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Victorian Branch Meetings Archive


June 25                        Bob Marmion – 'The Gibraltar of the South'

July 23                         Branch AGM and updates on Boer War Memorial and MHSA National Conference

August 27                    David Howell – "Kokoda - Then and Now"

September 24              Military Quiz Night

October 22                  Robin Drooglever – "That Ragged Mob" - the 3rd and 4th Victorian Bushmen Contingents to the Boer War

November 26             Lambis Englezos – 'Fromelles and Pheasant Wood'     

December 3                Branch Christmas Dinner at Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL – members and partners.

December 13              Branch Christmas BBQ  – members only – Malvern East

Military Historical Society of Australia
Victorian Branch Inc

January 28                   Members’ Own Night – 'Obscure Militaria'

February 25                 Sean Young from ACWRTA – 'Johnston vs Sherman in the American Civil War' 

March 14                    Field Trip – B-24 Liberator restoration – lunch at Werribee RSL

March 25                    Peter Beckett – 'Postcard from Ismailia – the case of Herbert Ambrose Reid'

April 2-5                      National Conference at Box Hill RSL Melbourne

April 22                      Annual Member Collectors and Traders Militaria - Show, Tell and Trade 
                                featuring a presentation by Debra Parry, Conservator,
                                Records Operation and Preservation Section, National Archives of Australia
                                - "Caring for your Collection"

May 27                     Michael Lawriwsky - "Hard Jacka" -the story of the exploits of Albert Jacka, VC

June 24                      The Arthur Cobby Commemorative Oration
                                  The Inaugural Oration to be delivered by Air Marshal I B Gration, AO AFC (Rtd)

July 22                      Victorian Branch AGM

August  26                  Will Davies - Author of 'Beneath Hill 60' to speak on our WWI tunnellers, and film makers

September  11-12      Field Trip to Queenscliff Fort and Colonial Defences Seminar
                                   (Right click on link to download brochure)
                                Postponed due to Organiser being unavailable

September 23            Branch Quiz Night - Steve Gray as Quizmaster

October 28                Oakleigh World War 1 Commemorative Project
October - December     Oakleigh Commemorative Exhibition at the Monash Federation Centre in Oakleigh 28th October 
                               at 7PM official Opening of the Exhibition and launch of 'fallen leaves' commemorative book
                                 - at 8pm the project team talks about the project, at the Oakleigh RSL

November 25            Ross McMullan speaks on Will Dyason, War Artist

December 9              Branch Christmas Dinner at Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL

December 11             Branch Christmas BBQ in Balwyn

January 27                Members' Own - "My Family Hero" - members can speak of anyone in their family who may have served
                                    tell their story, show their memorabilia.
                                An interesting and relaxed way to bring in 2011

February 24            Boer War night.  A South African battlefield historian, Garth Benneyworth, will present on the battle
                                 in which Colonel Umphelby, Victoria's Commander of Artillery, was mortally wounded and became
                                Australia's most senior casualty of the Boer war.
                               A joint night with our affiliate Anglo-Boer War Study Group.

March 24               Double member presentation:
                            Frontier Wars - On Hadrian's Wall - Blake Shorthouse
                             Z Special Force - Lt Col Neil Smith, AM

April 28                 Veteran's Night. 
                             Two Vietnam veteran 'tunnel rats' will give short but powerful insights into their war -
                                US Sgt Ron Gates will tell of his role as a tunnel rat in CuChi province
                                and our own Allan Rantall will finish with his model of the tunnel systems that he 'worked' in that conflict.

May 26                   Dr. Pam Oliver, Monash University   'Facts and Perceptions: Japan's Plans and the Bombing of Darwin'

June 23                  The 2nd Arthur Cobby Oration - commemorating 100 years of the RAN and an outstanding Victorian naval serviceman.

July 28                   Victorian Branch Inc. AGM     Guest Speaker  Don Davis 'The Air Observer Corps'

25th August           WWI night with Australian Great War Association.

Sunday 11th September       Field Trip and BBQ: the Museum of HMAS Cerberus

22nd September     Annual Collectors' Trading Night and Quiz (based on Despatches)

27th October          The Challenges of Restoration - a Blitz artillery truck and a B-24 bomber.

24th November       The Military Ghosts Tour of Oakleigh Pioneer Memorial Park and fund raiser.

15th December        Branch Christmas Dinner