Reunion: 1966-67 Vietnam veterans visiting the Seymour Vietnam Memorial

Veterans visit Seymour memorial

A group of 25 Vietnam veterans from across the country visited the Seymour Vietnam Veterans Walk on Friday, March 24.

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Australians asked to share stories of nurses massacred on Bangka Island

In collaboration with the Australian College of Nursing, the ACN Foundation is calling for family, friends and colleagues to share stories and reflections of Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel AO, MBE, ARRC, ED, FNM, FRCNA and the 21 nurses who lost their lives at the Bangka Island Massacre in 1942 in one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

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Ray Thorold-Smith
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Ray Thorold-Smith: The Manly pilot shot down near Darwin during World War II

He was tall, handsome and good enough to play rugby union for NSW and could have been a successful doctor if he hadn’t been shot down by a Japanese pilot near Darwin in 1943.

Ray Thorold-Smith is credited with downing at least five German aircraft and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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A refresh for Toc’s memorial hall

The Tocumwal War Memorial Hall is getting a facelift - possibly its first since it was built in approximately 1927 to commemorate the soldiers of the area who served in WWI

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 Members of the Voyager Survivors Association in front of the newly named Voyager Mess at HMAS Creswell.
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Touching tribute for Voyager survivors

On the moonless night of February 10, 1964, aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne sent a signal to Fleet Headquarters in Sydney, which read only ‘Voyager is sunk’. The ship had collided

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Family ties: MORNINGTON woman Gillian Nikakis, whose father Bill died on the Montevideo Maru, wrote about the disaster in her 2005 book He’s not coming home. Picture: Yanni

Place of rest to reflect on lasting war losses

The unveiling of a commemorative seat at Mornington Memorial Park at 11am on Monday 23 January marks the 81st anniversary of the largest loss of life in Australian maritime history, when the Montevideo Maru was sunk in the Pacific during World War II.

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Lone Pine found following war memorial theft

Hurstbridge’s Lone Pine, stolen on Monday night from Anzac Memorial Park in Main Road, has been recovered. The tree was yesterday found intact, dumped in a skip bin behind the shops, and has been taken to Edendale Community Environment Farm where nursery staff will assess its health.

German shells bombarding amphibious trucks at the Anzio beachhead.

Anzac and Anzio, Father and Son

On New Year’s Day 1946, Captain William ‘Bill’ Dunstan penned another long letter to his family. “To-day is the beginning of another year away from you – the last, I hope. It has been a long time now and I have just about had enough of the army.” By that time, Bill had not seen his home or family for five and a half years.

A place to reflect: Although the statue was unveiled in 2017, the surrounding garden was not formally named until last week. Photo: supplied

Memorial garden officially named

Alfredton's Garden of the Grieving Mother has been officially named, with a sign funded by the Arch of Victory-Avenue of Honour Committee installed last week.

Yarrawonga shire hall
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Grand hall gets heritage listing

It’s official, the grand and much loved 92-year-old Yarrawonga Shire (Town) Hall is finally on the Victorian Heritage Register.

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