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Story Writing and art Competition 2014



True Wartime Experience • True Life Experience • Fiction • Poetry Mateship - Stories of Companionship • Art • Craft • Photography
RECOLLECTIONS AND REFLECTIONS OF THE VETERAN COMMUNITY

52nd story writing and Art competition — 2014

VICTORIA ISBN: 978-0-9941961-6-3

Stories, poems, craft, artwork and photography included in this book remains the property of their creators.

Disclaimer:The views expressed by the contributors to this publication are not necessarily those of the organisers of the competition.

Centre Photographs (from the left):

Russell Halden -Farmlet - On The Road To St Arnaud Geoffrey Newman - Tower Bridge, London UK Suzi Duncan – Busy Bee

© Commonwealth of Australia [2014] This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth. Requests

and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the publications section Department of Veterans’Affairs or emailed to publications@dva.gov.au Published by the Department of Veterans’Affairs, Canberra, [2014]. Photography: Danielle Edwards / Warrick Attwood Publication co-ordination: Siobhan Hodgins P02014

InTERnET:

A web version of the contents of the 2014 BRAVO (including the winning stories and colour images of the art, craft and photography entries) is available on the following DVA website:

http://www.dva.gov.au/health_and_wellbeing/swac/Pages/publications.aspx

CONTeNTS

Preface ...................................................................................................................... 4 Introduction ............................................................................................................... 5 Acknowledgements ...................................................................................................... 6 Awards and Prizes ........................................................................................................ 7 Winners 2014 ............................................................................................................. 9 True Wartime Experience ..............................................................................................12

Lives In The Lines Peg Utting’s Recollection of her time as WAAAF In WWII We Will Be Home Soon Photos In An Album

True Life Experience ....................................................................................................27

Kerfuffle

Son of a TPI Veteran Lord Randal

Fiction .....................................................................................................................38

A Gift From Felix Lost Voices The Christmas Present No Place Like Home

Poetry ......................................................................................................................51

Spa Pool, Below The Surface Be Quiet You Kids A Journey From Dark to Light

Mateship – Stories of Companionship ................................................................................56

Cobber’s Mate Mates Above My Tribal Godson

Art ..........................................................................................................................63

2A – Art: Oils – Novice 2B – Art: Oils – Experienced 2C – Art: Other Media – Novice 2D – Art: Other Media – Experienced 2E – Art: All Media – Advanced

RAR Association Encouragement Award for first year in Painting (Runner Up)

The Rehabilitation Work Group Encouragement Award

Craft ........................................................................................................................68

3A – Craft:Textiles & Fibre 3B – Craft: Needlework 3C – Craft: Ceramics/Glass 3D – Craft: 3 Dimensional Art & Sculpture 3E – Craft:Wood Jessie Mary Vasey Memorial Encouragement Award

The Rehabilitation Work Group Encouragement Award (Runner Up) The AWAS Association (Victoria) Encouragement Award

Photography...............................................................................................................73

4A – Photography:War/Armed Services 4B – Photography: Open 4C – Photography: Portraits VVAA Encouragement Award National Vietnam Veterans Museum Encouragement Award

Art, Craft and Photography images ...................................................................................77 List of Entrants ...........................................................................................................83 List of Sponsors ..........................................................................................................85

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About the Patron

Major General David J McLachlan AO (Ret’d) is the State President of the Victorian Branch of the Returned & Services League of Australia. David retired from the Regular Army in 1994, after 36 years service. He had operational service in Malaysia (Peninsular and Borneo) and in South Vietnam. Today, as well as his RSL commitments, he is the corporate adviser to a number of public companies, is Chairman of Industry Capability Network Limited, a director of the Royal Humane Society of Australasia, and a Trustee of the Shrine of Remembrance.

A Word from Major General David McLachlan AO, Story Writing & Art Competition (SWAC) Patron

It is a great honour to be the Patron of this Competition in its 52nd year.

As in all of my years as Patron, the art, craft and photographic entries are again this year of a particularly high standard and provided a wonderful variety at the SWAC Exhibition. The 2014 special writing category “Mateship – Stories of Companionship” invited entrants to recount stories of those special bonds unique to those who have experienced time in overseas service. Again, as in every year, there were some very moving pieces.

The strong support of the veteran community and the ex service organisations is proof that SWAC has exceptional appeal. Each contribution brings a different dimension to a wide range of people. There is no doubt that the entrants take much pleasure in preparing their work, having it exhibited and then being able to see others view it. The organisers derive much pride and satisfaction from the fact that there is such a wide range of contributions submitted. Then there are the judges who are faced with the enormous task of selecting the winners amongst so many worthy entries. Finally, there are those who view the Exhibition and simply enjoy what they see. Their comments are always revealing when the Exhibition is open for the enjoyment of the general public.

