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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our first meeting for the year was not held until Monday 8 March 2021. We had a large crowd with over 80 staying for a meal of Cottage Pie and Vegetables.
The meeting opened with a Homage focussed on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Air Force. A busy agenda included congratulations to Rob Sweet on him being award an OAM for his service and commitment to the RSL.
It was most pleasing to see the meeting well attended by our valuable WW2 Veterans.
On Friday 12 March, our members paid a visit to the Aviation Heritage Museum at the Air Force Memorial Estate in Bullcreek. A couple of hours were spent inspecting the collection with Guides provided by the R.A.A.F. Association. The tour was followed by Lunch (at our members expense), and although Paul McGuinness, our Social Activities Coordinator, eventually received his Chicken Pie, all agreed that it was a resounding success.
A highly recommended visit and lunch
On Friday 26 March a group went to ANZAC House for Lunch and a Tour of the building.
The lunch was Roast Pork with a Pint of Beer or drink of choice. Some opted for an alternative choice, but overall was an excellent meal and venue. It is highly recommended.
Following the meal we were given a tour of the building venues, all having great views over Government House Garden.
We also had a glimpse of the services suites – consisting of medical, treatment and vital support services . Very impressive and when fully functional will be able to provide much needed support and services to our veterans.
Well Done That RSLWA
ANZAC Day this year involved significant organisation by Barry Lloyd and his whole team, due to the uncertaintly and restrictions as a result of Covid-19. However, the Sub-Branch had come through and was prepared for a most successful Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast.
The City of Stirling published a video on Youtube advertising this important event, and can be seen on this LINK
ANZAC Day 2021 was cancelled due to a Covid-19 Lockdown over the ANZAC weekend. All those Members who dedicated their time in the organisation for this day of commemoration deserve the highest praise from our Sub-Branch.
The Stirling Times published a two page spread on 22nd April involving Geoff Pope, Wayne Koch and Peta Connolly, representing three generations of Veterans from our Sub-Branch. This can be read on this Link
Reporter Lucy Jarvis and Photographer David Bayliss did a great job and were true professionals in getting their story and photographs.
These Copyright photos have been supplied courtesy of The West Australian Newspapers, and may not be reproduced. The generosity of The West in providing these photos is very much appreciated. Our thanks to Syndication Administrator Melissa Hayward.
Dawn 25 April 2021
The North Beach War Memorial with Flags at Half Mast and Wreaths. It was a stiring sight as the sun rose.
A small group of 6 Police Officers were there, paying their silent tribute in the early morning light, along with some community members.
Lest We Forget
Our esteemed Member Rob Sweet receiving his Certificate from Dawn Palm and Ross Daniels of Karrinyup Rotary recognising his nomination for the Michael Chin Humanitarian Award. Rob was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the North Beach RSL, Veterans and their families over a number of years. Although Rob did not win the Award, our Congratulations to him for his ongoing contribution.
On a fine chill in the air day 27 intrepid Members bussed to the Perth Mint for a tour.
A guided tour of this historic building proved to be well worth while. It was made most interesting listening to the history of the building, gold development in Western Australia, and seeing a gold pour.
All members came away empty handed, but were more than happy after a top class Lunch at the Grosvenor.
Another great day thanks to SAC Paul McGuinness.
After nearly two years of planning and the 2020 Tour being cancelled because of Covid, 40 Members took off for their Tour of Duty of Darwin from 4th to 11th June 2021. This well planned and executed tour focussed on Darwin and surrounds and its military related history from WW2 to present day. Areas toured included Adelaide River, WW2 Airfields, Humpty Doo, Litchfield National Park, Darwin Aviation Museum, WW2 Storage Tunnels, Robertson Barracks and many more.
Rob Sweet was presented with Life membership
Wayne Koch was presented with his 50 Year Certificate
Des Pryce was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate
Don Ranford was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate
Lindsay Williams was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate.
A Plaque for Bertie Beaumont was unveiled on The Wall of Remembrance on Friday 23 July, followed by a farewell at the North Beach Bowling Club
40 Members visited the Army Museum of Westsern Australian on Friday 12th August, followed by a feed of Fish and Chips at Ciccerello’s overlooking The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
The Sub Branch were welcomed by the North Beach Tigers Football Club to join them in a belated Anzac Day Match Ceremony which was cancelled due to covid restriction earlier in the year. A very successful day. Not only because of the Tigers’ victory, but the mutual respect between the Sub Branch and the Football Club.
The September General Meeting was well attended as usual, and the additional guests made it an action packed event. We had:
Organised by Rip Couston, 15 Members of the 4×4 group with 8 vehicles set off on the 26th September 2021 for this year’s bash. The trip was planned to take 12 to 14 days to conquer the David Carnegie Track just out of Tjukayirla Roadhouse on the Great Central Rd, then the Gunbarrel Hwy down to Wiluna with bush camping along the way, including a stop at Karalee Rock, a site out of Laverton. Well done Rip.
Di Hornby of the Fremantle Army Museum presenting the Sub-Branch, on behalf of herself and husband Allan Hornby, with a rare Photo of Western Australian raised 12 Battalion. The photo was taken prior to the Battalion’s deployment to Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.
Popular retiring Counsellor Karen Caddy from the City of Stirling with Peter Edwards.