some help from the guest of honour!




Justice Fryberg
Supreme Court of Queensland
George St



From:- Rod Hardaker


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Leonie Woodrow


Dear Peter,

This morning's Courier-Mail has a funeral notice for David Woodrow's late wife, Leonie.  The funeral is tomorrow (Friday) at 11 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Buderim.


(ed.  Unfortunately the email arrived too late to send out to members prior to the service)





War Quotes

I propose getting rid of conventional armaments and replacing them with reasonably priced hydrogen bombs that would be distributed equally throughout the world.

Idi Amin

I thoroughly disapprove of duels.  If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.

Mark Twain

There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result
Winston Churchill

Cannon (n): An instrument employed in the rectification of national boundaries
Ambrose Bierce

War is a series of catastrophes that results in victory
Georges Clemenceau

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Jeanette Rankin

I’d like to see the government get out of the war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry.
Joseph Heller

Name me an emperor who was ever stuck by a cannon ball.
Emperor Charles V

Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people and kill them.

Being in the army is like being in Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.
Blake Clark

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
Barbara Tuchman

A doctor could make a million dollars if he could figure out a way to bring a boy into the world without a trigger finger.
Arthur Miller

Peace (n): In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting.
Ambrose Bierce

You can’t say civilizations don’t advance…. In every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers

A revolution is a violent change of mismanagement.
Ambrose Beirce

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
Phyllis Diller

Truce is better than friction.
Charles Herguth

Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet.
Kin Hubbard

I’m free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
W C Fields

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.
Jacqueline Schiff

A man can’t be too careful in the choices of his enemies.
Oscar Wilde

There are few problems in life that wouldn’t be eased by the proper application of high explosives.

I like life. It’s something to do.
Ronnie Shakes

If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.
Bill Lyon

Whatever you do, you’ll regret it.
Allan Gray

Life isn’t fair.  It’s just fairer than death, that’s all.
William Goldman

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
Noelie Altito

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.
Marcel Proust

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
George Bernard Shaw

Defeat is worse than death as you have to live with defeat.
Bill Musselman

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
Joseph Stalin

Epitaph – An irritating reminder that someone else always has the last word.
Gordon Bowker


Things to Think About

-         Teachers are weapons of mass instruction in the war against error

-         Five out of four people have trouble with fractions

-         The pen is mightier than the sword and considerably easier to write with

-        There’s no use in being a pessimist.  It wouldn’t work anyway

-    Time is what keeps things from happening at once

-         War does not determine who is right… but who is left

-         If I am a nobody and nobody is perfect, does that mean I am perfect?

-         Always proofread carefully to make sure you haven’t any words out

-         To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and whatever you hit, call it a target

-         Never take life too seriously; no one gets out alive

-         A closed mouth gathers no foot

-         Some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue

-         All generalisations are false, including this one

-         Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way

-         Do historians realise there is no future in it?


(Editors note: if anyone has any books with quotes/ proverbs/ sayings related to war/ conflict etc we would like a photocopy so we can use them as interesting fillers in the newsletter.)



AGM 2007 Photos


Over 40 Association members attended the 2007 QURA AGM and Dinner at the United Service Club on Wickham Terrace.  Members enjoyed a fine meal and were enthralled with the after dinner speech of Dick Palk who related the events of his career after leaving QUR to join the Army PR Corp and later the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade where he served as Australian High Commisioner to Malta.  QUR CO LTCOL Jenny Cotton also gave members an update on the changes occurring at QUR (see CO's Report).


Ante Room at United Service Club prior to the AGM
Denis Luttrell and Garry Collins chatting between courses
Tony Thelander listening sympathetically to Ruth Kassulke
Rhys Thomas trying hard to understand Mal Try (and its only up to the 1st course!!)
Brad Shillig and Bill Beach waiting for the next course
Peter Morton (looking like a stunned mullet) enjoying the company of David Bates-Smith
Cheery Brigadiers (Rod Hamilton and John Hammond) enjoying the nights festivities
The two peters - Peter Caswell (welcome back after a long absence, Peter) with Peter Sharwood
Another two who came out of the woodwork to hear about Dick Palk's exploits - Dave Purvis and Alan Patching
 A somewhat fuzzy Donna-Lee Greaves trying to focus on  Chris Backstrom (photo obviously taken after the wine had been served)
Garry Collins and Rod Hardaker ducking for cover from the speeding waiter
Dick Palk trying to get some final pointers on how to deliver a riveting speech courtesy of Barry O'Callaghan
Steve Golding and Greg Adams discussing the fine floral arrangements at the AGM Dinner
Ross Williamson and special guest Mike Muirhead from the Toowong RSL
Wayne Barclay (right) missing out on the fantastic points being presented by Peter Wall
Now we know why Wayne was ignoring Peter Wall!!   Who wouldn't when you have the chance to chat with the delightful CO of QUR Jenny Cotton
Peter Jeffrey engaged in earnest conversation with Neil Heather
Sam Harrison enjoying a joke with Bruce Maughan






The 2007 Christmas Drinks for the QUR Association will be held at the Victory Hotel, Cnr Edward and Charlotte Sts, Brisbane on the evening of Friday 7th December 2007 starting at  1730 hours. 


The Association has reserved a section at the right front of the beer garden.  To reduce the admin overheads for this year's festivities, the executive has decided to provide free bar snacks and ask member's to pay for their own drinks. 


Come along after work and enjoy a few drinks and tall stories with fellow members of the Association.


Please RSVP by 3rd Dec 07 for catering purposes 

email reply to  Peter Morton

Name: ________________________________________________________________

  • I will be attending the Association’s Annual Christmas Party to be held at the Victory Hotel, Edward St, Brisbane on the evening of Friday 7 Dec 2007 starting at 1730 hours.

  •  I regret that I am unable to attend.  Please tender my apology.





Back to the Regiment             9 March 2007
Anzac Day                               25 April 2007
Regimental Dinner                12 May 2007 (By Invitation from QUR)
AGM                                        14 September 2007 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)

Christmas Function                 7 December 2007 (Victory Hotel Friday 5.30 PM)




 Please check the Members Page to ensure that your membership is current.

If you pay your membership fees on a year by year basis payment is now due for 2007.


Membership status codes are:

  • SMEMB - Special Member (no fees)

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  • 2005 - 201? membership fees paid to year indicated

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Annual dues are $10 and a 10 year paid-up membership can be had for $70.  

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Cheques should be forwarded to:

The Treasurer

QUR Association

24 Walcott Street,

St Lucia 4067

For those members with internet banking, payments may be made direct to the QURA Bank Account.

Details are BSB 064 129, Account 0090 4500, Account Name QUR Association Inc

Please ensure your name is supplied in the payment details.




The Executive Committee encourages all members to provide a current email address to allow quick and easy communication of important notifications and reminders of upcoming events. 

If you know of any ex-members of QUR who are not in the association, please contact the Membership Registrar (Peter Morton) with any contact details that you have.


For members wishing to provide a new email address, please send an email to Peter Morton  to ensure your address is received and entered onto our contact list.




Have you considered purchasing a copy of the History of QUR magnificently complied and edited by Paul Smith?

It contains 128 pages of stories, photographs and has a coloured badged cover.

          COST :            $15 per copy.

What about a CD containing over 100 images of the history of the Regiment.

COST :            $10 per copy.

Why not treat yourself to a copy or buy copies for your friends.  These are collectors items so don't miss out.

How to purchase copies:

Ring                        Trevor Luttrell      0437 442 964

Email                    trevor.luttrell@qed.qld.gov.au

Send your payment to:

The Treasurer, QUR Association, 24 Walcott Street, St Lucia Q 4067.

For those members with internet banking, payments may be made direct to the QURA Bank Account.

Details are BSB 064 129, Account 0090 4500, Account Name QUR Association Inc

Please ensure your name is supplied in the payment details.



Association Office Bearers


Position Name Bus Hrs A/Hrs Email
President Trevor Luttrell 3422 8658 0437 442 964 Trevor Luttrell
Vice President Paul Smith 3221 1275 0417 629 885 Paul Smith
Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Davis 3622 1777 3878 2920 Bruce Davis
Membership Secretary Peter Morton 3406 6820 3425 3060 Peter Morton
Committee Members Greg Adams 3264 5544 0422 849 659 Greg Adams
  Col Ahern 3896 9510 3278 1862 Col Ahern
  Chris Backstrom 3863 9238 3359 6262 Chris Backstrom
  Garry Collins   3359 5993 Garry Collins
  Ruth Kassulke 3119 9789 3314 6818 Ruth Kassulke
  David Ross 3227 6974 0402 904 204 David Ross
  Mal Try   3278 3393 Mal Try


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