ANZ Retired Officers' Club (VIC)

NEWSLETTER 12th July 2012

Neville Pearson Peter Pritchard John Def Brown
Debbie Jerkovic Ron Adams
18 Browning Drive, 19 Albert Street PO Box 4056 24 Flowerdale Road PO Box 579,
Glen Waverley 3150 East Malvern 3145 Burwood East 3151 Glen Iris 3146 Malvern, 3144
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Gary Mason (Ph.95719575)
Eamon Veaney (Ph.94212830)
Joan Nathan (Ph.97408001)

John Stevens (Ph 94396664)


65 ANZROC Members and partners attended a most congenial lunch at a private room in the Greensborough RSL Club on 12th July. This is the first year we have held the event in the northern corridor of Melbourne and members relished the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and their partners and enjoy talking about their time in the bank and their adventures in retirement.  President Neville Pearson warmly welcomed members and partners and thanked our member Dal Crocker who has been Vice President of the Board of the RSL Club for some years for the work he put into arranging the venue and also our Social Subcommittee member David Knuckey and wife Glen for organising the event.  Neville also thanked the RSL Club management and catering staff that were so crucial in ensuring the occasion was such a success.

Secretary Peter Pritchard also welcomed members and partners and then completed the formalities of the day so that the attendees could enjoy meeting and greeting friends and colleagues. Members attending for the first time were Bruce Gillottie, Sandra Joseph and Bob Stamps. Members not seen for a while included Robin Chase back from holiday, Serene Cheong, Dal Crocker, Rino Frigo, Chris Griffiths, Cliff Griggs, Hedley Ham, Laurie Holland, Bill Jackson, Bruce Kells, Don Ranyard, Des Shady, Bernie Sowersby and Allen Thorp


Visit the "ANZROC" Website for a selection of photos of members and partners enjoying the luncheon .The direct link is


Annette and Graeme Baldwin ,Herman Bettonvil, Eric and Wendy Black,  Cedric Coxsedge, John Duke, Nola Forsyth, Norris Gale,  David Gibb, Stan Halbish, John Hawkins, Adrian Henning,  Ron Horne, Wayne and Bernadette Hulbert, Doug Imrie, Graeme King, Con La Fauci, John McPhee, Geoff Meggs, Joan Nathan, Peter Saville, John Stevens ,John Vanselow, Jackie Waite, Roger Watkins, Glenda White,  Julie Wilkins.


Harrison                     R.E. (Reg)       52 years ANZ

We look forward to seeing Reg at one of our meetings.




Duggan                                   J.M.(John)      8th July 2012   105 years

.John passed away peacefully on Sunday 8th July. His funeral Mass was on Friday 13th July at 11.0 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Middle Park. The Irish Priest (friend of the family) who conducted the Mass had flown in from Ireland at 7.00am on the morning of the funeral to conduct the service. His Irish wit and sincerity were indicative of the Duggan family’s place within the church. The vocalist (Paul Hughes) and organist filled the church with music befitting a “Phantom of the Opera” production. John had celebrated his 105th Birthday on 18th March 2012

John joined the Bank in 1924, at his first branch at Corner of Elizabeth and Latrobe Streets and    he held a variety of positions over the term of his career. On his retirement John opted to retain the bank pension scheme of that time, following his retirement. A very wise move it would seem. John was remembered for accidently setting alight a waste paper bin within the branch on discarding one of his trade mark ‘roll your own cigarette” butts.


John’s career was interrupted by the Second World War when he enlisted in the Australian Army in June 1941 and was Staff Sergeant 106 Aust Depot Cash Office on his discharge in June 1946.  With his brother Jim, John served in the new radar division in Perth and Darwin surviving the bombing of Darwin.


John resided at Napier St Hostel and would read the ANZROC newsletters right up till the end.

Neville Pearson represented the ANZROC at the mass along with Dick (and Joan) Sanders who worked with John

At our meeting at Greensborough members stood in remembrance of our past member John and      our condolences are extended to family and friends.


