'QSO the World'



The aim of this page is to pass on articles of interest to serving & ex-serving Communicators  and interested parties.  I am sure that many of the contributor names listed below will be familiar to other shipmates who may visit this site.

We are now in direct contact around the globe via the Internet, email and social media, so we are truly  QSO the World”

This is not an on-line forum, if you would like Comms related articles published on this page please send me an email, I update this website regularly and will publish your article (with accompanying photo/s if you wish) as soon as I am able.

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John Curbishley
Web Yeoman

January 2018

Vale Peter Kingsley Bonser R29034 (ex POTEL)

The following sad news was received from Kath Bonser via Denny Gorton & David MacLean:

Just to let you know that Peter passed away on Tuesday the 6th February, at Epworth Hospital, Richmond. He died peacefully surrounded by his family.

The funeral will be next Tuesday, the 13th Feb at 11am at St. Kevins Catholic Church Herlihy’s Road, Lower Templestowe.

Kind Regards,

From Denny Gorton:
Sad news. Peter and Kath were special friends of ours. We shared accommodation in Sydney while awaiting our course at Penguin and have been friends ever since.
Sad loss.
Please circulate.
Denny G

From David MacLean:
Following received from ex-CPORS Dennis Gorton. Peter was an old shipmate from ‘time before’. Some Victorian members may wish to attend.
Yours Aye

From the Archives:
Peter Kingsley Bonser R29034, DOB 20 August 1928, Joined RAN 12.02.1946 for 12 Years.  DEE 19.08.1958.  Postings: CERBERUS 1946-47, HARMAN 1947-48 (rated TELEG), AUSTRALIA 1948, BARCOO 1948-49, HARMAN 1949, LONSDALE 1949-50, HARMAN 1950-51, CERBERUS 1951, CULGOA 1951-52 (as A/L/TELEG), ANZAC 1952-53 (confirmed L/TELEG), CERBERUS 1954 (A/POTEL), CERBERUS II (UK) 1954-55. VENGEANCE 1955 (as POTEL), MELBOURNE 1955-57, CERBERUS 1957-58, Discharge Engagement Expired (DEE) 19.08.1958.


Vale Margaret Ann Scanlon (nee Thorpe) W86620 (ex WRROM)

Now that I have spoken to Margie's daughter who lives in Gympie , could you please post this notice regarding one of our ex Wrans.

W86620 Margaret Ann Scanlon nee Thorpe WRROM.  I knew Margie when stationed at Coonawarra in the mid and late sixties/seventies. I don't think she was a member of the RANCBA website. I know there are lots of members who would remember Margie from that era, she remained in Darwin after completing her service.

She passed away on the 28th November 2017 in Darwin Hospital. I know you will be able to obtain more information about Margie from service records, tks for doing this John hope you are all well, all the best for 2018.

Gavin Jensen
Thanks Gav, sad news.  I will see what I can come up with in Archives.


Rodney George 'Jim' Quick OAM

Congratulations to Jim Quick (ex CPORS) for his award of an OAM in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List.  A well deserved award "For service to Veterans and their families".

Jim and Pat are currently on a short cruise in Australian waters and should be arriving in Adelaide today, we wish them well.

BZ Jim.

John Curbishley
Web Yeoman

A bloody big BZ to Jim and Pat. Jim is an outstanding member of Canberra Legacy and is involved in other community help groups. He is also our long serving President of the ACT Chapter of the HMAS Sydney, Escorts and VLSVA.
Sam Hughes.

I endorse Sam Hughes’ comments re Jim Quick…. Both he and Pat deserve the congratulations and accolades that come with this Honour…..Never thought this would happen back in the days of the Vines Hotel and the Comm School in the early seventies
Bones Lehmann

Dear Jim,

On behalf of the members of the RANCBA (ACT) Chapter, I would like to offer our congratulations to you on being awarded an OAM. From what I have seen, heard and know about you and the tasks and work that you have and still are performing both within the ACT Community and with the various ex RAN you are associated with, the award is most well deserved.

