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Ross Eastgate

c. 1950-51

As a UN Observer in Sinai

c. 2005

With wife Anne at their daughter Kathryn's wedding

Ross Eastgate enjoyed Year 12 at Bundy High so much in 1966 he did it again in 1967 before heading off to the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968.

He graduated to the Royal Australian Corps of Signals in December 1971 and in a military career that continues to the present, he served in PNG, the Middle East, Bougainville and East Timor.

Ross was awarded an OAM in 2000 for his service to veterans and their families.

An inveterate scribbler even at Bundy High, his latter career has been in journalism and he is presently a columnist, features writer and the beer editor at The Gold Coast Bulletin.

Ross helps Roger maintain the world's oldest and most authoritative website on 'Waltzing Matilda'. Using his fluency in PNG Melanesian Pidgin, he provided background to and and explanation of 'Kai Kai the Buai'.

Ross, who has been never short of a word, can be heard every ANZAC Day as one half of the ABC TV Queensland commentary team covering the Brisbane march. He also turns up on ABC Radio, e.g. on War 'Stories' (8 February 2005), with Sandy McCutcheon on 'Does The Culture Of The Military Need To Change?', and even with a photo.

He is married to Anne, they have three adult children and two dogs.

Ross Eastgate, Columnist, Editorial - Features, The Gold Coast Bulletin

Created: 20 February 2006 - Last Amended: 8 October 2006 by Roger Clarke - Site Last Verified: 15 February 2009
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