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Is has been a sad time
recently with the news of the passing of LTCOL Larry Loveday and WO1 Alf
Handley. Larry was one of the first recruits into QUR and supported
the Association ever since it was established. Although very ill,
Larry attended the AGM at the United Service Club in September. Larry
left his body to science. Alf Handley served in QUR as a regular army
RSM. Following his time in the Regiment, Alf kept a close association
with the Regiment. He was a strong supporter of the Association and
his trademark friendly smile will be remembered by all who knew him.
Alf's funeral service was held at Caloundra and was attended by a large
number of his former Army friends including a number of QURA members.
The Annual General Meeting and Dinner was conducted in early September at
the United Service Club and it was well supported by attending members.
Pictures from the evening are displayed in this newsletter. Some of
the reports presented during the evening are attached to this newsletter.
A topic of discussion at the AGM was what members saw as “the future” of the
Association. It was decided to conduct a survey of members to gain the
views of members. The survey will be sent to all and I would encourage
you to give it your consideration and return the completed form.
The annual Christmas reunion will be held Thursday 11 December 2014 at the
Normanby Hotel. The Committee decided to move it to the Normanby as the
previous venue as far too noisy and busy to enjoy catching up with old
friends. The Normanby has on site parking. Should you wish to travel by
public transport there is a bus stop directly opposite the Hotel. The
destination is one stop from Roma Street bus/ train transfer interchange
station and there is a very regular service past the station. The
Association will provide some light finger foods whilst drinks are at
member’s expense. The hotel has been fully refurnished and will be a great
setting for a great reunion. Why not drop in for a short time?
The end of this year marks the time for the change of Commanding Officers.
On behalf of the Association I would like to sincerely thank Mark Armstrong
for his stewardship of the Regiment during his period of command. The
workload on the Commanding Officer is huge and this requires an extreme
dedication and commitment from the CO. Mark has to be congratulated
and we wish him well in his future service in the ARES. Mark’s replacement,
Richard Peace, is welcomed to the Regiment. Richard’s bio can be seen
in the August newsletter.
The Association is continuing the work on the upgrading of the recorded
history of the Regiment. It is a huge task. All photographs and
documents not published in the previous written history are being
electronically recorded and sorted into groups of the time period of the
Commanding Officer. It has been decided that the new history document
will not be published in book form but will be available on CD. Now is
the time to assist us produce a complete history. We are still looking
for photos and documents for any period of the Regimental history.
Whilst recording the modern era we will add all items of any historical
interest. We will welcome short stories written by members reflecting
on their time in the Regiment. It can simply be a short few sentences.
To protect the innocent you do not have to have your name attached to the
contributions. We are just very keen to get views and stories from the
past. Please contact me on mobile 0437 442 964 if you can assist us
with any items for our history. We will be grateful to receive any
photos or documents and will return them to you following the scanning
process. I will arrange for a pick up of photos and documents should
you make them available to us. I emphasise that we are interested in
items from any time since the birth of the Regiment. I look forward to
having a huge problem with the storage of so many historical items.
I would extend to the Commanding Officer and all ranks of the Regiment
thanks for their 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 that the Regiment does to support us.
To all members I wish you the best for the forthcoming festive season. I
wish you safe travel and all the happiness of family and friends getting
together during this time.
CO's Report November 2014
with mixed feelings that I present my final update as CO QUR
for the QURA newsletter.
This year has been busy and productive for the whole Regt.
Some of the highlights are:
The outstanding performance of our OCDT on the national
Training Blocks including several Student of Merit
winners and a Sword of Honour award.
The successful piloting of the All Corps Captains Course
Module 2 and the All Corps Majors Course Modules 1 and
The successful conduct of an additional Combat Arms
Module and RAINF Module 2 in order to support 13 Brigade
The upgrade of the Brigade Induction Cell into a Company
Structure and the improvements in trainee throughput,
management and wastage.
The rapid formation of the Brigade Recruiting Cell.
The support provided by Admin Coy and the trade skills
focus championed by the Coy staff.
The good results achieved during the Army Compliance
Assurance Agency comprehensive audit.
QUR has eight staff who have deployed, or are preparing
to deploy, on OP SOVEREIGN BORDERS. I wish these members
well and hope for a safe return.
The key social
and ceremonial activities conducted by the Regiment this
The Regimental Officers and Sergeants Mess Dining-in
night held in October was a wonderful success with over
60 Regimental staff and QURA members in attendance.
ranks dinner held in the Area Theatre at Gallipoli
Barracks during May was attended by over 100 people;
including the new COL COMDT, MAJGEN Fairweather.
saw a very well attended service at Toowong followed by
a small function at St Lucia.
A number of QUR officer are retiring after long and
Two QUR officers will be promoted to LTCOL:
MAJ Al Hockings was selected to attend Australian Command
and Staff College (Reserve).
Two of our key ARA staff are being posted. Even though they
have each only been posted to QUR for a year they have made
a significant impact through their effort and diligence:
For all other staff I thank you for your effort and you
should be proud of your contribution. COMD 11 BDE describes
QUR as one of the two most important Units in 11 BDE. We
earned this accolade through the importance of our mission
and our reliable delivery of key results.
2015 will present a number of new challenges for QUR but I
am confident that the Regiment is well placed to meet them.
I am very happy to be handing over to an officer the caliber
and experience of LTCOL Richard Peace. I wish him well in
his new role.
