Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Branch - Ballarat

Meetings

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month (except January) at 12 noon at the Lakers Football Club Rooms in Wendouree.
(note entry is off Dowling Street through the previous car park and adjacent to the dog training area).

Contacts

President: Tom Roberts

Tel:  03 5332 7123

Image courtesy the Australian ex-Prisoners of War Memorial website

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Ballarat Branch August 2018 Newsletter

Australia's first Aviator casualty in World War 1 is very well recorded and very well commemorated. This article is being included as a result of information received from member Ken Marsh.....

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Eleanor & Margaret - Two Women, Two Continents and a Wedding Dress

What could two ladies from opposite ends of the world - one dominant in American society, the other a humble English woman – have in common? The answer? Generosity. 

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - June 2018

In this edition: President's Report; RAAF Bradfield Park memories; WWI Armistice Military Figures; No1 Wireless Air Gunners School; and more...

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Air Force Band Compares Musical Notes with Ballarat Branch

The Air Force Band Wind Quintet entertained Air Force Association's Ballarat Branch members in a special lunchtime performance at Wendouree earlier this month.

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RAAF Officers Mess to be Restored

For more than 50 years a former Royal Australian Air Force Officers’ Mess has been deteriorating into a state of disrepair as it lay dormant and unused at the Ballarat Aerodrome.

Now finally, with its roof caving in and stumps sinking into the ground, the historic site that once housed wireless air gunner trainees will be restored for public use.

Years of public campaigning has paid off for RAAF Association members determined to see the site, now known as Hut 48, returned to is former glory.

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The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial - Ballarat

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn at the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them."

With these few words from the poem "For the Fallen" by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon we welcome you to the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial. This Unique Memorial was opened on the 6th February 2004 to recognize and remember those Australians who became Prisoners of War during the Wars of the 20th Century.
The Memorial symbolizes that all Australian prisoners embarked to serve away from their homeland and acknowledges the hardship, deprivation, brutality, starvation and disease endured by Prisoners of War during their capture and the scars many continued to endure upon their repatriation to Australia.
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Ballarat Civic Hall Tells a Ryder-Cheshire Story

‘On Tuesday 5th May 1964 a meeting was called in the Lower Civic Hall in Ballarat where Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO, DFC, Famous Bomber Pilot, was scheduled to address a Public Meeting on his experiences for the lepers and sick in India. Due to overwhelming public response, the meeting was rescheduled to the Big Hall from the original venue of the Little Hall’.

It was recorded in The Ballarat Courier on Wednesday 6th May 1964, that 900 people attended the event. The Mayor, C R Webb, chaired the meeting.

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