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year seems to fly by. It only feels like yesterday that the AGM was
conducted. Since the last newsletter, we celebrated Christmas with a
small get together at the Victory Hotel. About 25 members attended
some new faces attending for the first time. It is good to catch up with old soldier
mates. There are some photos of the function later in the newsletter.
Following the sad death of Harry Standfast, Marion Standfast (Harry’s wife)
generously presented to QURA a substantial number of books and DVD’s on
military history. The titles have been recorded and they are available on
loan to QURA members. Harry was a keen historian
and the books and DVD make for interesting reading and watching. We wish to
acknowledge the generosity of Marion in making the resources available to
look forward to the “Back to the Regiment” social function that will be held
on Tuesday evening, 26th February at the Regiment. This is a chance for
members to inspect the refurbishment of the depot following the floods.
At the function a framed painting of Harry Standfast will be presented to
the Standfast Club to hang on the walls of the club. A separate note
for the Back to the Regiment appears later in the newsletter.
years ago the unit was lucky enough to receive several Infantry Officer
Ceremonial swords from CSR to present as an award for the top marks achieved
in the examinations for qualifying for the appointment as an officer in the
ARES. The first sword was presented to Chris Gladstone. Chris
has indicated that he wishes to return the sword to QURA to be preserved in
the military collection of the unit. The sword has been mounted in a
display case. The presentation to QURA will occur at the function to
celebrate the graduation of the officer cadets from RMC later in the year.
those who are regular readers of the QURA Newsletters, you will recall that
I continue to ask members to contribute to the historical collection of QUR.
The above two activities are a very good example of events which increase
the historical value of the collection. Again I encourage all members
to contribute to the QURA historical collection. They can be old
newsletters, the old “contact” camp news, copies of admin/ joining
instructions, photos, old uniforms, old basic equipment, and written
reminiscences from you about your service with QUR. The written
contributions do not have to be long documents. A few sentences will do.
in the year, QURA will be working with the CO to plan for the display of
resources from the QURA military collection into the new display cabinets in
the refurbished depot.
forward to catching up with you at the forthcoming Back to the Regiment.
This will be a significant event in the life of the unit and the
Association. I encourage you to take the opportunity to come along to
view the two markers showing the level of the floods in the depot from 1974
CO's Report November 2012
I hope all members of the
QURA had a relaxing and enjoyable festive season.
As usual, QUR’s end-of-year
reduced tempo period was short. Regimental staff are already
at work engaged in a range of activities including:
A Combat Arms Module
and Infantry Initial Employment Training Module Two course
to start in early February.
Preparation of over
60 Officer Cadets to be sent on Training Blocks interstate.
We are expecting to graduate about 20 new officers in early
February (our largest group for many years).
A Staff Officer
Grade 3 course and a Grade 3 Advanced Operations Course (HRR)
commencing late January.
The year will also see QUR
take on an important new task. During the year, QUR will take
responsibility for the induction of new recruits in 11 Brigade.
This will see us preparing inductees for attendance at the
Recruit Training Centre and conducting the required pre-course
training . In addition, QUR will monitor and in some cases
manage the trainees as they progress through their Initial
Employment Training. The detailed planning is underway but it
is proposed that we will raise a new Company within QUR to
execute this task.
We have had a significant
turnover of staff (including every Officer Commanding) and I am
very pleased with the quality and enthusiasm of our new unit
members. There has been significant competition for many of
the available roles at QUR, a situation that is a great
reflection of our reputation and relevance.
I am pleased to report that
our Chaplain, MAJ Gary Stone, is recovering well from his major
surgery. His strength, optimism and commitment to service
remain a great inspiration for us all.
Finally, I look forward to an
active and rewarding social and ceremonial program this year. I
am keen to both support the QURA’s activities and invite QURA
participation in Regimental activities where appropriate. I
have tasked my Second In Command, MAJ Luke Hughes, to develop
our program and integrate it with the QURA.
I hope to see many of you as
you visit the Regiment or participate in QURA activities this
Scientia ac Labore
Queensland University Regiment
Meeting with Geoff Haig
those who haven't heard, QURA member Geoff Haig had
a fall last year. I have included a few emails
here re Geoff to keep people informed.
September 2012 8:46:00 PM AEST
I went in and
saw Geoff Haig, in the PA Spinal Unit, you get to it
by veering hard right just before walking into front
entrance of the PA. He is on ground floor ward/Bed
He is in fine fettle
happy to talk etc. he has been there since 6 Feb -
normally they stay there 6 months but he is now past
all started with his Rotary - they decided to do a Kokoda trail
some years ago and he got all fit and did it. On
getting back he decided to stay fit and used to walk
a lot on weekends - plus a few mornings per week.
His morning walk would take him through the Kenmore
school oval but as the gate would be locked he would
go over the top of it. After a while he decided to
not jump over but to sort of slide over, perching
one leg over them his bum and then the other leg and
then drop off and go.
he had been doing it
for over a year and then this time while perched on
his bum on the gate, he lost balance and fell
backwards and hit his head and neck which made him
numb and motionless. Long story but the Ambos
rescued him and off to PA.
