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08 June 2006

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I am getting together some family info on Alfred Conlon who put the papers to Blamey for the establishment of ASOPA. Alf could drink red wine by the flagon. He got sick of trying to get funds for research projects by travelling to Canberra so he got a boot load full of red wine, took it to the members at Parliament House and drank it with them until they agreed to his projects and put his unit and the university on the front lawn of the Parliament. The rest is history both official and unofficial. I think there are quite a few laughs in the unofficial history and some startling facts - some not too bright, others of amazing significance if I do say it myself as a nephew.

Actually Alf was a red and green man from wayback. His father (my grandfather) Arthur Conlon was centre in the winning Souths first rugby league premiership in 1908. Alf was born a few weeks after that. Ten years later in 1918 Arthur Conlon died of Spanish Flu - and that really knocked the family for the best part of the last century.

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