Ms Myrna Burke

It is my sad duty to inform you all that our long time Secretary, Myrna Burke, passed away last Thursday night at Ashburn House, Gladesville.
Her funeral will be held at St. Alban’s Anglican Church, 3 Pembroke Street,  Epping, on Friday, 16th November at 2.00pm.
It is hoped that as many of our members as possible will attend.     St. Albans is on the eastern side of Epping Station, a distance of approximately 160 metres, a on minute walk.
Bob Dickinson
PS.  Our reunion luncheon on  next Thursday will still go ahead.    BD

9/11 Memorial


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This Tear Drop 9/11 Memorial is located in Bayonne , New Jersey , right

across from New York City . On the other side of Hudson Bay from The

Statue of Liberty.

This 100 foot tall monument was given to the U.S.A. back in 2006 by the

Russian people in memory of all those that lost their lives on September      11, 2001.

The break in the cracked facade forms the shape of the two towers.

The giant suspended tear drop symbolizes all the tears the world had shed in

response to this terrifying day.

At the base are recorded the names of all the people who perished. Yet we do

not hear about it.

It is a shame that such a beautiful memorial

is given barely any attention.

Feel free to share this with your friends.

Richard (Rocky) GRIMSEY

Those of us in the Union Company, wether or not on the ‘slow greens’ around Australia or on the Seaways King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Melbourne and Hobart would remember Richard Grimsey. I am not too sure whether he was Rocky 1 or Rocky 2. in as much that there were two Rocky’s in the company at the same time Graeme Bartlett (Engineer) and Richard Grimsey (Shipwright). Both young, very capable and enterprising young men, well liked ship mates. Graeme Bartlett was from Rockhampton, Queensland, and Richard Grimsey from Hobart.

Rocky Grimsey the shipwright did not believe in wasting his spare time and decided to study to become a deck officer. He was also encourage to do this by his ship mates. Success was inevitable and Richard obtained his 2nd mates, Mates and Master’s certificates progressing through the ranks on the ships.

Progression to the top job in the Union Company by virtue of a lack of ships was well nigh impossible on the Australian side of the Tasman. Richard was wise and did not hang around, he joined CSR  and rapidly gained promotion eventually to become master of the replacement vessel for ASP’s bulk cement carrier Goliath.

In more recent times Richard developed problems with his liver which became life threatening . A liver transplant save his life, this amazing success story, and a plea for donors is published below.


The ultimate gift

Blackman’s Bay resident, Richard Grimsey, has been given the ultimate gift – life.
Richard was the beneficiary of an anonymously donated liver just prior to Christmas 2016, and is now sharing his story to show his appreciation, and to implore fami- lies to talk about the idea of organ donation.
Being diagnosed with Alpha1 AntiTrypsin Deficiency of the liver in 2010 eventually led to Richard’s early retire- ment from a rewarding career captaining ships in 2014.
“Being diagnosed with a disease that was an inherited disorder was a very big shock,” said Richard.
“To be told that I would die if I didn’t have a liver trans- plant, and then told I was too old for the procedure, was an even bigger shock.”
There have been many trips to the emergency ward and stints in hospital since, including being flown to the
Austin Hospital in Melbourne by air ambulance, where he was told that he may not survive.
Richard was placed on the liver transplant waiting list, and faced the grim reality that someone needed to die in order for him to live, and it needed to be someone who was a registered organ donor.
During a visit at the Austin Hospital late last year, Richard was told this he was in ‘liver failure’, and was within one week of dying.
“I didn’t need to be told that I was fading, as I was well aware of it due to the lethargy and lack of strength, and the mind games were overwhelming.”
He received the gift of life via a donated liver the next day in a procedure that took more than eight hours.
He then spent five days in intensive care and ten days in the ward before being discharged, but had to remain in Melbourne to attend clinics twice a week.
Richard returned home to Blackmans Bay in January, and is now making a triumphant return to life, with the help of ongoing treatment.
Richard is now sharing his story for two main reasons.
Firstly, it is the only way he knows how to show his gratitude and love to an anonymous donor, who in a great humanitarian gesture, saved his life.
And to their family, who has lost a loved one, in the hope that knowing the gesture has saved a life might lessen their grieving, even a little.
Richard is also hoping to encourage families to talk about the idea of organ donation.
Liver transplant recipient, Richard Grimsey. (PS)
A very kind soul saved Richard’s life, so it would mean the world to him if sharing his story resulted in saving another person’s life.
Thanks to organ donation, people have gone from con- stant illness, uncountable operations, worry, waiting and uncertainty to a normal, healthy family life.
To help families decide whether the gift is something they are willing to give, there is lots of information on
You can no longer register a donation decision via your driver’s licence, the only way to register is online with Medicare through myGov, or by downloading and return- ing the registration form from the website.

We wish you well Richard, Jim Pyle.

Newcastle Herald : Tribute to the late David Barrow…… Heath Harrison: Editor

IT was David Barrow’s funeral on Friday. He died last week. He was 78.

