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Australia’s oldest living WARATH and WALLABY , Eric Tweedale will turn 100 tomorrow and here the big Merrylands RSL is set to celebrate with local sports legends in honour of Eric

 During WW II he spent four years in the Royal Australian Navy in the Communications Branch as a Convoy Signalman, serving on about 28 ships on convoys on Australia’s east coast and New Guinea.

 (They were very proud and were heavily involved in the starting of the RANCBA here in Sydney in 1946 and would march just about 3 paces from the Comms Branch with their own small Banner (CONVOYS SIGS) This also included a long time RANCBA NSW Committee person Don Ferguson .

After the war he returned to playing Club Rugby and at 25 years old , was a Member of Parramatta’s first every Grand Final team.  He was selected in the Waratahs front row and later that year he made the Wallaby’s tour to New Zealand playing in both tests and then made the team tour of both the British Isles and France.

He represented the Waratah’s and Wallabies against the Maori All Blacks before retiring to concentrate on a career with Shell Oil Company.

He was to receive the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Rugby

The MC for this special birthday function on Friday will be Mr. Gordon Bray ABC and Speaker Mr Ray Hadley 2GB , also a Plaque will be unveiled naming of the ERIC TWEEDALE Stadium. Home ground of the Western Sydney Two Blues.


Brian Gray OAM

28 Cliff Rd, Collaroy. NSW. 2097

0419 203 400

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Liz Watts OAM


Andy Mills

Address: 411/72 Glendower Street, Gilead, NSW. 2560

0407 282 902  email

Newsletter Editor - Shorty Moffatt. OAM

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Friday 11th Dec 2020 RANBA NSW Christmas Cruise.

March 29, 2020 by ANI

NUSHIP Sydney arrives in Sydney

Sydney residents had a first glimpse of their city’s namesake ship with the arrival of NUSHIP Sydney at Garden Island, Navy Daily reports.

The last of the three Hobart Class Destroyers joining the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet entered Sydney Heads and made her way through the harbour.

NUSHIP Sydney’s Commanding Officer, Commander Edward Seymour, said the arrival of the warship was a proud moment for all involved.

Sydney’s arrival into her homeport is the result of 15 months of hard work by her ship’s company and the product of years of Australian shipbuilding,” Commander Seymour said.

“The Hobart Class Destroyer is the most lethal warship operated by the Royal Australian Navy and will provide capability including air defence to task groups as well as land forces and coastal infrastructure,” he said.

Leading Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Lisanne Hyland stands ready to come alongside Fleet Base East for the first time in NUSHIP Sydney, on 27 March 2020.

The arrival of NUSHIP Sydney comes exactly 36 years to the day that the people of Sydney saw Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Sydney (IV) arrive for the first time.

This will be the fifth ship to bear the historic name ‘Sydney.’

For Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Support Operations sailor Dion Georgopoulos, HMAS Sydney (IV) was the first Royal Australian Navy ship that he served in, and he is proud to be a commissioning crew member of Sydney (V) 19 years later.

“It is a surreal feeling knowing that this is probably the beginning of a new legacy where thousands of sailors for years to come will have the privilege of being Sydneycrew.”

NUSHIP Sydney was brought into harbour under a Red Ensign and delivered under the direction of civilian contracted mariners, with the ship’s company providing the personnel to operate and maintain necessary systems for safe steaming.

On board were Defence personnel from Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, members of NUSHIP Sydney’s ship’s company, as well as contractors from Teekay and the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.

One of the Navy personnel on board was Leading Seaman Naval Police Coxswain Sue Rochford, who has been looking forward to this moment for over 12 months.

“I’m over the moon, I’m so excited. This is the posting of my career. I’m pretty proud to be part of this historic occasion of driving the ship into Sydney for the first time,” Leading Seaman Rochford said.

The 147-metre warship sailed from Osborne, South Australia, where she was built by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance and has been undergoing sea trials before she is commissioned later this year.

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