I must apologize for being late, but unfortunately due to my family circumstances I have not able to undertake the duties I was elected to do.  I hope you have been able celebrate with your family and enjoy this long weekend.

Cheers and best wishes,

Ken (Taffy) Eynon
President RANCBA (ACT).
28th Jan 2018


Vale Francis Roger 'Rody' HANRAHAN R49990 (ex SIG)

Just received a phone call from Yvonne Hanrahan advising that 'Rody' passed away 12.35 Sunday 21st January 2018 at Ipswich Hospital, having been previously admitted to Laidley Hospital.

Rody entered RAN 5th February 1954 as Rct C. B. R 49990

Funeral arrangements yet to be confirmed, but possibly 10.30 Thursday morning at St Francis Church Coominya 4311.

Condolences can be sent by post to Mrs Yvonne Hanrahan, 54 Hanrahan Road, COOMINYA QLD 4311

Sonja Hellier

Lest We Forget

From the Archives:  Francis Roger Hanrahan, DOB 7.7.36.  Joined RAN 17.7.54.  Postings - CERBERUS 54-55, SYDNEY 55-56, WARREGO 56-57, ALBATROSS 57-58, TOBRUK 58-59, PENGUIN 59, KUTTABUL 59-60, ALBATROSS 1960, Discharged BNPS 22.7.1960.  Rated O/SIG 5.8.54, SIG 20.3.56.


Top End Reunion 2019

Following received from Al Conway:

To all those Communicators who have served at HMAS Melville/HMAS Coonawarra; Darwin based patrol boats and associated outstations, we are seeking Expressions of Interest for a back to the Top End reunion from 23 to 27 April 2019, including the march on ANZAC Day and a formal function.

Refer to Coonawarra FB page, or query to: Al Conway at




A Memorial Service for the fatal loss of 82 personnel aboard the Destroyer HMAS VOYAGER in a collision shall be held at Jervis Bay, NSW on the period 9 – 11 th February.

Friday, 9th February there will be a 'Meet & Greet' held at the JERVIS BAY Club, previously known as the Jervis Bay RSL.

Saturday, 10th February a Memorial Luncheon will be at the Club with the Guest Speaker, Commodore Chris Smallhorn RAN, Commander Fleet Air Arm from HMAS ALBATROSS.

Saturday evening 10th at 2045 , the day & time of the fatal collision with HMAS MELBOURNE, a Service shall be held – The Memorial is on the water front, near the Club and here Chaplain Rendall Walker RAN shall be conducting the Service.

Sunday 11th a Church Service will be held at HMAS CRESWELL conducted by Chaplain Walker RAN.

ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND ALL SERVICES – Please try and attend and remember those of the Royal Australian Navy who @the Supreme Sacrifice whilst serving their Nation.

Can you advise me of name/s if attending any of the above to

Allan 'Shorty' Moffatt OAM
President RANCBA NSW Chapter


The Association will be holding a BBQ on Australia Day again this year – details as follows:

Where : Weston Park Yarralumla – the second parking area on the right – next to BBQ’s and toilets – Map 18 H8 – look for our banner.

When : Australia Day, Friday 26th January 2018 – from 1000 onwards

The Association will provide eggs, bacon, sausages, bread etc. – BYO drinks

The area is a ‘Dogs on Leash’ designated area – we share it with a mob of kangaroos...

For catering purposes, please advise me if you are joining us.

Peter Guy

Get Together Saturday March 03 - Caloundra RSL

Wonder if you could publish this in QSO. This is not a comms re-union, however it is being organised by an ex-communicator (Rod McLaurin) and there are a lot of ex-communicators in the Sth Qld region that have already expressed interest. If any of our RANCBA members are going to be in Brisbane at that time, and of course QLD members, come along and catch up with your navy buddies.
Glenn Stanley

An informal get together of Navy pals has been planned on Saturday 03 March 18 at the Caloundra RSL. Nothing fancy, a meal, a few drinks and great company. Warries expected!

