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Presidents Report and Late News

CO's Report

Photos from March `Back to the Regiment`

Vale LtCol PD Connolly and Brig T Parslow

Correspondence from Members

QUR Regimental Dinner

QURA AGM - 2009 ANZAC Day Ceremony - Sylvan Rd Toowong
War Quotes Things to Think About

Quotable Quotes

Functions in 2009

Membership Dues

QURA Office Bearers



President's Report


A lot has happened since our last newsletter. Firstly we extend a well deserved thank you to Lieutenant Colonel Jenny Cotton for the successes she achieved within her span of command.  Each year Army presents greater and greater changes for QUR.  The Commanding Officer of QUR has to work hard and long to ensure that the Regiment continues to contribute strongly to the training of soldiers.  On behalf of all members of QURA we wish Jenny well for her career and thank her for her stirling service.

QURA welcome the new Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Tim O’Brien.  I am sure that he will enjoy the challenges of the command and that he will continue the excellent work of training within the Army. We look forward to supporting him in whatever way we can.

It was of great sadness to learn of the passing of two of our very distinguished soldier comrades.  Brigadier Tom Parslow and Colonel Peter Connolly recently passed away.  Both commanded the Regiment and continued their interest in the Regiment after their period of command.  A short history of their life histories are published further in this newsletter.  Both had very successful military and civilian (legal) careers. We will remember them …… Lest we forget.

The Back to the Regiment function was a success again with more members attending.  It was a chance for all to meet Tim and farewell Jenny. Some long lost faces returned, and it was a pleasure to again catch up. We extended our gratitude to the CO and members for the magnificent support, planning and conducting the evening. The effort in looking after the logistics for the evening is recognized.  It was a pleasure to receive from Brigadier Sam Harrison photos of students from one of the promotion courses which QUR conducted many years ago.  We are working on the photos now, obtaining names and additional information to be published in the next newsletter.

Members of QURA attended the Anzac Day ceremonies at St Lucia. Photos and some articles from the main ceremony at the Toowong RSL are published further in this newsletter. Thanks to Peter Morton and Mal Try for taking pictures of the service.

The Regimental Dinner was attended by members. It was good to meet the new officers and to catch up with other old comrades.  Thanks to Col Ahern for his photos from the evening.  They are published later in the newsletter.

This year we will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Association.  The Annual General Meeting held at the United Services Club on Friday 11 September will reflect on the last 25 years with an exciting guest speaker.  I would ask that you all enter that event into your diary now.

It is time again to ask that members support our Association financially by their contribution of membership fees. We will be contacting all members asking them to update their membership. The little money we collect goes towards the prizes we donate to the Regiment and to our efforts to preserve history through the newsletter and the storage of historical items. Of course any donations will be gratefully received. As you know we make access to the website open to everyone (and not just to financial members) in an effort to encourage all to maintain an interest in the Regiment. Your small contribution of $10 per year ($70 for 10years) will help us.

We look forward to the Annual General Meeting in September.  We will publish another newsletter just before that meeting to remind you of the function, however we would ask you to consider whether you might wish to become a member of the Executive Management Committee as all positions will be up for re election. I would be pleased to hear from any member who might wish to assist the Association.


Please note, for those members interested, the publication "Force 2030 - Your Guide to the 2009 Defence White Paper" is available for downloading as a PDF file at:-Force 2030


I look forward to a great attendance at the AGM at the United Service Club to recognize the past 25 years





QURA extends its congratulations to Major General John Pearn AM RFD, Honorary Colonel Queensland University Regiment, for his Queens Birthday Honour 2009 of the award of the Order of Australia, Officer (AO) in the General Division. 

The honour recognized his "service to medicine, particularly in the areas of paediatrics and medical ethics, to medical history, and to the community through injury prevention and first aid programs."


CO's Report May 2009

Firstly, I would like to thank the many members of the QURA who have extended their kind wishes to me as I have assumed my posting with QUR. My contact with them at the Back to the Regiment function and at the annual Officers dinner has reinforced to me that one of the great strengths of our Regiment is its loyal Alumni.

As I have had discussions with our Alumni, a common theme to emerge has been their amazement at the significantly increased training responsibilities that the Regiment now bears. More than one Regimental elder has remarked that QUR’s training obligations are now greater than those of the former 1st Training Group. As I advised to the Officer’s dinner, the Regiment now trains all the Drivers and Infantry IETs in Queensland, and all Officers at the Grade 3 and Grade 2 levels in Australia (ISC and IOC in the old money). In total, QUR will deliver 22 courses, each of 2 weeks duration, during a standard training year. This is in addition to continuing our traditional role of developing all of Queensland’s staff cadets for commissioning as officers. My view is that it will take the Regiment the best part of 2009 to settle into its new ‘battle rhythm’ for conducting these courses, but I am proud to report that all courses to date have been conducted successfully. I am also proud to report that all QUR members are stepping up to this demanding workload.

