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1 January 2018

Notification of deaths and funerals. If you have any news relating to the death of a serving or ex-serving member of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps, please contact the Secretary by email from the email Us contact below.

Life Membership
is awarded to a select group of dedicated people recognising
outstanding service to the Association.

 Life Member

1997 Mal Slattery

2006 Dane Roberts

2006 Geoffrey Austin

2006 Ron Brown

2008 Dick Hughes

2014 Dana Socal



Link to the website Home of the ARMY's Royal Australian Army Dental Corps

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to keep our members informed of activities and events.
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Reports and Committee Minutes

Dear Members, please read the minutes of the Management Committee from January 2017. This document will open in MS Word. 

 Please note date claimer for the 2018 AGM, Tuesday afternoon the 24 Apr 2018 Time and place TBA.  As you will recall from previous advice maximum attendance will be encouraged as the committee intends to present again a motion to discuss the future of the Association. The motion to be discussed: 'Proposed by President and second by Sec that the Association be wound up by 30 Jun 2018 if the financial membership of the Association is less than 75'.   ( Our current financial membership is 63 ). The committee is continuing business as usual, with a focus on 75th Anniversary Celebrations of the Corps to be held in Brisbane April 2018, which co-incides with the 30th Anniversary of the Association.

Annual General Meeting Tuesday 24 April 2018
RAADC Corps History
In Memorium
This years Executive Committee
EX-POW Dr's Plaque Burleigh Memorial Park
RAADC Plaque - Australian War Memorial.
Veteran Services Go On line
Web Site and e:Mail Address
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RAADC Merchandise
State Representatives
National News
Privacy Act


Australian Arm Dentistry in War and Peace

       A History of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps

                                LTCOL SVEN KUUSK  RFD

 Volume One -  1914 to 1939  Published 22 October 2015

 Volume Two – 1939 to 1948  Published 19 December 1017

 Volume Three – 1948 to 2017  Expected  April 2018

Copies of Volume One 1914 to 1939 are still available at $38.0 0 per copy plus postage of $12.00.  Total $50.00.  No postage if purchased with Vol. 2.

 Volume Two Fang Farriers 1939 to 1948 Published 19 December 2017 now available

For $50.00 Postage Paid anywhere in Australia.  Limited Edition of 300 copies.

 VOLUME TWO - 1939 to 1948 of Australian Army Dentistry is  541 Pages, deals with over 450 World War Two Dental Units and or Dental Sections attached to Hospitals, Hospital Ships, Convalescent Depots, CCS and Field Ambulances . It is  fully indexed for dental officers and Senior Other Ranks.  73 illustrations in colour and black and white. Soft Cover and ISBN number. Limited Edition of 300 Copies. Can be signed on request.

Volume Two including postage sells for $50.00 per copy and has been subsidised by a DVA GRANT.  If purchased with Volume ONE there is no postage for volume one.

Volume Two is sold on a NOT FOR PROFIT BASIS.  Distribution  by Dr. S. KUUSK

Please email Dr. S, Kuusk for ordering and payment details. See below for his email contact.

ANZAC Day March Brisbane 2018

Our Association once again will participate in the Brisbane ANZAC Day Parade.

25th April 2018

Our position in the 2018 parade has not been announced and we will post them here as sonn as we know.

While I have been very impressed with the presentation and conduct of our group in past years, it is worthwhile mentioning a few things which were highlighted at the ANZAC March meeting.  These include: 

  • Only former serving members may march with the Association group.  Descendants may march to represent antecedants but must do so in position 152.  No family members may march with the Association unless they are carers or themselves have served.
  • Carers must be capable of supporting the person for whom they are the carer.
  • Dress must be at least smart casual, with enclosed shoes.  
  • No photos of deceased people are to be carried.
  • (This one got me)  Cardboard medals cannot be worn.
  • If anyone marching in Brisbane has any questions, please contact me as soon as possible.

Anyone wishing to participate in the March, who may be unable to complete the route, must contact me quickly if they wish to avail themselves of a ride in a vehicle.

Afterwards from 1300: Gilhoolys, Albert and Charlotte St Brisbane City, each to pay own way. Remember Alcohol can only be ordered with a meal and not before 1300.


Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held on Tuesday the 24th. of April 2018. The United Services Club will be the venue with the meeting starting at 7pm. Subs were due by 31 March to be financial members for the AGM. Can I please ensure that if you are sending a proxy or attending the AGM on Sun 23rd that you make your payment immediately in order to have your vote count and notify our treasurer Bob Keane

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The Association constitution has now been registered with the Office of Fair Trading. You can read this document by clicking this link.