While in there after a
while he started to get DVT in the legs (no leg
movements) and a blood clot broke off and got stuck
in the brain somewhere. He is partially paralysed (not
fully) on his RHS, but what he really feels is his
eyesight in that he has lost the right
side vision in both eyes.
is really messy, is his brain keeps a picture of
what is happening on his right hand side (probably
from the more distant perspective and that
perception of what is there is unreliable and if
anything moves into that space after
his brain formed a picture thereof then he gets
caught out. he says he has to really work hard to
try and keep a better picture of what's on his RHS -
message, when you go see him, stay on his LHS.
He has an electric
wheel chair which he operates with his left hand and
is quite mobile with respect to what you can do in a
Apparently he is
retiring this week from Main Roads so will then
become a disability pensioner. He says he will get
some assistance/support to make his home a bit more
wheel chair friendly, plus he can call on 10 hours
per week of Nursing care - he says mainly to assist
in morning ablutions and medication etc
I asked about books
etc to read, he says reading is difficult for him
and slow, but he is not in need. He has been
getting visits from his work, his Rotary, his RSL
sub Branch and the bushwalkers he used to go with.
He specifically mentioned Hec MacDonald
and Sam Harrison had been to see him.
So I would say no
pressing need to visit him further in PA, but when
he gets home and has been home in Kenmore for say 6
months, it might be worth our while checking up on
When he asked who
had alerted me, I spoke about you and I and the QUR
memorabilia. he said he too has stuff (books papers
and other clobber) that will need to be suitably
disposed of. If his stroke should get worse for
some reason, then he feels his family will just
chuck it in a skip. But whether he would want it to
go to Ginger Beers or the Battalion or QUR (I would
have assumed the former).
Anyhow thanks for
giving me the heads up.
and please let me know
when you want to go to Walcott Street, if I can be
September 2012 8:46:00 PM AEST
On Sunday 3 February the "Luttrell Brothers" (Denis, Brian and
Trevor) visited Geoff Haigh for a cuppa. For those who are not aware
all three brothers are graduates of QUR and served with Geoff in the
ARES. Additionally Brian worked in the Main Roads Department with
Geoff as road engineers Geoff is improving every day and has some
movement back in his legs. He has a good range of arm movement
although some hand/ finger movements are restricted.
Geoff was in good spirits and is still mentally as sharp as he was.
He is back home and is very busy with his the rehabilitation
Geoff with Dennis (left) and Trevor
Geoff with Dennis, Trevor and Brian
Vale Lou Szegedi
Once again, QURA has lost one of its long time members - Lou Szegedi.
Lou passed away on Thursday 7th February after a
long fight against Mesothelioma. Lou is
survived by Wife Mary and sons Michael and Steven.
Lou retired in
2001 and Mary and he moved to acreage at Brooloo which
is midway between the villages of Kenilworth and Imbil,
approx 45 km south of Gympie.
Lou Szegedi will be
remembered lovingly by all who were fortunate to serve with
On behalf of Lou and all of the Szegedi family I
wish to offer you all a warm welcome.
Many of you have
probably not seen Lou for some time however your
presence today is testament to you being in some
way touched by this outstanding man’s presence
at some time during his life.
I have attempted to prepare this eulogy in a
style that would be to Lou’s taste. As many of
you would know Lou loved humour, detested
falsehood and preferred to deal with reality.
His positive style of coping served him well in
his recent battle with cancer.
Lou was born on 3 August 1946 in a refugee camp
in occupied Germany after the family’s departure
from Hungry. Two years later in 1948 Lou
migrated to Australia with his family and
settled in Brisbane.
Lou and Mary were
married in the Presbyterian Church in Kenmore
which later became their home suburb for many
years. Lou received a very good education at
Brisbane Boys Grammar School where it appears
his love of military life was developed with 4
years in the Grammar Army Cadets. We know that
his army cadet experience was followed later by
two years national service with deployment to
Vietnam plus an extra 18 months where he served
in Malaysia and Singapore. We also know that
five years after discharge Lou’s involvement in
the Army Reserve commenced which lasted for 15
years and at the age of 47 years retired from
the Army Reserve with the rank of Major.
Lou’s civilian life
commenced in the property industry where he
worked for a major development company as an
Assistant Project Executive, building high rise
office buildings and regional Shopping Centres,
while studying for four years, 3 nights a week
to become a Registered Property Valuer. Once
qualified Lou joined the Public service where he
worked for 25 years. He was promoted to Senior
Valuer (Executive Level 1). Lou excelled in his
valuation role supervising up to 10 valuers and
being project manager on occasions for large
scale market value assessments of Commonwealth
owned properties. Lou also acted as Assistant
State Manager of Queensland on occasions as well
as a Canberra role as Marketing Assistant to the
General Manager. Lou retired from the
Commonwealth public service when he turned 55
My association with Lou
commenced 20 years ago, initially 8 years in the
workplace then another 12 years when Lou and
Mary decided to have their tree change and
purchased a delightful acreage in the same
street of my out posted office in Marroo Road,
Brooloo. I have great memories of Lou when we
both worked together in Brisbane and in his
retirement at Brooloo. I feel privileged that he
chose to live close to us where we were able to
share the trials, tribulations and excitement of
rural living although I was at a disadvantage as
I still had to work. It was at Lou’s special
bush retirement send off at Barumba Dam via
Imbil where both Lou and I fell in love with the
lovely Mary Valley. Little did we know then that
we would soon be living in the same street?
