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Reserve Forces Day 2013

  National Parade Sydney 7 July 2013 go to top of page

The National Parade, held in Sydney 7 July 2013, reviewed by Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC, CVO was a great success. The parade down Macquarie Street was held in brilliant winter sunshine. Leading the Lancers contingent was one of Australia's most decorated reservists, Donald McHattie GM (George Medal).

Peter Butterworth's slide show:

ABC TV Coverage:

  Reserve Forces Day Parade a Success in Tasmania 7 July 2013 go to top of page

7th July was Reserve Forces Day in Tasmania. We held our parade and march in Kings Park Launceston for our first North/South celebration. About 100 people marched with a spectacular display of an avenue of flags. 23 flags including The National Flag, State and service flags carried by TS York cadets and 1st Tamar Sea Scouts who did an outstanding job. The Premier was represented by Scott Bacon MP, Minister for Veteran affairs and also in attendance representing their electorates were Michael Ferguson MP and Michelle O’Byrne MP Minister for Health. Each service was represented by the most senior officer in Tasmania and we continue to enjoy great support from the RSL with the State President and his wife in attendance.

Our themes operated perfectly. The centenary of the Royal Australian Navy was celebrated with the CO RAN Tasmania giving the keynote speech and many Navy people made the day a success. The march was led by the Navy drum corp. who looked resplendent in their uniforms.

Secondly, a special bitter sweet celebration was an RFDC gift of a unique Battery flag presented to 16th Field Battery who are the longest continuous serving unit in the Australian Army. The flag displayed the Tasmanian logo from 1860 and the current logo showing 2012. After 152 years of service the Battery has been converted to a light mortar battery and the name is changed. Half of the enlisted soldiers from the battery were proudly on parade in uniform wearing their white lanyards

The day concluded after the presentation of 11 supporters medallions presented to wives and partners of Reservists with a rare joint ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Hobart Damon Thomas and the Mayor of Launceston Albert Van Zetton.

A BBQ lunch followed in the Officers and Sergeants mess at Paterson Barracks provided by the mess members and outstanding entertainment from the Navy jazz band.

Very special thanks to the RFDC and all our supporters. We could not have had such an extraordinary event without you.

Next year will be in Hobart on the first Sunday in July.
Enquiries to The Chairman, Denis Bignold

  Messages of Support go to top of page

The Reserve Forces Day council was pleased to receive a message of support from the Governor General Her Excellency Ms Quentyn Bryce AC; CLICK HERE to download.  The Honorable Kevin Rudd MP Prime Minister CLICK HERE to download. And the Honorable Tony Abbot MP, Leader of the Opposition;  CLICK HERE to download

  Community Service Announcements go to top of page

The Reserve Forces Day Council was honoured to have its new Chairman, The Hon Tim Fischer AC record the 2013 Community Service announcements.

One for New South Wales

and one for the rest of Australia

  A Luncheon to Thank Volunteers Monday 1 July 2013 go to top of page

The Sydney Team and supporters with Tim Fischer AC met for a luncheon in the Member's Dining Room of the NSW Parliament today to mark the occasion and a birthday cake was cut to celebrate the day.

On Wednesday 1 July 1998 at 1145h in fine weather 8,000 serving and former members with current and former equipment marched and drove down George Street with US troops to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the re-raising of the CMF and part time service in the Navy and RAAF. The parade took an hour to pass the saluting point at the Sydney Town Hall. 22,000 took part Australia wide. With all the capital cities and others a total of 12 cities celebrated the day.

To all have a wonderful RFD. Wagga Wagga celebrated the day yesterday with Tim Fischer taking part and saying today it was a great and successful event.

  Sydney Launch and 2012 Prizegiving - 25 March 2013 go to top of page

Our new National Chairman, The Hon Tim Fischer AC was introduced at the 2013 Sydney Launch and 2012 prize giving. A video of Tim’s address can be seen by activating the controls below. The video is posted to YouTube, and for the first time in an RFDC video can be viewed online in 720 HD.

Due to the restricted nature of last years’ Sydney parade where with the Domain sodden it had to be held in the Town Hall, there were only three prizes.

2012 Best Standard Bearer Colin Boland - Best ASM PO Doug Kane Naval Association - Best Assn is 21 FD Regt Association; prize accepted by Lou Ehrler

The first additional bars for the Boer War descendant medallions were also presented by Mr Fischer. These bars can be purchased by the descendants of Boer War veterans who went on to serve in World War 1, and in some few cases World War 2. These clasps can be ordered from our website, and will be presented at Reserve Forces Day parades in July 2013, or posted out if that is your preference.  CLICK HERE to order.

John Haynes presented with his War Clasp by Tim Fischer and other war clasp recipoents with Tim Fischer and John Moore.

