50th Anniversary Reunion

Torquay, Victoria. October 27,28,29 2017




Absent from this Photo

Tony Wade

Pieter Soeters

Barry Pumphrey

Peter Laird

Derek Locke

John Watt

John Campbell

Colin Lange


Over the Weekend of October 27,28,27 2017 we held a reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our  joining the RAAF and starting our Training at Laverton.   The venue for this occasion was the RACV resort at Torquay.   The planning and organization of the event was carried out by the planning committee comprising Macca, Dick, Bruce, Ron and Paul who  managed it to perfection.

Many of us travelled from all over Australia but a special mention goes to Steve Manning and his wife Sri who came from Jakarta specifically for this event and it is significant that 32  ex 21 Course Appies were there from the original 72 who started 50 years ago.

We arrived at Torquay on the Friday and a round of golf was arranged for anyone who chose to join in.

A visit had been organized to the old Laverton Base, now known as RAAF Williams for either Friday or Sunday and several took up that opportunity.


This was followed by informal drinks at the bar and most of us stayed for a casual dinner, a few observed the old traditions of not knowing when to stop.

Saturday was a casual day with lunch at the Jan Juc pub, where the photo above was taken.

On Saturday night we had a formal dinner at the resort which was superbly catered.   Starting with a once familiar call to order we were then seated.

Call to Order

 During the dinner we had an address by the Guest Speaker, Ron Ledingham who had been an apprentice on 18 Course and went on to a distinguished career in the RAAF.  A most enjoyable evening.   Again some of us didn’t know when to stop for the night requiring the bar staff to tactfully and respectfully lead  them towards the door.    There were reports of some members adjourning to someone’s room and raiding the mini bar but that isn’t confirmed.

During the course of the evening it was suggested that another reunion be held in 2019 to celebrate 50 years since graduation. This was generally thought to be a good idea  and S.A. and in particular the Barossa Valley was suggested as a possible venue.




Some photos from the weekend



Bruce Goodman’s Photos



Neil Clark’s Photos



Paul Clapham’s Photos



On 9th January 2017 there were a couple of mini reunions to celebrate the actual day of enlistment.


 Photos Here