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In Memorium

Bob Dally-Watkins

Passed away 30 November 2017 aged 74.
Bob would be known to the older members of the Association.   He served for quite a few years in RAADC and was a SSGT Dental Tech.  I can recall meeting up with him at the Ingleburn Dental Centre in about 1969.   He served in SVN and Malaysia.  His father was also a SSGT Tech in the RAADC as well before him.    He was a Dental Prosthesis and had a practice at Lawnton in Brisbane in the 1990’s.   He later moved to Kadanga (up near Gympie) in retirement.  He was a member of our Association for a number of years.

Maj Max Hurst
Maj Max Hurst passed away on the 25 Aug 2017. The funeral was held at Traditional Funerals Burpengary on Friday 1st September 2017.
SSGT Dudley Messer
Passed away 10th August 2017 aged 93.
Dudley was a WW2 Dental Corps soldier and was a SSGT Dental Tech.  He spent some time up in Warwick in Q’ld at a Dental Unit that was located there. Dudley also served in New Guinea and may of served in other overseas postings.
After his service in the Army he moved to Roma and was a Dental Tech at the Base Hospital there for many years.

Peter Wilson

26297 S/Sgt
33 Dental Unit
R.A.A.D.C. – R.A.A. – 1R.A.R. (who served in both Korea and Vietnam). Late of Chester Hill
Dearly loved husband of Edna, father of Graham, Stuart and Jennifer. A loving grandfather of 7 and great grandfather of 8.

Aged 87 years.

Tom Higgins. 
A past member of the RAADC Association and Tasmanian Representitaive for the Association. Tom passed away on the 24th January 2016.

COL (Ret'd) Viv Bird, Ex DDS-A, COL COMDT

Viv died on 15th April in Calvary Hospital in Canberra. ( He had been at home under home based palliative care – hospital bed, nurse to visit once a week and on call for me in an emergency)  Tuesday 14th he felt quite ill in the afternoon – early  that night he wanted to get up to the toilet and couldn’t sit up, an ambulance was called and he was taken to the hospital emergency room around 7.30 and his condition deteriorated and he died a little after midnight on 15th. He had a relatively peaceful passing.

 Viv joined the army as an undergraduate in his fourth year of dentistry with the rank of Lieutenant.  On graduation in December 1966 he was promoted to Captain and posted to 16 Dental Unit Enoggera. In 1967 he was posted to and  commanded detachment 16 Dental Unit Lavarack Barracks Townsville and was the first dentist to occupy the new Dental Centre.  In July 1970 he was posted to 33 Dental Unit South Vietnam and in December 1970 was promoted to Major.  

His funeral was held on Monday at 2pm at William Cole Funerals Chapel , 60 Nettlefold Street Belconnen. 

Major Jim Arnold (Retd). A past member of the RAADC, who most recently resided in Byron Bay.

Major Wayne Roy Murison. 21-3-1957 to 15 -12- 2012.  Major Wayne Murison died on the 15th Dec 2012 after a short period of illness. He was highly respected by high ranking Military officers to the other ranks that ever had contact with him. To serve with Major Wayne Murison was an honour; we have also lost an excellent Dentist and true gentleman. He had an exceptional chair side manner which extended throughout his military and civilian career as a dentist.

Brian MullerWe have been advised of the passing on the 7th June 2014 of Brian Muller of Redland Bay age 90 years. Brian was a pilot during WW2 and completed his dental degree after the war. He was a great friend of George Launder and in fact gave the eulogy at George’s funeral. Our previous Secretary Mal remembers him as a lovely man and a true gentleman. Ron Brown will be attending the funeral on our behalf at the George Hartnett Chapel, Gaza Road, Holland Park Thursday 12 June at 3pm.

Steff Pinker Steff passed away on 4th May 2014 at home. Steff was a Dental Tech at 8 Dental Unit and many tech's will remember him from their training days. A celebration of his life was held on the 20th May 2014 at Tewantin QLD.

WO2 Wayne Halliwell It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of ex WO2 Wayne Halliwell on 3 July 2013.

Dorothy Garlin. It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of Dorothy 'Dot' Garlin. Dot's maiden name was McInnes. Dorothy passed away on the 7th October ,2013. She was a resident of Wurtulla on Queenslands Sunshine Coast.

We have recently received information from DVA that SSGT Brian Platts passed away in July, 2011.

