17th August 1970
QF9 Cairns
On 17th August 1970, a meeting chaired by President N. Pruden of the Cairns Motor Boat Club was held with Queensland State Commodore Reg Leigh Smith, Training Officer Bruce Harris and Twenty- six persons were in attendance. The meeting decided immediately to start a Flotilla. The area served was to be north to Trinity Bay and south to the Mulgrave River. Mr. Norm Miles was selected as Flotilla Leader of QF9 Cairns; Vice Flotilla Leader was B. Barker, Bob Jerram, Training Officer and Frank Carter, Staff Officer.
October 1970
QF8 Townsville
The Townsville Flotilla was formed by a group of concerned boaties who decided that the increase in recreational boating was not matched by the establishment of matching rescue and educational facilities available. This rescue group made approaches for affiliation with the newly established organisation in Queensland, then known as the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary. Thus QF8 Townsville was formed under the leadership of Commodore Les Darcy and Vice Commodore Lew Green. A radio base was established initially in the Townsville Motor Boat Club and members used their own vessels for rescues. The area served by the Flotilla is south to Cape Bowling Green and north to Great Palm Island.

The first Flotilla owned vessel, a 23ft Shark Cat powered by twin 115hp Johnson outboards was launched on 23rd February 1974. This vessel was lost in an accident at sea during a rescue mission on 18th November 1977. An 18ft caravan was purchased and used as an operations centre until a permanent operations building was completed and officially opened on 2nd September 1978 by the Mayor of Townsville, the late Perc. Tucker.

A replacement vessel, another 23ft Shark Cat was launched on 24th January 1978. This was followed by a 32ft Power Cat “Mabel Cunningham”, then a 10 metre Norcat “Mabel Cunningham 11” launched by Commodore Graham Clarke on 29th July 1987. A replacement vessel “Spirit of Rotary” a 43ft fly bridge cruiser powered by 450HP Cummins turbo diesels was launched by National Commodore Gillett on 6th October 2001.

The Flotilla received its Charter signed by Commodore Clarke and presented by State Commodore Fred Lee on 15th August 1973.

A full History of QF8 Townsville is available in the Archive Files.
In the mid 1970’s the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association comprised of some 30 Flotillas. In the mid 1990’s there were 60 Flotillas, with some 2700 regular members and 8000 associate members.
QF12 Tully
Early in 1970, Hank Penning began a safety watch program in the Tully area using private vessels and radio bases. After the death of Hank Penning mid 1970, it was decided that a more formal approach was needed and wheels were put in motion to form an official Coast Guard. Land was obtained and an old house was purchased and relocated to the site. The building was an old farmhouse with an asking price of $500. The Flotilla offered to pay $1000 and the vendor was requested to donate $500 back to QF12. A this time the Queensland Government paid $ for $ on all monies raised, so the actual cost of the building was $0.00. This building was opened on 1st October 1977. The first rescue vessel was a 23-foot Shark Cat. The designated area served is north to Clump Point and south to Murray River.

A new headquarters building situated on the Hull River and costing $150,000 was opened on 28th March 1992. The current rescue vessel named “Mary Liddle” is an 8.2 metre Cairns Custom Craft. The Flotilla received its Charter on 11th March 1978,
28th April 1971
Under the Queensland Companies Acts, 1961 to 1964, A Certificate of Registration of a Foreign Company was duly signed on 28th April 1971. State Commodore Reg Leigh Smith was the Agent appointed in Queensland No. of the Company was 888/71.. (Copy of this document is attached) The A.V.C.G.A. is a registered charity.
7th November 1971
Due to technical difficulties encountered with the Common Constitution in South Australia, the S.A. Squadron Board lodged with the National Board a modified version of that document on 7th November 1971. This Constitution was subsequently registered under the name of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard of South Australia Incorporated, after sufficient by-laws had been drawn up to ensure unity with the National Body.
Registration of the Association to this date being effected in the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.
QF10 Mossman, QF11 Yeppoon, QF7 Mackay, were being established.
QF10 Mossman/Port Douglas
Was established in 1971, the area or responsibility being north to Cape Tribulation and south to White Cliffs. National Commodore Fred Lee presented their Charter in 1973. The headquarters building was opened in 1978.
QF11 Yeppoon
Area served Capricorn Coast north to Broadsound and south to Cape Capricorn. National Commodore Fred Lee presented their Charter in 1973.
20 March 1971
Copies of the Constitution were formally presented to the National Board and it was agreed that these be sold at $1 each, proceeds being placed in a special fund to be used for further publications.
9th July 1971
Commodore W. Henry submitted Training Orders and Rating Orders. Bound copies were $1 per copy.