Aside from assuming its new training responsibilities, there are a number of other developments which I am sure will be of interest to the Regiment’s Alumni.

QUR Band: An organizational review is being conducted covering all Army bands across Australia, both Regular and Reserve. This is one small part of a wider Force Structure Review now being performed, as an outcome of the recent White Paper. The timing of any outcome from this process is unclear, but we will keep QURA members abreast of any developments.

QUR Embellishments: Those who have attended recent QUR events may have noticed that many members were wearing their Corps embellishments rather than those of QUR. The matter of embellishments emerged for all University Regiments last year when they transferred under the command of Land Command. Different URs were adopting different dress policies and many contradicted Army’s Standing Orders for Dress (ASOD). I wont attempt to explain the technicalities surrounding this issue, but I can advise that the matter was addressed at a recent conference of senior Army RSMs and a recommendation has be made to Chief of Army regarding the dress policy for all URs. Until that policy is promulgated, QUR will continue to conform with the extant ASOD.

Witton Barracks: The day that many have anticipated has finally arrived. QUR has been directed to vacate Witton Barracks, so that it may be occupied by another Defence unit (identity unknown). Fortunately, QUR was able to negotiate a ‘trade’ for a superior facility at Enoggera Barracks. This facility is ideal for QUR, containing a modern armory and Q-Store, offices with Defence connectivity, and a vehicle compound well suited to our Driver training tasks. Importantly, it is located adjacent to where the Regiment now conducts most of its training. Although it will be sad to leave Witton, the new facilities are major improvement in functionality for the Unit.

As you can see, the story of our Regiment continues to evolve and change direction, as it has done now for over 60 years. However, as I said to the Regiment when I took up my posting, one thing will not change – QUR will continue to do all that the Army asks of it, and it will continue to do it well.

Scientia ac Labore

Tim O'Brien
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment



Photos from QURA `Back to the Regiment` - March 2009

The following photos were taken as members enjoyed the QURA `Back to the Regiment`  held at the QUR Walcott Street Depot on 6th March 2009.


Previous CO LTCOL Jenny Cotton chatting with BRIG Peter Rule (centre) and MAJ GEN Denis Luttrell.

Chris Backstrom (left) and Paul Carr at the March BTR.

New CO LTCOL Tim O'Brien discussing the evening's events with Peter Morton.

QUR Padre Graham Ramsden and Dianne Ramsden (left) getting together with LTCOL Michael Bond (CO 9 RQR), LTCOL Nan Bahr and QUR 2IC MAJ Kerry Tscherepko.


Members Chris and Sue Goodhew relaxing with Jeff McConachie and Kathy Bascombe.


Honorary Colonel MAJ GEN John Pearn and QURA President BRIG Trevor Luttrell chatting with current members of QUR.
Bob Cavaye (left) with ex CO Brian Venz.
Serge Voloschenko (left) catching up with Donna-Lee Greaves and her son Lawrence.


Capt Tony Clews passing the time with new QURA member Mark Lyell.
Association guests Anna Voloschenko (left), Orrell McKenna (centre) and Pam O'Keefe discussing `women's business`  whilst the men folk were at the bar.
David Ross (left) chatting with Paul Smith.
Laurie Smith (centre) having a beer with Chris and Sue Goodhew.
Peter Wall (centre) holding up the bar with Wayne Barclay while Greg Adams looks on.





Vale LtCol PD Connolly and Brig T Parslow

Since the February Newsletter QURA has lost two friends - LtCol P D Connolly QC and Brig T Parslow RFD ED QC.  Both will be sorely missed by all members who knew them.


Colonel Peter David Connolly CSI, CBE, QC

Born: Sydney September 29, 1920

Died: Brisbane May 2, 2009

Peter Connolly was one of the last of the generation of Australian judges who saw service in World War II.

He had an illustrious career as a barrister and by the late 1960s and 1970s was the undoubted leader on the Queensland Bar until his appointment to the Supreme Court, on which he served for 13years until his retirement in 1990. He studied at the University of Queensland graduating with first-class honours and the University Medal in Law. He was created a Commander of the British Empire in 1976 for his services to the legal profession. In retirement he returned to the University to graduate with first class honours in Arts and the University Medal in his 70s.

