Low- key Dawn Service
OF all the Dawn Services I’ve been to, the ones which have resonated most have been at Al ma B a y o n Mag n e t i c Island. Remember when the soldiers used to come over in a landing barge and would fight their way up the beach as the sun rose over Cape Cleveland? The Dawn Service is on again this year at Alma Bay ( there won’t be any soldiers), and it will be a low key affair. Sunferries will not be sending a ferry over to the island at 4am as it has done in the past. Peter Safe from the Maggie RSL said because of member commitments the local organisation could not manage a big turn-out this year and that it would be more of a quiet, l ocal gathering. He confirmed that Sunferries had not and would not be asked to put on a ferry. And for those who have in the past enjoyed an early morning rum and milk back at the island’s RSL after the Dawn Service, you are not going to get to partake this year. The usual breakfast and drinks back at the ‘ Razzle’ has been canned.
PENSIONED off patrol boat HMAS Townsville is gathering barnacles at the Curtain Brot her s wharf i n Ross Creek while it waits for a permanent home to be found at the Townsville Maritime Museum. In the meantime a