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David Morris Australian Flag bearer
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 February 2014

Aerial Skiing silver medallist David Morris has been named Australian Flagbearer for the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony, reports Taya Conomos on the Australian Olympic Team website, 22 February 2014.

Morris, Australia’s one and only male aerials medallist, was offered the position by Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman yesterday and had to keep it a secret until it was revealed this morning in Sochi.

It’s a privilege, I’ve always dreamed of this. It’s awesome,” said Morris, who spoke to media with the Australian flag draped around him.

To be selected to represent the Team and what we stand for is just amazing.”

The 29-year-old dual Olympian is one of the most charismatic members of the Team. Since leaping to an inspired silver medal, Morris has been out supporting his teammates every day sporting an Australian flag on his back- you could say he’s been practicing.

I watched Chumpy in the Opening Ceremony- he did a very good job," he said adding ''maybe I'll dance.''

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Exhibition - 'A Wonderful Welcome: the 1954 Royal Tour of NSW'
Written by ACM   
Friday, 21 February 2014

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To download a PDF flyer, click here.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first visit by a reigning monarch to Australia - Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. For the Parliament, the monarch addressed the assembled Members in the Legislative Council during this visit on 4 February 1954.

To commemorate this significant milestone in our State's history, the Parliament of NSW and State Records of NSW proudly present the exhibition 'A Wonderful Welcome: the 1954 Royal Tour of NSW'. Come behind the scenes of the first event of this scale ever organised in Australia, to get a sense of the meticulous preparations required to welcome the Queen.

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The 1954 Royal Tour remains a cherished memory, brought to life again through the historic records and photographs on display, including sound and visual recordings of the visit. On loan from Sydney Living Museums, is a Louis XV-style chaise lounge which was purchased for the Royal visit.

Entry is free. Parliament House is open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

 
Prince George coming?
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Incoming Governor-General Peter Cosgrove has let slip that Prince George will travel to Australia with his parents William and Kate in April and the family will visit Sydney and Canberra, according to The Australian  20 February 2014.

The former defence chief met the Queen at Buckingham Palace ahead of officially becoming her representative in late March. 
 
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 The two had a wideranging discussion about Australia and also the much-anticipated trip Down Under.
 
...interview....


 
''It's going to be a very welcome visit,” General Cosgrove told reporters afterwards.''They'll bring with them Prince George the little one. They'll be in Sydney and then in Canberra after their sojourn in New Zealand.”
 
Immediately asked if he'd inadvertently let slip that Prince George was definitely heading Down Under, the former defence chief back-peddled somewhat.

I hope he's coming,” he said.“the Governor-General.“I don't know — I'm not yet the Governor-General.

“I think every Aussie who likes the idea of royal couples having their children with them on tour will hope that's the case, but let's wait and see.”
 
In announcing the Australian and New Zealand tour in December, the palace said it was anticipated Prince George would accompany the Duke and Duchess “but a decision will be made in due course”.
 


 
 
 
Battle of Darwin
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
On 19 February,2014, 72 years ago, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasions of Timor and Java.

At Pearl Harbor, 273 bombers dropped 457 bombs (including 40 torpedoes) weighing 133,560 kg., killing more than 2,400 people. 

 At Darwin 205 bombers dropped 681 bombs weighing 114,100 kg., killing 235 people. The Japanese force consisted of 4 aircraft carriers, 2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, 7 destroyers and 3 submarines.

 Eight ships were sunk, with the loss of most of the cargo shipping available to support efforts in Java and the Philippines with Java being effectively sealed off from further surface shipments from Australia.

 This followed the capture of Singapore by the Japanese and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history.

 About 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.
 
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the ignominious fall of Singapore to the Japanese the "worst disaster" and "largest capitulation" in British military history.
 
 
Photo: On this day, 72 years ago, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasions of Timor and Java.  At Pearl Harbor, 273 bombers dropped 457 bombs (including 40 torpedoes) weighing 133,560 kg., killing more than 2,400 people.  At Darwin 205 bombers dropped 681 bombs weighing 114,100 kg., killing 235 people. The Japanese force consisted of 4 aircraft carriers,  2 heavy cruisers, 1 light cruiser, 7 destroyers  and 3 submarines. Eight ships were sunk, with the loss of most of the cargo shipping available to support efforts in Java and the Philippines with Java being effectively sealed off from further surface shipments from Australia. This followed the capture of Singapore by the Japanese and the largest surrender of British-led military personnel in history.  About 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.  British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called the ignominious fall of Singapore to the Japanese the "worst disaster" and "largest capitulation" in British military history.
 
