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Click this LINK for the latest March 2024 PIGEON POST



Subject to change and venues to be confirmed

Committee meetings 1st Sunday of each month, February to December


JULY 2024

25 July 2024
Combined luncheon at the Kedron-Wavell RSL Services club on 25 July 2024,
The cost is $45.00.
Click HERE for invitation information, including payment details. 



8 August 2024
The Broadbeach Cascades Service is on 8th August 2024. More information to follow.

All enquiries to Stephen Harrold


APRIL 2024

Thursday 25th April         ANZAC Day march Melbourne

ANZAC Day March in Melbourne. Form up is at 09.00am in Collins Street (South Side) east of Swanston Street (near Regent Theatre) at the 2/16th Battalion banner. 
Post March there is a joint get together for lunch at the Rising Sun Hotel, 2 Raglan St South Melbourne with meals available from 11:45am. Please contact the Melbourne Co-ordinator Trevor Ingram on +614 1933 3347 for further details.

Vic/ACT/Tas Representative

Mobile: 04 1933 334



June 2024

Saturday 29 June 2024

Members and Friends are welcome to attend the 64th Anniversary Service for 16 Royal Western Australian Regiment (16RWAR)
St Georges Cathedral, St Georges Terrace, Perth
10:30am Saturday 29 June 2024 


If you are planning to attend, please advise Mary Goldthorpe on 0409 086 987 by June 15th, as there is an optional morning tea, for a small note contribution.


Friday 2 August

2/16th Battalion A.I.F. Association
2024 Brigadier Arnold Potts Oration

Oration to be delivered by: Nova Peris OAM OLY MAICD

Former Senator Nova Peris OAM was Australia’s first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament and the first Aboriginal and Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal. A dual Olympian and the first Olympic torchbearer for the Sydney 2000 Games. Nova is the Great Granddaughter to 2/16th Battalion member the late Sgt John Marcus Charles Knox WX10552 (aka Jack Knox)

Event will be held Friday 2 August 2024, 6:30 – 11.30pm
ANZAC Club Perth, Tickets $65

Includes canapes following Oration. Cash bar available.
Dress Code: Mess Dress or Black Tie with Medals or Miniatures

Available through TryBooking on this link...
Or contact Mary Ph: 0409 085 987

Bookings close 4pm 19 July 2024

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As a rural reunion had not been held in Victoria since 2019 due to Covid, a luncheon was organised at the Royal Hotel in Bacchus Marsh which was the same venue used in 2019.

There were 20 attendees in total including eight from 2/14th and two from 39th Battalion Associations who have a close relationship with the 2/16th in Victoria.

This was the first rural Victorian reunion without any veterans or widows able to attend.

Families of deceased 2/16th Btn. veterans, Lindsay Idle, Jack Balharrie, Bob Bailey, Ken Murdoch and Des Kelly attended.

Mary Goldthorpe travelled overnight from Perth to attend this reunion then returned to Perth that evening. What a great commitment!

Des Kelly’s family (Gail, Ian & David Haidon) made the long road trip from the Canberra district.

The ongoing support from the descendents of our veterans is fundamental to the future of the Battalion Association.

The Royal Hotel  had recently been renovated and was under new management. We were provided with a dedicated function room for our reunion.

The meals were high quality albeit a bit slow in arriving.

Following lunch, Mary gave a summary of the Bunbury dinner and the PNG Patrol Boat sailor’s service with the 2/16th at Kings Park.

All those present had an enjoyable day.

Report prepared by Trevor Ingram
2/16th Battalion AIF Association

2/16th Battalion Assoc. Vice President Mary Goldthorpe and Secretary Peter Norrish met with representatives of the PNGDF Navy at a recent memorial service in Kings Park.  The Assoc. will be holding a joint memorial service on Saturday 21 October at 11 am, to celebrate the ongoing defence partnership between Australia and PNG.
The photo From right to left shows:
Lieutenant Nathan Tai Tombe
Able Seaman Gehala Dai
Mary Goldthor
Peter Norrish
Sub Lieutenant Ishmael Ogera
Mr Michael Gau
Mr David Solok

The PNGDF Navy are here to collect The Guardian Patrol Boat HMPNGS 403 Gilbert Toropo


ANZAC day 2022, Perth Western Australia

Check out all the photos by clicking this LINK


Kokoda 75 Anniversary

Seven direct descendants of Kokoda Campaign visited Beachheads and Kokoda to Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the campaign. 

From left to right

John Murdoch, son of J K (Ken) Murdoch WX 3254
Ian Smith, son of J E (Jack) Smith WX 7283
Ken Walker, son of W (Bill) Walker WX 5620
Brenda Beacham, daughter of A l Piercy WX 2850
Richard Ingram, son of L Idle VX 28893
Peter Norrish, son of D K (Keith) Norrish WX 5859
Mary Goldthorpe, daughter of J K (Ken) Murdoch WX 3254


Leaving Australia for Port Moresby on Aug 1 the group met up with other members and visitors from USA and Brisbane, then travelled to Popendetta before heading out over the next few days to Gona,  Sanananda and Buna.  Back to Popandetta a visit was made to Kokoda,(laid wreath) Owers Corner and Bomana War Cemetery where we laid our second wreath.

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