eNewsletter July 2016
20 April 2016 the Australian Artillery
Association welcomed it's 900th member. This
is an amazing achievement and one we are
very proud of.
We now hope to
achieve 1000 members by the 2017 National
Gunner Dinner to be held on 27th May 2017.
At the time of publishing this article on
24th April 2016 our membership has already
risen to 908 so we are well on our way to
achieving our goal.
Remember membership is FREE.
Artillery Association has been invited to
sponsor 44 Platoon a recently created
platoon at 1 RTB Kapooka.
Commanding 44 Platoon has requested we adorn
their corridors with photographs of
Artillery past and present.
comprehensive overview of what is involved
and proposed please:
As part of the
organising of both the 2014 and 2017
National Gunner Dinners we have had
suggestions that we should consider holding
a Gunner Dinner on board one of the cruise
ships that visit or is permanently based in
Australia such as P&O Cruises.
By far the
majority of the suggestions that the cruise
should only be for a short duration of 3 to
4 days for example Brisbane to Whitsundays
return or Melbourne to Brisbane return or
Whilst in New
Zealand attending the Royal New Zealand
Artillery Association 2015 Annual Gunner
Dinner we discussed the possibility amongst
thier members and received a very positive
response from around 20 members interested
Such a cruise
would only occur approximately half way
between the larger National Gunner Dinners
however the concept of holding a Gunner
Dinner on board is exciting and achievable
as is being around your close friends for a
period longer than a quick weekend.
In fact, we could have a Gunner Dinner every
night we are on board.
would not be limited to just you and your
spouse/partner but would also be extended to
family and friends who would like to
experience a Gunner Dinner on board a cruise
ship as well.
So if you are
interested in a short cruise on which we
would hold a Gunner Dinner please
contact me with your expression of
interest and I will put you on the "to be
kept informed" list.
RAA REGIMENTAL SHOP
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Regimental Shop is now available online for
the purchase of a wide range of items from
Corps ties, socks, scarfs and cuff links to
sporting and field equipment.
OWNED OR OPERATED
BUSINESSES PROVIDING DISCOUNTS TO FELLOW
As a direct
result of the generosity of Mr Kevin Woods
the owner of Darra Tyres who provided
sponsorship by way of a $1000 worth of tyres
to be given away at the 2014 National Gunner
Dinner, we at the Australian Artillery
Association have decided to create a webpage
where fellow Gunners who own or operate a
business and are prepared to provide a
discount to serving and retired Gunners may
now advertise their business.
To access the Business webpage use the
permanent link provided to the left of this
column immediately under the Customs and
OK guys (girls too), it's well and truly on
- the big GUN HUNT. We
need your help to locate, identify,
photograph and record our history.
To find out more about the big GUN HUNT
I Was Only 19
We all know what a great song "I Was Only
19" by the Australian band Redgum was and
how much it became the anthem of the Vietnam
conflict. However have you ever
wondered why and how it was written?
Feature of the Month
AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION
ATTENDANCE AT THE
2015 ANNUAL GUNNER DINNER
8 members of the Australian Artillery Association
ventured over the ditch to New Zealand during the period 5 November to 16
November to attend the Royal New Zealand Artillery Associaiton's 2015 Annual
Gunner Dinner held at Christchurch on Saturday 14 November 2015.
The above slideshow / video is
a brief 3 minutes of our adventure from the southern most tip of the south
island in New Zealand (Bluff) to Queenstown, Arrowtown, Timaru then onto
To view many more photographs and short videos of our trip use the link below.
Record your memories of those
memorable moments at work or
in the mess, the gun park on
exercise, overseas deployment
or major events or activities
PRESERVE YOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS
FOR OUR HISTORY
Many of us have photographs of our time in
the Army serving in Artillery.
Why not both preserve and share you
photographs and videos. The
Australian Artillery Association maintains
an online professional
Photo Gallery and you are invited to
deposit a copy of your photos or videos with
1080p quality in a Photo Album dedicated to
It could not be easier, simply upload your
photographs direct from your computer to the
dedicated Photo Album. There is no
limit to the number of photographs you
upload with a massive limit of 50mb per
individual photograph and 20 minutes per
video with 1080p quality.
All photos are protected from "Right Click"
then copy and can be Watermarked upon
request for further protection.
For further information on this free
service provided by the Australian Artillery
Association please contact the
Artillery Association has now become
affiliated with the Royal Canadian Artillery
We welcome all
members of the Royal Canadian Artillery
Association and in fact all members of the
Royal Canadian Artillery as a whole to the
Australian Artillery Association's website.
We hope to one day meet with you and share a
story or 2 over a quiet drink.
The RCAA also
publish an eNewsletter a link to which will
be provided within our own eNewsletter on
each occasion it becomes available.
Additional information will also follow on
To visit the
RCAA website use the link provided in the
Useful Links webpage.
VETERANS OFF THE STREET
a not-for-profit organisation and we rely on
contributions from the public, business and
industry to facilitate our work. If you are
able to donate any amount we will ensure you
gift provides needed services in our
homeless Veterans and ex-service personnel
in finding crisis, temporary and permanent
accommodation. To act as a concierge service
for Veteran and ex-service personnel
families who are looking for accommodation
are to provide Awareness - Support - Access.
the VOSTA website click on the image above
or follow them on Facebook.
AUSTRALIA'S MEMORIAL WALK
A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE WALKWAY
NORTH HEAD SYDNEY, NSW
The paved pathway links five monuments
erected to remember different conflict
periods in Australia’s history. These are:
Colonial, World War I, World War II, Post
WWII and Peacekeeping. Funding for
construction of the site commenced with a
grant from the Department of Veterans’
Affairs with the majority of the funds being
donated from the public and organisations
whose contributions are recognized with an
engraved paver containing words of their
choosing. To date some 4000 individual
pavers and 65 Centrepiece pavers have been
laid and the available space for the
Memorial Walk is filling fast. A dedication
of the site is planned for December 2012
after which the site expansion will be
limited. It is recommended that any of the
Australian Artillery Association members
seeking to have a memorial paver laid in the
Walk before its dedication later this year
should initiate their request now.
For further information on the Memorial Walk
visit the RAAHC
View correspondence from the Chairman of
the RAAHC Board, Major General Tim Ford, AO
(Retired), dated 27 April 2012.