I have been posted to a staff role in Headquarters 2nd
Division (SO1 Development/Trade Policy) were I will continue
to be involved in the development and conduct of individual
I would like to thank BRIG Luttrell and the members of the
QURA for your support, to both the Regiment and me
personally, during my tenure.
In conclusion, I would like to wish all the members of QUR
and the QURA a safe and enjoyable festive season.
Scientia ac Labore
Queensland University Regiment
2014 AGM - REPORT
BRIG R.I. Harrison MBE RFD ED (RL) 1983-1988
LTCOL W. Hazard RFD ED (RL) 1988-1991
CAPT N. Heather (RL) 1991-1994
LTCOL G. Collins RFD (RL) 1994-1996
COL G.P. Chandler RFD 1996-1999
MAJ P.E. Smith 1999-2002
CAPT J. Warrington 2002-2003
BRIG T.N. Luttrell RFD (RL) 2003-2014
ROAST PUMPKIN SOUP, CHIVE, SWEET
OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN SUPREME
SUN DRIED TOMATO AND FETA FRITTER
TARRAGON CREAM SAUCE
BUTTERED BABY CARROTS
STICKY DATE PUDDING
VANILLA ICE CREAM
COFFEE TEA/ CLUB CHOCOLATES
MCPHERSON SPARKLING (VICTORIA)
MCPHERSON SAUVIGNON BLANC
MCPHERSON SHIRAZ (VICTORIA)
Minutes - 2013
President opened meeting at 1930 hours. Welcome
to all attendees. Note that on 8 September 1983
the inaugural meeting of QURA. (30 years) Sam
Harrison was the first President. Several other
members attending were present at that meeting.
President welcomed all attending. 26 members
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Armstrong, Commanding
list of attendees is attached to these minutes.
list at end of these minutes.
Minutes of previous AGM was tabled as per
Seconded: Garry Collins
President presented his report. Reference was
made to the newsletter updates already published
on the web.
a. David Ross and Peter Morton with the website
b. The President expressed congratulations
to the CO and his team for the successes in the
assessment of the graduates at RMC.
e. Historical Preservation.
Continuing to be collected. The main focus for
the year was the historical preservation of
items of interest.
f. Thanks to all the executive members for work.
g. Peter Sharwood expressed his congratulation to
the Executive Management Committee for their
work throughout the year.
Moved: Peter Sharwood
Seconded: Garry Collins
Tabled as per booklet
Seconded: Peter Morton
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.
Seconded: Michael Bond
QURA – Management of Items of Historical
President informed members of the plans to
continue the collection and recording of items
of historical interest.
b. The formation of the QURA Trust still in
c. As the collection of items of historical
interest are transferred to electronic form they
will be inserted into the electronic copy of the
history. (The original history edited by Paul
Smith). There are no plans to publish the
history in book form.
d. The following members have volunteered to
work on a Historical Sub Committee – Ian Bunce,
Garry Collins, Brian Venz, Colin Ahern, Trevor
Luttrell, Ray Janowicz from QUR (CO’s
e. Negotiations are continuing to transfer
the Max Kenny Memorial Trust to QURA. Funds to
purchase copies of the “Fighting Ninth” by
Clarrie Wrench from 9 Bn Association will be
available from the Trust. The books to be used
as the presentations which QURA award to the
highest performers in the graduation class from
RMC. The awards to be known as the QURA Max
Kenny Memorial Prize.
f. An enquiry from QUR to financially
support the provision of fitness (gym) equipment
was not supported by QURA.
g. Members were encouraged to provide
personal details to replace the lost information
from the QURA database.
COMMANDING OFFICER PRESENTATION
Commanding Officer presented “The Current Status
of the Regiment.” QUR are in a period of
high change. This change increases the training
responsibilities of QUR. In accordance with this
increase in work the Regiment was increasing in
establishment numbers. QUR was continuing to
achieve high results in examinations in the
modules for the 1st Appointment. The President
congratulated the CO and his team for the
achievements of the staff.
QUR and QURA HISTORY QUIZ
there was no guest speaker members were given a
50 question history quiz about QUR and QURA.
Members enjoyed the challenge.
Meeting closed at 2130 hours.
Mark Armstrong, Wayne Barclay, Craig Blanch, Michael
Bond, Garry Collins, Elona Drain, Steve Golding,
John Hammond, Rod Hardaker, Sam Harrison, Viv Hawke,
Neil Heather, Luke Hughes, Bruce Maughan, Dick
Melville, Peter Morton, Terry O'Dwyer, Dick Palk,
Davis Ross, Peter Sharwood, Brad Shillig, Stan
Tradwell, Kerry Tscherepko
1 July 2013 - 30 June 2014
Balance 1 July 2013
AGM (some in previous
Retail Sales 135.00 40.00
Donations General 120.00 20.00
TOTAL 3955.08 3180.14
to the Regiment 159.46
(Postage, Incorporated Fees) 221.15
Retail Sales 170.00
Donation (QUR in Fun Run) Nil
Donation Qld Cancer Fund
(in lieu flowers Mal
Standfast Portrait 176.60
Surplus /Deficit 92.47
Balance 1 July 2013 1160.04
Balance 30 June 2014
Balance in Bank 30 June 2014
Outstanding Deposits Nil
Balance 1 July 2013
Not Included in Accumulated Funds Above
(not included in Accumulated Funds above)
2375.00 (add cufflinks)
2880.00 (add large metal badges)
Presentations of stock during year
Presentation prizes brought to charge
Queensland University Regiment Association
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Vale Alf Handley
QURA member and former
RSM QUR, Alf Handley, passed away on Friday 10th October 2014
following a tragic pedestrian accident at Alexandra
Headlands on the Sunshine Coast.
