Radschool Association Magazine - Vol 36

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Col O’Brien sent us these photos which were taken at Ballarat back in the 50/60’s, no doubt they will bring back a lot of memories to a lot of people. Col is not sure of a few names, if you can help, please do.


Blue Henry on his BSA


“Blue” Henry aboard his ‘rigid heel’ 500 single BSA motor bike. (I had one of those, dreadful thing to ride – tb). Blue was the “Gofer” on an off-pay week-end when we scraped up enough change for a pie from the pie stall near the bus stop (Romano’s) while we were playing Deuces Wild



1TS staff, 1962.


ITS Staff 1962

1TS (Transmitting Station), which was administered from Frognall, was on the road from Laverton to Pt Cook.



4 WMM (Wireless maintenance mechanic) Ground, 1951.


Having a break from the classroom to check out the snow.


4WMM Ground 1951

Paddy, Siddiqi, Bill Flynn, Erick Smith, Blue Henry. Col Price, John Boettcher, Jim Ferris.


4WMM was a 56 week course training blokes to become Wireless Maintenance Mechanics, later called Radio Technicians. When Pakistan separated from India, their Air Force initially sent Radio trainees to Ballarat.


A woman goes to her doctor complaining that she is exhausted all the time. After the diagnostic tests showed nothing, the doctor gets around to asking her how often she has sex. "Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday," she says. The doctor advised her to cut out Wednesdays and Sundays. "I can't," says the woman. "Those are the only times I'm with my husband."




4 WMM (G) 1950

Paddy O’Brien, Riaz (P), Phil Ford, Shah (P), Cec Newberry, Alan Boettcher, Blue Henry, Bill Flynn, Jack Squires, Dusty (P), Millar, John Markey, Col Price, Harry Hall, Jim Ferris, Manzoor Hussain (P), Siddiqui (P), Iqbal Hussain (P),

Khadim Hussain (P) Aethishum Un Nabi (P). 

[The “P” indicates that the blokes are from Pakistan.]


An elderly couple are sitting around one evening and the man says to his wife, "Marsha, we are about to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary. We've had a wonderful life together, full of contentment and blessings. But there's something I've always wondered about. Tell me the truth. Have you ever been unfaithful to me?" She hesitates a moment, then says, "Yes, three times, Sidney." "Three times? How could that happen?" Sidney asks. The wife begins recalling slowly, "Well, do you remember right after we were married and we were so broke, and the bank was going to foreclose on our little house?" "Yes, dear, that was really a terrible time" replies the man. Marsha continued, "And remember when I went to see the banker one night and the next day the bank extended our loan?" "That's hard to take" the man says, "but I guess it really was for us, so I can forgive you. What was the second time?" "Well," she continued, "do you remember years later when you almost died from the heart problem because we couldn't afford the operation?"......."Yes, of course" the man replies. "Then you will remember that right after I went to see the doctor, he did your operation at no cost?" she explained. "That's true" Sidney nodded. "That shocks me, Marsha, but I do understand that you did it out of love for me, and I forgive you. So, what was the third time?


"Marsha lowers her head and says, "Sidney, do you remember when you ran for Country Club President and you needed 62 more votes...?"


Classmates 1952



L-R:  Jim Ferris, Splinter Sutherland, Bill Flynn




Showing the Quad radar to the Appies, 1950



Col O’Brien on the left.



The Radschool Sgts basketball team (“The Snakes”). 1960


1960 Sgts Basket Ball team

L-R:  Allan Patterson, Eion McCarthy, Col “Paddy” O’Brien, Dusty Millar, Len Dancy


On guard

On Guard Duty, Ballarat, 1950.




One of the more important tasks while on Guard Duty was to stoke the Boilers.


Ballarat back then was not known for its abundance of terrorists.




Building the receiver.

Building a superhet

Jack Squires building a superhet receiver. On the occasional afternoon, Jack and a few other blokes, would shoot rabbits in the nearby paddocks.


In the Gardens


Classmates, 1950


Bob Gordon, on the left, was later commissioned, We don’t know the other two blokes, if you can help, please do.


It looks like the blokes are cruising the Botanical Gardens, possibly on the lookout for some lovely ladies, also cruising the Botanical Gardens.



