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September 2, 2010
THE new family occupying Jenner
House (2 Macleay Street, Potts Point,
NSW) are busily restoring the property
to its former heritage character.
In the course of restoration they have
discovered many of the fittings may have
been archived or stored during the sale of
They would be grateful for any infor-
mation to assist in the location of the
original fireplaces and light fittings that
were in Jenner House, or any other items
of historical note associated with the
If you have any information about these items
please email email@example.com
or write to M.V. at 303/6 Cowper Wharf
Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011. Any
costs involved in replying will be reimbursed.
Call for donations
HMAS Kuttabul's LEUT Stuart
Goldfinch is calling for donations to the
George Gregan Foundation on behalf of
his local junior sports club, the North
Ryde Dockers Junior AFL Club.
LEUT Goldfinch said that, in March
2010, seven-year-old Hannah Coary lost
her life to a cancerous brain tumour.
"Throughout her long treatment, her
respite was the state-of-the-art play-
ground at Westmead Children's Hospital,
built through the vision of the George
Gregan Foundation," LEUT Goldfinch
"Try for Hannah is a committee
founded in Hannah's memory to raise
money for the George Gregan Foundation
so it can continue its work building play-
grounds of hope around Australia.
"The Coary family are members
of our local junior AFL community --
Hannah's brother, Daniel, plays for our
Under 10 team. Despite the difficult times
they have endured, the Coary's continue
to volunteer around the club and provide
a source of inspiration in the face of
LEUT Goldfinch said tax-deductible donations
could be made at www.everydayhero.com.
For more details visit www.tryforhannah.
AUSTRALIA'S Chief Defence
Scientist Professor Robert Clark has
presented the $10,000 Eureka Prize
for Outstanding Science in support
of Defence or National Security to a
team from the University of Western
Professor Ba-Ngu Vo, his brother
Professor Ba-Tuong Vo and Professor
Antonio Cantoni are the first to determine
how to measure the margin of error inher-
ent in systems tracking multiple targets,
radically simplifying the required compu-
tation and computing power.
Professor Clark said it was an out-
"It has the potential to contribute
significantly to Australia's defence and
national security, by making the chal-
lenges of detecting the large numbers of
objects that modern sensors may typically
detect more tractable," he said.
"The innovative work of Professor Vo
and his team could have many benefits
in the defence domain. This includes
an improved identification capability at
longer ranges, including in hazardous
urban environments and for the protection
of ships, aircraft and vehicles," Professor
RESERVE employers were recently
recognised for their dedicated contribu-
tion to ADF capability at an awards
night held at the Australian War
Memorial in Canberra.
To honour employers who release
their staff to serve in the reserves, the
Defence Reserves Support Council ACT
Committee held their annual Employer
Support Awards evening on June 24.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Support Mike Kelly attended the event
and said it was about formally recognis-
ing a number of supportive employers
who were nominated by reservists on
"For every reservist who renders
reserve service there is usually an
employer, or educational institution, who
supports that reservist by willingly releas-
ing them to don their uniform," Dr Kelly
"The astute employer recognises the
great value that a reservist can bring to a
business or organisation."
By Leonie Gall
IT HAS been called liquid gold,
and a pint of yours could save
the lives of three of your mates.
So why not take up the challenge
this spring and donate blood for a
very worthy cause?
Defence's second blood drive
challenge began on September 1,
encouraging ADF members and
their families across Australia to
help increase blood-stock levels,
while getting involved in a little
friendly tri-Service rivalry for good
Strategic Logistic Branch staff
officer and blood-drive organiser,
Gary Schulz, said the Red Cross
would be taking blood at most
Defence establishments between
September and November.
He said this year's challenge
would focus on improving on last
year's final tally of 1265 donations.
"Defence relies on blood as part
of its core business, so this blood
not only assists the Australian
population but it also assists our
Service personnel overseas," Mr
Supported by Commander Joint
Health Command, MAJGEN Paul
Alexander, the blood drive chal-
lenge will run until November 30
and, rumour has it, Air Force will
be keen to defend last year's inau-
gural challenge win of 477 dona-
Blood drive challenge
Mr Schulz said Australian blood
was some of the best in the world
and it was a very healthy sign to give
"I first started giving blood at 18
to get the free milkshake and party
pies as a bit of a novelty, but then
I started doing it as part of a group
and it became a bit of a bonding
thing," he said.
"Giving blood is a feel-good
experience -- it's knowing that
you've done the right thing and it
doesn't really hurt."
Australian hospitals require more
than 300,000 blood donations every
three months to service the needs
of patients, but only about three per
cent of Australians give blood regu-
To make your donation count, use
Defence Service donation codes DF01
(Army), DF02 (Navy), or DF03 (Air Force).
CMDR John Stavridis recently
took command of HMAS Arunta,
a warship that makes up the front-
line of Australia's naval defence.
CMDR Stavridis said he'd had
his eye on the Captain's chair for
"I always wanted to join the
Navy and with a family history of
naval service it seemed natural,"
"My parents were very sup-
portive of my unique career choice
and, 23 years later, I have never
CMDR Stavridis was born in
Sydney and is the son of Iordanis
and Kaliopi, who emigrated to
Australia from the islands of
Lemnos and Samos in the 1960s.
He joined the Navy in 1988
straight out of secondary school at
Sydney's Trinity Grammar. From
there he attended the Australian
Defence Force Academy where he
graduated with honours in 1991.
Following navigation training
he specialised as a maritime war-
fare officer and served in a number
of ships which saw him travel the
"I have been to a lot of plac-
es with the Navy -- Asia, the
Americas, the Pacific and the
Middle East, although I am still
waiting for the opportunity to take
my ship to Europe and hopefully
Greece," CMDR Stavridis said.
CMDR Stavridis said the RAN
was an employer of choice.
"I could not think a better
employer in Australia today. It
is the range of job opportunities,
adventure, posting localities, job
security and world-class training that
make this career so rewarding.
"The Navy prides itself in the
quality of its people and takes an
active interest in their continued
professional education. For exam-
ple, the Navy has encouraged me
to undertake, and sponsored me
through, two masters' degrees."
CMDR Stavridis cannot say
with certainty whether he is the first
Australian of Greek heritage to com-
mand an Australian warship.
"What I am certain of is that
there are a number of Greek-
Australians in the Navy today filling
a variety of important positions and
serving their country with pride."
Asked whether he saw any con-
flict between his cultural back-
ground and service in the Navy,
CMDR Stavridis said the Navy was
very supportive and accepting of his
"I hold close the Greek customs,
language and traditions. My faith is
also important to me and the Navy is
also very supportive of that."
IN COMMAND: HMAS Arunta's new CO, CMDR John Stavridis,
kneels proudly on the forecastle. CMDR Stavridis joined the RAN in
1988 and has never looked back.
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
DOESN'T HURT A BIT: CMDR Grahame Falls has his blood taken
by Colleen Laugesen from the ACT Blood Bank.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
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