Formal Dining Night, Victoria Barracks, 2000.
Another successful Regimental Mixed Reunion Dinner was held in July in the Victoria Barracks Officers Mess, Brisbane. Guests of Honour were Major General John Pearn , AM.RFD., Surgeon General Australian Defence Force (ex PNGVR Goroka) and the Papua New Guinea Consul General, Mr Henry P Koiaie and Mrs Koiaie.
Some 56 members and guests enjoyed pre-dinner sherry and comradeship in the foyer before moving into the Mess for a formal Regimental Dinner. Dining President Colonel Harry Green, MBE.ED.EM and the official party were piped in, followed by the Australian, Regimental and PNG Flags. Stories, good cheer and Port were in plentiful supply.
Dining Vice, Barry Wright took the Chair after the official party departed the Mess for Coffee, and achieved his revenge from previous dinners by instructing our Secretary Col Could to `slow march' the length of the Mess in order to collect donations for our Welfare Fund. Col later commented that the last time he had to slow march, was in 1971 at the Regiment's Annual Camp 29 years ago. Barry gave him 8 put of 10 for a "reasonable" drill performance.
The entrée was nice, but the caterers made an error and were a couple short. You guessed it, Joe Fisk was one who looked like missing out. Whilst waiting for developments in the midst of "poor Joe" & "couldn't happen to a nicer RSM", Joe and Val scored a dish of hot prawns in lieu of the entrée. RSM's have all the luck.
Prior to sitting down. L-R. Ken Hendren and wife, Mrs Todd, Joe Fisk, Dr Bruce Todd, Val Fisk, Joe and Val's Daughter Cathy and fiancé Steve Waziak
The crowd mingling prior to sitting down.
Patron Maj Gen John Pearn AO. RFD., with Pam and Barry Wright
Norm Mundy and Harry Green MBE.
Those at the head table. Standing L-R. Commandant Victoria Barracks, Maj Gen John Pearn AO RFD, Margaret Green, Col Harry Green,
Sitting. PNG Consul General for Qld Henry Koiaie and his wife.
Jesse Chee and Barry Wright march in the flags
L-R. Maj Gen John Pearn AO, RFD, Col Harry Green, Margaret Green.
Gen Pearn addressing the group.
Kay and Jess Hansford who had travelled from Bungendore, ACT.
Jo and Joe Hall.
Norm Mundy and Jenny Crawford
Jenny Jenner and Bob Collins
Bruce Johnson and wife moving in to take their seat.
John Mudge MBE (standing).
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Jim Vote, ?.
?, Bruce Johnson