Our Purpose

The Management, Conduct and Development of the Craigieburn War Memorial, ANZAC Day Service and other related Remembrance activities.

Our Patrons

Community Patron

Mr Rob Mitchell, MP 

Federal Member for McEwen

Military Patron

Warrant Officer Don Spinks, OAM  

Former Regimental Sergeant Major Army

Our Supporter

Ros Spence MP

State member for Yuroke

Committee Members

Kevin O’Callaghan, ESM 

President

Kevin and his wife Anne moved to Craigieburn in 1978 and have both been involved as volunteer members of the Craigieburn Unit of the Victoria State Emergency Service; Kevin is a foundation member (1981) and Anne since 1986 . Kevin retired after forty-two years as a Defence Public Servant working as a senior executive in project management and fleet sustainment. Kevin served in the Citizens Military Force (Army Reserve) from 1972 until 1975 – 7thTransport Company, Royal Australian Army Service Corps/Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Kevin is a member of the Epping RSL Sub-Branch. Kevin, along with Paul Ledwich and Fred Tyrrell, assisted by the Craigieburn SES Unit, reintroduced the Craigieburn ANZAC Day Service in 2008 and he continues to be involved to the present. Kevin was awarded the Emergency Services Medal in the 2003 Australia Day Honours list. Kevin was named Hume Citizen of the Year on Australia Day in 2014. Kevin was awraded ANZAC of the Year by RSL National in 2018.

Alan Bolton

Vice President

Alan Bolton

Alan Bolton and Maureen have lived in Craigieburn / Mickleham for some 33 years. Alan is a Past Master in Freemasonry. His Lodge did a lot of Charity work in the Brunswick, Coburg and Preston areas.After Alan completed his apprenticeship in the trade of Fitting & Turning he joined the Victorian Public Service.  He was later employed at the Apprenticeship Commission and then joined the TAFE system for 34 years.Alan was at Kangan TAFE as Facilities and Security Manager where he was awarded Security Manager of the year in 2010 by the Australian Security Industry Association: Ltd (ASIAL).

Alan served time in the Army, a member of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) with 3 Electrical Mechanical Engineers (later 105 Field workshop). Alan has been a member of the Watsonia RSL for 45 years. Alan & Maureen spend a lot of time at their holiday home at Inverloch, Vic and are co-founders the Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club which was established in 1998, and are now Life Members.Alan is the licensee and he and Maureen manage the bar between them during the summer season.
Alan has been very active in the Craigieburn area wherebyhe was Deputy Mayor of the Hume City Council representing, Aitken Ward.

Community projects Alan was involved in were;
– Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee – financial Life Member
– Splash /-Athletics / Anzac Park
– Craigieburn Dog Park
– Installation of white fencing to D.S. Aitken oval
– Upgrade of Craigieburn Bowling Club, Craigieburn Sporting Club and other facilities,

 Josie Mitzi

Secretary

Josie and her family have lived in Craigieburn since 1982 and is an active member of Our Lady’s Parish Community.  Josie has worked for Hume City Council for over twenty-five years and currently holds the position of Children’s Library Technician at Craigieburn Library.  Josie has been a member of many community groups and strongly believes that volunteering can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organisations in need.  Josie is very keen to be part of the ANZAC team to help highlight the importance of remembering those who have fought for our home and country.

Cr Drew Jessop, OAM  

Treasurer

Drew has lived in Craigieburn with his wife Ann and family since 1985, and is a current serving Hume councillor for Aitken Ward, having represented the area in this role since 1997. Drew has had extensive governance experience in a wide range of not-for profit, community, primary school, and sporting groups in the Craigieburn district. In addition to his treasurer role in this Committee and foundation member of the Craigieburn ANZAC Day Service, Drew is currently a sponsor/member of the Craigieburn Basketball Association, Bowling Club and Football Clubs respectively, member of the Craigieburn Residents’ Association, the Highlands Residents’ Association, and long serving church council member (currently Secretary) of the St Thomas’ Uniting Church Craigieburn. He is also an honorary member of the Craigieburn SES Unit.   Drew has a strong family connection to the Great War (Grandfather and two Great Uncles who served in France) and has an enduring commitment to recognising those who served, and sacrificed so much for our country.

