Ditty Box Nov Dec 2009 by eYhL5doH


  Our President and Committee Members wish all our readers a very happy,
                 healthy Christmas and a joyous New Year.

Meeting dates: 13th November, 11th December 2009 and 8th January 2010.



21st November 2009 in the Illusions Restaurant, City of Sydney RSL, 565 George St.
Sydney. 11.30 for 12 noon. Menu is alternate servings of roast veal or pork with
vegetables, bread roll, gelato or tira masu, tea, coffee, orange juice, lemon drink and
red and white wine.


Battle of the Java Sea Memorial Service to be held on Friday 26th February 2010 at
11.00 a.m. at the Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney.

The Federation of Naval Ships Association is having another luncheon in Parliament
House on Thursday 15th April 2010. The inaugural lunch held this year was so
successful that it may be a permanent event. Cost is $60.00, tables of 10.


FENN - Merle (Jackie) nee Horner.

WR189. Born 1st November 1919 at Meadowbank and died in the Warringah Hospital
Sydney after losing her fight with cancer. Her funeral was on the 15th October 2009.
Joined the WRANS 18th November 1942 as a Writer later transferring to being a
Teleprinter Operator. On 1st April 1945 passed her P.O.’s exams and served at HMAS
Rushcutter, Penguin and Kuttabul. Merle was discharged 13th February 1946,
married Noel Patrick Fenn in 1946 and had four children. Merle was a long standing
member of our Association having joined in December 1969 and served as a
Committee Member from 1986 to 1997.

ALEXANDER – Ina nee Green.

WR288. Born 6th June 1922 in Taree died peacefully 28th September 2009 in Port
Macquarie with her family at her side. Grew up in Rockdale, educated in Kogarah and
gained her leaving certificate at Burwood in 1940. Joined the Women’s Volunteer
Naval Reserve after war broke out and then enlisted in the WRANS on 18th November
1942 after their formation. Assigned to HMAS Rushcutter as an Office Orderly,
messenger to Captain Newcombe. Married RAAF Sgt. Peter Alfred Hunt on 24th
January 1944 after both of their discharges from the Services and moved to Port
Macqaurie. Daughter Petina (born 1948) and Neroli (born 1950) as well as helping her
husband in his florist business.
Spent 4 years in Fiji returning back to Port Macquarie. Ina attended annual dinners,
reunions and special events as much as possible and was involved with war loan
rallies during the WW II. In 1998 she was awarded a Diploma of Merit from the Naval
Assoc. of Australia presented by the Federal Council “as a mark of esteem and
appreciation for meritorious Service.” Ina was also a very good singer, had “green
thumb” and enjoyed planning and looking after gardens.

COELLI Ivy May nee Cullen. WR1840. Born 11th April 1922 at Young NSW. Ivy
joined the WRANS on 25th October 1943 as a Writer. She was stationed at HMAS
Penguin and Rushcutter and was discharged 21st February 1946. Ivy married John
Coelli in 1948 and had two children, Suzanne and Greg. They lived at Balgowlah
Heights and at Caragabal NSW before that. Ivy died 12th July 2009.

From the Nov/Dec. Reveille and our Archivist.

Upper Hunter ex Serving Naval Women.

There are a number of ex serving Naval Women living in the upper hunter areas and
are keen to meet for lunch, or cuppa and a chat. They met last month at the
Stockton Hotel and I’m told had a wonderful afternoon. They are interested again in
meeting up and enjoying each others’ company, this time at the Sydney Junction hotel
in Hamilton (Beaumont Street at the railway crossing). If interested please contact
Julie Robertson on phone 4987 2975 or Elaine Wallace on 4920 8687.
*** Remember our website ! www.australiannavalwomen.org

Did you know ..........
A stocking or pantyhose over a broom head collects every little bit of fine dust.
White vinegar is good for cleaning shower screen, bench tops etc. etc.

