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Djinnang Reunion – 2012.

 Qld Public Service Club

The Djinnang Association started as a gathering of ex RAAF members of 3TU and ATTU who met in a suburban backyard in Brisbane. Over time this developed into the Djinnang Association which opened at first to all Telegs, Telsops and WRAAF Trinops before being extended to all ex-members of the communications trades. In the early days there were Re-unions in other states but Brisbane was always the biggie. At times they catered for up to 500 members but these days the numbers who regularly get together every year total around 100. The Re-unions are always held on the last Saturday of May.


Their “Where are They Now” data base was started in the early 90s so that members could keep track of one and other. A few years ago they had a data base with nearly 3000 member's names and addresses, some going back to WWII, but over time, natural attrition and members dropping off the Radar (address wise), has trimmed things back a bit (click HERE for the latest issue.


They are a loyal and close knit bunch of great people and if you haven't been to a reunion for a while, make sure you're at the next one in 2013 - or you'll need a chit. Their Association should be congratulated for keeping them all together.


This year's reunion/AGM was held on the 27th May, once again at the Public Service Club in Brisbane. As usual, they had a very good roll up with about 90 blokes and blokettes making the effort, some from a long way off, to get to the annual event and meet and catch up with mates from a long time ago and to marvel how all their mates had got old.


The President, Mick Lawson called the meeting to order about 3.30pm and as per the rules, all committee positions were declared vacant. Mick informed everyone that he would not contest the Presidential position as he had a self-imposed posting to Townsville and would not be on hand to carry out the duties.



The Outgoing Committee.

L-R:  Ron Faulkner, John Carruthers (Treas), Mick Lawson (Pres), Alison Cridland (Sec), Allyn Hawkes, John Cridland

L-R:  Ron Faulkner,  John Carruthers (Treas),  Mick Lawson (Pres),  Alison Cridland (Sec),  Alyn Hawkes,  John Cridland


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After nominations for positions were sought from the floor, and voting held, the Committee for the following 12 months was elected.



The New Committee.

The new Committee

Back, L-R:  Ron Faulkner, Ian Greenacre, Mick Lawson, Alyn Hawkes,

Front, L-R:  John Carruthers, Gavin Smith (Pres), Alison Cridland, Brian Webb


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John Cridland decided he also needed a break, having been on and off the Committee for the past 28 years, so he declined the nomination for committee member. He will, however, continue to oversee publications for a while – a gradual hand-over take-over.


Ernie Gimm also decided it was time to bring in some new blood and he also declined a nomination, “after all”, he says, “when you get to the ripe old age of 45, like me, it’s time to start taking it easy”.


This year’s event was a little different from previous years, in that it included a dinner which was served to all around 6.00pm. The Treasurer, John Carruthers, then reported that the financial position of the Association was very rosy and it was decided that next year’s reunion will be free to all Financial Members. You will, of course, still have to buy your own drinks.


Alison Cridland, the Sec for the next 12 months, reminded members that the Association still has caps for sale which can be bought for $25 each, including postage. If you want one, email her HERE.


There being no further business, the Pres, Gavin Smith, declared the meeting over at about 4.00pm, stuck his hand in his pocket, tossed a bunch of money on the bar and joined all his new found mates for another coldy.


Mick Lawson thought it would be a good idea to take and record photos of everyone at the reunion and to classify everyone as per their past job. First up, he lined up all the blokes to get a group photo, then all the blokettes.


Here are the pics:




All the blokes.

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A vegetarian is a person who won’t eat anything that can have children.



All the Blokettes.

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Front L-R:  Beth Golden (Gray), Thelma Beilby (Lightfoot), Lillian Coxhedge (Weber), Mary Windsor (Moore).

Rear L-R:  Roslyn Smith (North), Sylvia Hodges (Bell), Pat Green (Elder), Ace Vernon (McDowell), Lalee Jagielo, Noreen Barry (McCabe), Alison Cridland (Swindley), Shirley Watson (Strub), Jeanette Kiorgaard, Jenny Gimm (Hickey) [OIC WRAAF].


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L-R:   Lisa Williams (Murray), Sue Cully, Lalee Jagiello, Alison Cridland.


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Front L-R:  Ron Amos, Rex Ralph, Col Mallett.

Back L-R:  Mick Fargher, Ron Bellert, Glen Muller, Roy Green.


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Back L-R:  Brian Webb, Ken Marsh, Alyn Hawkes, RG Thompson. Glen Muller, Mick Fargher, Col Mallett, Howard Donald, Ron Amos, Lyn Bielby, John Cridland.

