November 2011
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          November 2011

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President's Report


Another year is nearly over.  The AGM was a great function and was well attended by members. A highlight of the evening was the speech delivered by Brian Smith about his association with the French Foreign Legion.  It was fascinating and enlightening.  Being the AGM the attendees received the required reports and the Executive Management Committee for the new year was elected.  The Commanding Officer, Tim O’Brien, informed the attendees that he was finishing as CO at the end of the year.  On behalf of all members I wish to convey to Tim our thanks for his work as CO. It has been challenging for him. Apart from suffering from the recent Brisbane floods the work expected from the Regiment in military training is enormous.  His consistent hard work in maintaining the high standards which QUR achieves marks the excellence of his command.  We thank Tim and wish him well for his future career.


The Committee will still work on the preservation of the history of the Regiment by scanning photos and documents. As previously stated the scans will be made available to members.  If you have any old photos, instructions, parade cards... anything at all... we would greatly appreciate a loan so we can scan the documents for our history collection.


The last function for the year is the Xmas drinks at the Victory Hotel in Edward Street Thursday 8 December 2011.  Just drop by any time from 1730 for few minutes.  Some hot and cold finger nibbles will be available. Drinks are at the cost to the member.  It is nice to catch up with old friends.  It would be great to see you there.

The Association has purchased a small supply of cuff links.  The QUR badge is gold on a black back ground. The letters “QURA” are pictured below the badge. They are enclosed in a small presentation box. They are pictured on this website. At $20 per set they are a great Xmas present.


 I would extend to the Commanding Officer and all ranks of the Regiment thanks for your support to the Association during the year. The Association does what it can to further the interests of the Regiment and we greatly appreciate the work which the Regiment does to support us.


To all the members I wish you the best for the forthcoming festive season. I wish you safe travel and the happiness of family and friends getting together.




CO's Report November 2011


 It is with some sadness that I pen my final CO’s Report for the Association.

Firstly, an update on our St Lucia home. The good news is that the planned rebuilding work is progressing well and should be completed on schedule in early December.  The Regiment is effectively being rebuilt “like for like” with the old facilities, although in a modernized state.  However, there is some bad news.  It has been identified that the power supply into the Unit does not meet modern standards and needs the installation of a new transformer.  The timing of this work is still being determined, but it may take until mid 2012 before it can be completed – and therefore until the Regiment can re-occupy the facilities.  So the desire to hold our first and final parade of the year on our St Lucia parade ground will, unfortunately, not be fulfilled.  Nonetheless, I am glad that these matters are all being identified and dealt with now, so that when the Regiment does return to St Lucia, it can do so knowing that the facility is fully ‘fit for purpose’, and should be such for a long time.

On the training side, the Regiment continues to be busy, and will be so right up to Christmas stand-down.

Jacka Company is particularly busy. The timing of the cadet training blocks has been changed, increasing the number of TBs which are conducted over the November – February period. This timing, combined with an increase in the number of Cadets we have under training, means that Jacka is currently preparing its Cadets to attend over 80 TB courses across this summer (many Cadets doing more than one course). This is a significant workload, the benefit of which will be realized later in 2012 and 2013 when the Unit may be sending 15 to 20 cadets at a time for their final TB5, and subsequent commissioning.

The tempo is no less in the other corners of the Regiment.  We currently have two Grade 3 courses running, and will conduct another two Grade 2 courses before the year is out. From early January 2012, we will kick off again with IET courses and Grade 3 courses, so it will not be until well into February until the Unit can pause for breath.

All of this work continues to be supported by the hardest working elements of the Regiment – the logistic and administrative support elements.

Off course, the work in 2012 will be under the stewardship of the Regiments new Commanding Officer, LTCOL Mark Armstrong, who assumes command with effect from 1 January 2012.  Mark is a very capable officer who will lead the Regiment with distinction.  I congratulate him on his appointment and wish him every success during his command. He is about to experience an honour that he will never forget.

For me, it has been an unequivocal privilege to have been entrusted with the command the Regiment over the last three years. To command the Regiment at any time is a privilege, but I cannot help but count my good fortune that I have been in the role at a time of such transformation, and at a time when the Regiment boasts so many fine members.  It has been humbling to witness their dedication and achievements and an honour to serve with them.