  Sons and Daughters Make a Site Pilgrimage  

Sons and Daughters of Boer War Veterans formed part of a delegation of 15 who had travelled from Sydney to the meeting with the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs’ Chief of Staff Ross Bain, Political Advisor, Catherine Bergin and Dr Brendon Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial on Thursday 21 March 2012.

The delegation with the descendants consisted about 50-50 of the Reserve Forces Day Council and the National Boer War Memorial Association Some were members of both.

The meeting took place at Parliament House, and was followed by a visit to the site for the National Boer War Memorial on ANZAC Parade.

On the bus on the way back there was much discussion about how chuffed we all were to meet with Dr Brendon Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, to hear of his plans to improve the Boer War's presentation and especially to recognise its many contributions to the rapid evolution of the newly minted Australian Commonwealth forces in the short 12 year period in the lead up to WW1.

The delegation did not get to see the Boer War Exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.

  The Honourable Tim Fischer AC Appointed National Chairman - 1 February 2013 go to top of page

We are pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable Tim Fischer AC to the position of National and NSW Chairman of the Reserve Forces Day Council with effect Friday 1 February 2013.

He succeeds the Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC. Sir Laurence is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW and Lieutenant Governor (he is the third generation of the Street family to have served in this role). He readily accepted the role of NSW Chairman in October 1997 when the inaugural Council was established.

Sir Roden Cutler, VC AK KCMG CBE KStJ was the inaugural National Chairman and served from 1998 until his sad demise on 21 February 2002. Sir Laurence then accepted the additional role of National Chairman.

The Honourable Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC has furnished unparalleled and quite exceptional service to the Council since 1997. He served in the RANR during WWII and later from 1943 to 1947. He was then recalled and appointed a Commander with the task of establishing the Naval Legal Panel of Reservists soon after the tragic Voyager disaster in 1964. Sir Laurence was very pleased when the Hon Tim Fischer agreed to succeed him and sends his sincere congratulations on the appointment.

The Hon Tim Fischer AC has a wealth of experience in many fields and distinguished parliamentary service in the NSW and Federal Governments. He was leader of the National Party and Deputy Prime Minister and acting Prime Minister on many occasions. He was the leader of the official delegation to observe the East Timor Referendum in 1999. These prestigious appointments and his diplomatic service together with his active military service most eminently equip him for the task and role as National and NSW Chairman.

We are very confident that his leadership and contribution will bring further recognition and credit to our serving and former Reservists.

He looks forward to the new role. CLICK HERE to view Her Excellency the Governor of NSW's congratulations.

  National Launch - 24 November 2012 go to top of page

The Launch of Reserve Forces Day 2013 was held at the Boer War Memorial, Observatory Hill Park, Sydney NSW in the presence of Members of Parliament, Senior Officers of the Australian Defence Force, Interstate Reserve Forces Day Council Chairmen, Reserve Forces Day Council Members, Reserve Association Presidents and their Association Standard Bearers, Members of the National Boer War Memorial Association Committees, Descendants of Boer War Veterans and our Supporters on Saturday 24 November 2012 from 09.45 – 11.45.




Please activate the button to your left to view a slideshow of the National Launch prepared by Peter Butterworth.

  Boer War Descendant Rally - 2 November 2012 go to top of page

On Friday 2 November 2012, the Reserve Forces Day Council organised a rally for Boer War descendants in the theatrette of Parliament House, Sydney. Preceded by afternoon tea, it was an opportunity for federal and state politicians government and opposition to pledge their support for the erection of a National Memorial “subject to the availability of funds given the current difficult economic circumstances”.

To set the scene, Les Perret, Author and Boer War descendant gave a short talk on the course of the war.

Those present were also given an opportunity to see a Boer War veteran, viewing this video of Ash Whitney taken in 1975.

  Our Theme and Planned Preliminary Activities go to top of page

In 2012, we were able to very successfully commemorate the sacrifice those young Australian Reservists who stood up to be counted when called by their country. BUT the business is unfinished. The memorial proposed by the National Boer Wear Memorial Association, a group that has done great work to raise money and conduct a competition to design the monument, a design endorsed by the appropriate authorities; is not yet funded. AND, those combat experienced veterans who returned from the Boer War became the backbone of our reserve forces. The reserve forces who almost to a man said “take me; I will do my duty” when called in 1914.

WE need to do all we can to raise the money and convince politicians to help. Our politicians government and opposition at all levels have been most supportive of the project, ALL to this point, however, have stopped short of committing funds.


A rally will be conducted for Boer War Descendants and Supporters at the New South Wales Parliament Theatrette on Friday 2 November 2012 14:30 – 17:00.


The National and New South Wales Launch of Reserve Forces day 2013 will be conducted at the Boer War Memorial, Observatory Hill Park, Sydney on Saturday 24 November 2012 09:30 – 10:45.


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Patron in Chief His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
National Chairman the Honourable Tim Fischer AC
National Executive Officer and NSW Chairman Lieutenant Colonel John Moore OAM RFD ED Retd

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