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Grace (Anne) Dale – Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

01 Nov 18
Peter Bull
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Grace (formerly known as) Anne commenced work at O.T.C. (A) in the Phonograms/Printergrams Section in  Lonsdale Street Melbourne and also at Collins Gate Counter Office in Collins Street Melbourne  in 1971 and retiring at age 64 in 1982. Anne previously worked at the PMG for a number of years.

A party for Anne was celebrated on Sunday 28th October 2018 at her daughter Jill and son-in-law John Caulfield’s home. John was also a former OTC  Commercial Branch employee.

There were about 30 in attendance Anne’s 3 daughters and son and extended family and OTVA members Robert & Judith Hall, Gary & Debbie Kelly.

Anne received  commendations from the Queen, Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove,  Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison MP , Jenny Macklin MP and many cards & gifts from friends  and family.

Anne is very insistent about her independence and still lives at home with the assistance of Home Welfare and family members.



(from Robert Hall)





Brian Woods – Ex-OTC Field Training Officer – Passed Away Saturday 20 October 2018

25 Oct 18
Peter Bull

Brian was well liked and respected by all of those who knew him.

We lose another of the great OTC characters.

Details of Brian’s Funeral Service:

WHERE:                       Simplicity Funeral Parlor in Woy Woy

WHEN:                        9.30am on Monday 29 October.

Brian retired from OTC on 13th May 1988

This photo is  of Hazel Collister Brian & wife Pat -barbecue at Brian residence Forestville NSW in January 2000

This photo was extracted from Sep 1986 Transit on the occasion of Joe Collister’s retirement.

If you have any better photos that I can upload to the OTVA web site please email them to me.


Mike Debenham – Passed Away Sunday 7 October 2018 – Aged 75 Years

09 Oct 18
Peter Bull

John Barker has advised of the passing of Michael Debenham. Mike’s ex-wife, Louise, had passed on the sad news to John for relay to his ex-OTC friends and colleagues.

Funeral Service details:

WHEN:             10 am Thursday 11 October 2018,
WHERE:           Tobin Brothers Funerals, Sunbury, Melbourne, VIC.

I knew Mike when he was in the OTC training School from the late 70s until he was appointed to Manager Norfolk Island in 1993 where we remained for 3 years after which he travelled to Scoresby to take on the Manager role there.

Mike was a true gentleman. He was liked by all who knew him and as far as I am aware was well respected amongst the technical ranks in OTC.

He and Steve Corrigan were a pigeon pair when it came to many of the training courses that I attended where they were the instructors. Mike had the training knowledge and Steve had the technical knowledge. They complimented each other very well and I am sure that each learned from the other over time making them a very effective team.

May He Rest In Peace

OTVA Spring Reunion – Held @ Noon Thursday 20 September 2018

21 Sep 18
Peter Bull
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WHERE:  Red Room, Level 1, Club York (99OnYork), 99 York Street, Sydney

Those present enjoyed the vast array of food that was available along with a beverage or two.

There was lively conversation and many stories from our experiences in bygone years. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of memories of ex-OTC persons both living and passed on.

Many thanks to those who attended and made the luncheon so enjoyable.


  1. Allan Hennessy
  2. Bob Anderson
  3. David (Dave) Coutts
  4. David (Dave) Scott
  5. David Waterhouse
  6. Dean Veverka
  7. Greg Martyn
  8. Jim Simpson
  9. Mick Callaghan
  10. Neville Hainke
  11. Orm Butler
  12. Peter Bull
  13. Robin Tuckfield
  14. Steve Percossi
  15. Tom Barker
  16. Will Whyte
  17. Special Guest Appearance from John Currie

Southern Sydney Chapter of the OTVA – September Meeting

21 Sep 18
Peter Bull
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12 hardy individuals ventured out to the Carss Park Cafe in Sydney’s southern suburbs for the monthly catch-up organised by Greg Martyn.