Lou as many would know
was a perfectionist. He always perused a high
quality outcome. As a symptom of this
unfortunate affliction the level of research
that Lou would put into most things was
considerable. While this commendable attention
to detail produced valuations of the highest
quality it also had its side effects. Working in
a mass appraisal environment where the numbers
had to be crunched at a fairly rapid rate Lou’s
desk often resembled the Berlin Wall. The work
files would be packed high and wide and
sometimes it was hard to see if Lou was really
at work at all. Doubts in that area would soon
be resolved with Lou emerging somewhat
disgruntled and heading to the lift en-route to
the car park floor for another desperate smoke
break before returning to his refuge behind the
Wall. His regular exits were always well
supported with a couple of colleagues joining
him to also engage in nicotine therapy. This
daily routine would not end at knock off time
with another hour or so spent trying to bring
overdue work under control. Often he was still
at work when everyone else was home breaking
bread with their families. To add insult to
injury he would take the most critical files
home and continue the ongoing drama. It became
obvious to me that the quest for perfection
coupled with smoking was a very dangerous
As well as all his dedicated work commitments
Lou had a very well defined social justice
conscience and from the work floor was prepared
to challenge management if he thought poor
policy or unfair outcomes were being planned or
delivered. The professional respect he carried
both within the operational staff and management
was such that Lou had some clout which allowed
him to speak out and provide protection for the
rank and file.
After all the hard yards Lou had put in behind
the Berlin Wall he was lucky to make it to his
first day of retirement. He had already defied
death when he fall off the roof of his house a
few years before. I can remember how excited we
all were about Lou’s retirement luncheon. A
special room had been booked at the Irish Club.
After a series of genuine tear jerking speeches
especially Lou’s final message we all regained
our composure and headed to the bar where the
action was fast and furious. Lou as the man of
the moment was being plied intermittently by
admirers with those potent nasties that come in
very small glasses that can be thrown down
without seriously interfering with the main
action being the main shout. After some
considerable time and with Lou still looking the
goods his stool received a gentle nudge by one
of us and unexpectedly Lou went into free fall
and was unable to deal with the forces of
gravity. It was a wooded floor and I expected
him to rise quickly and resume his seat. After
10 seconds his body remained motionless, then
20, 30, and then the horrible realisation that
we had just killed our precious mate without him
having one day of retirement. I was totally
convinced that the damage done from the earlier
fall from the roof had been compounded in this
incident and there was no hope. A nurse from the
crowd worked on him until the Para-Medics
arrived. We told them that he had recently
diagnosed with sugar diabetes and after some
tests they declared that he had had a diabetic
hypo and was totally intoxicated and that other
than that he was fine. I was overcome with
relief but we were left with the task of
convincing a taxi driver that Lou had suffered a
severe reaction to some food and we needed to
get him home immediately. The unbelievable night
ended at Lou’s Kenmore residence with Mary
awaiting to receive her husband and I losing my
footing and taking Lou myself and Flynny
crashing sideways into the scrubs with the
mighty Gazza and Avan retrieving our bodies
before beating a rapid retreat.
Lou’s great passions were the Military and its
associated history, Dogs, Fishing and Hunting,
Community Involvement and Family but not
necessarily in that order. Lou was able to
maintain his interest as a part time soldier in
the CMF which he valued greatly.
Lou’s love of dogs was extraordinary. He had
this gentle approach where he would engage in
“dog speak” and I am sure the dogs all knew what
he was on about as they simply loved him. When
Mary and Lou retired to Brooloo they brought
with them their two aging dogs Jessie and Stumpy
who adjusted quickly from the city life and had
a great time with Lou and Mary. When these two
beautiful dogs passed on due to old age Lou was
devastated. From then on our two Staffordshire
bull terriers Bill and Bess became the
recipients of Lou’s dog love. They both loved
Lou so much that they were beyond themselves
with excitement when Lou ever arrived. Lou would
let Bill climb all over him and lick him and
they would talk to each other with Lou ending up
with little scratches on his arms and blood all
over the place. Lou never seemed to mind
Lou’s love of fishing
is legendary. Mention a fishing trip and Lou was
first man picked. You didn’t have to ask him.
Lou just loved being with his mates and as any
fisherman would know fishing is where true mates
are made. Our fishing team would remember magic
moments on Moreton and Frazer where we saw Lou
at his greatest level of fulfilment. He was a
hard man to get out of the surf and never
recognised that the fish had gone off the bite
for the day. If you were fishing next to him it
was hard to pull the pin as you would be
subjected to ridicule from Lou for not
maintaining the faith. Lou’s fishing philosophy
was that the longer you stayed in the water the
closer you were to them coming on the bite.
