Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Branch - Ballarat

The Air Force Association’s Ballarat Branch was established in 1945.

Meetings

The Ballarat Branch meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) at 12noon at our newly renovated rooms at Airport Hut 48, Airport Drive, Mitchell Park (ie: Ballarat Aerodrome)

    Contacts

President: Noel Hutchins

      

Photo Gallery

 

Ballarat Branch Newsletter - July 2019

A BLAST FROM THE PAST

There is a bit of history in this newspaper cutting from 2001. Yep, that’s eighteen years ago. On the left is John Bennett who was President in the years 1999 and 2000. While John is no longer with us, his widow Margaret is a current member. The other two gentlemen are well know to us all, Gordon Jarvis in the centre and Stan White holding his Certifcate of Merit for having served as Secretary for a whole twelve years.......

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - June 2019

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D DAY COMMEMORATION ~ 6TH JUNE 2019

At the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat

Our Branch of the Air Force Association was privileged to hold a service at the Australian Ex Prisoners of War Memorial at Ballarat to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D Day, to remember all those who lost their lives on that day and to acknowledge the service of all Allied Servicemen and Servicewomen who contributed
to the planning, preparation of, or who took an active part in, the D Day Operations Overlord and Neptune....

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - May 2019

A MOST GENEROUS GIFT

Mr Maurice Turner addresses our May social luncheon meeting with a display of a small number of his WWII model aircraft from his large collection which he is gifting to our Ballarat Branch, including his display cabinet.........

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WW2 RAAF Building On Display at Ballarat Heritage Weekend

The former WWII RAAF Ballarat precinct at the Ballarat aerodrome will ‘come alive’ on Ballarat Heritage Weekend 25 and 26 May.

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New Website to Record 1WAGS History in Ballarat

AFA's Ballarat Branch is creating a website to record historical details about the airmen who trained at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School at Ballarat Airport during WW2. 

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - April 2019

WWII Veteran, (and No 1 WAG), Jack bell, was the guest speaker at the official opening of our rooms at Airport Hut 48 on 28th March.
Although a resident of Melbourne, Jack is officially a member of our Ballarat Branch. Jack completed Course No 2 at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School RAAF Ballarat in 1940

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Official Opening of Historic Airport Hut 48, Ballarat

The Ballarat Branch hosted an official opening of their newly allocated rooms in the recently restored Airport Hut 48 at the Ballarat Aerodrome on Thursday 28 March, with guest speaker WWII veteran, Mr Jack Bell, 101.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February 2019

OFFICIAL OPENING ~ AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION BALLARAT BRANCH ROOMS AT AIRPORT HUT 48

An event to mark the official opening of rooms allocated for our use at Airport Hut 48 will be held on
Thursday 28th March 2019 ... Arrive before 1.40 pm ... for a 2 pm commencement...............

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October 2018

SAVED FROM THE RUBBISH BIN

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.....

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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.....

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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.  

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - September 2018

BATTLE OF BRITAIN COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE ~ 78TH ANNIVERSARY


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.

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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.

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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 - 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.

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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...

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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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