Now, I didn’t know David personally but I came to know “David Barrow, Merewether” – his sign-off at the bottom of the many, many letters to the editor he wrote over many, many years to the Newcastle Herald.

As best I can tell, David wrote his last letter to the Herald only last month. It was about the Lake Macquarie council.

Before that, he’d written about Newcastle council. And about the contamination at Williamtown, the mine subsidence board, fast trains, same-sex marriage, the republic and much more. And, of course, he wrote about Merewether.

David had his own family and I offer them my sincere condolences.

But he was part of the Newcastle Herald family too, a family that extends beyond the women and men who work here.

It extends back 160 years and to the readers, the letter writers, the advertisers, the staff who’ve gone before us. To all the people who’ve trusted us to tell their story.

And in a week when the ownership of this newspaper – and many others – made headlines, it’s worth remembering who the real owners of the Heraldare.

It’s David Barrow. It’s you. It’s this community that we serve, and are proudly part of. Without you, we are nothing. Without your trust, support and feedback there could be no Herald.

And while change is constant in the media, our commitment to the community and to the quality journalism it expects will never change. This week, the Herald was nominated for three Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW journalism.

The Herald has been named the best regional newspaper and news website in Australia and New Zealand for the past five years. In that same period, the Herald has won eight Walkley Awards – the highest honour in Australian journalism.

In the past year:

– we’ve knocked on every door in Cabbage Tree Road, amassing a file of 50 cancer victims who lived near a drain carrying toxic chemical run-off from the Williamtown RAAF Base;

– we’ve exposed the shocking deceptions of two fraudsters who left clients, friends and family members millions of dollars out of pocket;

– our investigation into Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council dealings triggered an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry;

– our series on negligence in the pelvic mesh industry helped spark a Senate inquiry and led to the removal of devices from the market;

– the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has announced a probe into whether a secret state government deal, revealed exclusively by the Herald, was preventing the development of a container terminal at Newcastle’s port; and,

– we’ve seen the culmination of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, five years after the Herald launched its successful campaign. The Herald was there when the report was handed down and continues to lead coverage on the issue, including the trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson.

– we’ve backed Got Your Back Sista, a Newcastle-based movement which helps women and children escape domestic violence. Last weekend, the Newcastle Knights invited Got Your Back Sista to provide the half-time community message, with participants in Herald-adorned shirts encouraging the crowd to stand up against and make a noise to help end the silence around family violence.

They’re just a handful of the hundreds of local stories told every month by our local team of journalists. They’re smart, they’re talented, they’re tough and courageous.

You know their bylines.

Anita Beaumont. Scott Bevan. Nick Bielby. Jessica Brown. Josh Callinan. Jonathan Carroll. Damon Cronshaw. Simone De Peak. Robert Dillon. James Gardiner. Penelope Green. Helen Gregory. Jim Kellar. Matthew Kelly. Craig Kerry. Ian Kirkwood. Josh Leeson. Max Mason-Hubers. Joanne McCarthy. Simon McCarthy. Max McKinney. Marina Neil. Donna Page. Michael Parris.  Deborah Richards. Sam Rigney. Lisa Rockman. Barry Toohey. Renee Valentine.

There are names you might not see often but are just as integral.

Lisa Allan, Matt Carr, Cath Corley, Ben Drzyzga, Tracy Peters. Simon Walker. Chad Watson.

And our absolutely vital colleagues at Honeysuckle in circulation, advertising, digital, administration, accounts, classifieds, IT and printing.

Plus all our cherished columnists and contributors.

Tarnya Davis. Jeff Corbett. Dave Anderson. Michael Byrne. Tony Butterfield. Judith Whitfield. Paul Dear. David Dial. Gary Harley. Daniel Honan. Brett Keeble. Jade Lazarevic. John Lewis. Peter Lewis. David Lowe. Alison Moroney. Alex Morris. Ken Longworth. Phillip O’Neill. Greg Ray. Paul Scott. Jill Stowell.

And David Barrow.

Sadly, we won’t see “David Barrow, Merewether” in the Herald again.

But these last words are his, from a letter he wrote to Williamtown residents, and I hope he won’t mind me using them here.

“Please don’t lose heart, and definitely keep the faith.”

Heath Harrison is the editor of the Newcastle Herald

Email: Heral

Dallas Hogan

It is with deep sorrow that I post the following obituary.


HOGAN DALLAS Late of Carrington

Aged 86 Years

Much loved father and father-in-law of Sandra and John, and Meredith. Granfer to Phillip, Andrew and Nick.

Relatives and Friends are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of DALLAS’ Life at James Murray Funeral Chapel, Blackall St, Broadmeadow this WEDNESDAY 1st August 2018 at 10:00am.


Published in The Newcastle Herald on July 28, 2018



David Barrow

BARROW DAVID Late of Merewether

Aged 78 Years

Much loved husband of Dawn (dec). Much loved father of Scott and Claudia.

Relatives and Friends are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of DAVID’S Life at James Murray Funeral Chapel, Blackall St, Broadmeadow this FRIDAY 27th July 2018 at 1pm.


Published in The Newcastle Herald on July 25, 2018