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Soldiers in marathon run

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1975 NO┬╗ 123/75


Soldiers of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals left Townsville today on a marathon message-carrying feat down the east coast of Australia.

Teams will run from Townsville to Brisbane and from Dubbo to Melbourne with messages of congratulation to the Corps from overseas Signals Corps as part of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals jubilee year celebrations. Despatch riders and tactical

radio also will be used for the 2500 kilometre hobk-Up.

Twenty runners from the Townsville-based 103rd Signal Squadron expect to cover nearly 150 kilometres a day on their run from Townsville to Brisbane, where despatch riders will take over for the next leg, Brisbane to Dubbo. Sydney-based Units, the 1st

Signal Regiment and the 104th Signal Squadron will pass a message from the General Officer Commanding Field Force Command, Major General D.B. Dunstan, by radio to Dubbo. From Dubbo, 28 runsiars from the 139th Signal Squadron, based at Eaoggera, Brisbane, will carry the messages to Melbourne.

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The Enoggera runners are due to arrive at Watsonia, Melbourne on the afternoon of November 8 in time to hand the messages over at the opening of a Corps Museum at the School of Signals by the Governor General, Sir John Kerr.

Signals units throughout Australia have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Corps with special functions and activities during the year. Major events in November include a parade reviewed by the Governor General at Watsonia on Noven^ar 3,

an international ham radio hook-up from November 3 to November 11 and a march through Sydney streets and memorial service at the Opera

House on November 16. * * * * * * * * *

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