QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY REGIMENT

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May 2011
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          May 2011

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President's Report

 

As usual it has been a busy start to the year.  The Association again was represented at the cocktail party celebrating the graduation of the latest officer cadets.  All QUR cadets qualified for promotion to the officer ranks at the Royal Military College. The Association presented a book prize to the officer cadet who gained the highest results for the overall time study as an officer cadet.  Photos and names of all the graduates are included further in this newsletter.  It was interesting to note that Garry Collins, past Commanding Officer of QUR, has a “MARK 2” clone in that one of the graduates shares his illustrious name.  Would it not be a notable event should the “MARK 2” ever have the privilege to also command the Regiment.  (Note that he even looks like the “MARK 1” version).  At future Regimental dinners one might hear the following statement “Would the real Garry Collins please stand up!” The book prize was a copy of “The Fighting 9th” written by Major Clarrie Wrench MC who served in the 9th Battalion in WW1.  It is indeed fitting that the book prize is part of the history of the 9th Battalion located in South East Queensland.  Two of the graduating class were posted to 9 RQR this year.

 

Although the unit was substantially damaged by the floods the Association conducted the annual “Back to the Regiment”.  Through the kindness of Brigadier Sam Harrison the function was conducted at the St Lucia Bowling Club.  The Association was very grateful to the club for its generosity in permitting us to use their facilities free of charge.  It was indeed pleasing to welcome some new “old faces”. Some of the graduating cohort from 1961 attended as a reunion.  Rodney Hardaker, Jim Babon, Geoff Harley, Bob Hughes and Gary Whelan shared memories of their service in QUR.  Maybe the class of 1962 might consider arranging a reunion for the Back to the Regiment in 2012.  I would also like to express my gratitude to Sam Harrison for his assistance with the administrative  arrangements for the function.  Although it was heavily raining Peter Morton, Greg Adams, Col Ahern and Garry Collins undertook the arduous duties of working as cooks at the barbque.  The Commanding Officer gave the members a brief address on the effects of the flood and the continued work of training within the Regiment.  All attendees enjoyed themselves.

 

Representatives from the Association again attended the Anzac Day ceremony.  Due to the effects of the floods the Regiment was not able to invite guests back for breakfast and games following the service.  Photos can be seen in this newsletter.  The number from the Association attending was down this year.

 

Everyone is aware of the QURA website. I am continually surprised by members of the general public contacting me wishing to regain contact with the unit or just out of interest.  Interested people find the QURA website in their general searches.  We receive high praise about the quality of the website presentation.

 

The Commanding Officer has notified the Association of the date of the 2011 Regimental Dinner and has issued an invitation to any interested officer.  Should you wish to attend, please contact the Unit Second in Command.  Further details are included in this newsletter.

 

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner will be held on Friday 9th September 2011 at the United Service Club.  All members of the Association are most welcome at this enjoyable occasion.  Please include this date in your calendar.

 

We continue to gather items of historical significance.  Recently I was pleased to receive from  Brigadier Sam Harrison some rolls of negatives of pictures of QUR activities in the 1960’s era.  We are currently arranging to convert the images to digital format so they can be preserved and presented in the future in newsletters. Thanks to Sam.

 

I will continue to ask for all members to arrange for us to borrow any pictures, correspondence, old instructions from the time when members served with QUR.  We take copies and return the originals to the member.  We lost so much historical items in the flood of 1974.  I am desperate to locate and preserve anything which will record the history of the unit.

 

I know I sound like a broken record but I again appeal to any member to send us small items of interest written by ex members.  They do not have to be long articles.  Just a small comment or note of something or occasion of the life in the unit would be suitable.  Does anyone remember the time when Len Eacott received an electrical (lightning) communication from the heavens whilst operating a radio set at Tin Can Bay?  Does anyone remember the sound of the cooks lighting the chuffers early in the morning in preparation for cooking breakfast?  Did you ever lie, awake in your stretcher, waiting for a yell when the General Duties soldier lit too much fuel in the bottom of the device?  Did you ever experience an interesting event whilst representing the Commanding Officer as a member of the duty picquet?  Just a short note about anything you remember will be suitable.  I remember the joy (panic) of risking life and limb jumping from the back of a truck whilst practicing a vehicle ambush drill.

