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Voice Pipe December 2018

I have had some pleasurable and memorable moments since becoming President of the Tingira Australia Association back in 2014, none were more emotional and honourable than the recent presentation of the 2017 Stonehaven Medal awarded to Philip Lancaster and Dave Cassidy on the flybridge of the former RAN WW1 frigate, HMAS Diamantina at the Queensland Maritime Museum in July this year. The occasion was private, as the lads had to line up the ropes with one member from Perth and the other from Brisbane, they wanted their good ship mate, Mick Sharp and his wife Judi to be present at such
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TINGIRA PATRONS CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As Christmas approaches and our thoughts begin to turn to our celebrations of Christmas and the New Year, it’s timely to reflect as well on events of the year past in particular those events that have given us an opportunity to celebrate, commemorate, honour or simply remember those who have made a significant contribution to our Nation. There have been many opportunities for reflection this year as we brought the centenary of Anzac commemorations to a close on Remembrance Day 2018, the centennial anniversary of the cessation of hostilities in the Great War. Those men of the Great war and those
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TINGIRA BOYS SALUTE THEIR PAST

Participating in the ANZAC 100 Year Commemoration, members of the Tingira Australia Association recently paid their ‘salute of respect’ to their most decorated Tingira sailor, Leading Signalman John Varcoe, DSM, RAN; East Africa, Mediterranean Station, Royal Australian Navy, British Adriatic Force. Today John Varcoe is best recognised as the bronze sailor on the Sydney Cenotaph in Martin Place. "Our Tingira sailor, John Varcoe, is not a fictitious naval image. Australian sculptor, Sir Bertrand Mackennal, created the statues of the soldier and sailor for the Cenotaph. They are both now famous icons of Sydney for where they stand and what they represent, for

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

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

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