National Servicemen’s Association draws crowd to Beaudesert

BEAUY NASHOS: John and Shirley Doyle, Brian and Robyn Buckby, Ray Antcliff and Phil Johns. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
BEAUY NASHOS: John and Shirley Doyle, Brian and Robyn Buckby, Ray Antcliff and Phil Johns. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT saw an influx of former army, navy and airforce recruits and their partners yesterday as the motels and caravan park began to fill with those who served their country in between the years 1951 and 1972 when the Australian National Service recruitment scheme was in operation.

Beaudesert branch secretary of the National Servicemen’s Association Brian Buckby said members of the organisation popularly known as the Nashos had booked out almost all available accommodation in town for their October state conference.

“There are 35 branches throughout Queensland and we have 120 national servicemen and their partners here for the conference,” he said. 

Mr Buckby said the conference opened the conference with a meet and greet last night at the RSL club ahead of a bus tour today and a gala dinner tomorrow night after the delegates meetings.

He said special guests at the official dinner would include the executive of the State National Servicemen’s Association as well as Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause, Mayor Greg Christensen, councillor Michael Enright and federal member for Wright Scott Buchholz.

“On Sunday we will raise the flag and unveil the new memorial,” Mr Buckby said. “The Sunday service will include the Jimboomba Cadets.”