The Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Incorporated
The RCMPA was initially established as an unincorporated body by a deed on 30th April, 1998, establishing a charitable trust. The terms of that deed were amended by a supplementary deed of trust on 20th February 2008. This trust was then called “The Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Trust”.
The Trust became an “Incorporated Association” in January, 2014, now known as “Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Incorporated”.
A nine member committee, all of whom are from the surrounding area, have been elected to oversee the future of the Association.
The executive committee consists of –
- Mr Bill Anderson – President
- Mr Malcolm Burns – Vice President
- Mr Mark Peters – Treasurer
- Ms Laraine Nelson – Secretary
with committee members –
- Mr Terry Fahey
- Mr Graeme Hooper
- Ms Ann Morris – Public Officer
- Ms Penny Furner
The Rathmines Memorial Park, the site of the WW2 Seaplane Base, is situated on the western shores of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales. It is approximately 15mins drive south of Toronto, which in turn is just to the south of Newcastle.
‘OUR GIRL’ – PBY-5A CATALINA
Purchased in 2012 from Puerto Rico and shipped in 5 sections to Australia, ‘Our Girl’ will be the static centrepiece of the display in the memorial museum the Association intends to establish to honour all those who served on the Base during WW2.
Restoration of the Catalina is progressing with an enthusiastic team of dedicated volunteers led by Mr Terry Woolard, Volunteer Coordinator.
The Association has a wide network of PBY Catalina enthusiasts whose membership will be most welcome, as will be that of all those who served at Rathmines and their families; our supporters; sponsors and the community.
The door to this long overdue recognition and exciting future for Rathmines can only be opened with your help.
To create an educational display centre within Rathmines Park that will allow us to meet our objectives.
- Promote and celebrate with the Lake Macquarie community and our visitors, the Catalina Squadrons and personnel that were located at the site and associated with the defense of Australia during WW2.
- Assist in the development of a cultural experience within Rathmines Park, that will:
- facilitate the display of collected pre and post contact historic memorabilia
- provide a static display of a restored PBY Catalina
- enhance community awareness of the events and life pertaining to Western Lake Macquarie, with emphasis on the maritime/flying boat history of the RAAF Rathmines base
- The Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc., in partnership with Lake Macquarie City Council, will assist with enhancing community and visitor usage, knowledge and enjoyment of the Park.
We will meet our objectives by:
- Acting with respect and reverence
- Acting with integrity and dignity
- Endeavour to achieve historical accuracy
- Encouraging community involvement
Our experience with festivals, memorial services and other projects has readied the Association for the planning and implementation of our next steps:
- Completing the restoration of our PBY Catalina aircraft, purchased from Puerto Rico, San Juan.
- Ongoing development of an aviation/museum centre which will include an education area and screening room, as well as conference/function rooms for use by schools, public and other organisations.
Other projects will eventuate as time, personnel, and funding allows. A video documentary of Rathmines and its history being one of those planned.