Often beer or rum was used to entice him from
the surf and to reduce the expected flak. He
caught more fish than anyone else so I guess he
had the last laugh especially when his gear was
less than sophisticated with the old battered 6”
Alvey and a rod that resembled a museum piece.
Lou was always identifiable on the beach dressed
neatly in his army camouflage costume complete
with giggle hat or beaney.
His fishing career ended about 6 weeks ago in
magnificent style at a most unlikely spot at the
pump hole on our Gympie property on the Mary
River. I had planned this event as I knew that
time was running out and that the maestro was
keen for one more try.
I had plenty of worms in my vegetable garden
ready to go and I remember how excited Lou was
as we dug out this magnificent bait. I drove him
down the hill to the river and set him up in a
plastic chair and let him loose with his old
glass rod. Within two hours Lou had caught 7
good sized fish including Bass and Jew and was
in a world of excitement and joy. The fishing
Gods had delivered big time and as the sun set
and the thirsty flying foxes swooped in along
the river for their daily drink in the most
idyllic setting I reflected on the most
fulfilling day of my life. The photos I have of
Lou in action that day will be greatly valued.
Lou’s immediate family
when he retired became his life. When Lou and
Mary came to Brooloo they brought Mary’s aging
mother with them. Lou played a big part in
helping Mary care for her Mum right up until her
death. Lou’s brilliant but irreverent sense of
humour often entertained us when he would recall
in good humour some of the hilarious
predicaments and activities of caring for a
Mother in Law with dementure. He loved his boys
deeply and cared a lot about them. He was also
very proud of their chosen partners Zoey and
Sophia who were with him dispensing love and
care to the end.
Lou and Mary did not
waste time when they retired to their acreage at
Brooloo. They both joined the volunteer Rural
Fire Brigade but found their fitness levels were
eventually not adequate when working in the
rugged hilly terrain of the Sunshine Coast
hinterland. Mary then concentrated on her
passion of gardening and transformed their 2
hectare property into the beautiful botanical
gardens it is today. Lou on the other hand
joined the SES and only recently had to retire,
becoming ineffective on disaster callouts due to
his worsening health condition. Lou was Vice
President and Secretary of the local SES
Financial Support Group for many years. He was
also Secretary of the Imbil action group and
liaised with the Gympie Regional Council for
Many of Lou’s friends
would not have known that he was a Hoarder of
the highest degree. I was astonished when he
confessed to having all his school exercise
books from grade three up neatly packed in boxes
in the shed.
It was always a vexing subject with Mary as she
was opposed to this level of collection
especially when her laundry space had been
severely reduced and with this reduced space
creating an impossible situation for her to
operate properly. The compromise finally came
when Lou decided to build a new shed and
transfer his treasures there to allow the long
suffering washer woman more space. The eventual
transfer of Lou’s world possessions was not
without incident and towards the end of two days
of carting heavy boxes he did his back in and it
took him a week to move freely again. I remember
back then that there was a minimum of sympathy
coming from the lady of the house. In recent
weeks when this hording issue was raised again
it was disclosed by Mary that Lou still had his
“Baby Bonnet”. How disappointed I was that I
couldn’t grill him on that one.
The sad passing of Lou
will ring home when we cease to get his great
emails on everything that opened and shut. I
thank him for sending me only the appropriate
emails and saving me from getting the sack
whilst sending the inappropriate emails to other
people less vulnerable than myself. Lou
especially when his illness made him house bound
would send us all, emails every day and it was
like he was with us every day. It seemed a
little thing back then but now it will sadly
reflect his absence.
I will miss Lou greatly. He was unassuming and
always more concerned about how you were going
rather than himself. He was calm, considerate,
respectful and kind and when you knew you would
be meeting with him there was this degree of
excitement that a great time was about to begin.
Lou was intelligent but incredibly humble. He
had well researched views on issues of
importance but loved indulging in irreverent
humour which was often spontaneous and
hilarious. He could deal easily with all people
and was very well respected in the community.
When you were Lou’s mate there was a great
feeling of privilege and I can imagine what a
fine soldier he would have been.
Towards the end Lou was an inspiration. He had
accepted death but refused to let go of life
while it lasted. Lou remained composed and
cheerful throughout his ordeal. During that last
week in the hospital Lou was aware of our
presence and when he would wake up from an
induced sleep he would exclaim “your still
there, “and a little smile would appear. His
continued sense of humour and his maintenance of
spirit right to the end was inspiring. There
were moments of intense humour when Lou would
wake from a deep sleep and make a statement that
would create great mirth. One such incident
occurred when we were discussing whether Lou
might like some ice-cream. The banter started
when I was suggesting that we don’t ask Lou as
it might take Lou a week of research to decide.
A couple of minutes later Lou woke up and opened
those large brown eyes and I popped the
question. Would you like an ice cream old mate.
In a slow and slurred response Lou uttered.
“Might have to do some research” followed by a
cheeky wry smile. I fed him the little cup of
ice cream which he enjoyed and I think that was
probably the last food he consumed.
