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          February 2010

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President's Report


As usual, QURA conducted our Christmas get together in December 2009 with around 40 members attending at the Victory Hotel. It was great to see members gathering to chat about old times.  Some photos can be seen further in this newsletter.

The Back to the Regiment function will be conducted on
Saturday 6 March 2010.  Members from QURA join with members of the Regiment to have a drink, talk, and share a meal in the Standfast Club. This year is especially important in that it is the 30th Anniversary of the Club. A small ceremony will be conducted to recognize this anniversary. LTCOL Harry Standfast has indicated that he will attend. It is always a very relaxed function and is a pleasant way to spend a Saturday evening. All QURA members and their friends are welcome and are encouraged to attend. The Regiment supports the function with the location and catering. We are greatly appreciative of the work which the members of the Regiment do. 

As indicated in the last newsletter this year is the Centenary of the University of Queensland.  The contribution and association of QUR and the University Squadron RAAF members with the University will be recognized by carvings of the unit badges on columns in the Great Court on campus.  QURA has been invited to support the project financially. At the last AGM (9 September 2009) QURA agreed to raise the funds required.  QURA has applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a grant and the shortfall will be raised through donations from members.  More details and pictures will be seen further in this newsletter.  Members will be welcome to attend the unveiling.

Arrangements are currently underway to provide an historical display for QUR.  The display will be drawn from the historical items held by the Association.  It is intended to have the display complete by the Back to the Regiment function.

We have been approached by members of QURA residing in north Queensland to establish a chapter of QURA there.  The executive management committee is currently working on this in order for this proposal to be successful.

We are continuing our work in checking the accuracy of our membership records so we can maintain contact.  We welcome any information of any ex member of QUR to add to our contact list.

Don’t forget we have for sale some QUR memorabilia which would make fine presents for your friends. The details on how to purchase the items are at the end of this newsletter. The small profits we make on sales go towards our funding for projects.

I wish you all the best for the year and look forward to seeing you at the Back to the Regiment. 


CO's Report February 2010


Although we are already well into February, may I wish all members of the Association a Happy New Year. I trust that all had a safe and happy festive season.

It has been a busy start to 2010 for the Regiment. We have already delivered four separate 2 week courses, sent two groups of Officer Cadets away to national training blocks, and conducted a field training weekend for the remaining cadets. All activities have gone smoothly, thanks to the investment in preparation work, late last year. Already in 2010, the Regiment has been true to its motto: ‘Scientia ac Labore’ - 'by means of knowledge and hard work'

This early high tempo will continue throughout the year. Indeed, it may increase. But the Regiment is relishing the work, and enjoys carrying the responsibility for such an important role within the Army Reserve. The work is meaningful, challenging and rewarding, and QUR members feel fortunate to be part of the Regiment during such an important phase in its history.

On other Regimental matters, I am unable to provide any update on two issues that I know are of interest to many of the Regimental Alumni. We have received no news regarding the restructuring of all bands within the Army, so any implications for the QUR Band are still unknown. Similarly, no direction has emerged from last years’ review of the dress embellishments for all University Regiments. I will keep the Association informed of any developments on these matters.

Whilst the Unit will be extremely busy during 2010, it is important that we do not become so task-focused that we don’t take time to enjoy and uphold the esprit-de-corps that binds both serving and former members. To this end, I would like to warmly encourage members of the Association to participate in the well established annual events on the Regimental calendar. The Back to the Regiment function, ANZAC Day activities and the annual Officers Dinner are all very important for sustaining the heritage and traditions of the Regiment, and I would particularly encourage those who may not have attended such functions for a few years to enjoy the camaraderie in 2010.

I look forward to catching up with many of the QURA throughout the year.

Scientia ac Labore

Tim O'Brien
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment



Photos from 2009 QURA Christmas Party

The 2009 QURA Christmas party was held on 3rd December, 2009 at the Victory Hotel in Charlotte Street Brisbane.  Approximately 35 members attended the very convivial night.

The following is a pictorial representation of the night thanks to photographer Trevor Luttrell.


Ruth Kassulke and David Bates-Smith in earnest converstion

From the left, Rod Hardaker, Bruce Davis, Garry Collins and Frank Van Shagen enjoying a drink at the 2009 Christmas Party

David Fisher and Hugh Gardiner happily enjoying a beer with CO, QUR Tim O'Brien

David Bates-Smith (out of picture) snatching a snack whilst Rod Anderson and Sue Goodhew look on
Chris Goodhew, Andrew Blunt and Chris Backstrom trying to appear sober for the camera





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:- Trevor Luttrell

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  F16 Vs C-130



F16 vs. C-130

A C-130 was lumbering along when a cocky F-16 flashed by.

The jet jockey decided to show off.

The fighter jock told the C-130 pilot, 'watch this!' and promptly

went into a barrel roll followed by a steep climb. He then finished

with a sonic boom as he broke the sound barrier. The F-16 pilot

asked the C-130 pilot what he thought of that?

The C-130 pilot said, 'That was impressive, but watch this!'