Consideration was to be given to the formation of a northern Division in Queensland. N. Miles was to be appointed Senior Flotilla Leader for Flotillas formed north of and including Mackay.
15th April 1972
The North Queensland Squadron
Was formed on 15th April 1972, its area of responsibility extends from Cape Bowling Green, 25 nautical miles south of Townsville and along the Australian mainline Coast Line to Skardon River in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Squadron is now comprised of ten operational Flotillas The Squadron received its Charter on 15th November 1975 signed by National Commodore Fred Lee.
June 1972
QF14 Ingham
Ingham, situated 110kms north of Townsville and 29kms from the mouth of the Herbert River was named after William Bairstow Ingham an entrepreneur who took up a Sugar Plantation known as “Ings” in 1874. The first meeting for Coast Guard Ingham was held in June 1972 at the Victoria Hotel in Ingham. Meetings continued to be held at various hotels until the Coast Guard Base at Lucinda was officially opened on 10th June 1978. On 7th December 1974 the Ingham Flotilla commenced radio watch with radios temporarily housed at the Chapman’s residence at Lucinda until the Coast Guard Base was completed. The area of operation is north to Ramsey Bay, Hinchinbrook Island and south to Great Palm Island. A Charter of Operations signed by National Commodore Fred Lee and State Commodore Norm Miles was granted to QF14 Ingham on 6th September 1974.

The first Rescue Vessel “Jaycees 1” was launched at the Taylors Beach boat ramp on 21st February 1976, and was replaced on 12th December 1982 by a 28foot Power Cat “Jaycees 11” powered by 2 x 200HP Mercury Outboards. In November 1999 a third vessel “ Snow Stafford” was purchased.

The Flotilla received a Citation and Commodore’s Gold Award on 26th November 1977 for the rescue of the racing yacht “Odessey”, conducted during Cyclone Wato Rea (27th April 1976). During the operation which lasted eleven hours, the superstructure of “ Jaycees 1” suffered severe damage.
19th August 1972
At the National Board meeting held at Southport, it was authorised that a complete record of all members’ personal particulars and qualifications should be completed. A sample record sheet was distributed (AVCGA Membership Card).

Commodore Les Swift, Victoria Squadron was granted Life Membership of the Association.
8th November 1972
QF2 Brisbane
(Manly) The inaugural meeting was held on 8th November 1972 with nine members in attendance. Bert Macchion was elected Commander and Len Young as Vice Commander.

The Flotilla first operated from a caravan along the foreshores of Waterloo Bay, Manly. The pontoon consisted of two 44- gallon drums tied together with two painter’s planks as a walkway and a makeshift handrail. Land was offered to the Flotilla on Manly Harbour. In 1975 a timber shack was donated to the Flotilla and on weekends 12v batteries were used to run the light and the two radios, as CB radios had just come on the market.

The Flotilla, registered as Brisbane Coast Guard received its Charter signed by National Commodore J. Arnott and State Commodore M. Sivyer, 13th November 1973.

Seven years later the Flotilla headquarters at Manly Boat Harbour was officially opened by the then Premier of Queensland Sir Lew Edwards on 6th October 1979.

