Community Noticeboard

The RSL NSW community noticeboard provides a place for sub-Branches, other veterans organisations, and the general public to submit notices that are of interest to Members. To submit something to the community noticeboard, complete the form at the bottom of this page. It will be reviewed by the team at ANZAC House.

8 November 2019

A 50-year anniversary reunion will be held for Headquarter 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) in Ballarat, Victoria from 8 November 2019 – 11 November 2019.

For more details, including accommodation, please contact Tony Brown on 0428 852 736 or email tony11raye13@bigpond.com


29 October 2019

The reunion will take place from Thursday 29 October to Monday 2 November 2020 at the Capital Country Holiday Park.

For more information view the itinerary and registration flyer.


23 October 2019

Open to crews from deployments 1990 world trip (75th Anniversary Gallipoli) 1990/91 Damask II (Gulf War) and 1991/92 Damask IV (Red Sea).

Meet and greet at the First Fleet Mess HMAS Kuttabul on the Friday evening, the 23 October 2020, with light eats provided excluding drinks. Followed by a 4 hour harbour cruise on the Saturday night, 24 October 2020, with a wine and dine buffet.

Reunion organisers are now taking deposits for the harbour cruise phase of the reunion please email Adrian Burns (Radar) at hmassydneyiv30yrreunion@gmail.com or the Facebook reunion page for further details.


6 October 2019

The Patriots Australia Military Motorcycle Club – Hunter Valley & Barwon chapters in and around Newcastle would like to invite RSL NSW to participate in a dawn motorcycle ride and raffle.

Information and contact details for the ride can be found here, and details on the raffle can be found here.


12 September 2019

The RAANC Past & Present Members’ Cocktail Party will take place on 12 September 2019.

Location: Riverside Receptions, 50 Oxlade Dr, New Farm, Bribane, QLD 4005.

Contact: MAJ Natalie Evans 0402199760 or natalie.evans@defence.gov.au


23 August 2019

Wellbeing Australia is the lead organisation behind #VWS2019. The Summit is online commencing on 14 August 2019 with live webinar events taking place August and September 2019.

ESOs and allied health professionals are invited to get involved.

Registration is open to current and ex-ADF, their partners and family members, their support networks, medical and allied health professionals. By registering you will receive updates on upcoming Summit events and news.

There’s more information here: www.veteranwellbeingsummit.com.au


20 August 2019

Following attacks on the World Trade Centre and Washington in September 2001 Australia joined the US and a coalition of other nations in a United Nations-led mission to secure Afghanistan and expel Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other insurgent elements from Afghanistan. This mission was called the International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan (ISAF) of which the Australian contribution was named Operation Slipper.

Hear Brigadier Bridie discuss the role played by the ISAF and particularly about his deployment as a Deputy Commanding General with US Forces in Regional Command – East at the end of the ISAF mission in 2014 as it transitioned to the Resolute Support Mission (Australia’s Operation Highroad).

Lane Cove Library
Tuesday 20 August

6:15pm-8:00pm

Book Online: www.lanecove.nsw.gov.au/library

Phone: 9911 3634


18 August 2019

Free transport has been approved for Members and Ex-Members of the Australian Defence Force and the carers, spouses, children and grandchildren of living and deceased service personnel travelling to and from the service on Sunday 18th August 2019. Free travel will be available on Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink intercity services, Sydney Ferries, Inner West and Newcastle Light Rail services and bus services in the Sydney metropolitan and outer-metropolitan areas.

This free transport will not require participants to hold a valid ticket. Instead, to access services participants will be required to:

  • Wear an Australian Defence Uniform; or
  • Display service medals; or
  • Carry a War Widow’s gold card; or
  • Carry an official letter of accreditation from a branch of the Returned and Services League or other recognised ex-services organisation

If a participant parks in a Transport Park&Ride car park, they should use the intercom button at the exit gate and advise the operator that they are a participant in the Vietnam Veterans Commemoration Service.