The C-130 droned along for about 5 minutes and then the C-130

pilot came back on and said: 'What did you think of that?'

Puzzled, the F-16 pilot asked, 'What the heck did you do?'  

The C-130 pilot chuckled. 'I stood up, stretched my legs, walked  

to the back, took a leak,
 then got a cup of coffee and a  

cinnamon roll.'

When you are young & foolish -
  speed & flash may seem a good thing !!!

When you get older & smarter - comfort & dull is not such a bad thing !!!

Us older folks understand this one




From:- David Sallows

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA Date Claimer

Dear Peter, 

Thanks for the invitation, and the chance to dance in the ashes!

 Unfortunately this year I will be elsewhere - UK, Cologne and Lisbon to be precise, which will be a darn sight less cosy than the back bar of the Victory I would suggest.

 A Merry Christmas to all.

 All the best ( and see you maybe at Back to The Regiment next March? )


David Sallows



From:- Ian Bunce

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  QUR July 1984




I am currently going through old photographs to pass onto the Association before time and moths get them.  Here is a photo from the July 1984 Camp





From:- Rob Cumming

To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QURA Date Claimer

Dear Peter,

Thanks for the invitation.  Unfortunately, yet again I must send my apologies. 

I have just deployed on OP MAZURKA to the Sinai in Egypt to work as part of the 25 strong Australian Contingent to the Muntinational Force & Observers (MFO) as the Staff Officer Plans in the Ops Branch and as OPSO for the Australian contingent. The posting is for six months and I return just before Anzac Day 2010.  I'm sure I'll have a few stories to tell on my return.

Please pass on my best wishes to all those attending what I'm sure will be a great Christmas function.


Rob Cumming



From:- Neil Munro


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QURA 2009 AGM

G'day Peter,

I'm still in China and will be at the time of the party, so regretfully
won't be able to attend.
I hope that the party goes well in the (new?) Victory Hotel.



From:- Richard Palk


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA - November Newsletter

Hi Peter,

As always good to get the QURA newsletter. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to Christmas drinks - I'm in Canberra already where I have to spend about four months before heading off to Europe in March next year. Good to catch up again during my few years in Brisbane - and, all things going according to plan, I'll be back there on a more permanent basis after the posting to Brussels. Of course I'll be able to keep up with QURA "happenings" via your newsletter - and of course if ever you decide to venture to the other side of the world it would be great to catch up in Europe.






From:- Pat O'Keefe


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QURA Christmas Party

Hi Peter,

I am currently on the Rhine River in Germany so please accept my apology for 3 December.





From:- Steven de Rooy


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Christmas Function


Hi Peter,
Thanks for your email.  Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the function on the 3rd Dec.
I have been returned to 41RNSWR at Tweed Heads after being overseas for a few years.  If any QUR staff cadets happen to be based or moving to the Gold Coast, there any always subbie positions available at my unit.  Feel free to pass on my details and they can contact me at anytime.
Have a good Xmas!
Kind Regards,
LT Steven De Rooy







Interesting Photos

QUR Camp Visit 1979

(from the left).

CO QUR, LTCOL Denis Luttrell, The Governor of Queensland Sir Walther Campbell, 2IC QUR, Major Ian Bunce, Honorary Colonel QUR Brigadier John Springhall.


The following were received from our man in Canberra (LTCOL Bruce Davis)









QUR Plaque for University of Queensland




Sculptured Badges on Great Court Columns 3 July 2010.


This year is the Centenary Year for the University of Queensland.   On the weekend 2-4 July 2010 the University will celebrate this milestone.  As part of the celebrations the University Senate wishes to recognize the long association of QUR and the University of Queensland Squadron RAAF (now disbanded) with the University.  This will be gained by having the badges of both units carved into the column capitals in the cloister of the heritage listed Great Court of the St Lucia campus.  On Saturday morning 3 July 2010, the carvings will be unveiled.  The Governor General of Australia has been invited to undertake the unveiling.


As a project, QURA has undertaken to provide the funds for the carving of the Regimental Badge and the administrative costs for the unveiling ceremony.  Dr Rhyl Hinwood, a well known artist will sculpture the badge.

QURA has applied to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a grant under the Australian Government commemorations program, “Saluting Their Service”.  If this application is successful QURA will still be required to provide funds to cover the complete cost. The success or otherwise of this application will not be known until April.


At the Annual General Meeting of QURA in September 2009 a motion was passed to call for donations from members who would like to contribute to cost of the plaques.  As QURA is not certain of the success of the grant application and the final cost of the project, the Association has decided to wait on the call for donations.  This will mean that we will not have much time to call for support.  However, if members would like to contribute earlier, we would be greatly appreciative.  All donors will be issued with a receipt from the University of Queensland, which may be used as a taxation deductible cost.  Alternatively, to enable the Executive Management Committee to guarantee success of the funding for the project, members might wish to contact Trevor Luttrell (Home 3345 2754, Mobile 0437 442 964 Email trevor.luttrell@gmail.com) with an indication as to an approximate value of any donation which may be offered.  Obviously the committee will attempt to keep the donations required to a minimum for members.