As the result of a deal struck with Len Field (a designer/builder of Hydrofield boats) that if members of QF2 were to supply the labour to construct the factory he needed to produce his product, he would in return for their voluntary labour, supply the first 20’6” Hydrofield hull free of charge. This was the first vessel QF2 was to own and was powered by 2 x 105hp Chrysler motors. In 1979 CG1, an 18tf Sharkcat with 2 x 140hp Chrysler Chargers was purchased. Shortly after a 20ft Crowncraft built by Dick Yowe ( a long serving member and Commander of QF2 for many years) was purchased as a second back up vessel and dive boat. Mid 1980 a 26ft Cougar Cat, CG 11 was bought.
In 1997 CG1 was replaced with a 32ft Cougar Cat which was fitted with an infrared night vision camera. In 1999 CG11 was sold and replaced with a 32ft aluminum cat and was replaced in 2004 with a 26ft Sharkcat. A 6.0m Rigid inflatable named CG22 – RL.Yowe was purchased for use by advanced crew members with NTO410 qualifications.
July 1973
QF3 Redcliffe
QF3 was a flotilla in formation as early as 21st August 1971 but it was not until July 1973 that several community minded people met to consider forming a Coast Guard Unit similar to those operating in other areas. as a result of a boating accident off Scarborough in Moreton Bay, Queensland, during the Easter holidays 19973 where some lives were lost The efficient organisation and services provided by the Coast Guard in other areas had been recognized.

The inaugural meeting of QF3 Redcliffe was held on 30th July 1973 at the Scarborough Marine Centre and was chaired by Flotilla Leader L. Maccion of QF2 Brisbane. Elections were held with Mr. G. Sorley being elected Flotilla Leader, R. Lennox elected Senior Vice Leader, and I. Fien, Staff Officer. The first membership application was received from Mr. S. Youitt and the membership fee was set at $10.

The Flotilla operated out of a caravan until the Base and Operations Centre was completed and officially opened on 1st May 1983 by Mr. Terry White, Minister for Welfare Services in Queensland. The first Flotilla owned rescue vessel was a Nova 1700, complete with 115hp motor for a cost of $3600 officially launched on 7th December 1976.

The Flotilla received its Charter signed by National Commodore F. Lee and State Commodore Reg Leigh Smith on 27th November 1974.

In August 1991 members began the construction of their new rescue vessel at the Hydrofield factory under the supervision of Mr. Len Field. After 3,978 voluntary man-hours the Hydrofield vessel powered by three outboard motors was launched on 19th July 1992.

The purchase of a new rescue vessel “Redcliffe Leagues” proved to be a disaster as it was not built to correct specifications and a legal battle ensued. This was finally resolved in 2004.
9th October 1973
QF15 Innisfail
Came into being when the Johnstone Shire Council Chairman, the late E.H. Webb called a public meeting on 11th August 1973 where it was resolved to form a boat safety organisation. QF15 Innisfail was formed in October 1973 with George Horsford being the first Commander. QF15 covers an area south to Clump Point and north to the Mulgrave River.

Initially radio watches were manned from members own flotilla auxiliary vessels parked on the harbour foreshore. A disused ‘white ant eaten’ shack was transported to land at Mourilyan Harbour which had been granted by the Department of Harbour and Marines. The shack was practically demolished by members to allow alterations and renovations to render the building functional. The building commenced operational use in April 1974, power being supplied by batteries until electricity was connected in March 1975.

The first rescue vessel ‘Coastguard 15” a 24ft aluminium De Haviland with twin 115hp Evinrude motors costing $15,000. was purchased in August 1975. The vessel was blessed and commissioned on the same day as the Flotilla received its colours and official Charter signed by National Commodore J. Arnott and State Commodore N. Miles, on 28th September 1975.

A building committee chaired by George Horsford commenced construction of a new headquarters in January 1982 which was officially opened by the then Premier of Queensland, The Honourable Mr. J. Bjelke-Petersen on the 27th November 1982.

In October 1979 the first vessel was replaced with “The Spirit of Innisfail”an 8.2m Juguar Hydrofield with 200hp Mercury outboards. This vessel was replaced with a 34ft Randell, “Spirit of Innisfail 11” in January 1987. The current vessel “Just Laray” a 45ft Randell West Coaster powered by a 385hp Volvo diesel engine was commissioned by Commodore Graham Clarke in January 1992 A 5m RIB Swift vessel “The Zap” powered by a 80hp Yamaha is used for inshore and river rescues.
In October 2003, QF15 Innisfail celebrated its 30th anniversary.

