Nov
17
to Nov 19

Narratives of War / Military History Society of Australia Conference 2017

The University of South Australia’s Narratives of War (NOW) research group in conjunction with the South Australian Branch of the MHSA will be holding a combined conference in Adelaide on 17-19 November 2017.

Acknowledging the historical significance of World War 1 in forming and framing Australians’ attitudes to conflicts over many generations, the theme of the combined conference is Generations of War. Each new generation experiences conflict – and especially war – in a new and different context. The technological aspects of today’s conflicts, for example, require knowledge and skills that would have been unthinkable in the Great War. Yet some things are common to all wars – people die, science advances and acts noble and ignoble are produced. The Generations of War conference gives voice to narratives new and old and in so doing, we hope, adds to our understanding of the human condition.

The Conference organisers welcome papers and suggestions for panels that reflect the theme, which embraces not only World War 1, but also a century of service by the nation’s armed forces. Abstracts of no more than 250 words, together with a brief biography of the presenter(s), for either papers or panel proposals, should be submitted to cil.research@unisa.edu.au by 17 July 2017. Depending on the number of proposals received, it is estimated that individual papers will be allotted 30 minutes’ presentation time, including questions. Alternatively, panels consisting of three to four speakers
may be proposed; please provide the session title, a brief description of the theme, and details of the proposed speakers.

A registration fee of $60 will include the welcome function, attendance at all sessions, and refreshments. There will be an optional conference dinner held at the Naval and Military Club, Adelaide, for an extra $75 plus drinks. Full registration details will be advised shortly at the Narratives of War website (see link). Notifications will also be posted on the Facebook page for the Duntroon Society South Australia at https://www.facebook.com/DuntroonSocietySA/.

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Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Victorian Branch Luncheon

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University of Melbourne’s Graduate House, 220 Leicester St., Carlton

Topic for Discussion: Biennial Reunion 2018

Duntroon Society Victoria/Tasmania Branch is organising and coordinating the 2018 Reunion at the former OCS site at Portsea. Our small organising committee will present our plans to date for discussion.

Timings: 12 for 12.30 pm, Thursday 19 October 2017.

Cost: $65 per head for a 2 course table service lunch with table wine followed by cheese, fruit, tea/coffee.

Parking: Free (see diagram – approach from Bouverie Street as shown)

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Public Transport: Tram North along Swanston St and alight at cnr Swanston & Grattan Streets; enter through Leicester St entrance

We look forward to your company with guests to meet, greet and enjoy the occasion.

RSVP by NLT Wednesday 5 October 2017

Alan McDonald
Secretary/Treasurer
Duntroon Society, Victoria Branch

T: (03) 5975 4113
E: alanmc12@iprimus.com.au

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May
25
12:00 PM12:00

ACT Branch Lunch

The ACT Autumn Lunch is on Thursday 25 May 2017.

This year we will have a speaker – the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, well known as an enthusiastic and engaging speaker.

Place: Duntroon House, meet in ante-room.

Time: 1200 for 1230 hrs. Bar opens at 1200 hrs.

Dress: Jacket and tie. 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 disabled. 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 in the Chumleigh Close car park behind the swimming pool or behind the Duntroon shops off Fraser 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-lunch and other drinks may be bought from the bar.

Booking & Payment by Cheque – Would you please book and pay by Monday 15 May.

Please make your 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 jebullen@homemail.com.au for further details.

Queries & Correspondence – Do not respond to Peter Evans or Chris Appleton. Phone John Bullen on 6288 7312, or e-mail to jebullen@homemail.com.au

Chris Appleton

Convenor, ACT Branch

AUTUMN LUNCH, 25 MAY 2017

Printed Name: _________________________

Payment: $_______

Number attending: _____

Names of any guests:

E-MAIL (if new)

My e-mail address is:___________________________________

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May
17
12:00 PM12:00

Victoria Branch Luncheon

VICTORIA BRANCH LUNCHEON – Wednesday 17 MAY 2017

By popular request Duntroon Society Victoria Branch will hold an additional, informal, lunch in May each year.

The plan is to hold this second function in different venues to provide variety and offer opportunities for members and guests to experience different locations in and around Melbourne. This year we are holding our informal luncheon at:

Danish Club, 3rd Floor, 428 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne CBD

There will be no formal speaker however we will have as our guest:

Jan Ravnholt, Honorary Danish Consul and Danish Club President

Jan will welcome us to the Danish Club and give us a brief history of the Club and an insight into the Danish community in Melbourne and Victoria.

Timings: 12 for 12.30 pm, Wednesday 17 May 2017.

Cost: Individual order and payment; open face sandwiches $9 each; sampling plate five open face for $35 (ample for two to share). Drinks at bar prices. Table captains will be appointed to finalise payment for each table.

Parking: Not easy. One hour metre parking in Queen Street; few spaces in Little Bourke Street.

Public Transport: Tram West along Bourke St, alight at Queen St

We look forward to your company with guests*to meet, greet and enjoy the occasion.

RSVP (for booking purposes) to Bob Slater (0418 317 057) by NLT Wednesday 10 May 2017

 

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Dec
9
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.

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Nov
17
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 jebullen@homemail.com.au for further details.

QUERIES & CORRESPONDENCE: - Phone John Bullen on 6288 7312, or e-mail to jebullen@homemail.com.au

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Biennial Reunion 2016
May
6
to May 8

Biennial Reunion 2016

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 peter.neuhaus@bigpond.com 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.  

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A Conversation - Colonel Ian Hutchison
Feb
17
to 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.

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Nov
11
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, tegan@avondalegolfclub.com.au , 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

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