Lou had a few signature
sayings and pet adjectives. He was always making
“executive decisions”. I never met the executive
but I reckoned they were very important people.
Lou also had this unusual attraction to
“colostomy bags”. Often in his spontaneous
brilliant humour he would be wearing a
“colostomy bag” or some poor unsuspecting person
of interest would be wearing a colostomy bag. He
even had me on several occasions wearing one of
his “colostomy bags”.
Lou also described
individuals that he considered had little worth
as “Oxygen Thief’s”. Towards the end when Lou
became dependant on supplementary oxygen
supplies from cylinders etc, the wicked question
passed my mind, “Should I ask Lou if he had
coffed up for his oxygen”.
This Eulogy should not
be just about the deceased but also about the
living. Lou would be disappointed if I was not
to mention the role his partner Mary played in
his last couple of years. Due to Lou’s decision
not to share his predicament with anyone
including his family left Mary locked in an
exhausting position of having anyone to share
her nightmare with. Mary pretty much single
handed fulfilled the weekly schedule of keeping
house and the constant travelling associated
with hospital chemo treatments whilst dealing
with the obvious psychological management. She
dedicated herself completely to Lou’s daily care
and anybody who knows Mary will realise that her
care would be of the highest quality,
administered with loving detail and tenderness
reflecting the wonderful person she is. On
behalf of us all “thank you Mary for your
dedicated love and care”.
I conclude by saying, “Lou thank you for just
being youself. Your mateship was greatly
appreciated and the lessons in humility,
integrity and genuine love that you delivered
will not be wasted”.
Rest in Peace Lou
Drinks - 6th December 2012
"Back to the Regiment"
email a reply to the membership Registrar
The Annual "Back to the Regiment"
on again. The QUR Depot has finally been refurbished after the
2011 flood and QURA has been invited back to see the new Depot.
Due to training committments, the BTR
will be held on Tuesday Evening 26th February at the Walcott St.
Depot, starting at 1800hrs. Sgt Elona Drain and her CWA Ladies
will be providing the usual excellent catering for the evening (Cost
Come along and see first hand the
changes to the Depot and catch up with the usual "Oldies".
A framed portrait of
Harry Standfast will be presented to the Standfast Club at the
function. As usual,
partners are most welcome.
If you haven't already replied to the
email sent out , please
Correspondence from Members
Listed below is some of the correspondence
received since the last Newsletter.
These emails are reproduced here for
entertainment and also to keep members
informed of other members movements, etc.
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:- Ross Williamson
To:- Peter Morton
Subject:- Christmas Drinks
I broke a tooth yesterday and got a temporary crown
fitted today and my teeth are very sensitive to hot and
I am also quite knocked around from the operation.
Please pass on my apologies.
Also be aware I was made redundant from the Qld Public
Service but have been successful in getting a position
with the WA public service doing the same job with
transport over there and start on 3 January.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Subject:- Re Christmas Drinks
Just a quick to say thanks to you
and the QURA for your support this year.
Unfortunately, I cannot make your Christmas
drinks this year to thank you personally. But
the close support and inclusive nature of the
QURA with current members can only bolster the
strength of our tradition. Units that have
strong historical links tend to also have a
strong sense of purpose. All the best to
everyone for a safe Christmas. I am posted out
at the end of the year with my replacement being
Major Luke Hughes who was recently posted to QUR
prior to completing staff college.
Queensland University Regiment
Subject:- Re Christmas Drinks
I will NOT be attending the 2012 QURA Christmas
Drinks, as I am preparing to teach Army
Pre-Command at Canungra. This is my last course
in the ARA, as I retire on
20 Jan 13.
Subject:- Re Christmas Drinks
I will NOT be attending the 2012 QURA Christmas Drinks.
Greetings from a very hot Melbourne today, hope the
function goes well and best wishes for Christmas and the
New Year to you and all QURA members. It's great to see
the Unit going from strength to strength as an integral
component of the ADF. I retired recently after a lengthy
innings at BHP Billiton and now doing my own thing as
per below - busy but not too busy!
Subject:- Re Christmas Drinks
Just quickly scanned the November Newsletter and very
saddened to hear of Mal's passing. A really top bloke!
Let me take the opportunity to submit my apologies for the
2012 Christmas Drinks. No surprises that I would be an
apology given that I haven't been to Brisbane for around 10
years. I suspect I will be in Huế at this time.
Cheers from DC.
Arlington Va. USA
Subject:- Re Harry Standfast
Thank you for the condolences. He died very quickly
on his own chair, the very way he would have wanted
to go. It probably was a heart attack or heart
failure. He was very tired.
John Pearn rang and he said he was
coming, so that will be a good representation!!
All the best for your surgery. I hope
you have a very good recovery.
Subject:- Re Harry Standfast
Many thanks. I’ll be at the funeral.
Harry was a good friend also in his pre-QUR days when he was in
the RAAMC and OC of 4 Preventive Medicine Company at the
Water Street Medical Depot when I was training Major
Sympathy to all our colleagues and esteem to the memory of a fine
soldier and a gracious person.
