ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)

ANZROC Newsletter June 14th 2018

Eamon Veaney Vicky Genius John Brown 
9 Mollison Street 1/16 Cain Avenue PO Box 4056
Abbotsford 3067 Northcote 3070 Burwood East 3151
Ph 94212830 Ph 94818215 Ph 98021810
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Ron Adams Glyn Parry-Jones
PO Box 579, PO Box 503
Malvern, 3144  Mt Martha
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Joan Nathan (Ph.97408001)
Kathy Trace (Ph.93919374)



We had a very successful lunch in a Private room at The Caulfield Glasshouse overlooking the racecourse. Over 70 Members and Partners attended including Ern Walton at his first meeting for 10 years. Members not seen for a while included Harry Carrodus, Fran Corallo for her first meeting, Wolf Damschitz, Linda Davidson, Tina Falla , Ray Gill, Sandra Joseph, Graeme King back from overseas , Jacqui Luckman, Max Pleydell, Bill Robinson back from overseas, Mark Stankovich, Bill Stevens and Syd Swaby.

Thanks again to Noel Beanland, David Knuckey and Joan Nathan for their organisation and planning.

We paid tribute to David Penhall who sadly passed away last month aged 68. David was well regarded by many of our Members.

A number of ANZ Related articles have been posted this month on our Facebook page, ''ANZ Retired Officers' Club''. These range from the positive, ANZ UK Executive Brenda Trenowden being awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours to the negative press surrounding the ANZ Cartel case. Interestingly the latter attracted over 900 views, the norm being around 200.

Wolf Damschitz has advised me that he will be resigning from the ANZROC Committee due to other commitments which will not allow him to attend many meetings. We thank Wolf for his work on the Committee including undertaking the role of Secretary a couple of years ago.

We have firmed up the details of some of our forthcoming meetings which will hopefully be interesting to our Members.

July 12: We will be meeting at Mulgrave Country Club again in a Private Room. We plan to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the formation of ANZROC Victoria. To that end John Brown is putting together a brief history using available archive material. If anyone wishes to bring along any ANZ memorabilia they would like to share with other Members please feel free to do so.

August 9: We will be back at 100 Queen Street and will have a guest Speaker Antony Wilson who will give a talk on the story of H.M.A.S. Melbourne.

September 21: We will return to Cheltenham Golf Club for our second golf tournament of the year.

October 11: We will be organising a Yum Cha lunch at Shark Fin Inn in Little Bourke Street, Chinatown. Cost to Members will be $25 and we will be allowed byo drinks.

All meeting details will be in the newsletter well ahead of time.

Look forward to seeing you at Mulgrave in July.



Photos taken at the luncheon by John Brown are posted on our Website and Facebook pages.


Bruce Avent, Irene Bettonvil, Sandra Brown, Diane Carew, Bill Collins , George Cooper, Mike Devlin, Viji Dharann, Eric Dickson, Phil Dunstan, Aldo Faella, Helen Farnell , Reny Frighetto, Mike George, David Gibb, Teresa Goldsbrough, Val Goldsworthy, Theo Hall, Roy Harper, Frank Hatfield, Elaine Haw, John Hawkins, Erica Hayden, Keith Higgs, Graham James, David Knuckey, Harry Loucas, Ann Maksymiw, Gary Mason, John McPhee, Fay and Gerry McPherson, Mary Nicolazzo, Kevin O’Neill, Terry Parks, Ron Phillips , Dietmar Reichert, Anita Siassios, John Stevens , Glen Twidale, Frank Valastro, Rose Virgona, Roger Watkins, Glenda White, Julie Wilkins,


Holcombe Ross 37 years ANZ

Wass Cathy 22 years ANZ

We look forward to seeing our new members at one of our forthcoming meetings


Penhall D. L. (David) 68 years 21/5/2018

Our Treasurer Glyn Parry Jones advised that his good friend and our ANZROC member David Penhall aged 68 years passed away on 21st May 2018. David and Jill were holidaying in Tasmania three weeks ago when David had a heart attack. David had a stent inserted in Launceston and was fit enough to fly back to Melbourne about 10 days ago. The decision was taken to insert a defibrillator/pacemaker last Tuesday, but sadly the operation did not go as had been envisaged. The well attended celebration of the life of our member David Penhall took place on May 30th in Brighton East. Tributes to David spoke of his love of family and friends, sailing, travel - especially in more remote parts of Australia, and of good food and wine. David will be remembered as compassionate, a thoroughly decent person and a real gentleman.