Details: Ex-Navy pals Get-together

Date: Saturday 3rd March

Arrival Time: from 5.30pm

Location: Caloundra RSL Lower Viva Deck

Numbers: 50-100 (to be confirmed)

Drinks: Purchase Own

Meals: Purchase Own

Contact: Rod McLaurin

Ordering process: As we discussed Rod, you are unsure how many people will be coming and everyone will be paying for their own meals, so there are a couple of restaurant guidelines you will need to make sure everyone is aware of to ensure a successful evening.
The Viva Restaurant serving a la carte meals opens from 5.30pm until 9.00pm on Saturdays. Patrons need to provide at table number when ordering at the tills and the meals will be delivered to them – Please tell your folks not to move tables after ordering, or we can’t find them.
We are very busy on Saturday nights and we need to stagger the orders to the kitchen so they don’t all arrive at once. Please tell your folks to order as soon as they are ready, please don’t wait and order in a large group, it will just hold everything up. Meals will be cooked as soon as the order is placed and will come out when they are ready – it is impossible to wait for 20-30 meals to be ready all at once. We limit orders on one docket to about 10, so please get everyone to order separately.

Our Fastlane Restaurant is open on Saturday evenings, serving a wide range of pre-prepared meals from around $14. Patrons line up and choose their meals, pay and bring them back to the tables, this might be an option for some of your group. We also have a Café style restaurant which will take your order and give you a pager for your meal to be collected, this is another option for your group.

Members receive a discount on all meals and drinks. It is well worth joining the club, even if you are only in town for the one event, as the discount adds up very quickly. Photo ID is required to join but this can be done quickly at Reception on arrival.

At the present time I have reserved a large area for your group. Please keep in touch and email us with any changes to the numbers so we can optimise the restaurant seating on the night, we would appreciate final numbers in the week of the event.
Finally, just a reminder to all your guests that they will need photo ID to enter the club and meet our dress requirements. We have reciprocal arrangements with many other clubs and out of town visitors can sign in but will need to provide ID. Rod, I hope your get together is a great success and we look forward to seeing you all in the Club in March.

Alan Wilson seeking Rory Hutchins

I was wondering if you could assist me in tracking down an old mate. I am trying to find Rory Hutchins. Rory joined the Navy in March 1982 , He completed his communications training and was posted to HMAS Harman or to Belconnen (I think Around 1984) he also served in Darwin (not on). I think he was an RO(s)??

I have heard a rumour he has passed but would like to find out for sure.
Many thanks
Alan Wilson

Vale Keith Frederick Bebbington R52368 (ex RO)

Shorty Moffat advises that Dale Bebbington (son) has passed on the sad news that Keith died on January 3rd.  No further information available at this time.

John Curbishley

Web Yeoman

From the Archives:  Keith Frederick Bebbington R52368, DOB 02.02.1936, Joined RAN 21.09.56 for 6 years, DEE 20.09.1962. Postings: Cerberus 1956-57, MELBOURNE 57-58, HARMAN 1958-60, DIAMANTINA 1960-61, HARMAN 1961-62, Discharge Engagement Expired (DEE) 20.09.1962.  ORD TEL 21 March 1957, RO 06 August 1958

From Kevin (Beast) and Lyn Eastley:

So sorry to hear of the passing of Keith. A former shipmate of mine, and a true gentleman, and a true friend in later years, to both myself and my wife. To Wendy and family our deepest sympathy. R.I.P Mate.

From Jack Bawden:

Very sad to hear of passing of Keith Bebbington. I got to know Keith very well from Harman 61/62 and occasional Perth visits and of course, subsequent RANCBA re-unions. A quiet and dignified man, a true gentleman.  Respectful condolences to Keith's family and friends..


Welcome to the Communicator's Forum for 2018

Welcome to the 20th year of 'QSO' the world.  This page is now open for business should you have anything you would like to share with fellow shipmates. Just send me an email as detailed above and I will publish as soon as possible. I hope you all have a productive 2018 and that the coming year brings health and happiness.
John Curbishley
Web Yeoman