Murray Barracks soldiers

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Sgt. Peter Darmody (1967-68) enjoying a break on the way to Bomona Cemetery

Sgt. Peter Darmody (1967-68) enjoying a break on the way to Bomana Cemetery

Education Corps - Murray Barracks PNG - 1970 Starting with Robert Coppa (second from left corner):  Robert Coppa, Phil Adam, Mick Lee, Capt. John (Tich) Freeman (aka Charlie Drake the worker), Lt Jim Murray, John Meyer, Brendan Nolan, Randy Wittwer, unknown young woman in glasses, Bridie (Bridget) Freeman.

Education Corps – Murray Barracks PNG – 1970
Starting with Robert Coppa (second from left corner): Robert Coppa, Phil Adam, Mick Lee, Capt. John (Tich) Freeman (aka Charlie Drake the worker), Lt Jim Murray, John Meyer, Brendan Nolan, Randy Wittwer, unknown young woman in glasses, Bridie (Bridget) Freeman.

Murray Barracks AFL Team Back row Madu; Sanga: Tarura; Wiseman; Stosic; Tanner; Bai; Wali; Pak; Rumu Center row Wiseman (Major); Loa; Walker; Mulai; Abe; Tukpavi Front row Simmonds; Lonai; Chesser; Ausre; Dademo; Moses

Murray Barracks AFL Team in 1969
Back row Madu; Sanga: Tarura; Wiseman; Stosic; Tanner; Bai; Wali; Pak; Rumu
Center row Wiseman (Major); Loa; Walker; Mulai; Abe; Tukpavi
Front row Simmonds; Lonai; Chesser; Ausre; Dademo; Moses
Sgt Bobby Dademo was Colonel Dademo in the 80’s

Brig. Gould (head of RAAEC) and Sgt. Neil Gibson with unknown private - 1966

Lt Rowan Monteith, Sgt Neil Gibson, Sgt Ken Hannaford in Education Corps office (before dedicated Education Building) - 1966

Peter Wedgwood's wedding guests L-R from the lady (Molly Southern who was Pam’s boss’ wife and the organist) Sgts. Mike Turnbull, Ken Hannaford (back to camera), Neil Gibson, Bruce Harris and Don Benson - 1967

Sgt Bruce Harris - 1966

Sgt Don Benson, Sgt Bruce Harris, Sgt Graham Lindsay and Sgt Ken Hannaford - 1966

Range trip lunch at Owers
L - R WO2 Dan Winkel, three unknown, Sgt. Mike Turnbull, unknown, Sgt. Neil Gibson (furthest from camera), Sgt. Don Benson, Sgt.Dennis O'Rourke, Sgt. Bruce Harris and Sgt. Ken Hannaford. - Oct 66

Farewell party for Sgt Neil Gibson – 1967

Sgts. Don Benson, Mick Turnbull, Neil Gibson in LEP Murray Barracks - Aug 67

Sgt. Frank Cordingley outide room, Sergeants Mess, Murray Barracks - Oct 68

Sgt. Peter Darmody in LEP - our initial living quarters - Jul 1967

Brigadier Hunter with Sgt. Peter Darmody (centre) Jul 1967
Notice the earlier RAAEC badge

LEP living quarters - Sgt. Ken Morcom - Aug 67

WO2 Dan Winkel (left),Sgt. Ken Morcom in Dan's office - Sep 68

Sgt. Ken Morcom and Lt. Retallick at Idlers Bay - Feb 68

Sgt. Brian Davies (foreground) and Sgt. Jim Wells in gun emplacement, Port Moresby - Jul 68

L-R Bob Strachan, Andy Dalziel, John Hain, Ross Yates
Front - John Fragomeni at Holsworthy before going to PNG - 1971

Sgt. Bob Large, Sgt. Greg Buffier (foreground) - 1971-72

Sgt. Richard Boddington at Murray Barracks Sergeants Mess 1972

Sgt. Richard Boddington at Murray Barracks Sergeants Mess 1971

Sgt. Gibson - 1966-67

Brian Haines (2nd from right) during recruit training

Brian Haines (2nd from right) during recruit training

5 thoughts on “Murray Barracks soldiers

  1. Dennis,
    Yes, a re-union is planned for the 6th October 2012 from 10am- 4pm at the Kedron-Wavell RSL, Hamilton Rd, Chermside, Brisbane. Some interesting guest speakers are planned but the real activity will be catching up on ‘lost colleagues’ living both locally and interstate. Whilst a group of 20 or so locals met last year, (we have been meeting annually since 2003) at least as many interstate chalkies and their wives are coming and have made reservations at local hotels and motels. It is hoped that several mates from your Murray Bks years will be in attendance (as they live locally). 2012 is shaping up as the ‘First National Chalkies Re-union’ because the interest is so great. Presently 100 nasho chalkies are on the e-mail list, so big things are expected.
    Hope that you (and your mates) are able to attend,
    Regards,
    Ian, Greg & Terry

  2. Hello,
    I was part of the contingent of Nasho Educators who went to PNG in Oct 1968. I was posted to Murray Barracks and I see Lt Retallick’s photo in the gallery. He was there with a Lt Murray (I think). I returned to Australia in August 1969 as I accepted a “direct entry”commission and stayed in Education Corp and ultimately moved careers to computing. I left the army in July 1983.
    My wife and I lived in a very tiny flat at Boroko and she taught at Hanabada Primary. Nigel Tanner (another Nasho teacher) and his wife lived in the flat next to us and we had brothers from Mt Hagen as our house boys. That was an interesting time and I have several stories about the house boys.

    I heard the ABC this morning and understand that there is a reunion planned but I did not get any details. If there is a reunion, can you post the details please.

    Many thanks,
    Sgt Dennis Connell (Temp)

    • Dennis, thank you for reviving my memories of Murray Barracks in 1969. I celebrated my 21st at your flat in Boroko. You and Ros were so hospitable as we’re Jane and Nigel in the flat next to you. Many good times were had in Boroko . I have just been in contact with Phill Allington , and will source out some contacts , photos and stories to post on the website. I live in Terrigal on NSW central coast and my email is rongerrish@gmail.com

    • Hi Dennis (and Ron),

      Just saw your comments when my photo of the 1969 VFL team was put up on the site. I have good memories of our times in PNG (and of our house boys Dennis). Good to see photos of Lt Retallick and WO2 Dan Winkel. I remember them well. I’m currently living in Hervey Bay, Queensland. Still working in the Organisational consulting game and doing a fair bit of traveling with it.
      It would be good to share stories again some time.
      Cheers
      Nigel

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