Vol 50

Jun 2015

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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.


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Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Catherine Coffee and we have lots of old course pics.



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You can activate Windows' secret admin account and Windows 10 is not far off, are you ready?


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We have a look over HMAS Albatross at Nowra, and also the Navy Museum


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Ever wondered how a car wash works and is there any therapeutic benefit from wearing or sleeping on magnets or is it all garbage?


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You wanted to know, well here it is, Anthony Element tells us his story.


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Jeff Pedrina reminisces about his days flying the Caribou in PNG.


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Ever wondered where the design for the Jerry Can came from and Allan dispels some long held Gallipoli Myths


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2 Squadron bods got together at Amberley to share a snag and remember the 48 years since they shipped off to Phan Ran.


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DVA are re-introducing the heart health program, if you are eligible it is definitely worth doing.


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The Djinnang people got together again for another of their momentous knees up.


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Exclusive!  The dummy’s guide to gardening.


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Anzac Day in Brisbane was once again wonderfully supported by the general public who turned out in their thousands.


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Ron Raymond tells us what is was like bringing the brand new Caribou out to Australia back in 1964.


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John Laming recalls some amusing and innocent old memories as a child in Britain during the War.


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A couple of blokes have been a bit crook and could do with a bit of a cheer up.


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We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.


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This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.


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Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.


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The Index is now finished - all references have been linked so if you're looking for a topic or a photo of someone, click on the Index link on the top of each page and just follow the links.







Once again, unfortunately, we have to mention costs. Our costs in putting this magazine out are becoming a bit too high to wear, there’s travel, in some cases overnight accommodation, stationary, web hosting etc, they all mount up and to date we have met them willingly as they were quite manageable but sorry to say, we can’t any more.


We have had some help through sponsorships and advertising (and for that we are very grateful) and DVA have been wonderful with their grants for our equipment, but that’s not enough so we would like to explore the possibility of an annual membership. We think a membership cost of $12.00 per calendar year ($1.00 per month) would be adequate. Members would receive a plastic membership card. We’ve made some enquiries and there are companies out there that are willing to help by offering discounts to our members, on presentation of the card, which could mean you’d save more than the cost of membership.


We’d like your thoughts, please complete the small form below and send it to us – we would love to hear what you have to say. Everything will of course remain confidential.


This does not mean that you will have to join to get the RAM and to have access to all the other stuff, that will still be there and it will still be free. Joining will mean the coffers will have some substance, we can do lots more and you will have a card that could save you money at various shops.


If anyone is agreeable, we would kick it off from 01January 2016.




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If you agree or disagree with anything in this Magazine - please let us know.

Click on "Contact Us" at the top of any page and have your say.



RAM thought for the day.


We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare;

now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.



Course Photos.


We intend to eventually have copies of as many RAAF courses (with names) as it is possible to obtain. When finished you will be able to search by course name and/or personal name and if your course is there, get a copy. Availability is the big problem, some photos are easy to get others we have to travel to copy but over the coming months we intend to do so. We now have most of the WRAAF course photos and names and will get them up soon. You can check what we have by going to the www.Radschool.org.au site then click “Course Photos”. If you see any errors let us know or if we're missing any names and you can provide them - please do.


Over time the list we've started will be expanded, we hope to be able to include courses that were held at Wagga, Frogers, Pt Cook, Sale etc.





If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know (well in advance if possible) and we'll see what can be done. We now have some generous sponsors who have contributed funds to the association so we do have limited travel funds available.





Our aim is to have this site error free – but that’s probably impossible. But with your help I reckon we can get pretty close. If you see any errors, be they punctuation, spelling, links that don’t work, facts wrong etc, (no matter how small) please let us know so we can fix them.





You can download the full magazine in PDF format HERE.

It is a very large file, contains 274 pages and will take a while to download.

The margins have been set so you can print on both sides of the page.



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