At the start of this year, the first words I said to the collected Regiment were that I was standing in front of the finest and most important Reserve training establishment in the Army – and that it was an honour to do so. That will forever be my view.

In signing off for the final time as CO, I would like to thank the Association and all its members for the steadfast support it provides to the Regiment.  QUR’s alumni is truly one of its great strengths.

Finally, I would like to wish all members of the Association a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas season, and I look forward to again crossing paths in the future – as a fellow alumnus of the great Queensland University Regiment.

Scientia ac Labore

Tim O'Brien
Lieutenant Colonel
Commanding Officer
Queensland University Regiment




2011 QURA AGM and Dinner


The 2011 QURA AGM and Dinner was held at the United Service Club on 9 SEP.  Approximately thirty members attended and entertained by a talk from BRIG Peter Jeffrey about the changes about to be implemented in  the Army Reserve, LTCOL Tim O'Brien gave an update on the status of the Regiment and the after dinner speaker Brian Smith gave an insight into the French Foreign Legion as seen by his own personal experience - a most enthralling story.


The AGM minutes and Financial Report can be found later in the Newsletter.  Congratulations are extended to Trevor Luttrell for his work in the dinner table ornaments.



The following photos were taken by Col Ahern

The centre piece and table decorations were created by Trevor Luttrell.
AGM 2011 dinner setting.
Gina Privitera and Scott Sheppard (2IC QUR) chatting after dinner.
QUR powerbrokers LTCOL Tim O'Brien (CO) and BRIG Peter Jeffrey (COMD 11 BDE).
Garry Collins (right) catching up with Rod Hamilton whilst in the background, Neil Heather chats with Viv Hawke as Rod Hardaker makes his entrance. 


Kojak (alias Rob O'Brien) holds Graeme Ramsden`s attention with John Hammond clearly amused on the right.
Craig Blanch (left) with David Ross after the dinner.
Trevor Luttrell with Brian Smith (centre) and Wayne Barclay talking before the dinner.
Peter Morton chatting with Kerry Tscherepko after the dinner.
David Bates-Smith (left) with friend and ex-QUR member Brian Talty prior to the dinner.
Chris Backstrom (left) with Laurie Smith and Rob O'Brien checing the Financial Report being delivered by President Trevor Luttrell.
President Trevor Luttrell (right) presenting Sam Harrison (founding President) with a set of QURA cuff links.
Cuff links presented to Sam Harrison

NOTE:- Cuff links are for sale at a very reasonable price on the  FOR SALE  page -- could be just the right present for Christmas!!. 








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:- Bruce Davis


To:- Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  Photo as requested



Dear All,


Having been the Director Reserves - Army since LTCOL Andy behan deployed in May, I have finally been able to spend our office budget on more appropriate furniture.


THIS is how the Director General and I now live in R1-3-B168 in Russell Offices in Canberra (Er, yes, well spotted - a few of the cups did have our morning gins and tonics)!










From:- Paul Spencer


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re Ponderings

1. If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times,
does he become disoriented?

2. If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from
Holland called Holes?

3. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?

4. If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?

5. If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

6. Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

7. When cheese gets its picture taken, what does it say?

8. Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person
who drives a racing car not called a racist?

9. Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?

10. Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?

11. Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one?

12. 'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.

Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?

13. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow
that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged,
models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?

14. What hair colour do they put on the driver's license's of bald men?

15. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little
spoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?

16. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What
are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their
pictures on the postage stamps so the postmen can look for them while
they deliver the mail?

17. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

18. No one ever says, 'It's only a game' when their team is winning.

19. Ever wonder about those people who spend 1.50 apiece on those
little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE

20. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing
section in a swimming pool?

21. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea
 , does that mean that one
enjoys it?

Scroll down .....

And the best of all









From:- Gina Privitera


To:- Peter Morton



Hi Peter,


Thought I'd send you a quick email to thank you and Trevor and the rest of the committee for organising last Friday night's AGM and dinner. It was an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to hear from the CO and BRIG Jeffery the future for QUR and the wider Reserve. I particularly enjoyed the insights provided by Brian Smith on his time with the French Foreign Legion.


Please pass on my best wishes to Mal. I missed seeing him at the dinner.




