Some quick follow up points from Update #10.

Payment.  The update called for final payments to cover the Drinks and/or Dinner to be made by 28 October. The total cost is $130 per head for the dinner, and $30 per head for the drinks – a total of $160 per head if you are attending both.  

Please note that many of you have made an earlier deposit, so we are only asking for whatever is outstanding to cover the cost of the events you wish to attend.

Dietary Requirements. We have not previously asked for dietary requirements for you or your partner. The menu may change but currently the offering is as follows:


Prawn and Avacado Salad or 

Pork Belly with Pumpkin Puree, Cous Cous & jus

Main course

Chicken Stuffed with Ricotta and Spinach, Celeriac Mash, Dutch Carrots and Mushroom Sauce or 

Grilled Angus Steak, Field Mushrooms, Lentils, Baby Carrot and Red Wine jus


Crème Brulee, Caramel Popcorn, Cookie Dust and Cream or 

Pavlova, Berry Compote and Passionfruit Coulis

Please advise if there are any gluten free, vegan, vegetarian or other requirements so that we can advise the hotel and arrange alternatives.

Glassware. A batch of the stemless wine glasses have arrived – intact – in Canberra and will be distributed from there for Canberra-based classmates. The glassware for Sydney and Brisbane classmates should be there soon if not already arrived.

I will hold glasses for out of town or overseas classmates.

RMC Museum. At my earlier meeting with a museum staff member I understood that a copy of your personal file could be made available to you. I am unable, as I understand it, to collect on your behalf. I will check back and confirm this.

I obtained a copy of mine several years ago by writing to the College.

Reunion Update #10

Our 50 year reunion is fast approaching – we are well within 100 days to go!

Notification of Attendance

Thank you for previously providing an indicative intention to attend events, as this has helped our planning.  We now need you to let us know more definitely your intentions as we are starting to finalise bookings.

To that end could you please advise by Friday 7 October to whether you are Definitely coming to each of these four events: Saturday Night Drinks, Sunday lunch at the Arboretum, Monday Night Dinner and Graduation Parade?  It is important that you include whether you will be accompanied by a partner.  

We are asking if you wish to attend lunch at the Arboretum on the Sunday because numbers will determine whether we seek a booking, or just take pot luck if the numbers are small. 

Drinks and Dinner

We are now calling for final payments to cover the Drinks and/or Dinner to be made by 28 October. The total cost is $130 per head for the dinner, and $30 per head for the drinks – a total of $160 per head if you are attending both.  

Note that the Drinks includes canapes from 1830 until 2230, with drinks bought individually over the bar while the dinner includes a drinks package and a three-course meal from 1830 until 2230. 

We are now asking for full payment of any outstanding amounts by Friday 28 October.

Please transfer funds to Kym MacMillan’s Bahamas Holiday Account. Bank details are as follows: BSB: 06 2692    Acct No:  4995 6261    Name:   Reunion     Please clearly identify your deposit with your name.   For overseas classmates, we are happy for you to hold off on remitting your amount if that is an easier option: just let Kym know (


Memorabilia orders have been placed with the glasses to be sent to three locations for distribution: Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Peter Martyn, Maurie Meecham and David Cran will be the ‘distributors for those three locations, and the latter will hold all other glasses for the other recipients. For those who have ordered a cap and aren’t attending, we will post it to you.

If you’ve made an order and haven’t already done so, please transfer funds as soon as possible to Kym MacMillan’s Bahamas Holiday Account, details as above. 


A proposal for a ‘Back to Araluen’ event has been made, but will not be centrally coordinated. Pat Cullinan has offered to be the POC/organiser for this, so if you’re interested, contact him – his details are on the website at

Church Service  

Contact has been made with an RMC Chaplain about the Graduation Church Service, but no detail as yet. 

College Tour 

Planning for the College tour on the Monday morning are well under way, and a brief on the current training program has been requested – should be interesting to see what has changed: and what hasn’t.  The museum is currently quite small and very generic, so will not take a long time to visit: unless you become engrossed in your file! Please let us know if you’d like access to your file at

Other Events

If you would care to organise other events (golf, shopping, Canberra attractions tours etc), please let us know and we’ll pass on the information to the classmates.

