Service Voices

Monday 07 May, 2018
6.00pm - 7.00pm

On Service Voices – Monday 07.05.18      from 6 to 7pm Adelaide Time (or listen again any time after 7pm)

Australian Air Force Cadets

Leading Cadets Lachlan and Bianca, twins aged 14:  Anyone who has served in any branch of a military or emergency services unit knows that mateship and esprit-de-corps is strongest at unit level. Every unit has its unique history, and this is drawn from their service, their people and sometimes where they are located.  Service in the Australian Air Force Cadets is no different. Every squadron has its own unique badge. This is not just a colour patch, but a badge of honour proudly worn on the uniform.   So what makes No 602 Squadron, AAFC unique? Does it make a difference being the only squadron located in the Adelaide Hills? In these interviews, 14 year old twins Bianca and Lachlan give us some insight into what their colour patch stands for and why they are fiercely proud of it.

Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Lemar:   From its humble beginnings in 1949 as ‘No 2 Flight, South Australian Squadron Air Training Corps’, No 602 Squadron has continued training Air Force Cadets at Woodside Army Barracks in the Adelaide Hills… and continues still under the leadership of a new Commanding Officer – Flying Officer (AAFC) Paul Lemar, who gives us a great background into this unit that’s providing a fantastic facility for our youth.

Cheryl Williss:  Miss Marryat’s Circle

In 1915, the second year of the Great War, Mabel Marryat – granddaughter of South Australia’s first colonial chaplain Charles Howard – joined the newly formed League of Loyal Women. Mabel was active in the League’s emergency corps, ‘women who are prepared to give their service in any need that may arise’. It wasn’t long before Mabel was appointed Honorary Supervisor of the Red Cross Depot at the Keswick Military Hospital: No. 7 AGH. After the war, the hospital was renamed RGH Keswick. Here Mabel stayed for 30 years.

Sixth generation South Australian,  historian and author Cheryl Williss’s newly published book, Miss Marryat’s Circle gives voice to the women of South Australia’s first 110 years of European settlement and opportunity to reflect on the changing position of women in society. But the spotlight shines on Mabel.  Her long and devoted community service – particularly to her ‘Diggers’ – was extraordinary.


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