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Army July 5, 2012
SOLDIERS from the School
or Arty's Surveillance and
Target Acquisition (STA) Wing
helped children and teachers at
Puckapunyal Primary School a
view the transit of Venus across
the sun on June 6.
The rare astronomical occur-
rence was viewed by about 100 stu-
dents courtesy of the School of Arty
at Puckapunyal, which provided
survey optical equipment capable
of viewing the sun through special
STA Wing Senior Instructor Maj
Colin Smith said if a then-little-
known Leut James Cook had not
been tasked with measuring the
transit of Venus in 1769 at Tahiti,
he might never have gone on to dis-
cover Australia for England.
"So this means it is a pretty sig-
nificant event on the lunar calendar
for all Australians," he said.
"The instruments, similar to the-
odolites used by civil engineers,
have been used for decades to ori-
ent artillery guns on the battlefield
by using the sun as a reference and
are able to do this over a number of
At the completion of the chil-
dren's display, WO2 Brent Major,
whose daughters Abigail and
Gabrielle were in attendance at the
school, moved the display on to
the main oval for the benefit of the
entire Puckapunyal community.
Gunners aim high
School of Arty helps Pucka students watch transit of Venus
Cpl Mark Doran
ONE of Canberra's best kept secrets,
the RMC Golf Club, is celebrating its
50th anniversary with a family day on
Officially opened in 1962, the original
course dates back to 1919 when military
members based at Duntroon shaped a
nine-hole course complete with sand
greens for their own recreation.
The first hole on the course was origi-
nally the RMC charger area where cadets
practised their sword and lance drills on
Although the club maintains strong
links to the military it is also welcomes
members of the public to its challenging
course layout of 11 greens and 18 tees.
Club captain Terrick Smith has been
with the club for four years. He said Col
John Purser (retd) had taken on the task
to research and write a book covering the
history of the RMC Golf Club.
"We are trying to gather stories and
photographs from the beginning of the
course to the present day and hope to
catch up with some previous members at
the family day," Mr Smith said.
"Fifty years for a golf course is a long
time and we would like to compile its
"This is one of the few courses to sur-
vive in a military area and today it is still
a place where ADF members can forget
their rank and enjoy the game.
"Even if someone can remember a
funny story, we want to hear it so we can
include it in the book."
The family day is open to the public
and invitations have been sent to senior
Events will include chipping and put-
ting competitions to give all visitors the
opportunity to experience the course and
Duntroon golf club
open to families
Mr Smith said the course was very
"It's almost like it has been planned
as an assault course," he said.
"You have to think before you play
your shot and the trees lining the fair-
ways are called the sentinels because of
the way they protect the course.
"If your ball is played into those
trees, you are cactus."
For more information for the RMC Golf Club,
the family day or the history project go to www.
rmcgc.com.au or call (02) 6265 9620.
On course: RMC Golf Club captain
Terrick Smith warms up the putting
green ahead of a family day.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
Stargazing: School of Arty's WO2 Brent Major and his daughter, Abigail, check out the transit of Venus
in a display for students at Puckapunyal Primary School.
Get your best recipe ready
THE Army's best professional and amateur
chefs are invited to submit their most tooth-
friendly recipe for Dental Health Week.
The recipes will be put into a draw
alongside Navy and Air Force submissions
to find the winner for each service.
Recipes that promote good teeth are
likely to be low in carbohydrates, include
a low-fat dairy component, as well as vita-
mins C and D. Good nutrition and eating
habits have been linked to preventing den-
Submit recipes by July 27 to Cpl Ryan Cowgill at
For information on Dental Health Week go to
Good eating: Army cooks can
submit their best dental-friendly
recipes for Dental Health Week.
Photo by LAC Chris Hall
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