The FBEU Annual Rex Threlfo Toast (for all FBEU members)

Comrades and friends, 

Tickets are selling fast for the Annual FBEU send off and reunion called the 'Rex Threlfo Toast'. Join members, serving and retired (perm and ret) on 24 July for what is now the premier social event of the year for NSW firefighters.

Members who retired over the preceding 12 months will be our guests of 
honour for an afternoon short on speeches and big on comradery.

If you make it to only one send off this year, make it the Threlfo Toast. 
Tickets are limited and cannot be purchased on the day. Ticket prices 
include drinks and canapés.

WHERE: Doltone House, Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.*
WHEN: Tuesday 24 July, midday to 4pm.*
DRESS: Smart casual (collared shirts, no thongs or shorts please)*


The Annual Toast has been named in honour of Comrade Rex Threlfo
(1924-2012), FBEU Life Member, President (1957-1965), life-long unionist and socialist. Rex was also the Chief Officer of the NSW Fire Brigades (1980-1984). His contribution to advancing the conditions and dignity of firefighters is well illustrated in this passage from the Union’s official history, The Red Brigade:

“Threlfo had joined the Fire Brigade in May 1946 after fighting as a ‘Rat of Tobruk’ during World War II, and first became an official when elected
Honorary Secretary of the firemen’s section in 1955. A left-winger, he worked well with Lambert when elected President in 1957 and earned the 
nickname ‘the Red Baron’. … On 17 October 1980, he went on to become 
perhaps the most progressive, humanitarian Chief Officer the Brigade has enjoyed. … He never at any time departed from his working class principles during his climb up the ladder.”

Grab a ticket and come and see comrades old and new. Let me or the Union office know if you need help with purchasing tickets online.

Darin Sullivan

PS, if you send me a picture of you with your ticket we can use it on social media! 

See you there.