RAE Association (Vic) Events Calendar 2019

Tour of the Thales Australia Plant in Bendigo Victoria


Home of the Bushmaster Operations Vehicle


13th November 2019 from 1000 hrs - 1200 hrs



The visit will consist of a presentation about the Protected Vehicles, along with a morning tea, followed by a facility tour.

The tour is normally about an hour of walking around.


Bushmaster is combat proven and has been successfully deployed by three armies on operations in a number of regions including the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific. On-going design enhancement, a wide range of user selectable mission equipment and mature through life support have ensured that Bushmaster continues to meet evolving customer requirements.


The tour is open for Association members only (except for medical reasons), by request, rather than extending to family members, as their available staff to host is limited, due to their manufacturing commitments.


Please note that high heels or open toe or sling back heels are not allowed in the production area. Close toe, flat shoes only.


Transport and meals (apart from morning tea) are to be arranged by yourself.


Please contact Mel Constable by email only on before the Friday 1st November 2019 to reserve a place.

Please check this web site regularly as event details will be displayed here as soon as they are known.  Event details will also be advised in Sapper Summit and on the Association's Facebook page.

Expressions of interest for RAEA tours


Tour to HOLDFAST 2020 in Townsville QLD

After our tour to Sydney and Canberra discussion was had about future tours maybe getting together sometime with our interstate counterparts. A circular recently sent out about HOLDFAST 2020, a biennial all Engineer Reunion of the Sapper Association Queensland is being hosted by the North Queensland Sappers, this could give us an opportunity to send up a Victorian contingent. The reunion will commemorate the operational deployment of Royal Australian Engineer units since its formation in 1902 as well as the 55th Anniversary of the deployment of the first Royal Australian Engineer unit to the Vietnam war. The North Queensland Sappers invites all members and their spouses/partners of any Australian Sapper Association, or for that matter anyone who wore the Engineer badge of a friendly country, to join them in Townsville, North Qld from the 1st to 4th May 2020. This is a chance to mix with our interstate counterparts as well as having a look around the area What has been planned so far is;

Registration at the Townsville RSL on Friday  Dinner at the RSL with a light show and charity auction on Saturday night after a day of sightseeing. Memorial service on Magnetic Island on Sunday with lunch at the Magnetic Island RSL Breakfast at the Thuringowa RSL on Monday We might be able to arrange a tour of Lavarack Barracks and also a tour of the Army Museum North Queensland at Jezzine Barracks. We are separately organising a tour of the RAAF base and their Heritage area in Townsville. The cost for the HOLDFAST 2020 will be $20.00. Accommodation and travel arrangements as before, by self and for those interested they have supplied a list of lodgings. Closing date is the 20 October 2019. Tour of Bushmaster vehicle plant in Bendigo A tour of the Bushmaster Vehicle plant in Bendigo is currently being organised for early next year. Contact; Mel Constable or 0412 403 043


Wreath Laying and Dawn Services

The RAE Association Victoria will participate in the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and wreath laying at the Ringwood Clock Tower, Maroondah Highway Ringwood from 0530 on 25 April 2018.

The Association will also participate in the Ringwood RSL ANZAC march, service and wreath laying on 22 April.

Please see opposite for details of the Melbourne ANZAC Day Commemorative March on 25 April 2018.  Members should note that in 2018, our step of time and FUP will be different to that of previous years.

Members should also be aware that it is highly likely that our step off time will be brought forward on the day so members are advised to be in the vicinity of the FUP well before the scheduled step off time.  Many well recall that march timings were changed at the last minute in 2017 and as a result, many members missed the opportunity to march with the Association.  Please be ready to step off well ahead of the scheduled time.


ANZAC DAY 2018  The RAE Association (Vic) will participate in the Melbourne 2018 ANZAC Day Commemoration March. Forming up details have been published in the RSL Magazine "Mufti".

RAE Association - Assembly Point is Flinders Street (west-north side) Step off is 1025. Please assemble 60 minutes prior to step off. There is a chance the step off time will be brought forward on the day, so we should be ready to march well ahead of the scheduled time.

All sappers, regardless of unit, campaign, ARA/Ares are welcome to march behind the RAE Association's banner.

Melbourne High School AAC has kindly offered to provide AAC members to assist with our banner.

The RAE Association (Vic) participates in the Melbourne Anzac Day Commemorative March and Service with the permission of the Victorian RSL.  Those who march with the Association on 25th Aprilare expected to conform to the RSL's ANZAC Day protocols.  These can be accessed via the link on this page.