NOTE: A full thirty-year (30) History of QF15 Innisfail is included in the Documents referred to in the History of AVCGA folder.
December 1973
QF4 Caloundra
Following a public meeting organized by the APEX Club, QF4 Caloundra became part of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association in December 1973. National Commodore Fred Lee presented its Charter on 28th November 1974. Flotilla Leader was Mr. Les Wolfe. Members’ vessels were used in the beginning and the Flotilla operated from a “ramshackle” shed on their proposed site at Tripcony Park. The Flotilla Jet Boat “Lady Byrne” was launched on 24th July 1977 and was replaced with a new Shark Cat on 14th December 1980.

The State Governor, Sir James Ramsay on 9th February 1985, officially opened the headquarters building.
13th Feb. 1974
Mr. Jim Dickie, President of Crown Control Corp. USA presented to the New South Wales Squadron their first owned vessel, a 21ft Swiftcraft, equipped to a high standard with safety and medical equipment. The vessel was named “Eileen Dickie” after our benefactor’s wife who performed the christening ceremony at the RMYC Rose. Bay. The vessel was more usually known as the “Crown Water Ambulance” or “CG18” and was initially fitted out and operated by the Port Jackson Flotilla.
14th May 1974
National Board approved the set up of a Cadet Unit at QF1 Southport and controlled by a set of By-Laws.
March 1974
Fred Lee became National Commodore 1974 to 1976.
QF5 Noosa
Was formed at the end of 1974 and together with QF4 Caloundra were designated the Sunshine Coast Division. The first Flotilla Leader was Mr. Ashley Booth.
27th July 1974
Les Swift produced a Guide to Administration.
27th July 1974
Commodore Les Swift printed the first edition of the Members Guide and the second edition was printed in January 1977. The preface read, “ In setting out this “Members Guide” I have endeavoured to project to the reader, the original intention of the AVCGA founders. In this regard I am deeply indebted to Past National Commodore E. S. Madden for the instruction received at his hand and for his copious notes.

Every effort has been made to include those changes that have either received general acceptance or been written into the Constitution as amendments.

It is not intended that this guide should take the place of the Constitution and if there is a variance, the Constitution must always take precedents, however I have exercised all the care possible to avoid this state of affairs.”

(Signed) L. J. Swift, Past National Commodore.
10th November 1974
NF4 received its Charter.
2nd December 1974
Sir Henry Winneke K.C.V.O., K.C.M.G., O.B.E., K.StJ., QC. Governor of Victoria accepted the office of Honorary Commodore of the Victorian Squadron.
16th March 1975
A move was made by National Board to register the Association as a Foreign Company in Tasmania and Western Australia.
5th July 1975
QF17 Tin Can Bay
Following the formation of QF5 Noosa Flotilla and the rapidly increase in boating in the area, it became obvious that there was a need for some form of voluntary organisation trained in rescue and patrol to cover the vast area of waterways of Wide Bay, north of Tin Can Bay and the southern end of Sandy Straits. With administration and training assurance from the newly formed QF5 Noosa Flotilla a public meeting was held on 5th July 1975 with thirty-five enthusiastic boating people attending and Tin Can Bay became a section of Noosa with R.A. Watson the section leader. The first general meeting of the section was held on 22nd July 1975 with seventeen members in attendance. QF17 became a Flotilla in its own right on 6th July 1976 with 39 members who used their own boats and equipment. The Flotilla received its AVCGA State Charter presented by Captain B. Coghlan on 6th July 1976.