It is with much sadness that the death is announced of SSGT Mark Watson. Mark passed away at Prince Charles Palliative Care Unit in Brisbane on 5th February, 2012.  Mark was a SSGT Dental Tech and served at 16 Dental Unit, Townsville and 9 Dental Unit, Enoggera in the 70's.

SSGT David Leslie Buckley 3rd January 1942 - 24th August 2011.
A Service and Cremation was held at the Great Northern Garden of Remembrance, Deception Bay. A number of Association members attended the service and took part in the "Poppy Service" Military Tribute.

It is with much sadness that we advise of the passing of our esteemed Patron, Colonel Maurice William Dingle, M.D.Sc. (Qld), F.R.A.C.D.S., F.I.C.D. He died on 8 June, 2011. He has been our Patron since July, 2000. He was always very interested in our Association and for a number of years attended all our Committee and General Meetings. He also attended all our activities and was a benefactor to our Association in many ways and on many occasions. There was always a donation from Maurice towards Functions, Anzac Day and Reunions etc. He was totally supportive of our group right till the end.

Colonel Dingle was born in East Ipswich, Q, on 6 July, 1922. He attended Eagle Junction State School and Brisbane Grammar School. He graduated as a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Queensland in 1944. He joined the AIF (Royal Australian Army Dental Corps) in 1944 and saw Active Service in the Pacific war theatres until the cessation of war. He then served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces (BCOF) in Japan till 1947. Upon his return to Australia in 1947 he took discharge and commenced practice with his father John at the family dental practice at Albion. He practiced Dentistry at this same surgery and location until his retirement 50 years later in 1997.

He returned to part-time military service several times in the 1950's and 60s. He was the first Major Officer Commanding 1 Dental Unit (CMF) in 1949. He was promoted to Lt Colonel (Assistant Director Dental Services) N Comd in 1966 and then Colonel (Deputy Director Dental Services) N Comd in 1966 (the highest ranking Dental Officer in Queensland.)

He was a prolific letter writer (long hand) and over the years has provided our Association with so much detail of his service and events including WW2 and later. We hold quite a lot of significant historic detail, all provided by him.

He joined the Australian Dental Association in 1942. From 1954 to 1970 he served on virtually every committee within the ADA management structure, including a term as President in 1966. He was granted life membership in 1994.

He was a member of the United Services Club for 63 years, the Queensland Club for 24 years and the Royal Qld Golf Club for over 35 years. Lawn Bowls was his later sport and the time spent with the Clayfield Bowling Club was a happy time for him. He was also involved with Legacy.

Maurice’s loss will be felt by all members of the Association. He was a wonderful man and his knowledge and guidance will be missed by all. We convey our deepest sympathy to his wife Betty and all members of the family

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EX-POW DR'S Plaque Burleigh Heads

Monday 15th February 2011 a dedication ceremony was held at the Burleigh Heads Memorial Park for the plaque commemorating the Doctors and Dentists of Changi and Burma Railroad. Mr Mick Kildy paid for and supplied the plaque.
Jock Clarke is the first name on the dentists list. Jock was an avid supporter of the RAADC Association and his diary of his time on Changi is available to read on our web site. For a photo of the plaque and the dedication ceremony please click through to the Burleigh Heads RSL Sub Branch web site.

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RAADC Corps Plaque - Dedication Ceremony

On Thursday 21st October 2011 at 1400hr an unveiling of the Commemorative Plaque to recognise the sacrifice and service of the members of the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps was held in the Western Courtyard of the Australian War Memorial. You can view the location of the plaque at the AWM by clicking here. 

Royal Australian Army Dental Corps History

Our historian LtCol Sven Kuusk is currently working on
the Dental Corps history. The book will probably have the title
FANG FARRIERS - Army Dentists in Peace and War - A History of the
Australian Army Dental Corps from 1915 to 2005. At this stage it has about 300 pages, has a long way to go, and much editing. LtCol Sven Kuusk
would like to make contact with past and present members of the Corps to collect human interest stories. He needs lists of names, ranks, unit locations, photo's etc. LtCol Sven Kuusk
can be contacted at:
Email Sven Kuusk

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Our membership is presently have 63 financial members located throughout the country.

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A website, offering veterans a more immediate way of conducting business with the Department of Veterans Affairs was launched today by the Minister for Veterans Affairs, Warren Snowdon.

Making the announcement at the Tasmanian Returned and Services League annual congress, Mr Snowdon said MyAccount was a new innovation in service delivery for the veteran and Australian Defence Force communities.

