30 Years of Operational Service   1990 – 2020

30 Years of Operational Service 1990 – 2020

It is now 50 years since the last Service personnel returned from the Vietnam War.
Since that time our service men and women have continued to maintain an operational presence across the globe throughout Africa, the Middle East, the Indo-Pacific region as well as lesser known and declared locations.
The Australian Defence Force personnel have served in support of the United Nations, the International Coalition Against Terrorism in the Middle East and Border Protection. They have served in Malaysia, Sudan, Haiti, Timor Leste, Irian Jaya, Solomon Islands, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Kuwait, Balkans, Bougainville, Guatemala, Rhodesia, Sinai, Rwanda, Mozambique, Somalia, West Sahara, Namibia, Uganda, Peshawar, Somalia, West Sahara, Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Humanitarian Operations include British Columbia, Nepal, Phillipines, South Vietnam, West Africa, Vanuatu, Japan, Pakistan, Christchurch NZ, Samoa, Greater Region Africa, South Sudan, Mozambique North Iraq and East Timor, and of course domestically in support of the Australian population.
The original artwork ‘30 Years of Operational Service’ by Perth artist and veteran Mr Ian Coate hangs in the Randwick Barracks Officers Mess. It was commissioned by the PMC, Lt Col Brett Huggins, to recognise the service of recent veterans who have deployed on operations during the period 1990 -2020. In particular it acknowledges their service in support of United Nations operations, peacekeeping deployments throughout Bougainville, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands as well as Active Service throughout the Middle East, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This reproduction was presented by Maj Graham Huggins (ret) on behalf of his family to Peter Handy, President Veterans Support Group (formerly the Vietnam Veterans Federation), prior to the to the Open Day on 5th December 2022 commemorating the end of the Vietnam War. Graham served with the Australian Army for 25 years and is a member of the Nerang Veterans Men Shed. His sons Lt Col Brett Huggins and Maj Matthew Huggins and his daughter-in-law Lt Col Danielle Huggins continue to serve and have been involved in multiple deployments to Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The presentation recognises and welcomes our new generation of Veterans.


The Qld Branch organised an open day on site yesterday
to commemorate the 50-year end of the Vietnam War. Dignitaries included Angie Bell, our Federal Member for
Moncrieff and Cr Bob La Castra, our local Councillor for Division 8 of the City of Gold Coast Council. Gold Coast
Channel 9 attended and interviewed Peter Handy and Angie Bell as well as taking lots of camera shots of the Shed
and site.


This was held on Thursday on 24 November at 1030. The new committee is:

President Peter Handy
Vice President Kenneth Bridges
Secretary/Treasurer Peter Cameron

Committee: Anthony Scroope
Brad Rauschle
Deidre Breadwell
Shane Podrich

Legacy Ladies Christmas Lunch 2022

Legacy Ladies Christmas Lunch 2022

Both branches of the Vietnam Veterans Federation at Nerang were blessed once again to
host the group of Legacy Ladies from Brisbane Southeast Group, based at Coorparoo RSL.
for their Christmas Lunch, held in the kitchen of the Men’s Shed. Sadly, the number of
attendees are in decline, as age and health issues catch up with them, but that did not
detract from another great experience for both the ladies and the hosts.
The chartered bus, ably driven by Bill, arrived just before 12noon, and tea and coffee were
soon served to the happily chatting group, before getting down to the serious business of
the lunch itself. Our long-serving and faithful caterer, Clancy, put on a delicious meal,
complete with ham, turkey, and all the trimmings, followed by delightful sweets, all
accompanied by much banter and laughter.
Peter Cameron then Drew the ubiquitous raffle, all above board of course! and everyone
received a prize along with good humor. After what seemed like no time at all, it was time
to board the bus and head back to Coorparoo and their various homes, having had a
marvelous gathering and good food. We look forward to hosting the Legacy Ladies again
next year, should that prove possible.

The Legacy Ladies and hosts enjoying their Christmas feast.
Peter Cameron, Laurel Ferris, Ken Bridges, Ness Poole, Allan Swainson, Marlean Lester, Bill(Bus Driver), Dorothy Lester, Peter Handy, Margaret Cameron, Richard Keller, Beryl Renton and Kevin Roberts.

Laurel presents an appreciation gift to Peter and Margaret.

Chartered bus for the Legacy Ladies.





Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– Major John McCrae

Black Bar Stool Project.

Black Bar Stool Project.

A recent Shed project was commissioned by a community customer to paint two natural finish wooden bar stools to two black bar stools in order to fit in with the customer’s décor.

Despite our reluctance to cover up the beautiful timber grain , we nevertheless, after quoting an agreeable price, accepted the customer’s wishes and proceeded to paint them black.


After close inspection of the stools, it was apparent, being of IKEA origin, that they could be easily dismantled, making it much easier to initially sand back and then spray paint. Greg Wells was given the task of dismantling and sanding, and Andy Bryson was given the task of painting. We initially thought that a litre of semi-gloss black paint would do the job, but it subsequently took nearly two litres, thus adding to the cost considerably.


Two coats of paint later, the last being with a “hardener” added to give a longer lasting finish, and allowing sufficient time to dry, the stools were reassembled by Greg, and the customer was delighted with the end result, although a little surprised at the cost of paint these days.