Subject:- Re Harry Standfast
Garry Collins and
Gen Pearn was there
in uniform and represented QUR as Hon Col.
Former CO Tim was
In uniform was a
major and WO2 from QUR , for the CO.
Harry was an
outstanding man and so was the celebration of his life.
Subject:- Re Vale Harry
That is sad news...Harry
was associated, in one way or another, with both of my
periods in QUR. I have fond memories of him.
CC:- Peter Morton
Subject:- QUR Dining in Night
Maj Scott Sheppard
PMC QUR Officers Mess
Thank you for the invitation to the Dinner last night.
The new Enoggera mess is impressive (but impersonal)
and the meal and service were superb, however, I would
like to reiterate some of the comments I made to you
personally last night. These are my comments and I have
not discussed them with the president of QURA.
It is appreciated the difficulties you had with the QUR
mess renovation time-frame, relocation, and financial
restrictions and I am obviously not aware of other
factors that may have influenced the conduct of the
I have been attending the Dining-in nights for over 50
years (since I was commissioned in QUR in 1958) and
accept that change is inevitable but the attendance last
night from members of QURA was very disappointing. I
think only one of the previous COs was in attendance and
none of the Honorary Colonels. The hand-full of QURA
members who attended were of the same opinion as to the
reasons for this, so could I offer some suggestions for
Venue: Previous Dinners have been at Cromwell College
with a return to our familiar QUR Officers Mess
afterwards. Past officers are comfortable with this and
it reinforces our contact with UQ.
Timing: In the past it has normally been in May (usually
the day before mothers Day).
Format: In the past it has been Officers only. Last
night was more of a social gathering with partners.
Thanking partners would be more appropriate at a social
function with serving officers.
Invitations: In the past, they have usually been
personalised and received in sufficient time.
Function: I think it is important to retain some of the
traditional formal ceremonial format that past officers
are familiar with. Eg the role of Mr Vice, passing the
port right to left, Menus with past COs and Honorary
Colonels listed etc.
We have always looked forward to this function to catch
up with past officers as well as hearing the “State of
the Unit” report and have been welcomed by serving
Officers. It is also an opportunity for past Officers to
wear Mess kit (if they can still get into it).
These are my constructive comments for what they are
I assume there will be an account (TBC) forwarded so
that I can pay for the function.
AM, RFD, ED.(ret)
RE: BTR 2013 - Tuesday 26 February 2013 -
Hey Trev, et al.,
Tuesday, really? They are busting my chops, honestly.
It's lucky I'm working for a Brisbane-based company,
now; I might be able to incorporate a visit to head
office on the same day, to justify the trip down from
BTW we (the lad and I) survived another flood - only a
fast-flowing gully down the backyard and some water
backing up the stormwater drains, down the street. Some
tense hours, awaiting the peak on Monday night. The MUD
that is home to 216 Squadron(AAFC) - and D Coy 9RQR, of
course - did not fare as well, though. We were supposed
to begin parading last Thursday, not sure if we'll even
be able to start next week, the way things are going.
No promises, yet, but I'll do my best to get to the BTR
- missing the Standfast Club so much, I have a picture
of it as my desktop theme. Yes, sad, I know!
From:- Bruce Davis
To:- Trevor Luttrell
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From:- Anonymous Source
To:- Peter Morton
QURA Members and
It's unfortunate that I am not able to be at
either Lou Szegedi's funeral or the BTR
function. Core reason is that I'll be on a
cruise to NZ.
In organising that trip I stumbled across a
benefit which would be of value to other QURA
members who go cruising with Princess Cruises.
That cruise line offers an On Board Credit to
current and former members of the Defence Forces
of Australia and of New Zealand. The value is
on a sliding scale depending on the length of
the cruise. The maximum is for cruises of 14
days or more. According to the web site, the
value then is $250 though I have been given a
credit of $275.
Applications need to be made not later than 14
days prior to sailing date to an email address
given on the web site under the heading
"Military Benefit". Supporting documentation is
required but beyond the documents listed they
seem to be fairly flexible about just what is
provided. They have a standard of seven days
for processing though I got a positive answer in
less than 24 hours.
Not a Prince's Ransom but, as someone commented
to me, enough for a couple of special dinners or
a few bottles of wine on board!
From:- Ian Rogers
To:- Peter Morton
QURA AGM and Dinner
Its been a long time and I
have no good excuse for not keeping in touch
other than the usual reasons of family, job,
other interests etc. Anyhow the reason you
probably won’t see me at a function is that
I have moved permanently to the farm at
Captains Mountain which is on the
Goondiwindi side of Millmerran. My last
professional job which I left in January
2011 was as Manager Network Planning for
Australia Post in Queensland. Prior to this
I was State IT Manager for Australia Post
for 10 years but escaped from that just
I enjoyed my time in QUR and
the ARES in general but have never been back
since I finished as CO of RURQ in January
1994. Bruce Davis and I did the Senior
Course together and of course I remember
well you, Col Ahern, Trevor Luttrell and too
many others to name. I have always enjoyed
reading the QURA Newsletters and look
forward to continuing to do so. I am also
still happily married to Sheryle who also
served for a time in QUR and my oldest boy,
Matthew, is in 4th year
biomedical science at UQ.
