Association News and Updates

2018 AABC Association Reunion / AABC 50th Anniversary (Thu 2 Aug - Sun 5 Aug 2018)

(22 Aug 2018)

Due the number of enquiries received regarding the 2018 AABC Association Reunion being held in Canberra during the period Thu 2 Aug – Sun 5 Aug 2018, it was decided to post a draft itinerary for those anxious to book travel and accommodation.

As we’ve previously advised our reunion will work with and support HQ AAB who is responsible for organising the AABC 50th Anniversary celebrations. Most of our association’s activities are confirmed with ‘holds’ in place for some others, depending on those AAB activities being held at the same time. Again, we will not please everyone, but that is the nature of these things. 

A draft itinerary for our 2018 Reunion is as follows:

 Thu 2 Aug 18 

4.50pm - Attend the Last Post Ceremony at the AWM honouring Arthur Gullidge. 

5.45pm – Meet & Greet function – RMC SGTs Mess

Fri 3 Aug 18

AABC Association Golf Trophy (early Tee Off – RMC Golf Club)

AAB Concert – (Time and venue TBA) 
Note: HQ AAB has indicated that a band from Basil, Switzerland will be visiting Canberra on 2nd and 3rd August and initial planning indicated that the AAB would perform a combined anniversary concert with the Swiss for us over the weekend. This is yet to be confirmed. Regardless, there will be a concert, joint or otherwise. 

Sat 4 Aug 18

9.30am - AABC Association AGM – RMC SGTs Mess
Note: During this time the newly named ‘Smokey Dawson Tour’ will take place for partners 

1830pm - AABC Association Dinner (AWM) - Joint dinner with AAB members.
Venue: Held in the ‘G for George’ area. Will include Pre Dinner Drinks. 

Sun 5 Aug 18

Mid morning trip down memory lane visit to RMC Bandroom, including a BBQ lunch (TBC).... End of weekend. 

The AABC Association is currently reviewing its banking practices. The Reunion Registration Form will not be available until the banking review is complete. 

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM

Sick Parade - Stan Holland

(1 Jan 2018)

Lyn Holland has advised that Stan is back in hospital after his cancer of the Liver returned.  Stan was diagnosed with the disease two and a half years ago and was undergoing Chemotherapy, but in October he broke his hip.  This meant he couldn't remain on the Chemo treatment and it seemed he was in  remission.  After a recent visit to the doctor Stan was told that his cancer has returned and his tumor has flared up again.  Lyn says Stan was admitted into South East Dandenong Hospital and says he is no longer on Chemotherapy and his condition is deteriorating. Lyn says he's seems happy and bright.  If you want to ring Lyn for more information the number is: 03 8588 1557.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association our thoughts and prayers are with Stan and the family.

Army Apprentices Association 70th Anniversary Reunion 2018 - Crowne Plaza Accommodation Offer

(14 Jan 2018)

Crowne Plaza Canberra has offered the Australian Army Apprentices Association (AAAA) members an attractive accommodation offer for our 70th Reunion being held during the period Tue 24 Apr – Fri 27 Apr 2018. Crowne Plaza has reserved 80 rooms split between 50 Superior City View and 30 Deluxe Park View at a rate of $195.00 per City View room only and $230.00 per Park View room only. The offer also includes $25.00 extra per person for a full buffet breakfast in the Redsalt restaurant.

All interested attendees should be able to access this rate by following this Crowne Plaza link

Crowne Plaza is situated adjacent to the National Convention Centre and commute between the two properties is a 2-minute walk and is a short distance from the Australian War Memorial.

Crowne Plaza has advised that a credit card is required to secure bookings but payment is only collected directly at the property upon check-in. 

A 14 day cancellation policy applies. This means that any cancellation, reduction of room nights or no shows are charged in full if done within 14 days of arrival.  Offer closes two week prior to the Reunion.

