Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Branch - Ballarat


The Ballarat Branch meets on the first Tuesday of every 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).


President: Tom Roberts
Tel:  03 5332 7123

Image courtesy the Australian ex-Prisoners of War Memorial website

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - November 2018

Centenary of Armistice Commemoration

Ballarat was very well represented in respect to the Air Force Association of Victoria's 2018 Pilgrimage to the Australian Flying Corps Memorial at Point Cook in the form of Centenary of Armistice Commemoration.....


Did You Attend our Armistice Commemoration on 4 Nov?

Thank you to those members and guests who attended our Centenary of the Armistice Commemoration event on 4th November. You can now view individual and group photos that were taken at the event here. Ordering details are also included.  


Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October 2018


Some time ago, a builder, who was demolishing an old suburban house in Melbourne, noticed an envelope with
faded snapshots dumped in a rubbish bin. On recognising these as Air Force related he passed them on to aviation historian Kevin O’Reilly. Now it just so happens that Kevin did his National Service at RAAF Ballarat in 1955, so he recognised that all of the photographs bar one, related to 1WAGS trainees at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners’ School at RAAF Ballarat during WWII.....


Ballarat Branch Newsletter - September 2018


It was a cold cloudy day on Sunday 16th September when the 78th Anniversary
of the Battle of Britain was commemorated at Ballarat in the very capable
organising hands of Air Force Association of Victoria Ballarat Branch President
Mr Tom Roberts.


75th Anniversary of Hell Fire Pass and Thai-Burma Railway

A national commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of  Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai–Burma Railway will be held on 16 October 2018 at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat.


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. 


Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August 2018

In this edition:

-   Australian Flying Corps ~ First AFC WWI Fatality

-   The Armistice of 1918 and Treaty of Versailles: Part Two ~ Naval Strategies and Worsening Conditions in Germany

-   Building a Lancaster Bomber Crew Empire Air Training scheme WWII 

-   President's Report...and more.


National Malaya & Borneo Veterans' Memorial Service – 31 August 2018

A Commemorative Service for Malaya and Borneo veterans was held at the Shrine of Remembrance on 31 August. AFA member and Confrontation veteran, Noel Hutchins was there...


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...


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.


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.


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.

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.