Members News

The Members Area will be under going a minor upgrade through February-March. There may be some unscheduled outages.

2017 February General Meeting

Saturday February 18th at the Roseville RSL. Commences 1.30PM sharp.

2016 '14-'18 Journal Volume 1

Our May Journal has been printed and should be landing on your doorstep in the next few weeks. Congratulations to our tireless Journal Editor, Peter Chapman, who has produced another world class publication.

example graphic 2016 Volume 1 Index
  • Designing at Albatros: Part Two Success and Failure.
  • Great War Airmen of Ilford - Captain W.C. Chalmers RNAS
  • Citizen Soldier - Lt. J.G. Farquhar: Part Two In France
  • Videmus Agamus - A History of No.1 Squadron AFC - Part 4
  • An Unchivalrous Incident - Lt. J.P. Cavers No.150 Sqn RAF
  • Fairey's First - The Fairey A.D. Tractor Biplane
  • Journal Feedback

Thank you to the authors that contributed to this issue. In order of article; Gary Sunderland, John Barfoot, Dr. John Farquhar and Noel Shirley, Mark Lax, Gareth Morgan and last but not least, Peter Chapman.

2016 AGM

Despite the late change of venue, a good number of members attended this years AGM. The 2016 Committee is;

President G. Morgan Vice President M. Garside
Hon. Secretary D. Sheehan Treasurer G. Lasslett
Membership Secretary A. Smith Journal Editor P. Chapman
Librarian G. Lasslett Newsletter Editor A. Hellwig
Liaison Coordinator G. Mullens Webmaster A. Smith

Congratulations to all. Gordon Lasslett would like to point out that if anyone would like to step forward to become the Society's Treasurer, he would be happy to help with the transition.


21st November Commences at 2PM

Shamrock Room City of Sydney RSL
565 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone (02) 9264 6281

Parking info

November AGM

This years AGM will be held at City of Sydney RSL Club on November 21st. As per the constitution if you wish to nominate for a committee position must do so in writing to the Society Secretary by November 7th.

The following members have nominated for these positions

Title Nominee
President Gareth Morgan
Vice President Michael Garside
Hon. Secretary Des Sheehan
Membership Secretary*  
Journal Editor Peter Chapman
Librarian Gordon Lasslett
Newsletter Editor Adrian Hellwig
Liaison Coordinator Greg Mullens
Webmaster Andrew Smith

*Position to be confirmed via constitution update.

Proposed Constitutional Changes

The following constitutional changes have been proposed


Members will be asked to nominate potential office bearers prior to the AGM. A nomination form will be posted on the website and mailed/emailed out in the October prior to the AGM to be returned no later than 14 days before the AGM.

Proposed Change


Members will be asked to nominate to become an office bearer prior to the AGM. A nomination reminder will be posted on the website in the members section and emailed/mailed out in the October prior to the AGM to be emailed/mailed to the Secretary no later than 7 days before the AGM.

Clause 23 is to be re-instated and reads as follows:

“The Membership Secretary shall maintain accurate and up-to-date records of the Society membership, applications for membership, etc, and carry out all duties in the constitution and rules designated to be carried out by the Membership Secretary.”

Clause 24 e. is deleted.

Vale John Baker

Long serving member and former President of the Society John Baker passed away yesterday (August 19th) after a long illness.

John was a recipient of the Pat Moy Shield 1974-1975 which is awarded to Society members who have made a valuable contribution to the Society in the course of the year.

John served on the committee in various capacities over the years. He served as President from 2002 until he stood aside at the end of 2008.

For those of you who would like to attend John's funeral service, the details are;

Tuesday August 25th 1.00PM
Magnolia Chapel
Macquarie Park Cemetery
Cnr Delhi and Plassey Roads
Macquarie Park, NSW

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Members Area Outage

I have to apologise for the extended outage of the members area, but it was a victim of the Sydney storms in late April, well the hardware that designs it was, I lost my computer and associated components in a power surge while uploading the latest incarnation of this area. After a month we have moved servers and recovered most of the data from various sources as both the hard drive and backup hard drive were corrupted by the power surge. The delay was mainly caused by having to recode each page one at a time and add the content to it. With over 1000 pages this was a mammoth task that I thought I would never finish. While a small minority of people have been quite negative towards the site being off line and myself, I have received a great deal of support from many quarters and would like to thank all of those who understood the task at hand.

We have two new additions to the area, "In Their Words" which will host articles, log books, unpublished autobiographies, diaries and the like penned by the men. The second new addition is the long awaited Members Directory which will put you in touch with your fellow members. If you would like to be included in the directory please contact the Webmaster via email. In the email please include your name, address, contact phone number, email address and finally your area of WW1 aviation interest, this can be more than one area. The later will help you contact like minded members.

Society Patron

The Society is honoured to have Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC as our Patron. Air Chief Marshal Binskin is currently serving as Chief of the Defence Force.

2015 '14-'18 Journal

By now all of our members should have received their copy of the latest Journal. If by chance you haven't please contact the Society President Gareth Morgan.

2015 Membership Directory

The 2015 Directory has now been published. If you would like to appear in our new 2015 Membership Directory, please contact the Society Webmaster, Andrew Smith. It's not too late!

In the email please include the following information, as this will appear in the directory;

Your name, address, contact phone number, email address and finally your area of WW1 aviation interest, this can be more than one area. The later will help you contact like minded members.

Society's Engines

We have now recovered the Society’s two engines from the FAA Museum at Nowra, with a view towards some form of restoration.  To facilitate this, it has been decided to form an Engines Working Group coordinated by Alex Stewart.  Hence, any members with a mechanical bent, or just enthusiasm, who think they may be able to offer some assistance, should contact Alex Stewart.  It’ll be easiest if you live in Sydney, but out of town visitors are welcome.

Society Trips - Great War Commemoration

We now have visited the Australian War Memorial and also have a trip to Point Cook in the pipeline. If any member has a suggestion for an outings/excursions/meetings location, please email our President Gareth Morgan with your suggestions.

Commemoration of the Fallen

As part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary, we have embarked on a project to mark the sacrifice of the Australians who served in the RFC, RNAS and RAF.  To this end, our database is slowly being expanded, as details of more and more Australians who served in the British services emerge (not as easy as might be imagined, as it’s hard to find information on Aussies who joined the RFC ‘off the street’ in the UK, but we’re trying).  Once we have a comprehensive list, the next step is to identify all who died; these men are not eligible for inclusion in the AWM Roll of Honour, but can be included in the Memorial’s Commemorative Roll, provided we have evidence of their Australian connection and service record.  In addition to the Commemorative Roll, it’d be good to see something tangible somewhere, e.g. some form of monument.  However, it’s not easy to determine just what and where.  If any members are interested in this project, or have ideas regarding a monument please contact our President Gareth Morgan.