I advised recently on the RAEME National Website, and in the last edition of the RAEME Association Queensland ‘Spanner News’ for 2014, that the final manuscript for the CHP book was with the publishers, and a number of our team were collaboratively completing the final editing process. I am happy to report the book was provided to the printers shortly thereafter.

As of 2 Apr 15, I have now been advised that two pallet loads of books have been despatched from China to Australia – the expected delivery date at the HOC Cell Bandiana is now around 30 Apr 15. Given this firm time-line, I have recommended to the HOC, BRIG Andrew Mathewson that the project team will continue:

  • with the on-line sales process over the next few months, and subsequently encourage our community to continue purchasing the book on-line; and
  • for his team to plan for the commencement of book distribution soon after the books are available at Bandiana/Bonegilla, in early May 2015.

Our other good news is that BRIG Mathewson, has negotiated, with assistance from COL Tom Reynolds the COL COMDT – NSW/ACT, for the national book launch to occur on 15 Jul 15 at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) in Canberra.  This launch will include a number of activities, including the changing of the guard, a ‘Last Post Ceremony’, to celebrate the life of A RAEME soldier who died on active service, and a wreath-laying.

I encourage you all to continue monitoring the new RAEME National Association Website and RAEME Face book. http://www.raeme.org.au/ . If you wish to place an order, please go to the ‘shop’ tab on the website and follow the prompts.

3 Apr 15