Who was Barry Stanton?

Who was Barry Stanton?

For those members who are perhaps a little too young to remember Barry, ALVA thought we would just let you know a little of what he achieved in his fantastic lifetime. 

Barry Stanton was an English-Australian rock and roll musician who performed on Six O’Clock RockBandstandJohnny O’Keefe ShowSing Sing SingSaturday Date, and Woody’s Teen Time. In 1988 he issued a compilation album, A Tribute to the King Rare Songs 1957-1965.

Stanton released singles via Leedon Records, starting with “Don’t Let Go” in April 1960. His second, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout That” (September), was written by O’Keefe, which reached number 3 on the local Top 40. His fourth single, “Beggin’ on My Knees” (November 1961), was written by his brother Rod and reached number 16, nationally. Stanton was signed by RCA in 1964 and issued another single, “A Tribute to the King”. This was written by fellow musician and the label’s A&R, Johnny Devlin. He followed with “My Little Emmy” in July 1965, which was written by Stanton. Even though he was a popular performer locally, he achieved little commercial success internationally. Stanton subsequently performed with other early Australian rockers.

VALE: Barry Stanton

VALE: Barry Stanton

Dear ALVA Members, It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Barry Stanton. I have no doubt many of you would have known him. We were notified of these details from Barry’s son Darren, and wanted to pass them onto the membership. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. 
As you may have already heard, Dad passed away early on Sunday morning with my mum at his side. He’d been living with mild Parkinson’s for the past ten or so years and hadn’t been feeling well for the last few weeks. After being admitted to hospital and undergoing tests, his condition declined rapidly and he died from renal failure on the 21st January, two days before his 77th birthday.
Dad had an endless amount of stories of life on the road during his career. He loved telling them and we loved hearing them.
My family and I would like to invite any and all who knew him to join us in celebrating his life and bidding the Big Boy a final farewell.
His funeral service will be held at 12:30pm Wednesday 31st January at the Hillside Chapel, Palmdale Crematorium, Palmdale Road, PALMDALE, NSW.
ALVA Goes Gold Coast

ALVA Goes Gold Coast

ALVA Women in Entertainment Special Event
“ALVA Goes Gold Coast”
This fabulous event is for our Gold Coast chapter of ALVA. With many of the girls now residing on the sunny Gold Coast, we thought we would organise a special event. Join us for an informal and informative interview about all things ALVA​, the joys of being a member​ and how this inaugural ALVA Gold Coast event came about!  Plus a few interesting stories along the way!  We welcome ALVA Members and Associates and their guests and remember all the ALVA Blokes are invited as well!   So bring along your husband, partner, lover OR your Showgirl Power Posse!  No reserved seating, j​ust join​ a tabl​e​ on​ your​ arrival.  We look forward to a buzzy ALVA day of old friends and new – connecting and re-connecting – and everyone catching up with ALVA.
Monday October 16, 2017 
South Tweed Sports Club 
4 Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South NSW 2486
Ph: (07) 5524 3655
Early Bird Special:  $35    paid by Monday October 9   
Members & Guests:  $45  paid after Monday October 9  
Delicious 2 Course Meal – Tea & Coffee – Cash Bar service available

Dress: Smart Casual​ 

Guest Speakers: Entertainer & ALVA Life Member Patti Bond will be chatting ​with​ President Susie​ Smither​ after lunch.
STEP 1: Book In – by PHONE or SMS to Patti Bond 0409 391 526 or Susie 0412 038 950
Book Online –   Simply CLICK HERE and follow the instructions. You can select to pay using paypal, credit card or cheque. (If you select cheque, make the Cheque out to ALVA INC and post it to PO Box 30 Ramsgate, NSW 2217.)
Fill out the form – Simply fill out the Booking Form and send it with your payment details to PO Box 30 Ramsgate, NSW 2217. If you select cheque, make the Cheque out to ALVA INC. 
ALVA Buzz Vol 2

ALVA Buzz Vol 2

Well it is with super excitement that we report that the Buzz is so big, that emailing it might be a bit of an issue for some inboxes. So to that end, we have decided to provide the Buzz through our website. So all you need to do, is to click on the link below to view or download Volume 2 of the ALVA Buzz. 

ALVA Buzz Vol 2, 2017

ALVA Coach Trip to the Southern Highlands.

ALVA Coach Trip to the Southern Highlands.



All aboard for a wonderful trip to see the flowering tulips in Bowral.  Now in its 57th year, this award-winning festival is one of Australia’s biggest floral festivals, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.  The highlight of the festival is the mass planting of more than 75,000 tulip bulbs and 15,000 annuals at Corbett Gardens, in a spectacular Springtime display.  There are also private gardens open for inspection – including tours and talks; a street fair; window displays; and entertainment throughout the festival in Corbett Gardens. This unique opportunity includes a short stop in the historic town of Berrima with lunch at the Scottish Arms Hotel in Bowral. 

Planned Itinerary

  • 9:00am Depart Central Station Western Concourse
  • 9:45am Depart Hurstville Station bus terminal routes 940/941
  • 11:30am Arrival time in Berrima for free time browsing
  • 12:30pm Lunch at the Scottish Arms in Bowral
  • 2:30pm Free time in Bowral for the Tulips
  • 4:00pm Depart Bowral for city
  • 5:30pm Arrive Hurstville Station
  • 6:20pm Arrive Central Station Western Concourse
  • Please note: all times are approximate

Lunch – Complimentary glass wine, beer or soft drink, coffee & 6 choices of main/desert.

Book early for this one – we need to FILL THE BUS to present this trip at an exceptional price!

Early Bird Special – paid by Friday September 15: $50 (Don’t forget to put “bowralearlybird” in the coupon code.)

Members & Guests – paid after Friday September 15: $60

To book CLICK HERE or contact Kerri at bookings@alva.org.au 


Alva’s VIP Tour of the Garvan Research Foundation

Alva’s VIP Tour of the Garvan Research Foundation

ALVA Tour Garvan Research Foundation

ALVA has been donating to the Garvan Research Foundation for many years and over this time we have had a number representatives of the Garvan attend our Banquets. It is at the invitation of Carol O’Carroll, that we offer you this VIP opportunity to see first hand the wonderful work that the Garvan Research Foundation does. Many of you would have seen and met Carol and her colleagues at our recent 2017 Banquet at Moore Park Golf Club. We are most grateful for this invitation to visit and look forward to many ALVA members popping in for a tour and a spot of morning tea. 

To book now, CLICK HERE. 

Tuesday 29 August – 10am arrival for 10:15am start


Donation of $10pp Early Bird price booked & paid by 22 August

384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW
Ph:  9295 8117