Steve Jones has put his hand up to organise golf on the Monday (noting that it will need to fit in between the RMC tour and the dinner!)


A more detailed program of all events will be published in due course.


Work on the book is proceeding. We plan to distribute the ebook version prior to the reunion, and (fingers crossed) have the hard copy available at the event. The cost for the book will be advised, and orders sought, in due course.


Please advise (and action as applicable) by 7 October the following:

  • Attendance of you (and partner if applicable) at Saturday Drinks and/or Monday Dinner.
  • Attendance of you (and partner if applicable) at the Graduation Parade.
  • Attendance (and partner if applicable) at Arboretum on Sunday.
  • Do you wish to view or have a copy of your RMC personal file? 

Please make payment of outstanding amounts for Drinks and Dinner by 28 October. For any queries of outstanding amounts contact Kym at

Tom and Pat’s Araluen Plan – Come join us

Tom, Pat and their wives Margo and Sharon will meet at the Araluen Hotel midday on Thurs 08 Dec ’22 for lunch at 1230 Hrs followed by drinks and coffee. We will go in one car departing Canberra at 1030 on 08 Dec and return to Canberra by 1800hrs same day.

Classmates, family and friends are very welcome to join us

Some relevant comments;

  • Araluen Hotel Webpage. Put Araluen Hotel, Araluen NSW into your web browser. Looking at the Araluen Hotel webpage (the Hotel now sometimes called the Araluen Valley Hotel), looks the same as it did 50 years ago. (This is not a criticism, just a comment). The webpage is worth a glance to get a general idea of the Hotel today. It would appear to be a good place to have a meal and a beer or three.
  • Driving Canberra (RMC Duntroon) to Araluen (via Braidwood) is approx. 115 km and takes about one and a half hours each way. The road is bitumen all the way with a pretty steep descent into Araluen (from Canberra). (Numerous roads from Araluen to other places such as Moruya are dirt).
  • Opening hours. The hotel opens midday Wed to Sun (inclusive). Lunches are from 12 to 2pm and Dinner 6 to 8pm. The Hotel is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Norm is the Hotel Manager (02) 4846 4023. I rang Norm the other day and said that a number of us were looking at coming to the Hotel on 8 Dec. Norm said that he has put 12 of us ‘in the book’ for lunch but said that bookings are ‘first in best dressed’ and required a 50 % deposit (which I think mainly referred to accommodation bookings). He said that due to a constantly changing Menu, he couldn’t send one now but could nearer the date.
  • Accommodation. 10 rooms being a mix of single, double and family. A free continental breakfast is provided to all lodgers. Book ASAP if required.

Sooooo, we’d love anyone interested to join us for lunch at Araluen Hotel on Thurs 08 Dec noting the following;

  • Transport to and from the Araluen Hotel is own means, 
  • Accommodation if required is a personal responsibility (please ring Norm on 02-4846 4023), and finally, if coming please
  • Contact Pat Cullinan (details below) by 31 Oct 2022. As Tom is overseas and I am in Canberra, I’m acting as the Araluen POC. In November, I will do final checks with Norm, discuss pooling of vehicles if applicable and send out Menus etc. 

If only Tom and I from the Class are there, we won’t sulk, but rather, we will raise a glass to all those who were here in the pub with us 50 years ago. 

Regards to all,


0457 888 707.

Reunion Update #9

The year is rolling on inexorably and our 50 year reunion is fast approaching.

The structure of the reunion is pretty much unchanged but we are now starting to flesh out the detail.

Memorabilia orders are being finalised and will be placed soon. We plan to send the glasses to three locations for distribution Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Unfortunately the freight costs don’t warrant sending smaller batches. Peter Martyn, Maurie Meecham and David Cran will be the ‘distributors for those three locations, and the latter will hold all other glasses for the other recipients. Somehow they’ll get to you!

Once we have firm quotes we’ll let you know the total cost (ie glasses and caps) for transfer of funds to Kym MacMillan’s Bahamas Holiday Account.

