February 2008
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Volume 20 Number 1

          February 2008

What's in this Issue

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Presidents Report

CO's Report

Defence Honours & Awards

Update from the Honorary Colonel, QUR

Correspondence from Members

War Quotes

Things to Think About

Christmas Party Photos

Back to the Regiment Function

Functions in 2008

Membership Dues

QURA Office Bearers



President's Report


I trust all of you enjoyed the festive season.

At the end of last year we conducted the Christmas function where many members enjoyed the chance to catch up.  Some new members turned up which was very pleasing. We have included some photographs from that function further in this newsletter.

For those who visit our web site (with all our newsletters) you will note that we only have the newsletters from when we started to keep the information on electronic media.  This year as our history project we would like to get copies of the previous old newsletters so we can complete the historical set. We are hoping that some of our members may have the old copies which we could borrow. We would scan them and post them to the website.  All copies will be returned to the member.  I appeal to you all to search your “treasures” and see if you have any copies of the older newsletters.  We need copies prior to volume 12  number 1 issued in February 2000.  Ruth Kassulke has kindly offered to coordinate the collection.  Should you have any copies it would be appreciated if you could email Ruth  so she can arrange with you to obtain your copies.

A reminder to you all that the usual “Back to the Regiment” function will be conducted at the Regiment in Walcott Street on 7 March 2008.  Details are shown further in this newsletter.  I hope to see you all there.  It is only a few hours of your time, a pleasant meal, and the chance to catch up with old friends.

Although it is the start of the calendar year we are already arranging for the Annual General Meeting in September. You are all aware that we elect the members of the executive management committee.  I am conscious that it is about time that I hand over the reins to another member to undertake the duties of President.  In anticipation of handing over I would like to identify someone who might be able to undertake the duties of President.  I appeal to you all to consider volunteering to act as President for a few years.  Should you be willing to help us I would greatly appreciate it if you would contact me.

I again invite you all to spend a few minutes to write some of your memories of QUR.  They don’t have to be huge essays.  Just a few paragraphs on something funny or interesting.  Please send them to either Peter Morton or myself by email (preferably) or in hard copy (we can arrange for typing).  Should you wish to use some photos we can arrange to scan the pictures and return you photos to you.

We will be again present prizes for academic excellence to the graduating class of staff cadets fresh from their Duntroon experience this year.  The Association offers free honorary membership for their first year to all graduates.

I encourage you all to drop in to the Regiment for the Back to the Regiment function.  The dictionary lists one of the many meanings of the word “associate” is to mix socially, to keep company.  We are members of the Association.  I am conscious that unless we maintain a close relationship with other members our “association” is in danger of collapsing.

I look forward to seeing you at the Back to the Regiment.




CO's Report to the 2007 AGM

2007 was yet another busy year with QUR conducting 4 major courses.  A Specialist Service Officer (SSO) Course was held in April/May 2007 with 28 officers from a variety of corps, including Medical, Legal, Chaplain, Finance and Engineers.  All passed with flying colours, and the high spirits of the course were noticed by all instructors.  In July and August, the Regiment conducted Mod IIIA1 and Mod IIIA2 consecutively at Amberley.  94 commenced Mod IIIA1 and 87 graduated, while 85 commenced ModIIIA2 and 82 graduated.   The facilities at Amberley were excellent and provided a solid training base for the courses. Finally, Mod IIIA3 was conducted at Wide Bay in December.

In May, the Regiment decanted from the HQ building at St Lucia and Witton House at Indooroopilly for the Asbestos refurbishment program.  Although the works were due to take 4 months, it wasn't until early December - 7 months later, that the Regiment finally reoccupied its buildings.  Having said that, the refurbishment of the HQ building has been very successfully completed, and I invite members to visit the newly refurbished buildings to see the magnificent polished floors and numerous presentations on the walls of the Regiment.  QUR is undertaking an ambitious project to upgrade the old Officer Cadet Training Unit (OCTU) photographs of the courses from 1 - 31 so that they too may take their pride of place on the walls of the Regiment.  Donations can be made to the 2IC, MAJ Kerry Tscherepko to assist in the photo restoration.

