30 April 2006 - Tableland Nasho’s Branch News

Tableland Branch Nashos have been busy over the past few months with various activities across the north. ANZAC Day commemorations were organised and observed by members at numerous centres across the Tableland. Good attendances were recorded at all centres. A good public response was received for the sale of ANZAC badges and thanks goes out to those that made contributions.

Members travelled to Cardwell on 30 April 2006 to participate in the 64th Anniversary Commemoration Service of Battle of the Coral Sea 1942. A memorial service followed a march to the Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park. General Peter Cosgrove acted as guest speaker for the occasion and commented on the good turnout and dress standards of the Nashos. One highlight of the ceremony was the simultaneous laying of wreaths by the Branch Presidents from five North Queensland Branches, Tableland, Cairns, Innisfail, Ingham and Townsville. People attending had lunch in a very pleasant setting on the foreshore of the park. In the first National Service scheme between 1951 and 1959, conscripts did their training in intakes at naval establishment across three Australian states.

Far northern members travelled to Townsville on 27 March to attend the unveiling and dedication of a special Memorial to National Servicemen at Rowes Bay Park. The black granite memorial is oval in shape and features a map of Australia and the three Service Badges and inscription.

Some members are currently planning their attendance at the 2006 State Conference at Acacia Ridge from 7-10 September and the National Servicemen's 55th Anniversary National Reunion at Gosford from 17-23 October.

Many enquiries are being received about the Australian Defence Medal. People that completed their National Service obligation are eligible for the medal.

Further details about any Branch activities can be obtained from the Branch Secretary, John Hardy (Ph 0408 939 910). Branch meetings are held at the Nasho’s shelter at the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park on the first Sunday of each month.

Branch Presidents laying wreaths at Cardwell’s Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorations. L to R Warren Hegarty Townsville, John Pearson Ingham, John Ahlers Tableland, Phil Pearce Innisfail and Fred Cave Cairns along with an RAAF representative

Appreciation Certificates being presented to Branch supporter members by Branch President Don Locarnini. L to R - Shirley McIntyre, Jess Ahlers, Heather Kraft, Margaret Chester and Linda Fitzgerald


14 Feb 2006 - Nasho’s Annual Remembrance for their Fallen

National Servicemen from Cairns , Innisfail and the Tableland commemorating National Servicemen’s Day at Atherton
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A good turnout of far northern ex-national servicemen and their supporters were present on 14 February at ANZAC Park, Atherton to commemorate National Service Day; marking the day the last Nasho’s marched out of camp. It is a time to remember their fallen comrades, 2 being killed in Borneo in 1966 and 210 killed in Vietnam between 1968 and 1972. In addition, 1479 national servicemen were wounded in these conflicts.

Former national serviceman, Padre Des Pritchard provided spiritual and musical support during the program while the guest speaker Lt Colonel (Retd) Bill McDonald of Mareeba provided an interesting delivery. The service was followed by a buffet luncheon at the RSL where State Management Committee representative John Hardy explained further details of the proposed Wacol heritage precinct relocation.

Tableland Branch members also traveled to Cairns to participate in their commemorations on the previous Sunday.

The National Servicemen's Association now has branches Australia-wide and is the second-largest ex-service organisation after the RSL. Members are invited to the Tableland Branch AGM to be held at the Rocky Creek Nasho Shelter on Sunday 5 March at 1030 hours followed by a BYO lunch. Presentation of Branch Certificates of Appreciation will follow.

Anyone wishing to find out further details about these or any other branch activities should contact Secretary Boyd McQueen on 4091 7335.

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The effort of members of the Tableland Branch with fundraising and involvement in community projects over the last ten years has been recognised. The Branch has been awarded the prestigious Red Shield Community Service Award by Lieutenant Rick Moulder of the Atherton Salvation Army Corps. When recently handing over the shield to Branch President Des Nella at the Nasho picnic shelter at Rocky Creek, Rick commented on the wonderful work that members undertake. This work was highlighted in the 10th Anniversary Branch History book produced by John Hardy.

On 3 July, the three Far Northern Nasho Branches combined to hold a ‘Christmas in July’ lunch at the Mountain View Hotel on the picturesque Little Mulgrave River. This event was well supported by members and supporters who dressed up in a festive theme to welcome Santa.

The 66th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific commemorations will be observed on 14 August at Rocky Creek. Members will assist the organising committee by setting up a display of WWII memorabilia, selling badges and raffle tickets. Far Northern Branch members traditionally march in the parade and participate in the memorial service. This year three new military unit plaques including one for the Navy will be unveiled as well as 11 private plaques on the Remembrance Wall. This brings back many former WWII veterans and their families that served in the area during WWII.

A reunion for the 51st Battalion Association will be held in Atherton on the same weekend and several Branch members have indicated that they will be attending. Most Branch members completed their 1950’s national service obligation with this unit.

Vietnam Veteran’s Day will be held on 18 August and members and supporters will attend services at Mareeba. Some members will also travel to the veteran’s retreat at Kalpowar.

Preparations are in hand to host the members of the Bayside Branch when they visit the Tableland as part of their northern tour. This is being held in association with the 60th anniversary National Service reunion in Townsville from 8-11 September. A post-reunion Nasho coach tour of 30 people will also visit the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park on 13 September. Tableland members will organise lunch for their visit.

Nasho Branch meetings are held at the Nasho’s shelter at the Rocky Creek War Memorial Park on the second Sunday of each month and further details can be obtained from President Des Nella on 4095 0294.

Caption for the attached photograph 1 - Branch members look on while Branch President Des Nella accepts the Salvo award from Lieutenant Rick Moulder