In the mid 1990’s Sterling ‘Mossy’ Hockley conducted a number of ‘back to 8/9 RAR’ BBQs at 9 RQR, then located at Kelvin Grove. At the 1997 BBQ Mossy and a number of other like minded ex members thought it might be time to raise an ‘association’ to represent former members of the Battalion.
After some months of planning, in early March 1998, Mossy and 14 ex members of the Battalion gathered at the old Rams Retreat. With pledges from 40 other ex members, it was agreed to form an Association to represent all former members of the Battalion, regardless of rank or corps. The inaugural meeting elected Mossy as President and appointed a small committee to support him.
Apart from the mundane ‘admin’ requirements of setting up a new Association, the Committee’s first order of business was to ascertain if the Association was allowed to ‘march’ in the Brisbane City Anzac Day Parade, as there was a view that as the Battalion had never deployed, it was not entitled to ‘march’. Approval, without hesitation was quickly given by both the Parade organisers and the RAR Association QLD Branch, both of whom saw that the Battalion had an important link to Brisbane, through the ‘local enlistment program’ conducted in the late 80’s and early 90’s and through the Battalion’s support during natural disasters. On Anzac Day 1998, 20 or so ex members proudly marched under the 8/9 RAR Association Banner as part of the greater RAR contingent. In 1999, Chris Laurensen, made and donated a larger Banner to the Association.
In 1999, an association member loaned the association a small amount of money to allow the Association to purchase merchandise and other material – that loan was instrumental to the survival of the Association and allowed it to grow and become an integral part of the greater Royal Australian Regiment family throughout Australia.
The Association has two Facebook sites, one public and the other a members only. See links below.
Today, the Association is Incorporated and active in a number of areas, especially welfare support areas and actively involved with the reformed 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and holds the following functions:
The AGM is held annually on the closest Saturday to the 31 Oct at a location to be decided and advised by the committee.
"2018 AGM & Reunion Townsville RSL Saturday 27 October 2018"
ANZAC DAY March. 25 April: The Association marches on ANZAC Day in Brisbane and in other States as advised by the Regional Representatives and or injunction with the respective State RAR Association; and
It is intended to hold Re -Unions approximately every 3 (5) years as advised by the Committee.
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