Stanbury

Date of Entry: 05/06/2017
Surname: Stanbury
Christian Names: Vivienne Joan
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service #: NZ 937
Service: NZ Navy
Branch: Support Branch
Commencement of service: 05 Jan 1953
Completion of service: 1955
Case Notes:

 

Ms Vivienne Stanbury has devoted a lot of time to the Queensland Returned and Services League (RSL) where she was a Sub Branch President and has now risen to the position of District President.

 

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Ms Stanbury wears two medals, the first is a legitimate New Zealand Defence Force Service Medal (NZDSM) for her service in the New Zealand Navy.   The second is an self purchased "Tin" Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (QEGJM). That should not be worn, but if it is, must be worn on the right breast.

 Here is the "Tin"

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The genuine Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal looks entirely different to what Stanbury wears:

 

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Neither the genuine or the "Tin" were approved for issue in New Zealand and had very limited distribution in Australia. Here is the NZ position:

 

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Here is the Australian postion:

 

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 We have a continuous list of people wearing false medals, it is believed they are worn to expand their image to unsuspecting civilians and inexperienced RSL members. Most of those we expose are members of an RSL. Some RSL members and executives seem to not give a "fig" about the trend of their peers to devalue medals by adding fakes to their Racks.

It is time that the RSL produced a National protocol for the wearing of medals. The protocol should reflect instructions from the Office of the Governor General (GG) only. The GGs office is the ultimate authority. There is a mish mash of vague instructions emanating from Federal Government Departments, obviously written by public servants with impressive Academic Degrees who do not understand the value of the integrity of medals. Perhaps because they have not been through the grind of having to earn them.

 Ms Stanbury is entitled to wear the NZDSM although she had very little experience in the New Zealand Navy, having spent less than three years as a shore based Cook. Attaining the NZDSM normally required three years service, however she was given dispensation under a regulation that says:

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"If a person was discharged before the required time as a result of discriminatory policy the Chief of the NZ Defence Force could authorise the issue of the medal."

 Ms Stanbury served as a Cook at a NZ Navy Land Base for less than three years Sixty Four years ago when she was a teenager. She has risen through the ranks of the Australian RSL from being a Sub Branch President to her present position of District President. We wonder if those voting Ms Stanbury into high positions were aware of her background and her penchant to wear "Tin" medals?

Ms Stanbury can now, along with her NZ Navy service, and her RSL achievements note, in her Resume that she has been Mentioned in Dispatches on this website and although she has removed her "Tin" medal, a photograph of her "sporting" the medal will remain for at least another Sixty Four years.

 

 

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