Dubbo Meeting

The second regional meeting for 2009 of the FFFAIF was held at Dubbo RSL on Sunday 24 May. There were over 50 attendees for a very successful and informative meeting.

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Photo: FFFAIF members enjoy lunch at the Dubbo RSL’s bistro. [Chris Munro]

Four speakers addressed the meeting:
Bob Newton spoke on Chasing the memory of a fighting family, which followed his initial search for information on the role of the Railway Ordnance Division in which his grandfather served.  This led to investigating the contribution of his grandmother’s family where four of the sons served with tragic loss of lives during and shortly after the war.  

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Photo: FFFAIF President Russell Curley presents Bob Newton with a Certificate of Appreciation. [Chris Munro]

Mary Newton spoke about her quest to unravel the secret behind three photos from World War 1 kept by her father.

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Photo: FFFAIF President Russell Curley and speaker Mary Newton. [Chris Munro]

Andrew Dunkley, local ABC Regional Program Manager and radio breakfast announcer, shared his experiences in investigating his grandfather’s service in the Great War which has led to him writing a book based on his grandfather’s war experiences.  

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Photo: FFFAIF President Russell Curley and Andrew Dunkley. [Chris Munro]

Graeme Hosken provided an interesting insight into what the Aussies got up to after the Armistice with a slide presentation entitled The Australian ‘invasion’ of Belgium 1918-19.

Andrew Dunkley has recorded some details of the FFFAIF Regional Meeting in his web log (blog) for 25/05/09, which can be read by clicking here.  

The next meeting of the FFFAIF will be the John Laffin Memorial Lecture (JLML) to be held on Sunday 12 July at Ashfield RSL Club in Sydney.  Record this in your diary and look for the NEWS ITEM in the next few weeks for more details.

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The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French governments for affording Australian and British soldiers – presently buried in mass graves at Pheasant Wood – dignified individual reburials in a new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds Minister Snowdon and his British counterpart, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence and Minister for Veterans, Kevan Jones MP, for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.

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