Alf is survived by wife Barbara, sons Geoff and Barry
and daughter Peta. More than 400 friends and
service comrades (including a number of QURA members)
attended the funeral service on Monday 20th at
to view the article that appeared in the Sunshine Coast
Daily on 13th October 2014.
2014 AGM/Dinner -
Neil Heather, Larry Loveday, Sam Harrison
and John Hammond having a chat prior to the
|CO QUR LTCOL Mark Armstrong (centre)
introducing incoming CO QUR LTCOL Richard Peace
(left) to Dave Woodrow.
||Kerry Tscherepcho (left) sharing a
pre-dinner drink with David Ross and Craig
|Elona Drain and Baz Weller talking
over pre-dinner drinks.
||Ruth Kassulke (centre) doing her best
to keep Bill Beach (left upright while Wayne
Barclay poses for the camera.
|Toni Clews (right) making sure she
get in the picture with CO QUR LTCOL Mark
Armstrong while Wayne Barclay is too engaged
in conversation to smile for the camera.
||Sam Harrison (left) chatting with
John Pearn while waiting for the main
|Ian Bunce (left) and Dave Woodrow
looking quite pleased with the soup entree.
||Peter Morton (left), David Ross and
Bruce Davis trying to make sense of the
instructions left by President Trevor
Luttrell who was unable to attend the AGM
due to illness. David Ross made a
great stand-in for the night.
|Secretary/Treasurer QURA Bruce Davis
looking quite smug with San-Joe Tan.
||2IC QUR MAJ Ian McNab (now promoted
LTCOL) giving incoming CO QUR LTCOL Richard
Peace the low down on his new unit.
|Neil Heather (left) at dinner with
Larry Loveday and Barry Weller. Sadly,
Larry passed away only a few weeks after the
dinner on 13th October.
QURA Executive congratulations
Andrew Luttrell on his appointment to the National
Native Title Tribunal. Below is an extract
from a media release by Senator the Hon George
Brandis QC, Attorney-General for Australia.
Appointment to the National
Native Title Tribunal
16 October 2014
I am today announcing
the appointment of Andrew Luttrell as Native Title
Registrar at the National Native Title Tribunal.
Mr Luttrell replaces
Ms Stephanie Fryer-Smith, whose term ends on 19 October.
He has significant experience in native title,
government and administration and will bring expertise
to the statutory responsibilities of the Registrar which
facilitates timely and effective outcomes for the native
title system, including the efficient functioning of the
future acts regime.
Mr Luttrell has 25
years professional experience across public
administration, State land rights legislation, cultural
heritage, land administration and land management
including native title.
Mr Luttrell holds
degrees in Economics, Arts (Public Administration) and
Laws from the University of Queensland, a Graduate
Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University
of Technology and an Australia and New Zealand School of
Management Executive Masters in Public Administration
from Griffith University. He is admitted to the Supreme
Court of Queensland and the Commonwealth Courts.
Previously Mr Luttrell
was the Director, Policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Land Services within the Queensland Department
of Natural Resources and Mines with responsibility for
providing advice and developing policy on Queensland
land rights legislation and the Queensland Government's
compliance with the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993.
He was a serving logistic officer in the Army Reserve
from 1985 to 2003.
I congratulate Mr
Luttrell on his appointment which commences on 3
November 2014, and thank Ms Fryer-Smith for her six
years of service in the role.
QUR Association 2014 Christmas Party
is pleased to invite you
and partner to the
QURA Christmas Party
for the QUR
Association will be held at the Normanby Hotel, 1 Musgrave Rd, Red
Fiveways), Brisbane on the evening of
from 1700 in the
the Normanby Bus
Station which is
just 1 stop from
the Roma Street
The Normanby has
been chosen as a
due to the noise
QURA will be
drinks from the
If you know of any former members of QUR that have been part of
QURA or might like to join, please invite them along.
Come along and
Napoleon did not move at all. He just moved
forward in the old style, and was driven off in
the old style.
Duke of Wellington 1815
A Tank is walking up the High Street of Flers
with the British Army cheering behind.
aviators message 15 September 1916 following the
first use of tanks.
Six million young men lie in premature graves,
and four old men sit in Paris partitioning the
Newspaper article, The Versailles Peace
Nothing is more dangerous in war time than to
live in the temperamental atmosphere of a Gallup
poll, always feeling one’s pulse and taking
Winston Churchill 30 September 1941
responsibility of the great states is to serve
and not to dominate the world.
Harry Truman 16 April 1945
It (the first V2 rocket to fall on London in
September 1944) was very successful, but it fell
on the wrong planet.
Wernher von Braun
We are in the wrong place, fighting the wrong
Senator Mike Mansfield, in Congress, March 1968
It is a wicked prayer to ask to have someone to
hate of to fear, so that he may be someone to
Augustine of Hippo, 354-430
Things to Think About
Life is a play. And it’s
not it’s the length but it’s the performance that
If at first you don’t
It at first you do succeed,
don’t take any more chances.
A consultant is simply a
professional who can’t find a job of his own.