A caravan was purchased in 1978 as a mobile base and was towed to Norman Point by the duty crews when required. A lease was obtained for the land at Norman Point and a brick headquarters building was officially opened by the local member, L. Stephan MLA for Gympie 10th June 1982. The first rescue vessel “Trojan” a 21ft Dehavilland mono hull was purchased from Noosa. In July 1986 a new twin hull vessel with twin 90hp Johnson motors, “Suntel” was commissioned. During 1990 the additions of an extra storey for the building were made providing a more extensive radio room, sleeping quarters for duty crew, a meeting room and storage.
20th July 1975
Cadets and C-Gals may be adopted as an adjunct to each and every Flotilla in the Organisation with the sanction of the Squadron Board.
25th July 1975
A National Fund Raising Office be established controlled by a National Fund Raising Chairman. (Resolution 25).

A Queensland Division is to be initiated.

The formation of the Sunshine Coast Division is to be ratified.

Mr. E. Walters was empowered to register Business Names in Queensland to protect the name AVCG being wrongly represented.
15th November 1975
New South Wales registered as a Foreign Company and registered under the Charitable Collection Act.
21st March 1976
Darwin Sea Rescue, Davenport Offshore Rescue Group, (Tasmania), The Derby Ski and Boating Club (WA) were contacted.
21st March 1976
The suggested formation of a Specialist Squadron to deal with history, protocol and traditions of the AVCGA was considered. This was left to Dr. Hardie for further action.
13th May 1976
At an Extraordinary General meeting held by National Board it was noted that TAA had offered $750.00 per annum free travel for National Board.
QF6 Mooloolaba
The inaugural meeting of QF6 Mooloolaba was held on the 12th May 1976, with Mr. Gerry Smith being nominated as the first Flotilla Commander. Members used their own craft and an 18’ Hamilton Jet loaned by Caloundra Flotilla for rescues. The Flotilla purchased its own rescue craft in October 1976, a 21’ Carribean Reef Runner named “Centaur 11”, later to be replaced by “Rotary 1” a 29’ Powercat and commissioned in November 1984 The first headquarters was a small caravan, with the necessary radio equipment based at Kawana ramp donated by Buderim Lions Club. Sir Joh Bjelke Petersen M.L.A. officially opened the new headquarters building in March 1984.
13th May 1976
It was agreed to form an Advisory Committee to compile the past history of AVCGA for documentation.
23rd May 1976
National Training Order No 3/76 – Officer’s Obligations and Responsibilities was distributed.
Norm Miles, North Queensland, was elected National Commodore 1976 to 1978.
28th August 1976
The South Queensland and Sunshine Coast Divisions were reconstructed as Squadrons.
28th August 1976
Illawarra Squadron
The suggestion was made that a Southern New South Wales Squadron be formed subject to the formation of a second Flotilla in the Wollongong area and be called the Illawarra Squadron, the area of operation being south of Stanwell Park and Illawarra in the south. The Illawarra Squadron was recognized on 4th December 1976, with NF5 Bellambi and NF6 Lake Illawarra as the Flotillas. The Squadron received its Charter in 1981. The Illawarra Squadron was later to be known as the Southern New South Wales Squadron.
28th August 1976
The Central Queensland Division
Was to be constituted a Squadron subject to the formation of a second Flotilla. Boundaries to be from Latitude 20 to Latitude 26 (Proserpine to Maryborough).

An approach was to be made to Australia Post on the possibility of having a Postage Stamp issued to commemorate 20th anniversary of Coast Guard.
4th December 1976
NF08 Evans Head
Situated on the Evans River was established following an article inserted by the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association in the Northern Star newspaper in late August 1976 inviting persons to attend a lecture on the Aims and Methods of the Association. The lecture was conducted by the Far North Coast Divisional Captain Dr. Brian Whitlock. The inaugural meeting was held on 16th October 1976 chaired by Commodore Aggio, NSW South Coast Squadron. The first Flotilla Commander was Ron Doyle, with H. de Looze appointed Vice Flotilla Commander. The Flotilla received its Charter, presented by New South Wales Squadron Commodore Jim Mortimer on 27th August 1977.

