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    News Archive

    War Veteran's Group Luncheon
    Wednesday June 10, 2009

    The speaker was Mr Paul Ham, author of the highly acclaimed "Kokada" and "Vietnam – The Australian War". 

    Paul is also the Australian correspondence for the London Times, since 1998.  Paul was born and raised in Sydney and was awarded the Australian History prize at the 2008 NSW Premier's Awards.  

    "Kokoda" is a compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign told from both sides of the conflict. A war without mercy. In "Vietnam - The Australian War", Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians' war. More than 500 soldiers were killed and thousands wounded.  Guided by their commanders' experience of jungle combat, Australian troops operated with stealth, deception and restraint in pursuing a "better war".

    War Veteran's Group Luncheon
    Wednesday February 12, 2009

    testSpeaker: Michael Lawriwsky, author of "Hard Jacka".        

    Michael was born in Barmera, South Australia in 1952 of Ukrainian refugees who fled through the Iron Curtain in 1946-1948. He was awarded a PhD in economics. Professor of Commerce at LaTrobe University in 1988.       
    His topic was the life of Captain Albert Jacka VC, MC & Bar,  whom was awarded the first Victoria Cross of WWI. 

    Captain Albert Jacka enlisted on September 18.1914 as a Private and joined the 14th Battalion, A.I.F. Jacka won his Victoria Cross for bravery at Courtney's Post on the Turkish Peninsula in May 1915.

    Wing Commander Speaks at War Veteran's Group Luncheon
    Wednesday October 8, 2008

    Wing Commander, Annette Holian, MB BS, FRACS, FAOrth, was the guest speaker at the luncheon on October 8 in the Long Room

    Annette, an orthopaedic surgeon, gave an address on her numerous overseas postings including Aitape tsunami disaster 1966 - Indonesia, Boxing Day Tsunami 2004, HMAS Kanimbla - Nias major earthquake.

    Annette also led the recovery of bodies of Australian Defence members of the Sea King helicopter crash in 2005 and was the East Timor orthopaedic surgeon to the UN Military Hospital in 2000 and 2001. She also has qualifications in trauma teaching and was an advanced life support instructor at Hanoi.

    MCC committeeman Peter Mitchell, Lt. Col. Jim Bourke, War Veterans chairman Les Shelley and former MCC president Bruce Church.Vietnam War Veteran speaks at War Veteran's Group Luncheon
    Wednesday June 11, 2008

    Lt. Col Jim Bourke was the guest speaker at the MCC War Veterans Group on June 11.

    US Consul General speaks at War Veteran's Group Luncheon
    Wednesday February 13, 2008

    The US Consul General, Earl Irving was the guest speaker at the MCC War Veterans Group on February 13.

    US Consul General Earl Irving (second from left) with the War Veterans GroupHe spoke of the enduring relationship between the US and Australia during war and peace and stressed the need for continuing education of future generations about its importance.

    The Chairman, in welcoming the Consul General, recalled that many US troops as well as many Australians were housed in the grandstands of the MCG during the second world war.

    It is our understanding that this was the first visit by the Consul General to the Long Room at the MCG.

    Ross McMullin speaks at War Veteran's Group Luncheon
    Monday October 15, 2007

    Ross McMullin was the guest speaker at last week's War Veteran's Group Luncheon.

    Ross, who wrote the outstanding award-winning 2002 autobiography, Pompey Elliot, addressed members and guests about the life of Australian war hero Harold "Pompey" Elliott, who during the Great War was a charismatic, controversial and outstandingly successful commander.

    War Veterans Group members who would like a copy of the book with personalised author's signature can contact Ross McMullin on (03) 9481 6409. The price of the book is $49.95.

    War Veteran's Group Long Room Luncheon

    Chief of the VRC’s Integrity Services unit, Des Gleeson, was a most interesting guest speaker at the MCC Veterans Group’s Long Room luncheon on the eve of the Spring Carnival in October.

    The well-respected stipendiary steward spoke to a full house and no wonder, because the veterans have been on a recruiting drive and their numbers are nudging 200.

    Veterans hear from Major General Frank Poke
    Wednesday October 5, 2005

    In excess of 100 members and guests attended the Members Dining Room to listen to Major General Frank Poke AM speak at the War Veterans Group lunch on October 5.

    His discussion on sport was very entertaining and additional pleasure for him resulted in finding many friends among the membership group.

    Ian Cover speaks at MCC Veterans Group Lunch
    Wednesday June 9, 2004

    More than 100 members and guests packed the Tom Wills Room at the MCG to hear Coodabeen Champion Ian Cover share his views on sport, politics and anything else that came into view.

    The highly entertaining Cover - also a former politician and successful author - delighted the audience with tales tall and true of his days with the Coodabeens on ABC Radio and 3AW as well as his experiences as a politician with the Victorian Liberal Party.

    Dan weaves a Webb at MCC Veterans Group Lunch
    Wednesday October 8, 2003

    The MCC War Veterans Group successfully staged a luncheon for over 80 members and guests in the Long Room at the MCG.

    The gathering was addressed by former radio and television personality Dan Webb, who brought back many wonderful memories an tales from his days at 3DB - a wireless station no longer on the dial - and Channel Seven.

    Dan learned the ropes from some of the great named in radio, including Eric Pearce, John Stuart, Eric Welch and Dick Cranbourne.

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