Association News and Updates

Vale - John 'Chuckles' Watts

(28 Apr 2017)

Association member John Seagg reports that he heard from Bob Keatch that  Cornet player John (Chuckles) Watts had passed away. Chuckles served as a member of 1RAR Band serving in Vietnam 1965-66.  Chuckles was living in WA.

No other details are known at this time.

Registration Form for AABCA AGM & Reunion 2017

Now available to download from the Reunions Page

Sick Parade - Scotty Laycock Senior

(24 Apr 2017)

Scotty Laycock Jnr writes...  Just a sitrep on my father Scotty Snr.  He is in the Maryborough Hospital and it looks like he will need high care from now on so he won't be able to come home this time.  Scotty says he is generally well health wise but Alzimers has really taken hold and each day is a new journey.  He says Mum and sister Deb are looking into placement options and I plan to visit him in July on my next travels south..

The AABC Association send our thoughts and best wishes at this difficult time.


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

Sick Parade - Jim Harper (Update)

(11 Apr 2017)

Assistant Treasurer Jim Harper has written to the Association Committee and advised that as you know for the last year or so I have had a few health problems. In the last few months I've had many tests and scans plus more stints in hospital. Prior to this my my dear wife Ena became very ill and over a period of two to three years her condition worsened until she finally passed away on 12 Nov 2016.

With my prognosis uncertain and being admitted to hospital repeatedly my duties as Treasurer began to fall behind.  As a result I advised the Committee in late 2016 that I would be resigning as Treasurer.  At the AGM held in Fremantle in October 2016 Trevor Beswick was elected as Treasurer and I took on the role as his assistant.

Jim says he's again having futher tests to find out what is causing him pain and last week he had a scan that is still on trial where they found one of the causes of the pain he's experienced this year.  He says the doctors will be advising him later this week what treatment he will be receiving and when that advice is known he will advise the committee as to the outcome.

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.

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...!

2017 AABC Association Reunion (Fri 6 Oct - Sun 8 Oct 2017) - Important Update

(Mar 2017)

Association President John Franklin has advised 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........

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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