LYNDYLL ELIZABETH CLARK, QUEENSLAND
Lyn is the daughter of an ex-Army and ex-RAAF veteran who served in Japan, Ubon, Malaysia and at various bases in Australia.
After leaving high school in Ipswich, QLD. Lyn worked for an Ipswich electrical contractor in a small shop where where her duties were doing office work, pays and serving behind the counter.
Lyn is married to an ex-RAAF Vietnam veteran who also served in Malaysia, India and Pakistan with the United Nations, PNG and various bases in Australia.
Lyn was involved in the formation of the RSL Capricornia Sub Branch in 1994 and her first position was Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. She is now and has been for quite a few years, the Secretary/Treasurer of what is now the RSL Capricornia & Rockhampton Region Sub Branch Inc.
Lyn is also the Treasurer of the Women’s’ Auxiliary of the Sub Branch.
PETER PERRY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
- I grew up on a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia, which gave me a broad understanding of animal husbandry, cropping, water capture and supply.
- I enlisted in the Army to train as a tradesman covering fitting and turning, welding and blacksmithing.
- Following my apprenticeship I completed a marine engineer class 3 certificate whist serving with the Army’s Small Ship Squadron.
- In 1964 I was selected to train as an Army Officer graduating into the Royal Australian Engineer Corp. Following further training in Field Engineering tasks (mine warfare, field defences, etc.) I served as a Combat Engineer Officer in the Vietnam conflict during 1967/8.
- Apart from a further 2 year stint in the Combat Engineering (Officer Commanding 18 Field Squadron) my remaining Military activities were focused on construction works both vertical and horizontal. During the last 4 years I specialised in investigating new facility requests, writing proposals and user requirements followed by implementation of the construction process.
- On retiring from the Army in 1980 (with the rank of Major) I joined a private building company as the General Manager.
- In 1985 I started my own building company specializing in housing and associated developments.
- During my building directorship I participated in the following;
- Executive member of the Housing Industry Association (WA) for 11 years.
- Government appointed member of the Housing Disputes Committee for 6 years.
- Consultant to a large China based vertical construction conglomerate over a 2 year period.
On retirement from the workforce my wife and I lived in central Thailand whilst I assisted a Thai building company (including the workforce) to set an acceptable skill level and develop widely encompassing procedural protocols.
BRIAN BOON – Queensland – Chairman of the Board
Brian and his partner Jill live in Brisbane, and have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Brian is trying to retire! He is a very keen sailor (including racing and teaching others how-to-sail and to navigate) and he enjoys bushwalking, fishing, gardening and fiddling with maintenance jobs around the house. Brian was awarded the Meritorious Community Service Medal in the 2014 PNG New Year’s Honours and Awards for his contributions to sailing and boating in PNG.
Brian graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the corps of Royal Australian Engineers, where he fulfilled a number of construction, administrative and technical roles. He also studied at the Royal Military College of Science in the UK for a year, and spent a year at the Australian Defence Force Academy completing his engineering masters. Brian spent a total of 34 years in the Army in both full time and part time roles. His last positions were as Commanding Officer of 21 Construction Regiment, and then Chief Instructor at the Regional Training Centre in Hobart. He also spent a total of 11 years working in various roles in PNG, including 3½ years working on infrastructure projects along the Kokoda Track. After his full time Army work, Brian held a number of senior positions in various Commonwealth, State and Local Government organisations.
He worked as the volunteer Laos Operations and Project Manager in Phonsavan for almost 5 months, where he installed a large water supply system bringing water 8km overland in a pipe, and then through a network of pipes through the village. A 90 year old man in the village had tears in his eyes when he told Brian that it was the first time in his life that running water had been in the village. Brian also planned the water supply systems for a further 3 villages before he handed over to his replacement.