 

I wish you all continued good health.

 

 

 

CO's Report May 2011

It is a pleasure to again pen a short note to keep the members of the QURA abreast of activities within the Regiment.

In short, and at the risk of sounding repetitive, the Regiment has been extremely busy.

Already this year, QUR has delivered three Staff Officer courses, two Infantry IET courses, a Trainer/Assessor course, an RRF course and one Driver course, with a second one currently underway. Each has had their unique challenges, but one theme has been consistent across all courses – and that is the continued dedication of the members of the Regiment to deliver excellent training and to grow the capability of the Army Reserve.

The same level of devotion also continues within our two Cadet Training Companies. So far this year they have prepared cadets for attendance at six different FAC Training Blocks. Testament to the quality of their work is the fact that no QUR Cadet has failed any TB this year – an achievement that no other UR can claim and one that is founded on the tireless work of the Cadet training staff in both North and South Queensland. The fruits of this hard work were clearly on display at RMC Duntroon in February, when every QUR cadet successfully completed the final TB5 and were commissioned as Officers – with QUR accounting for one third of the national graduating class.

None of these training outcomes can be achieved without the invisible hand of the logistic support, training support, and administrative elements. Unlike the training companies, these areas receive no respite in between courses. For me, these are the true heros of the Regiment, without whom, none of the more visible training outputs would materialize.

This dedication, across all quarters of the Regiment, continues to serve as a humbling force, and makes it a privilege to serve within the Unit.

Aside from the training tempo, we were kept busy with ANZAC Day again this year, with the Regiment providing guards to two services, catafalque parties to four services and speakers to several others. All activities were very well received and appreciated by the veterans and public in attendance. For the Regiment itself, the day didn’t quite have the same feel, as we could not muster at our traditional St Lucia home – a temporary inconvenience that will make next years ANZAC Day at the Unit all the more enjoyable.

With regard to the St Lucia depot, little work is occurring on the ground while we go through the procedures of preparing and issuing a Government tender for the re-build. Originally we were encouraged to suggest zero-cost alterations that could improve functionality, but the design has now effectively been constrained to returning the Unit back to its previous layout. July remains the likely start date for work, but unfortunately the completion date is becoming increasingly ‘flexible’, with a comment made at the last meeting that we should definitely be in by Christmas! An unwelcome development has been the news that our prized polished floor may need to be replaced, as the drying process has caused it to warp. If this is to occur, steps are in place to retain a quantity of the floor boards for sentimental recycling.

Finally, I would like warmly encourage all former serving Officers to attend our annual Officers Mess Dinner on May 21st (details elsewhere in this newsletter). Although we are not in our traditional venue, I am sure all that attend will enjoy the camaraderie of the night within the facilities of the ANZAC Officers Mess, in the presence of the Colours.

I look forward to catching up with many of you at that dinner, and others later in the year.

Scientia ac Labore

Tim O'Brien
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment

 

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Photos from the QURA `Back to the Flood`

 

The Back to the Regiment function for 2011 was cancelled due to the Brisbane floods inundating the Walcott St. depot.   However, due to the efforts of Sam Harrison, QURA was able to hold a `Back to the Flood` evening at the St Lucia Bowls Club with approximately thirty members attending the function.

 

QUR CO LTCOL Tim O`Brien gave an update on the status of QUR operations whilst the depot is under repair as well as a blow by blow account of the rescue of QUR memorabilia from the invading flood waters.  Thankfully the Colours were removed for safe keeping (unlike the 1974 flood when the Colours went under).  Below is a photo of QUR CO LTCOL Tim O`Brien inspecting the flood damage with QUR Honorary Colonel MAJGEN John Pearn.

 

 

The following photos were taken by our resident photographer  Trevor Luttrell

Garry Collins (left) and Col Ahern (right) cooking the BBQ at the Back to the Regiment function whilst Peter Morton supervises.
   
Mal Try entertaining Vicky Ahern (left) and Lynne Bowe at the BTR.
   
George and Geraldine Fryberg having a quiet chat.
   
Sam Harrison (left) and John Hammond chatting with 1961 recruit Bob Hughes.
   
The usual drinkers group at the BTR - Chris Goodhew (left), Greg Adams (centre) with Chris Backstrom.
   
