Luncheon Details

Our next luncheon will be held on 22nd January 2018. Please note the date as we typically do not have a January meeting and this meeting is the fourth Monday when normally we meet on the third Monday. Our venue remains unchanged which is at the Western Australian Club on Level 11 Grosvenor Building, 12 St Georges Terrace (opposite Perth Concert Hall) at a cost of $30 per person and payable by no later than Wednesday 17th January.

Our guest speaker will be Highgate member John Adeney. John will discuss The Boer War. During the Boer War (1899-1902) a kopje, now called West Australian Hill, was defended by 30 West Australians against an estimated 300-400 Boers. The Australians were from the 1st Western Australian Mounted Infantry that was part of General Clements blocking force preventing the movement of the Boers southwards to the Cape Colony.

This relatively small conflict was a turning point of the Boer War in that the day-long conflict prevented the Boer envelopment of the British forces operating on the border of Orange Free State and the Cape Colony.

The prelude, action and aftermath of this skirmish or battle will be described by our member John Adeney at our first luncheon meeting in January 2018.

Highgate RSL contributed financially to a memorial to this battle, which was placed at the site in 2002.

John Adeney CV

John AdeneyAfter university John worked as an analytical chemist in Melbourne. Dissatisfied with the city way of life he then completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at La Trobe University and then joined CSIRO in Griffith NSW.

After 12 years he then moved to Perth again with CSIRO. On retirement he was a Senior Experimental Scientist with the Division of Land and Water. John worked on the remediation of contaminated industrial sites and developing innovative methods of removing phosphorous from waste waters.

After retirement he returned to university (UWA) and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology. Next year he will do an Honours year to become a ‘fair dinkum’ archaeologist!

Within these activities he joined the CMF in 1966 served with the Victorian units of 1RVR, 22RVR, and then the New South Wales units of 3RNSW and 1/19 RNSWR. In WA he served as Training Development Officer with OCTU and then was posted to the Military Secretary’s Office where he worked with the redoubtable retired Major Jim Black.