David’s ANZ and Bank of Adelaide colleagues were well represented in the mourners and included Robyn Kosidlo, Phillip Ellis, Bob Ellum, Colin Geldart, Stephen Green, Charles Griss, David Jones, Richard Jones, Phil McBean, Peter Nyga, Glyn Parry-Jones, Roy Sloggett, Trevor Stevens, Wayne Stephenson, John Sudholz, Keith Trowell, Barb Weston and Rod Willard.


The following Honorary members will be enjoying a birthday during JUNE and we pass on

Congratulations from our members for your birthdays:

Les Ager (87), Gordon Christensen (82), Graham Dickson (80),Bill Gardiner (87), Terry Heenan (80), Bob Lamb (84), Sherwin Meerwald (80), Geoff Meggs (90), Ray Murphy (88), Tom Portelli (84), Reg Roberts (90), Roy Sloggett (86), Miles Tiller (80), Gren Tonzing (83), James Trimble (90), Kath Walsh, Ern Walton (87), Roger Watkins (87), Kevin Watson (89), John Williams (88), Elaine Willmott, Brian Wills (87)).


From 1/6/2018

Less than $20,000 1.18%

Greater than $20,000 1.51%


Geoff Allman emailed “many thanks to Kathy and the Committee for my birthday card, which arrived on schedule, and for the good wishes received on the occasion of my 70th Birthday.

We celebrated the day with family at breakfast and lunch and in the evening dinner with our daughter and her partner at the Paringa Estate Winery and Restaurant at Red Hill, a marvellous venue. Unfortunately my flight over the Mornington Peninsula in my brother in-law’s restored USAF WW2 vintage Boeing Stearman biplane trainer had to be postponed as he injured his back; he was the only qualified pilot available on the day.”

Annette and Graeme Baldwin have just returned from a 77 day cruise on the QE2 from Melbourne to South East Asia and on to London followed by a month visiting UK which they enjoyed immensely. Graeme appreciated being kept up to date with ANZROC happenings by our committee member Joan Nathan.

David Bennie emailed “Thank you for the Birthday wishes, card arrived on time as usual. My wife MaryAnne and I have a very busy year ahead on the 23rd we head to Austin Texas for 6 weeks to visit one of our daughters and family. This will be followed up with 6 weeks late July through August in Europe visiting family relations of MaryAnne in Poland and Germany and finishing up the year with 2 weeks in Hawaii in November for a family holiday with our Son, two Daughters their partners and six Grand Kids.”

Robin Chase emailed “I would like to thank Kathy and the committee for the birthday greetings; so kind of you all. On reading the April Newsletter, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Ray Dedlefs, Bruce Tickell and John Caudry...

I had a six-month term with Ray in 1977 when he was the Senior Manager in charge of Administration General. To my mind, he was a very competent operator.

I never had occasion to work with Bruce but met up with him with the ANZ Cricket Club. Kevin Watson’s tribute was very moving.

The scenario :- Friday 18th November 1960, walked out of Lloyds Bank, Walham Green (Fulham Broadway) for the last time; Monday 21st, travelled to 71 Cornhill to collect all necessary documents etc; Wednesday 23rd, boarded a Comet IV at Heathrow for flight to Sydney, the longest leg time-wise of which was Darwin to Sydney, arriving Friday 25th and later in the day boarded internal flight to Essendon from where transported to Bank- arranged lodgings in East Malvern; Monday 28th, somehow got myself to Balwyn Branch where I was greeted, and made to feel very welcome, by the Accountant, John Caudry and the other staff members. One week later, I moved to lodgings in Cotham Road, Kew. I had a very happy two years at the branch with John and Branch Manager, Alex McInnes. In 1978 and 1979, I served with John again at the merged 388, 394 and 351 Branches. And, as they say, the rest is history.

