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Next reunion - 31st March, 2001.   Brisbane.


This is the February edition of our newsletter, but we’ve put it out a month early as it is the last prior to the reunion.  It’s now time to start firming up our arrangements, so please let us know your intentions. We’ve included a “Yes!! I’m in it” form with this edition, and we ask that you complete it and return it to us along with your cheque for the full amount on or before the last day in February as we must know numbers by then.  It will also include a space for you to include your T-shirt size We’ll get commemorative T-shirts made with everyone’s name on the back and these will be handed out at the Saturday night’s reunion bash. Please make all cheques payable to Radschool Association.


Here’s what we’ve got planned. You can participate in any or all of the activities, but because of booking requirements, in some instances we must have payment in advance. If an activity has a web site it will be included so you can check it our prior to deciding.


We also need minimum numbers for these activities, and the number along-side in ( ) will indicate the minimum. If you send in your cheque for an activity and the numbers don’t add up we’ll send back your money. Once all the numbers are in we’ll post you a “Reunion Kit” which will include a full itinerary of your chosen activities along with maps, brochures etc.  


For those wanting accommodation in Brisbane, and not knowing the City, check the Brisbane Tourism web site www.brisbanetourism.com.au for information on hotels.


Wednesday 28 March.


Happy Hour get together at Gilhooleys Irish Bar, cnr Charlotte and Alberts Sts in the City. Happy Hours are informal “pay as you go and come if you want to” affairs, places where you can talk about the day before, and meet before the night to come, and will occur each night from 5.00pm until…... We’ve reserved a section in the pub called “The Pulpit Bar”.


Thursday 29 March.


A. St Helena Island $40 ea (10)



30 min cruise (each way) to St Helena island, old penal colony in Moreton Bay. Meet at Anzac Square in City at 8.00am, catch train to Manly, then 10 min walk to harbour for 9.30am departure. Tour includes lunch, then back at Manly at 2.30pm to catch the train back to City. Cost does not include train fares.


B. Happy Hour—Gilhooleys


C. Night dinner tour. $50 (15)


Great way to see Brisbane at night. Meet at Gilhooleys for 5.45pm pickup. Conducted tour travels through City to China town for Chinese Banquet (included) then it’s off to Kangaroo Pt cliffs then a brief walk through South Bank, cruise alongside river, then up to Mt Coot-tha to see the lights of the city. Short break for coffee, then back down the mountain tour ends at 10.30pm



 Friday 30 March.


A. XXXX Brewery Tour. $18.50 ea (20)



Meet at the XXXX Sports Club in Heussler Terrace behind the brewery at 10.30am for a 11.00 start. Conducted tour of the brewery (which might not be operating as some weeks they only work 3 days), then back to the Sports Club for a video presentation, bar-b-q and a decent sampling of the brew. (Full enclosed shoes must be worn)


B.  Happy Hour—Gilhooleys


C. Paddle-wheel river cruise/dinner $49.00 ea (30)



Meet at Gilhooleys for 6.30pm walk down to dock in Eagle Street for 7.30pm departure. Dinner cruise on the Brisbane river that includes hot and cold, reef and beef buffet, deserts, tea and coffee but not drinks, buy your own on board. If numbers approach 70 we will have our own deck. Cruise terminates at wharf around 10.30/11.00pm. No rush to get off ship.





To keep milk from going sour - keep it in the cow.



Saturday 31 March.


A1.      Tour of Amberley.    TBA    (20)


Meet at Anzac Square at 9.30am for 10.00am pick up in bus.  Travel out to Amberley, takes about an hour each way, then it’s a conducted tour of the base, check out a modern day radio section, both air and ground, lunch in the Airmans’ Mess (to see what it’s like these days), then back to Brisbane about 3.30pm.  The costs will be notified in the Reunion Kit that will be mailed to you, and will depend on numbers, size of bus etc.  We’re still waiting to see what the cost of the meal will be in the Airmans’ Mess, but from what we have been told so far it will only be about $7.50 each which is pretty good as it used to be about $2.00 30 years ago—though it seems the days of “a six pack at the back door of the mess” are long gone—pity!!  Pay on the day.  A big thanks to Wng Cdr Rob Lawson and to W/O Alan Goulding at Amberley who made it all possible for us. 




A2.      Harbour Town           $11.00            (15)



For those not wishing to go to Amberley (wives/partners etc), enjoy a day at Harbour Town on the Gold Coast. This is a large shopping centre which has more than 40 quality brand outlets including David Jones, Oroton, Esprit, Cue, Table Eight, Calvin Klein, Colorado, Just Jeans, Polo Ralph Lauren, Bendon, City Beach, Mathers, Nike, Corningware, Mikasa and many others and where you buy direct  and in some instances save up to 60% off normal retail. Bring your credit card.


Meet at Anzac Square in the City at 9.30am for 9.55am train to Helensvale. Bus from Helensvale to Harbour Town. Cost includes membership of Tourism Club which provides further discounts,  tea and coffee all day and lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Catch train at Helensvale at 3.00pm for arrival back in Brisbane at 4.00pm. Cost does not include train/bus fares—pay those on the day.


B.        Reunion         $45.00            (60)


Even though we had booked the Ball-room at the Irish Club back in June of last year, in the middle of January this year they decided to give it to the Aust Rugby Union—they had more muscle than we did I suppose. So we went into automatic panic mode and started looking for an alternate. We’ve settled on the Bookys’ Club in Creek St, same place as we had the mini-reunion in Oct 99.


Those that were at the ’99 reunion will remember that the Club was a bit rustic and the service wasn’t all it could have been either. Since then, they’ve spent a ton of money on the place, and smartened it up considerably. It’s now excellent, and possibly the Irish Club did us a favour.


The $45 includes “walk around” finger food and a buffet dinner as well as all you can drink. John Broughton will MC the night, and as usual, he’s got all sorts of “evil” things planned for us, as well as the opportunity of winning a bunch of “wonderful”  prizes.  Casual dress please...


It will start at about 7.30pm and finish about 12.30am.


Sunday  1 April.


A.        March


Early in December we received a note from the Qld branch of the RAAF Association setting out their plans for the Sunday morning (1 April, 2001) march. Remember, this is the 80th anniversary of the formation of the RAAF, so there is a ceremony planned to mark the occasion. Those still standing after our Saturday night get together are most welcome to take part, and as we’ve mentioned previously, we hope to have ex radio brat Allan George (now a Grp/Cpt) to lead our lot, and John Broughton has promised to produce a banner. Arrangements are as follows.


Assemble in George St outside Parliament House at 9.15am ready to begin marching at 9.30am. The march will proceed down George St and will finish with a ceremony which will take part, complete with the customary fly over, at the RAAF Memorial in Queen’s Gardens on the corner of Elizabeth and George Sts, a site which someone very sensibly selected as it is just over the road from Irish Murphy’s pub.


The march is for serving and ex-service personnel only, sorry no families, but they are most welcome to meet us at Queens Gardens.


B.        Breakfast


The march and ceremony should be all over by 11.00am



A light aircraft crashed in the middle of Dublin, into the cemetery.

At last count rescue workers had recovered 820 bodies and expected to be working late into the night.




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