It’s a Wrap!

Classmates,

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! 

Mates4Ever!

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.”

https://attnd.com.au/jim-molan

Alternatively, go to https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=jim%20molan

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.

Kevin Hindle – a celebration of his life

On Saturday, the 3rd December, Rod Allan and Peter Jenke attended the celebration of Kevin Hindle’s life, held at his house in Kew, Melbourne and hosted by Kevin’s two children. They extended the sympathy of the Class and made a particular point of mentioning those who had shared and enjoyed an especially close relationship with a unique and charismatic character. Ever the pictures man (motion or otherwise), Rod took some photos of Kevin’s daughter Georgia and son Joshua, and a couple of the photos are attached,.

There was a large group of people – of considerably varied backgrounds – in attendance.  Peter met one of Kevin’s newer trout fishing mates, as well as former business client (who was coincidentally also a client of Peter’s old firm) and assorted others from many walks of life, all reflecting Kevin’s own wide-ranging interests.  His children did Kevin proud.

Anniversary Book

The online version of our class book has been posted. The book has mostly (i.e pretty much solely!) been gathered, collated and presented by Tony McKenna. An earlier version has gone to the printer already in order that the hard copy is available in December. Tony has very generously arranged this at no cost to his classmates. On behalf of the class, a huge thank you to Tony.

The online version will be progressively updated and revised, particularly as we access more and better quality photographs.

The book is at this link: https://duntroonclassof1972.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/duntroon-class-of-1972-50-years-since-graduation-1.pdf

Enjoy.

Reunion Update #11

The program for our 50th Anniversary is pretty much now in place.

Now, despite its title, it is not yet totally set: as you can see there is still some minor detail to be sorted. We’ll follow up with updates as that information is available.

A few points:

The Friday night drinks will be at Olims – this is within stagger distance of the Rex for those staying there. The planning team thinks it gives better options for casual meals and chats than the Kingo for a biggish group.

The memorial service for our deceased classmates will be held at General Bridges grave, at this stage planned for 1100. We are looking at a wet weather option.

The response to the Sunday lunch at the Arboretum was overwhelming – unexpectedly so. This meant that the venue became unsuitable for our purposes. We are therefore planning to locate the activity at the Canberra Southern Cross Club Yacht Club on Lake Burley Griffin. This will likely be crowded on a Sunday if the weather is fine, but there is lots of public space between the club and the lake for us (and no doubt others!) to spread. This is an informal opportunity for relaxed catch ups, with meals and drinks available. If it’s wet – a possibility – there is room inside.

So far 20 have indicated attendance at the tour of RMC, and 12 wish to view their records. If you are not on either list and want to take part, please let us know. The museum has indicated that they will put on a comprehensive display of memorabilia and documents specific to our time there.

A final attendance list is below: please check it out. If you are not on the list, and haven’t been contacted, we are not expecting you! If you are on the list and not attending (even if some events) – please let us know. And if you’d like to join the RMC tour, and/or see your records, and that is not on the list, again let us know. The museum in particular go out of their way to provide exhibits, including scrap books and other memorabilia which may not be usually on display.

1969 Trivia . . . .

Just when you thought things were going quiet, here’s something to really get your teeth into!

No, it’s not compulsory, far from it; but some classmates have been wondering if someone else can tell them who their fellow 4th class section mates were. I realise it’s been 53 years and most of us have found more interesting things to fill our heads with, but if you can remember the details, could I’d ask you to put them in the comments box and hit RETURN – and I’ll update the table.

Follow this link to the Classmates table https://duntroonclassof1972.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/website-classmates-list-2-2.pdf

Sorry, but there’s no multi million dollar Nigerian bank account for this one.