At the lookout

Joe Chamberlain, who was on a Radar Conversion Course in 1957. Joe later went on to be the WOff I/C at Sale.



This photo was taken from Black Hill lookout, with Ballarat in the background. Joe is done up to the nines, must have been going to either a wedding or to church….




Radar Conversion Course, 1957.


Back L-R:  Col O’Brien, L Nugent, A Wight, J Blythman, L Wright, J Chamberlain,

J Kelly, Instructor.

Front L-R:  B Tracey-Patti, K Sutherland, P Millar, A Barty, B Garrick.



Ballarat, 1950


Col O'Brien

Col O’Brien – all done up in battle dress (Giggle Jacket), and wearing the C-Cap.



Ballarat in snow

A ‘nice” sunny (??) day in Ballarat, with snow falling – yuk!!


I actually know people who, each year, pay money to go and play in that stuff.  How weird is that??


Ballarat in snow


No wonder they moved Radschool down to Laverton……


Ballarat in snow


We don’t know what this building is, or what it was used for, but they can have it for mine…


Ballarat in snow


The doorbell rang and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, on the front porch. "Madam," he announced, ."I'm the piano tuner."  The lady exclaimed, "Why, I didn't send for a piano tuner."  The man replied, "I know you didn't, but your neighbours did."



Radar Conversion Course, 1959.



A friend said "While I was driving down the road the other day (going a little faster than I should have been) I passed over a bridge only to see a cop on the other side with a radar gun laying in wait. The cop pulled me over, walked up to the car with that classic patronising smirk we all know about and said to me "what's your hurry?" To which I replied, "I'm late for work." To which he asked, "What do you do?" "I'm a rectum stretcher," I responded. The cop was surprised and confused. "A what? A rectum stretcher?? And just what does a rectum stretcher do? "Well, "I said, "I start by inserting one finger, then I work my way up to two fingers, then three, then four, then with my whole hand in I work side to side until I can get both hands in, and then I slowly but surely stretch the hole, until it's about 6 feet wide." Then the cop asked questioningly and cautiously, "And just what do you do with a six-foot a**ehole?" To which I replied, "You give him a radar gun and park him behind a bridge...."


Traffic ticket: $95.00 Court cost: $45.00 Look on cop's face...PRICELESS



RAAF Association (Coffs Harbour)


Joy Hutchinson, who lives on the mid north coast of NSW, and who used to be Joy McAuley when she was a young and fancy free WRAAF (a Switchy), sent us these photos of a recent meeting of the Coffs Harbour RAAF Association. Joy said they had Kent Lee (ex RAAF) as a guest speaker at the meeting. For many years Kent has been reconstructing, to as original as possible, some our earlier magnificent planes. He has a Hanger at Coffs Harbour airport at the Civilian end and if you’re in the Coffs area, we’re sure Kent wouldn’t mind if you dropped in to say howdy.


Unfortunately, Joy didn’t give us any names to go with the photos, but Trevor Williams who was on 89Telegs/Telsopsso could give us a lot. If anyone can help with the rest, please do!!


Trevor wasn't at that meeting but said that the Coffs Division has over 60 members and he couldn't put names to all the faces. Their meetings re held bi-monthly and are always well attended.



Kel Dowse, Kent Lee

Desk; Bill Murrie (Treasurer) Richard Kelloway obscured, Kent Lee


Desk: Bill Murrie, Alan Beattie (Secretary) Richard Kelloway (President

Left: Leonie Andersen


Peter Bodiam, ??, Don Melvin

George Crane (RAF), Graeme Semkens, Richard Kelloway


Elizabeth Beattie, Jean Bain, Pat Dowse, Marlene Semkens, Joy Hutchinson

Doug Bain, ??


Doug Bain, Jean Bain, Elizabeth Beattie, Pat Dowse.

Pat and Kel Dowse.


Alan Beattie, Richard Kelloway

??, Don Melvin

Down the back: Elizabeth Beattie, Doug Bain, ??, Right: Jean Bain.

??, Christine Armstrong, Ian Muldoon.





Three friends married women from different parts of Australia.....


The first man married a South Australian girl. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.


The second man married a lady from New South Wales. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done, and there was a huge dinner on the table.


The third man married a girl from Queensland. He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything either but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye and his arm was healed enough that he could make himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher.



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