This is an exciting project where QURA can mark the contribution of members of QUR within the life of the University.


I encourage all to ensure that this opportunity is successful.


Trevor Luttrell

President, QURA


The plaques will be sculptured on two column capitals to right entrance to Parnell building
Close up of column capitals where badges will be sculptured





Presentation of the Colours 1978

In 1978 QUR was presented with new Queen's and Regimental Colours. An "Order of Ceremony" booklet was given to all people who attended the parade. The following pictures are copied from the booklet.

The following article appeared in the Brisbane Sunday Sun Newspaper the next  Sunday



Back to the Regiment - 2010


It's on again!!  The Queensland University Regiment has invited the Association to enjoy their hospitality at






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 Hourr                 1800 hours

Dress                     Smart casual

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

 Administration and Logistics

  •  Cost            To be advised by QUR (Should be approx $25)

  •  Payment    At the door by QUR

  •  RSVP         2 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 2nd March 10 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 Saturday 6 March 2010 starting at 1800 hours.

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






War Quotes

There was never a good war or a bad peace.

(Benjamin Franklin 1706-90)


An officer is much more respected that any other man who has a little money.

(Samuel Johnson 1709-1794)


The right of conquest has no basis except the right of might.

(Jean Jacques Rousseau 1712-1778)


It is the fashion these days to make war, and presumably it will last a while yet.

(Frederick the Great 1712-1786)


The Services in war time are only fit for desperadoes, but in peace are fit only for fools.

(Benjamin Disraeli 1804-1881)


The legitimate object of war is a more perfect peace.

(William Sherman 1820-1891)


It has been said by officers enthusiastic in their profession that there are three causes which make a soldier enlist,

viz, being out of work, in a a state of intoxication, or, jilted by a sweetheart. Yet the incentives to enlistment,

which we desire to multiply, can hardly be put by Englishmen of the nineteenth century in this form,

viz, more poverty, more drink, more faithless sweethearts.

(Florence Nightingale 1820-1910)


Duty is ours, consequences are God’s.

(Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson 1824-1863)


A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be lead from the front end.

(George Patton 1885-1945)


The only war I ever approved of was the Trojan war; it was fought over a woman and the men knew what

they were fighting for.

(William Lyon Phelps 1933)


If slavery in not wrong then nothing is wrong.

(Abraham Lincoln 1864)


When asked which of two officers or equal rank should salute the other first, Foch made the famous reply;

‘The most polite’.

(George Roditi on Ferdinand Foch 1851-1929)



Things to Think About

Quotable Quotes


Often it is fatal to live too long.



No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will

pretty much depend on the weather.              

(Michael Pritchard)


I stay away from natural foods. At my age I need all the preservatives I can get.                

(George Burns)


One good thing about middle age spread is that it brings people closer together.

(Martin Buxhaum)


Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. 

(Oscar Wilde)


I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.          

(Herbert Rappaport)


A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable but more useful than a life doing nothing.

(George Bernard Shaw)


A man can have two, maybe three love affairs while he’s married. After that it’s cheating.

(Yves Montand)


Cogito ergo spud.            (I think, therefore I yam.)


The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.           

(Robert Coveyou)


Abstract Art -  A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

(All Capp)


Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two,  it’s research.       

(Wilson Mizner)


There are two kinds of books: those that no one reads and those that no one ought to read.     

(H.L. Mencken)


Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

(Igor Stravinsky)


Bach in an hour. Offenbach sooner.       

(Sign on a music store’s door)


Fox hunting is the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.            

(Oscar Wilde)


When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came,

an Indian simply said, “Ours” 

(Vine Deloria Jnr)


Generally, the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.    

(Felix Cohen.)






Back to the Regiment              Saturday 6 March 2010  (1800Hrs)   (NOTE change to Saturday evening)
Anzac Day                              Sunday 25 April 2010 (Gunfire breakfast at Walcott St, St Lucia)
Regimental Dinner                 Saturday 8 May 2010 (TBC) - By Invitation from QUR

Unveiling of QUR Plaque       Saturday 3 July ( Morning Function in U of Q Great Court)
AGM                                     Friday 10 September 2010 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
Christmas Function               Thursday 2 December 2010 - 5.30 PM (Victory Hotel)





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 2010.


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? - 2000 membership fees due for 2010


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 0437 442 964 3345 2754 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
  John Hammond   0409 575 848 John Hammond


End of Newsletter


If at first you don’t succeed, redefine success.


If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?


In one minute I think I’m a wigwam, and the next minute In think I’m a teepee, does that mean I’m too tense?


A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist.


If procrastinators had a club, would they ever have a meeting?


If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?


If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?


If someone got arrested for tripping people up would he be charged with a ‘fell on knee?’ (one for our legal friends!)


If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?


Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.


If the professor in Gilligan’s Island could make a radio out of a coconut, why couldn’t he fix a hole in a boat?


The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.


If toast always lands butter side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast

on the back of a cat and drop it?