Gina Privitera

SO2 Financial Support to Operations



From:- Dorothy Stone

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  QURA AGM


Hi Peter,


Sorry I didn’t get back to you.  I’ve been down hiking around Kangaroo Island where there are no TV’s, phones or computers.  It’s a beautiful spot, would highly recommend it.  Anyway, obviously I won’t be attending on Friday.  Have an enjoyable evening.







From:- William Ridley

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QURA AGM


Dear Peter,


Thank you for the reminder.  With  Mary in her mid 80’s  and myself trailing not too far behind, one’s family responsibilities curtail participation  in evening events.

It is with regret that  I  will not be able to attend the next   AGM this Friday.  

However I do enjoy the News letters  and am keen to stay in touch.


Kindest regards,





From:- Ross McNab


To:- Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re QURA AGM


Dear Peter,

Thanks for this. As I'm in the UK until October I won't be attending the AGM. If appropriate to do so, please record an apology for me?

Your well-worded emails and newsletters etc do QURA a lot of credit and should be appreciated by all members.

With best wishes,


PS Regarding the request in this email for people to keep their contact details updated, mine are as before (and as in the signature block).





From:- Adian Slipais

To:-  Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  Shane Slipais


Dear sir,

I am writing you today as I stumbled upon your newsletter and saw something that court my eye. My name is Aidan Slipais, my dad was Shane Slipais and today is the 6th anniversary of his passing. I saw in your newsletter a small passage about him from an ex student and would just like to say thank you to them and others who have said similar things and also that if anyone wishes to pass on anything to our family they can feel free to email me. I do not know what else to really say, he was my father, my teacher and my best mate and is terribly missed and after reading through some of the newsletter I was happy to see others thought the same and I'm sure he would be too.

Aidan Slipais






From:- Joe Barnwall

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re: QURA AGM


Hi Peter,


Thanks for the invitation and for the wonderful update service you provide. 


I have a Wings Dinner to attend that evening at the Airline Academy of Australia out at Archerfield – Seems that I am handing them out as the VP, so I would be rather missed if I don’t attend!  Hope that you have a great evening – seems that every time there is a QURA function on, something else is on.  However, I now have one child out of school and two more soon to follow and life should then suddenly become far less hectic.  While I am slack bugger in terms of attendance, I really do enjoy reading the material you circulate and staying up to date with events – a sincere thank you.


Kind regards



Joe Barnewall                                                   

Managing Director

Langano Business Strategists     






From:- Bruce Davis

To:-  Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  Re: Philosopher's Comments on Wives




When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.

David Bissonette


After marriage, husband and wife become two sides of a coin; they just can't face each other, but still they stay together.

Sacha Guitry


By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.


Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.



The great question. which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?"




I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.

Sigmund Freud


'Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.'




'There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage.'

Sam Kinison



'I've had bad luck with both my wives.
The first one left me, and the second one didn't.'

James Holt McGavra



Two secrets to keep your marriage brimming.
1. Whenever you're wrong, admit it,
2. Whenever you're right, shut up.

Patrick Murra



The most effective way to remember your wife's birthday is to forget it once....



You know what I did before I married?
Anything I wanted to.




My wife and I were happy for twenty years.
Then we met.

Henny Youngman



A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.


Rodney Dangerfield



A man inserted an 'ad' in the classifieds: 'Wife wanted'. Next day he received a hundred letters.
They all said the same thing: 'You can have mine.'





First Guy (proudly): 'My wife's an angel!'
Second Guy: 'You're lucky, mine's still alive.'









From:- Harry Standfast

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re: QURA AGM




Thank you for the notice of the AGM and Dinner.  I am sorry I cannot attend.  I am very interested in maintaining contact but I don't drive now and I rely on my wife to drive me places and monitor the computer and advise me of what is going on.  I found it a bit easier to attend functions when they were at St Lucia.  I hope you all have a very pleasant evening.



Harry Standfast






From:- Donna-Lee Greaves

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re: QURA AGM


Hi Peter,

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the 2011 AGM, as I am running the Smilie Pushcart event at the Maryborough Technology Challenge, on Saturday 10 Sep - starting early in the morning. This is for assessment towards one of my last subjects (March 2012 graduation, here I come).

At this stage, the Christmas drinks are looking good. 

