Our Next Meeting

Next Regular Meeting: Wed October 26th, 2022

 

Meeting to be held at the Swan Hotel, 425 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121. 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! Our meetings are scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of each month except December.

Latest News

  • 21Sep
    Minie News September 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    Wednesday night in Melbourne; midway through first month of Spring, weather improving, footy finals this weekend for AFL (and next week for NRL); public holiday in Melbourne tomorrow for the Queen’s Commemoration and an event in Canberra; Friday another public holiday for the football (seeing we don’t get the Royal Show day off work now) so a four-day weekend.

    Remembering the Antietam campaign this week; another great Zoom meeting for me this morning for the Los Angeles Round Table; ours will be another live / zoom meeting next Wednesday the 28th (and still refining our technical whiz); thanks for the editorial team for Minie News; thanks to Alex for last month and thanks to Juliette for this month.

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  • 18Aug
    Minie News August 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    Home and away games are over and the finals are about to begin. For football tragics the sporting year is approaching its pinnacle. Winter is drawing to a welcome close and the ACWRTA is going full steam ahead. The August MN is a bit of a dogs breakfast but aside from that it could not have been cobbled together without the strong support and information delivered by our little General from the south eastern suburbs, young Bazza Crompton. I am sure Barry will acknowledge with your editors the recent anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley on the 16th August 1977. Another case of a personality being dead for longer than he was alive!

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  • 21Jul
    Minie News July 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    Congratulations to James Stallard on a sterling presentation at the last meeting on the relatively unknown General Edwin Sumner. James does like to deep dive into CW tactics and strategy and similarly to Bill Dunkley who will be presenting at the July meeting he holds strong views on some of the ordinary personnel involved in prosecuting the war. Excellent work James.
    Bill will be talking about the 1864 Red River Campaign. Editor Warren initially thought he would watch the John Wayne film “Red River” in preparation but somehow he came to the realisation that a long cattle drive has nothing to do with the CW campaign!

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  • 15Jun
    Minie News June 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    We had a fine passel of speakers at our last meeting each presenting in a nutshell a different aspect of the Civil War. James Stallard spoke on the Partisan Ranger Act; Dr. Dale Blair spoke on the Confederate Congress; Margaret Let spoke on the intriguing Smells of the Civil War; Paul Spencer (via Chris Hookey) read a Joseph White Lattimer Letter; Bill Dunkley waxed eloquent on the American Battlefield Trust; Dr. Juliette Peers spoke on General Albert Pike and his Unbelievable Faith in the Confederacy including the fact that Baldur von Shirach the high ranking WWII German politician was directly related to a Union General. Byard Sheppard concluded the evening by speaking about the other Address at Gettysburg delivered by Rev Edward Everett.

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  • 19May
    Minie News May 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    The autumnal weather is passing quickly and the winter cold is waiting to roar into play as the ACWRTA Inc. organisation moves into its fiftieth year. You wouldn’t think our Baz, Adrian Pearce and Stewart Duff were that old! But as time and tide awaits no man (person) the ACWRTA Inc is in fine working order and is moving forward with an ever so slight trajectory. Your editors will pour a drink and raise their glasses to honour the massive fact that the organisation has survived and grown over those fifty years. Your editors do not wish to single out the people behind the success over those fifty years but they know who they are. And we will also raise a glass of over proof popskull to the current and past membership of the ACWRTA Inc. Three cheers to all concerned.

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  • 20Apr
    Minie News April 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    Interesting new television series in the offing “Kelsey Grammer Presents: Historic Battles for America”. The chronological eight-part series will begin with three episodes on battles during the American Revolutionary War, including the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Battle of Brooklyn, and the Battle of Yorktown. After the focus on the American Revolution, “Kelsey Grammer Presents: Historic Battles for America” will bring viewers inside the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution followed by three episodes on the American Civil War, highlighting the First Battle of Bull Run, the Battle of Antietam, and the Siege of Vicksburg.  Grammer will conclude the series with a spotlight on the American Indian Wars’ Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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  • 16Mar
    Minie News March 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    This month we have a presentation from Dr. Dale Blair on the Battle of Fort Stedman and the Petersburg campaign just prior to the surrender at Appomattox. Dale should be well and truly rested up after a couple of weeks on the rails; traversing Australia from north to south and east to west. He has literally covered more miles that the early explorers without wearing out his shoes. Your editors are looking forward to a relaxed and effervescent Dr. Dale Blair. I wonder if he will come in from the hills by train.
    It was great to hear from Hugh Jordan who sent his best wishes to Barry and the ACWRTA last month. We return his generous greeting and trust he is enjoying that wonderful southern slow cooked BB Q. In this MN we have included a couple of interesting postcards of the HMAS Cerberus before being turned into a breakwater off Black Rock and well beyond preservation.

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  • 19Feb
    Minie News February 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    Juliette has kicked the year off by setting an exceptionally high bar for others to follow in 2022. It is a brave person who has raised a hand to present at the February meeting and that brave individual is our old warhorse and campaigner, Mr. Barry Crompton. Bravo Mr. Crompton. Barry will take the lectern to talk about battle monuments and Civil War monuments (and what they mean in Australia) as well as their current standing with the population at large. Over the past few years statues and monuments representing past his­tory has been very much in the forefront of peoples thinking.

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  • 20Jan
    Minie News January 2022
    posted by ACWRTA

    Welcome to the January 2022 edition of MN. Happy New Year.
    Farewell Delta and hello Omicron Just how many letters are there in the Greek alphabet!

    Your editors have fumbled their way into 2022 and have managed to avoid Mr. Covid as of this writing. Alcohol and fresh air have helped enormously!

    Apparently you can fly into Australia without being double vaxxed and different branches of both State and Federal governments are thoroughly confused about what is the correct response.

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  • 16Nov
    Minie News November 2021
    posted by ACWRTA

    Welcome to the November 2021 edition of MN.
    Military Intelligence; our October man Chris Hookey didn’t even acknowledge or try to debunk the rather trite oxymoron that was floating around the zoom meeting. Mr. Hookey spoke most eloquently about military intelligence in the army of the Potomac. He summed up military Intelligence as knowing your enemy, knowing the weather, and knowing the terrain.
    Chris explained how the gathering of intelligence was not a particular science at the start of the Civil War.

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  • 15Sep
    Minie News September 2021
    posted by ACWRTA

    Welcome to the September 2021 edition of MN.
    Our September meeting will, like last month, be delivered via zoom. Please join us in the zoom meeting on the 22nd of September from the comfort of your own home. Register your intent to participate by dropping an email to our zoom guru Chris Hookey

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  • 20Aug
    Minie News August 2020
    posted by ACWRTA

    We are still in the thrall of the corona virus and life as we have known it has changed considerably but life in the virtual world is alive and well for the ACWRTA through email, zoom meetings and a wonderful public service known as Australia Post. We are not voting in a federal election but if we were, postal voting would be the way to go and, strangely enough, acceptable to all So thank you Australia Post.
    Barry has been busy providing lots of information on the ACW and his Archergram is loaded with wonderful snippets garnered from his large collection of CW books.

     

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