Diets are for women who are
thick and tired of it.
She was only a cab driver’s
daughter, but you sure auto meter.
She was only the horse trainer’s daughter, but all the
I told my wife she didn’t
have a sense of humour. “ I married you didn’t I?” she
An atheist is a man without
any invisible means of support.
A shotgun wedding is a case
of wife or death.
My uncle had his tongue
shot off during the Vietnam War, but he does not talk
A little boy said his
ambition was to drive a tank. His father said: “Well I
wont stand in your way.”
The sergeant- major growled
at the young soldier: “I didn’t see you at camouflage
training this morning.” “Thank you very much, sir.”
An Army general and a Navy
admiral were sitting in a barber’s shop. Both were
coming to the end of their shaves when the two barbers
reached for some after-shave to slap on their customer’s
faces. The admiral shouted: “Don’t put that stuff on me!
My wife will think I’ve been in a whorehouse!”
The general turned to the
barber and said; “You can put it on me. My wife doesn’t
know what the inside of a whorehouse smells like.”
My grandfather was in the
very first submarine. Instead of a periscope, they had a
kaleidoscope. He screamed: “we’re surrounded.”
What does the “D” in D-Day stand for?
6 June 1944, 156,000 Allied soldiers headed to
the shores of France (most famously, in
Normandy), as part of Operation Overlord, the
code name for the entire Allied invasion of
north-west Europe. Not all of the soldiers
landed on the beaches on June 6, but that day
became known as D-Day, the beginning of the
pivotal Battle of Normandy.
The D-Day museum
in Portsmouth has an explanation on it’s
website. It says: ‘When
a military operation is being planned, its
actual date and time is not always known
exactly. The term D-Day was therefore used to
mean the date on which operations would begin,
whenever that was to be. The day before D-Day
was known as “D-1”, while the day after was
“D+1”, and so on. This meant that if the
projected date of an operation changed, all the
dates in the plan did not need to be changed.
This actually happened in the case of the
Normandy landings. D-Day in Normandy was
originally intended to be on 5 June 1944, but at
the last minute bad weather delayed it until the
following day. The armed forces also used the
expression “H-Hour” for the time during the day
at which operations were to begin.”
Both the US and British military have the same
designations for ‘D’ and ‘H’ in military
planning. We haven’t been able to find its first
use in England, but in the United States it
dates back at least to World War 1. According to
the US Army Center of Military History:
“The earliest use of these terms by the US Army
that the Military History has been able to find
was during World War 1. In Field Order Number 9,
First Army, American Expeditionary Forces, dated
7 September 1918: “The First Army will attack at
H-Hour on D-Day with the object of forcing the
evacuation of the St Mihiel Salient”
(reproduced from the Readers Digest book
“Imponderables” by David Feldman.)
feel sorry for people who don’t drink, because
when they get up in the morning, they’re not
going to feel any better all day.
Conscience is a mother in law whose visit never
is hard to look up to a leader who keeps his ear
to the ground.
James H. Boren
Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.
Truth is shorter than fiction.
only aversion to vice is the price.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering
1769 – 1821
Which is it, is man one of God’s blunders or is
God one of man’s?
Nietzshe 1844 - 1900
may have my faults, but being wrong ain’t one of
best revenge is to live long enough to be a
problem to your children.
In my many years I have come to a conclusion
that one useless man is a shame,
two is a law firm and three or more is a
If you don't read the newspaper you are
if you do read the newspaper you are
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself
into prosperity is like a man standing in a
bucket and trying to lift himself up by the
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can
always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of
money from poor people in rich countries to rich
people in poor countries.
Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at
Giving money and power to government is like
giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
Government is the great fiction, through which
everybody endeavors to live at the expense of
Frederic Bastiat, French economist(1801-1850)
I don't make jokes.
I just watch the government and report the
If you think health care is expensive now, wait
until you see what it costs when it's free!
In general, the art of government consists of
taking as much money as possible from one party
of the citizens to give to the other.
Just because you do not take an interest in
politics doesn't mean politics won't take an
interest in you!
Pericles (430 B.C.)
No man's life, liberty, or property is safe
while the legislature is in session.
Mark Twain (1866)
Talk is cheap...except when government does it.
The government is like a baby's alimentary
canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other.
The only difference between a tax man and a
taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the
What this country needs are more unemployed
Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
A government big enough to give you everything
you want, is strong enough to take everything
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.
Email received in response to card
sent to Judith Loveday by QURA
To:- Trevor Luttrell
Thank you for your thoughts. Larry was very proud of the
friendship and duties with his Army mates.
To:- Trevor Luttrell
I would very much like to be able to attend Alf's
funeral but unfortunately I have to work - assessed
student presentations are programmed.
Col, please pass on my condolences to Barbara. Their
daughter attended Ferny Grove High School when I
From:- Rob Van Dyk
To:- Trevor Luttrell
That is indeed sad news. I did not know LTCOL
Loveday but I honour his memory as one of the first
I remember WO1 Alf Handley with great respect and
affection. He was a big man both in stature and in
heart and provided great support and mentoring to
QUR members. In particular, he had a great gift for
putting people at ease, with his friendly (almost
big brotherly) approach and huge handshake.
A great loss.
Due to being on duty at AHQ in Canberra, I will be
unable to attend the funeral but would you be so
kind as to pass on my sincere condolences to his
Thanks and regards,
Rob Van Dyk
From:- Bill Beach
To:- Trevor Luttrell
I really liked Alf H. Good man.