Fond regards,








From:- Peter Sharwood

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re: QURA AGM




My reply must have vanished into cyberspace. I replied a few weeks ago, but it may have gone to Trevor only.


I would really like to join you, but unfortunately I had to decide between three functions that evening and I have an obligation to all three. I had to make a decision and I have a dining out for a very long standing friend and colleague with whom I have worked almost all my life. I suspect his medical issues are likely to catch up with him in the none too distant future so Monica and I have decided to attend his farewell.


I have the next day to deploy to New Guinea for an exercise as well, so I have to send an apology for this year for the AGM and dinner which I always enjoy. I hope to see you all again soon.




Peter Sharwood








From:- Trevor Luttrell

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Australia's Government!!!



 Whoever wrote this was pissed off.... but its a point well made.




 Political Bastardry!

On the 18th of August 1966 at Long Tan,Vietnam,

D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment,

mainly made up of Australian National Servicemen

and at that time located to support the American Army,

fought a battle against the Viet Cong.

In this action D Company lost 18 men killed and 24 injured.

The Viet Cong dead numbered in excess of 245.

The Australian lines were never crossed.

The Viet Cong withdrew.

American President Johnson and US Army Staff recognised the achievement

by awarding the Unit Citation of Gallantry on 30th May 1968.

The Award was formally accepted by Queen Elizabeth in 13th June 1968.

Prime Minister John Gorton made the formal presentation

of this American Citation to the Battalion

at Lavarack Barracks,Townsville on 18th August 1968.

On the 31st of March 2010,

D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment

were belatedly awarded the Australian version of

"Unit Citation for Gallantry" (UCG)

honouring their extraordinary deeds at Long Tan.

The Government however refused to approve travel payment

for the surviving Unit Members or their families,

including the families of deceased Unit Members,

in order that they be present at the

UCG Presentation Ceremony

presided over by the Governor General of Australia.

In February 2011 the same Government of Australia

footed the Funeral Bill to bury the illegal boat people,

who tragically perished on Christmas Island.

This included flying surviving family illegals and survivors

to and from Sydney and Xmas Island,

accommodating them, etc etc,

plus a Coach tour of Sydney thrown in.

The Canberra Politburo had waited 45 years

to publicly acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice

of these Sons of Australia

and then immediately shit on their memory

by wetting themselves to appease the feelings of boat illegals forcing entry into our country.

Now we witness,what can only be described as, attempted political face saving,

by this same Government, sponsoring a TV Documentary,

to celebrate our Armed Forces accomplishments at Kapyong, Korea in 1951.

This will see our Prime Minister and the entire Priministeral Entourage

fly in a RAAF plane to Korea to mark this 60th Anniversary.

What Bloody Hypocrisy!!!

What a Blatant Affront to the feelings

of our Nation's serving Armed Forces,

Past and Present.


You Political Parasites.

You do not deserve to represent our country.







From:- Rob Byrne

To:-  Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  Re: QURA AGM


Dear Peter


I really do have a valid excuse for not attending the AGM. Mirella and I will be celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary cruising the Greek Islands on 9th September. We do have Gallipoli on the itinerary.




Rob Byrne






From:- Bruce Davis

To:-  Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  First there was this gun...



First  there was this gun ....


It  was developed by General Electric, the "We bring good things to  life" people.  It's one of the modern-day Gatling guns. It  shoots very big bullets. It shoots them very quickly.

Someone  said, "Let's put it in an airplane."

Someone else said,  "Better still, let's build an airplane around  it."

So  they did. And "they" were the Fairchild-Republic airplane people. 

And they had done such a good job with an airplane they  developed back in WWII ..

...called the P-47 Thunderbolt, they  decided to call it the A10 Thunderbolt.

They made it so  it was very good at flying low and slow and shooting things with  that fabulous gun.

But since it did fly low and slow, they  made it bulletproof, or almost so. A lot of bad guys have found you  can shoot an A10 with anything from a pistol to a 23mm Soviet cannon  and it just keeps on flying and shooting.

When they got  through, it looked like this ...

It's  not sleek and sexy like an F18 or the stealthy Raptors and such, but  I think it's such a great airplane because it does what it does  better than any other plane in the world.

It kills  tanks.