Paul Ledwich

Member

Paul has lived in Craigieburn with his wife Emily, son Martin and daughter Maria since 1979 when he moved to Craigieburn at the time of the Reserve Bank relocation. Paul worked as printer at the Reserve Bank for over 30 years until he retired in 1990. Paul is a foundation member of the Victoria State Emergency Service – Craigieburn Unit – and has served with distinction since 1981. Paul is also a foundation member of the Craigieburn ANZAC Day Committee, being a key member in re-instituting the Service in 2008. It is Paul’s desire to see the ANZAC Day Service maintained as an enduring part of Community life. Paul and Emily have also been long standing parishioners of Our Lady’s; both actively participating in Parish life. Paul completed his National Service Commitment in 1957 and served in the 2nd Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (Citizen Military Forces) for over nine years.

Ken Bone 

Member

Ken and his family were posted to Melbourne in 1997 and settled in Greenvale.  His Defence/RAAF career of 30 years include 14 years in RAAF Base Darwin, 2 years in Butterworth (Malaysia), 2 ½ years in RAAF Base Tindal, then Laverton and Victoria Barracks, Melbourne.  Working from Victoria Barracks he taught auditors and certified various sections of all three services (RAAF, Army and Navy units) based in all states around Australia. He continued this until discharge in 2012.  His father also served in the second World War in the RAAF, (being severely injured in Singapore).

He is an active serving church council member of St Johns Lutheran church in Southbank. He believes it is important for young children to understand what has happened and the sacrifices made, and over the years he and Christine have been involved in ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services held at his grand-childrens’ primary school.  As part of the commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018 he planted a Gallipoli Oak in the Greenvale Primary School gardens.  He’s also spent time with Year 6 children, answering a diverse number of their questions. He is also extremely proud of his grandchildren marching with him each ANZAC Day and wearing his, his father’s and grandmother’s medals at these times.

Vicky Casha

Member

Vicky and her husband Mario have resided in Craigieburn since 1988. Vicky is an active volunteer member of the Victoria State Emergency Service; joining in 1989. Vicky is also an active member of Our Lady’s Parish Community. Vicky is a home maker and is the proud mother of David and Michael. Vicky has also been an active member, since 2008, of the Craigieburn ANZAC Day planning group and takes great pride participating in the conduct of our local ANZAC Day Service.

Alec Mead, OAM (Mil)

Member

Alec enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on the 22nd of February 1965 as a 17 year old and after completing his recruit training at Kapooka, was assigned to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and sent to Bonegilla for his trade training. In May 1967 Alec was posted to Vietnam with the 17th Construction Squadron (Workshop Stores Cell) as a re-enforcement. Alec commenced his service at the 1 Australian Logistic Support Group (Vung Tau), before moving to Nui Dat in January of 1968. It was during his service that Australia suffered some of its heaviest casualties; Battles of Suoi Chau Pha, Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, and the Tet Offensive. On his return to Australia in June of 1968, Alec continued to serve in the Regular Army until 1985 having attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class One. Alec was awarded an Order of Australia Medal, (Military Division), in the Queen’s Birthday honours list (1984) for his distinguished service. Alec and his wife Helen, have called Craigieburn ‘home’ for over 32 years, having moved here from Donvale in 1988 with three of their five children, (two of whom have also called Craigieburn home for many years.

Alan Penaluna, ESM

Member

Alan moved to Craigieburn in 1982 and was one of the first members to join the newly formed Victoria State Emergency Service – Craigieburn Unit. Alan had previously served as a St John Ambulance Volunteer for over twelve years, including several as a member of the St John Road Accident Rescue Team. Alan commenced as an Ambulance Officer in 1988 soon qualifying as a Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance officer in 1996. Alan is a foundation member of the CWMRC and has been involved in the management of ANZAC Day Services since 2008. The relocation of the Commemorative Stone to the new Craigieburn SES Memorial occurred during Alan’s tenure as Controller. Alan was recognized for his service to the Community through the award of the Emergency Services Medal in the Australian Day Honours List in 2006

John Lynch, OAM, KSJ, JP

Technical Advisor (Remembrance Services)

John retired after an aviation career, as both a technician and senior manager, that spanned sixty years that included service in the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm (RAN), Trans Australia Airlines (TAA), QANTAS, Gulfair and New Guinea Civil Aviation. John’s aviation career also included a period where he founded his own aviation consultancy company.
John’s RAN service included operational deployments with the Far East Strategic Reserve during the Malayan Emergency. John was Defence service was recognised with the award of the Australian Active Service Medal, Australian General Service Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.
John served as the President of a traditional RSL Sub-Branch at Romsey, Victoria, from 2005 – 2014 and is a Life Member of the Sub-Branch. John is Vice President of the Australian Malayan Borneo Veterans Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Victoria Association of Honorary Justices.
John and his wife Carline have been residents of Craigieburn since 2014. John believes, that as a Veteran he has an obligation to honour those who have served Australia, especially those who paid the supreme sacrifice.