The Eastgate Anecdotes and more

The last two anecdotes (I think!) by Ross Eastgate have been posted. Thanks to Ross for making these available, and to Pete Teys who dug up a couple I was missing.

See them at this link

And this was in the latest edition of The Duntroon Society Newsletter, which you can see in full at this link

Syd Hodges’ Century

Associate Professor Sydney Hodges, Fellow of The Duntroon Society and also the Elder of the Society, celebrated his 100th birthday on 3 February 2018 at a luncheon party hosted by his family at the Canberra Southern Cross Yacht Club.

Congratulatory letters from the Queen, the Governor-General and the Prime Minister were read out. The Governor-General’s letter held special personal significance since Staff Cadet Cosgrove (1968) had been a pupil of Syd’s at Duntroon more than 40 years ago.

Syd was in fine shape and addressed the gathering briefly after the lunch. Former RMC cadets Ray (R.A.) Sunderland (1953), Ron (R.S.C.) Morris (1956) and John (J.E.) Bullen (1958) were among the audience of about 40 guests, some of whom had come from overseas. Sadly, Garth (J.G.) Hughes (1956) had died two months earlier or he would have been present too. Garth and Ron had together written the fine article on Syd which was published in Newsletter 2/2015.

Also among the guests was the lively Elaine Bryan, widow of Professor Ridley Bryan. Rid Bryan and Syd Hodges had joined RMC staff in the 1930s and 1940s respectively, serving for several decades as professional colleagues and good friends.

 

Half a Century Looms

January 2019 marks 50 years since we sauntered into RMC Duntroon, oblivious (mostly) to what awaited us.  A suggestion has been made that we could celebrate/commemorate/curse this event with some appropriate activities.  Any thoughts? I have one volunteer (he who suggested the idea) already to organise.