Author Archives: Peter Bull

Southern Sydney Contingent of OTVA Members

15 Dec 17
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A pre-Christmas social gathering was organised by Greg Martyn and Ross Smith on Thursday 14 December 2017. I was my birthday but unfortunately I was in Melbourne and unable to join the “boys”.

Those present were:

Robin Tuckfield, Ross Smith, Greg Martyn, Bill Jolly, Mick Callaghan, John Eades and Darryl Steer.

Neil Jackson – Passed Away 14 November 2017 – Aged 77 years

22 Nov 17
Peter Bull
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Phil Hiscox has provided us this morning with the sad news of the passing of another of our OTC fraternity.

I worked with Neil at Paddington in the mid-1980s till when I left OTC to join Optus in 1992.

Neil worked in the INMC on Level 7 at Paddington in those years but had worked in many areas in OTC throughout his career.

He was a gentle man who was well liked and respected by all who knew him.

May He Rest in Peace

Kim Hopkins – Passed Away 24 October 2017 – Ages 62 Years

27 Oct 17
Peter Bull
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Peter Tuckwell has advised of the passing of yet another of our fraternity that has been taken from us at the relatively early age of 62.

Sadly, Kim passed away last night by his bed. Peter was contacted by Mark Hopkins, Kim’s brother. Kim had been living on his brother’s farm at Candelo on the south coast of NSW for the past few years. Kim had diabetes and his brother thinks this may have been a contributing factor.

The Funeral Service will probably be held in Sydney but the details are not yet known. Once Mark provides the details they will be communicated to you all.

 

 

Malcolm Irvine – Passed Away 16 October 2017 – Aged 57 Years

18 Oct 17
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Malcolm Irvine was an OTC trainee/ technician in the early eighties. Peter Szewczyk thinks that once Mal finished his traineeship he left OTC. Mal was part of the mass intake of trainees between 1979 and 1981. This is confirmed by his LinkedIn profile details.

Sadly Mal’s 57th birthday was last Thursday.

He passed away in Royal North Shore Hospital in the early hours of Monday 16th October after a 12 month battle with brain cancer.

He has been living with his wife Jenny and his 2 sons Kent (22) and Gerard (19) at West Ryde in Sydney.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 10:30am at St Joseph’s School Chapel at Hunters Hill. If plan to attend Mal’s funeral service please be early to get parking.

May He Rest In Peace

Brian Brennan – Aged in his Early 60s

17 Oct 17
Peter Bull
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Brian’s daughter, Sarah, has passed on the sad news that Brian Brennan, who worked as a computer programmer at OTC at both the Broadway and Paddington terminals from 1971 until it merged with Telecom into AOTC in 1992, died early last week.

The funeral is arranged for the Wednesday the 18th of October at Guardian Funeral Chapel (Cnr of Sunnyholt Rd and First Avenue) at 10:30 am.

In preparing for the funeral Sarah found this photo which she thought might appreciate to identify Brian and use in this email. It was taken at the Official Closing of the MRSC at Paddington in May 1988. Brian is in the ‘man in the middle’. with John Wall (Interplex Operator) on the right hand side of the picture.

OTVA Newsletter – October 2017

17 Oct 17
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Maisie Vahtrick – Passed Away

10 Oct 17
Peter Bull
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Also the Funeral Service for Maisie VAHTRICK, wife of the late Cyril took place on Monday 9 October 2017 at Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park.

Tom Barker, Zenon Kochman and Chris Von Willer attended the service.

May She Rest In Peace

 

Wife of Sheldon (“Shelley”) De Silva

10 Oct 17
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The wife of the late “Shelley” (Shelton) de Silva, (once a clerk in the OTC Supply Branch), is mentioned in Sydney Morning Herald Death/Funeral Notices dated 10 October 2017.

She was in the family home at Hunters Hill up to her passing.

Jack Bowes – Passed Away early September 2017 – Aged 88 Years

06 Oct 17
Peter Bull
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Hi Peter

Just been advised that Jack passed away back in September at Tweed Heads aged 88.  He was a Senior Telegraphist ex-SOR who took the redundancy back in the 80s and went North.  Back in February this year my emails bounced back and I got Ray Horeau to check, as I knew they played a lot of golf together.  Ray sent this pix to me too of Jack who was by then in a nursing home.

The funeral service was held on the 18th September at Tweed Heads so the news was a bit slow coming

May He Rest In Peace

 

 


 

Ray Horeau & Jack Bowes in the nursing home.

Moree SES 2017 – What does the Satellite Station Look Like today?

13 Sep 17
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Thanks to Glenn McMullen for sharing photos that he took on a recent road trip.

You can still see a faint OTC presence on the tower in these pictures.

The following photos are courtesy of Ron Beckett