Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Stories of Interest

 

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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‘Gallantry Spent’ painting wins Award

An oil painting depicting Australian Light Horsemen riding in the desert has been awarded the 2017 AFA (Victoria) Story Writing and Art Competition prize.

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Bursary Recipient Joins Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Air Force Association Vietnam Veterans Bursary recipient joins Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Young Australian flautist, Bronte Hudnott has joined Edinburgh-based Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Sub Principal Flute after graduating with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London.

In 2010, Bronte Hudnott was awarded an Air Force Association Vietnam Veterans bursary to assist with her undergraduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts.

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180 People Attend the 2017 Annual Pilgrimage to the AFC Memorial

On a beautiful Spring Sunday, the 19th November 2017, around 180 people made the Annual Pilgrimage to the AFC Memorial RAAF Williams Point Cook to witness the unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque and remember those who served and those who serve.

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Tetbury – Remembering the AFC a century on

Remembrance Day 2017 marks the centenary year of the 1st (Training) Wing’s arrival in Tetbury, and on this day Group Captain Carl Schiller OAM CSM (Retd), presented on behalf of the Air Force Association a bronze plaque commemorating the airmen who died during the Wing’s operation from nearby Leighterton and Minchinhampton airfields.

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Care Parcel 2017

On 9 November a team of Air Force Association Victoria volunteers gathered at the Association’s Hawthorn office to assemble and dispatch 705 care parcels for deployed Air Force personnel in the Middle East and elsewhere.

This year the AFA team was joined by volunteers from 21 Squadron, led by their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Nigel Leurs. As past recipients of the AFA’s Care Parcel Program, the 21 Squadron members know how important it is to receive a little something from home at Christmas.

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Tributes for AVM (Ret’d) Brent Espeland AM

Eulogies for AVM (Ret’d) Brent Espeland AM were delivered by:

  • Air Commodore Christopher (Noddy) Sawade
  • Peter Colliver, National Secretary, Air Force Association
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Alice Ross-King Care Centre

Alice Ross-King (1887-1968) was an Australian civilian and military nurse who served in WW1 and WWII. Alice was born at Ballarat, Victoria.In 1949, she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest award made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Alice was one of two Australian nurses to receive the medal in 1949.
The Air Force Association (Western Australia Division) named its new, 102 bed, Residential Care Centre at Bull Creek ‘Alice Ross-King Care Centre’ in honour of this great Australian.

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75 Years Aloft – Royal Australian Air Force Air Training Corps, Australian Air Force Cadets

In this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book Matthew Glozier describes the remarkable 75 year history of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and pays tribute to the over 150,000 cadets and staff
whose lives the organisation has positively influenced.

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ATA girl flies her beloved Spitfire again

We should be grateful for the often unsun heroism of Mary and the unsung ATA pilots who delivered 308,568 aircraft into service.One in 10 ATA pilots did not survive including 14 women.

This is the story of Mary and how she celebrated her 100th birthday ... flying.

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James Mallett Bennett

James Mallett Bennett (1894-1922), airman and mechanic, was born on 14 January 1894 at St Kilda, Victoria, son of James Thomas Bennett, tick-maker, and his wife Henrietta Augusta, née McKendrick. After schooling he trained as a motor mechanic.

In 1912 he joined the militia and served for three years with the 49th Battalion.

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