A snippet of rather late news to members who may be unaware of the passing on 2nd March 2017 of another Cricket Club member, Ian McLachlan who passed away in care in a nursing home in Dalmeny, near Narooma. He may also be remembered as the owner of a spaniel dog, not unsurprisingly called “Macka”, (my spelling), and which also attended our cricket matches. I have spoken to his wife, Margaret, on the telephone a couple of times since.

Thank you all again. It is a pleasure to be a member of such a wonderful and caring club.”

Terry Glover emailed” Thank you for your kind birthday wishes and the work done by your welfare officers, particularly Kathy for the effort to send my birthday card. It is nice to receive this card each year and very much appreciated. You know we don’t get a lot as we age!”

Teresa Goldsbrough emailed “Please note my apology for 14/6 meeting, will be enjoying sunshine of Kirra Beach, Qsld.”

Val Goldsworthy wrote “Kathy Trace’s mailing of my birthday card was on time and I thank the committee for their good wishes. Birthday calls were many and cards were very many- including from Cornwall,, Calgary and Tucson. The latter is the home of an old family friend, Betty Helter, now 95 years and who corresponds regularly. Her great grandson is a Scout and I was delighted to send him several Scout insignias/patches etc in 2016- including a greeting from local resident, Wendy Baden-Powell.”

Nev Greenway emailed “My thanks to Kathy and the Committee for their birthday greetings arriving exactly on time in the 18th April post. Celebrations were divided with an earlier family outing including both our granddaughters (8 years & 14 months) with lunch, and later in the week for a reunion of the Year 7 class to celebrate 68 years since establishment of the Cohuna Consolidated Higher Elementary School in1950. The Friday evening dinner was attended by class mates and partners most of whom will be celebrating their 80th birthday this year. Our guest speaker was the daughter of a classmate who is enthusiastically involved in development of the whole area for tourism and business. This was followed on Saturday by a cruise on the Gunbower Creek at Koondrook. The “Wetlander” is a shallow draft boat taking 22 on a 2hr cruise while enjoying morning tea and the scenery. It was built by a local farming family and subsequently rescued and renovated by the current owners. The ANZ (formerly Bank of Australasia} building now includes B&B accommodation in the manager’s residence, providing a convenient location on the main street opposite the tourist information centre. Our visit concluded on Sunday morning at the Farmers Market (formerly Koondrook) in the park opposite the shops.”

John Harris emailed “Would you mind conveying my sincere thanks to the ANZROC committee for the good wishes for my 81st birthday. Celebrations seem to become better each year and this year started in Melbourne with our daughter Michelle, son in law Simon and 2 grandchildren followed a few days later in Sydney with our son Scott, daughter in law Kylie and 3 grandchildren. Games with the grandchildren are becoming more strenuous and it seems I need to take a more serious approach to practicing table tennis, basketball and cricket. Colleen and I continue to enjoy life and on a personal note find that Rotary, tennis and the share market help to keep me occupied.”

Santo Ialuna emailed “I hadn't collected my mail for several days as I was away for a few days enjoying Lakes Entrance. It was a lovely surprise finding amongst the mail a birthday card from ANZROC which I really appreciated. I had a wonderful birthday having dinner with my family.”

David Kay wrote from Alfredton “Thank you Kathy so much for the birthday card and wishes on behalf of the retired officers club, it was much appreciated. Please keep up the good work.”

Graeme King emailed “Please pass on my thanks to Kathy, my birthday wishes card arrived right on schedule. Sandra and I celebrated my birthday as part of an APT land and small ship tour of Japan. Three glorious weeks of touring, some amazing sights, food and company will see us reminiscing for some time yet.”