Regards Bill Beach
From:- Beryl McGreevy
To:- Trevor Luttrell
I am unable to attend because of a work commitment
that I can’t get out of and Kerry is in the same
boat. Would you please pass on our sympathies to
Barb and family.
To:- Peter Morton
Subject: Re passing of Max Mules
Thanks for the email on the August newsletter. I
was particularly pleased to see the photo of the
1965 Officers Mess, the year in which I
You may be aware that the Adjutant in that
photo, Max Mules, recently passed away. His
funeral was held in Canberra in late July. His
son is an ARes Major who is still serving in
ASSG (ACT) and isalso a civilian officer in the
Department of Defence. We sometimes exchanged
stories about the confusion arising from his
father’s deafness which became progressively
worse as he aged.
You may also be interested to note that with my
retirement last year after nearly 50 years of
service, the last active 147 Regimental Number
disappeared from the Army rolls, Peter Sharwood
was the second last. We both enlisted in 1965
and are now both on the Retired List.
Best wishes to all
Ian Crellin MAJ (Retd)
From:- Bruce Davis
To:- Trevor Luttrell
Both wonderful human beings.
From:- Paul Deighton
To:- Trevor Luttrell, Peter Morton
Subject:- Australian War Memorial Last
Dear Trevor and Peter,
I thought association members might be interested in
learning about the Last Post ceremony that now occurs
daily at the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra.
This ceremony was instigated by the memorial Director,
Dr Brendon Nelson, last year following on from his
attendance at the Menin Gate ceremony in Belgium over 80
times while he was Australia's Ambassador in Brussels.
Dr Nelson secured the support of the ADF chiefs so that
a uniformed member takes part in the ceremony each day
reading the story of one of the names listed on the
memorial's walls. As these individual stories are
planned months in advance, the ceremony is often
attended by family members from all around Australia who
lay wreaths during the service.
ADF members volunteer to participate and the roster
rotates between the three services. The ceremony is
broadcast live on the war memorial website and can be
watched each day from 1655 (Canberra time) on the link
below. Apparently, many RSLs now show the ceremony each
day to the members at their clubs.
I had the privilege of being the ADF participant in the
ceremony on two occasions this year and it was an
absolute honour. As knowledge of the ceremony spreads,
the crowds are getting larger and more people are
logging on to view the ceremony. We can only hope that
the message keeps spreading to honour our fallen in all
From:- Vicki Mynott
To:- Trevor Luttrell
Subject:- Wacol Army Camp
Dear Mr President
The Richlands, Inala and Suburbs History Group (Inc)
has BCC funding to publish a community history of
Wacol - which is almost complete.
Of course there is a chapter on "Army" presence -
ranging from the 1880s.
Specifically, I am seeking a photo of the final days
of the camp.
I understand that QUR "turned the lights out" in
Did QUR stage a final march out? Are there photos?
We have paid for some photos but are now reduced to
Some good res. photos taken at Wacol would be most
We would be most appreciative of any assistance you
Richlands, Inala and Suburbs History Group
have any relevant photos, please contact
From:- Bruce Davis
To:- Trevor Luttrell
"Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a
for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't
tuna fish", or
"to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A
competition to see who
Can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year
Undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is
posted at the
.... When fish are in schools, they sometimes take
.... A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.... When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.... The batteries were given out free of charge.
.... A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought
tooth and nail.
.... A will is a dead giveaway.
.... With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.... A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.... When you've seen one shopping Center you've seen a
.... Police were called to a day care Center where a
three-year-old was resisting a rest.
.... Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side
was cut off? He's all right now.
... A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
.... When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.... The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now
.... He had a photographic memory which was never
.... When she saw her first strands of grey hair she
thought she'd dye.
.... Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of
And the cream of the wretched crop:
.... Those who get too big for their pants will be
exposed in the end.
To:- Peter Morton
Received the following email - thought
it would be of interest to QURA members
The latest copy of
Outback magazine contained an article on Billy Sing,
known as the Gallipoli Sniper, who in a few short months
on the Gallipoli Peninsula became the Allies' greatest
sniper, possibly the best sniper ever.
He is reputed to have
killed more men than any other foot soldier in history.
Below is Billy's story which I have taken, in large
part, from Outback together with additional information
from the Australian War Memorial. I noted that Billy
died within days of my own grandfather - both deaths
caused by the effects of mustard gas attacks they were
during the war. Research shows that most soldiers were
returned to the front line after 'recovering' from the
effects of gas, BUT they paid a terrible price later!
Almost all soldiers who were gassed during WW1 died in
their 30s, 40s and early 50s with virtually none living
to reach old age. It was a horrible and painful
death due to the damage the gas had caused to
their lungs, throats and respiratory systems.
I trust Billy's story (below) is of as much interest as
it was researching.
Sniper - Billy Sing
Billy Sing, nicknamed 'The Murderer', was a World War I
hero, once known around the world. But by the time he
died in 1943, alone and almost penniless, he had all but
been forgotten. Billy was born in 1886 in Clermont, Qld,
to a Chinese father from Shanghai and an Englishwoman.
This son of a Chinaman rose above the racist attitudes
and laws of the time and was a
likeable young bloke admired for his sporting prowess,
particularly with the rifle. While still a boy, the
story went, he could shoot the tail off a piglet at 25
paces with a .22 rifle.