Margaret Ewing emailed to thank the committee for on forwarding the June newsletter which included tributes to her late husband and our past member Ian Ewing. Margaret also thanked Neville Pearson and Con La Fauci for their attendance at the funeral. She has been overwhelmed by the number of cards received from Ian’s former work friends and is only sorry she is unable to thank them all personally

Jackie Manning and her family sent a note expressing their appreciation for the kind and comforting expressions received  in their recent sad bereavement of her husband and our late member Bill Manning. She thanked ANZROC members for the kind words in the recent newsletter and the notice in the Herald Sun at the time of Bill’s passing. The attendance of Kevin Mitchell at the service was much appreciated.


Andy Herd advised that another old banker lost recently was Paul Tsang, Paul was ANZ audio visual technician and did the setups for conference and video conferencing .Andy said he was the nicest and most helpful of colleagues.




John Vanselow advised that he visited our member Brian Murdoch at Cabrini Elsternwick .Brian is recovering after an operation and  his rehabilitation programme is now underway.



The following Honorary members will be enjoying a birthday during July and we pass on congratulations from our members for your birthdays;

Rae Collins (92), Eric Dickson (81), Chris Fieggen (81), Lawton Graham (83), Fred Hornsby (81), Terry Humphris (87), Alwynne Kilpatrick (88), Kevin Smyth (81), Bernie Sowersby (82), Keith Taylor (84), Frank Wells (85), Trevor Westerman (92), Norm Wood (86), John York (81).




From 1/7/2012             less than $20,000         2.30%

Greater than $20,000   2.94%




Approx 50 past players turned up at Oval 20 Albert Park to celebrate the annual past players/supporters day An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a spirited effort from the Albert Park (ANZ) Football Team resulted in a good win against the Power House Amateur Football Club It was pleasing to catch up with several of the past players from the 1950/1960’s and although their football prowess may have faded somewhat, they were still capable of recalling many past feats, particularly after downing a few stubbies.


It was with great sadness to learn  that John Duggan passed away on the 8th July. What a wonderful achievement to live for 105 years, and to have continued taking an interest in the ongoing welfare of his fellow retirees through the ANZROC Newsletter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time


With 65 members/partners turning up for this luncheon a great day was always assured, and we were not let down. The facilities and staff of The Club were excellent and a most enjoyable quality lunch was provided at a very reasonable cost .My special thanks go to Dal Crocker who is a vice president of The Greensborough RSL Club and to David and Glen Knuckey for all their work in organising this luncheon. I would also particularly like to thank our members for the strong support given to our first luncheon held in the Northern Suburbs


I must apologise for forgetting to send our Birthday Card organiser Kathy Trace her birthday card with  the thanks of the committee for her sterling work….One of the few times the card did not arrive on time.


Les Ager emailed to thank Kathy for the birthday card which, as always, arrived on the day.

He celebrated his 81st birthday with all the family including two great grandchildren.

Les is happy to say he is still enjoying good health and keeping busy.

Jeffrey Cox emailing from Clifton Beach sends his many thanks to the team for the birthday card. It’s always a nice surprise to receive it. Jeffrey and wife Alison are pleased to report that they are in fine form and enjoying life in the tropical north swimming 1.5km before breakfast each day all year round and try to walk most afternoons in order to maintain body heat and a reasonable pulse.  Since leaving ANZ in 2001, Jeffrey worked for some years with a number of Queensland’s cattle barons and has been doing odd consultancy jobs for them ever since. He is still involved with a number of families in the Rockhampton area and gets down there quite often.

In May Jeffrey and Alison spent a few weeks in Spain. They flew into Madrid where they spent a few days before taking the fast train to Seville. Then onto Cordoba and Granada by train before going into a hotel in the Alpujarra region for a week of walking as they are particularly interested in the Moorish history associated with these cities and the region. Over the last 10 years Jeffrey has had a lot to do with water licences and irrigation so was intrigued with the way the Romans and Moors managed to build aquifers in the rugged hills of the Alpujarra. They walked along some of them – still working to this day.

In going through some old papers Jeffrey  came across a photograph and press release dated 9 October 1968 relating to the opening of….‘a new financial centre in the heart of Melbourne’s Collins Street’. It took 3 years to complete and, with the land, cost $10 million! He’ll send it through to the committee as he has no need for it.

John Drummond emails his thanks to President Neville, the Committee and members of ANZ ROC for the card sent for his 72nd birthday and thanks too to Kathy for organizing the card.