MyAccount is an online service centre where clients can engage with the Department anytime, anywhere and all they need to get started is a computer and internet connection,” he said.

MyAccount offers a variety of services including: viewing and requesting forms and factsheets ; booking transport to medical appointments; viewing payments and card information ; requesting   replacement cards; lodging travel claims; requesting additional entitlements; c hanging contact details; and viewing the status of claims.

“This website responds to the evolving needs of our veteran community, offering clients choice, control and convenience when contacting DVA, without the restrictions of physical location or business hours,” Mr Snowdon said.

Mr Snowdon stressed the service would not replace traditional means of communicating with the Department but is another channel in which to engage with it.

“Change can be a good thing, and I assure the veteran community that this service is not the end of traditional ways of communication – you will still be able to contact DVA via phone, face-to-face, fax, email or mail.  The Department will also continue to contact you using these channels.

MyAccount is an evolving service and additional features will be added over time. The service is optional and veterans who wish to set-up an account can phone 1800 173 858 to receive a personal registration number.

While at the congress, Mr Snowdon also provided a summary of 2012-13 Federal Budget measures to benefit the veteran community.

“Our priority is to make sure we look after those who have sacrificed so much for this country: Australia’s 350,000 veterans and their families,” he said.

“That means those who have served and those currently serving, including forces now deployed in Afghanistan, will be cared for today and into the future by our Government.

“While returning the budget to surplus, the Government has protected veterans’ entitlements and provided funding to ensure the Centenary of Anzac is appropriately commemorated.

“The 2012-13 Budget will go towards strengthening our support for veterans and their families in recognition of the contributions they have made in serving our country.

For more information on how to access MyAccount visit myaccount.dva.gov.au and phone 1800 173 858 .

For more information on 2012-13 Federal Budget measures relating to the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio visit http://www.dva.gov.au/Pages/home.aspx .

Military Mental Health Resources

Guide to PTSD and Addiction

Mental Health Services | VA.gov

Medicare Supplement Search for Veterans

Veterans and Military Health

Mental Health Service Provider Search


The Association now has its own domain and the Web site is firmly ensconced in its new home.  The new addresses are:

Web Site: www.raadcassociation.com 

President Nick Read If you have any questions
please feel free to contact
any committee person.

As a defence against spam
you need to click on the link
to display the email address.

Then click on that email address
to send an email.

Treasurer Bob Keane
Secretary Vicki Macpherson
Web Master Graham Sagar

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If you are on the “Net” – please send us an e:Mail.  You don't have to say much, just "Hi!" will do.  We are updating our database and whilst we may already have your e:Mail detail, there are many for whom we don’t have this information or it is out of date. As a cost cutting measure, we would like to use electronic mail (where appropriate) to forward items such as the Newsletter etc.   The savings on postage will be quite considerable.  Look forward to "e:hearing" from you.

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The Association holds stocks of some items of Corps apparel and clothing.  We have stocks of:

RAADC Ties, multi dragons
RAADC Dragon Tie Pins
RAADC Pocket badges
RAADC Association Plaques
33 Dental Unit Plaques
RAADC Baseball Caps


$ 5.00

There is an additional charge for postage and handling for each of the above items.

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State Reps

Details of Area Liaison Reps are as follows:

NQ - Paul Boothroyd – Ph. (07) 4774 0100

Central/SE Qld – Nick Read- Ph.: 0418303625

NSW – Rabah Khodja – Ph. (02) 9545 0412

ACT - Peter Quintus-Bosz;

Victoria –Warwick Madden; email: raadc.vic@westnet.com.au

South Aust – Colin Twelftree – Ph (08) 8271 0571

Western Aust
–  Volunteer required!

Tasmania –  Vacant position.

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It is our intention to provide news items from ALL the states and territories in future updates of the Web site and in our Newsletters. This may take a little time to set up, but we will eventually achieve this goal.

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The RAADC Association Inc. collects personal information that is necessary for it to fulfill its functions and objects as outlined in its Constitution. The type of information collected includes the member’s name, title, address, phone/fax details, email address, service details and comments which are provided by the member.  All of the information gathered appears on our Application for Membership form.

Member’s details are treated as confidential and are not released to any other person or organisation without the express approval of the member concerned.

The member’s name may appear in Newsletters or on the Association web site.  No personal or private details would be given.  All future Applications for Membership have a I DO/DO NOT section in which the member has a choice as to whether their name appears in Association publications or web site.   Should any member desire that their name NOT appear in Newsletters or Web site, please advise.

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We look forward to hearing from all RAADC members both
  past and present