The history of QUR noted that he was an efficient and exacting CMF Officer. He had served with the 2/12th Battalion and the 18th Brigade during the Second World War. He had been a staff officer on Brigade Headquarters during the Battle of Milne Bay. He later served on the 21st Infantry Brigade in Celebes.  He served in the European and Pacific theatres, and was mentioned in dispatches. Thus he brought invaluable command and staff experience to the regiment. After the war he served not only as Company Commander but also as a staff officer on the Headquarters of the 7th infantry Brigade. He was later to become Commanding Officer of the 9th Battalion (known for a brief time during the pentropic days as 1 RQR) and ended his army career as a full colonel.

Peter Connolly commanded QUR from 1959 to1962. He established an organization so the unit could operate as an army school. It was designed to train Regimental personnel to first appointment standard within three years. It was estimated that the yearly intake would be 50 recruits. During his time the Regiment started to produce significant numbers of officers each year for the Citizens Military Force.  The command of Peter Connolly consolidated the Regiment’s position after the decrease in its numbers at the conclusion of the National Service scheme introduced in the early 1950s. This placed the regiment in good stead for its great expansion during the 1960s, particularly after 1964.




Brigadier Thomas Parslow

“Soldier and Lawyer” – “Fondly known by many Reservists as Uncle Tom”


Born 12 March 1920, Prahan, Melbourne

Died  21 May 2009, Sandgate, Brisbane



His Military Service to Australia

Eulogy presented Friday 29th May 2009

Cannon and Cripps Chapel,

Kelvin Grove. Road,

Kelvin Grove, Brisbane.

by Joel M Barnett

Barrister at Law

Trustee, 9th Battalions War Memorial Museum Collection and Property Trust



Brigadier Tom had many titles and civil academic awards for his many achievements.  His military awards were for either long, meritorious service or actual service.  He reached the first level of general officer rank. At one time the Australian Army title for his rank was “Brigadier General” and in fact it still is that in the US Army and US Marines Corps. He loved to say that his ED   (EFFICIENCY DECORATION) was for  “20 years undetected crime as an officer”.

However in his own words in his private autobiography he wrote:“ The one thing I wear most proudly on my uniform above my medals, is a small bronze badge, just an oval oak leaf garland with a bayonet in the middle – my Infantry Combat Badge. It means nothing to anyone other than a soldier. but to other servicemen it signifies that I had been engaged in Infantry combat, and that, I think says it all. It distinguishes us, as my late father-in-law, Bob Brown, so succinctly put it, ‘from the ithers’.”


The other badge he took great pride in was his RSL badge, which he always wore on his suit. He was the president of the Sandgate Sub Branch, and the military history display which he established led the Commander of the First Military District Brigadier (later Major General) Peter Phillips MC to invite him to chair a Victoria Barracks museum, of which I had the honour to serve at one time as his Vice President. He guided this group through difficult times.


Likewise as he rose from a lowly clerk in the Maryborough Courthouse to Solicitor General and consequently the most senior barrister on the Roll in 1972, he similarly rose from a private soldier on the parade ground to a brigadier, acting deputy divisional commander. His military career peaked in the Army Reserve when his full time job was the onerous office of Solicitor General for Queensland. His intermediate jobs and military appointments were also what many men would have regarded a good career pinnacle. A monumental effort considering that both ultimate jobs were at the peak of the pyramid. Indeed a Rigby cartoon in the Telegraph upon his appointment as SG   showed a general in uniform and robes reviewing a parade of barristers…Rigby had been a gunner in WW2. Brigadier Tom had Rigby’s original in his study.


He drew on his military experience in his role as a Barrister quite often. He told me he likened a heavy criminal trial to have the same strain and pressure that he experienced in a platoon attack. Indeed when he and the late Justice George Lucas planned the Bar Practice Course at the QUT for potential baby barristers they modelled the course on a direct entry Officers “Knives and Forks” Course so at least they would know how to do their job in the transition from student at law or solicitor to practice at the Bar.

Brigadier Tom joined the Militia in 47 Battalion at Maryborough in the beginning of 1940; he was soon commissioned as a lieutenant. At one stage he qualified in infantry anti tank tactics with 2 pdr guns being trained by 101 Tank Attack Regiment RAA. Later in the war the infantry took over the 2-pdr s and Lt Tom had to demonstrate the use. He fired 4 rounds off and smote down a tree with a dexterity that the senior officers admired. When packing up he found the axe, which one of his sergeants had used to “prepare” the tree with a few cuts, was missing, they eventually found the axe  after a lot of effort…axes had to be meticulously accounted.


