Children's Christmas party and messages to Vietnam 1969

Accession Number F04722
Collection type Film
Measurement 19 min 39 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/sound
Maker Portway, Barbara
Defence Public Relations (DPR)
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Duntroon
Date made 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: Commonwealth of Australia copyright


The Christmas party held at Duntroon sports ground was organised by the Army Wives Association for the dependents of Canberra army personnel who were at that time serving in South Vietnam. Canberra Television personality Barbara Portway introduced the wives and children who gave their Christmas messages on camera. The film was to be shown to the soldiers in Vietnam on Christmas Day 1969.
1. Mrs Vivian Green wife of Warrant Officer (WO) Abe Green sons Lee and Bradley 2. Mrs Wright wife of Corporal (Cpl) Bill Wright daughter Ruth 3. Mrs Rose Howes wife of 216463 Cpl Edward John Howes 5 Company (Coy) RAASC Workshop (Wkshp), son and daughter 4. Mrs Woodjar? mother in law of 237696 Lieutenant Colonel Barrie Winston Gillman, children not introduced 5. Mrs Waters wife of WO Basil Thomas Waters Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV), children not introduced 6. Mrs Reeve wife of WO Mick Reeve, children not introduced 7. Wife of 41538 Major Kevin Edward Gallasch 5 Coy RAASC, children not introduced 8. Wife and daughter of 25624 Major John Joseph Merrick HQ AFV 9. Mrs Beverly Ruby wife of Corporal Len Ruby and sons 10. Sons of 335037 Lieutenant Colonel Peter Gration 1 Australian Civil Affairs (Aust CA) Unit 11. Mrs Lasel wife of Major Bill Lasel and son Garth and daughter Cindy 12. Wife and daughters of 213604 Joseph Charles Bartos HQ 1 Australian Logistic Support Group 13. Wife and daughters of 38342 Sergeant (Sgt) Norman Vincent Lyons 110 Signal Squadron 14. Wife and sons of 342513 Staff Sergeant Herbert Taylor 17 Construction Squadron 15. Wife and children of WO George Marney 16. Mrs Wilson wife of 28688 Staff Sgt Donald James Wilson HQ 1 ATF, son John and daughter Donna Lee 17. Mrs Hosie wife of 235326 Lieutenant Ian Robert Hosie 5 RAR and new born baby 18. Wife of Major Reg Sutton 19. Wife and sons of Major George Crab 20. Wife and children of 235073 Major Ronald Ellis Rooks B Sqn 3 Cavalry Regiment 21. Wife and children of Major Bill Hrakness 22. 36492 Sgt Robert George Moss 110 Sig Sqn, daughters 23. 26681 Sgt Douglas Hubert Stacy wife and sons 24. Major Jack Tomkin wife and children 25. 1200273 Major Brian Garrard Ranking, daughter 26. 13372 Major Jeffrey Vernon Lofthose 1 Aust CA Unit wife and children 27 .34853 Major David Richard Harris 1 Aust CA Unit wife, sons Justin, Damian and daughter 28 .219309 Major John Robert McIntyre AFV Cash Office wife and children 29. 235083 Major Thomas Colin Bannister wife 30. Major Ross Smith, daughters 31.6868 Major Graeme Donald Burgess HQ 1 Australian Task Force wife and children 32. 15871 Captain Barry Baxter Lennon 17 Construction Squadron wife and children 33. 18242 Captain Edward Samuel Brannigan 21 Engineer Support Troop 34. 14703 Captain Dudley Clive Lever HQ AFV

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