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Subject to change and venues to be confirmed

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


APRIL 2024

25th - ANZAC Day march Brisbane

JULY 2024

Combined Association luncheon to be held in July.  Date TBC


APRIL 2024

Tuesday 23rd April           ANZAC Service for 21st Brigade, Schools & Service organisations at Kokoda Memorials in Dandenong Ranges NP at 11.00 am.
Thursday 25th April         ANZAC Day march Melbourne
Thursday 25th April         Combined lunch at Rising Sun Hotel, South Melbourne from 11.45 am for 2/14th, 2/16th, 2/27th & 39th Battalion Associations​

Vic/ACT/Tas Representative

Mobile: 04 1933 334




25th - 10:30am Kings Park (Between Zamia and Vietnam Veterans memorial)

MARCH 2024

Members and Friends of the 2/16th Battalion Association

Announcing the next Australian Army Band concert at the Army Museum of WA, Artillery Barracks, 6 Burt Street, Fremantle on Sunday 24 March 2024 at 4:30 pm. Playing Retro Rock from the 70's, 80's and 90's until 7 pm.

Admission is adult $20, concessions $15, child $5 and family $45 with tickets available on Trybookings: link available soon

BYO food and drinks (no glass, except wine bottles). A great evening of music for everyone.

APRIL 2024

14th - ANZAC service Kings Park 11am

25th - ANZAC Day march Perth

MAY 2024

11th - Annual May lunch

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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

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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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