As I write, there are 116 SDCTs in training (101 at St Lucia and 15 in Townsville).  18 Cadets are at Mod 1 in Kapooka and hopefully all will graduate on 9 February.  9 Cadets attended Module 3 at RMC-A in January, 18 Cadets attended Module 4 at Puckapunyal and 17 Cadets have made it through to the final Module at RMC-A.  RMC - A Graduation will be on 23 February and the Honorary Colonel, MAJGEN John Pearn will be attending along with the RSM and myself.  We look forward to this special day and hope that QUR will be represented yet again among the awards / prizes for military excellence during Module 5 by our capable and competent cadets. 

I will be meeting with the Comd 11 Bde, BRIG Bruce Scott later this week, as QUR prepares to move from under command RMC-A to under command 2 Div as part of 11 Bde.  There will be many challenges as we change our focus and hierarchy, but QUR will continue to perform at the highest standards. 

On a final note, the QUR Annual Regimental Dinner will be held on 10 May 08 at Cromwell College.  Any officer who would like to attend, and is not on our mailing list, please send an email to Aric.zimmerle@defence.gov.au with your address (email and home) and we will follow up with an invitation in April.  This year we have invited the Governor General, His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC,  and Mrs Jeffrey to attend and also for his Excellency to be our guest speaker.  I look forward to a prosperous and entertaining evening.  I hope that you can join us on the evening.


Jenny Cotton
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment




(Reported by Trevor Luttrell)




Update from the Honorary Colonel, QUR




The Honorary Colonel also provided the President with an article that he co-authored on the life of John Simpson Kirkpatrick








Correspondence from Members

Please note:  QURA receives emails from time to time requesting contact details of members.  The current policy is if a fellow member requests contact with another member, the contact details are given without contacting the relevant member. 

Where contact is requested by a non-member, the contact is referred to the individual member to follow up the contact if they so desire.





From:- Ian Wilson


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Christmas Drinks


Hello Peter,

Thank you for your kind invitation to attend the QURA Christmas party on Friday, 7 Dec at the Victory hotel. Despite detailed planning and the early arrangement of movement from Sydney (particularly to attend the party), I yet again have been forced to change my plans due to work commitments. 

 While I have much pleasure in accepting, it is with regret I inform you that I will be unable to attend.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all QURA members a wonderful Christmas, all the best for the function, and an outstanding New Year.

 P.S  I wonder if I could impose on you and ask that you pass my email address to David Bates - Smith if you have his email address in your records.   I would dearly like to make contact with him and understand that you you may not be able to supply his details to me without his permission. I have not made contact with Dave or Melanie for about 22 years. 

 Regards  I. A

Lieutenant Colonel  I.A. Wilson
Staff Officer Grade One Information Communications & Technology (ICT)
Headquarters Training Command - Army
Oxford Street
Victoria Barracks



From:- Steven de Rooy


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Christmas Drinks


Dear Peter,
Thanks for the invitation for Xmas Drinks - Unfortunately I cannot attend as I'm presently living/working in London.
I anticipate returning to Australia in June/July 2008 and returning to my old unit 41RNSWR (Tweed Heads).  I look forward to attending QUR's Xmas Drinks in 2008.
Kind Regards,
Steven de Rooy (LT)



From:- Neil Munro


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Christmas Drinks


Dear Peter,
Please accept my apology for inability to attend the xmas drinks on Dec 7.
I am in China and will be here until about the middle of 2008.

Neil Munro.



From:- Kerry McGreevy


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Christmas Drinks



I will not be attending the QURA function this year.  I will be CSM on a QUR course at WBTA at the time.



Queensland University Regiment



From:- David Woodrow


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Christmas Drinks



You may not have heard that my wife of 43 years, Leonie,  passed away on 23 Oct after a 10 month struggle with liver cancer.

I am a bit of a mess at the moment but I will try to make the Christmas function.

At her wake, we used the silver tray that the officers of QUR presented to us when we were married.

