Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Rogue One Screening

LOCATION: Village Cinemas, Hobart

DATE: Friday 16th December, 2016


Rebels – Ian James
League of Heroes (also invited by the organiser) – Stephen Burnett (Vader), Robert McCauley (Jedi)

Wrangler: Alyssa Cooper, Ian

We arrived early to change. Very quickly crowds of cinemagoers were coming in, all excited for the movie. In costume, we have multiple photos taken of us and high fives. Some of the older fans even wanted hugs with the troopers.

The atmosphere was tremendous, so happy as the proceeds of the night would go to charity.

After the last people had gone into the second screening we quickly got out of our costumes and enjoyed a screening in amongst the lively crowd.

Afterwards the cinema manager and the event organiser came to say how pleased they were with our work. We helped raise over $6000 for the charity on the night.

CHARITY: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – we help raise over $6000 on the night!


Rogue One Opening – Midnight Screening

LOCATION: Village Cinemas, Hobart

DATE: Wednesday 14th December, 2016


Wrangler: Sophie, Warren

Other: LoH (in Star Wars gear) was also invited by the organisers
Stephen Burnett (Jedi), Robert McCauley (Jedi)

With the new arrangement within the cinema that you can pre-book seating, there was far fewer fans attending the opening hours beforehand. However, there was some very keen fans, one fan waiting for 12 hours!

Prior to the doors opening, we interacted with the fans on the line. There was a rush of people arriving once the cinema was ready to allow fans into the main part of the cinema. Together with members of League of Heroes, we formed a guard of honour to the entrance of the cinema.

All members were praised by cinema management for entertaining the members of the public so well, and coming out so late in the evening to do so.


Give me 5 for Kids Telethon

LOCATION: Various (City Centre, Supermarkets, Launceston General Hospital, Southern Cross broadcasting centre)

DATE: July 05.

TD- 21107


R2 Builder’s Club:
Lee Moore
Nick Bishop

Launceston Lightsaber Academy:
Dan Chugg
Amy de Wit
Bec Rossiter
Ben Rossiter
Sarah Goss
Kaleb Lee
Pip Scott
Allan Batge

The Give me 5 for Kids Telethon in Launceston has been run by the Southern Cross TV channel for a few years now, and Thylacine Squad is honoured to assist every time – it is becoming a tradition for us, a troop that we always make it to if we can. This year, the troop consisted of multiple events lasting all day, starting at approximately lunchtime.

As a forward observer for the Imperial Navy, I was dispatched early to ensure clear skies and accurate artillery fire – just in case. When I arrived at the city centre, I was surprised to find that not only was I the only Trooper who was there, but that there were no less than EIGHT people armed with lightsabers, ranging every colour of the rainbow. Upon questioning, they assured me that they were deep-cover Imperial Inquisitors trying to flush out any Jedi that survived Order 66. I have to say, they were very convincing. I completely believe them, but just in case armed myself with a Lightsaber in order to protect Imperial citizens if need-be.

The first part of the event involved us posing for the video camera, which would be broadcast on screens throughout the city, staging mock ‘battles’ to entertain the local citizens and holding up signs letting everyone know what the whole kerfuffle was about (though with the propaganda blitz Southern Cross put on, I’m sure everyone had an idea already). We did this for about an hour, before we moved onto the second stage of the event – a ‘raid’ on the newly constructed Woolworths building. At this stage, 501st reinforcements arrived in the form of TI-6493, who was wrangling in plainclothes (no doubt to spy on the ‘Inquisitors’). We did not have enough room for any mock battles, so we made sure we looked pretty and were ready when the camera started rolling again. I myself took the opportunity to purchase a bottle of milk and some blue food dye (as per my endorsement contract with Bantha Milk). TI-6493 unfortunately fell ill (potentially poisoned by Rebel saboteurs!) and reported back to the barracks.

After that, we moved onto the third part of the event – a hospital visit! The Hospital staff informed us that only four people would be able to logically fit in the room (and any more than this might scare the kids). I had the singular honour of being chosen by the Inquisitors for one of those four spots. However, my helmet, whilst ideal for long-range artillery bombardments, is ill-suited for carrying a conversation, so for the most part the Inquisitor identified as “Rey” communicated with the child we visited, who was delighted to see us! We entertained the lad for a while (He was intelligent and very enthusiastic, will forward to the recruiting department at a later date), then posed whilst the Southern Cross recorded another segment, and smiled for photos. Anyone who suggests I did not smile is a liar and a charlatan. I absolutely did smile. Also of note is that I did see a pair of R2 builders and a droid. However “Rey” assured me that it wasn’t the droid I was looking for. Once again, she was very convincing.

At this point, we encountered a problem: Although we knew the next segment of the event would be at an IGA store, we had not been informed WHICH of the 7 IGA stores in town the event was actually being held at. Whilst we partook in local food (Something called Mc’Donalds, I’m told.) we attempted to contact the event organizers with more information. Unfortunately, no further information was forthcoming, so the Inquisitors and I returned to the mall, where I received some valuable lessons in lightsaber combat whilst we waited for the final segment of the event to be ready. At around 6pm, we bundled into local landspeeders and zoomed off to the Southern Cross HQ, where the rest of Thylacine Squad’s deployed forces were already on-station.

At this point, the main televised segment of the ‘telethon’ was held, with us assisting however instructed, including another small mock battle and some of our troopers assisting with taking calls. Also present, and a big hit, was the droid R2-J9, a faithful servant of the Empire. To be honest, by this stage of the event I was a little worn out, and the events of the evening are a little bit of a blur. Between keeping 8(!) Inquisitors from killing myself (and each other) and trying to see what I was doing in the gunner helmet, I was a bit pooped. Fortunately, the rest of the event proceeded without incident (at least, none I can remember), and we were profusely thanked by the Southern Cross people, and returned to base secure in the knowledge that we had performed another successful mission.

Honorary Member Induction and Birthday Troop for Shannon Cassidy

LOCATION: Ward 4K Launceston General Hospital Charles St Launceston

DATE: 08-06-2016

TIME: 1500 – 1600

LANDSCAPE/WEATHER: Indoors, so the weather was lovely.

TROOPERS: TK6419, IC24059, TI3807, TD21107, TK68811

REPORT: We arrived at 1445 to kit up and went into the ward at 1500, we presented Shannon with a birthday card, Honorary Legionnaire certificate, Challenge Coins and a whole bunch of other memorabilia. Lee was allowed special permission to don the Darth Vader outfit, and looked very spiffy indeed. It was Shannon’s wish to have us there for her birthday and it turned out sadly to be her last.
Shannon was over the moon at our presence and the rest of the ward enjoyed it as well.