On another occasion he found out that there were rare fresh rations including fruitcake available from LST’s when his unit was on the Butibon River in New Guinea. He told his CO. As his battalion was on bully beef and biscuits the QM was sent down to draw fresh rations, but was told politely to come back next month as the unit had drawn it months rations. A mystery 10-wheel truck driven by an officer who smoked a pipe arrived at the ration point with an impeccably correct requisition. The identity of the persons involved was never found. In his memoirs Brigadier Tom said that many people knew what was going on and there was tight knit solidarity. He had a lot of trouble driving a left-handed drive truck for the first time.


During another course in WW2 he was in a group who were demonstrated a prototype .45 calibre Sub Machine Gun by Evelyn Owen, it was an early Owen Gun which later had a production calibre of 9mm. He was in Townsville for a while early in the war but then went on to New Guinea where he saw extensive service as a platoon commander. It was in New Guinea he first smoked his trademark pipe. He had asked his father in law for a pipe and was sent a supply of tobacco in a tin with a small GBD silver mounted pipe. This later saved his life when it was in his shirt pocket and stopped a Japanese bullet and he once remarked:


“ I owe a lot to my pipe, I could never get another as good as that one.” No one could, I suggest!


His active service was not only in World War Two but benignly in the Vietnam War. He like many CMF (Reserve) officers were sent for a two week observer stint, for which he later received a further active service gong. He remarked to me that he wished he’d earned his Pacific Star as easily as that one.


After World War Two he married his beloved Margaret in 1946. Like many returned solders he married in uniform whilst awaiting discharge. As part of his resettlement he enrolled in the TC Bierne School of Law at the University of Queensland to read for an LLB. Thus there is a direct link between his legal and military careers. In 1949 he joined the newly formed Citizens Military Forces and was promoted a captain in infantry. In 1956 the Queensland University Regiment was raised to battalion status and Brigadier Tom was appointed to command as a lieutenant colonel a post, which he held until 1959. That did not end his association with QUR however because in 1976 he had the privilege of being QUR’s Honorary Colonel until 1980.


In the mid 1960’s he was 2 IC of the 1st Pentropic Battalion. This was an experiment in formational use of infantry, and also the other Corps using a US model. I Bn was under the command of a full colonel. After three years he was promoted to full colonel, as Commander 2 Support Group, which was a logistical, command encompassing Engineers. Ordnance, Army Service Corps, Medical, Intelligence, WRAACS, Dental and Field Hygiene. He was proud of the very great achievement that the medical units under his command set up and manned “ the very fine Australian Military Hospital in Vietnam”


In 1972 he was appointed as Commander 7 Task Force and promoted to the rank of brigadier.  He was later appointed as acting Deputy Divisional Commander I division, and retired in that office in 1975.


I mentioned his service to the RSL. Not surprisingly he held high office in that organization, being a South East District’s Counsellor and a State Counsellor for many years. As well as Sandgate Sub Branch President, he was president of the Club and pulled that club out of a massive debt and on to a very good profit.


I valued his guidance and friendship greatly. He moved my admission and loaned me his wig until I acquired one myself. We spoke often. His mind was always as sharp as a tack.


Like many of his military peer group he studied Confederate Lieutenant General Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley campaign ad nauseum and General Jackson’s’ last words as he was dying from pneumonia were:


“Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”


Brigadier Thomas Parslow RFD, ED**, QC soldier, lawyer and advisor to statesmen, has crossed over the river and is now resting under the shade of the trees.


As he often said at his RSL functions, “LEST WE FORGET”.



Note from Trevor Luttrell (President QURA)

During a social visit in 2004 with Tom Parslow, I was delighted and honoured to receive a personal copy of  Tom’s autobiography.  Although primarily intended for his family it is a great read, especially reflections of his military and civil careers.  Members of QURA wishing to borrow his book are welcome to contact me.





Correspondence from Members

Please note:  QURA receives emails/letters 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:- Andrew Claus

To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  ANZAC Day


Dear Trevor,

Private Claus 113625 here (QUR 1989-95).

I regularly attend the Toowong Anzac Day service and I'd like to congratulate the young officer who gave the address this morning on his well considered words. The Padre was also excellent, and having a local band handy to stand-in for the Regiment band was good. 

 The closing words by the member of Toowong RSL/Scout leader were deeply disturbing though. His claim that we somehow 'won' by killing more people than we lost in Gallipoli was disappointing. He's welcome to hold his opinion but we'd be better off if he didn't have a platform to share it. If I can be any help with arranging the order of service or coordinating speeches in future years, just let me know. 


