Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Branch - Ballarat

The Air Force Association’s Ballarat Branch was established in 1945.

Meetings

All meetings are held at our rooms at Airport Hut 48, Airport Drive, Mitchell Park (ie Ballarat Aerodrome).

Monthly Social Meetings

Our Social Luncheon Meetings are held on the FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, (except January), with arrival time by 11.45 am for a 12 Noon commencement

Monthly Business Meetings

Our Business Meetings, open to all members, are held at 3 pm on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. These meetings immediately follow a monthly Committee meeting.

Where Are We?

    Contacts

President: Noel Hutchins  (noelhutch@bigpond.com)

          

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - May 2020

In this edition:

With social distancing requirements very likely to be with us, I believe, for a very long time yet, it is most unlikely that we will be able to resume our normal Monthly Social Luncheon Meetings for some considerable time. There is no way that we could meet social distancing requirements with that type of meeting with the number of members who attend even as restrictions are eased to allow larger numbers of people to gather socially under social distancing requirements.


With this in mind and with it becoming apparent that some members appear to be in need of somewhere to have some social activity, I made contact with appropriate Victorian State Government MP’s requesting ‘some guidance’ in respect of smaller social gatherings for our members.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - April 2020

In this edition:

With various restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Anzac Day could not be observed in the traditional manner but there were a good variety of ways by which families and individuals could have the playing of the Last Post and Rouse to accompany their own 2020 Anzac Day tribute. Some members have provided photographs of how they observed this special day. Here they are...........

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - March 2020

In this edition:

SUSPENSION OF BALLARAT BRANCH ACTIVITIES

Considering the age group of members of our branch of the Air Force Association, along with advice from Federal and State governments and health authorities in respect of the threat of the further spread of Coronavirus, ALL MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES OF OUR BRANCH ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE ......

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February 2020

In this editoon:

President's Message | Official launch of www.1wags.org.au | B24 Liberator Hangar, Werribee, Bus Trip | and more...

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - November 2019

In this edition: 100th Birthday celebrations | Nhill Centenary Airshow 2019 | November Social Luncheon | 2020 Guest Speaker Announced...

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October 2019

In this edition: VALE Charles Henry Newall | Welfare calls | Poppy Club and Ballarat annual RSL dinner | and more...

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Ballarat Commemorates 79th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The 79th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain commemorated at Sebastopol Cenotaph on 15th September.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - September 2019

In this edition: The 79th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain commemorations on 15th September got underway with a church Service at the Skipton Street Uniting Church. This was followed by a morning tea provided by the church ladies...

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August 2019

In this edition: We were privileged to have as guest speaker for the first half of our July Social Meeting, Mr Alan Crute and Best Friend and Companion “Mave”. Alan spoke of the joys as well as the trials and tribulations of taking on the training of a Seeing Eye Dog puppy...

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - July 2019

In this edition: A BLAST FROM THE PAST - There is a bit of history in this newspaper cutting from 2001. Yep, that’s eighteen years ago...

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - June 2019

In this edition: 75TH Anniversary of D Day Commemoration at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial in Ballarat....

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - May 2019

In this edition: A Most Generous Gift  - Mr Maurice Turner addresses our May social luncheon meeting with a display of a small number of his WWII model aircraft from his large collection which he is gifting to our Ballarat Branch...

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WW2 RAAF Building On Display at Ballarat Heritage Weekend

The former WWII RAAF Ballarat precinct at the Ballarat aerodrome will ‘come alive’ on Ballarat Heritage Weekend 25 and 26 May...

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New Website to Record 1WAGS History in Ballarat

AFA's Ballarat Branch is creating a website to record historical details about the airmen who trained at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School at Ballarat Airport during WW2. 

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - April 2019

WWII Veteran, (and No 1 WAG), Jack bell, was the guest speaker at the official opening of our rooms at Airport Hut 48 on 28th March.
Although a resident of Melbourne, Jack is officially a member of our Ballarat Branch. Jack completed Course No 2 at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners School RAAF Ballarat in 1940

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Official Opening of Historic Airport Hut 48, Ballarat

The Ballarat Branch hosted an official opening of their newly allocated rooms in the recently restored Airport Hut 48 at the Ballarat Aerodrome on Thursday 28 March, with guest speaker WWII veteran, Mr Jack Bell, 101.

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - February 2019

OFFICIAL OPENING ~ AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION BALLARAT BRANCH ROOMS AT AIRPORT HUT 48

An event to mark the official opening of rooms allocated for our use at Airport Hut 48 will be held on
Thursday 28th March 2019 ... Arrive before 1.40 pm ... for a 2 pm commencement...............

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - October 2018

SAVED FROM THE RUBBISH BIN

Some time ago, a builder, who was demolishing an old suburban house in Melbourne, noticed an envelope with
faded snapshots dumped in a rubbish bin. On recognising these as Air Force related he passed them on to aviation historian Kevin O’Reilly. Now it just so happens that Kevin did his National Service at RAAF Ballarat in 1955, so he recognised that all of the photographs bar one, related to 1WAGS trainees at No 1 Wireless Air Gunners’ School at RAAF Ballarat during WWII.....

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - November 2018

Centenary of Armistice Commemoration

Ballarat was very well represented in respect to the Air Force Association of Victoria's 2018 Pilgrimage to the Australian Flying Corps Memorial at Point Cook in the form of Centenary of Armistice Commemoration.....

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Did You Attend our Armistice Commemoration on 4 Nov 2018?

Thank you to those members and guests who attended our Centenary of the Armistice Commemoration event on 4th November 2018. 

You can now view individual and group photos that were taken at the event here. Ordering details are also included.  

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - September 2018

BATTLE OF BRITAIN COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE ~ 78TH ANNIVERSARY


It was a cold cloudy day on Sunday 16th September when the 78th Anniversary
of the Battle of Britain was commemorated at Ballarat in the very capable
organising hands of Air Force Association of Victoria Ballarat Branch President
Mr Tom Roberts.

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75th Anniversary of Hell Fire Pass and Thai-Burma Railway

A national commemorative service to mark the 75th anniversary of  Hellfire Pass and the completion of the Thai–Burma Railway will be held on 16 October 2018 at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat.

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Eleanor & Margaret - Two Women, Two Continents and a Wedding Dress

What could two ladies from opposite ends of the world - one dominant in American society, the other a humble English woman – have in common? The answer? Generosity. 

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Ballarat Branch Newsletter - August 2018

In this edition:

-   Australian Flying Corps ~ First AFC WWI Fatality

-   The Armistice of 1918 and Treaty of Versailles: Part Two ~ Naval Strategies and Worsening Conditions in Germany

-   Building a Lancaster Bomber Crew Empire Air Training scheme WWII 

-   President's Report...and more.

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RAAF Officers Mess to be Restored

For more than 50 years a former Royal Australian Air Force Officers’ Mess has been deteriorating into a state of disrepair as it lay dormant and unused at the Ballarat Aerodrome.

Now finally, with its roof caving in and stumps sinking into the ground, the historic site that once housed wireless air gunner trainees will be restored for public use.

Years of public campaigning has paid off for RAAF Association members determined to see the site, now known as Hut 48, returned to is former glory.

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