Not only tanks, as Sadam Hussein's boys found out to  their horror, but armored personnel carriers, radar stations,  locomotives, bunkers, fuel depots ... just about anything the bad  guys thought was bulletproof turned out to be easy pickings for this  beast.

See  those engines. One of them alone will fly this puppy. The pilot sits  in a very thick titanium alloy "bathtub."

That's typical of  the design.

They were smart enough to make every part the  same whether mounted on the left side or right side of the plane,  like landing gear, for instance.

Because the engines are  mounted so high (away from ground debris) and the landing gear uses  such low pressure tires, it can operate from a damaged airport,  interstate highway, plowed field, or dirt road.

Everything  is redundant. They have two of almost everything. Sometimes they  have three of something. Like flight controls. There's triple  redundancy of those,  and even if there is a total failure of  the double hydraulic system, there is a set of manual flying  controls.

Capt.  Kim Campbell sustained this damage over Baghdad and flew for another  hour before returning to base. But, back to that gun .....

It's  so hard to grasp just how powerful it is.

This  is the closest I could find to showing you just what this cartridge  is all about. What the guy is holding is NOT the 30mm round, but a  "little" .50 Browning machinegun round and the 20mm cannon round  which has been around for a long time.

The 30mm is MUCH  bigger.

Down  at the bottom are the .50 BMG and 20x102 Vulcan the fellow was  holding. At the bottom right is the bad boy we're  discussing.

Let's get some perspective here: The .223 Rem  (M16 rifle round) is fast. It shoots a 55 or so grain bullet at  about 3300 feet/sec, give or take. It's the fastest of all those  rounds shown (except one). When you move up to the ..30 caliber  rounds, the bullets jump up in weight to 160-200 grains. Speeds run  from about 2600 to 3000 fps or so.

The .338 Lapua is the king  of the sniper rifles these days and shoots a 350 grain bullet at  2800 fps or so. They kill bad guys at over a mile with that  one.

The .50 BMG is really big. Mike Beasley has one on his  desk. Everyone who picks it up thinks it's some sort of fake, unless  they know big ammo. It's really huge with a bullet that weighs 750  grains and goes as fast the Lapua.

I don't have data on the  Vulcan, but hang on to your hat.

The bullet for the 30x173  Avenger has an aluminum jacket around a spent uranium core and  weighs 6560 grains (yes, over 100 times as heavy as the M16 bullet,  and flies through the air at 3500 fps (which is faster than the M16  as well).

The gun shoots at a rate of 4200 rounds per  minute. Yes, four thousand. Pilots typically shoot either  one- or two-second burst which set loose 70 to 150 rounds. The  system is optimized for shooting at 4,000 feet.

OK, the best  for last.

You've got a pretty good idea of how big that  cartridge is, but I'll bet you're like me and you don't fully  appreciate how big the GA GAU-8 Avenger really is.

Take a  look ...

Each  of those seven barrels is 112" long. That's almost ten feet. The  entire gun is 19-1/2 feet long.

Think how impressive it  would look set up in your living room.

Oh, by the way, it  doesn't eject the empty shells but runs them back into the storage  drum.. There's just so dang many flying out, they felt it might  damage the aircraft.

Oh yeah, I forgot, they can hang those  bomb and rocket things on 'em too, just in case.  After all, it  is an airplane!

Like I said, this is a beautiful design. 

I'm  glad it's ours!!

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.

- General George S. Patton 








From:- Mark Lyell

To:-  Peter Morton

Subject:-  Re: QURA AGM


Dear Sir,


Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the AGM on 9 Sep as I will be in Wollongong at the time. I have finally completed the necessary requirements and been admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia - working as a prosecutor with the Queensland Police Service. I am hoping to transfer from 2 CER to Legal Corps in the future, but at this stage I am posted to the Ops Cell at 11 CES. I will be in Wollongong undertaking and intensive for the LLM (Criminal Prosecutions) conducted at the University of Wollongong.


Thank you for taking the time to email me.  Please pass on my apologies, and I hope it is an excellent evening.