After many hours of hard work, the first rescue vessel CG161 was launched on 16th February 1983.The area served by NF08 is from Ballina north to Yamba South. .
The first Flotilla Base Station was located in a room at the RSL Club. On 11th January 1998 National Commodore Graham Clarke officially opened their new Radio Base Station situated at Razorback Lookout which overlooks the bar entrance to the Evans River and an uninterrupted view north to Ballina “The Evans Head Flotilla First 30 Years” Scrap Book compiled by Commander (Sub) Ken Boland for their 30th Anniversary Dinner held 9th December 2006 forms part of the Archives documents.
4th December 1976
A Charter was granted to South Queensland Squadron signed by National Commodore L. C. Newman and State Commodore A. Ashton.
4th December 1976
The formation of the Far North New South Wales Squadron was ratified. Dr. Whitlocke was appointed acting Squadron Commodore. On 25th June 1977 this decision was rescinded.
4th December 1976
Squadron Commodores were asked to send any information which could be helpful to compile a set of Books of Information (eg. Job descriptions, Training, Reporting etc).

Squadron Commodore Whitlocke was authorized to contact persons in Western Australia and liaise with the National Commodore with a view to forming a Coast Guard organisation in that State.

The National Staff Commodore was to prepare a list of all Squadron Officers and circulate the list.
25th June 1977
Commodore Hardie was appointed AVCGA National Delegate on the Australian Standards Association Committee. MEMBERSHIP at this date was 2826. (Full 1814, Provisional 68, Cadet 138, Associate 806).

Illawarra Squadron was to proceed with the formation of a Flotilla in Canberra.

Production of a Coast Guard Year Book was considered to be a good idea.
19th November 1977
4th March 1978
Dr. Robert Hardie (NSW) was elected National Commodore and served for eight years, standing down from the position in 1986 and became National Board adviser. Dr. Hardie held the positions of Flotilla Commander NF1, Training Officer NF1, NSW Squadron Commodore, Squadron Training Officer, Substantive Rank of Squadron Commodore and Substantive Rank of National Commodore.
July 1978
Rank titles were changed. Flotilla Leader became Flotilla Commander.
QF19 Rockhampton
In September 1978 a public meeting was held for all those interested in forming a Coast Guard unit in Rockhampton. The unit was to be Australia’s first brown-water marine rescue unit. the aims were to promote boating safety for the many users of the Fitzroy River and environs. The area served is the Fitzroy River above the barrage as far as navigable, 40 miles to the mouth of the river, 7 miles across Keppel Bay to Sea Hill on Curtis Island and 28 miles into the Narrows.

On 3rd November 1978 the first General meeting of the QF19 Rockhampton Flotilla was held. For the first twelve months the Flotilla operated from a caravan at the Barrage providing a radio watch at weekends. Members vessels were used for activities and training.

On 21st March 1986 a lease on land was finalized and work immediately began on improvements. In early 1992 a donga was placed on this land as a headquarters.
A second-hand 15 foot aluminum runabout with a 50 hp motor (known as “Puddlejumper”, the first rescue vessel was purchased in July 1992. A permanent home for the Flotilla at “Toonooba”, an historic building, overlooking the Fitzroy River was obtained in January 1996.

In March 1996 QF19 was officially recognized, accredited and given its Charter.
18th November 1978
It was suggested that consideration be given to appointing an historian for the purpose of holding all old records.

Application for membership of the International Lifeboat Federation was approved. Commodore John Pearson was to be the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Inc. representative.
19th November 1978
The Solander Division was chartered. The Division started with three flotillas, Botany Bay, Port Hacking and Georges River and a Division Radio Unit. The Division is unique in Coast Guard and has developed and been refined to the point where it operates very successfully and efficiently. Georges River was disbanded and the two remaining Flotillas being less than a nautical mile apart in some places share the same Radio Base but each operates its own rescue vessel. The Division serves the area north to Wedding Cake Island, south to Stanwell Park and west to Botany Bay and Port Hacking.
6th July 1979
A motion was passed that the word “Volunteer” be incorporated in all literature, insignia et al.
7th July 1979
NF10 Ballina
Situated on the Richmond River was established. The area served is from Byron Bay north to Evans Head in the south.
Discussion took place on the possible formation of a National Conference of all organisations involved in Marine Search and Rescue.