Our Next Meeting

*TWO MEETINGS IN THE MONTH OF JUNE!*

Extra Meeting Tuesday 20th of June, 2017

This will be in addition to the regular monthly meeting – don’t miss out!
Meeting to be held at the Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson Street Abbotsford.

Next Regular Meeting: Wed September 27th, 2017

 

Meeting to be held at the Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson Street Abbotsford.

Drinks and congenial talk at the bar with meals 6.30 to 8.00. Formal proceedings kick off at around 7.30pm sharp (approx) thereabouts!

Upstairs in the still magnificent Carringbush Room. Our meetings are scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of each month except December.

Latest News

  • 17Jun
    Mini News June 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Memorial Day (some ordinary weather) turned out to be wonderful day at the Shrine of Remembrance. The ceremony was very well presented with due solemnity. There was a good showing from the ACWRTA membership and the Shenandoah crew who provided a period colour guard. Coffee, sandwiches and cakes were much appreciated following the service and this is evidenced in some of the little corporal’s photographs. This MN will be arriving a week earlier than usual because of our extra-ordinary meeting next Tuesday prior to our normal monthly meeting. So Keith Wilson please be aware of this anomaly and do not turn
    up at the Retreat next Wednesday because you will be a week early!

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  • 21May
    Minie News May 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month, the distaff side of the organization, in the guise of Dr. Juliette Peers will be speaking on the role of the Vivandieres (…or Cantiniere is a French name for women attached to military regiments as sutlers or canteen keepers). Women and the CW 101 should prove to be an intriguing aspect of the CW, one we very seldom hear much about. Your editors are looking forward to Juliette’s take on this gender topic.

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  • 21Apr
    Minie News April 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Without sounding repetitive the “cognoscenti” refer to the month of April as the Civil War month because it encapsulates the commencement and the conclusion of the four year conflict that we know as the American Civil War. Byard Sheppard will be presenting at the April meeting and will hopefully get us all involved in the surrender of New Orleans. Did Mansfield Lovell make the correct decision?

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  • 20Mar
    Minie News March 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Included in this MN is a book review of a strange confection dealing with Abraham Lincoln and his reaction to the tragic death of his son Willie during his Presidency. Not a book for the masses but the novel has been universally well-received and it should be worthwhile reading for its creative insight into the mind of Abraham Lincoln, “the Presidential celebrity”.

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  • 16Feb
    Minie News February 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Another meeting and another venue. How we all struggle with change! East Malvern is a cut-lunch-and-compass journey for your editors from the Western suburbs but with the wonders of GPS and the traditional Melways we should have no trouble in getting to our destination. Byard and Barry have been working overtime to find a substitute venue for our meetings. All the information you require is in Barry’s musings and Byard’s Presidential blog in this MN.

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  • 16Jan
    Minie News January 2017
    posted by ACWRTA

    Even those icons of Australian meteorology, Inigo Jones and Lennox Walker, would have trouble picking the strange weather we have been subjected to over the last month. Climate change or no climate change something is definitely askew with the weather. And your editors are pretty sure that the weather cannot be sheeted to the rise of that twitter-hound,“The Donald”. By the time this MN makes the rounds, the Trump Presidential inauguration will have taken place and politics as we have known it will be in for a battering over the next four years. Hopefully cooler heads in Congress will temper the hashtags with 140 characters!

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  • 21Nov
    Minie News November 2016
    posted by ACWRTA

    As the year approaches the silly season we draw our monthly meetings to a close with a tried and true performer on the rostrum. Our illustrious (now that is going over the top!) President/Treasurer Byard Sheppard is going to bring all his wisdom towards a
    summation of the 2016 year. If past performances are anything to go by we should be in for a good night.
    Congratulations to Sean Young who fronted the October meeting a spoke like a man who has left his “forties” well behind him! A good talk generating good conversation.

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  • 21Oct
    Minie News October 2016
    posted by ACWRTA

    Your editors are pleased to have returned from a successful trip to the States without touching on the Civil war. We started in Billings, Montana and drove to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (George Custer’s demise), then through the magnificent Tetons of Wyoming to Cody where we spent a day in the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West. Editor Warren has never seen so many guns in the one place as were on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. The Centre comprises five connected museums and a Research Library. Then we continued own to the ski resort of Jackson Hole and on to Salt lake City on a Sunday of all days!

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  • 21Sep
    Minie News September 2016
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month we are turning back the clock with the re-introduction of the President’s XI. This is a fantastic concept because it gives members the opportunity to speak briefly about an aspect of the Civil War that interests them. Presenting a forty five minute lecture to a bunch of know-alls can prove a daunting process, but if you only have between five and ten minutes to speak, it is all over and done with quickly and, if necessary, you can catch the next stage out of town! Public speaking is “mans” greatest fear apparently, so this is a good way to break the ice before a positive, empathetic and understanding group of like-minded people!

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  • 21Aug
    Minie News August 2016
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month we have “Mr. Raffle” (aka Bill Dunkley) rehashing (advisedly so) the so-called controversy between Daniel Sickles and George Meade at Gettysburg. Editor Ross and Warren will be keen to see which side Bill favours and more to the point, will the rest of the meeting attendees be in the same corner!
    Does Dan have a leg to stand on or is George totally in the right! All your editors know about Sickles is that he was mighty lucky to get away with murder through pleading temporary insanity. Enjoyed Tom Keneally’s take on this part of his life in the book “American Scoundrel”. Not every ones cup-of-tea be we loved it.

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  • 21Jul
    Minie News July 2016
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month we have Keith Wilson presenting the “Tony Wood Memorial Lecture”. Tony Wood was quite a character who carried his knowledge lightly and had the marvelous ability to laugh at himself. His premature departure from the living left us all bereft. We are sure that Keith will do justice to Tony’s memory on the night. Keith will talk on “Brig. Gen. Henry Hasting Sibley’s War Against the Sioux, 1862 – 1864”.

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  • 21Jun
    Minie News June 2016
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month our president, the redoubtable Byard Sheppard, will be fronting the podium
    to explain to the membership how the US Presidential system works and how a virtually
    unknown lawyer from the ‘backblocks’ of Illinois come to be President of the United States of
    America. In our day and age it seems that no one from the ‘backblocks’ comes within cooee
    of a chance to ever run for the Presidency!

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