David Woodrow



From:- Jenny Cotton


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Christmas Drinks



Thanks so much for the invitation to attend the Christmas Drinks.  I would love to attend, but with my cadets in the field at Wide Bay for that period, I will be visiting them during this time.  I hope that you all have a wonderful evening, and festive wishes to all.  I look forward to seeing you next year, if not before.  Kindest regards,  Jenny




The next 2 emails were received recently - obviously a few drinks will be forth coming at the BTR from the respective members!



From:- Peter Jeffrey


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Promotion

Hi Pete,

Could you please adjust by membership details to reflect my new rank.  I
was promoted to Brigadier with effect from 1 Jan 2008.

I look forward to being able to attend this years "Back to the Regiment"

Kind regards,

Peter J




From:- Paul Smith


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Promotion and address

Peter On the membership list can you note my promotion to LTCOL. Also change my address to work the address as we are moving.

Paul Smith





War Quotes

Covenants without swords are but words.
Thomas Hobbes 1651

He that will have peace, God gives him war.
George Herbert 1593

Soldiers and travellers lie by authority.
James Howell 1659

Peace hath her victories
No less renowned than war.
John Milton 1608

You may be obliged to wage war, but you are not obliged to use poisoned arrows.
Baltasar Graciany Morales 1601

God is always on the side of big battalions
Marshal Tuerenne, Henri de la Tour’Auvergne 1611

There’s but the twinkling of a star
Between a man of peace and war.
Samuel Butler 1663

The most honourable death for a delinquent soldier is beheading, the next to that is shooting, with pistols if he be a horseman, with muskets if a foot soldier.
Sir James Turner 1615

There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
Jean La Fontaine 1621

Peace itself is war in masquerade.
John Dryden 1631

The army is the people in uniform.
Benjamin Constant 1838

My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
Thomas Hardy 1840

Rashness in war is prudence.
Sir John Fisher 1841

War is too important to be left to the generals.
Georges Clemenceau 1841

War is an organized bore
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr 1841

In the United States, we go to considerable trouble to keep soldiers out of politics, and even more to keep politics out of soldiers.
Samuel Blair Griffith 1906

All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the state.
Albert Camus 1913

In civil war, a general must know – and I’m afraid it’s a thing rather of instinct than of practice – he must know exactly when to move over to the other side.
Henry Reed 1914

The role of the army is to march to the sound of the guns.
Jean Doutard 1920

Nothing helps a fighting force more than correct information. Moreover it should be in perfect order, and done well by capable people.
Ernesto Che Guevara 1928

Hey diddle diddle, right up the middle.
American marine saying

Numbers overcome the brave.
Arabic saying

Fight for honour , for dishonour is easily won.
Arabic saying

To make nails do not use good iron, to make soldiers do not waste good men.
Chinese Saying

Wars are caused either by women or priests.
Czech saying

One bad general is better than two good generals.
French saying

When the war is over, make alliances
Ancient Greek saying

He who has land will have war.
Italian saying

Nobody can blunder twice in war.
Latin saying

If you wish to destroy a people, pray that they have many leaders.
Lebanese saying

Eternal peace lasts until the next war.
Russian saying

A weapon is an enemy even to its owner.
Turkish saying

It is easy to be brave behind a castle wall.
Welsh saying


Things to Think About

-     A comb makes a lovely parting gift.

-    He who laughs last thinks slowest.

-    Do cannibals play swallow the leader at birthday parties?

-    A chicken crossing the road is like poultry in motion.

-    If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

-    A pessimist’s blood type is always B negative.

-    A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumour.

-    Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

-    Always remember that you are unique, just like everyone else.

-    Why do psychics have to ask for your name?

-    Would a dyslexic person go to a toga party dressed as a goat.

-    A Freudian slip is when you say one thing, but mean your mother.

-    Why do they call them apartments when they’re all stuck together.

-    Should you fire your masseuse if she rubs you the wrong way.

-    Why do kamikaze pilots wear helmets.

-    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.

-    Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

-    Why do people who know the least know the loudest.

-    A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is too tyred.

