11 December 2011

Unveiling and Dedication of the North Bondi War Memorial

Unveiling, Dedication & Donation of North Bondi War Memorial from Bruce Macbryde on Vimeo.

Return to blogging after a busy 2011

I am returning to blogging. The last eight months have been some of the most busiest times I have ever experienced in my life. Thus I was not able to blog often.

The North Bondi War Memorial was finally unveiled and dedicated on 27 November 2011. I must admit earlier this year that when I undertook spearheading the project I had no idea the number of hours required and obstacles which needed to be overcome in order to make the war memorial a reality. It was an absolute privilege and honour to have worked on this very special war memorial -- on the world famous beach of Bondi. I thank my RSL colleagues for the opportunity, their trust and faith in me, the team work and support shown me over the last year.

The September foot surgery went well though I had no real downtime and was still spending time from my hospital bed working on the war memorial. Unfortunately I face two more surgeries on the foot in the upcoming year and in 2013.

Business studies have been going well. This past semester saw me pulling out my hair at nighttime classes in accounting. I'm so glad it's over and summer holidays are upon me - no more school until February 2012.

Six achievements that I'm proud of this year: (1) my appointment by the New South Wales Governor to a five year term as Justice of the Peace [I took my judicial oath of office and oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II in June]; (2) my admittance as a member of the New South Wales Bar Association (as a non-practicing barrister); (3) successful completion of the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs - National Training and Information Program as an Advocate; (4) my appointment as an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management; (5) election as a Council Member of the Royal United Services Institute of NSW; and (6) my involvement with the North Bondi War Memorial project.

I just returned from a very nice holiday in beautiful Yamba, New South Wales with my Aussie relatives. This gave me a chance to meet the latest addition to the O'Connor Clan. Little Harry is a real shaker and mover at just 7 weeks old.

In 2007 I moved home to Australia and I can now say I finally feel settled. Shortly after moving home to Sydney I felt a strong sense of duty to country and patriotism. As some know in 2008-09 I was a candidate for the Royal Australian Air Force for flight status but unfortunately received a Class 4 Medical disqualification (permanently medically unfit) in 2009 due my previous spinal cord injury. My work over the last year on the war memorial provided me with the opportunity to give back to the community and our great country. The experience has enriched my life more than I could have ever imagined or hoped for when I first moved home in 2007.

In 2012 I will be devoting more of my attention to the blog and giving some focus to Australian DVA claims - specifically MRCA claims.