Mark Lyell








From:- Bruce Davis

To:-  Trevor Luttrell

Subject:-  Re: New Rank Level



Kind regards





QURA CHRISTMAS DRINKS - Thursday 8th Dec 2011


The Annual Christmas Drinks are on again.  As usual, we have reserved a corner in the beer garden at the Victory Hotel, Cnr Charlotte and Edward Streets in the CBD.  Drinks start after 5.30pm till ??  Please come along for a couple of drinks after work.  Partners welcome. 


If you know of any former members of QUR that have been part of QURA or might like to join, please invite them along.


The Association will provide some hot & cold finger food and members will be required to purchase their own drinks.


To with catering, please email an RSVP 


RSVP 5 Dec 11

EMAIL reply to the membership Registrar
(Peter Morton ).

Name: ________________________________________________________________

  • I will be attending the Association’s Christmas Drinks to be held at the Victory Hotel, Cnr Charlotte and Edward Streets, Brisbane on the evening of Thursday 8 December 2011 after 1730 hours.

  •  I regret that I am unable to attend.






QURA AGM Minutes and Financial Report 2010-2011

Queensland University Regiment Association

Annual General Meeting

9 September 2011





1.                WELCOME

President opened meeting at 1930 hours.


2.                ATTENDANCE

President welcomed all attending.  33 members attended including:

Lieutenant Colonel Tim O’Brien, Commanding Officer

Brian Smith as the guest speaker.

Brigadier Peter Jeffrey

A list of attendees is attached to these minutes.


3.                APOLOGIES

See list at end of these minutes.


4.                MINUTES

Minutes of previous AGM was tabled as per booklet.

Moved                         Kerry Tschrepko

Seconded                   Rod Hamilton



5.                PRESIDENT REPORT

The President presented his report      

a.                Activities for the year

1.       Xmas Function,

2.      Back to Regiment at the Bowling Club –Thank you to Sam Harrison and executive for their conduct of the BTR,

3.      Anzac Day,

4.      QURA presentation of prizes to staff cadets. Purchase of 16` books from 9th Bn Assoc for graduate prizes.


b.                Newsletter: Takes a lot of work but I am sure you would be happy with the efforts. Especially thanks to Peter Morton with the website management. I produce the articles and he massages them into the production.


c.                Continued sales of QURA memorabilia – Slow but still going

(1)   History Sales             

(2)   Photo CD

(3)   Ties – 2 types now

(4)   Lapel Pins

(5)   Stubby Holders

(6)   Breast Badges

(7)   Cuff Links (thanks to Bruce Maughan for the idea)


d.            Membership:       Very slow but around the same as last year and chasing up.

We contact as many as we can. The web is bringing more back in. They read the web then join up. Also they contact their mates


e.            Historical Preservation.

Continuing to be collected. President called for more items to be lent to QURA, especially photos and small quotes.

President appealed for copies of Unit Newsletter “CONTACT”.

New to collection – DVD of the beating Retreat from 1992. Copied from VHS from Neil Heather  and photos/articles from Sam Harrison


f.             Thanks to all the executive members for work, especially Peter Morton for the newsletter.


6.                FINANCIAL REPORT

Tabled as per booklet

Moved:             David Ross

Seconded  :      Garry Collins


7.                   ELECTION OF OFFICERS

There were sufficient nominations for positions they were dealt all together. Secretary Treasurer to be combined into one responsibility. Auditor not  required.


PRESIDENT Trevor Luttrell
HISTORY Trevor Luttrell
EDITOR Trevor Luttrell
RETAIL SALES Trevor Luttrell
MEMBERS Greg Adams
  Chris Backstrom
  Garry Collins
  John Hammond
  David Ross


Moved:         Peter Jeffrey       

Seconded:    Gina Privitera

Motion:        Passed


8.                GENERAL BUSINESS

There were no matters of general business.



Commanding Officer presented “The Current Status of the Regiment.”  The Commanding Officer spoke of the many courses for which QUR is responsible. The CO informed members that at the end of the year the command would change. Mark Armstrong would be the next CO. President congratulated and thanked the CO for his stewardship of the Regiment, and wished him well in the future.



Brigadier Peter Jeffrey spoke about the future changes for Army and how they affected the Reserves in general.


11.             PRESENTATION

Brian Smith presented after dinner comments that focused on his period of association with the French Foreign Legion. Brian spoke about the role of the Legion, the rigorous training and the philosophy of the idea to just get things done no matter what pain and suffering to the Legionaires. Members thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.



