Association News and items of interest

Museum Open Day - 31 Aug 2014

LtCol Brennan, CO 9RQR and Brig Rod Hamilton, Association Patron cutting the cake.

Some 50 people attended our Museum Open Day yesterday [Sunday 31 Aug 2014]  when we acknowledged centenary of the raising of the 9th Bn AIF at Enoggera, actually raised on 18 Aug 1914.

With a little ceremony the CO of the current serving Battalion, LtCol Rob Brennan, assisted by the Associations Patron Brig Rod Hamilton, cut the cake. The Museum was opened for inspection until at around noon we repaired to a lunch prepared by the 9RAR Association Memorial Walk who had a function at the same time.

Thanks to all those who attended and helped make the occassion a success. The TimeLine on our other website  lists the important dates in the Road to Gallipoli. The 9th Bn AIF became the first Unit to embark leaving on the OMRAH from Pinkenba on 24 Sep 1914 well ahead of the 'official' fleet departure from Albany WA on 1 Nov 1914.

We made a cake to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the 9thBn AIF
Some of the guests at the Open Day - apologies for the 'rear' view.

LtCol Wilder Neligan Book Launch

Launch of Peter Holme's book 'A Magnificant Anzac' the story of LtCol Maurice Wilder Neligan who enlisted in the 9th Battalion AIF at Townsville on 20 August 1914 and who went on to command the Battalion.  

Transcript of remarks delivered by MajGen Kevin Cooke AO RFD ED LT_COL_M_W_NELIGAN_BOOK_LAUNCH.pdf

The Annual Patron's Dinner

[R] Patron Brig Rod Hamilton CSM RFD [L] LtCol Stephen Maitland OAM RFD

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

New Association Banner - ready to March off

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:
I'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. 

Private John Leak VC, of the 9th Battalion surrounded by family and friends outside Buckingham Palace on the occasion of being awarded the Victoria Cross. Australian War Memorial collection

Frank McCosker

A much earlier Frank - 1943 in 2003

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.