Kind regards,

Dr Andrew Claus

Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The University of Queensland


Editor's Note: The ANZAC Day ceremony at Sylvan Rd is organised by the Toowmg Branch of the RSL and QUR and QURA are invited attendees.




From:- Dave Sallows

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re Funeral Notice


 Sorry to hear that Peter Connolly passed away.

 I doubt that I will be able to attend his funeral, most unfortunately.

 Last time I saw him was about 10 yrears ago, when I was able to give him a lift up to town from Hamilton after I saw him standing at the bus stop at Hamilton in mid-summer heat - at his ripe old age, that was not recommended was it?

 Was he the first CO to Troop the Colours?

 I can clearly recall when in camp once I had to be Escort Sergeant at a hearing for a misdeamour and the guilty party (a fellow sergeant) was reduced to the ranks in a clear and concise verdict by The Colonel - delivered to a stunned audience in the courtroom at Wacol. He didn't muck around.

 Such is life.

 Dave S



From:- Donna-Lee Greaves

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Funeral Notice

Dear Peter,

Please pass on my best wishes to the family, it's always sad to hear of such a loss, even if I was only a babe when he left the Unit.

Am I being sensitive, or do the words "funeral notice" in the subject line stir up everybody's gut?  After Gary Chandler, I dread to hear who's the next to go, but I guess we're are at an age when we must come to expect the passing of friends (it's just that I've lost so many loved ones, I don't want to lose anymore too soon).

Best wishes (stay well),




From:- Terry Gygar


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Back to the regiment

Hi Peter,

Thanks for the invitation, but I am in China at the moment, so I will be attending the Dawn Service at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing p which should be a bit different.  The Last Post will be played by a bugler from the Peoples' Liberattion Army and a PLA General will lay a wreath, if it anything like last year's was at the Australian Embassy .

See you at the Regimental Dinner.



Associate Professor Terry Gygar RFD, LL B (Hons)
Barrister, Supreme Court of Queensland,
Legal Practitioner, High Court of
Australia, Federal Court of Australia
Director, China Programs
Faculty of Law,  Bond University                                                    
Gold Coast   Qld    4229  


From:- Brig Bill Horrocks


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re ANZAC Day

Thank you for the reminder.  Unfortunately, I am unable to attend because I will be representing the Chief of Army at key ANZAC day activities in Melbourne.


 Bill Horrocks



From:- David Fisher


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA

Dear Peter,

My name is David Fisher and I was forwarded your e-mail address by Paul Smith. I would like to join the QURA and I believe you are the membership secretary?

 I graduated from QUR in Jan 1997, and was posted to 2/14 LH where I did my ROBC and Troop led for a couple of years. In 1999 I went overseas to the UK where I was attached to a Territoral Army Squadron. I spent 10 years with them (transferring to the British Army in 2001) as a Troop Leader, Sqn 2ic, various Regimental staff appointments and OC of a Sqn.

I left the UK earlier this year and have moved back to Brisbane with my wife and children.

 Could you possibly tell me what the next step would be in applying for membership?


 Kind Regards,

 David Fisher

Head of Science

Brisbane Boys' College

Editor:  David has since joined the Association and also attended the 2009 QUR Regimental Dinner



From:- Bruce Davis

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Drafting Guys Over 60

Drafting Guys over 60----this is funny & obviously written by a Former Soldier-
New Direction for any war: Send Service Vets over 60!

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters: Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds.  Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts!  I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are impatient and maybe letting us kill some asshole that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get  up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical s-of-a-b....

If  captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys.  We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.
They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl.  He still hasn't figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already behind them.

***How about recruiting Women over 50 ...with PMS !!! You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh my God!!!

If nothing else, put us on border patrol....we  will have it secured the first night!

Share this with your senior friends.  It's purposely in big type so they can read it.




From:- Neil Munro


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QUR Regimental Dinner

Dear Peter,

I regret my inability to attend the Regimental Dinner on May 9 as I am still in China.

Have a great night.


Neil Munro.



From:- Trevor Luttrell


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  An Obituary

An Obituary printed in the London Times - Interesting and sadly rather true.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense
lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense
lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense
lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense
took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense
finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense
was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.





