Remembrance of Times Past

Recent email from Steve Jones:

I Recently I hosted Norm Goldspink (95 years old) and Colin Fischer (91 years old) to watch the video of the 2022 RMC Graduation Parade. I had lined Norm up to attend the parade but he decided that he was not up to it a couple of days beforehand, which was disappointing but understandable. So I decided to get him to my house to watch it. I also invited Colin Fischer (my father-in-law) who was the Bandmaster at our Graduation but was not at RMC at the same time as Norm. Colin was posted there in June 1972 and of course Norm left at the end of 1971.

They enjoyed the parade. They commented on the fact that the graduates all carried swords. Colin commented that he thought the tempo was too high, which he said made it hard to march to the music. Norm is not impressed with dressing – now done by marching as against “shuffling” in our day. They both commented that it was a very good spectacle, which is what it was all about really. We all recognised that the cadets on parade had nowhere near the amount of drill practice that we had, given the short course by comparison and the emphasis now on more general military training in all classes.

While Colin and Norm didn’t work together in our time, they did know each other from earlier days when Colin, as a Warrant Officer Bandmaster at the then Southern Command Band, had provided musicians to the RMC Band and he had stayed in the Sergeants Mess at Duntroon. Of course they also dealt with each other when Norm returned to Duntroon and Colin was still the Bandmaster.

All in all it was a good two hour experience enjoyed by the three of us.

Royal Military College – Duntroon, Australian Army | Canberra ACT | Facebook     posts, RMC Graduation Parade  vimeo

Above is the link to the parade video.”

As an aside, Norm was at at Jim Molan’s funeral. He came into the Protestant side and sat down. It was great to see that a couple from the class of 1971 came and got him and presumably took him to the Catholic side where the Service was conducted as a mark of respect.

Quarterly Get-together in Sydney

The Sydney crew gathered in Sydney today for our quarterly chat at the class ordained watering hole, Club York. Apart from many others celebrating Paddy’s day it was also the day that John McNamara chose to visit the big smoke. No better reason to get together.
This year we welcome the Sydney members of the class of 68 who reside in NSW.

L to R
Front: Allan,  Duncan, Paddy, Peter
Rear: David Taylor 68, Peter Lawrence 68/69, Gerry, Don, Bert Flynn 68, John Mac, Rowen, Dave, Steve, Peter. Not in photo John (Blue) Gallagher 68

Although it wasn’t intended the wallpaper in the background makes it appear as though we are in a bunker spinning warries.

(Editor’s Note: That would never happen, would it?)

Support for Legacy

The following email has been received from Peter Jenke, asking for our support for a very worthy cause which is close to our hearts:

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, greetings.  For those of you who may be shocked to hear from me after – in many cases – a significant time, I apologise, but I hope you will agree, it’s for a good cause.  If you’re not all that familiar with Legacy, look it up, there’s any number or links and references.

As I previously mentioned to many of you, this year, 2023, Legacy commemorates its Centenary and as part of that commemoration, we are conducting a “Relay” (albeit not continuous – thank goodness) – which commences in Pozieres, France, in April and ends in Melbourne, the home of the original Legacy Club, in October this year.   

Many of you, probably most – we’re of that age group – will be familiar with Legacy and the work that it does.  Some of you will be Legatees yourselves and will also be engaged in fund-raising for the Relay.  If this is the case, it’s not my intention to intrude on your territory, so please feel free to ignore me.  In the end it doesn’t matter anyway because it’s all for the same cause.

For those unaware, my other half, Kerry, is currently the President of Melbourne Legacy, the first female to hold that position and herself, a former Junior Legatee in Townsville.  I too, am on the Board of Melbourne Legacy and previously sat on the National Board.  I’m also Secretary For Melbourne Club matters.

Although I’m a ‘runner’ in the Relay in Melbourne, be aware that as many of the participants are my age or older, “running” is hardly an appropriate description for the 200 metres or so I will be walking so, unless anyone’s inclined to sponsor me by the metre (cm?), I would suggest a straight donation is all that’s required – but only if you feels so inclined.

I have no collection goal and no expectations.  The name “Legacy” conveys all the message I have, so if you would like to donate, please follow the link shown below:

Legs for Legacy – Peter Jenke       If you have difficulties accessing the link, please let me know – I will have done something wrong and probably quite stupid.   Sorry.

Thanking you all in advance

Peter Jenke


Class(y) Lunch – Canberra

A class lunch is planned for 1230 on Monday 27 February at the Duxton (Macpherson St, O’Connor)

Spouses/partners most welcome as are any interstate mates who might be in town. Please let Kym MacMillan know if you are attending.

