Formal Dining Night, Victoria Barracks Officers & Sergeants Mess, 2008.
23 April 2008
49 Members and guests enjoyed the facilities and good food at the Victoria Barracks Officers & Sergeants Mess, Brisbane during the Association’s 2008 pre- ANZAC Day Regimental Mixed Dinner Reunion.
Dining President was Phil Ainsworth and our special guests included our Patron, Major-General John Pearn, Capt Keith Payne, VC and Mrs Flo Payne, author Tom Richman and, from PNG, former PIR member (Dr) Colonel Jethro Usurup (Rtd).
Guests included:- Karl & Jenny Aschhoff, Owen & Joy Barry, Jesse & Mary-Ellen Chee, Alan & Lorraine Clayton, Frank & Judith Cleal, Bob Collins & Jenny Jenner, Hank & Berry Cosgrove, Tom Dowling, Col Gould, Jessica Harrington, Bob & Dawn Harvey-Hall, Jack & Judy Hobbins. John Holland, Les Irvine, Brian & Nancy Jones, Raylene Kerr, Ted & Heather McAllen, Ian Millard (Piper), John & Sharon Mudge, Norm Mundy, Jill & Percy Neville, Doug & Fran Ng, Glen O’Brien, Peter Rogers, DFC., Barry & Pam Wright, Mai & Marie Zimmermann.
National Servicemen’s Band Piper, Ian Millard, provided a stirring Bagpipe background as the top table guests took their places followed by the Australian, Regimental and Papua New Guinea Flags.
Pre-dinner sherry, a 3 course alternate drop dinner, table wine and good Port was enjoyed by all. The end of dinner, “Kangaroo Court" was hosted by Dining Vice Col Gould.
Our 2009 Regimental Mixed Dinner Reunion will be held) on Thursday 23 April in Brisbane. We would like to see more of our members attend this once a year function and^ ask that you place this date in your 2009 diary.
Our sincere thanks to the Officers & Sergeants Mess staff for their excellent catering and attention to all the finer details during the evening. Thanks also to Bob Collins for his pre-dinner menu and costs negotiations and to Paul Brown for bringing in and setting up all the flags and top table settings ( Sword. Bayonet, Dinner Bell etc etc ).
Les Irwin (ANGAU) and COL Jethro Usurup.
The Piper leads the official party in.
Glen O'Brien standing.
Flo and Keith Payne VC, followed by Maj Gen John Pearn AO RFD
Flag bearers Barry Wright, Paul Brown, and Jesse Chee.
Maj Gen John Pearn AO. RFD giving an address.
Bob Collins about to propose a Toast.
John Holland proposes a Toast.
Capt. Keith Payne VC. giving an address.
Capt Keith Payne VC. and wife Flo.
Judy and Jack Hobbins.
Jill and Percy Neville.
Peter Rogers DFC.
Berry and Hank Cosgrove. They were strong supporters of our Association.
Jenny Jenner and Bob Collins.
Brian and Nancy Jones.
Joy and Owen Barry
COL Jethro Usurup and John Mudge MBE.
Frank and Judith Cleal.
Listening to an address. Judy and Jack Hobbins, Norm Mundy, Heather and Ted McAllan, Mary-Ellen and Jesse Chee. ? ?