Pam O`Keefe (left) chatting with Serge and Anna Voloschenco.
   
Michael Bond and Tim O`Brien took time out from their Army duties to have a quick beer with Wayne Barclay and Brad Shillig.
   
Hard working organisers Trevor Luttrell (left) and Sam Harrison took time out to chat with Bob Hughes.
   
Ruth Kassulke (right) took a short break from helping with the catering to catch up with Donna-Lea Greaves.
   
Orell McKenna (left) having a drink with Sue Goodhew.
   
Members of the 1961 recruit get together, Jim Babon (left) with organiser Rod Hardaker chatting to Jeff Harley and Gary Whelan.
   
Vicky Ahern (left), Denis Luttrell, Mal Try and Lynne Bowe wait patiently for the BBQ to be cooked.
   
   
   

 


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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.

 

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From:- Jenny Cotton

 

To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  Floods/QUR

 

 


Peter,

It is with much regret that I will NOT be attending the 2011 Back to the Flood function on Friday evening, 18th March or Saturday afternoon, 19th March.   Unfortunately 21 years ago, I was blessed with a baby boy, who now is in the army.  He of course can only get that weekend off as leave, and so we will be celebrating his 21st birthday over that weekend, with relatives coming from far and wide.   The Regiment will be in my thoughts and I will look forward to the Regimental dinner to catch up with all. 

Cheers,

Jenny Cotton

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From:- Bruce Davis

 

To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  re QUR Flood

 

 

VERY INTERESTING STUFF
 
In the 1400's a law was set forth in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have 'the rule of thumb'
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Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'...and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language..
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The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
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Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. Treasury.
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Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
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Coca-Cola was originally green.
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It is impossible to lick your elbow.
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Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
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The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
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The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
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Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David Hearts - Charlemagne Clubs -Alexander, the Great Diamonds - Julius Caesar
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111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
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If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
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Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession
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Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter 'A'?
A. One thousand
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Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All were invented by women.
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Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey
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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... 'goodnight, sleep tight.'
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It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.
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In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England , when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.'
It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's and Q's'
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Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this practice.
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At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!
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- Now....
Don't delete this just because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it.


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YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2011 when...
1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries. 
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10.. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11.. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12.. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13.. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14.. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15.. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.
 

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From:- Joel Barnett

 

To:- Peter Morton


Subject:- Government to replace medals lost in natural disasters

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator the Hon David Feeney, today announced that the Government will relax the policy on replacement of Australian Defence Force (ADF) medals so that medals lost during the Queensland and Victorian floods, the impact of Cyclone Yasi and the fires in Western Australia can be replaced.

“Government policy for many years has been medals can only be issued to the ADF member who earned them,” Senator Feeney said.

“This usually means that medals cannot be replaced if they are lost or destroyed after the ADF member has died.”

Where medals are lost in natural disasters, however, this policy may be relaxed. This was done following the Victorian bushfires in 2009.

“While the Government is committed to maintaining the integrity of our system of military honours and awards, there are circumstances in which the Australian community rightly expects us to show greater flexibility in implementing the existing policy. I believe this unprecedented series of natural disasters is one of those circumstances,” Senator Feeney said.

“I have therefore decided that ADF medals may be reissued to the next of kin or other appropriate relative of deceased ADF members, if the medals have been lost or destroyed in the current natural disasters. Family members who have, in the course of these natural disasters, lost the medals of loved ones, may now make application for replacements.

“Unfortunately, however, only medals dating back to the First World War can be replaced. Medals for conflicts prior to this war are no longer in production.”

Applicants should use the application form and statutory declaration located on the Defence Honours and Awards website at: www.defence.gov.au/medals <http://www.defence.gov.au/medals>  

Completed applications should be submitted to: Directorate of Honours and Awards
Department of Defence, PO Box 7952, Canberra BC, ACT 2610. Enquiries may also be directed to Defence Honours and Awards toll free on 1800 111 321.

Media contact:          Lorna Clarke      0408 345 730



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From:- John Hammond

 

To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  PRECISION!!