Bill Lanigan emailed “Thanks very much for my birthday card which as usual arrived in time. It is a bit hard to think I have joined the illustrious group which get their ages mentioned each year. Celebrations were spread over a few days plus a weekend away with all the family coming up. We went to Kangaroo Island this month (well worth the visit) by way of 3 train journeys via Adelaide and Sydney.”

Patrick Mulholland emailed “My name is Patrick Mulholland. I joined ANZ in 1980 and worked in the Toowoomba Area branch as an Advances Officer until early 1982. At that time, I moved to Melbourne where I met Derek Gall. I worked with Derek Gall at ANZ for 11 years. I first met Derek when I was coding transactions in the Fortronic F65 Branch terminals as part of the “IMPACT 80s” project. Derek and I locked horns many times at ANZ in the following years; however we became very good friends, working across Asia together on a number of assignments for the subsequent 26 years. I am now attempting an early retirement in Hervey Bay (“early onset Parkinson’s Disease” slowed me down).

I have great memories of times shared with Derek (especially in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia).

We both decided on basing in Thailand in 1995 shortly after a mutual mate (Alec Barnett), who was also ex-ANZ, died on his way to work in Jakarta in January of that year. Derek initially settled on the island of Phuket (and later in a quiet village named “Phrao” north of Chaing Mai), while I chose to live aboard my old boat in Phuket as my base.

We shared an interest in sailing. Derek often came out for extended trips with us (lasting a few weeks each). We sailed many hundreds of miles together to the Andaman’s, the Surins, the Similans, numerous islands around Langkawi and many others. He gave me a new nickname “Capt Pat” (which stuck like glue) while for a bit of fun, he became known everywhere on Phuket as interchangeably as either “Deck Hand Derek” or to his close friends as the “Old Bastard”.

He was a true Scot. His handshake was worth more than any contract. He played hard. He looked after his mates. I highly valued his bravery, integrity, sense of humour, general attitude to life and unfailing generosity. He proved to be a highly trustworthy friend on many occasions. I will miss our endless friendly debates over G&Ts sailing wherever we were heading at the time …… Many treasured memories! It was always far more pleasant when on the same debating team however. He did not take prisoners. He fought a tough battle with bone cancer towards the end. Farewell Derek!”

Peter Nyga emailed “Please thank Kathy for me – my birthday card arrived on time, as always. Much appreciated. It was a lovely day, spent with family and friends. “

Roger Pickering wrote “A short note to thank you (Kathy Trace) and ANZROC members for my 75th birthday card. I’m out of action at present after extensive surgery and ongoing radiotherapy to combat aggressive skin cancer.”

Alan Podger emailed “thanks Kathy again for Birthday wishes - which on this occasion arrived a day early. The most important event for the Podgers in the past 12 months was the celebration of our 60th Wedding Anniversary with family - children, grand children and friends.

Dorothy Ranyard emailed “Would you please pass on my grateful thanks to those members who attended Don’s funeral on the 4th of May. I was comforted by their loving thoughts and sympathy to me. I will always have wonderful memories of the life Don and I shared together over our 62 years of marriage and the many friends he seemed to gather around us.”

Les Roberts wrote from Portland “Thank you Kathy for my birthday card which arrived right on the day as if by magic. How do you do it? Best regards and keep up the good work.”

Terry Stapleton emailed “Thank you Eamon for the birthday card, which arrived a day before my 88th birthday, and for the good wishes from yourself, and the Committee and Members. The past year brought plenty of challenges because my wife died in November after a long illness; however I have had a lot of support and am managing ok. I have resumed a few of the activities I enjoy including a regular game of tennis etc. I enjoy reading the Newsletter and hearing about the activities of fellow bankers I knew in days long gone by.”

Norma Thomas writing from Kawungan (Qsld) “Thanks to the President, committee and members of ANZROC (Vic) for their birthday wishes on the occasion of my 84th birthday in April that were most appreciated”

June Thompson wrote “My thanks to Kathy Trace and the ANZ Retired Officers’ Club (Vic) for good wishes on my recent birthday. It is always interesting to read the Newsletter”.