SWAC is an incredibly rewarding experience for everyone involved and I wholeheartedly encourage your continued participation in this important event. As Patron, I commend and congratulate this year’s entrants and the organisers for providing us with a Competition and Exhibition of such an extremely high standard.

I particularly wish to thank the Department of Veterans’ Affairs for the support they provide to the Competition, the Judges and Steering Committee, Austin Health for the facilitation that has always been readily available and for their administration of SWAC, and our many sponsors who are listed in this publication. It is only through such support that SWAC can continue to provide

encouragement and the extremely beneficial effects that it has on so many people.

Thank you.
David J McLachlan AO Major General (Ret’d)

INTRODUCTION

It is my pleasure to introduce the 2014 edition of “BRAVO! Recollections and Reflections of the

Veteran Community”.

The publication is a compilation of the winning entries from the Story Writing and Art Competition (SWAC) and 2014 marks the 52nd anniversary of the competition.

The Story Writing and Art competition has once again attracted an amazing collection of stories, photographs, art and crafts from the imagination and skilful hands of veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers, eligible children and grandchildren, ex-service personnel of Defence Forces and our Allies.

Congratulations to all those who won a place this year and whilst not everyone can win, we do acknowledge the participation of all entrants and encourage continued participation in the years to come.

A fundamental element of the competition is that it offers health benefits to the Victorian veteran

community by providing them with the opportunity to get involved, be creative and display their talents, to their peers and to the whole Victorian community.

In 2014, the special writing category was “Mateship – Stories of Companionship”. Entrants were invited to write true-life stories, which explored the special relationships that are formed whilst in service together. This category produced some extraordinarily moving stories from a number of different perspectives.

It is wonderful to see that the major sponsors of the competition – The R&SL, Austin Health and radio station ‘Magic 1278’ – continued their invaluable support to SWAC again in 2014. The ongoing commitment clearly enhances the competition, as does the support received from all the ex-service organisations and private sponsors who are acknowledged in this publication.

Thanks must go to a number of people for their wonderful contribution to the running of the competition – to the Judges, who give their valuable time voluntarily to assess the many entries and to the team who bring it all together, the SWAC Steering committee. A special mention must go to Ms Siobhan Hodgins, the SWAC coordinator who together with Steering Committee, make this competition very successful.

Special thanks also to the Patron of the competition, Major General David McLachlan AO for his continuing enthusiastic support to this unique event.

Please enjoy the 2014 edition of BRAVO!
John Geary

Deputy Commissioner – Victoria Department of Veterans’ Affairs

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Thanks to the members of the SWAC Steering Committee:

Ruth Bland, Department of Veterans’ Affairs (Chairperson) Gordon Archer, Melbourne Legacy Marie Ben, Austin Health Amat (Aff ) Binnoore, Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Victoria) Michael Fidler, Returned & Services League (Victoria) Jeff Freeman, Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Soldiers Association (Victoria) Ray Gill, Naval Association of Australia – Box Hill Branch (Victoria) Suzanne Hall, War Widows Guild of Australia (Victoria) Siobhan Hodgins, Austin Health (SWAC Coordinator) Mark Johnston, The Defence Welfare Association (Victoria) Nick LeRay-Meyer, RAAF Association Ian Rainford, Defence Reserves Association Bill Smith, Austin Health Joe Virgato, Department of Veterans’ Affairs Nev Walley, Australian Peacekeepers & Peacemakers Veterans’ Assoc. Robert Winther, Austin Health

Special thanks to our SWAC Judges:

Major General (Ret’d) Mike O’Brien (True Wartime Experience) Lyn Price (True Life Experience) Lynn Smailes (Fiction) Avril Bradley (Poetry/Prose) Win Morgan (Love and War) Phillip Howe (Art) Emma Greenwood (Craft) Gale Spring (Photography)

And also special thanks to:

Major General David McLachlan, John Geary, Dr Brendan Murphy, Dave Ferguson, Danielle Edwards, Warrick Attwood, Val Moule, Lesley Crowley, Marie Harrington and any one else we may have missed.

AwARDS AND pRIZeS

PRIZES In EACH CATEGORY 1st Prize: $200 and an Award Certificate 2nd Prize: $100 and an Award Certificate 3rd Prize: $75 and an Award Certificate Honourable Mentions: Certificate

SPECIAL AWARDS

The Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Prize

Sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force Association (Vic Division). Awarded to the most outstanding first prize entry. This award is judged by the Story Writing & Art Competition Steering Committee.

The Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award

Sponsored by the Returned & Services League (Victoria). Awarded to the first prize winner in the Story Writing True Wartime Experience category.