Wishing you and QURA well
From:- Ian Crellin
To:- Peter Morton
Something for the Newsletter
I heard from the medical mafia
that COL Peter Sharwood is retiring having
reached the age of 65. Peter and I were the
last two serving members with a 147 Regimental
With Peter retiring, I am now the
last member standing with a 147 number. I am on
an age extension to 66 and will retire in mid
2013 just short of 49 years service.
I still work 130 days per year
and have done five periods of CFTS over the last
20 years. Currently, I am working as a staff
officer for MAJGEN Brereton, who is the
tri-service Reserve advisor to the CDF.
I have also worked as Staff
Officer in the Office of the Chief of Army on
CFTS. Its been an interesting life.
147509 Major Ian Crellin RFD
SO2 Reserve Policy
Cadet, Reserves and Employer
Canberra ACT 2600
From:- Trevor Luttrell
To:- Peter Morton
Your Groan Break
The Grim Reaper came for me last
night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner.
Talk about Dyson with death.
A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted
to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned
he could stop any time....
I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers
on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4
grave diggers walking about with a coffin, 3 hours
later and they're still walking about with it. I
thought to myself, they've lost the plot!!
My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her
birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they
were $70!!! Blow this, I thought, I can get one
cheaper off the web.
I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady
asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her
I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it
was a good Korea move.
I was driving this morning when I saw a parked
Automobile Club van. The driver was sobbing
uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought
to myself that guy's heading for a breakdown.
Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not Happy.
My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this
morning, can you believe that, 2:30am?! Luckily for
him I was still up playing my bagpipes.
Paddy says "Mick, I'm thinking of buying a
Labrador." Bugger that" says Mick "have you seen how
many of their owners go blind?"
I saw a poor old lady fall over today on the ice!!
At least I presume she was poor - she only had $1.20
in her purse.
My girlfriend thinks that I'm a stalker. Well, she's
not exactly my girlfriend yet.
A wife says to her husband you're always pushing me
around and talking behind my back. He says what do
you expect? You're in a wheelchair.
I was explaining to my wife last night that when you
die you get reincarnated but must come back as a
different creature. She said I would like to come
back as a cow. I said you're obviously not
The wife has been missing a week now. Police said to
prepare for the worst. So I have been to the charity
shop to get all her clothes back.
Two Muslims have crashed a speedboat into the Thames
barrier in London. Police think it might be the
start of Ram-a-dam.
Sat opposite an Indian lady on the train today, she
shut her eyes and stopped breathing. I thought she
was dead, until I saw the red spot on her forehead
and realised she was just on standby.
The wife was counting all the coins from her purse
out on the kitchen table when she suddenly got very
angry and started shouting and crying for no reason.
I thought to myself, "She's going through the
When I was in the pub I heard a couple of plonkas
saying that they wouldn't feel safe on an aircraft
if they knew the pilot was a woman. What a pair of
sexists. I mean, it's not as if she'd have to
reverse the bloody thing!
Local Police hunting the 'knitting needle nutter',
who has stabbed six people in the arse in the last
48 hours, believe the attacker could be following
some kind of pattern.
Bought some 'rocket salad' yesterday but it went off
before I could eat it!
A teddy bear is working on a building site. He goes
for a tea break and when he returns he notices his
pick has been stolen. The bear is angry and reports
the theft to the foreman. The foreman grins at the
bear and says "Oh, I forgot to tell you, today's the
day the teddy bears have their pick nicked."
Murphy says to Paddy, "What ya talkin to an envelope
for?" "I'm sending a voicemail ya thick sod!"
Just got back from my mate's funeral. He died after
being hit on the head with a tennis ball. It was a
19 paddies go to the cinema, the ticket lady asks
"Why so many of you?" Mick replies, "The film said
18 or over."
An Asian fellow has moved in next door. He has
travelled the world, swum with sharks, wrestled
bears and climbed the highest mountain. It came as
no surprise to learn his name was Bindair Dundat.
Subject: Re: BJ Price Art
Thanks for the update. It is
great to hear of your adventures into the world of art.
What you are doing by keeping
us in the know is basically what the Association is designed
to do....... maintaining contact with our family.
I would enjoy your informing
us when your new work is release for public viewing so we
can follow your successes.
"BJ Price" wrote:
several years since I last wrote to you so I thought I’d
take the opportunity to let you know the latest.
well recall that my wholesale nursery Price’s
Palm Plantation took
an almighty hiding from cyclone Larry back in March 2006.
kindly aided us with monetary and moral support as we
gradually recovered and rebuilt the business.
luck would have it Cyclone Yasi thought it would clean up
what little Larry had left…..which it did.
have thought that primary production would be such a tough
Nonetheless every dual nuclear blast has a glow in the dark
lining……that lasts for years!!
still own and operate the Plantation I have unexpectedly
taken up a new role, that of artist.
person who had never picked up a paint brush, except for
household chores, this was most unlooked for.
experienced what could only be called an artistic epiphany
whilst scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
So I went
home, built a small studio and started painting what I saw,
in oils on canvas.
chance a fellow, who is an architect/sculptor came by my
studio and declared “You need to show this work in New
that he was right.