 

THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF PRECISION!!
Those are US made Garand M-1 rifles
 (WWII), and they are heavy weapons (9 POUNDS EACH).
 When that one young fellow goes on his own - YOU'VE NEVER SEEN A
RIFLE SPUN THAT FAST - note the collective "Ooooooooo !" from the audience.

 
http://sorisomail.com/email/16993/exibicao-de-banda-militar--um-espectaculo-imperdivel.html

 

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From:- Rod Hardaker

 

To:- Peter Morton


Subject:-  WWII Trivia

 

 


 Very interesting WWII Trivia

You might enjoy this from Col D. G. Swinford, USMC (Ret) and history buff.  You would really have to dig deep to get this kind of ringside seat to history:

          1. The first German serviceman killed in WWII was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937); the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940); highest-ranking American killed was Lt-Gen Lesley McNair, killed by the US Army Air Corps.  So much for allies.

          2. The youngest US serviceman was 12-year-old Calvin Graham, USN. He was wounded and given a Dishonorable Discharge for lying about his age.  His benefits were later restored by act of Congress.

          3. At the time of Pearl Harbor , the top US Navy command was called CINCUS (pronounced 'sink us'), the shoulder patch of the US Army's 45th Infantry Division was the Swastika, and Hitler's private train was named 'Amerika'.  All three were soon changed for PR purposes.

          4. More US servicemen died in the Air Corps than the Marine Corps.  While completing the required 30 missions, your chance of being killed was 71%.

          5. Generally speaking, there was no such thing as an average fighter pilot.  You were either an ace or a target.  For instance, Japanese ace Hiroyoshi Nishizawa shot down over 80 planes.  He died while a passenger on a cargo plane.

          6. It was a common practice on fighter planes to load every 5th round with a tracer round to aid in aiming. This was a mistake. Tracers had different ballistics, so (at long range) if your tracers were hitting the target, 80% of your rounds were missing. Worse yet, tracers instantly told your enemy he was under fire and from which direction. Worst of all was the practice of loading a string of tracers at the end of the belt to tell you that you were out of ammo. This was definitely not something you wanted to tell the enemy.  Units that stopped using tracers saw their success rate nearly double and their loss rate go down.

          YOU'VE GOT TO LOVE THIS ONE


          7. When allied armies reached the Rhine, the first thing men did was pee in it.  This was pretty universal from the lowest private to Winston Churchill (who made a big show of it) and Gen Patton (who had himself photographed in the act).

          8. German Me-264 bombers were capable of bombing New York City, but they decided it wasn't worth the effort.

          9. German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

          10.  Among the first 'Germans' captured at Normandy were several Koreans. They had been forced to fight for the Japanese Army until they were captured by the Russians and forced to fight for the Russian Army until they were captured by the Germans and forced to fight for the German Army until they were captured by the US Army.

           AND I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST . . .

         11. Following a massive naval bombardment, 35,000 United States and Canadian troops stormed ashore at Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands. 21 troops were killed in the assault on the island. It could have been worse if there had been any Japanese on the island.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From:- John Hammond

 

To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  Aircraft detection before Radar

 

 

Aircraft Detection Before Radar

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Aircraft Detection Before Radar....

I bet none of you ever saw this stuff before.

How air attacks were detected before radar...

Old time acoustic hearing aids

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ACOUSTIC "EARS"

BEFORE RADAR - ON A SWIVEL

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ACOUSTIC "EARS"

BEFORE RADAR - GERMAN

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ACOUSTIC "EARS"

BEFORE RADAR - ON WHEELS

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ACOUSTIC "EARS"

BEFORE RADAR - ENGLAND

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From:- Lou Szegedi

 

To:- Peter Morton


Subject:- Launch of WW2 places website

 

G'day Peter,

 

Might be of interest to some Association members.

Public Works have released a searchable site of WWII locations in Queensland.

 

It appears a work in progress as the live firing (artillery & mortar) ranges at Coomera aren't shown.

 

Other random facts are:

  • The TAA terminal/hanger (hanger 8) at the old Brisbane Airport is Heritage listed.  During the war the government denied it existence as aircraft engineers rebuilt captured Japanese aircraft prior to test flying them around the area.

  • During construction of the Brisbane busway an underground air-raid warden command post was discovered (at the King George Square station).  The command post had been built under the old Roma Street Police Station and still had details painted on the walls.