The monthly newsletters are always welcome, interesting and a means of keeping reasonably up to date with fellow members. John and wife Bev are both enjoying good health and keeping their strength up for a planned holiday in Darwin in August. Good health to everyone.

Nev Greenway emails apologies for his late reply as just after his birthday Nev spent a few days in hospital but fortunately he was able to attend a very enjoyable return to Cohuna for the 2nd reunion of the first class at the Cohuna Consolidated Elementary School in early May. The first Reunion was in 2010 on the 60th anniversary of the school opening in April 1950. Thanks once again for the Club's Birthday Greetings which were received promptly on his birthday. Nev and wife Bev’s  year has been highlighted by hosting and then participating in two campervan/motor home exchanges for 10 weeks in Europe followed by 4 weeks in the UK. Their motor home tour in Europe commenced 12 months ago and was a circumnavigation through the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France, Paris, Normandy and the Loire Valley to Mulhouse in the Alsace, Freiberg, Memmingen, Munich, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, and then back to Eilde near Groningen. They have many great memories including the sundown service of remembrance of the First World War at the Menin Gate in Ypres and being able to deliver Nev’s grandfather’s photo and service record to the Museum at Fromelles. After an interesting journey back to Carlyle in the UK by seven different trains and an overnight ferry, they were picked up at the station and taken to the Dumfries and Galloway region in Scotland where they collected the exchange motor home for the UK leg of their trip.  Nev and Bev then spent the next four weeks exploring and catching up with friends in the UK before meeting ANZROC member Keith Witney and wife Jill in Edinburgh for the Royal Tattoo. Unfortunately, the weather was very wet and Scottish and they all were well soaked at the Tattoo and after another hour waiting for taxis following the performance. The travellers did all vote that it was well worth it and they enjoyed touring the Edinburgh attractions despite the weather.

John Hawkins emails that he and wife Helen could not make the July meeting as they will be on a Boat Cruise on the Mekong River from Cambodia to Vietnam

Don Hoffmann emails his thanks for the Birthday Card - it is always nice to be remembered. Since moving to Beaconsfield four years ago Don has lost contact with a lot of the old ES&A boys, but did receive a welcome phone call from his old mate Merv Potter in the west. Don and wife Jan haven't had any exciting trips recently - mostly visiting family in the country. He is still active in the great game of Lawn Bowls, but less so during the Melbourne winter.

Frank Marzin emails thanks for the birthday wishes. He spent a week in Broadbeach for his 65th birthday. Frank is still working fulltime, planning to retire in the next couple of years and hoping to catch up with past colleagues in the near future.

Geoff Murrell sends his thanks for the birthday card on the occasion of his 73rd birthday. Geoff is happy to report that all are well in the Murrell household. They had a relatively quiet time in 2011 and 2012 (so far) with wife Mary undergoing two knee replacement operations within 10 months. The surgery was very successful so they are looking forward to some overseas travel in 2013. Best regards to all.

Life Member Ken McNutt writes to acknowledge the birthday greetings for his 85th. The past year has been fairly quiet with only two interstate trips, one of which was regrettably to attend a funeral.  With the above in mind, to have experienced the recent earth tremor could possibly be classified as a significant event.

Ray Murphy emailed his many thanks to Kathy for the Birthday Greetings. This year as was the norm was a happy event spent with family and friends. Birthdays are important but this year will be special with expectant arrival of Ray and wife Glenyce’s first great grandchild later this month. Notice of Harry Glovers' membership of ANZROC  brought back many happy memories of their time spent together at Stawell in 1981/83 .Harry was Ray’s Assistant Manager during that very special year of  the running of the 100th Stawell Gift in 1981.

Coralie O’Donahoo writing from Noosa Heads says thanks for the birthday greetings from Kathy Trace that arrived on her birthday, the day before she returned home from 3 weeks in Sri Lanka which is a most fascinating country. She climbed many stairs, visited lots of temples, went on safaris by jeep, travelled from ocean to mountainous tea plantations and in between a car with a chauffer. It was very civilized. Coralie also had lunch at the famous Cricket Club Café in Colombo which is decorated with cricket memorabilia, much of it from Australia, including framed articles from “The Argus”. She also spent time in the old city at Galle and the Fort as well as the famous cricket ground with its magnificent view.