The Jessie Mary Vasey Memorial Encouragement

Sponsored by the War Widows’ Guild of Australia (Victoria). Awarded by the Guild to a Craft entrant deemed worthy of encouragement.

The Lou Perlstein Award for Story Writing True Wartime Experience

Sponsored by Carry-On (Victoria). This is awarded to an entrant deemed worthy of encouragement by the True Wartime Experience Judge.

The Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Victoria) Prize

Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia (Victoria). Encouragement award for Photography War/Armed Services category to a winner and runner-up entrant.

The John Quinlivan TPI Special Recognition Award

Sponsored by the TPI Association (Victoria) for a winner and a runner-up who produced entries under special hardship.

The Rehabilitation Work Group Encouragement Award

Sponsored by the Work Group at (Austin Health – Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital) and awarded to a winner and runner-up.

Vice Admiral W.R. Creswell Poetry Encouragement Award

Sponsored by The Naval Association of Australia - Box Hill & District in memory of Lloyd and Vera Saltmarsh. Awarded to entrant deemed worthy of encouragement.

Royal Australian Regiment Association Novice Award for a First Year Entrant in Painting

Awarded to first time painting entrants to a winner and runner-up deemed worthy of encouragement.

Legacy Novice Award for a First Year Entrant in Writing

Awarded to first time writing entrants to a winner and runner-up deemed worthy of encouragement.

Defence Force Welfare Association Viewers’ Choice Award for Art, Craft and Photography - For winner in each visual art section

Sponsored by the DFWA and awarded to the entry, in each of the identified categories,voted the most popular by visitors to the SWAC Exhibition.

The AWAS Association (Victoria) Encouragement Award

Awarded to an entrant deemed worthy of encouragement in the 3 Dimensional Art & Sculpture category.

The National Servicemen’s Association (Northern Branch)

Sponsoring an encouragement award in the 1E Special Writing Category

National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum Encouragement Award

Sponsored by the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum and awarded in the Photography

Open category.

WINNERS 2014

STORY WRITInG 1A – TRUE WARTIME EXPERIEnCE 1st Prize (& the Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop Award): Peter Fidler – Lives In The Lines 2nd Prize: Peg Utting – Peg Utting’s Recollection of Her Time as a WAAAF in WWII 3rd Prize: Laurie Hill – We Will Be Home Soon The Lou Perlstein Award: Pauline Saunier –

Photos In An Album

Honourable Mentions:

Norman Furness – From Hell to Heidelberg Lloyd Knight – The Big Bang John Sedgley – Active Service Moments of a Young

Infantry Officer

Peter Walker – V.P. Day – Seeking Peace

1B – TRUE LIFE EXPERIEnCE 1st Prize: Margaret Reid – Kerfuffle 2nd Prize: Michael Madden – Son of a TPI Veteran 3rd Prize: Gwynne Duigan – Lord Randal

Honourable Mentions:

Mary Harris – Growing Old Gracefully Lloyd Knight – The Supply Drop Jennifer McInnes – The Paper Bridge Pauline Saunier – Fragments of Life

1C - FICTIOn 1st Prize: Rex Radcliffe – A Gift From Felix 2nd Prize: Lucia Nardo – Lost Voices 3rd Prize: Peter Hickman – The Christmas Present Legacy novice Award: Marie Parkins – No Place Like Home

Honourable Mentions:

Jim Dow – The Last Shot Ray Heathcote – The Maud and Yellow Girl Christy Collins – Homecoming Marie Parkins – No Place Like Home

1D - POETRY 1st Prize: Pauline Brown – Spa Pool, Below the Surface

2nd Prize and the Vice Admiral William Creswell Poetry Encouragement Award:

Kenneth Morrison – Be Quiet You Kids

3rd Prize and the Legacy novice Award Runner Up: David Gillard – A Journey From Dark to Light

Honourable Mentions:

RenŽe Abbott – A Touch of Class Judith Fisher – Remembering David Frost – The Grey March Jim Murrell – Ode to a Mate

1E – MATESHIP: STORIES OF COMPAnIOnSHIP 1st Prize and the national Servicemen’s Association Award: Carla Evans – Cobber’s Mate 2nd Prize: Arthur Watson – Mates Above 3rd Prize: Ian Felton – My Tribal Godson

Honourable Mentions:

Barry Heard – The Boss Desma McDonald – Friendships Forged In Flight Pauline Saunier – Jimy Dulcie Stone – Dad’s Army

ART 2A - OILS nOVICE 1st Prize: Ian Edwards – This Ain’t No Battlefield 2nd Prize: Warren Power – Meadow 3rd Prize: Judith Pearsall – Out With The Tanks RAR novice Encouragement Award Runner Up: Denis Hollyoak – Aust Light Horse Rehabilitation Work Group Encouragement Award: Rex Shackleford –

We Must Never Forget
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