Front L-R:  Ron Vernon, Rex Ralph, Mike Cook, Ian Greenacre, Roy Green.


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Back L-R:   Bob Mietus, Bob Arthars, Bob May, Bob Daunt, Gary Butler, John Carruthers, Ron Faulkner, George Mellick, Les Coxhedge.

Front L-R:   Jack Khan, Frank Hodges, Kerry “Kero” Harrington, Roy Smeaton, Dennis Greig, Mick Lawson, Brian Flux.


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Back L-R:   Kevin Kochevatkin, Mick Conyard, Gary Hogan, John Isaacs, John O’Loughlin, John McAllister, Allan Essery, “Buck” Buchanan

Front L-R:   Ray Graham, Rick Smith, John Brell, Ernie Gimm.


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The boggy pilot said “I was proud and excited on the first day of my Air Force pilot training. As I walked toward the instruction facility I could see large letters looming over the entrance: "Through these doors pass the best pilots in the world." My pride was quickly deflated, however, as I reached the threshold and read the small, scribbled cardboard sign that had been taped to the glass by an Erk.  It said  "Please use the other door."



Col Cliff.


CCol Cliffol, an ex-Telsop, who was about a week off his 77th birthday the day the reunion was held, is surely an inspiration to us all. Col is a swimmer and swims with Pan Pacific Masters Swimming which is a non-government, not for profit organisation and is the peak body for adult swimmers in Australia.


At the moment, Masters Swimming has about 6,500 members from 190 clubs located throughout Australia.


Col has been competitively swimming since 1992 and for the past 2 years he has been, for his age group, amongst the top 10 swimmers in the world. His distance is 1500 metres and to be that good is a marvellous achievement and something of which he can be rightly proud.


Col’s time for the 1500 metres is 26 mins, 36 secs. That’s an average swim at 3.38 klms per hour – a good walking pace.


In September this year, he will try and better his time at a meet in Sydney, we wish him well.


Col was at Frognall many years ago, he’s in the pic at right, and can be seen standing far right. Seems to have had a bit more hair back then too.  


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If Coles are continually lowering prices, how come nothing is free yet??



L-R:  Betty Yardley, Thelma Beilby, Dianne Webb, Lalee Jagiello, Shirley Watson.

L-R:  Betty Yardley, Thelma Beilby, Dianne Webb, Lalee Jagiello, Shirley Watson.


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Janet Gray

Pat Green


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L-R:  Marg Greenacre, Roz Smith, Sylvia Hodges, Jenny Gimm.

L-R:  Marg Greenacre, Roz Smith, Sylvia Hodges, Jenny Gimm.



L-R:  Mary Windsor, Ron Vernon, Ace Vernon, Helen Donald.

L-R:  Mary Windsor, Ron Vernon, Ace Vernon, Helen Donald.



L-R:  Noreen Barry, Iris Bellert

L-R:  Ace Vernon, Lillian Coxhedge



L-R:   Ian Greenacre, Rick Smith, Angie Smith.

L-R:   Ian Greenacre,  Rick Smith,  Angie Smith.



L-R:   John Khan,  Bob Mietus,  Bob Daunt,  Bob Arthars,  Brian Flux.



L-R:   Helen Daunt,  Robin Arthars,  Marg Khan.



L-R:  Roy Green,  Col “Limpy” Mallett,  RG Thompson,  Pat Green (Elder).


Some mistakes are far too much fun to make only once.



3 Squadron Reunion


3 Sqn Logo

The Queensland Branch of the 3 Sqn Association held their winter reunion at the Redlands RSL Club on the 14th July. Redlands RSL is situated in Cleveland, one of Brisbane’s Bay-side suburbs. The Association holds regular reunions and to make it ‘fair’ on their many members, they rotate the venue each time, with the Summer reunion, which will be held on the 24th November, 2012, planned at the Caloundra RSL Club. Past reunions have been held at Currumbin RSL (Gold Coast) and Goodna RSL (Brisbane western suburb).


About 25 blokes and their ladies attended the reunion, some coming down from Pomona, others from Ipswich, the Gold Coast and Rosewood. ‘Three members, who are in their 70's and who live in Clontarf (in the north), caught two trains and a taxi to come to the lunch’.  The Association greatly appreciates their support.


Redlands RSL


3 Squadron started life at Point Cook back in September 1916 and moved to England for training before deploying to France the following year. Squadron aircraft were used for bombing and reconnaissance missions in support of British, Canadian and ANZAC forces and, by the end of WW1, the unit was regarded as the best allied reconnaissance squadron in the war.


