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With a heavy heart I advise you that the decision has been taken to cancel the Annual Reunion Weekend & AGM planned for Orange on 23/24 October 2021.

I have delayed making this decision till the last possible moment but I am mindful that our membership is distributed far and wide across Australia and, with varying “lockdown rules” and COVID situations in each State and Territory, we are unable to guarantee your ability to participate and, equally as important, we are unable to guarantee your safety had we decided to proceed.

This is the second time that we have been forced to this decision – and I hope it will be the last. While NSW is “scheduled” to see a lifting of restrictions by end October, I am not prepared to have members make travel and accommodation bookings on the basis of that forecast and, as I have said, I am not prepared to have members who live outside of NSW potentially be prevented from attending.

The pandemic has caused a great deal of stress to our lives over nearly two years. We are fortunate that we have not had any members die as a result of the virus but we must remain vigilant, obey the health advice, ignore the “ratbags” who are postulating ridiculous and even deadly alternatives, and ensure that our families and our communities, stay safe and that they are fully protected.

So, you may ignore a substantial part of the September issue of FRONTLINE that relates to the Annual Weekend. When your overworked Editor put that together I was hoping that there was “light at the end of the tunnel”. Sadly, the light moved further away.

I want to take this opportunity of thanking both Mick Pass, our Vice-President and Bob Pink, our Honorary Secretary & Newsletter Editor for the untold hours that they have put in to the organisation of the weekend. Without them both, and their efforts, we would not have an Association.

And now for the “potential” good news. I have set the date for the 2022 AGM & Annual Reunion Weekend in Orange for 28/29 October 2022. So put that date in your diaries NOW. I will not accept prior engagements as a reason for non-attendance.

I have also discussed with Mick Pass the possibility of having this year’s cancelled event held in early 2022 – possibly at Gosford. We will make that decision before the issue of the December edition of FRONTLINE.

I trust that all of you, your families and your loved ones, are well and remain so




The Association’s aims are:

To foster the esprit de corps which has existed in the Battalion since its inception and its early existence as a Citizen Military Forces Special Conditions Unit.

Maintain the comradeship and association which all have enjoyed over a long or short period of time as a member of the 1st/19th Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment and to maintain continuing links with the Battalion and to assist the current Commanding Officer for the time being in anything he may wish to do.

To perpetuate the memory of those who served in war in the units – whose names we carry, those who served in the Battalion since its inception and those who have passed on.

The Association Banner

Thanks to the former Association Patron, the late Lieutenant Colonel Terry Irwin and the Orange Ex Services Club, we have an
Association Banner.

The banner was officially presented at the Orange Ex Services Club on Saturday 8th March, 2000 by LTCOL Irwin.


How the Association was Formed.

The Association was formed following the Inaugural Reserve Forces Day Parade held in Sydney on 1st July, 1998. Since then membership has grown. Currently the membership is 374 which comprises 198 former and present 1/19 RNSWR, 2 former 2/19 Bn AIF Association Honorary Life Members and 28 former 2/19 Bn AIF Association Associate Members. (Life Member widows) and 146 2/19 Bn AIF Associate ai Kindred members.

Its continuing association between past and present members is fairly unique.

Patrons of the Association are former Commanding Officers.

Colonel Brian Martyn, RFD and
Lieutenant Colonel Peter McGuinness MBE OAM RFD ED