They met at the Cafe at 9:30am and had a most enjoyable time laughing and recalling their younger days working for OTC and the antics that they and others got up to during those years.

Robin, Greg and Mick then ventured off to the OTVA Spring Reunion in York St, Sydney for more fun and frivolity.

OTVA Newsletter – September 2018

14 Sep 18
Peter Bull
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Graham Collath – Passed Away 4 September 2018 – Aged 56 Years

04 Sep 18
Peter Bull

It is with much sadness that I pass on the news that Graham has passed away

Graham had been living at home with his family. His brother, Brian, told me in June 2018 that Graham was not well due to his battle with myeloma (bone marrow cancer) which had developed into amyloidosis and his prospects were not good at that time. He was undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments to help him fight it.

Graham was transported to the Palliative Care Unit within Liverpool Hospital last night where he passed away at 2:00 am this morning. I believe that he was only about 60.

We pass on our sincere condolences to Brian and the rest of Graham’s family. May He Rest In Peace.

The below photos of Graham is from a 1994 Transit:

Elgin Brown – Wife of Lou Brown – Passed Away Early August 2018 – Aged 91 Years

17 Aug 18
Peter Bull
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Elgin Brown passed away last week and her Memorial service was held Thursday 16 August 2018 at the RSL Village at Narrabeen.

It is 3 years since Lou passed away and Elgin was almost 92 years old.

It was a very nice service with words from her niece, Peggy, and nephew, John, and me as one of her oldest friends.


Keith McCredden

John Bennett – Ex-MOR – Passed Away 10 August 2018 – Aged 86 years

13 Aug 18
Peter Bull
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John’s daughter, Margaret, passed on the sad news that John has passed away in the Golf Links Road Palliative Care Unit early on Friday August 10th.

Dad was 86. He had lymphoma for some time and was in the terminal phase of this disease when he fell and broke his femur approximately 4 weeks ago.

He had been in hospital since then and finally the Palliative Care Unit.

Sadly the fall and subsequent surgery made his last weeks more difficult.

Funeral Notice – The Age – Monday 13th August 2018.

John McLean
04.04.1932 – 10.08.2018

Dearly loved by his wife Jan and daughters Margaret, Elizabeth and Jane and his son-in-law Malcolm. Pop Pop to granddaughters Jessica, Emily, Alice and Grace. Grand Pop to John and Rebecca. John Pop to his nine great grandchildren.

Greatly missed by all.

Private Cremation.

In accordance with his wishes there is no funeral. I you wish to contact his wife, Jan, her email address is:

May He Rest In Peace


Barry Stockbridge – Passed 1 August 2018 Aged 82 Years

07 Aug 18
Peter Bull
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I rang Barry in February 2018 to seek his permission to put him in contact with an ex-OTC technician, David Free, who valued the relationship that he had with Barry in the mid-1980s and wanted to catch up. His son, Ken, answered Barry’s phone and told me that the cancer that Barry had successfully fought 10 years earlier had come back and he was in Lismore Hospital undergoing treatment and the future did not look promising. Ken asked that I not pass anything on to OTVA members as his father was in no fit state to talk to anyone or have visitors.

Barry turned 82 years of age on 18th May 2018 and celebrated the event with some close friends despite the fact that he was very sick and those who were there did not think that he would last very long at all. One of those was Max Davis who had become a close family friends over the years. Max is amazed that he last as long as he did.

Barry passed away on 1 August 2018 at 5:30pm. He had entered palliative care in Byron Bay in the weeks prior to his passing.

Max contacted me today to pass on the details of Barry’s funeral supplied by his daughter, Alison.

His funeral is expected to be held at the Uniting Church in Leura NSW:

WHERE:         23A Grose St, Leura NSW 2780

WHEN:            Monday 13 August 2018 at 11am

I have Alison’s contact details and can provide them upon request to any of Barry’s ex-OTC work colleagues who would like them to pass on their condolences, etc.

May He Rest In Peace