One of the most unusual incidents of World War I occurred in December 1917 when a No 3 Squadron RE8 was attacked by six Albatross scouts. After bringing down one enemy aircraft, the gunner was mortally wounded by a bullet which passed through his chest before striking the pilot in the head, killing him instantly. Although damaged, the RE8 continued to fly by itself until it ran out of fuel and landed relatively intact in a snow drift some fifty miles from the scene of the combat. The Albatross bought down in this engagement was presented to Australia as a war trophy and is now on display at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. (See HERE)


When WW2 broke out, the Sqn sailed for Egypt, where, despite being heavily outnumbered, they provided air support to the 8th Army during the ebb and flow of the desert campaign. It later participated in the liberation of Italy and Yugoslavia where the squadron was well regarded for its highly accurate attacks against enemy shipping. With a score of 192 enemy aircraft destroyed, not 217 as is erroneously reported in several other documents, No 3 Squadron remains the highest scoring fighter squadron of the RAAF.


After deploying to Malaya in 1958, 3 Squadron Sabres, and later Mirages, operated from Butterworth as part of the five-power defence arrangement.


Following its return to Australia in 1986, 3 Squadron received its first Hornets and, with these state-of-the-art aircraft, the squadron continues its role as one of the nation's most vital defence assets. In early 2002, 3 Squadron performed air defence operations from Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean as part of the coalition in the International War Against Terrorism.


3 Squadron is now based at Williamtown.



Some of the people at the reunion, which was organised by Jim Hall, the Association's President and Treasurer, are: All pics left to right:  (Click each pic for a bigger view)


Gerry O"Sullivan, Hap Pryor

Gerry O’Sullivan and Roger “Hap” Pryor.


Anne Lollback, Carol Hall

Anne Lollback, Carol Hall


Sheena Millar, Lois Jamieson

Sheena Millar, Lois Jamieson


Max Lollback, Scott King

Max Lollback, Scott King


Margaret and Grant Small

Margaret and Grant Small


Leslie King, Lisle Pryor

Leslie King, Lisle Pryor


"Deefa" Millar, Mal Jamieson

Daryl "Deefa" Millar, Mal Jamieson.


Jim Hall, Dick Jones

Jim Hall, Dick Jones.


"Bushy Trinble, Dave Henkel

"Bushy" Trimble, Dave Henkel.


Back Row L-R:  “Bushy" Trimble, Scott King, Grant Small, Roger Clarkson, Neil Handsley, Max Lollback, Jim Hall, Bob Rae.

Front Row L-R:   Ned Wark, “Hap” Pryor, Dick Jones, “Deefa” Millar, Mal Jamieson.


Back Row L-R:  Margaret Small, Lisle Pryor, Sheena Millar, Carol Hall, Anne Jones,

Front Row L-R:  Leslie King, June Handsley, Lois Jamieson, Anne Lollback.


Deefa Millar, Mal Jamieson

"Deefa" Millar, Mal Jamieson.





If you’re interested in the history of 3 Sqn, there are two excellent sources of material.


  1. Neil Leybourne Smith has written a comprehensive and very interesting history of 3 Sqn,  you can read it HERE, and

  2. Neil Handsley, (right) who was at the reunion at the Redlands RSL, has produced a wonderful 30-minute DVD featuring many fascinating glimpses of 3 Squadron history. You can see a sample of the DVD HERE. If you would like to order a copy, you can do so by emailing Jim Hall, President of the Qld branch, HERE.  The cost is $15 per copy, which includes postage.


Brian invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, Brian's mother couldn't help but notice how beautiful Brian's 'roommate', Jennifer was. Brian's Mom had long been suspicious of a relationship between Brian and Jennifer, and this had only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Brian and Jennifer than meets the eye.


Reading his mom's thoughts, Brian volunteered, 'I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Jennifer and I are just roommates.' About a week later, Jennifer came to Brian saying, 'Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the beautiful silver gravy ladle. You don't suppose she took it, do you?' Brian said, 'Well, I doubt it, but I'll send her an e-mail just to be sure. So he sat down and wrote:


Dear Mom,


I'm not saying that you 'did' take the gravy ladle from the house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the gravy ladle. But the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.


Love, Brian.


Several days later, Brian received an email back from his mother that read:


Dear Son,


I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Jennifer, I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with Jennifer. But the fact remains that if Jennifer is sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now.


Love, Mom






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