New South Wales



A small group of our members enjoyed a Christmas Coffee session at our local club.

L to R – John and Jan Ingram, Tony and Vicki Hanks, Margaret and Arthur Roberts, Laurie Smith, Patricia Johnson and Barbara Smith.

Clarence Richmond Region
Alstonville Luncheon

The Clarence -Richmond Region event was their first in four years and our first regional function since COVID restrictions have been relaxed. A successful return and I was asked to preside over their committee elections, the results being Graham Gooding was confirmed as their convenor and he has a committee of four to support him.

Barry Nash OAM was their guest speaker. A very interesting personal history beginning from the Island of Guernsey where his wife Trudie was also born. A Royal Navy man from age 12 wherein he served as telegraphist and many years on small ships such as minesweepers. They emigrated to Australia as ten-pound Poms and he served as Victorian policeman. On retirement, they moved to Ballina where they have an indelible impression on the locals with the RSL, Legacy and in many other ways.

L-R -Grahame Gooding OAM, Helen Hargreaves OAM, Jim Mein AM, Phillip Chapman OAM, Robyn Spruce OAM and John Barnes OAM

L-R -Grahame Gooding OAM, Helen Hargreaves OAM, Jim Mein AM, Phillip Chapman OAM, Robyn Spruce OAM and John Barnes OAM

Mr Barry Nash OAM

Barry Nash received a Medal of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2015 for his service to veterans, their families and the community of Ballina.

Whilst he was very pleased to receive the honour, he felt that Trudie (his wife of 60 years) should have also been included.

Barry and Trudie moved to Ballina in 1991 and quickly established themselves in their community. In 1992, Barry became a Legatee in the Ballina division of Far North Coast Legacy, a volunteer role in which he supported the widows and families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, or whose health has been affected by war service. He was the Allocations Officer from 2005, and on the Divisional executive for many years where he subsequently held a variety of positions. Barry retired to the Legacy Reserve in 2016.

Barry has also been active in the Returned and Services League (RSL) and is a past vice-president of the Ballina RSL Sub-Branch. For 27 years he was vice-president of the Ballina Naval Association.

Barry was on the board of management for the Ballina Ex Services Home aged-care facility and   from 1998-2007, was on the accreditation committee. He also has been a supporter of the RSL LifeCare’s Florence Price Gardens.

As well for many years Barry was the parade marshal for the Ballina Anzac Day parade, with his voice booming out the order to “quick march”.

AM & OAM Recipients and partners at the 2017 luncheon.

Regional Events

The following Regional Groups have indicated that they will be holding functions in the near future to welcome new and existing members after such a hard 12 months due to the pandemic.  At this stage, it is hoped that members of the NSW Branch, including both Gail and myself, will be in attendance at each of these functions to meet the local members.

Illawarra Branch

Illawarra Branch hope to re commence with their Mid-Year Luncheon at Dapto Leagues Club on Friday May 27th 2022.

Contact [email protected]

The Hunter Regional Group of the Order of Australia Association

Dear Friends

As 2021 draws to an end I bring you greetings from The Hunter Regional Group of the Order of Australia Association, and hope that you are keeping well and have survived the challenges of COVID19 and its isolation.

It was good to catch up with those who attended our luncheon in July and now we want to let you know about our plans for 2022. After listening to some comments from members and discussion when we met recently we have decided the following activities for 2022. As you would expect costs have risen for the coming year, but we will still try to keep them to a minimum and you will notice the changes we have made by moving the Morning Tea to March and the Luncheon to the cooler month of July.

  1. A Morning Tea at the Wallsend Diggers RSL Club on Saturday 12 March with guest speaker John Di Gravio OAM
  1. A Luncheon on Saturday 23 July also at Diggers Wallsend (This venue can cater for 200 if necessary)
  1. A small Morning Tea to be held at Salamander Haven Retirement Village thanks to hospitality of Harbourside Haven Retirement Villages Port Stephens who host this function to enable those who find it difficult to travel to Newcastle to attend a function in their area.

On behalf of the Regional Group I wish you a safe and enjoyable time with family and friends in the coming Christmas season and we look forward to catching up in 2022.

Yours Sincerely

June Cameron AM
And joined by Charlie Stevens OAM, Stephen Finney OAM , Geoffrey Kellerman OC, Laurie Kelly AM, Bill Hanley OAM, Ian Lovell APM.

Shoalhaven Regional Group

Wednesday 23 March 2022
For further details contact Ron Gibb at [email protected]