  • A number of bus stop shelters in the city are extremely well made - as they were originally air-raid shelters during the war years.


www.ww2places.qld.gov.au

           
In particular have a look at the mapping facilities that make use of
google-earth and overlay technologies.


Cheers,

 

Lou

 

 

 

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From:- Bruce Davis

 

To:- Trevor Luttrell


Subject:-  Are You In The Right Job?

 


1. My first job was working in an Orange juice factory,
but I got canned. Couldn't concentrate. 

2. Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack,
but just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.

3. After that, I tried being a Tailor,
but wasn't suited for it -- mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

4. Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory,
but that was too exhausting.

5. Then, tried being a Chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life,
but just didn't have the thyme.

6. Next, I attempted being a Deli Worker,
but any way I sliced it... couldn't cut the mustard.

7. My best job was a Musician,
but eventually found I wasn't noteworthy.

8. I studied a long time to become a Doctor,
 but didn't have any patience.

9. Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory.
 Tried hard but just didn't fit in.

10. I became a Professional Fisherman,  
but discovered I couldn't live on my net income.

11. Managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company,
 but the work was just too draining.

12. So then I got a job in a Workout Center,
but they said I wasn't fit for the job.

13. After many years of trying to find steady work,
I finally got a job as a Historian - until I realized there was no future in it.

14. My last job was working in Starbucks,
but had to quit because it was the same old grind.

15. SO, I TRIED RETIREMENT - AND I FOUND I'M PERFECT FOR THE JOB!


 

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From:- Lou Szedegi


To:-  Peter Morton


Subject:-  AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN

 

 

LEST WE FORGET

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN

I crouched in a shallow trench on that hell of exposed beaches......

steeply rising foothills bare of cover.....a landscape pockmarked with war's inevitable litter...piles of stores..equipment..ammunition..and 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 the blazing destroyer exploding on the North sea...I fought on the perimeter at Tobruk....crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea...lived with the damned in a place cursed with the name Changi and fought off north vietnamese assaults at Fire Support Base Coral.

I was your mate...the kid across the street..the med student at graduation...the mechanic at 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 bombardier....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...
that you and yours may stay in freedom...


I am proud to be an Australian
....


 


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QUR ANZAC Day Ceremony 2011

 

Due to the recent Brisbane flood, QUR could not provide the usual Gunfire Breakfast at their Walcott Street Depot as it was still undergoing repairs.  However, QUR provided an excellent guard for the Sylvan Rd ceremony. 

 

LTCOL Tim O`Brien`s address is reproduced here for those members who could not attend.


FORMALITIES:


* Returned service men and women;
* Distinguished Guests;
* Ladies and gentlemen – boys and girls.

Good morning to you all.

INTRODUCTION

This morning, Australians and New Zealanders will gather to solemnly recognize what we now refer to as the “ANZAC Legend”.

A Legend that had its birth at Gallipoli on this day, 96 years ago – and one that has, to this day, been proudly upheld by those men and women who have served across all conflicts, peace keeping operations and humanitarian operations – since that beginning.

One of the enduring legacies of this Legend is that Australians, today, enjoy a freedom of speech which, ironically, can be used to question the bona-fides of ANZAC. And there are those that do so, arguing against the legitimacy of the legend, on various grounds, and in some cases, referring to it as the “ANZAC Myth”.

This morning I would like to exercise my freedom of speech, and – politely - disagree with those critics who seek to diminish the ANZAC Legend.

In particular, I will address one component of the Legend that some question - namely, the motives of why Australians committed so wholeheartedly to that first Great War, from which our ANZAC identity is drawn.

BODY

For a fledgling nation, Australia’s contribution to WW1 was extraordinary. To coin a current day phrase – Australia punched well above its weight.

  •  Around 40% of our eligible population enlisted for service – a proportion that was similar to other allied nations – but, unlike other nations, the AIF, alone, consisted totally of volunteers – there were no conscripts.

  •  Australia was the only dominion to contribute significant naval and air contingents - withholding no aircraft and just a single naval vessel in Australia, for domestic security; and

Economically, Australia threw the full weight of its primary industries behind the war effort – committing, among other things, 100% of the national wool clip to the allied war effort, for the duration of the war.

