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Major General The Hon Len Roberts-Smith RFD, QC (Ret'd)



Mary Goldthorpe

Vice President, Life Member

The eldest child of Ken Murdoch WX3254.

Was a Nurse at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children through to retirement. During that time was seconded to the Organ Donor Team, Lions Eye Bank, Bone Bank and also was part of the team checking child health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory. Also worked with Sports Medicine Australia covering many local events including the World Swimming Championships at HBF Stadium, in Perth.




Peter Norrish

Hon. Secretary

Retired WA Police officer of 34 years and son of 2/16th Battalion Veteran WX 5859 Keith Norrish.




Davina Goldthorpe

Co-editor Pigeon Post and Life Member

Granddaughter of WX3254 JK Ken Murdoch and daughter of Association Vice President Mary Goldthorpe.
A Piper with the Australian Army Band Perth, Pipes and Drums.


W.L. (Bill) Grayden, AM Life member and President

Bill was born on 05/08/1920 at Bickley WA. He was educated at various schools in WA, England and Victoria, spending significant time on Phillip Island.

At the outbreak of war, and after two attempts to join up, being successful when ‘fudging ’his age on his second attempt, Bill saw service with the 2/16th Battalion in all its campaigns, Syria, Kokoda, Ramu Markham Valley, Balikpapan and the Celebes, rising quickly through the ranks to Captain. He also served over forty-three (43) years combined in the WA State Parliament and the Australian Federal Parliament. He today still holds the record for the longest serving member of Parliament in Western Australia. Bill had the privilege of serving in the Robert Menzies ’government and also sitting in the Federal Parliament with our WW11 Prime Minister, John Curtin, a fellow Western Australian and WW1 Prime Minister Billy Hughes.


Jim Grayden

Vice President

Lives in South Perth and has worked as a High School Teacher (Science and Aviation Studies), and for a short time with the WA Public Trustee. For the last twenty years or so he has worked closely with our President, Bill Grayden, managing family businesses, farming properties and investments in Perth.




Joanne Baker

Hon. Treasurer


Certified Practising Accountant and involved with the 2/16th Battalion Association along with husband, David.  Has experience as Treasurer in other organisations in the past and is currently also the Treasurer of her local church.

C/- PO Box 434, Cottesloe WA 6911


Margaret Smith

Pigeon Post Editor and Life Member

Daughter of Ken Murdoch WX3254, one of the original members of the 2/16th Battalion who marched into Northam Camp in May 1940.



0419 914 534

c/- Pigeon Post, PO Box 434 Cottesloe WA 6911

Pigeon Post:
0419 914 534
c/- Pigeon Post, PO Box 434 Cottesloe WA 6911


John Murdoch, Ken Walker, Trevor Ingram, Penny Thomas, Anna Pollard, Travis Hocart, Steve White, Steve Harrold, Wayne Koch.


Eastern States and Territory Representatives:

​Victoria, ACT and Tasmania, Trevor Ingram, Contact Email:
NSW, Trevor Brooker, Contact phone: 02 4992 1778
Queensland and Northern Territory - Steve Harrold, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Contact phone: 0417 515 786, Email:

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