How Did This All Begin?

Genesis of the ocsportsea Website

Neville Lindsay, author of `Loyalty and Service' - the Officer Cadet School Portsea - writes of OCS graduates:
`In the end product was of course a considerable element of eliteness, but understandably and justifiably so. Having been carefully selected for high personal qualities and passed through the crucible with honour, they were indeed men and women whose qualities were worthy of recognition. This element of eliteness, although merged into the officer corps as a whole, still came back to recognition of the academy from which they sprang, a feeling which tends to grow as they grow older and sentiment assumes a larger part in their minds. From this feeling has grown the movement to class reunions and anniversaries, and attempts to establish formal associations.'

The first recorded proposal was from 1952 graduate A.R. (Tan) Roberts. Varied attempts have also been made to publish a Journal of the Officer Cadet School.

The closure of the School in 1985 `seemed to place a limitation on the ongoing viability of a formal association, and the dispersal of graduates, serving and non-serving, throughout the country and indeed throughout the world, placed a real limitation on activities.'

The Duntroon Association extends offers to OCS graduates, and simlarly to OTU Scheyville graduates and WRAAC School officer graduates, to become part of their Association as separate chapters. However, `the academy from which they sprang' was not Duntroon. Graduates of the other officer producing establishments have a sentimental bond to their own Alma Mata, and it is this that keeps these graduates together.

If the bond is already so strong, and strengthening as the years pass, is there a requirement for a formal Association?

So, it was along the lines of such a discussion that the Class of '67 decided at their 35th Anniversary Reunion in Canberra that they should develop a website. Initially it was suggested to be just a Dec '67 site, but why not develop a site that could just as easily contain other OCS classes?

There are pros and cons for the establishment of a formal association and they did not want to enter into such debates. Technological advancements allow communication on a global basis. Would not an internet website assist in further strengthening bonds, and also facilitate a means by which other classes and their graduates could similarly benefit? Especially graduates from overseas countries?!

Does this not already fit the definition of an "Association"?

Whether you started and finished, just started, were on the staff in any capacity at any rank of the Officer Cadet School, Portsea, you are all ex-members. And to all of you - WELCOME, and enjoy!

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