WAR HIS­TORY:

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Hor­sham RSL com­mit­tee mem­ber Jim Amos has cu­rated a ‘Cen­tury of Ser­vice’ ex­hi­bi­tion to co­in­cide with com­mem­o­ra­tions of the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of the First World War. Hor­sham RSL pres­i­dent Robert Lock­wood said Mr Amos’s ex­hi­bi­tion was ‘prob­a­bly the big­gest dis­play of First World War mem­o­ra­bilia out­side of a cap­i­tal city’. The ex­hi­bi­tion, at Hor­sham RSL, is free and runs un­til 4pm, Fri­day.

The lo­ca­tion was Syd­ney and the name was ‘Bris­bane’, but there was an Ararat re­union at the com­mis­sion­ing of the Royal Aus­tralian Navy’s new­est war­ship last month.

Ararat RSL pres­i­dent Frank Neulist and vice-pres­i­dent Mau­rie An­der­son trav­elled to Syd­ney to wit­ness HMAS Bris­bane III en­ter ser­vice.

The Ho­bart-class guided mis­sile de­stroyer has more than one Ararat con­nec­tion.

Two Ararat lo­cals, chief petty of­fi­cer Colin Framp­ton and lead­ing sea­man Bradley Har­ricks, will serve aboard her.

The Bris­bane’s nav­i­ga­tor will be Cam Hooper, who was pre­vi­ously an ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer on the HMAS Ararat.

Mr Neulist said Ararat RSL had pre­vi­ously in­vited Hooper to at­tend one of its events as a guest speaker, and still main­tained ties with him.

“It was re­ally good to catch up with peo­ple I hadn’t seen in years,” he said.

“It was a bit of an Ararat re­union.”

CATCH­ING UP: From left, David Framp­ton, chief petty of­fi­cer Colin Framp­ton, Ararat RSL pres­i­dent Frank Neulist, lead­ing sea­man Bradley Har­ricks, Ararat RSL vice-pres­i­dent Mau­rie An­der­son and Richard Har­ricks at­tend the com­mis­sion­ing of new Aus­tralian war­ship HMAS Bris­bane III.

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