From:- Justice George Fryberg


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  What people say


Dear Peter,
You did ask ... !  Please see attached re FRANCE



Justice Fryberg
Supreme Court of Queensland
George St

 Poor France
   'France has neither winter nor summer nor morals.  Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually  been governed by prostitutes.'
 Mark Twain  
'I would rather have a German  division in front of me, than a French one behind  me.'
 General George S. Patton  
'Going to war without France  is like going deer hunting without your accordion.' 
Norman  Schwartzkopf 
'We can stand  here like the French or we can do something about it.' 
Marge  Simpson 
'As far as I'm  concerned, war always means failure.' 
Jacques Chirac, President  of France 

'The only time  France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in  Paris sipping coffee.'
 Regis Philbin  
'You know, the French remind  me a little bit of an ageing actress of the 1940s who was still  trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't have the face for  it.'
 John McCain , U.S. Senator from Arizona  
'The last time the French  asked for 'more proof' it came marching into Paris under a German  flag.'
 David Letterman 
'Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in  Canada .' 
Ted Nugent 
'War  without France would be like .. World War II.' 
'The favorite bumper sticker  in Washington D.C. right now is one that says 'First Iraq , then  France .''
 Tom Brokaw 
'What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted  more of its national will fighting against Disney World and Big Macs  than the Nazis?'
 Dennis Miller  
'It is important to remember  that the French have always been there when they needed  us.'
 Alan Kent 
'They've taken their own precautions against al-Qa'ida. To  prepare for an attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a  white flag, and a three-day supply of mistresses in the  house.'
 Argus Hamilton 
'Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was  being advertised on eBay the other day --the description was, 'Never  shot. Dropped once.''
 Rep. Roy Blunt, MO  
'The French will only agree to  go to war when we've proven we've found truffles in Iraq  '
 Dennis Miller 
Q.  What did the mayor of Paris say to the German Army as they entered  the city in WWII?
 A. Table for 100 000, m'sieur?  
'Do you know how many  Frenchmen it takes to defend Paris? It's not known, it's never been  tried.'
Rep. R. Blount, MO 
'Do you know it only took Germany three days to conquer France  in WWII? And that's because it was raining.'
 John Xereas,  Manager, DC Improv 
The AP and  UPI reported that the French Government announced after the London  bombings that it has raised its terror alert level from Run to Hide.  The only two higher levels in France are Surrender and Collaborate.  The rise in the alert level was precipitatedby a recent fire which  destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively disabling their  military.
French Ban  Fireworks at Euro Disney 
(AP), Paris , March 5, 2003 
The  French Government announced today that it is imposing a ban on the  use of fireworks at Euro Disney. The decision comes the day after a  nightly fireworks display at the park, located just 30 miles outside  of Paris, caused the soldiers at a nearby FrenchArmy garrison to  surrender to a group of Czech tourists. 




From:- Rod Hardaker

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Aust Day Honours

Hi Peter,

No doubt you saw mention of Ian Bunce receiving an OAM, but you may have missed Bill Killinger (intake of 1962, the year after Ian's and mine).  He now lives in Sydney, and got an AM "for service to railway engineering . . . in Australia and internationally".  I don't know if he's a member of QURA.
Hope to see you at BTR.




QUR Regimental Dinner - May 2009

Commissioned members of QURA where invited to attend QUR's Regimental Dinner on 9 May 2009.

CO QUR LTCOL Tim O'Brien with COMD 1 Div BRIG Peter Jeffrey
LTCOL Dave Woodrow enjoying a laugh with CAPT Peter Morton (centre) and MAJ Russ Stevenson (right).
MAJ GEN Denis Luttrell talking to LTCOL Rob Byrne.
From left, BRIG John Hammond, BRIG Peter Rule, BRIG Rod Hamilton and LTCOL Michael Bond
Having a chat prior to dinner are CAPT Col Ahern, LTCOL Rhys Thomas, LTCOL Ken Levy, CAPT Andrew Brown, COL Peter Sharwood.
Lining up for a photo opportunity are (from left) MAJ Ewan Cameron, BRIG John Hammond, LTCOL Ken Levy, LTCOL Rhys Thomas, COL Geoff Bulow and MAJ Brad Shillig.
Caught before attending the dinner is CAPT Col Ahern with wife Vicky.



QURA AGM - 2009


The Annual General Meeting for the QUR Association will be held at the United Service Club, Wickham Terrace, Brisbane on the evening of Friday 11 September 2009 at 1900 for 1930 hours.  We will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of QURA so the management committee would like all members to make every effort to attend. 


The guest speaker has not yet been confirmed but  will be announced in the August Newsletter.




Fill out the Committee Nomination form (Click here) and email to Peter Morton



ANZAC Day Ceremony - Sylvan Rd Toowong



Delivered by LTCOL Graeme Ramsden OAM


At the Going Down of the Sun...

