Updates and News

Vale - LTCOL Dennis John Hills (Update)

(19 Dec 2018)

It is with great sadness that the committee advise of the recent passing of the AABCA Chaplain, Dennis Hills. Dennis enlisted as a National Serviceman (6th class) in 1966, along with former Director of Music - Army, Tony Sillcock. Dennis was endorsed as the inaugural AABCA Chaplain in Townsville at the 1999 Annual General Meeting. Since those early days Dennis has watched over us, offering pastoral care and comfort in tough times, and good old fashioned mate-ship at all other times. Much loved husband, father, Grandfather, and carer to many Dennis will be sadly missed. Dennis’ family has advised that as Christmas is almost upon us they will rejoice that he is in heaven with a massive roast dinner and crackle looking down on them, rather than rushing any arrangements and delay the funeral to the new year. 

Notification has been received that the Funeral Service for the late Dennis Hills will be conducted by Captain Kim Haworth at Wyndham City Corps, 211 Watton Street, Werribee, Victoria on Fri 4 Jan 2019 at 11:00am.

On behalf of all members of AABCA I offer our sincere condolences to Dennis’ family. 

Rest In Peace Dennis.

Gordon Lambie, OAM, CSM

Vale - 243185 Terrance Grahame Harrison 

(1 Dec 2018)

Association member Margaret Graham advised the Association that the following notice appeared in the 27 Nov 2018 edition of the Courier Mail notifying the sad passing of Terry Harrison, late of Annerley who passed away peacefully on Fri 23 Nov 2018, aged 75 years.  Beloved Husband of Lyn, adored Father of Paul, Sean, Matthew and cherished Poppy to Amber, Sienna, Tyler, Benjamin and Thomas. Lyn says he will be sadly missed by them all....

Terry joined the Australian Army  in July 1959 and was a fellow classmate of the 14.5 Intake at Balcombe, the Army Apprentice School, where on completion of his initial training in 1961 he won the Allan's Medal for music theory, and even then was regarded as an extremely talented musician who was destined for higher things.  After graduating from the Apprentice School Terry saw service in a number of Army bands, which included; 3RAR, 6RAR where he saw service in Vietnam, Townsville Area/North Queensland Area Band,  the 1st Recruit Training Battalion Band in Wagga as their Band Sergeant and the Nothern Command Band in Brisbane, where he took discharge after twenty years service. 

A Celebration of Terry's Life was held on Fri 30 Nov 2018 at the Alex Gow Funeral Home Chapel, Newstead where his family and many friends attended.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we pass on our best wishes and our sincere condolences to Lyn and the extended family. He will be sorely missed by all.

RIP my dear friend.

Kevin Noon

Newsletter / Database - Personal Address Details - Reminder

(20 Oct 2018)

Association Database Manager Dave Oakley reminds the membership that despite requesting association members to confirm their Email addresses he says he still had many emails and Newsletters returned.  Those who have changed their address, Email details or your phone/mobile number please contact him to advise him of the change/s.  Dave says if you are unsure if he has all your correct details he is happy to check the details he has with you. 

Dave's Email address is: sodaveo@kern.com.au 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.

Sick Parade Page

The Association website's 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.

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