Vale - Donald 'Don' Cartwright

(30 Dec 2017)

Scott Gourlay has passed on the news that Don Cartwright has passed away peacefully in Hobart, Tasmania on 28 December 2017. Don was well known to Association members having been a fine oboe player, serving in a number of roles and bands. The President and members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family on their loss.  RIP

Funeral service for Don will be held at the Graham Family Funeral Home, Cnr Risdon and Bay Roads, New Town, on Thursday, 4 January 2018 at 10.00am. Family and friends are warmly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers donations to Medecins sans Frontieres would be appreciated and will be accepted at the service. Private cremation.

2017 AABC Association AGM (Maroochydore) - New President

(6 Jan 2018)

At the Association's AGM held on Sat 7 Oct 2017 at Maroochydore, Qld, John Franklin, the current President of the association, did not stand for re-election and Gordon Lambie, AM, CSM was duly elected as the new President.

The association thank John for his tenure of four years as President and congratulate Gordon on his election as President.

The AGM meeting minutes are posted on the Reunions Page.

Newsletter / Database - Personal Address Details - Update

(9 Oct 2017)

Association Database Manager Dave Oakley writes despite requesting association members to confirm their Email addresses he says he still had many emails returned.  His email contained the AABC Association's Birthday edition of the Newsletter. He says if you have changed your address, Email details or your phone number please contact him to advise him of the change/s.  He says if you are unsure he is happy to check your details with you. 

Dave's Email address is: or phone: 0438 951 738.

Noteworthy - The Association's Newsletter

(1 Nov 2017)

Due to the rising costs to produce the Associations Newsletter it was decided at the 2016 AGM that the association would send out the next and consequent Newsletters (Anzac & Corps Birthday editions) electronically (via Email) to our members.  We acknowledge that not everyone of our members have access to Email or doesn't even have a computer, and those members will be sent the Newsletter by mail. 

Dave Oakley, our Database Manager has forwarded a 'test' Email to those members who have provided an Email address together with their details to confirm that the members Email address is correct.  Those members without an Email address will be sent the Newsletter by mail.

 Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Australians Reunited – Terendak Repatriation (2 Jun 2016)

(13 Jun 2016)

On Thu 2 June 2016, Australia welcomed home 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore.  To date the official 'Ramp Ceremony' for the repatriation of those service personnel being returned to Australia has been conducted at Richmond Air Base where the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia attended.  Since then funerals have since been held at Rookwood Cemetery and other sites around Australia, which included both PTE/Rifleman/Drummer Chris Clarke and Merv Wilson. 

The repatriation, organised by the Office of Australian War Graves was one of the largest single repatriations of Australian service men and dependents in Australia’s history. More on the DVA website...

Video of the ceremony

RSL Virtual War Memorial

(19 Oct 2015)

During the 2015 AABC Association Reunion Dinner held on Sat 17 Oct 2015 the association had the priveledge to have as their special guest speaker Ms Sharyn Roberts, General Manager, RSL Virtual War Memorial, who provided an informative presentation on the RSL Virtual War Memorial.   If any members are interested in providing information or viewing the site the details of the virtual war memorial site can be seen by clicking here:  Already information on our Patron of the AABC Association, Brigadier J.J. Shelton, DSO, MC has been posted on the memorial site

Our thanks go out to Dave Oakley, the head of the Adelaide Committee for organising Sharyn to speak and on behalf of the AABC Association we thank her for this informative presentation.  Sharyn's details are:

Ms Sharyn Roberts 
General Manager  RSL Virtual War Memorial
Direct Dial Number| 8100 7318
Mobile|  0402 434 063


Pension Increase for Veteran Community and Important Announcement on DFRB/DFRDB Pensions  

For details of pension increases and the Fair Indexation of Pensions Bill (FIB), please click here.

Sick Parade Page

The Association website Sick Parade link that are well out of date will be deleted unless the person concerned advises the AABC Secretary that their condition is still current or has changed.  If you're one of the members that are listed in the page or you were the one that notified us, please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation.  Thank you.

Corps Birthday 2017

Activities for the
2 August are listed
by state on this page:
Corps Birthday 2017


Changes to Details

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