From the age of 15, Billy worked as a station-hand,
ringer and horse-drover, further cultivating his
childhood bush skills, including hunting. He honed his
shooting skills at the Clermont Rifle Club, and later at
the rifle club in Proserpine. A regular winner of
shooting prizes, he was also a good cricketer.
Sing was in his prime when he journeyed to Brisbane to
join the 5th Light Horse (LH) Regiment in 1914. The 5th
LH was in Egypt when the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli.
Leaving their horses behind, Billy's regiment deployed
in May 1915 as Infantry to Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula.
Trooper 355, Billy Sing, became 'probably the most
dangerous sniper in any army throughout the war', wrote
Ion Idriess. Idriess sailed to war on the same boat at
Billy and became a popular author after the war. He was
also an experienced bushman and at times was Billy's
'Abdul the Terrible', as the Allies called him, was the
decorated Turkish sniper bought to Gallipoli to stop
Sing! He methodically studied the Australian's handiwork
- up to nine kills per day. Having finally located
Sing's specially constructed 'possie', Abdul prepared to
take down his prey - only to be shot between the eyes by
Sing. Abdul was one of Sing's 201 confirmed Gallipoli
kills, though he probably took the lives of many more
Turks - there was not always a spotter to verify
kills, and it was sometimes difficult to determine if
targets that had been hit and fallen into trenches had
actually been killed. Though bringing grief to Turkey,
Sing's exploit saved Allied lives and was perfect
propaganda - he was mentioned in dispatches,
awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and lauded in
newspapers from Sydney to San Francisco.
But it didn't go all Sing's way. He was wounded in
August 1915 when a Turkish sniper hit the telescope of
his spotter, who was badly wounded before the bullet
finally came to rest in Billy's shoulder. As the weather
deteriorated, Billy succumbed to the cold, wet weather
and the appalling conditions in the trenches and was
evacuated to Malta just weeks before the
Allies withdrew from the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Bouts of illness kept Billy in England for some time
before he was deployed to the Western Front in January
1917 with the 31st Australian Infantry Battalion, where
soon after he was wounded and sent back to England to
recuperate. He wrote home: 'We had an awful time in
France this winter; it was the coldest they've had for
years . . . It would break your heart to see the dead
bodies lying around unburied.'
Following his discharge
from hospital he was given leave. Sing headed to
Edinburgh, where he had a whirlwind romance with a
waitress, Elizabeth Stewart. On 29 June they were
married. A month later Billy was back in the trenches!
Private Sing was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre in
early 1918 for his role in leading a patrol, killing
several German snipers at Polygon Wood in September
1917. Over his period of service he contracted
influenza, rheumatism and mumps; had been gassed; had
been shot on two occasions; and had sustained shrapnel
wounds to both legs and his back, spending quite some
time in and out of hospitals, eventually causing his
The mustard gas caused lifelong lung disease for Billy
and it signalled the end of his military career when in
July 1918 he was shipped home. Despite having been
wounded and gassed and been ill several times, he was
declared fit and
able to work when discharged in Brisbane.
For a time Billy was buoyed by an enthusiastic welcome
in both Proserpine and later Clermont, but that soon
faded. He set out to be a sheep farmer like so many
other soldiers on blocks donated to returned servicemen
by the Federal Government, but his land was poor like
many of the blocks in this flawed scheme. Almost a third
of the soldiers-turned-farmers walked off the land,
including Billy Sing.
There's no indication that Billy's wife was ever part of
his new life. There is correspondence showing that he
applied for Elizabeth to have free passage from Britain,
but it doesn't seem to have eventuated. Though hampered
by illness and his wounds, the failed sheep farmer still
had to make a living. He turned to gold prospecting and
did well enough to go on
weekend sprees with his mining mates. He also got a
reputation for heavy drinking and a bad attitude. When
the gold ran out, Billy turned to labouring in Brisbane
where he continued to work hard although complaining of
pains in his heart, chest and back.
On May 19, 1943, Billy was found dead in his
boarding-house bedroom. Five shillings were also found
but no sign of his war medals. As his humble
grave-marker in the Lutwyche War Cemetery weathered
away, Billy Sing was all but forgotten. Fifty years
after his death a newspaper article revived interest in
'this ace Australian sniper'. A plaque was erected on
the site where he died and in 1995, a statue of Sing was
unveiled with full military honours in his hometown of
In 2004 Australian Army snipers named their Baghdad post
the 'Billy Sing Bar & Grill'. Last year, on the 66th
anniversary of his death, wreaths were laid at Sing's
grave during a ceremony attended by various dignitaries,
including the Chinese Consul-General.
Last night at a
school reunion, I was relating the story of my
meeting with Nancy Wake in London.
who was at the reunion, suggested that I should
pass this story on to you.
I really should
have done this when it was more topical i.e.
immediately after Nancy's passing in 2011 but I
just didn't think to do so.
It was naturally
a great privilege to meet her, but especially so
as it was just two weeks before her death.
I wrote up a
record of our meeting immediately after leaving
her on July 15, 2011.
It might or might
not be interesting to other QURA members, so if
you decide not to transmit it, I'll understand.
Conversation with Nancy Wake 15 July 2011
(2.35pm to 3.45pm)
I met Nancy Wake at the Royal Star and Garter
nursing home for retired ex-service personnel,
in Richmond, London, on 15 July 2011.
