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2017 Catalina Festival Raffle

FANTASTIC RAFFLE PRIZES AT THIS YEAR’S CATALINA FESTIVAL!!!   Prizes Include: ·       Return helicopter flight for (4) people to the Hunter Vineyards PLUS a 2 course lunch with wine (4) at Wandin Valley Estate   ·       VIP Movies Experience – includes movies for 2 for 12 months, PLUS a gift box filled with goodies   ·       Tandem Skydive […]

Catalina Festival 2017

The Rathmines Catalina Festival Returns! Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. is excited to announce the date for the return of one of Lake Macquarie’s most significant events, the 2017 Rathmines Catalina Festival. Celebrating the military history of Rathmines, the Festival’s 11th staging will be taking place on Sunday 29th October 2017. All money raised […]

Darwin Harbour Catalina Heritage

November 30, 2015 A24-1 Declared Heritage Place. ‘NUMBER ONE IN ALL RESPECTS’ CATALINA A24-1. DECLARED HERITAGE PLACE from Silvano Jung, Marine Archaelogist After 17 years since I first nominated five Catalina flying boat wreck sites in Darwin Harbour for heritage listing on the Northern Territory Heritage Register, I have finally got a response from our […]

Wreckage Confirmed.

  The RAAF has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF No. 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25, that crashed on February 28, 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board. CAF AIRMSHL Leo Davies praised the work of all those involved in locating and confirming the identity of the aircraft. […]

2015 ANZAC Service – Rathmines

Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association (Inc), held their ANZAC Commemoration Service at the Memorial on the site of the old WW2 RAAF Seaplane Base, Rathmines, on Saturday 25th April at 2pm. The Service was again well attended by the public, along with representation from Catalina Veterans, serving members of the RAAF, including Wing Commander Nigel […]

Darwin Harbour Heritage.

From Dr. Silvano Jung  – (Maritime Archaeologist) * Below is the news release, dated 28 March 2015 from the Northern Territory Government Minister, (David Tollner, Minister for Lands and Planning), declaring the three USN Patrol Wing Ten Catalina’s sunk in East Arm during the first Japanese air raid on Darwin, are to be permanently protected. […]

Manila Mining Raid – 1944.

National Archives of Australia recently scanned newly released documents relating to mining ops during 1944, code named ‘Operation Granny’, carried out by RAAF 11, 20 & 43 Catalina Sqdns.. Copied excerpts follow here, but all 94 pages can be seen/downloaded from – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/AutoSearch.asp?Number=3079627&O=I (Copy & paste link in your web browser). RAAF Catalina  Manilla mining […]

Picnic and Memories

Monday 26th May, 2014 “History that is not remembered is history that never happened.” (PBY Catalina Foundation). A small number of local Catalina veterans gathered at Rathmines Memorial Park today. They were invited along to hear first hand, the progress of the Association’s plans for restoring a Catalina for static display, the building of a […]