Monthly Archives - August 2017

Fund-raising Badges

The latest from the fun factory, in time for Remembrance Day and allowing double duty for ANZAC Day. An ideal fund-raiser, the new badge features dual poppies on a sprig of Rosemary, tying a little unique Australian theme to the traditional global symbol of remembrance. Each badge (with a clutch pin backing for safety) is on a unique card with a watermarked seaside memorial. The backing is similar sized to a business card, and the badge itself is enamelled...

Bruce Kingsbury, VC

29 AUG 1942: World War II and VX19139 Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury, 2/14th Battalion, originally from Melbourne, Victoria, earns the Victoria Cross at Isurava, New Guinea. It was a posthumous award. Bruce Kingsbury, soldier and real-estate agent, was born on 8 January 1918 in Melbourne, second child of English-born parents Philip Blencowe Kingsbury, estate agent, and his wife Florence Annie, née Steel. Bruce was educated at Windsor State School and (on a scholarship) at Melbourne Technical College. At the outset of...

Australian Ships Enter Tokyo Bay

28 AUG 1945: World War II and Australian destroyers enter Tokyo Bay. Ships of the Royal Australian Navy joined Royal Navy and United States Navy ships in Tokyo Bay to receive the main Japanese surrender on 2 September. Australian ships included the heavy cruiser HMAS Shropshire, light cruiser HMAS Hobart, destroyers HMAS Napier, Nizam, Warramunga, the frigate HMAS Gascoyne, and minesweepers HMAS Ballarat, Cessnock, Ipswich, and Pirie. Ship histories;

Bernard Gordon, VC

27 AUG 1918: World War I and Lance Corporal Bernard Sidney Gordon, MM, 41st Battalion, originally from Launceston, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross near Bray, France. Bernard Sidney (Bernie) Gordon (1891-1963), soldier and dairy farmer, was born on 16 August 1891 at Launceston, Tasmania, son of Charles Gordon, cabman and later hotel proprietor, and his wife Mary, née Rowlands. After schooling at Deloraine and Devonport he worked as a cooper's machinist at Beaconsfield. He later went to Townsville, Queensland, where...