OCS Portsea Alumni Class of Dec 1973

The aim of this website is to record for posterity the year that was: the life and times of the Officer Cadet School of Australia, graduating class of 14 December 1973.  The records on this site include our training which commenced on 11 January 1973, graduation, post-graduate military service, civilian life (where posted) and reunions.

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50th OCS Portsea Reunion Newsletter

Wed 10, Jan 2024



Where did 50 years go?

These were my thoughts in 2022 when consideration turned to the 50th Anniversary of our graduation from OCS Portsea on 14 December 1973

The Plan

Given our increasing age it was decided to keep things simple and have a low-key two-day event at Portsea reliving the memories of the day, our youth and our year at Portsea.

Portsea Hotel – Meet and Greet

On the evening of Wednesday, 13 Dec 2023 we rendezvoused at the Portsea Hotel the scene of many a weekend session and many beers.  Rest assured the Beer Garden is still there and the Kiwi contingent of Ian Healey, Mike Madden, and Graeme Todd were found at their usual table in the Beer Gardenn shortly after our arrival.

A pre catch up catch up (L-R) Paula and Dave Moon and Mark Gallagher at the Portsea Golf Club Mercure Hotel

photo by: Chris Grigsby

At the Portsea Hotel the staff were great, and we were well looked after as we reconnected and remembered old times.

Read the full 50th OCS Portsea Reunion Newsletter here.


Tue 27, Jul 2021

It is with the deepest regret and a very sad heart that I bring you the news of the passing of one of our classmates Peter G. Raue on 8 July 2021.

Peter had a varied and distinguished career (read Alumni Profile) and many of us would remember CSM Raue with fond memories from our year together at OCS.

Peter’s graduation from Portsea

Peter is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Amanda and son John. – RIP