Association News and Updates

Sick Parade - Jim Harper

(25 May 2017)

Jim reports he is now out of hospital where he had more scans and says the unofficial results were that he hasn't got cancer.  He says most of his problems that were reported prior probably were the results of his previous illness of Protate Cancer. Jim says he wont be seeing any specialists for some time.  He continues to his series of anti bioctics at home.

Registration Form for the AABC Association AGM & Reunion 2017

Now available to download from the Reunions Page

100SAX! 15-16 July 2017

(19 May 2017)

An unmissable opportunity to perform at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, with over 100 secondary, tertiary and professional saxophonists! During 15-16 July 2017, Victorian saxophonists will unite to perform three Australian Premiers, as well as participate in classical and jazz masterclasses with Australia's finest performers.

If you are currently Grade 6 AMEB standard or above, visit to apply! Led by Saxophonist and Conductor Joseph Lallo, with special guests Katia Beaugeais (Sydney), Carlo Barbaro, Lachlan Davidson and Ian Godfrey.

Applications close on the 25 May, 2017. For any questions, please email

Vale - John 'Chuckles' Watts (Update) 

(14 May 2017)

Association member John Seagg reports that former cornet player John (Chuckles) Watts had passed away.  John writes that 'Chuckles' served in 1 RAR Band in Vietnam 1965 and was wounded with multible shrapnel wounds to his legs.

The funeral for John was held on Sat 13 May in WA where Bob Keatch reported the funeral went well with both Bugle calls, Last Post and Rouse played, the Ode etc... and solemn gathering with eulogies for a suitable farewell.   

RIP mate from all members and former members of 1RAR Band Vietnam 65-66 and the members of the AABC Association. 

Vale - Warren Carr

(11 May 2017)

Dave Oakley reports that he received a call today from Margaret Carr informing him that her husband Warren Carr passed away on Sun 5 Mar 2017 aged 73.  No other details have been provided at this stage.

The President and members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Margaret and the extended family.  RIP 

Vale - Scotty Laycock Senior

(3 May 2017)

Scotty Laycock Jnr reports that it is with sad news that his father Scotty Laycock Snr passed away last night in Groundwater Nursing Home in Maryborough, Qld.   He says his funeral will be in Maryborough later next week.  Any cards and well wishes to mum Pam and sisters Debbie and Chris can be sent to 17 Philip Drive, Tinana, Qld, 4650.

The President & members of the AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to his family on their loss.  RIP

Sick Parade - Jim Harper (further update)

(15 May 2017)

Jim Harper has advised the Association that over many months he has had a health problems and had been admitted to hospital repeatedly for pain. On Mon 24 April he underwent a biopsy and was again admitted to hospital.  Afer having further examinations and tests  to acscertain what was wrong he was released from hospital until the results of the tests were known. 

On Fri 28 April his doctor brought forward his admission to hospital to have a PICC line inserted in his arm.  On Sat 29 Apr he was visited by a specialist who said he has to remain in hospital until they can organise for 'care at home'.  He says the tests reveal he has a bone infection in his groin and says he will receive treatment of antibiotics dailey for around six weeks and then aurally for a possible further two to three months.

Jim reports that he will be going home on Wednesday (17 May)

The Association wishes Jim all the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Why not give him a call, I'm sure he would appreciate it. Mob: 0408 039 776.

Sick Parade - Dave Oakley (update)

(22 Apr 2017)

Dave Oakley reports he is again in Hospital as a result of a Hernia Operation he had a couple of weeks ago and has had to return to hospital yesterday (Thu 20 Apr) with complications.  Following tests Dave reports that he spent the night in Noarlunga Hospital and says he has access fluid, which is causing the pain, but he says with medication and another week off work he should be ok.

The association wish Dave all the very best in his rehabilitation.

Vale - Pauline Mary Jackson

(16 Apr 2017)

Gordon Lambie has advised that he has just learned of the sad news that after an extended battle with cancer, Pauline Jackson, wife of Peter Jackson passed away on Sat 15 Apr 2017 .  Peter has requested privacy at this time.

Funeral Notice: Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mrs Pauline Mary Jackson will be offered at St Mary's Church, 3 Gellibrand St, Colac on Sat 22 Apr 2017 at 1.30pm.  The Funeral will leave at the conclusion of Mass for the Colac Cemetery.

The AABC Association pass on their sincere condolences to Peter and his extended family at this time.  RIP

2017 AABC Association Reunion (Mooroochydore) - Accommodation

(5 Apr 2017)

Reunion Committee man Nelson Oakley writes that he has finally managed to put together some information that may be helpful to those planning to attend the reunion this year being held at Maroochydore in October (Fri 6 - Sun 8 Oct).

Keeping in mind everyone's varying budgets and circumstances, the following is a range of accommodation that is within easy walking distance to the reunion venue, Maroochydore RSL. Some of you may be familiar with sites like and and, if you are more comfortable using these, I encourage you to do so, but for the 'old school' amongst us, the following may help you get started:

If you have a caravan or want budget accom-…/maroochydore…/
Powered site - $46 per night
Studio Cabin - $129 per night…/cotton_tree_…/

Same prices as Maroochy Beach but may have slightly different cabins available.

If you want a nice tidy middle of the range apartment or resort room try-
Studio apartment - $125 per night
1 Bedroom apartment - $135 per night
2 Bedroom apartment (1 queen/2 singles) $147 per night
1 Bedroom apartment - $128 per night
1 Bedroom apartment - $132 per night

If you want something a little more up market or are sharing-
Studio apartment - $170 per night
2 Bedroom apartment - $236 per night

If you would like to treat yourself-
1 Bedroom - $241 per night
2 Bedroom - $251 per night
2 Bedroom - $279 per night
Penthouse - $450 per night

As  Nelson explained earlier, you may be able to find a better deal on another site or with discounts through memberships and credit cards etc. but all of the above listed will have you close to the venue ready to enjoy a fantastic weekend on the magnificent Sunshine Coast.

Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park - Sunshine Coast Holiday Parks - Beachfront Caravan Parks & Camping.  Listen to the sounds of the waves and breathe in the salty ocean air at Maroochydore Beach Holiday Park. There is nothing between you and the ocean, with a walkway straight to one of the most magnificent beaches on the Coast.  SUNSHINECOASTHOLIDAYPARKS.COM.AU

Happy hunting...!

Major John Miller (HQ 2nd Military District) 

(30 Mar 2017)

Association member John Faul writes... please post this on the AABC FB Group site and the AABC Website for ex Eastern command/2nd Military District Band members.  Those who remember Major John Miller (HQ 2MD Band Officer), John says  he is alive and well at the age of 86 and is training with me through the ViDA Veterans Wellness & Rehabilitation Program at the Gym at Manly Leagues Club, Brookvale.

The Association members who remember John Miller pass their regards and best wishes to him.

Noteworthy - The Association's Newsletter

(27 Mar 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 Edition) electronically (via Email) to our members.  We acknowledge that not everyone of our members have access to Email or don't even have a computer and those members will be sent the Newsletter by mail. 

In the coming week Dave Oakley, our Database Manager will send out 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.

More information as to this agenda will be posted as details come to hand.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

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, the Association's Assistant Secretary writes that he recently spoke with the OC and BSM of AABA regarding holding an '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:

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

The submission date for the Anzac Edition
of the newsletter is
19 March 2017.

Material for publishing can be sent via email 
to the NL Editor.


Changes to Details

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