2/15 Fd Regt Exercising Freedom of Entry to the City of Dandenong

15 Field Regiment was granted Freedom of Entry to the City of Dandenong on 17 March 1962. When 2 Fd Regt and 15 Fd Regt amalgamated in 1975, the Freedom of Entry transferred to 2/15 Fd Regt. On the 21st Anniversary 2/15 Fd Regt exercised the right on 20 March 1983.

Below is the document from that day.

Commanding Officer was Lt Col Denis Murphy. Regimental Sergeant Major was WO1 Brian Plant. Carrying the Queens Banner was 2Lt Robert Gostelow and Escorts were WO2 Max Murray and WO2 Ed Redfern.

The following article was in the local newspaper following the parade.

The text of the article reads:

GUNNERS of 2/15 Fd Regt, RAA, celebrated 21 years of Freedom of Entry to the City of Dandenong recently.

One of its parent units, 15 Fd Regt, was granted the Freedom in 1962, and present members of the unit exercised the right with a ceremonial march through city streets to the Town Hall. There they were challenged by Policy Superintendent Kelly.

Guests included the Comd 2 Div FF Gp, Maj-Gen Kevin Cooke; the Comd 3MD, Brig Geoff Cohen; and the Colonel of Artillery, Col Michael Vincent.

Headquartered in Batman Avenue, Melbourne, the Regiment was formed in July 1975, when the 2nd and 15th Regiments combined. Dandenong is the home of its 2 Bty, while 23 Bty is based at Frankston.

Note the bottom right photo with five members who had attended the original Freedom of Entry parade, including SSGT Brian Cleeman and SGT George Beale.