While such measures of Australia’s contribution can be generally agreed, there are some that question the motives behind why such a significant contribution was made. In general they argue that Australia’s participation was not founded, upon any noble principles or moral stance, but rather, they argue that our contributions emerged from a combination of:

 

  • Misplaced loyalty to a distant motherland;

  • Ignorance, regarding the causes and nature of the war; and

  • A romantic, somewhat naive sense of adventure.

While there is little doubt that such sentiments did exist during the early 1900’s, were they – alone – so compelling as to underwrite Australia’s extraordinary commitment to the war ?

I would argue not – and I do so, not by delving back into the history books, but by looking at the ethos of today’s service men and women.

It cant be said that those sentiments and influences that existed a century ago still exist today:

- Affectionate as we may still be for England, I don’t think the apron strings to the ‘Motherland’ have long been severed.

- And it cant be said that the current generation is na´ve, or ignorant regarding the nature of war. The public has never been better informed, with instantaneous communications provided through a range of independent media sources.

…..and yet, without such factors, today’s service men and women are equally willing to endure hardship, long separations, and to put themselves in harms way, just like those original ANZACs ! ?

Most notable are our two most recent Victoria Cross recipients. If ever there were two men who could be said to have “done their bit”, it is these two modern day heroes - and yet both have insisted on returning to active service.

Last year, when Queensland’s Army Reserve Brigade – the 11th Brigade - called for 160 Reservists to serve in East Timor, the volunteers outnumbered the available positions by a rate of 2 : 1. These people were prepared to put their everyday civilian lives on hold for 12 months – purely so that they may serve, and purely voluntarily.

So – if the sentiments and influences that are said to have drawn us unwittingly into service in WW1 don’t exist now, why are today’s Australians so willing to serve, just like those original ANZACs ?

Well, maybe – just maybe – they believe in what they are doing.
Maybe they believe that their sacrifice will create a safer world for future generations. And maybe they believe this strongly enough that:

 

  •  They are prepared to endure hardship;

  •  They are prepared to endure separation;

  •  And they are prepared to put themselves in harms way.

And if we need any confirmation that this is indeed their motivation, we need look no further than the families of those 23 men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in our current conflict – because, without exception, each of those families, during their most darkest days, proudly stated that their loved ones gave their lives, willing fighting for what they believed in.

CONCLUSION

I believe in the ANZAC Legend.
I believe it was real in 1915, and I believe it has been real in all endeavors by our Armed Forces, since that time.
I believe it - because it is real today.

Long may we embrace the ANZAC Legend, and long may we express our deep gratitude for all those that created and uphold it.

Good morning – and enjoy your ANZAC Day
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The following photos of the 2011 ANZAC Day ceremony at Sylvan Rd., Toowong were taken by our very capable photographer, Trevor Luttrell

 

CO QUR LTCOL Tim O`Brien with QUR Padre Bob McKennay.
   
David Ross with family Joel Bennett and Mikiesha Bennett.
   
ANZAC Day March On of Toowong RSL members.
   
The Salvation Army provided the band for the ANZAC Day Ceremony.
   
QUR Guard for ANZAC Day 2011.
   
QUR Guard for ANZAC Day 2011.
   
Col Ahern `out medelled` by QUR Honorary Colonel John Pearn
   
Mick Van Baarle (left) chatting with Paul Carr before the ceremony.
   
QUR guard at the Sylvan Rd ANZAC Day ceremony.
   
Kerry Gallagher, President Toowong RSL, laying a wreath at the ANZAC Day ceremony.
   
QUR Honorary Colonel MAJGEN John Pearn and QUR CO LTCOL Tim O`Brien laying a wreath at the ANZAC Day ceremony.
   
   


 

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War Quotes

 

In war it is necessary not only to be active but to seem active.

Andrew Bonar Law 1858-1923

 

To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.

George Santayana 1863-1925

 

Ninepunce a day fer killin’ folks comes kin o’low fer murder.

James Russell Lowell 1819-1891

 

No great art yet rose on earth but among a nation of soldiers

John Ruskin 1819-1900

 

The creator has not thought to mark those in the forehead who are of the stuff of good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold , and let them learn the trade at the expense of great loses.

Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826

 

The Americans have become too liberal to fight.