I had arranged this visit through her solicitor,
Sheila Grey, by phone, from Australia, before
departing for London. When in London, I
contacted Sheila Grey again and we organized the
time for my visit. She stipulated that there
were to be absolutely no photographs. I asked if
Nancy could autograph my book, her
autobiography. She replied “Absolutely not. She
is not to sign anything”, so I set off on Friday
15 July without my camera and without a pen of
The Royal Star and Garter is situated on a busy
street on top of Richmond Hill. It is a quite
grand old building. It’s in the same
neighbourhood as houses owned by the late Sir
John Mills and Mick Jagger.
I presented myself to the reception desk and the
receptionist found my name on the computer. I
was given a tag to put around my neck and was
then directed to go straight ahead, turn right
at the end and go straight down the corridor to
Nancy’s room at the far end. I could see into
the room as I approached it; she was in bed and
was being attended by one of the nurses. I
looked at the name on the opened door and it
read “Nancy Wake” and beneath that was the words
I knocked gently on the door. The nurse invited
me in, and to take the chair beside Nancy’s bed.
Nancy’s eyes fixed on mine from the time I
entered the room; there was clearly nothing
wrong with her eyesight. I had been apprehensive
that her face would have changed completely from
that of the wartime warrior. I could tell from
recent photos that her prominent front teeth had
been removed and this had significantly changed
her appearance. However, this was clearly Nancy
Wake; there was no doubt. Though grey and frail,
I recognized her immediately from her photos and
I introduced myself. Nancy spoke with a
distinctly down to earth Australian accent.
She was wearing white hospital gloves with a
tear in one of the fingers. She must have
noticed me looking at them, and said “these
aren’t my gloves”. Her comment reminded me of
Colonel Henri Tardivat’s description of her that
she was the most feminine woman he had ever met,
until the fighting started, and then she was as
good as five men.
The nurse asked if I’d like a drink and I said
that a cup of tea would be fine. A cup of tea
and three biscuits were brought for me. The
nurse asked Nancy if she’d like some wine and
Nancy said “Yes, white”. The nurse brought in
the wine and put it to her lips; on sipping it,
she went “agggh” and turned her head away from
the glass. The nurse took it away and returned
with some sweeter wine, “Liebfraumilch”, I think
she said. Nancy gave the same response to this.
I asked her if she’d like just a glass of water.
She said she would, in a glass “with a stick”.
By this I presumed she meant a straw. I went out
and asked one of the nurses for this, and it was
brought in. She drank it all. Later, it occurred
to me that by saying “with a stick”, she might
have had in mind the stirrer for a gin and
Mindful of the warning Sheila Grey had given me,
that Nancy’s memory was “gone”, and that my
visit could be for nothing, I thought it best to
steer the conversation onto the most poignant
period of her life, her time with the French
Resistance. Her autobiography gave the highest
praise to Henri Tardivat, a colonel in the
French Resistance, the Marquis.
The first name I mentioned was therefore Henri
Tardivat. “Tardivat”, she said, “he was my best
friend!” She said that he was so funny whenever
things went particularly wrong, he’d yell
“fucking fucking fucking……” something or other,
she said with a laugh.
I asked her about her famous bicycle ride. After
a German raid the wireless operator had to bury
their radio transmitter and destroy the codes
for contacting London. This contact was vital to
Nancy’s job, which was to distribute throughout
the Resistance, British weapons which were
dropped in by parachute, and to carry out
instructions from London. The closest place for
making contact with London was 250 kilometers
away, and anyone going there would have to go
through lots of German checkpoints. Any of the
men attempting this journey would certainly have
been arrested; the only one with any chance of
getting through was Nancy, being a young
attractive female, and she immediately
volunteered to go. An important part of her
cover was that she was most attractive, spoke
excellent French, and that she would
superficially flirt with the Germans, and this
was what she did as she approached the German
sentries, with words like “Do you need to search
She reached the destination after the grueling
250 kilometer bicycle ride, made contact with
the Resistance and after persuading them of her
credentials, they allowed her the use of their
radio to contact London. She was given the vital
codes and completed the return 250 kilometer
journey. She told me that when she returned,
everybody cheered her, but all she could do was
break down and cry. She said “I’d ridden five
hundred miles, and my thighs were raw”. (I
didn’t tell her that the distance was five
hundred kilometers, not miles). She said she
could do nothing on returning, couldn’t sit
down, couldn’t lie down couldn’t stand up, and
couldn’t stop crying. She then said, “I haven’t
been on a bicycle since”.
I mentioned another character mentioned in her
autobiography, Major Dennis Rake, her SOE
wireless operator colleague in France, who
happened to be gay. She looked at me sideways
and said “he was queer, you know.” She said “you
could tell just by looking at him that he was
queer, he made no attempt to conceal it, and he
didn’t care who knew he was queer, and the local
people didn’t like it”. And then, “He was
fucking everything”, she said. “He was a poofta”,
she said. She mentioned in her autobiography
that Dennis had kept them all waiting at one
time, because he’d been cavorting in the local
village with one of his lovers. I asked her why
he wasn’t court-martialled for putting them all
at risk like this. She seemed to agree that he
should have been, but then said he was very good
at his work, so I presume that this was the
reason that nothing came of Dennis’s personal
indulgences putting his colleagues at risk.
