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Secretary’s Report 1990

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Secretary’s Report 1990


Colin McNaughton (8), at Bool Poole, Metung. He’s lord of all he surveys, with a hundred kangaroos on his front lawn, and bream available when the moon is in its right phase, the tide is right, gales are not blowing and floods are not coming down the rivers.

Frank Hands (8) Retired jeweller is at Hughesdale. Can still set a diamond forever. He and wife Shirley both saw too much of hospitals in 1989, but they are thriving again, coping with their descendants.

Harry (Avro) Anchen. During a visit to his daughter at Miami (Q’ld.), Alf Sutherland found Harry recuperating in hospital after a knee operation. (Harry’s address is 5 Landau Crescent, Miami, 4220.

George Young (8) is still farming at Baynton, near Kyneton. Has had a bad run with shingles, but can still skin a rabbit in less than a minute.

Clive Hughes-Hallet (deceased). OIC 9 Battery. Business Review Weekly of 18/8/89 had a story on “Kims” on the beach at Toowoon Bay, north of Sydney. “Kims” is an up-market seaside resort purchased by Clive in 1944 and later joined by the Strachan family in 1957 and who now own it. Clive died in January 1988. The Strachans kindly purchased several copies of “On Target”.

John Grimwade (8), in his eighties, as sprightly as ever, still lives in his old family home at Mount Eliza. All copies of the little book “Eleven Troop Ships, or Ezeddedit” have been sold. The book included stories of troopships on which our Regiment sailed. Melbourne Legacy benefited from the proceeds of sale of the book by an amount of $2,960.

Mick (M.J.) Geary. Stan Sullivan of Coffs Harbour was looking for Mick. A study of the Melbourne telephone directory and a couple of phone calls later, and Stan and Mick were re-united.

“Bluey, the Sig.” (On Target, p.2al) Bluey Yeo (9) was no parade ground soldier. Short, stocky, freckled and with flaming red hair he would never have won the
award for the best turned out digger in the AIF; but when the heat was on at Milne Bay he was one of the unsung heroes. Night and day he saw to it that vital lines of communication were kept open with no thought for himself. Haven’t heard of
him since the war, but we hope he’s still “kicking on”.

Communiqué from the W.A. Troop.

W.A. President Gordon Connor visited Victoria in 1989, but found our ‘flu virus so troublesome that he retreated smartly back to the clean, pure air and sunshine of W.A.
Charles Sleigh had a major operation and later suffered a mild stroke; but he battles on as usual, and is now in fine form.
Gordon Connor and George Howat attended a Memorial Service at Guildford for fallen members of the Royal Australian Artillery. George acted as Standard Bearer and Gordon laid a wreath to the memory of the men of our Regiment. The wreath had been made by Gordon and his wife Gwen from red carnations, blue cornflowers, and with a band made up of dove grey, cardinal red and royal blue ribbons.

Nap Croft had a bit of heart trouble, but is feeling better. Some of the West
Australians are going to try and get to the 1990 Re-union in Melbourne.

(Who will ever forget the hospitality of the W.A. people, the wonderful climate, the attractive girls and the great welcome extended to the “sun-bronzed desert warriors” of the Regiment who returned from the Middle East to save West Australia from the Japanese.)