I crouched in a shallow trench on that Hell of exploded beaches... steeply rising foothills bare of cover... a landscape pockmarked with War's inevitable litter... piles of stores... equipment... ammunition... and the weird contortions of death sculptured in Australian flesh... I saw the going down of the Sun on that first Anzac Day... the chaotic maelstrom of Australia's blooding.

I fought in the frozen mud of the Somme...

In a blazing Destroyer exploding on the North Sea...
I fought on the Perimeter of Tobruk ...

Crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea ...

I Lived with the damned in the place cursed with the name Changi.


I was your Mate...

The kid across the street...

The Med. student at graduation...

The mechanic in the corner garage...

The baker who brought you bread...

The gardener who cut your lawn...

The clerk who sent your phone bill...


I was an Army Private...

A Naval Commander...

An Air Force Bomb aimer.


No man knows me...

No name marks my Tomb, for I am every Australian serviceman...

I am the Unknown Soldier.

I died for a cause I held just in the service of my land... t

That you and yours may say in freedom...





Following photos were taken at the Toowong RSL ANZAC Day Ceremony held at Sylvan Rd, Toowong.  QUR provided the guard and catafalque party and CO QUR LTCOL O'Brien spoke to the assembled guests.


Returned service men and women; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; boys and girls.

Good morning to you all.

Today, across our country, and in many other parts of the world, Austrailans and New Zealanders will gather at services to commemorate the 94th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli – an event that would forever change the lives of all those who took part – and one that would prove to be a defining moment in our nation’s history.

We use this day to remember not only that first Gallipoli morning, but to pay solemn remembrance to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country- in all conflicts – and to say thankyou to all those who have served.

In recent times it has been widely recognized that the attendance at such ANZAC services has increased each year – and whilst this attendance has been warmly welcomed, it actually begs the question: Why has it happened ?

Why is it - that the further away we get from that fateful Gallipoli landing, that the nation’s feelings for it actually grow deeper ?

Why is it -that so many people are now bothering to get out of bed, and attend early morning services, when in previous decades far fewer would do so ?

No doubt, the social commentators of this world could come up with a complicated explanation to this riddle – but perhaps the answer is quite simple. Perhaps, as a nation, Australians now better understand what ANZAC Day represents – and now that it is better understood, it presents an ethos that is so genuine and so compelling that it is openly admired, respected and embraced by all generations.

Interestingly, the so called “Generation Y” appears to be one which is particularly inspired by the ANZAC ethos – as illustrated by their pilgrimage, in tens of thousands, each year to Gallipoli.

On the face of it, this seems quite curious - as that generation is said to be ‘selfish’, ‘self-consumed’, and quick to disregard traditions and institutions.

But in fact, this generation too, cannot help but be inspired by the ANZAC qualities of self-sacrifice, duty, compassion and mateship – qualities that are not always seen in everyday life, but which shine like a beacon when they are observed.

Such qualities have been displayed by Australian service men and women, time and time again, right from that first Gallipoli landing, through to this very day.

They have been seen in both world wars; in Korea, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam – and in many peace keeping operations throughout the world.

And in the last decade, the ethos forged 94 years ago has been upheld with distinction by our current Defence Force, Regular and Reservist, in East Timor, the Solomons, Iraq and Afghanistan. Indeed members of our Defence Force are in harms way as we stand here this morning.

So it is right that ANZAC Day attendances should be strong, and that people should get out of bed early to attend services – for as a nation we have much to be proud of and much to be thankful for.

For it is through our attendance at such services that all Australians unite to show our understanding, respect and reverence for the ANZAC ethos – that we express our deep gratitude to all those who have served – and that we pay solemn remembrance to those who have paid the ultimate price – their legacy, must never be forgotten.

Long may ANZAC Day be strong.

Lest we forget.


LTCOL Tim O'Brien


`Eyes Right` from the ANZAC Day guard for new CO QUR LTCOL Tim O'Brien.

From left, Padre Graham Ramsden, Honorary Colonel MAJ GEN John Pearn, CO QUR LTCOL Tim O'Brien and COL Peter Sharwood.
Laying of flowers at the ANZAC Day ceremony
QUR guard at the 2009 ANZAC Day ceremony

QURA Members (from left) Col Ahern, Garry Collins and Peter Morton talking with 2IC QUR, MAJ Kerry Tscherespko at the Sylvan Rd memorial.

Greg Adams with wife Marianne attended the dawn service at Sylvan Rd, Toowong


Laurie Smith (left), Paul Carr and Brian Smith at the ANZAC Day ceremony
QUR catafalque party for the 2009 ANZAC Day ceremony.


