75th Coral Sea Commemoration

Tingira Australia Association President, Lance Ker, today accepted the invitation for Tingira Australia Association members to attend the 75th Coral Sea Commemoration in Canberra on Friday 5 May 2017. “With the recent success of many former HMAS Leeuwin Junior Recruits representing at the 2017 ANZAC March in Canberra, we expect a fine showing of our members for this very special event” said Ker. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the famous sea battle said to be “the Battle that saved Australia” and also, historically, the first sea battle fought entirely by aircraft from the opposing sides where the ships did not
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Voice Pipe – Five years on… Midships Sir

It has been a rather quick sequence of events since our initial conversation with Russ Crane at the 2010 JR Reunion to ‘Keep the boys together’. This year on January 1st Tingira Australia Association celebrated its 5th year of existence. No birthday cake or fanfare, on with the Tingira business. JR Reunion 2015, the Stonehaven Medal, statewide ANZAC Day march’s are certainly standout highlights of our achievements to date in this first five year window along with our merchandise and website that keeps us ticking over. Our first committee meeting for 2017 last week, set the plans and shared need to make
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Tingira Australia Association President, Lance Ker, today announced the inaugural 2017 winner of the Stonehaven Medal is awarded to former Junior Recruit, Ken Dobbie, from Tasmania. Ken is well known amongst the navy ranks of the 10,000 graduates of the RAN’s Junior Recruit Training Scheme that operated from 1961-84 on the banks of the Swan River, HMAS Leeuwin, Fremantle, WA. Working tirelessly, Ken has constantly contributed towards the Tingira cause. Gaining support from his peers to initially set up, build and co-ordinate the commissioning of the JR Memorial monument in 2010 on site at the present Leeuwin Army Barracks on

ANZAC Day March Details

Tingira Australia Association

The function of the Tingira Australia Association is to keep the ‘Spirit’ of the HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Leeuwin Junior Recruits alive through the re-uniting of class and shipmates as a true social level.

Hon Life membership and general Membership of the Association is open to all personnel who have served on board HMAS Cerberus and HMAS Leeuwin and worn the famous ‘Tingira Flash’. Hon Life membership is also open to Associate members, offered to our friends and family, Tingira descendants, Leeuwin Instructors, Ships Company and Officers of the RAN.

Membership now stands at 600 plus after our first five years. At the 2010 JR reunion over 3,000 boys gathered and we reformed as this association from that event. Our members ages range from over 75 years young, to those stalwart members still serving in the RAN today. Although the majority are dispersed throughout the length and breadth of the Australian countryside, many members are also scattered across international waters.

The membership is kept informed of events, past, present and future by means of our website www.tingira.org.au and our twice yearly magazine ‘Voice Pipe’.

The association also supports the Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, with a ‘Tingira class’ as part of the new Yarra division. At each Passing Out Parade, the winner of the ‘Tingira Topshot’ award becomes an Honorary Tingira member of the association, and his class mates have the opportunity to join the association ranks of general membership.

Support for all the activities and services of the Association is provided by unpaid volunteers who are elected to the committee for a three year term. We do not have lists of boys names who served in Ships Sobraon, Tingira, Cerberus and Leeuwin; these are held by Dept of Defence. The association are always open to sponsorship and committee fresh ideas through the Secretary.

Lance Ker, President
Tingira Australia Association

Voice Pipe

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