Miles Tiller sends his thanks for the timely birthday card he received for his 74th birthday. Miles spent an enjoyable day with his family that included four grandsons who are a joy to be with. After his eye operation last year driving of his car is limited to the local area during daylight which restricts his ability to drive interstate or to Victorian scenic spots. Otherwise Miles and his wife enjoy reasonably good health and he enjoys reading the newsletters albeit with a magnifying glass.

Glen Twidale was saddened to read of the death of Ian Ewing. Glen knew him well and had worked with him in Hobart many many years ago.

Roger Watkins writes his thanks for the birthday card that as on most occasions arrived on time. Roger and his wife intend to travel to Canberra later in the year to attend the annual HMAS Shoalhaven reunion. In 2013 the Royal Australian Navy will be celebrating 100 years since its founding and Roger hopes to be at the reunion again this time in Sydney to join in the celebrations. Twenty six nations have been invited to send their Navy ships to Sydney for this event and to date the response has been encouraging.

Bill Willocks emails that the birthday card is most appreciated. He is currently half way through a 6 month trip around Australia in their caravan with wife Sue and they are doing it hard in Broome at present. For those wanting to boost their superfund, a visit to Newman, WA, could help. Bill visited his cousin there who recently got a job driving buses transporting workers to the mines for $120k PA plus. He is 67 years old, not the oldest on staff, and says they value the more mature workers. The hours may also suit ex-bankers with the workday having a mandatory 4 hour lunch. The bad news is the 5.00 AM start and 7.00PM finish with zero alcohol.

Brian Wills writes on his 81st that he is keeping quite reasonable health. He says that reading the newsletters reminds him that the numbers of members he knew and worked with are getting smaller but ageing well and he sees a lot of new names popping up each month.


AND Wendy Black, Helen Bouch, Terry Brennan, John Drummond, Rosemary Callanan, John Conn, Len Donahue, Jim Ebsworthy, John Fairbairn, Cathy Flynn, Norris Gale, Andy Herd, David Hillas, Peter Jones, Harry Loucas,  Bruce Mathrick, Andrew  McGregor, David Phelps, John Ries, Dick Sanders, Ken Swan, John Tulen, Kevin Watson, Glenda White, Peter Williams





On 12th June ANZ’s oldest former leader Charles Rennie spent some time with CEO Mike Smith and other senior ANZ leaders at ANZ Centre, 833 Collins Street Melbourne. Charles who turns 100 next year was ANZ Managing Director from 1969 to 1976. Together with ANZROC members President Neville Pearson, Senior Vice President John McPhee, Secretary Peter Pritchard and Past Presidents Kathy Trace and John Vanselow he met Mike for an afternoon tea and a tour of ANZ Melbourne headquarters. Charles said “it is really interesting to be back in ANZ and see how much the business has grown. The way people work and interact has changed so much. When I was CEO the total number of staff was around 5,000 and women had to get approval from HR before they could marry” Before his retirement on 31/3/1976 Charles achieved a number of milestones for ANZ including vital support for the successful merger which formed ANZ Banking Group Ltd and he was the driving force behind the transfer of ANZ’s global headquarters from London to Melbourne.

CEO Mike Smith thanked Charles for his dedication to ANZ over the years and for the visit to Headquarters. (Taken from ANZ diary entries on ANZ Max site)



The manager of ANZ Group Archive Deborah Lasky-Davison recently received an original Esanda necktie from our member Ken Pattison and she said that they love to receive memorabilia such as the tie and also money boxes, badges as all of it is fascinating and hard to come by. If you have any ANZ memorabilia that you would like to donate to ANZ Archives then it can be posted to Deborah Lasky-Davison, ANZ Group Archive, 182 Forster Road, Mount Waverley, Vic 3149.




On Thursday August 23rd at Thermomix Offices in the Tooronga Village Shopping Centre at 1 Centre Way from 6pm.

