The Anzac Book

The Anzac Book was an instant success when it was released in 1916. It was an anthology of poems, stories, colour illustrations and cartoons. It was written by soldiers on operations who were suffering a harsh Gallipoli winter. In November 1915 a committee was formed to produce the publication and …

Borneo Campaign 70th Anniversary

In the dying days of World War II one large island still remained in control of an invading aggressive Imperial Japanese military – Borneo. Among the allies, Australia and the United States bore the task of defeating the Japanese in a region now composed of Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and …

ANZAC Day – the Centenary of ANZAC

THE ANZAC EVENT THROUGH EYES OF FAITH ANZAC Day is a poignant and meaningful commemoration for so many Australian, ever more so this 2015 – the Centenary of ANZAC. The reality of war with its loss of young lives and destruction, the pitch between life and death, good and evil, …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …