Association News and Updates

Vale - Harvey William 'Bill' Thackrah 

(13 Mar 2017)

The Association has been advised of death of Harvey William 'Bill' Thackrah who passed away on 9 Nov 2016 in Hervey Bay, Qld.  This information appeared in the 'Last Post' section of the Queensland RSL Magazine where Association member Donald 'Shorty' Shaw, who is a member of the Hervey Bay RSL first saw it.  

Bill Thackrah served as a Bass player in Korea just prior to him being posted to the Kapooka Band at Kapooka in the mid fifties. Following his service at Kapooka he served in Malaya/Borneo before returning to Australia where he was posted to the Royal Australia Engineers Band in the early sixties, which had recently been relocated from Casula to Kapooka. He served on for a number of years in other Army Bands before retiring. 

'Shorty' Shaw says he met up again with Bill fifty years later at the Hervey Bay RSL and he says he was still active with the RSL and playing in the local Brass Band.  The Association has contacted the Hervey Bay RSL for more information including his NOK, but no other details are known at this time.

The Association pass on their sincere condolences to Bill's extended family.  RIP Bill

Vale -Morris Noel Dwyer (1 Feb 45 - 25 Feb 2017)

(10 Mar 2017)

Advice has been received that Morris Noel Dwyer passed away on Sat 25 Feb 2017.  Morris was a National Serviceman who joined the Australian Army and served in Vietnam during the period 1966 - 1967 and was a member of 5 RAR Band.  His funeral was held on Thu 2 Mar 2017 at 'Castlebrook', Rouse Hill, NSW where a number of the 5 RAR Band attended. 

The AABC Association pass on our sincere condolences to his family.  RIP

2017 AABC Association Reunion - Important Update

(9 Mar 2017)

Association President John Franklin has advised today (Thu 9 Mar) that the venue for the 2017 AABC Association Reunion has had to be tranferred to the city of Maroochydore.  He says the main venue for the majority of reunion activities, except the golf is the Maroochy RSL, Memorial Ave, Maroochydore.

Further details including Registration, costs and recommended accommodation will be released shortly.  Watch this space........

Sick Parade - Michael Gojan

(9 Mar 2017)

Sue Gojan, wife of Michael reports that he has been admitted to the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane today (Thu 9 Mar) for a serious operation on his Colon and she says that following the procedure he is expected to remain there for a few days to recuperate and could be released as early as Sunday or Monday depending on the results of the operation.

She says that if anybody that has the opportunity to visit or phone him he would appreciate it to help pass the time. He can be reached on his Mobile: 0417 650 596.

The AABC Association wish Michael all the very best for the operation and wish him a quick and complete recovery.

Sick Parade - Dennis Hills (AABC Association Chaplain)

6 Mar 2017

Tony Sillcock reports that he's had a message from Dennis Hills' family letting me know that Dennis's ongoing health problems have now seen him being admitted to residential care.  He says he is having memory difficulties and is no longer able to manage emails.  Even though he is having problems with short term memory he does appreciate having visitors. Tony says he is at the Estia Health facility, I believe the one at Werribee. I will confirm that from the family.

On behalf of the AABC Association our thoughts are with Dennis, and with Rosemary and the family.

Vale - Mick Dwyer

(25 Feb 2017)

This morning at 8am, Mick Dwyer, former 5RAR bandsman and stretcher bearer, passed away.

Mick was severely wounded in the same incident that claimed the life of Mick Poole. Mick Dwyer had, for most years after the Long Hai incident, been in and out of hospital receiving treatment to spinal damage.

The broad grin, the welcoming laugh and the positive attitude will always be remembered.

RIP MICK. Lest We Forget.

Norm Harris

Expression of Interest - 'Olds and Bolds'/ AABA Event (AABC Birthday)

(23 Feb 2017)

Due to the disappointing response to celebrate the 2016 Corps Birthday in Adelaide Dave Oakley, Assistant Secretary of the AABC Association writes that he recently spoke with the OC and BSM of AABA re holding a 'Olds and Bolds' event in conjunction with the band in 2017 as close as possible to the actual Corps Birthday date of Tue 2 Aug 2017.  He says the response has been positive from the band and the association members that a combined function should proceed.

Dave says that both the band and the association are looking at the weekend before or the evening of the Corps Birthday.

If you reside in the Adelaide region and you are interested in attending this event or wish to help out please contact Dave Oakley on his mobile: 0438 951 738 or Email:

Sick Parade - Jim Harper (Further update)

(16 Feb 2017)

A further update on Jim's condition has put him into Beleura Hospital again (Thu 16 Feb).  Jim says that pain he is experiencing is the main concern and the Doctors cant advise him how long he'll be in hospital this time.  He did go home recently and recuperated but still experience pain.  Jim said he will update us when he finds out what the prognosis is.

The Association send Jim our best wishes for a complete recovery.  Its been a long and hard road for you Jim with all that's happened over the past few months.  Why not give him a call, I'm sure he would appreciate it. Mob: 0408 039 776.

Sick Parade - Clive Bradley (Update)

(17 Feb 2017)

Clive reports that he's back home from hospital following an operation to repair a collapsed lung.  He says he's recuperatimg and getting some quiet time getting his strength back.

The Association send their best wishes to Clive for a quick and complete recovery.

2017 AABC Association AGM & Reunion (Coloundra Qld)

(5 Jan 2017)

Advice has just been received from  Presiodent John Franklin that the AABC Association AGM & Reunion is confirmed and will be held at Caloundra over the weekend Fri 6 Oct - Sun 8 Oct 2017 (incl).  Apart from the Golf on Friday afternoon the majority of activities will be held at the Coloundra RSL.  Note: This is the weekend after the AFL & NRL Grand Finals for those who may need to know.

A detailed information pack and registration documentation will be published in due course. The release of these dates will enable people to book accommodation and flights. Those flying in may wish to consider arriving at the Sunshine Coast Airport. It is approximately 30 min from Caloundra.

The annual Association Golf Trophy game has already been arranged and booked at the Caloundra Golf Club on Fri 6 Oct, however tee off time won't be before 1300h. This is due to a competition being run that morning.  Steve Mee will be coordinating the golf event.  While golf prices will be included in event information packages, all golf payments will be made by the individual to the Pro Shop on the day of the game. Please share this information to other members who may not own or have access to a computer and keep an eye out for event updates.

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.

Newsletter 2017

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