Reunions Photo Gallery

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Former members of the RAAEC who served in TPNG during their National Service 1966-72 have joined with like-minded former soldiers, to record the history of those times, highlighting the events in PNG that occurred in parallel with the Vietnam War. In the process of collecting the history and meeting up with former colleagues both locally and in PNG, a recent photographic collection has been made. This mainly centres on reunions, trips to PNG, ANZAC marches, military lunches and Corps visits connected with the RAAEC and PNG.
The primary purpose of these functions is to record and preserve the history of the 1966-73 eras. A secondary object is to meet up with like-minded people whose lives were changed by the National Service Ballot, which in our case, was probably for the better. A pictorial history on Facebook documents our most recent efforts in this matter.

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A few 1/71 Chalkies had a catch-up lunch Sept 2016 at Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains

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Some of the Chalkies who were part of the first intake of 1971, plus some partners, had a catch-up lunch Sept 2016 at Mt Victoria in the Blue Mountains. It was a fine day, and most of us travelled to and from the lunch by train (2 hours from Sydney). This gave us an added opportunity to socialize.

Garry Olson was back visiting in Australia from his home near Manchester, England; Jim Semple travelled in from Orange NSW; Andy Dalziel, from Melbourne, surprised most by his attendance; and Richard Boddington came from Brisbane. Most of us had not seen Garry nor Jim since 1972……44 years.

Chalkies In attendance:

Richard Boddington, Andy Dalziel, Warren Dunn, John Hain, Garry Olson, Jim Semple, Bob Strachan, Ron Wood, Ross Yates

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A few 1/71 Chalkies had lunch at the Kirribilli Hotel in Milsons Point in September 2015.

L-R: Lesley and Richard Boddington; John Hain; Katie and Bob Strachan; Ron Wood; Ross and Julie Yates

L-R: Lesley and Richard Boddington; John Hain; Katie and Bob Strachan; Ron Wood; Ross and Julie Yates

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1/71 intake Reunion at Gold Coast 2015

From 14-17 May 2015, 6 Chalkies from the 1/71 Nasho intake, and their partners, reunited at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

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In the photo, L-R, are: John Hain (Taurama), Ross Yates (Igam), Andy Dalziel (Igam), Bob Strachan (Moem, Goldie, Murray and Taurama), John Fragomeni (Moem and Goldie), Warren Dunn (Igam). In the front: Richard Boddington (Murray).

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John, Ross, Andy, Bob, John and Richard all had been posted together to Holsworthy in 1971 for the 3 months prior to their PNG postings.

This was the first time we had seen Warren Dunn since the 1970’s.

With a few tales, ales and vinos in between, we visited Sanctuary Cove, Mt Tamborine, Byron Bay and Biillinudgel.
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Lunch at Kenmore, Brisbane - March 2014 L to R: Ian Ogston, Dan Winkel, Michael Turnbull, Terry Edwinsmith, Peter Darmody, Frank Cordingley, Richard Boddington

Lunch at Kenmore, Brisbane – March 2014
L to R: Ian Ogston, Dan Winkel, Michael Turnbull, Terry Edwinsmith, Peter Darmody, Frank Cordingley, Richard Boddington

Greg Ivey and John Gibson meet in Port Moresby on 18  Jan 2014 when Greg attended the State Funeral for Sgt. Ben Moide. John and Kathy are living there on a Church assignment

Greg Ivey and John Gibson meet in Port Moresby on 18 Jan 2014 when Greg attended the State Funeral for Sgt. Ben Moide. John and Kathy are living there on a Church assignment

Terry Edwinsmith with Groff Peters at Geoff's Sunshine Coast home

Terry Edwinsmith with Groff Peters at Geoff’s Sunshine Coast home – July 2013

Moem Chalkies, Brisbane 20 August 2012
(L to r) Greg Ivey, Keith Werder, Kym Rothe

Perth Dinner, 31 August 2012
(L to r) Greg Ivey(Moem/Murray), Graeme Johnson (Moem), John Stringfellow (Taurama Inf), John Ford (Taurama), John Fragomeni (Moem/Goldie)

1968 Taurama Bks reunion – John Gibson, Roger Howard, Norm Hunter and Terry Edwinsmith – July 2012

Peter Wedgwood in Toowoomba Chronicle – Anzac Day 2012

Former members of RAAEC and Murray Barracks, Sgt. Greg Farr, Lt. Col. Roger Jones, WO2 Dan Winkel, Sgt. Frank Cordingley at Gallipoli Barracks – April 2012

Former SGTs. Keith Werder and Greg Ivey (Moem Barracks) meet at Gallipolli Barracks after 40 odd years – April 2012

2012 Katoomba reunion of 4 Chalkies of 1971/72
From left: John Fragomeni (Moem & Goldie River), Kenn Hall and Richard Boddington (Murray Barracks), Andy Dalziel (Igam), and John Hain (Taurama)

Denis 60th birthday in 2005
L-R Denis O’Rourke, Alan Day, John Harris (1966-67 sgts)

2 thoughts on “Reunions Photo Gallery

  1. Melinda, our information is limited to National Servicemen who served in Papua New Guinea between 1966 and 1975/76. For other service men such as your great uncle, you may need to contact the Australian War Memorial.

  2. Hello,

    I am trying to find my great Uncle Frank Cordingley. I believe he was with 2/2 machine gun regiment deployed to Egypt. I have only the start of his reg no which is NX 598 and I was hoping you would be able to help me in finding him. He does not come up on the Nominal Roll under that name. I hope you can help me in my quest to find him or a relative.

    Thank you

    Melinda

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