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2020 AVCAT Essay Prize – Winner Profiles

We are delighted to introduce the winners of the inaugural AVCAT Essay Prize. The essays will be first published in the next issue of Debrief Magazine, and here on AVCAT’s website. First Prize – Jade Washbourne Essay: The 30th of...

Ruby Dolso

By Ruby Dolso Ruby at Tolmer Falls, NT My name is Ruby Kelly Dolso, and my Grandfather, Geoffrey Kelly, is a Vietnam Veteran. He has been the most influential man in my life and has taught me so many valuable...

Thomas Hooper on NAIDOC Week

As a young Aboriginal man, NAIDOC Week has a lot of meaning for both me personally and for my family.  It means coming together with those close to me and yarning about the history that surrounds us and remembering our...

Flowers of the Forest – A Remembrance Day Lament

Lone Piper at the Australian War Memorial A lone piper has been a feature of Australian memorial services since the 1920s. The Australian War Memorial holds a daily Last Post Ceremony. Each ceremony includes a lone piper descending from the...

AVCAT Essay Prize Judging Panel

AVCAT is proud to announce the judging panel for the inaugural AVCAT Essay Prize is Paul Livingston, Karen Blackwell and Major General Bill Crews AO (Retd). The panel reports that the judging process was difficult due to the high quality...

Sitanan Petcharawan

By Sitanan Petcharawan Sitanan Petcharawan My name is Sitanan Petcharawan. I was honoured to be awarded the Long Tan Bursary, sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, in 2018. My uncle served in the Vietnam war as a...

Rachel Crook

By Rachel Crook Rachel Crook - first day at medical school My family has a long history of service. My great-grandfather, grandfather and father all served in Defence. My great grandfather Reg joined the Navy on the 20th June 1944...

Vale Lieutenant Colonel Philip G Badcock OAM (Retd)

It is with great sadness that we inform the AVCAT network that Philip Gavan Badcock OAM died 6 September 2020. Phil served on the AVCAT Board for over 15 years. Phil was the husband of Diane (deceased), father of Peter...

Matthew Ulanowski

By Matthew Ulanowski Matt Ulanowski Hello, I am a current proud recipient of the Long Tan Bursary. After hearing the news that I had been awarded this scholarship, I felt an immediate sense of achievement knowing that AVCAT had chosen...

Bravery Trust Scholarship in partnership with AVCAT

On September 21, 2020 Bravery Trust made the following announcement Bravery Trust is delighted to announce a three-year scholarship in partnership with the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT). This is an opportunity for a veteran’s child to receive a...

Caitlin Kearney

By Caitlin Kearney Caitlin Kearney Hello! My name is Caitlin Kearney and I’m honoured to be one of the 2020 AVCAT RSL Queensland scholarship recipients. Several generations of my family have served the Australian Defence Forces. In fact, currently my...

Roy Morris Memorial Scholarship

The first Roy Morris Memorial Scholarship was awarded in 2020. The following story about Roy Morris has been written by Graeme Morris and Robyn Cameron (nee Morris), his son and daughter. Roy Wilfred Morris   1924 – 2019 Brigadier Roy Morris...

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