2019 RTA Reunion Canberra

Who’s coming or maybe coming to the Canberra Reunion in 2019? Click the link to show.  Replies

As of 11 May we have 169 people who have paid. A further 36 have registered and been invoiced but are yet to pay. 90 others have said “yes” but are yet to register and a further 20 have indicated they maybe coming.

If you would like to join us please download the Registration Form and email it to 9rarcanberrareunion@gmail.com

2019 Return to Australia Reunion

Canberra 27th – 29th November 2019

A reunion to recognize the Battalion’s return to Australia (RTA) is being organized for the period around the 28th November being the day in 1969 the Battalion boarded the HMAS Sydney for the return journey home, fifty years ago.  Canberra has been chosen as the city for the reunion given its significance to military history and, apart from the Australian War Memorial, houses the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial.

A number of people have already indicated they will or may attend based on the early planning.  Currently 329 have indicated they will attend while 41 more have said they may attend. And herein lies our problem.

Our early “guess” was that we may have 250 attend and it was on this basis that we researched suitable venues and made early tentative bookings.  With the numbers we now have the chosen venues, one in particular, are no longer suitable.

THEREFORE we have had to make alternative arrangements which, while making for a very memorable reunion, has the impact of changing the cost profile. THEREFORE we accept that some people may chose not to come, and regrettable as this is, we acknowledge it may happen.

The now confirmed and booked itinerary for the 2019 RTA reunion in Canberra is:

Wednesday 27 November   MEET AND GREET.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Thoroughbred-Park.png

The Meet and Greet function will be held at Thoroughbred Park which is located 15 minutes by car from the City Centre off Randwick Road, Mitchell and close to the soon to be completed Light Rail system which runs along Flemington Road.  Bus routes 56, 57, 58 also run along Flemington Road. There is plenty of car parking and easy access.

The function will be held in a shady outdoor area known as the Cherry Tree Lane area, with a wet weather option under cover in the “betting ring”.  Information from the venue –

Self-Serve Buffet Style Luncheon Finger food.

Selection of Panini, Turkish and Baguette Rolls

Cocktail King Island Beef Gourmet Pies

Spinach and Fetta Patsatzis with mint yoghurt

Cocktail Spring Rolls

Scones served with cream and jam

Seasonal Fruit Platters

Trestle tables and plastic Chairs fully setup under the trees.

Full Cost for Meet and Greet without Beverages-$40.00 per person

Drinks will be available from a free standing cash bar setup with spirits available-plastics will be used where possible for wine, spirits etc.-beers will be stubbies.

For members who do not wish to partake of the luncheon an attendance option is available with a charge of $6 to cover the cost of hiring a chair. Reunion name tags will be available at this function.

The function will run from 11:30 until stumps. 60/70’s era background music provided.

Thursday 28th November    RTA REUNION LUNCH

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The RTA reunion lunch will be held in the National Ballroom at the Hotel Realm which is located at 18 National Circuit, Barton. See https://hotelrealm.com.au/ for hotel details.

The Realm has been chosen because it is the cheapest cost, for our function, of the venues that can cater for our numbers and because they waived the “Venue Hire” of $6,000 thanks in no small way to the fact that Les and Judy Baynham’s daughter works for Doma, the hotel owners.

There is a bus stop almost outside the hotel for routes 2, 3, 791, 792, 830, 842. Over 800 car-parks are available at the Doma owned hotels which are in walking distance of the Realm.

The lunch will be held in the National Ballroom which has a capacity of over 500 but can be partitioned for smaller numbers. Pre-dinner drinks will be available in the landing adjacent to the room. The room is available to us from 12 noon until 3:00 pm. At that time we can, for those who wish to, move downstairs to Ostani Bar the hotel’s casual indoor/outdoor facility on the ground floor.

The menu will be a two course (alternate drop) of main and desserts and includes tea and coffee. The cost will be $70 per person.  A cash bar will be open before and during the lunch.

Friday 29th November          COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
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The Commemorative Service will be held in the Protestant chapel (it is the larger of the two) at the Royal Military College Duntroon. Apart from its location, the choice of an indoor venue was predicated on the problems associated with an outdoor facility where not only issues of weather, but also hire of marquees, chairs etc. creates a logistics nightmare.

We have the use of the chapel at no cost. Although access at the front of the building is steep, access from the rear is gentler. There is limited parking immediately adjacent to the chapel, but street parking is available.

We have chartered one bus and will charter more if needed to get members from the City Centre to the College and back. The cost of a ticket on the bus is $13 return.

The service to commence at 11:00 am will be preceded by a march.

Following the service, for those who wish to attend, there will be the placing of a wreath ceremony at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on ANZAC Parade.
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The bus/s will pull up on ANZAC Parade and depart for the city at the conclusion of the ceremony. Car parking is available on ANZAC Parade in front of the Memorial and on ANZAC Park at the rear of the Memorial.

This concludes the organized functions for the reunion. The cost to attend the reunion functions depends on what you choose.

In all cases drinks are at your expense.

Cost for each function:-

Wednesday – Meet & Greet (including buffet luncheon)               $40
Wednesday – Meet & Greet (attendance option, no meal)             $ 6

Thursday – Reunion Lunch (2 course meal, tea & coffee)              $70

Friday – Bus (return to & from commemorative service)              $13

You select what you want to attend on the Registration Form.

It is obvious from recent feedback that accommodation in Canberra is heavily booked at the time of our reunion.  If you intend coming you are advised to start arranging your accommodation now. South Australian members have apparently sourced a reasonable deal. Contact Lyn Fisher 0438 713 090 for details.


  • You need to complete the Registration Form.
  • Email the completed Registration Form to 9rarcanberrareunion@gmail.com
  • You will be registered for the functions you indicate and be sent an invoice.
  • Pay the invoice using one of the methods shown on the invoice.
  • Registration and payment will be acknowledged in the Replies list.
  • Book your accommodation.
  • Stay in good health to ensure you make it to the reunion.
  • Show up.


Yes it is more expensive than the $50 indicated in an earlier advice, however that was only for the Reunion lunch (now $70) as it was expected at that time we could use a club where you could have chosen your own meal for the meet & greet. With our numbers now, this option is not feasible.

Bob Plummer

Canberra Reunion Coordinator

PS Please note there is a new email address for this reunion 9rarcanberrareunion@gmail.com