Please pencil it into your calendars, and he’ll send out a reminder and a request for numbers the week before.

It’s a Wrap!


Your Reunion Planning Team met on Wednesday to enjoy a quiet lunch and do a quick wrap-up of the Reunion. Based on the feedback received, it seems that everyone had a great time and enjoyed the weekend, apart from those who decided that a dose of COVID would be a great take-away! We hope everyone fully recovered in time to enjoy a great Christmas! 

We’ve already posted a “thank you” to a number of others who contributed so much to the reunion, but we should follow up with one more: Elph wasn’t able to join us in person (he was on zoom), but despite that, he’s been busy sorting out and posting videos from the weekend on our website – thanks Elph! There are more to come.

So after deciding that, on balance, we’d done a bloody good job, we then determined that we weren’t about to volunteer to do the next one! Fortunately, a usually reliable source (who must remain nameless) has told us that the Kiwis have suggested that they might host another one in Aotearoa in 2027. No details at all at this stage, but start saving your pensions and stand by for details! The last one over there was terrific.

Finally, we should also report that Kym MacMillan’s Caribbean travel plans came to nought. After raising a little over $18,500 for the functions, caps and glasses, and paying bills of around $18,200, we were left with a surplus of $343.50. Clearly not enough to warrant fleeing the country, so that amount has been donated to Legacy and the account closed. A copy of the master spreadsheet is available from Kym if anyone feels the need to call in a professional auditor!

On behalf of the Canberra organising team, we wish you all a very healthy and happy 2023! 


Live Stream of the Celebration of the Life of Jim Molan

I have copied this information from Jim Molan’s FB page:

“The Molan Family have been greatly touched by the expressions of love and respect for Jim that have been shared in the past week, from near and far.

We are aware that many who knew and were impacted by Jim may not be able to travel or attend his celebration of life tomorrow. If you wish to view the service, you may do so at the link below, commencing at 10am.”

Alternatively, go to

Seeking Sponsorship for the Legacy Centenary Relay

Kerry and Peter Jenke are actively involved in Legacy, an organisation well known to all of us.  This year marks the Centenary of Melbourne Legacy, the original Legacy Club and by association, of Legacy itself.  It’s going to be a big year, and an extremely important one for the future of the organisation.  Apart from the Jenkes, Steve Jones and Rick Davies are actively involved in Legacy and there could well be others.  Peter previously sat on the National Board. Kerry is the first female President of Melbourne Legacy and the success or otherwise of the Centenary falls in no small way on her.  

Legacy is also an organisation about to undergo massive organisational change.  For most current Legatees, the only Legacy Beneficiaries they’ve known are largely the WW2 widows.  Because our generation of ex-servicemen and women in the main didn’t have overseas operational service, until only about 15 years or so ago, we weren’t entitled to join Legacy.  This has resulted in a generational gap which saw later generations of servicemen and women reluctant to join the organisation, thereby creating the situation we have whereby the average age of Melbourne Legacy Club members (Legatees) is around 75.  Of around the 45 clubs Australia-wide, I’d be surprised if the average age was much different. This situation is further exacerbated by increasing government requirements which restricts the support which can be provided by volunteers (amateurs, if you like) and requires greater reliance on professional, paid staff – albeit, still under Legatee control and direction exercised through our Board.  On Melbourne’s Board, chaired by Kerry, they are fortunate enough to have a current serving Maj Gen, the second such appointment they’ve been lucky enough to have. 

Of course, shrinking Legatee numbers mirror the decline in likely beneficiaries because more recent conflicts have resulted in far less casualties and in families in need of Legacy assistance.  But, of course, because of the need for professional assistance rather than that provided by volunteers, that support comes at a high price.   This year’s Centenary provides an excellent opportunity to raise Legacy’s profile in an Australia which looks very different to that after the two World Wars and even after Vietnam.  To that end, a Legacy Centenary Relay will be run, starting in Pozieres (in less than 100 days) and ends in Melbourne, leading into the Legacy Australia AGM and biennial Conference in October.  The run is neither continuous nor demanding, but more of a photo opportunity to raise Legacy’s profile.  There is already committed media and significant ADF support.

Peter will be participating in the Relay (and possibly the other Legacy classmates will be as well) and would like to seek sponsorship from any class members who might wish to do so.  The mechanics have not yet been sorted, and while it might called a “sponsorship” in essence it will be a donation – Peter reckons that someone might like to sponsor him by the cm because the total distance of any participant is apparently about a km, and for most, considerably less.  With two tin knees, he’ll only be walking!

We’ll post more information as it comes to hand.