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JULY 2004
WORKING BEES at Cockscomb are held every
Tuesday at 9am
Dennis Murray a foundation member of Cockscomb passed away on 6th June 2004 after a long battle with Cancer. Dennis was well known in the early days of Cockcomb and a great mate of Cookie. Dennis served in the Navy and was well known as a larrikin, always having a joke. He was also well known and respected by the Morinish Sport Shooting Club. A weekend will be set aside every year for a special shoot in Dennis’s name. At Cockscomb the new BBQ area by the front gate will be dedicated in memory of Dennis. Lest We Forget

Information on other Veteran Camps and retreats is slowly filtering in. The latest information is on Ramon Deed Retreat in Dareton NSW. For other Veteran areas have a general look through the retreats page on this web site.

This year Vietnam Veterans Day the 18th August falls on a Wednesday. The Rockhampton area service will commence at 1100hours on the 18th at Cockscomb. If you require accommodation or overnight camp space, ensure you contact Allan Evans NOW on 4934 4941

Six new deceased Veteran plaques are being engraved and will be attached to the Memorial. If you read this and are living in the Central Queensland region and know of a Vietnam Veteran who has lived and died in this area, please contact the webmaster with the details ( Full name, Serial Number, Last Unit, Birth Date and Death date) Information supplied is carefully checked out before any action is taken.

A beer Refrigerator for sale $150 in good condition contact Allan Evans 4934 4941 for further details

Graeme Gutteridge
GRAEME GUTTERIGE Ex 7 RAR 1st Tour has been named the Cockscomb MOTIVATOR. Graeme is on a permanet holiday from home town Kelmscott in WA. He left Kelmscott in Jan 04 and has been to Tasmania, Adelaide and is now moving up the coast. After meeting up with Barry Fulton, Barry told Graeme all about Cockscomb. Graeme said that the attributes of Cockscomb are Quiet, lovely bush setting, all amenities - peaceful and he added his thanks to all who had made Cockscomb what it is today. Through Graemes motivation and team work a number of bricks were relocated from an old camp site to the new BBQ area.

Bill Snape Ex 6 RAR has been the live on site Caretaker since Ray left. Bill is a very energetic fellow with a passion to clean up. Bill was given the task of demolishing Rays old camp site and getting it back to natural bush. With a lot of help and a massive Team effort there is very little to say that it was home to Ray & Di for 3 years. Recently the site was leveled to accommodate a new site with water for visiting Veterans who have there own caravan

Ray & Di lived here for 4 years
Rays old Camp Site being demolished

On Tuesday 6th July Dale Howland carried out some earthworks. Dale owns Dale Howlands Bobcat & Truck Hire phone 0400 313 080 Fill from Rays camp was moved to the new BBQ area near the gate. Three areas were leveled to provide a facility suitable park a temporary caravan or camper trailer. Further work is needed, however, by the 18th August all should be complete.

9th Nov 2001 MemorialDuring the cleanup progress a little known memorial was found near Rays camp site



Wood turning is going very well, come and get involved. We will look at furniture and toy making if you are interested.

Leather Work as a hobbyist has started. TPI has a full set of tools and equipment required.
Interested – well contact Charlie 49214644

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND VETERAN SUPPORT CENTRE and the team of voluntary Pensions Officers and Advocates are now in its 5th year of operation and the centre holds a very good track record of valuable assistance to the Veteran Community.
For appointments please ring 4922 3616
Web site or Email

New Pensions Officers Needed
- There is always a need for new volunteers and we are looking for Veterans who feel they could put something back into the community. Register your interest with CQVSC 49223616 and we will ensure you get the correct training to assist you to assist other Veterans.

The ROCKHAMPTON DROP IN CENTRE is open every Thursday at 156 Bolsover Street (the home of the CQ Military Museum and the Rocky TPI Centre) at 1030 – 1330. No membership. Meet other Veterans and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea or coffee and cake. Local Veteran and Veteran family information in the Rockhampton district is available at WEB then click on Groups and scroll down the list to Veteran info.

Our thanks to Graham (Ex Yeppoon Small Motors) for fixing our Onan Genset. It is believed that a faulty condenser was the cause of the starting problems.


On the Web for the Rockhampton Area
Central Queensland WAR VETERANS & FAMILY Information