Events Diary

Events Diary


PNGAA Christmas Lunch

Friday, 25 November 2022

Venue: RAAF Memorial Estate, 2 Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek

Time: 11.30 am for 12 noon

Contact: Linda Cavanaugh Manning (Mob.) 0429 099 053 or


Christmas Lunch

Saturday, 10 December 2022

Venue: Pavilion Hotel, 242 Northbourne Ave, Canberra

RSVP: 3 December 2022

Bookings via

Please contact Sharfel directly on 6250 9187 or with any specific dietary requirements.

Time: 12 noon to 4 pm.

Cost: $ 61.22 pp, includes a 3-course lunch buffet, drinks from the bar are a personal expense.

Contact: John Reeves, mobile 0448 483 932, email

Transport/ Parking: Parking is available in the Pavilion, and Canberra light rail stops almost in front of the venue.

Special Notes: The guest speaker will be Dr Henry Ivarature, Deputy Director of the ANU College of Security.


OAS Forum: Australia in the Pacific—Cultures Past, Present & Future

Sat 26–Sun 27 November 2022

Venue: Pacific Cultures Gallery, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

Program: The forum includes displays, discussions by experts of Art from PNG and Northern Australia and a Pacific Islands dance performance.

Special Notes: Prospective attendees are encouraged to make accommodation and travel bookings early as November is a busy time of year in Adelaide with major events scheduled.

Contact: Jim Elmslie at

PNGAA Sydney Annual Christmas Lunch


Venue: North Ryde Golf Club, Twin Road, North Ryde

Time: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: Meal $70 for two courses; attendees pay for their drinks.

Bookings can be made HERE.

Payment: Direct deposit to PNGAA CBA BSB 062-009 Account Number 00907724 (ref SYDX+ surname).

Please advise when payment completed including code SYDX and surname.

RSVP: 18 November 2022 to Cheryl Marvell 0438 635 132, email: or Andrea Williams 0409 031 889

Special Notes: Please advise special diet requirements at time of booking.

Guest Speaker: Dulciana Somare-Brash, who was a candidate in the recent elections and has been a political advisor to the  Government of PNG and to the United Labour Party.


PNGAA pre-Xmas get together – East Malvern RSL, East Malvern (Melbourne), Victoria
Put this in your calendar!!!!!
Date: 19 November 2022 – Guest speaker David Howell – Historian.
Time: 12 noon to 3pm
Venue: East Malvern RSL, Stanley Grose Drive, Malvern East, VIC 3145
Program: 2 course lunch provided. Meet and greet.
Cost : $30 – drinks can be purchased over the bar on the day
RSVP 11th November 2022
Organiser: Peter Ryan –
Please use the following link to book and purchase your tickets :
Dress: Smart casual
This is a chance to mingle and network with fellow PNGAA members. It has been some time since the Melbourne coterie have managed to get together. Meet new members and renew acquaintances with old friends.
David Howell will present an overview about Rabaul in WW2, and will include Lark Force, as well as the Battle of Bita Paka which is entitled ‘Heroes Before Gallipoli’ – Australia’s first action in the Great War.
Mr David Howell is a Melbourne based author, tour guide and historian. In particular David specialises in the Southwest Pacific Area of Operations during the Second World War. David spent five-years as a volunteer guide with the Friends of Kokoda at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord, including two years as Vice-President of the Friends. David has taken thousands of people around the memorial educating visitors on the significance of the Kokoda Campaign.
David continued his volunteer work as a guide at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, before taking up a full-time appointment. He created and was the editor of the Shrine’s history magazine – Remembrance, and also created and ran the Friends of the Shrine program.
In 2015 he returned full-time to Kokoda Historical. He is currently the history chair and Life Member of the 39th Battalion Association and the Secretary of the Mornington RSL. David also served for fifteen years as an infantry soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. In 2008 he deployed on peacekeeping operations in the Solomon Islands. David is well published on Australian Military history and a regular guest on many radio and television history programs including the award winning SBS series Who Do You Think You Are.
David is married with two children and resides on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
The venue has an extensive range of WW2 memorabilia that will be of interest.
There is plenty of parking available.
Book early, as we need to arrange appropriate catering.
Please also advise us if you have any dietary requirements (we may be able to assist with most special dietary issues) – simply email and refer to the Melbourne lunch on 19 November 2022.


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