-    A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

-    A clear conscience is frequently a sign of bad memory.

-    Be careful not to be too open minded- your brains might fall out.

-    Being over the hill is much better than being under it.

-    A conscience is what feels bad when everything else feels good.

-    How long a minute is depends on which side of the toilet door you’re on.

-    Procrastinate, now!

-    A conclusion is simply the place where you got tired of thinking.

-    If you’re sending someone Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?

-    A day without sunshine is like night.

-    There are two theories to arguing with women; neither one works.

-    There are three kinds of people in this world, those who can count and those who cant.

-     A friend is someone who knows all about you but likes you anyway.

-    A hand grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in ‘Linoleum Blown Apart’

-    We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.


(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.)



Christmas 2007 Photos

  FRIDAY 3 December 2007

In excess of thirty members gathered at the Victory Hotel to celebrate the upcoming Christmas festivities.


Ruth Kassulke and Peter Morton early in the evening but still needing to sit down
Wayne Barclay, Garry Collins and Col Ahern with Garry waiting for Col to realise its his shout
Paul Carr, Andrew Blunt and Chris Backstrom trying to appear sober
Sue Goodhew trying to improve the previous photo - well done Sue
What was Bill Beach saying to Denis Luttrell or was it the beer?
Long absent Chris Gladstone catching up with perennial attendee Dave Sallows - who looks like he's about to be tapped on the shoulder by hotel security
Col Ahern, Greg Adams, Donna-Lee Greaves and Ross Williamson caught in a serious moment









This annual activity continues to be a highly successful social function for the Association


Association members and their guests are to RV in the Staff Cadets Mess (the old Standfast Club), at the Regiment’s St Lucia depot, for an evening of good cheer  with old comrades and new acquaintances from amongst the membership and those currently serving in QUR.


General Outline:

    The activity is to be conducted in 5 phases:

  •  Phase 1   Concentration

  •  Phase 2   Drinks and fellowship – some current equipment will be available for inspection

  •  Phase 3   Barbecue meal (and maybe a few brief words of welcome and appreciation)

  •  Phase 4   More drinks and the exchanging of yarns (some lies are permissible)

  •  Phase 5   Departure

Groupings and Tasks

    Groupings will be fluid and the task is to have a good time.

Co-ordinating Instructions

H Hour                 1800 hours (no problem if you can’t arrive till a little later)

Dress                     Smart casual but don’t worry about being overdressed if it’s convenient to come straight from the office.

Assembly Area    Ample parking is available in the depot grounds in Walcott Street.

 Administration and Logistics

  •  Cost            $20 per head (includes barbecue and some drinks)

  •  Payment    You can pay at the door or by direct debit

  •  RSVP         3 March. Please email/phone Peter Morton

  •  Drinks        Soft drinks will be available for those wishing to avoid alcohol

  •  Rations     The unit will be providing a gourmet barbecue

Command and Signals

  •  Executive Committee HQ will be located adjacent to the bar

  •  Name tags will be available showing the vintage of your QUR service.

Come along and enjoy a drink and catch up with old friends of QUR and meet some new members of the Association.


Please RSVP by 3rd March 08 for catering purposes 

email reply to  Peter Morton

Name: ________________________________________________________________

  • I will be attending the Association’s Annual Back to the Regiment Function to be held at the Walcott St Depot on the evening of Friday 7 March 2008 starting at 1800 hours.

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







Back to the Regiment            7 March 2008
Anzac Day                            25 April 2008
Regimental Dinner               10 May 2008 (Cromwell College) - By Invitation from QUR
AGM                                    13 September 2008- ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)

Christmas Function               5 December 2008 (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 2008.


Membership status codes are:

  • SMEMB - Special Member (no fees)

  • LMEMB - Life Member (no fees)

  • PUOM - Paid Up Ordinary member (no fees but can transfer to 10 year membership for $50)

  • NEW - New member (no membership fees received as yet)

  • 2005 - 201? membership fees paid to year indicated

  • 199? - 2006 membership fees due for 2007

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

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

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 3114 2010 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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