Cameron Baird VC
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
The parents of Cameron Stewart Baird, the Special Forces commando killed in action in Afghanistan last year, received the Victoria Cross (VC) on his behalf yesterday, 18 February 2014.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce presented the medal at a ceremony in Canberra that paid tribute to the life and bravery of the Tasmanian-born corporal.

Corporal Baird, 32, from the Sydney-based 2 Commando Regiment, was shot dead during a battle to take an insurgent-held compound in the village of Ghawchak, in Afghanistan's Khod Valley, on June 22 last year.

He is the 100th recipient of the medal, the highest award presented for bravery during wartime.
 
 
 
Photo: The parents of Cameron Stewart Baird, the Special Forces commando killed in action in Afghanistan last year, received the Victoria Cross (VC) on his behalf yesterday, 18 February 2014.  Governor-General Quentin Bryce presented the medal at a ceremony in Canberra that paid tribute to the life and bravery of the Tasmanian-born corporal.  Corporal Baird, 32, from the Sydney-based 2 Commando Regiment, was shot dead during a battle to take an insurgent-held compound in the village of Ghawchak, in Afghanistan's Khod Valley, on June 22 last year.   He is the 100th recipient of the medal, the highest award presented for bravery during wart
 
Cameron Baird VC
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
The parents of Cameron Stewart Baird, the Special Forces commando killed in action in Afghanistan last year, received the Victoria Cross (VC) on his behalf today.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce presented the medal at a ceremony in Canberra that paid tribute to the life and bravery of the Tasmanian-born corporal.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 Corporal Baird, 32, from the Sydney-based 2 Commando Regiment, was shot
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photo: The parents of Cameron Stewart Baird, the Special Forces commando killed in action in Afghanistan last year, received the Victoria Cross (VC) on his behalf today.  Governor-General Quentin Bryce presented the medal at a ceremony in Canberra that paid tribute to the life and bravery of the Tasmanian-born corporal.  Corporal Baird, 32, from the Sydney-based 2 Commando Regiment, was shot dead during a battle to take an insurgent-held compound in the village of Ghawchak, in Afghanistan's Khod Valley, on June 22 last year.   He is the 100th recipient of the medal, the highest award presented for bravery during wart
 



 
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The Man from Snowy River
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
 
 
There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around
That the colt from old Regret had got away,
And had joined the wild bush horses - he was worth a thousand pound,
So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.
All the tried and... noted riders from the stations near and far
Had mustered at the homestead overnight,
For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,
And the stockhorse snuffs the battle with delight.
 

 [Banjo Paterson, "The Man from Snowy River", First Stanza]
Photo: There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around That the colt from old Regret had got away, And had joined the wild bush horses - he was worth a thousand pound, So all the cracks had gathered to the fray. All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far Had mustered at the homestead overnight, For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are, And the stockhorse snuffs the battle with delight.  [Banjo Paterson, "The Man from Snowy River", First Stanza]
 
AB ''Banjo ''Paterson
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
The great Australian poet, Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson OBE was born 150 years ago on 17 February 1864. Among his most celebrated poems include "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man from Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow''.
 
 
Photo: The great Australian poet, Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson OBE was born 150 years ago on 17 February 1864. Among his most celebrated poems  include "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man from Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow''.
 
Princes lend a hand
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Photo: Prince William and Prince Harry worked a long shift with other service personnel  helping flood-hit U.K. villagers protect their homes, unloading sandbags alongside soldiers in the River Thames village of Datchet.  The princes are not the only royals helping out. Their grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, has sent feed and bedding from the royal farms at Windsor to U.K. farmers whose land has been inundated.
 
 
Princes William and Harry made an unannounced visit to a flood-hit village in Berkshire, to help colleagues from the Armed Forces shore up flood defences, volunteering from 6AM alongside the Household Cavalry on Friday morning in Datchet, Berkshire.