In fact, I
had my first Exhibition in New
York City last
September that was a great success.
So much so
that I’ve another much bigger Exhibition planned with a
major Gallery in Hollywood later this year.
I met the
billionaire owner when my wife and I stopped over in LA for
the meeting following the NYC Show.
He told me
of his plans to bring the best art in the world to LA and
that he wanted ten large pieces from me for this very
can’t show those works at the present because they’re under
wraps, however I’ve just finished my latest collection
entitled Blood in the Water which
you can view at
I’m not sure if there are many contemporary
abstract art lovers in the ranks of the QURA.
thought they may be interested to see how life can have some
delightfully unexpected changes along the way.
lots of other interesting things stirring at the moment so I
will keep you updated with my artistic adventures from time
Soldiers may fight as they
please; the ultimate decision is in the hand of
Ivan Stanislavovich Bloch
What a perversion of morality
to wish to abolish heroism among men!
Heinrich von Treitschke
The military value of a
partisan’s work is not measured by the amount of
property destroyed, or the number of men killed
or captured, but by the number he keeps
John Singleton Mosby
An armed, disciplined body
is, in its essence, dangerous to liberty.
Undisciplined, it is ruinous to society.
Speech on the army estimates,
1790, Edmund Burke 1729-1797
When an officer comes on
parade, every man in the barrack square should
tremble in his boots.
Frederick the Great 1712-1786
Allow soldiers to marry and
they will no longer desert. Bound to their
families they will also be bound to their
Voltaire (Francois Marie
It was the only war I
reported on the wrong side.
Martha Gellborn, The Face of
War, 1986 (Vietnam)
“You know”, Colonel Summers
told a North Vietnamese colonel after the war,
“you never defeated us on the battlefield.” To
which his Communist counterpart replied, “That
may be so, but it is also irrelevant.”
Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A
It was Nelson’s maxim, that,
to negotiate with effect, force should be at
hand, and in a situation to act.
Robert Southey, Life of
Things to Think About
The less a government costs, the more it’s
If a government is getting up your nose, then
The bore is the one who insists on talking about
himself when you want to talk about yourself.
“Hey waiter this coffee tastes like mud.” “Well
it was ground just a half hour ago.
Every morning I have coffee with two lumps; my
wife and her mother.
We are the people our parents warned us about.
Pop remembers the times when beer was threepence
Marriage is one business that usually has a
Never leave a turn unstoned.
Obesity - surplus gone to waist.
Lactic – a grandfather clock which does not
He suffers from alcoholic rheumatism. He gets
stiff in most joints.
The seventh commandment is thou shall not admit
Why are there flotation
devices under eats in airplanes instead of
Why don’t they make the whole
plane out of that black box stuff?
Whoever said money can’t buy
happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.
Would you have to quit your job
at the orange juice factory if you couldn’t
concentrate any more?
You don’t stop laughing because
you grow old; you grow old because you stop
With everything you read about
spray cans and the ozone layer it’s a wonder it
doesn’t scareosol to death.
Would an inebriated man who took
a dip in a Scotland tourist spot (where there is a
law that says you can’t be intoxicated while
swimming in the lock) be charged with public drunk
Old salesmen never die; they just
go out of commission.
You know you’re getting old when
the candles cost more than the cake.
Old mediums never die; they just
give up the ghost.
You know you’re reading a boring
book when the covers are too far apart.
If you want a pretty nurse,
you’ve got to be patient.
There is but one way for a
newspaperman to look at a politician and that is
Frank H Simonds 1878-1936
An honest politician is one who
when he is bought will stay bought.
Simon Cameron 1799-1889
College Professor – One who talks
in other people’s sleep.
A verbal contract isn’t worth the
paper it’s written on.
A career is a job that has gone
on too long.
Advertising is the art of making
whole lies out of half truths.
Edgar A Shoaff
Nothing so needs reforming as
other people’s habits.
A man is a critic when he cannot
be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an
informer when he cannot be a soldier.
Art is about making something out
of nothing and selling it.
Biography lends to death a new
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
The question isn’t at what age I
want to retire, it’s at what income.
FUNCTIONS - 2013
Back to the Regiment
Tuesday 26 February 2013 - QUR hosted Function (Walcott St)
25 April 2013 - 0615Hrs
party only at Sylvan Rd, Toowong
- no after service breakfast at QUR)
Ranks Buffet Dinner
Celebration of QUR 65th Birthday -
partners - QUR Parade Ground - Early May date to be
Officers/SNCO Regimental Dinner
Timing to be advised
2nd half of year)
Friday 6 September 2013 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
Christmas Function Thursday 12 December 2013 -
1730Hrs (Victory Hotel)
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