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PLANS are under way to have
a restored original 18-pounder
gun, limber and horse team ready
for Canberra’s 2015 Anzac Day
Deputy Chair of the Royal
Australian Artillery Historical
Company (RAAHC) Board of
Directors Col Ian Ahearn (retd) said
the gun had already been exhibit-
ed at the national gunner dinner at
Caloundra, Queensland, on August
“Four hundred people at the
dinner raised $3300 on the night to
assist with the restoration work,”
“We’ve also recently received
a request from the Lord Mayor of
Sydney, Clover Moore, for the gun
to be fired to initiate the New Year’s
Eve fireworks in Sydney.”
Col Ahearn said the RAAHC
was looking for Defence volunteers
to assist with the gun.
“We’ve been talking to ADFA
about cadets getting involved in giv-
ing presentations, and also as rid-
ers and handlers for the horses,” he
“We’ve been successful recruit-
ing retired people but would like to
see some younger volunteers getting
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A LIEUTENANT from HQ 1 Div was
the guest speaker at Australia’s old-
est and largest poetry competition for
school children on August 29.
Lt Harriet Pembroke became
involved with the national presentation
of the 30th Dorothea Mackellar Poetry
Awards at Gunnedah, NSW, after being
approached by a competition committee
“A member of the Dorothea commit-
tee and Gunnedah local, Phillipa Murray,
and I went to the same school in Sydney
about 20 years apart,” Lt Pembroke said.
“I taught her daughter, Holly, when I
was a staff member at the school before I
joined the Army.
“The committee thought an Army
officer would be a good fit to be the
guest speaker this year and Pip contacted
During her speech to the winners,
Lt Pembroke explained the role poetry
played in her life during a deployment to
the UAE and Afghanistan.
“My grandfather, Lt-Col Arthur
‘Bushy’ Pembroke, who fought in the
Battle of Maryang San in the Korean
War with 3RAR, gave me a book of
poems called Treasury of Prayers for
Now and Always by Josline Mary to take
with me when I deployed to the Middle
East with Force Support Unit 8 last
year,” Lt Pembroke said.
“Initially I didn’t realise what a life-
line he had given me.
“It was poems from this book that
pulled me out of my unproductive
“Most of the time I didn’t think there
was any beauty around me, but in the
world of poetry, life is full of beauty and
Lt Pembroke said the standard of
poetry from all entrants in the competi-
tion was exceptional.
“One poem which stood out for me
was by a 12-year-old Iranian asylum
seeker, who won the assisted learning
primary school award,” she said.
“Her work was achingly beautiful
and heartfelt. It was titled simply Me and
explored the universal questions ‘what is
right?’ and ‘how do I fit in this world?’”
While in Gunnedah, Lt Pembroke
was also given a tour of the town and
answered questions for the children
about her life in Army.
For more information on the awards, visit
“The volunteers will be outfitted
in WWI uniforms when the gun is
on public display.”
He said the iconic 1917-built
18-pounder gun was one of 160
brought back to Australia at the end
of WWI and one of only 10 surviv-
ing in Australia today.
“The 18-pounder gun is the
artillery piece featured on the $100
note,” he said.
“There were 3162 of them built
for WWI service, and they were
still being used until 1945, but
with pneumatic tyres and other
“They fired more than 100
million rounds in WWI, with the
four 18-pounder batteries of 4th
Australian Division Artillery guns
firing 272,000 rounds from January
1 until November 11, 1918.”
Col Ahearn, who is the RAA
Colonel Commandant Eastern
Region, served in Vietnam with 102
Fd Bty, 12 Fd Regt, in 1968-69.
He was the unit’s gun position
officer during the Battle of Firebase
Coral in May 1968.
Anyone interested in becoming involved
can contact Col Ahearn at 18pounder@
For more information on the 18-pounder
gun, or to make a donation toward the
gun’s restoration and upkeep, visit
History lives on
RAAHC calls for 18-pounder gun volunteers
Poetry a life-line
for young officer
Lt Harriet Pembroke (back row, third
from right), with entrants in the
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards.
Photo by Paul Matthews
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