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Chaplains Stories

Borneo Campaign 70th Anniversary

(above)   Eight WWII Veterans from the 1945 Borneo Campaign with Chaplain Paul Stuart and members of the Federation Guard at a ceremony in Brisbane before they all departed Australia for Borneo to conduct 10 days of 70th Anniversary commemorations in Sandakan, Balikpapan, Tarakan, Changi (POW Prison) and Brunei. (below)   Amina with Fr Paul Stuart. She […]

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Chaplain Sees Timor Horror

(An article from the “Frankston Standard”, December 20, 1999. NB. The journalist is a Jehovah’s Witness and didn’t like the title “Fr” , hence only “Mr”) A BLOODSTAINED massacre site was the backdrop for Frankston Navy Chaplain John Connelly when he led a church service for about 750 East Timorese during an eight day stay […]

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Fr Bob Rugers Remembered

On Wednesday August 4, about 50 family and friends gathered at the Chaplain’s Centre Williamtown when the Catholic Bishop to the Armed Forces, Bishop Geoffrey Mayne, blessed a plaque in memory of Chaplain Robert Rugers. SQNLDR Rugers was Chaplain at Williamtown at the time of his death in 1990. Bishop Mayne spoke of Chaplain Ruger’s […]

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ACT Reunion with a Changi Chapel

Reported in the Canberra Times in April 1989   Father Simon-Thwaites was received into the Catholic faith while travelling on an American ship during World War 11. He said he was “somewhere between Cape Town and Bombay”. Two months later he was a prisoner of war in Changi, in Singapore. ” If you are a […]

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Australian 8th Division in Changi Prison

This is a story told by Chaplain L. Marsden to the Catholic Weekly in November 15, 1945. “UNDER THE HEEL OF A BRUTAL ENEMY OUR CATHOLIC BOYS KEPT THE FAITH” THE CATHOLIC WEEKLY is proud to present today this story of the Catholic men of Australia’s Eighth Division, as told by one of their own […]

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