 Kensington Palace said: "The Princes wanted to do their bit to help in a private capacity.
"The most appropriate way was through the Armed Forces relief effort."
 
 

 
 
Photo: Princes William and Harry  made an unannounced visit to a flood-hit village in Berkshire, to help colleagues from the Armed Forces shore up flood defences, volunteering from 6AM alongside the Household Cavalry on Friday morning in Datchet, Berkshire. Kensington Palace said: "The Princes wanted to do their bit to help in a private capacity. "The most appropriate way was through the Armed Forces relief effort." Video of the brothers shows them laughing with soldiers as they unload bags from an Army lorry. http://news.sky.com/story/1211614/william-and-harry-help-with-flood-relief
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Award ceremony: Neville Bonner prize winner, Tasmania
Written by Editor   
Friday, 14 February 2014

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ACM Tasmania Convenor, Reg Watson, had the delightful honour of presenting Hutchins School student, Himaushu Hardikar, with the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize at a school ceremony held on 12 February.

In attendance were senior staff and students. The presentation was part of the Headmaster’s Assembly for the presentation of Academic Honours 2014. The welcome was given by Headmaster Mr. Warwick Dean, with the proceedings introduced by Deputy Headmaster Mr. Alan Jones. Besides the many student academic awards presented, the Council of International Schools and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra were also represented together with Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Mr. Watson, after introducing himself, addressed the gathering of staff and a full assembly of students and explained exactly, in brief terms, what the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize is.

“The Neville Bonner Memorial Prize is a public-speaking competition for students in years 9 and 10, set up by Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. It honours our first Aboriginal Senator, Neville Bonner AO, who firmly believed more Australians should have an understanding of their Constitution”, said Mr Watson.

“Our competition aims to develop a student’s understanding of the Constitution by encouraging them to speak on the knowledge they have attained about the Constitution,” Mr Watson continued.

“Each competitor was required to give a ten minute prepared speech, plus a two to three minute impromptu speech,” he added.

This year, the Tasmanian champion was Himaushu Hardikar of Year 10 of Hutchins School. Himaushu mounted the stage, afterwhich Mr. Watson placed the Neville Bonner Medallion around his neck and then gave him a cheque for $250. He also presented with the Neville Bonner Memorial Prize Shield by the Headmaster, Mr. Dean.

“It was a wonderful ceremony,” stated Mr. Watson.

“Hutchins school was very attentive and young Mr. Hardikar is a splendid recipient,” he said.

 
How The Queen first came to Australia
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 13 February 2014

Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the most prestigious honour on the shipping company of Shaw Savill and Albion  when she chose the SS Gothic to visit parts of the Commonwealth soon after her Coronation in 1953.

This is recounted by Randolph Magri-Overend in the February 2014 issue of FM102 Fine Music Magazine, which is published monthly by the Sydney fine music channel.

 

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Older Australians - and I am one of them -  will recall with pleasure Gothic's magnificent entry into various Australian port s during that memorable first tour.

Mr Magri-Overend signed on to Gothic, ten years later, as the ship's purser.

He recalls that the ship had been part of the Royal Tour in 1952  when the then Princess Elizabeth was forced to interrupt a tour of South Africa due to the sudden death of her father, King  George VI.

He points out that for the 1954 tour the ship's hull was painted white. All modern accoutrements were added, the ship is completely air-conditioned, public rooms were expanded the special upper saluting bridge was installed.

 

...joining Gothic.... 


 

The Queen, Prince Philip and the royal entourage joined the ship in Kingston, Jamaica on 22 November 1953 and then proceeded through the Panama Canal to Suva, Fiji, Tonga and then to Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and other ports before arriving at Fremantle.

Crossing the Indian Ocean they called in on the Cocus Island, Columbo and the Red Sea port  of Aden where they disembarked and flew to Tobruk to join the Royal Yacht Britannia for the last leg of the tour.

Meanwhile Gothic made its way to Malta and then Birkenhead where all the saluting bridge was removed.
Sadly, in August 1968, barely 5 days out of New Zealand, the Gothic's bridge caught fire  and three crew members and four passengers lost their lives.
In May 1969, Gothic made her final trip to Taiwan where she was sold for scrap.

 
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