Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company
ENewsletter Edition No 17

September 2015
Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company Newsletter
In This Issue
Did You Know?
Gunners Around the Nation
RAA Regimental Shop
96 Years a Gunner
Featured Article
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Dear Gunners (Readers) -

WELCOME TO AIRBURST NO 17 - September 2015,

All RAAHC Members are cordially invited to the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company which will be held at the Armco Workshop Building*, North Fort Road, Manly NSW 2095 on Saturday 17 October 2015 commencing at 1030 hours.
Members can access all the papers from the RAAHC website  By Clicking HERE

These will include:

- Proxy Forms (if you wish to appoint a proxy for the meeting)
- Nomination Form (if you wish to nominate yourself as a director)
- Agenda
- Minutes of the 2014 AGM
- Chair's Report
- Corporate Plan 2013-2015
- Financial Report as at 30 June 2015
- Nominations received for director of the RAAHC Board

The AGM will be followed by morning tea and an opportunity to inspect recent developments undertaken at North Fort by RAAHC and Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Apologies may be emailed to the Chair via


There are a number of events that will give you an opportunity to see the horse team and the gun and limber in September an October. Gunning will be the venue for the whole team on 22 September as part of the re-enactment of the Kangaroo March from Wagga to Sydney. Goulburn will be host on the 26 September then Moss Vale on 3 October. The gun and limber will be displayed at the Belgian Embassy in Canberra  on 3 October.

Ian Ahearn
Deputy Chair
DidYouKnowDid You Know?


Did You Know:   The Gun Salute.   The gun salute appears to have originated in the early 14th century and there seems to have been two reasons for it.   The first would have been for the making of noise to do honour to the guest.   The second was the emptying of guns by firing; this was considered a friendly and trusting gesture, as once fired, the guns could not be easily and quickly reloaded, hence an honour was bestowed upon the visitor.   It was a sign that he was trusted and considered an ally.   One would assume that all pieces were fired on such occasions and hence the term GUN salute rather than ROUND salute.

AroundTheNationGunners Around the Nation

View the latest Newsletters from various Artillery associations around the nation:

RAA Association Victoria Newsletter - Cascabel

Locating Surveillance and Target Acquisition Association - Newsletter

12th Field Regiment (Vietnam) Association  - Bulletin No 38

131 Locators Association - Newsletter

A Field Battery Association - Newsletter
RAA Regimental Shop
The RAA Regimental Shop is now available online for those wishing to purchase anything from a Corps tie, socks, cuff links to a wide range of sporting and field equipment.
A number of permanent links are now available on RAAHC website to access the RAA Regimental Shop 2 on the Home Page and 1 within the Today's Gunline section.

gunnerof96years96 Years a Gunner
Bathurst Bi-Centennial 

In July the  Bi Centenary of Bathurst Celebrations occurred. RAAHC Member and WW11 veteran R B Mc Neill of Kurrajong spent the day showing off his 25 Pr, No 27 Limber and Blitz truck. It was very cold and overcast but he soldiered through- came up to Bathurst on the Friday, displayed all day Saturday and returned home on the Sunday, celebrating his 96th birthday on the way home with 4 generations of family present. Son, Bob and wife Margaret, grand daughter in law, Jess, and great grand daughter.