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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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- Gold Coast Reunion 2022
- Singleton Reunion 2019
- Melbourne Reunion October 2017
- Perth Reunion October 2016
- Adelaide Reunion October 2015
- Port Stephens Reunion, 9-11 October, 2014
- Lunch for 14 Nashos in Melbourne on 3rd March, 2014
- Reunion of 1/71 intake in Adelaide 9-12 May 2013
- Bendigo Reunion 2013
- Melbourne Reunion, 16th March, 2013
- Brisbane Reunion 2013
- National Reunion in Brisbane on 6th October, 2012
Each 2 years, the Chalkies who were in the 1/71 intake have a reunion. This year it was in Melbourne.
Richard Boddington (Qld)
Andy Dalziel (Vic)
Warren Dunn (NSW)
John Fragomeni (WA)
John Hain (NSW)
Glenn Hall (Vic)
Garry Olson (UK)
Doug Rathbone (Vic)
Graham Thomson (SA)
Jim Semple (NSW)
Bob Strachan (NSW)
Ross Yates (NSW)
Brian Wellman (SA)
We had a great time visiting: the MCG, the Shrine, National Gallery of Victoria, and the Yarra Valley
The current Head of Corps for RAAEC, Col Fiona Curtis, invited Darryl Dymock to give a talk on the history of the Corps at the RAAEC annual conference at Simpson Barracks in Melbourne on 7 February, 2019. This was a good occasion and apparently the first time the majority of the Corps (about 80-90) have been together for about a decade. He also attended the dining-in night, and has attached a photo of himself with Col Fiona Curtis and Col Katrina Schildberger, who launched The Chalkies book, and is about to retire from the Army into a civilian job.
Graham (Nobby) Carnes from Townsville and Phil Parker from Melbourne met in Melbourne after 50 years.
Darryl Dymock met up for lunch in Launceston on Monday 5 February with two Tasmanian ex-Chalkies, Nigel Tanner and Alan Livermore. Yes, despite the rumours, Tasmanian Chalkies do exist.
Nigel was a Nasho 1968-69 and was posted to Murray Barracks in PNG. He was married late in 1968 and he and his wife lived in a flat in Boroko. Nigel did his basic training at Pucka where he was in an all-Tasmanian platoon except for one New South Welshman. He was posted to Anglesey Barracks, Hobart, between infantry training at Singleton and his PNG posting. Nigel is still working in a management consultancy business.
Alan went into Nasho January 1972, and like most of the Nashos left when the opportunity arose on Labour’s election in December 1972. Alan also did his basic training at Pucka but in his case he was the only Tasmanian in his platoon. He was posted straight to Murray Barracks after recruit training and a couple of weeks preparation. He and a mate lived a lot of their time in Moresby in a university leave house at Waigani. Alan was a manual arts teacher, and after Nasho retrained in design and is still working in his own furniture design business.
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
From 14-17 May 2015, 6 Chalkies from the 1/71 Nasho intake, and their partners, reunited at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
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).
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.