Association News and items of interest
Bruce Martin - passed 3 July 2014
Joel Barnett - passed 20th June 2014
Joel Barnett gave sterling service to this Association over many years.
He was an early curator of our Museum, a photographer on 9RQR Annual Camps, a racantour of note, a Trustee of the Museum Collection and a familiar figure to us all over a period spanning more than 35 years. News of his passing has just, this morning, come to hand.
President Col Chris Austin added "Joel had a long association with the Ninth Battalion and was one of the early curators of the Associations War Memorial Museum having spent many years from 1975 building the Museum and supporting the Association. He had a wonderful knowledge of military history and as a practicing Barrister, also provided enormous support and guidance across a broad range of areas. He will be greatly missed."
Joel's contribution to the upcoming 'History of the 9th Bn 1948 ~ present' is reproduced here as a tribute. Click here to go to the page.
The Annual Patron's Dinner
The annual Patrons Dinner was held on Wed 14 May 2014 at the old Victoria Barracks Officers Mess.
We had a very successful night with 40 guests. The Bn 2IC, Maj Bryce Hertslet, gave and address on the current state of the Battalion and after dinner LtCol Steve Vokes gave a presentation on the security arrangements for the G20 Conference in November.
The images below are some quick snaps taken at the Dinner - click on an individual image to see an enlargement of that image - please be patient as the larger image may take a few moments to load.
Ray McNab and Janis
President, Col Chris Austin with Brig Ray McNab CSC RFD
[L to R] LtCol Graham Ruhle,Peg O'Keeffe, Pat O'Keeffe, Miles Farmer
Patron, Brig Rod Hamilton CSM RFD with LtCol Steve Vokes, Anita Vokes
The assembled multitude
Anzac Day 2014
Your Association paraded in Brisbane city on Anzac Day 2014 Some 19 members marched and a dozen came to our luncheon at O'Malleys. We were in position 69 in the order of march and some short footge was recorded which Iwill post later. Our new Banner was available.
Our contingent was led by the President, Col Chris Austin.
Statue tribute for the first man out at Gallipoli Beach landing Controversy resolved.
Article in the Brisbane Times Sat Mar 7, 2014...
..which states, in part,...
And now, before next year's centenary, the controversy looks to have been resolved following the news that an application for a grant is about to be made for a life-size bronze statue of Duncan Chapman, from Maryborough in Queensland. The statue will sit on a plinth that states that Chapman, of the Ninth (Queensland) Battalion, was the first man ashore, Fairfax Media has been told.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/national/statue-tribute-for-first-man-out-at-gallipoli-beach-landing-controversy-resolved-20140228-33rgp.html#ixzz2uejXNy36I've only reproduced the link here due to copyright restrictions.
The Stratford / Chapman discussion continues while we have some evidence that first ashore might have been Jim Bostock - link...
...but I suspect that the story will go on.
Pte John Leak VC
Friday 2 August 2013
The following was posted to the Oxley Library Blog post today [2 Aug 2013]. It brings up some interesting thoughts about Pte Leak's background. It is presented here as an item of interest without comment. The full post can be seen by clicking on the John Leak VC link in the menu bar on the right. A link to the original is below.
Guest bloggers: Ron Siebenhausen and Tom McVeigh
Private John Leak was Queensland’s first Victoria Cross winner in 1916. Despite the amount recorded about his pre-war background in newspapers, books and on the Internet, it is inconsistent and without proof.
John Leak (2053) won the VC for extraordinary courage at Pozieres France 23 July 1916. This is not in question. The National Archives of Australia has digitised his records, showing he enlisted on 28 January 1915 in Rockhampton, Queensland. Documents relating to his war records and marriage to Beatrice May Chapman may be viewed at their site.
Monday 5 Aug 2013
Here is a link to a transcript of an interview with Frank McCosker done by the Australian War Memorial in 2003 - well spotted by Brad Shillig.
The link is to an external site at the AWM.