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NSW DINNER (27th July 2019)

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 BRISBANE DINNER Saturday 26th October 2019

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From NSW State representative Rod Smallwood


Subject: MSA Function for NSW 2019


                            Hi to all and welcome to 2019.   

After such big years for maritime in 2017 and 2018 with the transition of 11 SQN to P-8A Poseidon aircraft and the celebration of 50 yrs of P3 operations last year, 2019 is once again shaping up to be memorable.  Both 10 and 11 SQN will be 80 this year and hopefully the Wing will be getting organised to celebrate appropriately.


Hopefully, as a result of the 50th anniversary of P3 operations, many of the lost souls will once again join the maritime community.  For those members in MSA, I strongly encourage you to contact those you shared tables and stories with at the 50th and get them to contact us and either join or re-join Maritime Squadrons Association.


For those of you who have not kept up with the changes, I have taken over from Jabo as the NSW Representative for MSA and hopefully we will get to thank Jabo for all his work in the near future.


The annual MSA dinner is approaching in Canberra in March and hopefully many of you are looking for your MSA tie and pins.


As many of you will be aware, there have been some significant changes in Air Force base facility management and messing arrangements.  This continues to preclude MSA using RAAF Glenbrook.   Last year, Peter organised a dinner at the Historical Aviation Restorations Society (HARS) facility at Albion Park, NSW (Wollongong).  The tour, dinner and speeches were excellent and well received by those members and partners who attended.


This year I propose that we return to HARS again for the NSW Annual Dinner, although not on the traditional day in July.  I have tentatively booked HARS for Saturday 27 July.  The format will be similar to last year with a private tour organised of some of the aircraft, including the Qantas 747 and one of the recently retired AP3C aircraft.  Last year the dinner and drinks came to $80 and the tour of HARS was $15 per head.


Timings proposed are:

1600      meet at HARS entrance and meet tour guides

1800       pre-dinner drinks in HARS hangar

1900       Dinner and presentation by a Guest Speaker yet to be nominated



In order for me to formalise bookings and get some idea of prices, can I ask for an indication of those interested in attending this event.  The facility will easily accommodate 50 and it is heated.   A booking confirmation and all other details will be emailed out once I have some idea of numbers

My contact details are below 



Rod Smallwood



Maritime Squadron’s Association NSW Dinner and Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Tour 2019


Dear MSA Members and Guests.


        We are just seven weeks out from the 2019 Maritime Squadron’s Association NSW Dinner, and HARS Aviation

        Museum is set up to welcome us back.


Thank you to all who have indicated their attendance at the dinner and tour of HARS at Albion Park (Wollongong) on 27 July 2019.  A gentle reminder please to pay your monies into the MSA account (below) so that we can receive the correct subsidy from MSA for members and their partners.


Sherryl from HARS has kindly supplied some websites (below) for local accommodation in the area.  From personal experience they vary very much in quality and price.  


Air Commodore Craig Heap has offered to provide an update to members of what is occurring in the maritime and Surveillance and Response space of the RAAF and I can assure you that you will find this update very enlightening.  With the ADF moving into becoming a  5th generation Defence force, the RAAF is leading the way in many areas.  I have also asked Bob Delahunty to provide an update on HARS and their future plans and he has offered to give a presentation on A9-759 and perhaps a night engine run on one of their aircraft.


For those of you still Overseas, thank you for letting me know of your attendance. 

Should there be any guests with special dietary needs, please advise me and I will let Sherryl know.


The booking sheet will close on 13 July as I need to inform HARS by then of numbers.  I will be requesting supplementation from MSA funds based on people who are financial on that date or have notified me of their attendance.  Costs are $70.00 /head members, $70.00/head partners and $80.00/head non members.


Account to deposit funds into is a Defence Bank Account set up for MSA NSW: BSB 833-205 Account Number 20441312 Account name: Rodney Smallwood and please annotate your last name NSW 2019.

The following information is included regarding the function on 27 July at HARS facility, Albion Park, NSW

 Meet at the entrance to HARS at 1600hrs to join up with our tour guides. $15.00/head for tour with some exceptional tour guides with vast aviation knowledge (pay on night)

HARS tour personnel will also be invited to join us for dinner

  1800.  Bar food and drinks in main hangar – Beers, lite and premium, white and red wine

1900 Dinner upstairs.    Rich Beef Casserole/Roast Chicken with vegetables    - Winter time, we will serve a delicious Barossa Red with the casserole and suitable white wine with the chicken, desert will comprise of sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and ice cream Tea /Coffee as required – After dinner mints and Bill Chambers Rich Old Muscat with complements.

Some web sites that may be of interest.       Accommodation  Hotels/Motels   Shellharbour -area/accommodation-cabins-and-cottages   Shellharbour-Hotels.d6177350.Travel-Guide-Hotels  Kiama -area/accommodation


Rod Smallwood

MSA NSW Representative