The Duntroon Society September 2021 Newsletter is available at https://www.dunsoc.com
I have now listened to the podcast and it brought back memories of both RMC and Stew – and just what a nice guy he was.
I had problems getting it to open on my desktop computer – the podcast wanted me to download Spotify, and my computer (iMac) didn’t want to!
I had Spotify on an iPad and had no trouble listening to it on that device. There was also a link in the podcast front page to the ABC Four Corners article from 1970 – I watched that too and even recognised some very young faces.
Vic Gibbons has just alerted me to a podcast of Stew Snell talking about his time at RMC. It is Part One of two podcasts of his life – the second is about his post-Army career.
I haven’t yet listened so can’t offer a comment, but I’ll pass on the link nonetheless: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2USPtDMfPO2pW6X1uAFonn
I’m hoping that all classmates will either follow this website or our Facebook page – preferably at the very least website. But I’d also like to add a plea for you to provide more items for the website.
The aim is to try and have the website as a repository of information from our period at RMC so we are looking for photos, Super 8 movies, memorabilia, documentation etc – anything at all of relevance that can add to the collection. Some of it could end up in the book or whatever evolves – Tony McKenna will deal with that but as a repository, its home should be the website.
If you’ve visited the site lately you’ll have noticed that it has undergone a significant renovation, thanks entirely to John Elphinston who took on the task, and who will continue to update and maintain it. If you have anything at all to contribute can you please send it to Elph and he’ll put it onto the website: send to email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org – or to both. For example Duncan and Warwick – your fathers’ Super8s would be great to have. Don’t forget that as we age, stuff that you might now have could become lost forever unless your spouse/partner/children/grandchildren/ hang onto it. And even if they do, if they don’t know what they are looking at, the value in keeping it becomes almost negligible and the likelihood is it gets thrown out.
We’re not overly interested in individual post-RMC stuff mostly because as it becomes more contemporary the volume of material increases and the relevance to our time at RMC becomes less. Obvious exceptions are catch ups and reunions, or events of great significance that can relate back to our time at RMC.
If you haven’t had a look at the revamped site, please do so. Any feedback, good or bad is welcome.
- The website has been significantly revamped
- It’s the primary repository for photos, videos, photos of memorabilia, documents, anecdotes etc for us to share
- It’s primarily a record of our time at college except for events like reunions and catch ups
- Send in whatever you have and share it around the group
And finally, let us know what else you want from the website to improve it.
Peter Martyn organised a zoom catch-up for NSW Classmates – and, hearing of this, the ACT Chapter gatecrashed, followed shortly thereafter by the VIC Chapter! In all, 21 attended – can you name them? A congenial session, with only the occasional technical hitch when several tried to speak at once. Perhaps we need some refreshing on our R/T procedure?
A recording of the session is at this link: not sure how long it stays alive.
From Rick Davies:
As you will read from Brocky’s letter below, he has some health issues. His journey through treatment is not an easy one and I ask two things of my Classmates on his behalf. Firstly, please exercise a good deal of patience if expecting a reply after emailing him with your thoughts / best wishes as he is not always up to replying. And secondly, please do not post this message from Jeff or any associated discussion to Facebook, either our Facebook site or more generally. Best regards – Rick Davies.
Some of you may have heard a whisper recently along the lines that I have
a health issue of some concern, so I thought I had better provide some
clarity around it now if only to allay your concerns from not knowing
anything at all.
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, meeting cadets at Duntroon in 1970
Very sad news that Richard Carter died yesterday, after a very long and painful cancer.
There is no news yet of any farewell event.
Special thanks to classmates who had made contact with Richard to support and reassure him. This was greatly appreciated by him. A very special mention of Peter Jenke and Rod Allen, who closely supported, reassured and reaffirmed him, making sure that he knew that he was valued and held dear as a member of our Class of 1972. This meant so much to him as he faced increasing and constant pain.
And as a footnote, he always hated his nickname, so lets consign that to the rubbish!
A group of the Northern NSW and Southern Queensland Team gathered for the first lunch of the year on 26th February. We had a smaller than normal gathering with a number interstate and a couple with colds. It was our first get together without Callo and we missed his humour and booming contributions and it was wonderful to have Barb with us. The Reunion Email prompted some discussion and it was agreed that we are pleased to see The Canberra Chapter leading the way .
Until next time, Mates forever, John Mc