Nambus leaves Ettalong for Phillip Island
The Nambus was on display for the final time in NSW at the Ettalong waterfront on Saturday, January 14.
"The day commenced with a small ceremony at the bus," said Nambus secretary Ms Lorraine Scott.
President of the Central Coast Sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Association and the first Nambus president, Mr Alan Ball, spoke about his early days on the bus.
"Godmother to the Nambus" and former Member for Peats Ms Marie Andrews spoke about obtaining the bus from the State Transit Authority and arranging for its fit-out and painting.
"Mr Gordon Lawson spoke about his experiences as Nambus president and driver.
"The Reverend Arthur Pearce delivered an inspirational blessing."
After this, the formalities continued at Ettalong Diggers club.
Mr Lawson presented an appreciation plaque which featured an image of the Nambus to Mr Col Murphy, chief executive of Ettalong Diggers, a major sponsor of the bus.
Member for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid spoke about the time he visited the Nambus as a student.
He presented an appreciation certificate to Ms Andrews.
Some of the Nambus crew members spoke about their experiences on the bus.
Brisbane Water Secondary College school captain John Lennard spoke about the Nambus from a students' perspective.
Former Nambus president and driver for 12 years, Mr Chris Stone, travelled from Brisbane to attend the function and also spoke.
Among the dignitaries attending were Vietnam Veterans Federation national president Mr Bill Roberts and national secretary Mr Ron O'Connor.
The Nambus was formally handed over to Mr John Methven on Tuesday, January 17, at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island, where it will be displayed and continue to educate people about the involvement of Australia in the Vietnam War.
Media release, 18 Jan 2023
Lorraine Scott, Nambus