The Canberra Branch enjoyed a very interesting bus trip to Joadja.
We departed Canberra rather early in the morning and after a very
relaxed trip via Berrima arrivedat this fascinating piece of Australian history.
Joadja, hidden in a beautiful valley deep in the Southern Highlands,
is an old kerosene shale mining town that at one time had a population of
around 1,400 people and was a very self-contained community.
It was established during the 1870s and had a very high population of Scottish miners.
Joadja is now mainly a ghost town but the resident owners provided an excellent tour
and explanation of the activities of the mine. This was followed by a very enjoyable
BBQ lunch and then a tour of an operational whisky distillery which was
enjoyed by all (except the bus driver).
It was then getting late in the day so it was all aboard for the trip home.
In all it was a very interesting and rewarding experience.
Thank you to Vikings Club for the loan of their Bus.
The 4th of December saw 40+ members and friends on board the Southern Cross Clubs
boat for our Christmas Lunch Cruise on Lake Burley Griffin.
We had the pleasure of the company of our National Patron Maj Gen Adrian Clunies-Ross
and Mrs Clunies -Ross and a great cruise and luncheon was enjoyed by all.
Many thanks go to Soucila for supervising the organisation of the cruise and the
entertainment and raffle on board and to Neil for his assistance as well.
I must also thank my Committee members for their support, assistance and patience as I come to
terms with the position of President, Canberra Branch.
LEETON'S NEWSLETTER February, 2018.
Well here we go the start of another year, hopefully it finds members in
all Branches in good health.
We had a good year last year, our Christmas raffle went well & the three
winners very happy with their wins. Our Christmas party lunch held at
the Yanco Club, was also a great success & well attended. The Club did
us proud the food was great & our ladies supplied the sweets. The raffle
on the day was won by Ann Kennedy.
The start of the year was not, very happy as we lost one of our life
members, Graham Howie, who passed away one day after his 84t h
birthday. He was a very happy friendly chap & will be missed by his
family & friends. Our branch supplied a R.I.P. TIGE. "his nickname".
We have a few members on the sick list as I suppose all branches have
so we are wishing them all the best of health.
We hope to have a B.B.Q.in a couple of months for our members, we all
like to get together & have a chinwag & catch up with those we haven't
seen for awhile. More particulars later.
Two of our members Frank & Ann Kennedy are just back from a Cruise
around the Pacific Islands, a gift from their family for their 60 wedding
Anniversary, then Pam Walsh celebrated her 80 Birthday last week with
a lovely party, our Congratulations to Her, Frank & Ann, also to Bob &
Kathleen Maskus on their 60t h Wedding Anniversary.
Well that's our news from this part of the country, wishing all members
near & far, the best of health, until next time. Shirley Roulston.
N.S.C.F.A.A. MAITLAND BRANCH
Our branch enjoyed a successful 2017, winding up the year
with a very pleasant lunch after our December meeting.
Our meetings during the year were well attended.
At the 2017 AGM two of our members were elected to the
National Committee, Elaine Mudford Treasurer and Allen Russ
Our annual Christmas lunch was also well attended with members from Nelson Bay and
Newcastle branches attending and continuing the friendship that has developed over
the years between our branches.
We were able to hold a number of day trips during the year, including a 3 day trip to
Canberra, which was made possible by a Community and Services grant from DVA.
The trips were supported by members from the other Maitland Ex Service organisations.
2018 started off well also with 23 members attending the January meeting, which is very
good considering it was still in the holiday period.
We also welcomed five new members to our branch,
which is very pleasing considering most organisations of ^
a similar nature are declining due to age and health.
We would like to wish all branches well for 2018 and
hope we can keep in touch with one another during the year.
Nelson Bay President's Report.
Nelson Bay finished 2017 on a positive note, Membership has stayed steady
with all Members enjoying their time with NSCFAA Inc.
Commemorations throughout the year have gone well, with National
Servicemen's Day along with the Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch running of
Anzac and Remembrance Day, as well as supporting Vietnam Veterans Day.
Our Branch was able to contribute to the Cancer Appeal and was a fitting
Tribute to our deceased Member, Graham Miles.
My time as President of Nelson Bay has been busy, having attended several
NSAA functions, none of which , I am more proud of, to say "as Invited
Guest" Speaker on Vietnam Veterans Day, held at Bardia Barracks,
My Vice President, Col Thorley and his wife Elaine have continued to
organise Luncheon Days each month, at various places around the Bay for
all members to enjoy.
I am proud of mr members achievements throughout the year and as Retiring
"National President" proud of the inroads we have made in our relationship
with the NSAA.I, along with my wife and Committee look forward to 2018 and
support my Secretary, Esma Kane, in continuing as Secretary to both Nelson
Bay and National.
National Service Day was held recently and invitations have been received to
attend the 6t h , 7t h , 8t h , 9t h Division Remembrance Day at Bardia Barracks,
along with the Nasho's weekend at Moree in March.
Here's to a successful 2018.
Signed J . Redman.
Newcastle Branch of the N.S.C.F.A.A. INC
We have BBQ on the first Monday of each Month
5 members went to Maitland Branch Christmas Lunch In November 2017
2 members attended Nelson Bay Christmas Lunch in December 2017
We had Nelson Bay and Maitland and our member at our Christmas Lunch
In December 2017
Some of our members parked cars at Carrington boat rowers in November
11t h February2018 we had a National Servicemen.s Day
And a light lunch at Mayfield Sub hall after the service
Some of our members are going on a bus trip to Moree on 1 1 t h March 2018
and coming back on 17t h March 2018
Newcastle Branch N.S.C.FAA. inc