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Post by Admin on Sat 21 Feb 2009, 02:05


  1. 1st Prize - value $650 36" x 24" colour canvas print of D04 - Brian (Whizzer) Wheeler

  2. 2nd Prize - value $650 Framed mount images, medals and medallions D31 & D04 - Jack Aaron

  3. 3rd Prize - value $399 Dreampot powerless cooker - Bruce Cresswell

  4. 4th Prize - value $450 3 nights Voyager Resort Gold Coast - John Cull
Congratulations to all the winners of the major and minor prizes and also to the lucky winners of the 34 special Voyager mounted profiles.


to all who attended the HMAS Voyager All Crews reunion in Ballina and making it a very successful and totally enjoyable venue. Many items have been donated to the Ballina Maritime Naval Museum and added to the Voyager display stand.
The next reunion is likely to be in WA but details will be made available as soon as possible.
Photo's and video clips will be added to the Website as soon as possible.
Hello everyone,
A BIG THANK YOU to all those who attended the All Crews Reunion and making it a very successful and memorable occasion. You have made our two years of committee work worthwhile and rewarding knowing it was a great success.
For those who were unable to attend for one reason or another we wish you well and hope we catch up with you all at the next one.
At this point in time it is most likely going to be held in WA but more details of this will be posted on the Website when it come to hand.
Can I impose upon you all to provide me with copies of photos you took during the reunion and send them to me in Emails please. The larger the file the better. If you have too many to Email can you send them on CD please. Please specify if you want your CD returned. If you send pictures via snail mail then please specify if you want them returned. If possible please supply comments such as names etc so as I can add that to them in the Website.
If anyone managed to video part or all of the Saturday night especially the Admirals speech could you send me a copy of it on a DVD please. I would like to post copies of photos on the Website as well as streaming Video clips for all to see.
As I was busy most of the evening in the equipment control room I missed many parts but could hear everyone enjoying the evening.
Below is a copy of Email messages received to date
Brad Stead

HI Les, thanks to you and the committee for a terrific couple of days, it was a real professional affair.
Give my congrat's to all those involved. ....

Regards Brad Stead
Maurice (Boris) Kriss

Dear Les, I wish to congratulate you and your team for a splendid reunion, After all these years since we were in ‘pussers’, it is terrific to know that we still know how “ to take charge”. It is the team spirit that we as ex-servicemen have which is sadly lacking in the wider community that really sets us apart. Even at this stage of our lives each one of us knows that we can be called upon and relied upon if required. Well done again. If I can be of any assistance to the Perth reunion, count me in. Best wishes Maurice (Boris) Kriss.
Les White

Les, I think you got one thing wrong, it should be us the participants, that issues the big thankyou for a job very well done by you and the organising committee. It was a credit to the Ballina Organising Committee and I’m sure everyone would join me in sending you all a heartfelt thankyou. Cheers and Best Wishes Les White
Ian & Shirley Swain

Thanks to YOU Les for a great weekend of events, we loved it all and will send you the photos when I've edited them all!!
Shirley & Ian Swain
Graeme & Marlene Ferguson

Hi Les,
Thank you for your message of thank you, but I like the others who attended the Voyager reunion at Ballina on the weekend 13th -15th February 2009, believe it is a little the other way round.
I would not know where to start with the thank you's for the wonderful job, all you people on the committee have performed in the preparation and execution of the reunion.
Although everyone I spoke to, thought it was the best ex-Navy reunion they had ever been to, I don't believe they had a lot of understanding of the work you people put into this, you alone have been ill, but have managed to do such a wonderful job on the web-page and getting it out there to the people, Bernie & Anita have put in an outstanding performance in their part, especially getting an Admiral to attend and what can I say about our Master of Ceremonies, Admiral,come clown, Bill, just blue the show away with that uniform and introduction.
Once again thank you all for the parts you played in a grand Voyager reunion.

Best Regards
Graeme & Marlene Ferguson
Vern & Catherine Bechaz

Hi Les,

The pleasure really was ours. What a fantastic weekend.
OUR thanks goes to yourself, your committee and all your helpers for making the weekend a time to remember. Bloody well done you lot.
It was an ideal location for such an event, close to everything.
Met some lovely people and Catherine really enjoyed herself. Big plus.
Am thinking of going to the all ships reunion next time. When please??
Again, THANK YOU Les for a great time.
Will check camera for pics.


Vern and Catherine Bechaz.
Harvry & Daphne Mills

Congratulations and Bravo Zulu.
I don't think any more words would make it any better!!
Our Best to You All.
Daphne and Harvey.
C.C. Bill and Nora-Lee Battersby
Brian Barry

Congratulations to all concerned a memorable occasion. May the next one be as good.
A BIG thank you to all the salts and their PEPPER MAIDS.
Brian Barry
Gavin Ryan

Hi Les,
I am very pleased to hear the reunion went off so well. Once again I am sorry I couldn't be there.
You were putting together a CD of photos etc which I understand were to be included in the attendees' kits.
Are these available for purchase?
Cheers mate
Gavin Ryan

Brian McNamara
Thanks Les for thinking of me, good to hear it was a great success. Say gooday to Bernie when you next see him for me please.

Hi Anita, Les and Committee Members,

Congratulations on a fantastic Reunion at Ballina, you did us all proud!

We are in awe of your organistion of the whole event and your untiring efforts to make it such a memorable experience; thank you
Martin has chosen the attached photo for his copy of the DVD and we hope it will be okay; it spent many years in my wallet. It was taken not long before he left the Navy.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon,
Martin and Margaret Harris


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Post by Doc Rice on Tue 03 Mar 2009, 14:39

cheers I couldn't agree more than what has already been said

The committee and volunteer workers provided a very memorable re-union and our heartfelt thanks go out to you all

So great to catch up with so many old shipmates.....Thanks for the memories

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