War Quotes

There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the Navy of Charles II. But the seamen were not gentlemen, and the gentlemen were not seamen.
T.B. Macauley, History of England 1848.

Three hours’ plundering is the shortest rule of war. The soldier must have something for all his toil and trouble.
Johann Tilly 1631

 I would say that only a child and an idiot do not fear war – the child because he cannot yet understand, and the idiot because he has been deprived by God of this possibility.
Nikita Khrushchev 1894- 1971

We should support whatever the enemy opposes, and oppose whatever the enemy supports.
Mao Tse-tung 1893-1976

While the battles the British fight may differ in the widest possible ways, they have invariably two common characteristics: they always fought uphill and always at the junction of two or more map sheets. William Joseph, Viscount Slim 1891-1970

If your bayonet breaks, strike with the stock; if the stock gives way, hit with your fists; if your fists are hurt, bite with your teeth.
Mikhail Dragomirov 1830-1905

The transition from the defensive to the offensive, is one of the most delicate operations in war.
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821

The spirit of this country (the United States) is totally adverse to a large military force.
Thomas Jefferson 1743 1826.

It is fitting for a soldier to be ignorant of some things, as that he should know others.
Cornelius Tacitus 56-120.


'If the enemy is in range, so are you.'
- Infantry Journal
'It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.'
- US. Air Force Manual
'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.'
- General Mac Arthur
'You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me.'
- U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.
'Tracers work both ways.'
- U.S. Army Ordnance
'Five second fuses only last three seconds.'
 - Infantry Journal
'Any ship can be a minesweeper. Once.'
'Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do'
- Unknown Marine Recruit
'If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him.'
- USAF Ammo Troop
'Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death , I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
'You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3.'
 - Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)
'The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.'
'If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe.'
'When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.'
'Even with ammunition, the U.S. Air Force  is just another expensive flying club.'
'What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies;
If ATC screws up, .... The pilot dies.'
'Never trade luck for skill.'
The three most common expressions (or famous last words),
in aviation are:
'Why is it doing that?'
'Where are we?'
And ...
'Oh S...!'
'Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.'
'Mankind has a perfect record in aviation;
we have never left one up there!'
'Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding
or doing anything about it.'
'The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world;
it can just barely kill you.'
-     Attributed to Max Stanley (Northrop test pilot)
Airman, maintain thy air speed, lest the earth rise up and smite you!
'There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.'
Sign over the Squadron Ops. Desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970
'If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to.'
'You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it
takes full power to taxi to the terminal.'
As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives; the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks,  'What happened?'
The pilot's reply: 'I don't know, I just got here myself!'
- Attributed to Ray Crandell  (Lockheed test pilot)


Things to Think About

One for the lawyers

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass.

Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate. He asked one man, Why are you eating grass?

'We don't have any money for food, the poor man replied, 'we have to eat grass.

Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you, the lawyer said.

But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there, under that tree. 

Bring them along, the lawyer replied.  
Turning to the other poor man he stated, You come with us, also.

The second man, in a pitiful voice, then said, But sir, I also have a wife and SIX children with me!

Bring them all, as well, the lawyer answered.    

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine was. Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said, Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you.

The lawyer replied,

Glad to do it.  You'll really love my place. The grass is almost a foot high!

Friends are like buttons on an elevator. They will either take you up or down.

God wisely designed the human body so we can neither pat our own back not kick ourselves too easily.

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

If wile E Coyote had enough money to buy all that Acme stuff, why didn’t he just buy dinner?

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

He who hesitates is last.

Confucius say man who run behind car likely to get exhausted.

What was the best thing ’before’ sliced bread?

Do historians realize there is no future in it?

How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren’t any sponges?

Hotels on Mars have no atmosphere.


Quotable Quotes

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.
Paul Fix

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, “I don’t know.”
Mark Twain

What luck for rulers that men do not think.
Adolf Hitler

Anyone who marries for money earns every cent of it.

It takes two to destroy a marriage.
Margaret Trudeau

Somebody left the cork out of my lunch.
W.C. Fields

Learn from the mistakes of others – you can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St Francis of Assisi





Back to the Regiment          Friday 6 March 2009
Anzac Day                           Saturday 25 April 2009
Regimental Dinner              Saturday 9 May 2009 (TBC) - By Invitation from QUR

AGM                                    Friday 11 September 2009 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)

Christmas Function             Friday 4 December 2009 - 5.30 PM (TBC)




 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 2009.


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 0419 484 736 3114 2010 Peter Morton
Committee Members Greg Adams 3264 5544 0418 744 678 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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