National Malaya & Borneo Veterans' Memorial Service – 31 August 2018
A moving Commemorative Service for Malaya and Borneo Veterans was held at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance on 31 August. AFA Victoria member and Confrontation veteran, Noel Hutchins was there…
“On Friday, 31st August 2018, the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association of Australia held a very moving Commemorative Service at the beautiful Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne in recognition and honour of Australian military personnel who served in two historical campaigns — the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960), and the Indonesian Confrontation, or Konfrontasi (1962–1966).
While inclement weather prevented the service from being held outside as intended, to hold it inside in the beautiful Upper Chamber of this magnificent Shrine somehow, to me, seemed more appropriate.
Wreaths were laid by the NMBVAA President, the Consul General of Malaysia, the British Consul General, The Hon Consul Fiji (Vic), a representative for State Minister for Veterans Affairs, RSL Victoria President, the Shrine Life Governor, Melbourne Legacy Chairman, Vice Chairman of the Weary Dunlop Association and representatives from the Sabah, Sarawak and Borneo Natives Organisation, Austin Health Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and Thomas Carr College.
Those present paused reflect on the service and sacrifice of those who served and pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
A special thank you must also go to the Students and Staff from Thomas Carr College in Tarneit, for providing a beautiful choir, music, bugler and a piper on bagpipes for the Service.”
- Noel Hutchins, Ballarat Branch
(Find out more about the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association by visiting the NMBVAA website.)
Photo above left: (L-R): Two ex-RAAFies - Doug Pendergast and Noel Hutchins
Photo above right: Noel being thanked for his service in Malaysia by (L-R) the Consul General of Malaysia Mr Westmoreland Palon, with Mr Reginald Hodgson, Hon Consul Fiji (Vic), and Australian Army veteran Mr Vernon Joseph.
Photo below: The Commemorative Service underway in the Shrine of Remembrance.