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By Graham Davis
HMAS Cairns (CMDR Bob Heffey) hosted
the MG Car Club of Queensland Far North
The event held on April 11, showcased
a variety of vintage vehicles against a much
younger Armidale Class Patrol Boat, HMAS
Twelve vehicles in convoy streamed on to
the base to be greeted by HMAS Cairns Public
Affairs Officer, Bernard O'Connor and ABBM
Eight of the cars were MG's with vintages
spanning 1950 to 2006, accompanied by an
Austin Healy 3000, a Triumph Stag and a
Porsche 911. A red 1950 MGTD attracted a lot
of attention too.
A tour of the base along with HMA ships
Bundaberg and Benalla was part of the club's
The visit provided an opportunity for the
cars' owners, drivers and friends to gain first
hand what life can be like at sea particularly
aboard a patrol boat and survey vessel.
The club expressed thanks to the team at
HMAS Cairns for ensuring their experience
with the Navy and HMAS Cairns was a mem-
Sleek seakeeper meets
classic FNQ roadsters
May 13, 2010
STUNNING: Beauties of the land and sea at HMAS Cairns.
Photo: compliments HMAS Cairns.
By AB Melanie Schinkel
PROFESSIONAL artists, sculptors, architects, engi-
neers and surveyors have been challenged to design a
memorial that commemorates a war that occurred more
than a century ago yet appeals to generations today.
The National Boer War Memorial Association offi-
cially launched the National Boer War Memorial Design
Competition on April 7 at the Duntroon Officers' Mess
Boer War Memorial Committee Chairman Col John
Hayes (retd) said the memorial would acknowledge the
first war Australians fought as a nation.
"The Boer War is important for all Australians, past,
present and future. It is our heritage and our history,"
Col Hayes said.
VCDF Lt-Gen David Hurley, Col Hayes and Dr
Craig Wilcox, author of Australia's Boer War, opened
the competition and announced $74,000 would be dis-
tributed among the winning designs.
The design competition is a two-stage process, which
will lead to the winning design being built on Anzac
Parade between the New Zealand Memorial and Desert
Mounted Corps Memorial in Canberra.
Lt-Gen Hurley said the competition would push
designers to express the roots of Australia's formation to
both modern Australian and foreign audiences.
"Designers who enter this competition are in for a
challenge as they need to capture the realities and myths
of the war campaign and the thinking of the Australian
people at the time," he said.
"The design also needs to speak to modern genera-
tions, 110 years after the war."
In 1901, halfway through the fighting, Australia was
federated. More than 20,000 Australians fought overseas
and 26,000 others joined the militia and rifle club, just
in case the conflict expanded. Almost 50,000 horses left
Australia to assist the Army. Two out of every three of
those horses died from disease or overwork and the rest
never returned home.
Lt-Gen Hurley said the Boer War Memorial would
cost about $3 million to complete.
"Members of the ADF have already donated about
$10,000 towards the memorial's construction, which
indicates a lot of interest among the military and young
people in particular," Lt-Gen Hurley said.
National Boer War
To donate towards the memorial's creation or to enter the
design competition visit www.bwm.org.au
HMAS Anzac has become one of the first ships to use
Navy's latest communications tool.
Flickr allows any ship, establishment or member to
place an image online in quick time.
The man in charge of the site is Navy's web master,
"The pictures are monitored to make sure they adhere
to Navy values," Mr MacNeill said, "but it's a great,
more relaxed way to show your mates and family what
you are up to."
Crew members in HMAS Anzac captured their
ANZAC Day Dawn service on board and managed to
turn around the imagery in 24 hours. The collection has
attracted hundreds of hits.
All Navy personnel are invited to send their imagery to:
Or take a look at Navy's Flickr site:
Navy gets onboard Flickr
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