Scottish Flag Dates for Your Diary

Sunday 12 January 2020, Gemas Day

Sunday 23 February 2020, Harbour Cruise and AGM

Saturday 25 April 2020, ANZAC Day

Scottish Flag  GEMAS DAY

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 10.30 am, Pymble Multi-Use Depot, Suakin St Pymble

We make a special appeal to members to adopt Gemas Day as "must attend" date in their calendars. Gemas was fought by the 2/30th Battalion but as as we have reported elsewhere, time is defeating the former members of the 2/30th where the Japanese could not. It is up to us to carry on the revered memory of those men of the 2/30th as they become less able to so themselves

The ambush at Gemas, carried out by B Coy of 2/30th Battalion, was the first time the Australian Army engaged the Japanese in WWII. Not only was the Gemas ambush the first Australian engagement with the Japanese, it was the first defeat of the Japanese in World War II. The Battalion showed the Japanese that the Australian infantry soldier would fight them with bravery, distinction and success in the many battles yet to be fought in the war.

(For a detailed description of the action at Gemas and an explanation about its importance to the history of the Australian forces in World War II, go to our History page)

Dress: Suits/Blazers, Kilt, Regimental Ties, Balmorals, Medals and nametags. (Re-enactment uniforms will not be worn).

Joining Instructions: The Pymble Depot is reached from Ryde Rd by turning left into West St and then going to the top of the rise where you will find the entry gates

From Pacific Highway turn into Bridge St and at the bottom turn right into Suakin St.

Please park where indicated by the 2/17 Bn guide on duty.


10.30 am Members are asked to bring a plate for lunch (free rations are not provided). On entering the Depot, please put your luncheon contribution on the table provided, sign the attendance book and proceed to the audience seating.

10.50 am Please be seated