Ross Dickens

Ross is recovering from a major operation for pancreatic cancer. The good news is that they got all the cancer and whilst still in hospital he is recovering.

He has lost 10 kilos and is expected to loss more until he can gradually return to solids.

He is currently in Calvary  Hospital North Adelaide and whilst numbers visitors are limited they are welcome.

Ross will be home next week and his address is 39 Truscott Ave Seacombe Heights. However, if you wish to make contact, it is suggested that you ring Marg on 0421041174 beforehand.

Vale Tony Rumball

Tony Rumball died after a massive heart attack yesterday (Tuesday 9 October). Tony was in Third Class in 1969 and graduated from OCS Portsea in (I think) 1970, into the RAAOC. He retired as a LTCOL and joined the APS in the field of Logistics, ending that career as the Director of International Logistics in Strategic Logistics Branch.

He was a good bloke. On a personal note, we went through school together in Adelaide – he entered RMC a year ahead of me because I opted (involuntarily!) to do a second matriculation year.

No details yet on funeral arrangements.

Contact List and Snippets

With the advent of a Class (if not classy) Facebook page and this website, Snippets has ceased to be compiled and distributed. Many thanks go to Ian Callan for his stewardship of the Snippets newsletter for so long.

As a consequence of the cessation of Snippets is that the Contact List on the website is not regularly updated. Graham Smith has volunteered to take over the upkeep of the list, so if any of your details change, please let him know, either on the website email address at or at his personal email address at


Duntroon Society

The latest edition of the Society’s newsletter is at Our thanks to our Mike Ryan our Editor and contributors for another terrific edition comprising 27 pages.

Highlights include:

Anzac Day in Baghdad 2009. Marcus Fielding (1986) p. 1.

Bogging 1979-1982 by Allan Murray (1982) p. 6.

Reflections on a Fortunate Career by Clive Badelow (OTU 4/69, and possibly to last serving OTU graduate) p. 9.

A View of Duntroon 1929. Chris Appleton (1978) p. 14.

Some Sentiments are Timeless. Mark O’Neill (June 1988), p. 13.

Reflections of a Recent Graduate. Duane Russell (June 2018).

Rugby Legends. Murray Harley (June 1988) p. 15.

From the DMA. Colonel Len Oei (1995) p. 18.

Updates from the Society’s President, OTU Association and the Branches of the Society from p.19.

A request for information about the RSMs of OCS and OUT from the RMC Sergeants Mess: p.25

Annual General Meeting. The AGM of the Duntroon Society will be held at Duntroon House on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 2.00 pm. If you wish to nominate for election to the Council of the Society as President, Vice-President, Treasurer; Secretary or one of the two other member’s positions, please advise the Secretary, Tony Maple E: NLT 17 October, along with the names and contact details of two members of the Society that support your nomination.

Please continue to reach out to mates past and present to invite them to join us in the Society at If you wish to make a suggestion or discuss any matter concerning the Society, please contact me at


Lost Contact

In sending out recent notifications by email, quite a few bounced. If you have any contact with the following (or if you’re reading this and your name is on the list!), could you please prompt them to make contact through the website to either confirm or update their contact details, should they wish to continue to have contact?

  • Kevin Loughrey (the address that bounced was kevinl@aperfect.copm);
  • Roger Simmons;
  • John Croxson;
  • Chris Bishop;
  • Ian Cleaver;
  • Kevin Moody;
  • Lee Pattinson;
  • Wayne Jameson;
  • Kevin Hindle.


A Couple of Photographs

John and Jacqui Black are currently on a long grey nomad journey around Australia (all in accordance with John’s detailed spreadsheet). The adventures have been shared on Facebook, including this lovely photograph taken in Perth with Peter Coghlan. Looking good, both of them.

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The second photo was sent over by Frank Edwards, who also caught up with the Blacks. We know who is in it, but does anyone know where and when? Judging by the relaxed looks, the hair styles (NOT short back and sides), plus a pre-accident John Barwick, probably early 1970? And is that a beer in Frank’s hand?

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Requiem Mass for Greg Thomas


The Requiem Mass for Greg, in the Duntroon Chapel, was a moving and sad event, but also uplifting in giving thanks for his contribution to so many – indicated by pretty much a full house. His four children – Melissa, Ainslie, Simon and James – all spoke of different aspects of their dad. There was no doubt that he was an influential and formative influence on their lives.


The Class of 1972 was well represented, along with members of RMC classes below and above us. There were also members of his courses at RMCS and ACDSS. A wake in the RMC Golf Club afterwards provided an opportunity to catch up on friends and colleagues, in many cases after a gap of quite a few years, as well as Greg’s father and siblings.