Nikita Khrushchev 1962

 

The Russians can give you arms, but only the United States can give you a selection

Anwar el-Sadat January 1977

 

Ike is the best dam general the British have got.

George Patton talking about Dwight Eisenhower 1909-1969

 

 

Things to Think About

 

He works as a tout for a doctor. He goes around making people sick.

He was so dumb it was written all over his face. And even then it was spelt wrong.

You can brighten up a room just by leaving it.

Children should be seen and not had.

If your parents didn’t have any children, chances are you won’t be either.

Age is a matter of attitude. I am retreaded, not retired.

The secret of longevity is deep breathing, as long as you can keep it up for eighty years.

A wedding is oceans of emotions surrounded by expanses of expenses.

Death is nature’s way to tell you to slow down.

Why is abbreviation such a long word?

Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?

Could a halfwit work part time for Intelligence?

Was King Kong the original urban gorilla?

Two people in one is a schizophrenic.

Money used to talk. Now is goes without saying.

Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative at the same time.

Ninety percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

No husband has even been shot while doing the dishes.

Nothing is faster than the speed of light. Try opening the refrigerator door before the light comes on.

When all else fails, read the instructions.

If you don’t blow your own horn someone will use it as a spittoon.

A sure way to make your old car run better is to look up the price of a new model.

Old weathermen never die, they reign forever.

On the other hand you have different fingers.

One good turn gets most of the blankets.

Old upholsterers never die, they just recover.

Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.

Our mind is like a parachute, it works better when it’s open.

Out of work contortionists find it hard to make ends meet.

 

QUR Graduates 2011

 

 

 

 

   
 
QUR 2011 Graduates posing with QUR Honorary Colonel MAJGEN John Pearn

Left to Right

Christopher Maguire, Garry Collins, Michael Schloss, Louise Broadfoot, Sgt Brain, Hon Col, Lee Unitt, Aleisha Dunn, Andrew Paisley.

 

 
   
 
   
 
   

2011 QUR Graduates celebrating at the cocktail party

 

from left to right. (Including Corps and Postings)

Lee Unitt - RAINF 9 RQR

Christopher Maguire- RAINF 9 RQR

Louise Broadfoot - RACT 7 CSSB

Aleisha Dunn - RACT 2 CER (QURA prize for highest achievement in Military Studies)

Andrew Paisley - RAE 2 CER

Garry Collins - RAA 1 FD REGT

Michael Schloss - RAAOC 7 CSSB (Not present)

 
 
   
   
   
   

 


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FUNCTIONS - 2011

 

Back to the Flood                  Saturday 19 March 2011 -  1800Hrs   
Anzac Day                             
Sunday 25 April 2011 - 0615Hrs
Officers Mess Dinner            Saturday 21 May 2011  - By Invitation from QUR

 


AGM                                    
Friday 9 September 2011 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
Christmas Function              Thursday 8 December 2011 - 5.30 PM (Victory Hotel)

 

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MEMBERSHIP DUES - PAYMENT REMINDER

 

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 2011

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO PERUSE THE Members Page AND CHECK THE ENTRIES WITH AN ADDRESS FLAG OF `N`.  WE HAVE LOST CONTACT WITH THESE MEMBERS AND REQUIRE EITHER AN EMAIL ADDRESS OR POSTAL ADDRESS TO RE-ESTABLISH CONTACT

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 2011

 

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.

 

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EMAIL ADDRESSES

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.

THE ASSOCIATION WILL ONLY CONTINUE TO EXIST BY RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

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

 

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HISTORY OF QUR

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                    Historian

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.

 

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Association Office Bearers

 

Position Name Bus Hrs A/Hrs Email
President Trevor Luttrell 0437 442 964 3345 2754 President
Vice President Paul Smith 3221 1275 0417 629 885  
Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Davis 3622 1777 3878 2920 Treasurer
Membership Secretary Peter Morton 3114 2010 0419 484 736 Secretary
         
Committee Members       Executive
  Greg Adams 3264 5544 0418 744 678  
  Col Ahern 3896 9510 3278 1862  
  Chris Backstrom 3863 9238 3359 6262  
  Garry Collins   3359 5993  
  Ruth Kassulke 3119 9789 3314 6818  
  David Ross 3227 6974 0402 904 204  
  John Hammond   0409 575 848  

 

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