12:30 pm12:30

NSW Branch - Graduation Lunch

Graduation Lunch at the Imperial Service Club at the Royal Automobile Club building at Circular Quay.

Unfortunately the Sydney luncheon will now be on the 9th Dec.

We had originally scheduled it for the 16th so that it would be after Grad but that date has fallen through. 

The function on the 9th will be a Christmas themed luncheon, 1200 for 1230 with partners and or guests invited.

7:00 pm19:00

Annual Dinner & Speech

Please note that this is an EVENING DINNER, not a lunch.

Our speaker this year is the Australian Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers. Tom is a 1983 Duntroon graduate and is known as an entertaining speaker. As we all realise, 2015 and 2016 have been very busy years for Tom at the Australian Electoral Commission. This is your chance for a light-hearted introduction to something that may have baffled you since you were old enough to vote.

PLACE: - Duntroon House - meet in ante room.

TIME: - 1900 for 1930 hrs. Bar opens at 1900 hrs.

DRESS: - Jacket and tie, or uniform of the day. Equivalent for ladies.

COST: - $50 per head.

ATTENDANCE: - Members and friends. Partners are welcome.

CAR PARKING: Parking near Duntroon House is STRICTLY RESERVED FOR THE HANDICAPPED. Please do not park here unless you really need to. All others can park along the road through Duntroon Gardens (on east side of road only) or behind the Duntroon shops only a short walk away along Legge Rd. Do not use the Duntroon House residents’ car park at the top of Plant Rd.

MEAL: - Meal served at table. Self-serve buffet afterwards for tea and coffee. Table wines, beer, mineral water and juice at the table are included. Pre-dinner and other drinks may be bought from the bar.

BOOKING & PAYMENT BY CHEQUE: - Would you please book and pay by MONDAY 7 NOVEMBER. Please make cheque payable to The Duntroon Society, and send it with the form below to: John Bullen, PO Box 3284, Weston Creek, ACT 2611.

PAYMENT BY DIRECT DEPOSIT: - If you would prefer to pay by electronic transfer direct to the ACT Branch account, please email John Bullen at for further details.

QUERIES & CORRESPONDENCE: - Phone John Bullen on 6288 7312, or e-mail to

Biennial Reunion 2016
May 8

Biennial Reunion 2016

  • Adelaide

For many years the Duntroon Society has organised a national biennial reunion around mid-year at a place of interest (other than Canberra). At the 10th Biennial Reunion, held in Cowra in 2014, it was agreed that the 2016 reunion would be held in Adelaide. The committee of the South Australian Branch has prepared a program of events over three days based on Adelaide city and the immediate environs.  This program has been developed to highlight the cultural and geographic highlights of Adelaide and permits members to make a short weekend trip away, or if time permits, over spend longer period taking advantage of off-peak travel. Of course, for many people a visit to the premier wine regions is a must, although it should be noted that the Barossa and McLaren Vale tours can also be of great interest to non-drinkers.

Those less familiar with South Australia may consider supplementing the organised three-day program with additional activities or visits with class groups, partners or friends. The Adelaide organisers can recommend further trips to destinations including Victor Harbour, the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, the Flinders Ranges, the York Peninsula, etc.  A week can pass very quickly in SA!

Please note that while events are organised, attendees are to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.  Group rates for accommodation have been organised at two recommended hotels.

Please fill out the Booking Form to confirm your attendance at your selected activities and submit by email or mail but no later than Friday 22 April to Peter Neuhaus at or 15 Roberts St. UNLEY SA 5061.  A clear indication is needed as to those events you will be joining and the number that will attend. Your Booking Form should be accompanied by a funds transfer or cheque for the amount involved.  

A Conversation - Colonel Ian Hutchison
Feb 18

A Conversation - Colonel Ian Hutchison

A Conversation will be held at the Australian War Memorial on 17 February, at 10.30 am, on the subject of Colonel Ian Hutchison, one of the best Australian battalion commanders we have ever had. He served through the Second World War, winning an MC at Bardia in 1941 as a company commander, and then, as CO of the 2/3 Battalion, he went on to knock the socks off the Japanese on the Kokoda Trail in October 1942 at Eora Creek. For his role in the Aitape Wewak campaign he was awarded a DSO. He served in New Guinea until 1945, and stayed on in the Regular Army after the war. He served in Japan, and then in Korea – still a battalion commander. This time it was 1 RAR, 1952-53, that he led. He did an amazing job against strong Chinese forces, especially Operation Blaze, where David Thomson won his MC.

The Conversation principals will be Colonel Hutchison's daughter Susan Ramage and Professor Bob O'Neill.

Bob O’Neill graduated from RMC into RASigs in 1958 and became the Australian Army’s first Rhodes Scholar in 1960. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his Vietnam service as the Intelligence Officer in 5 RAR, 1966-67. Entering the academic world, he became the Official Historian for Australia in the Korean War and later, Professor of the History of War at Oxford University. He addressed the ACT Branch of the Duntroon Society in 2010.

David Thomson graduated from Duntroon in 1943 and later, as Brigadier the Honourable David Thomson, was Minister for Science in the Federal Government, 1979-83.

Susan Ramage has written an excellent biography of her father, Kokoda Secret, which was launched by Lt Gen Ken Gillespie in 2014. The Australian War Memorial has invited her to speak on her book, in an extended interview which Bob will conduct.

Members of the Duntroon Society are warmly invited to participate. Attendees are invited to come from 10.00 am onwards. Morning tea will be served during the event.

11:00 am11:00

Golf Day - Avondale Ex-Services Association

Avondale Ex-Services Association, I have much pleasure in inviting Members of the Duntroon Society Incorporated, to partake in the annual Avondale Ex-Services Association Golf Day to be held on Wednesday 11 November 2015.

Contact Avondale Golf Operations Manager Tegan Purcell by Monday 2 November: Tegan Purcell, , Fax: 02 9488 7065, Ph: 9449 6455

The charge for the day is $40 which includes lunch and refreshments after golf.

Payment may be made on the day either by cash or cheque made payable to "Avondale Ex-Services Association".

Schedule of Events

11:00am: Ceremony

11:30am: Lunch, tea & coffee

12:30pm: Shotgun start

11:30 am11:30

ACT Branch Autumn Lunch

ACT Branch Autumn Lunch is open to all Society members and friends. Partners are welcome.

PLACE: - Duntroon House - meet in ante room.

TIME: - 1130 for 1200 hrs. Bar opens at 1130 hrs.

DRESS: - Jacket and tie, or uniform of the day. Equivalent for ladies.

5:00 pm17:00

RAAHC Seminar: "Gallipoli: The Landing at Anzac"

The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company's history seminar series entitled Firepower: Lessons from the Great War--see the News item describing the series.

The first seminar, Gallipoli: the Landing at Anzac, will take place at the Australian Defence Force Academy on 13 May 2015. Each seminar will have up to five speakers presenting on different topics for ten minutes, followed by an hour of moderated question & answer forum.