Now to the nitty gritty. We have called previously for your intentions about attending the various planned events, which confirmed viability.  We would now like you to let us know more definitely your intentions, but understanding that there may be some details to be sorted out. To that end could you please advise to whether you are Definitely coming, are a Strong Possibility or a definite No to each of these three events: Saturday Night Drinks, Monday Night Dinner and Graduation Parade?  It is important that you include whether you will be accompanied by a partner.  Please respond even if you have paid a deposit (or more).

On funding, we will not be calling for more payments to cover the Drinks or Dinner until probably late October/early November.

Confirmation of Memorabilia Orders

Attached is a summary of the orders for memorabilia received so far. If your name is NOTon the list, please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to order the stemless glasses or a cap –

If your name is on the list, please check your order and please confirm at the same email address as above. In particular, check your CSC Number carefully – we strive for accuracy but sometimes gremlins strike!

The plan is to have glasses delivered to Canberra and Sydney for distribution. The quantities ordered from other locations don’t, unfortunately, warrant the extra freight cost. We’ll try to work out a way to get them to you before the reunion.

As we are well over the 100 order mark for the lowest per item cost for glasses, it is likely that the cost per glass will be less than the $8 quoted, but that won’t be confirmed until after I’ve placed the order.

Calling for Photos of Norm

A short bio of Norm Goldspink will be included in the anniversary book, with a link to a much longer version on our website. But….we are calling for any clear photos of Norm. We do understand that he may not have been the primary subject of our photographic endeavours, but just maybe.

Reunion Update #8


In providing options for memorabilia, we are planning that all are cost neutral – that is, the costs of production, distribution etc will be reflected in the cost per item, with no additional charge. Should there be a (small) surplus, that will be donated in the Class’s name to a charity such as Legacy or Soldier On.

In indicating your interest in any of the proposals, please email to

When asked, deposits should be made to the account in Kym MacMillan’s name as previously advised. 

Stemless Wine Glasses 

The sample stemless wine glasses seem to have been well received, so we’re on to the next steps. I have been advised by the provider that we can make the text (1969-1972 and Mates for Ever) larger.

As an indication, if we order over 100 glasses, the price per item will be around $7.50, possibly with a small amount to cover postage – say $8. 

The next steps are:

  • You giving an indication, by email, of how many glasses you’d like to receive (as for cap, by 20 July);
  • Once I have those numbers, I’ll ask for pre-payment;
  • Once I have all orders in, I’ll place the order (the sample glasses arrived within a couple of weeks of the order).

The company will retain the art work for three years, so should you manage to break all of your first order, you can obtain more – but note that the unit cost may be higher if the numbers ordered are low.

Rather than have all the wine glasses sent to me in Canberra to distribute, I will be exploring ways of having them sent to regional points (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne etc) providing this does not impose significant freight costs.


We are seeking interest in the purchase of a cap for use during the reunion period. The main use would be during the parade but of course it could be used at anytime. An image of the cap is attached. The idea is to have the RMC badge on the front; on the left side have the four years 1969-1972; and on the right side our individual cadet number. The cap itself is dark blue with gold as per the image. This cap in this guise is unique.

The cost depends on the number that we order. However, the maximum cost would be $36 each. 

Some we have spoken to indicated that they would buy two, others said that they probably wouldn’t wear it, although they may purchase one. A thought for consideration is that it could be a unique identifier for our group given that we are on a stage with a number of other reunion classes.

Given that there is a three-month ordering time, please indicate your interest by 20 July 2022 – and please include your CSC number – we will cross check against the list on the website. We have to pay the full amount on order.

The Book

Thank you to all those who have contributed so far. The list is growing. We have yet to determine how the book will be produced – both hard copy and ebook, to be done properly, will attract a cost. As for the wine glasses and cap, we plan that this should be cost neutral.


We have previously advised the known costs for planned activities – these being primarily the drinks on Saturday night and the dinner on Monday night. These costs did not factor in other charges, such as AV/sound hire, possible costs of any guests and so on. We are proposing a $10 per head levy to cover these sorts of expenditure (as was done for the 40thanniversary).

Thanks to deposits received so far we do not need this to be paid as yet – we’ll ask for this along with final amounts in due course.

PS. Don’t read anything into it – the number on the sample cap is random – but it belongs to Jeff Brock!