The President presented a set of cufflinks to Brigadier Sam Harrison in recognition of his work to establish QURA and his close association with the Association over many years.


13.             CLOSURE

 Meeting closed at 2215 hours.









Queensland University Regiment Association

Financial Report

1 July 2010 - 30 June 2011





Balance 1 July 2010                                                              12379.55


Income                                                                                       2010/11                              2009/10

Interest                                                                                            18.52                                  28.97                    

Annual General Meeting (some incl in previous period)  1959.00                              2235.00

Membership                                                                                390.00                              1970.00

Retail Sales                                                                                    22.50                                370.00

Back to the Regiment/Xmas                                                      140.00                                  50.00

Badges in Uni Qld Great Court                                              2440.00                              5450.00

Donations General                                                                        10.00                                  30.00

Re-Investments (See Investments below)                             4000.00                                 Nil

TOTAL                                                                                       8831.02                            10133.97     



Annual General Meeting                                                         2075.00                              2346.10     

Xmas Function                                                                            550.00                                210.00

Back to the Regiment                                                                 488.48                                100.00

Re-Investments (See Investments Above/Below)             10000.00                                 Nil

Administration (Postage, Incorporated Fees)                         167.70                                202.55

Prizes presented to Staff Cadets                                               480.00                                  38.99     

Badges in Uni Qld Great Court                                              5000.0                                    Nil

TOTAL                                                                                     18761.18                              2897.64


Surplus /Deficit                                                                        9930.46                              7236.33


BALANCE                                                                                 2449.09                            12379.55


Cash Book Reconciliation

Balance 1 July 2010                                                              12379.55                              5143.22

Plus Income                                                                               8831.02                            10133.97

Less Expenditure                                                                   18761.48                              2897.55

Balance                                                                                      2449.09                            12379.55





Bank Reconciliation

Balance in Bank 30 June 2011                                               2449.09                            12379.55

Plus Outstanding Deposits                                                         Nil                                       Nil

Less Unpresented Cheques                                                        Nil                                       Nil

Balance                                                                                      2449.09                            12379.55


Queensland University Regiment Association

Financial Report

1 July 2010 - 30 June 2011





Investment No 1                                                     2500.00                            6 months

Investment No 2                                                       500.00                            3 months

Investment No 3                                                       500.00                            3 months

Investment No 4                                                       500.00                          94 days


TOTAL                                                                   4000.00

Transferred to new Investment Account (see Receipts and Expenditure above)


New Investment Account established September 2010

Investment Account Number 1                            10000.00

Interest                                                                     287.59

TOTAL                                                                 10287.59





General                                                                   2449.09

Investment                                                           10287.59                             


TOTAL                                                                 12736.68                             



Stockcount (not included in Accumulated Funds above)

2007                                                                                           2520.00

2008                                                                                           2255.00

2009                                                                                           2145.00                                      

2010                                                                                           1980.00

2011                                                                                           2375.00

(Purchased 16 books as prizes for Graduation of OCDT from 9th Bn Association)




T. Luttrell


Queensland University Regiment Association


9 September 2011

Queensland University Regiment Association

Financial Report

1 July 2011 – 1 Sep 2011





Balance 1 July 2011                                                                2449.09



Membership                                                                                   70.00

Annual General Meeting 2011                                                   80.00

TOTAL                                                                                         150.00                                      



Annual General Meeting                                                           218.70                                      

Administration (Postage, Incorporated Fees)                           62.84

Cuff Links (Retail Sales)                                                           448.20

TOTAL                                                                                         729.74                                      


Surplus /Deficit                                                                                




Cash Book Reconciliation

Balance 1 July 2011                                                                2449.09

Plus Income                                                                                 150.00                                      

Less Expenditure                                                                        729.74

Balance                                                                                      1869.35


Bank Reconciliation

Balance in Bank 1 Sep 2011                                                   1869.35

Plus Outstanding Deposits                                                         Nil                                           

Less Unpresented Cheques                                                        Nil                                           

Balance                                                                                      1969.35


Queensland University Regiment Association

Financial Report

1 July 2011 – 1 Sep 2011





Investment No 1                                                   10287.59                             




General                                                                   1869.35

Investments                                                          10287.59                             


TOTAL                                                                 12156.94                             





War Quotes


Before this time tomorrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminster Abbey.