I said she seemed to be fond of Marsailles
(that’s where she met her husband Henry Fiocca).
She said it was her favourite “capital”. She
said “I went to school there”. I wonder if she
was confusing Marsailles with Paris.
I asked her if she were interested in politics.
She said “Not now. I used to be. I stood for
Parliament and nearly won my seat.” She said she
declined an offer to run again as she needed a
cause to pursue if she were to get involved in
politics. “If I’d run I’d have been a minister,”
She asked if I was married. I said no. She asked
if I had any children, and I said “Not as far as
I know”, but she didn’t laugh at that. In fact
she looked a bit awkward and just looked
straight ahead. She was probably just trying to
steer the conversation a bit and talk about me,
but it went nowhere.
I showed her book (the autobiography) to her. I
said “this is your book”. She replied “No, it’s
your book”. I replied “but you wrote it”. She
said, with some relish, “Would you like me to
sign it?” Had I had my pen with me, I probably
wouldn’t have hesitated. I said I’d love to, but
needed to get permission first. I stressed to
the nurse outside the room that Nancy had
offered to sign, and that I hadn’t asked, and
would it be ok. She said she couldn’t accept
such a responsibility. Wanting to keep faith
with the solicitor, I didn’t take it any
further. Later, when I was leaving, I noted the
sign on a door “Nursing Manager”, so I went in
and spoke to “Cynthia”. I told her of Nancy’s
offer to sign my book and why it didn’t happen.
Her reply was that Nancy wanted to give me
something, and that this was the only thing she
was capable of giving, because she had nothing
else. I asked if I could go back in there, armed
with a pen, and accept her offer now. She
replied “It’s too late now”. If only I’d ignored
my promise to the solicitor…
During our conversation, the big West Indian
nurse (Millie, I think her name was) came in and
asked me to go outside with her. She’d noticed
that we were discussing the book. She asked me
not to get into the war too much, because Nancy
might have nightmares and start screaming during
the night. I returned to her room and tried to
talk about other things….the recent royal
wedding of Wills and Kate, but she couldn’t
She was obviously not keen to talk about
Australia and made it clear that she was a New
She asked me several times how old she was and I
She said she will die soon. She said that she
will die in this bed; I said yes.
She told me a few times that she can no longer
walk and that she never leaves her bed.
She intimated that she is afraid of death. I
pointed out to her that it’s one thing over
which none of us has any control, and that it’s
facing us all. She gave the open hands upward
gesture indicating “there’s nothing we can do
I asked if she still speaks French. She said
she’s forgotten a lot, but that when she speaks
with French people, it all comes back.
I asked if she speaks German, and she said “No.
I hate the Germans.” She said that she has
avoided older Germans who would have been around
during the War, but that the younger Germans are
different. They’re “one of us”, I think she
I commented on one of her many photos on the
wall, showing John Howard talking to her, and
she seemed unimpressed…possibly didn’t remember
After seventy minutes, it was clear she was not
keen to speak any more and I said I should go.
We shook hands again. I was reluctant to let go
of her hand as I knew that this was the last
time I’d see her so she reefed her hand away.
As I was approaching the door to leave, her last
words to me were “Close the door.”
From:- MAJ Rob Van Dyk
Subject:- QUR Officers and SNCO
on my apologies. I am currently in Argentina (Buenos
Subject:- Re Vale Peter Gargett
this from Adrian Cran
When his son refused to get a job, a
father insisted he join the Army.
At the induction medical, the doctor directed the
reluctant recruit to read the eye chart across the room.
"What chart, doc?" the young man asked.
"The one on the wall!" the doctor said.
Sensing he had a deadbeat on his hands, the doctor asked
his beautiful nurse to strip and walk in naked.
"What do you see now, son?"
"Doc, I can't see a thing, I'm blind as a bat."
"Well, you may not see anything," the doctor said,
your dick is pointing straight toward Kapooka Army Base!
to the Australian Army!"
Subject:- Re For Bravery
I thought that you may be interested in a couple of
photos that were taken on a our recent trip to Europe.
wife Helen and I visited the Durnbach War Cemetery which
is located near the town of Gmund, south of Munich, Germany.
Helen’s uncle was killed in a Lancaster bombing raid
during WW2 and is buried there alongside all the other
members of the plane’s crew. It was interesting speaking
to the caretaker of the cemetery, a south African
married to a German lady. The cemetery is well
maintained and the remains of Australians, British,
Canadian, Indian, New Zealanders and South Africans are
When we were in the UK we travelled to
Canterbury and looked through the cathedral. I saw a
memorial to members of the Abadie family who had served
in the military. Four sons paid the ultimate sacrifice.
We also visited friends who live in
the town of Sherborne in Dorset, England. We were
privileged to have a tour of the Sherborne School where
our friend’s father had been house master.
I took a photo of a plaque that recognises the heroism
of several of the ‘old boys’ of the school. Interesting
to see Captain Hammond’s name there.
FUNCTIONS - 2014
Back to the Regiment Tuesday
18 March 2014 - QUR hosted Function (Walcott St Depot)
25 April 2013 - 0615Hrs s
- BBQ breakfast at QUR)
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Gallipoli Barracks )
Friday 12 September 2014 - ( 1900Hrs for 1930Hrs)
Officers/SNCO Regimental Dinner
October 2014 (Unit and QURA members only)
Thursday 11 December 2014 -
1730Hrs (Normanby Hotel)
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