Roger Watkins wrote “Many thanks to Kathy for my birthday card for my 87th. I find it hard to believe I am at that age as I do not feel it. It is also hard to believe that I moved into Collins Place 40 years ago .I am managing quite well on my own having the constant support of my 4 sons and their families. The family dinner to celebrate my birthday will be attended by most of my 14 grandchildren and some of the 12 great grand children. Health is fine at present with annual checkups after earlier cancer treatments but presently all’s well.”

Peter Westaway emailed “Would you kindly convey my appreciation to Kathy and the committee for my recent birthday card .The time was shared with friends and family, most importantly on the eve of my daughters departure returning to the Northern Territory for the extended period of 2018.”

And Wendy Black, Kerry Dodds, Janice Edwards, David Gibb, Charles Griss, Erika Hayden, Kerry Jewell, Joe Romano, Sandra Street,

ANZROC NSW, Qsld, SA, Tasmania and WA



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To book your week away and for more details visit the Staff Club website This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Members must log in with their membership number and password then go to Travel and Transport/Stay


Note the dates in your diaries for the year ahead….


Aug 9 100Queen Street Melbourne – Antony Wilson will bring us the story of the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Melbourne and will talk about his initial training, the history of HMAS Melbourne, cover the Engineering Dept of the aircraft carrier, speak on the disaster of 3/6/1969 and the aftermath, and the duties, responsibilities conditions and life aboard using his Power Point presentation....

Sep 13 Visit Geelong ...Jokers Entertainment Complex

Sep 21 Golf tournament at Cheltenham Golf Course

Oct 11 “Yum Cha” in Chinatown…byo drinks has been arranged.

Nov 8  AGM@833Collins Street Melbourne. Guest speakers Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist Authors of “2 Steps Forward”

Dec 13 Xmas Lunch @ Arts Centre


March 21 Torquay Golf competition at RACV Torquay



We will be meeting at Mulgrave Country Club again in a Private Room. We plan to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the formation of ANZROC Victoria. To that end John Brown is putting together a brief history using available archive material. If anyone wishes to bring along any ANZ memorabilia they would like to share with other Members please feel free to do so.

* the Mulgrave Country Club is located on the North West Corner of the Wellington Road and Jells Road Cross Road ,Wheelers Hill

* There is considerable underground parking available as well as ground level parking on the North and East sides of the building

* Public Transport is not readily available and we suggest that any members who would require transport to attend the function, indicate such on the under mentioned acceptance slip and we will endeavour to arrange transport.

* We would also appreciate assistance from anyone who may be able to be called on to assist with car transport from the station should such be required

* Train travel to Glen Waverley is one option and if you intend to take this option please indicate such and we will endeavour to have a car pick you up from outside the North exit into Railway Parade at Glen Waverley Station

* We are delighted that several of the ANZ group known as the” Zedders” who hold a bi monthly get together at this venue will join us on this day

* The Mulgrave Country Club has an excellent reputation and the seniors two course lunch, consisting of either Soup and Main course or Main course and Sweets is at a reasonable cost

* Partners , ANZROC widows and ANZ Ladies Club members are most welcome to join us on this day and we are anticipating an excellent attendance

Contact details for acceptances: * Joan Nathan: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address: 7 Lightwood Drive Sunbury 9740 8001. Please post or Email the attached acceptance slip to Joan Nathan prior to 6th of July 2018



* I / WE will be attending the luncheon

* Name.................................................

Partner’s name if attending...................................................

* I / We would appreciate assistance with transport: Pick up from Glen Waverley Station YES/NO

* I would be available to pick up (number: .......) members from the Northern entrance of Glen Waverley Station at 11.30am approx

* We may be able to arrange pick up from home given the number of retired members in this area. Please indicate if this would be necessary and we will endeavour to assist

ADVISE * Joan Nathan: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

o phone: 97408001,

o Address: 7 Lightwood Drive Sunbury 3429..


Ron Adams

Newsletter Editor.