Horatio Nelson, before the battle, in Robert Southey, Life of Nelson, 1813


The Russian Army is a wall which, however far it may retreat, you will always find it in front of you.

Antoine Henri Jomini, advising Marshal Canrobert, 1854, The Crimean War 1853-1956


Magnificent! - but it isn’t war.

Pierre Bosquet, watching the charge of the Light Brigade, Battle of Balaclava, 25th October 1854


We must make this campaign an exceedingly active one. Only then can a weaker country cope with a stronger; it must make up in activity what it lacks in strength.

Stonewall Jackson, Letter, April,1863, American Civil War 1861-1865


I forbid the voluntary evacuation of trenches. The will to stand must be impressed on every man in the Army. I hold Commanding Officers responsible for this. The enemy should have to carve his way over heaps of corpses.

General von Below, Order of the Day, 3 July 1916


You may kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours, but even at those odds, you will lose and I will win.

Ho Chi Minh, 1948 (to the French) The Vietnam Wars 1945-1975


All Vietnam is not worth the life of a single American boy.

Senator Ernest Gruening, speaking in Congress, 6th August 1964


Haig failed perhaps to see that a dead man cannot advance, and that to replace him is only to provide another corpse.

E K G Sixsmith, British Generalship in the Twentieth Century, 1970, Douglas Haig Earl 1861-1928


By good fortune in the game of military snakes and ladders, I found myself a general.

William Joseph, Viscount Slim, 1891-1970 on himself.




Things to Think About


Two monologues do not make a dialogue.


A chrysanthemum by any other name would be easier to spell.


Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.


Wind velocity increases in direct relation to the cost of the hairdo.


Hard work never killed anybody, but it frightens some people half to death.


Those that can are doers, those that can’t are consultants.


An appeal is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another.


If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you argue the facts.


A judge is a man who ends a sentence with a sentence.


If horse racing is the sport of kings, then drag racing is the sport of queens.


The epistles were the wives of the apostles.


Original sin was wrong from the start.


“I got a set of golf clubs for my husband.” “Lucky you, what a swap.”


You can get some first hand knowledge from a second hand car.


Yesterday I couldn’t spell engineer. Today I are one.


You can live longer if you give up everything that makes you want to live longer.


If your wife doesn’t treat you like she should, be thankful.


Confucius say man with only one chop stick never get fat.


A piano falling down a mine shaft is likely to result in “A-flat minor”


Would you call Stalin’s burial site a communist plot?


If a word in the dictionary were misspelt, how would we know?


Some days you’re the bug, some days you’re the windscreen.


Smile, it makes people wonder what you are up to.


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.


Old skiers never die, they just go downhill.


Some folks are wise and some otherwise.


Never buy your sweetheart exercise equipment on his or her birthday.


He who hesitates is bossed.


Some people might say who wants to be 90? And I say, anyone who is 89.








Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.

Herbert Hoover 1874-1964

Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.

J B Priestley

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.

Jerry Springfield

I’ll never make the same mistake of bein’ seventy again!

Casey Stengel

It’s easy to make a friend. What’s hard is to make a stranger.


Where do you go to get anorexia?

Shelley Winters

Cogito ergo dim sum. (Therefore I think these are pork buns.)

Robert Byrne

A diet is when you watch what you eat and wish you could eat what you watch.

Hermione Gingold (1897-1987)

Even paranoids have real enemies.

Delmore Schwartz

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)






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)






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 2012


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.




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 Sectretary  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                    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.



Association Office Bearers


Position Name Bus Hrs A/Hrs Email
President Trevor Luttrell 0437 442 964 3345 2754 President
Vice President Col Ahern 0409 616 922 3278 1862  
Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Davis 0402 768 142 3878 2920 Treasurer
Membership Secretary Peter Morton 3114 2010 0419 484 736 Secretary
Committee Members       Executive
  Greg Adams 3264 5544 0418 744 678  
  Chris Backstrom 3863 9238 3359 6262  
  Garry Collins   3359 5993  
  John Hammond   0409 575 848  
  David Ross 3227 6974 0402 904 204  


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