SECRETARYS NOTE.         Liz Watts (Hunter)

Hi all, Just in case you phone and I am not home (as is usually the case) PLEASE DO
leave a message and I will phone you back. I am at home most nights by 5.30 pm and
leave quite early in the morning. Thanks. Unfortunately our President, Elaine is in
sick bay at the moment. We all wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her
next report.

We have been investigating rain jackets after seeing the ones bought back from the
2009 Adelaide WRANS/Ran Reunion. There are two options – both with hoods and
the badge would be the one on the cover page of Ditty Box.
Jacket in a pocket J535 - $31.00 plus postage. Sizes xxs/xs, s/m, 1/xl, 2xl/3xl
Colours navy or black. Min order 5-10. Ex S.A.
Jacket JK10K in the bag $36.30 or if more than 15, $33.00 plus small freight charge.
If in one box courier for $11.00. Sizes as usual. Colours black and navy.
A bit more bush terminology.............

BILLABONG. A waterhole in the bed of a river that is not flowing. The Aboriginal
“Bila” means a creek or river and “Bong” means dead (not running.)

CIGARETTE SWAGS. Thin bedrolls. Early drovers used to ensure the swags of their
men would pass through the spokes of a wagon wheel to minimize the load for their

CONDAMINE BELL. A large bell hung around a horse’s neck to locate them in heavy
scrub when grazing. From the Condamine River area of Qld.

DROUGHTED IN. Where stock cannot be moved forward or backward due to lack of
water and/or feed.

GALAH. A gregarious Australian Parrot but also a nickname applied to a person
deemed to be stupid.

NEVER NEVER. Way out back where you could never ever leave, or would never ever
go back.


Thanks once again to “The Buzz” HMAS Hobart Assoc.


 (You may like to put this with your kitchen calendar.)

8th January –                       9th July
12th February –                     13th August
12th March –                        10th September
8th April –                         8th October
14th May –                          12th November
11th June & AGM                     10th December.

Mrs. Joyce Walters,
11/250 Jersey Rd.,
Enclosed please find cash/cheque for $.................... being for...................

Annual Subscription        $15.00                                       ...................

WRANS Window Cards @ $12.00 pack of 6                                  .....................
Plus $1.10 post per pack                                               .....................

Small Window card bookmarks @ $1.00 ea                                   ....................
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Some members have not been too well lately so we wish you all a speedy recovery and
hope to see you back at our meetings in the very near future.


On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... a kookaburra in a gumtree.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... two cockatoos, and a kookaburra
in a gum tree.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me.... three parakeets, two cockatoos and
a kookaburra in a gum tree,
Four great galahs.....
Five opals black......
Six roos a-jumping.....
Seven emus running....
Eight koalas clinging....
Nine wombats waddling.....
Ten dingoes dashing....
Eleven snakes a-sliding....
Twelve goannas going .....
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me....
Twelve goannas goin’, eleven snakes a-sliding, ten dingoes dashing, nine wombats waddling,
Eight koalas clinging, seven emus running, six roos a-jumping, five opals black,
Four great galahs, three parakeets, two cockatoos and a kookaburra up a gum tree !!!
                                                      From Jaybee’s Entertainment.

Across the plains one Christmas night, three drovers riding blithe and gay,
Looked up and saw a starry light, more radiant than the Milky Way.
And on their hearts such wonder fell, they sang with joy “Noel! Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! “
The black swans flew across the sky, the wild dogs called across the plain,
The starry lustre blazed on high, still echoed on the Heavenly strain,
Those drovers three, “Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! Noel !”
The air was dry with summer heat and smoke was on the yellow moon :
But from the Heavens, faint and sweet came floating down a wond’rous tune,
And as they heard, they sang full well, those drovers three...
“Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! Noel ! “
                                                    By John Wheeler.

* A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his Grandmother
telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said...’No change yet ‘
* The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.....
* The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran...
* A backward poet writes in reverse....
* When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.....
* The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size
from eating too much pi ....
* I thought I saw en eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical
Aleutian .........
* She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.....
* A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math
disruption.....            From various Probus Clubs and Betty Moore.

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