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”. For simplicity, the Association is now also known as the ‘Rathmines Catalina Association’.
A nine member committee, all of whom are from the surrounding area, have been elected to oversee the future of the Association.
President: Bill Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org phone 0418 770 400
Vice President: Terry Woolard email@example.com
Secretary: Laraine Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer: Mark Peters email@example.com
Ordinary Committee Members:
Terry Fahey firstname.lastname@example.org
Penny Furner email@example.com
James Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip Priest email@example.com
Frances Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
To create an educational display centre within Rathmines Park that will allow us to meet our objectives.
We will meet our objectives by:
Our experience with festivals, memorial services and other projects has readied the Association for the planning and implementation of our next steps:
Other projects will eventuate as time, personnel, and funding allows. A video documentary of Rathmines and its history being one of those planned.