As in 2017, the RAE Association will also participate in the Ringwood RSL Commemorative march and service on Sunday 22 April 2018. The FUP is in the carpark on the corner of New Street and Maroondah....formerly "Target Square". Form up at 0930 hrs. All sappers are invited to join the RAE Association for this ANZAC commemorative march and service.

Waterloo Dinner - 22nd June 2019

For all personnel SGT and above the attached flyer provides details for the 2019 Waterloo Dinner.On behalf of the Colonel Commandant RAE Southern Region (COL Bruce Murray, Retd AM ) and Commanding Officer 22nd Engineer Regiment (LTCOL Sharon Coates) an invitation is extended to eligible members to attend this year’s dinner.

Points to note are;

RSVP & Payment date 10th June 2019 (when depositing please ensure your name is included in the reference)

Banking arrangement this year there has been a change in banking arrangement so please note this change carefully and do not just click on the account previously used.                   

This is a wonderful opportunity to come together and celebrate the major social event on the RAE calendar.

In the past the support of the eligible retired RAE community to this important social activity has been fairly poor and I would ask you all to consider backing the efforts of the Regiment by coming along

Although not essential it would be of great assistance for me if I could be included in your RSVP response to Christopher Robertson

I would encourage all retired eligible personnel to make a special effort to come along and catch up with old friends and I am sure make some new ones.


Jim Davis.

Hon Secretary,

RAE Association (Vic) Inc.

Telephone:   0413 479 157



Once a Sapper always a Sapper


22 Construction Regiment and 4 Combat Engineer Regiment- unit history project.  Any help you can provide with this project will be greatly appreciated.  Photos and memorabilia associated with 22 CR or 4CER along with documents and personal stories would add significantly to the work the writing team is undertaking.  If you can help in any way or if you have any questions, your point of contact is CAPT Noel Tipton at 22 Engineer Regiment and Don Hughes for the 4 CER project.

General email enquiries should be forwarded to:

Please see Sapper Summit No 88 for more information on this significant project.

Some Sappers will note that there will be a time gap in the published histories of the RAE in Victoria at the completion of this project.  There are conceptual plans to complete the histories of 7FER, 7ESR and 10 Field Squadron at some future time.  If you have material suitable to these projects, please keep it safe and accessible for future use.

Message from Don Hughes -

Don Hughes is co-ordinating the history writing project for 4 CER.  Don has submitted the following information to provide a more detailed snapshot of this important project.

Fellow Victorian Sappers,

Below is the link to the most recent copy of the “Template” for the history of 4CER.

A similar style has been recommended for the history of 22 Construction Regiment.

We want the two books (4CER and 22 Const Regt) to be in final draft by the end of the year (2015).

To achieve this we need the writing teams (CO & team) to have confirmed by ANZAC DAY they are on track to submit their draft by 16 September 2015  Don

Proposed Unit History Template

RAE Association Victoria President Bill Van Ree presenting the Association’s Annual Awards to 2017 winners SPR Frattin, CPL Eaton and LT Kwitk

Above:  RAE Association Vic President LTCOL W. Van Ree (Retd) presenting the RAE Association 2018 Awards to the CPL Radziszewski and SPR Hobley of 22 Engineer Regiment.

Award Winners 2014:



LT Stephanie HOGAN


Award Winners 2015:

SPR William Van Berkel

LCPL Anurag Sharma

LT Simon Duell

Award Winners 2017

SPR Frattin

CPL Eaton

LT Kwitk


The Royal Australian Engineers Association of Victoria will make annual awards to the year's outstanding soldiers from 22 ER in the following categories:

best sapper

best JNCO

best Junior Officer

The awards will be presented at the Regiment's final parade for the year. Winners will be recorded on a special honour board funded by the RAE Southern Region Corps Committee and displayed prominently at 22 Engineer Regiment.

Winners will also be announced in Sapper Summit and on the RAE Association (Vic) web site.

Whilst recognizing and congratulating the award winners, the RAE Association (Vic) also recognizes and congratulates all members of 22 ER for their service to the Regiment, the Corps and the country.


Award Winners 2016

8595025 SPR Daniel Adams

858841 CPL James Coutts

8589345 LT Mark Zanier

Award Winners 2018

8623781 SPR Adam HOBLEY


8591628 LT Jake KILSBY