Members and partners are welcome to our first night meeting of the year. Cost $10.00 pp covers a meal and refreshments for the evening


Wolf had been Head Chef for ANZ for a number of years before the catering for the Bank was outsourced and continues to be a great supporter of ANZROC Vic over more than the 11 years I have been involved with the Club. Wolf is well known to most committee members and ANZROC members that are regular attendees to our monthly meeting in ANZ premises. He has been concerned for some time that many members as they get older could be missing out on a balanced and healthy diet so he has arranged with Janine Babauskis, Branch Manager of Thermomix to host a cooking class using Thermomix equipment. Wolf has been using the Thermomix equipment for some time cooking for senior management functions in ANZ and will tell us about his experiences on the 23rd.


We also feel this may be the chance to kick  start our ANZROC evening meetings  for 2012/2013 with our partners in attendance and able to enjoy a culinary experience as the venue can cater for up to 60 people.


For a cooking class with a difference, come and see the revolutionary most advanced kitchen appliance on the market with Wolf as the host for the evening. Combining the tradition of home style cooking and using technology of the future, it will amaze you with its versatility, efficiency and quality. The Thermomix is great for busy people, keen cooks and the not-so-keen cooks!


During this fun class Wolf and Janine will whip up some easy and delicious dishes that family and friends will marvel at. You can expect to be refreshed by a fruity sorbet, freshly made crusty bread, a tasty dip, an incredible salad that is ready in the blink of an eye, a divine steamed dish, custard you have to taste to believe, and the best torte Caprese ever. Come and see and taste the difference.

Parking is in the Coles Supermarket area in the Tooronga Village Shopping Centre at the Corner of Toorak and Tooronga Roads ,Tooronga where  there is plenty of space and an easy walk to the Thermomix Offices

If you intend to come to this meeting let me know by Phone 98210444 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail on the following acceptance notice to Ron Adams PO Box 579, Malvern, Vic 3144, by Thursday 16th August 2012 to meet Thermomix catering requirements.


ACCEPTANCE THURSDAY WOLF DAMSCHITZ DINNER  23rd AUGUST   2012 FROM 6 PM at the Thermomix Offices in the Tooronga Village Shopping Centre at 1 Centre Way Tooronga .(Corner Toorak and Tooronga Road)

To Ron Adams

Phone 98210444 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail on the attached acceptance notice to PO Box 579, Malvern, Vic 3144, by 16th August 2012.

I/we will be attending the Dinner  function






September13th BALLARAT VISIT.

ANZROC will hold another luncheon meeting in regional Victoria for Members and their partners on Thursday 13th September 2012. This luncheon will be our September monthly ANZROC meeting and we encourage members in outlying areas and from Melbourne to attend.

It is recommended that travel to the function be via “V Line” train travel. “V Line” has a service to Ballarat, leaving from the “V  Line” Country platforms (Ground level at Spencer Street side of Southern Cross Railway Station) at 10.07am and arrives in Ballarat at 11.37am. We would suggest that you arrive at the station around 9.30 to 9.40am to enable us to travel as a group. For the return journey there is a train departing Ballarat Station at 3.08pm arriving Southern Cross railway Station at 4.49pm

Lunch will be at the George Hotel 27 Lydiard St North Ballarat.


Pay for meals and drinks on the day.

Names can now be sent to David and Glen Knuckey  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or posted to David and Glen at

PO Box 242 Dingley 3172

Further information relative to the visit will be advised closer to the  event in the August newsletter.


October 11th Waltzing Matilda Hotel 856 Heatherton Road Springvale visit

November 8th AGM…34th Floor, 100 Queen Street

November 22nd Golf tournament at Traralgon

December 13th Christmas Luncheon

February 14th 2013 Luncheon to celebrate Charles Rennie’s 100th birthday

34th Floor/100 Queen Street




The Guest Speaker for the day will be a representative from the National Sports Museum who will present a talk on “MCG, the famous events and people associated with the ground”.

If you intend to come to this meeting will you let me know by Phone 98210444 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail on the attached acceptance notice to Ron Adams PO Box 579, Malvern, Vic 3144, by Thursday 2nd August 2012 to meet ANZ catering requirements and so that a list of attendees can be provided to the ANZ Reception Desk.

A reminder that the luncheon fee of $10.00 will be collected at the door to partially cover the cost of catering

Ron Adams Newsletter Editor



To Ron Adams

Phone 98210444 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail on the attached acceptance notice to PO Box 579, Malvern, Vic 3144, by 2nd August 2012.

I/we will be attending the Luncheon function