15 August 2019

70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions
Australian Red Cross NSW IHL Advisory Committee Event

5.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 15 August
Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney (Liverpool St Entrance)

FREE

The event will be a panel discussion with the following:

  • Cristina de Leon – Conflict Nurse and Florence Nightingale Medal Recipient
  • Brigadier Neil Sweeney, AM, Deputy Commander of the Australian Army 2nd Division
  • Chris Sidoti – Human Rights Lawyer and Expert Member of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar
  • Professor Steven Freeland – Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University and International Space Lawyer
  • Nicole Urban, Chair, NSW IHL Advisory Committee at Australian Red Cross (moderator)

Register at https://www.redcross.org.au/stories/ihl-blog/gc70


3 August 2019

Denis Smith’s talk could also be sub-titled ‘the story of a RAAF fighter pilot with RAF 151 Wing’. It tells the largely unknown story of HMS Argus, the aircraft carrier which transported 24 RAF Hurricane fighter planes to Russia in 1941. Around 3,000 Hurricanes followed in subsequent convoys, promised by Churchill to Stalin.

One of the pilots was an Australian RAAF fighter pilot, Denis’s close friend ‘Nat’ Gould. His other nickname was ‘Natski’ after his time flying in Russia. Conditions in the Russian winter were very harsh but when the Japanese came into the war, Nat returned to Australia and flew Kittyhawks at Milne Bay, as well as Spitfires, Seafires, Mustangs, SeaFuries, Fireflies, Vampires and Hellcats to name a few.

Denis will be presenting with the assistance of a documentary special film made for prime time Russian TV in 2016 called “Arctic Brotherhood” for the 75th Anniversary of the first Arctic Convoy to Russia. The documentary is dubbed into English. He will also have a copy of Nat’s Flight Log when he was taking off from HMS Argus.

Denis was born in Sydney. He is now a retired electrical engineer having run his own company with over 40 employees. His uncle flew Sunderlands with 10 Squadron RAAF in England during World War 2, which aroused his interest in military history. His close friend ‘Nat’ Gould talked him into joining the Spitfire Association, and he also joined the Aviation Historical Society. He is past president of the Lane Cove Historical Society (received an OAM), Vice-President of the Fellowship of First Fleeters, Vice-President of the Matthew Flinders Society of Australia, and a member of the American Civil War Round Table of Australia.

Time & Venue: Saturday, 3 August 2019, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Goulburn Room, Level 4, City of Sydney RSL, 561-567 George Street, Sydney CBD. Admission is free of charge but a gold coin donation would be appreciated. For further information call 0419 698 783 or email president@militaryhistorynsw.com.au


1 August 2019

The Australian Memorial Walk honours those who have served and supported the defence of Australia in peace or in war. The paved pathway links five monuments erected to remember the major conflict periods in Australia’s history: Colonial, World War I, World War II, Post World War II, and Peace Operations. It is listed on the NSW Register of War Memorials.

Along the Pathway there are over 4000 individual pavers and 60 centrepiece pavers. The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company (RAAHC), which has initiated and developed the Walk, is now undertaking a project to renovate the panels outlining the stories on the Monuments. The current panels have deteriorated over time due to weathering. The project proposes designing and fitting twelve new bronze panels on the main Monuments at a cost of over $40,000. The restoration will commence in late 2019 through funding of one Monument restoration provided by the RAAHC and continued in phases until completion.

The RAAHC is seeking funds for the subsequent phases of the restoration via Grants and donations from veterans’ organisations. All donations are tax deductible. A laid paver will acknowledge donations over $500.

For further information see http://artilleryhistory.org/memorial_walk.html

Contact: Honorary Secretary raahcoffice@gmail.com


22 July 2019

I am wishing to purchase the reveille issue from any of your members.

Vol 8 No 4 – 1 December 1934.

I have attached a picture of the cover which has been illustrated by my Grandfather Mr Harry Wann.

Reveille - Vol 8 No 4 - 1 December 1934

If any members have this or any other issues with his illustrations , that they would be willing to sell than It would be very much appreciated. It would be lovely for my children to have something of their great grandfathers artwork to pass onto their family.

My contact details are:

Sharon Friedlander (Wann)
5 Bamshill Place Thornlie
Perth WA 6108
sharon.t.f@icloud.com or neilfriedlander@bigpond.com


1 July 2019

Plasma Art is a company that makes park benches. They would like to work with sub-Branches to receive feedback and generate interest in their products. Examples of the benches can be seen here and here. Visit www.plasma-art.com.au to find out more.


1 April 2019

The Naval Historical Society provides guided heritage tours of Garden Island. Tours are run on Thursdays. Price $20 per person.

For more information visit www.navyhistory.org.au


4 March 2019

Western Sydney University has produced a book ‘Too Dark To See’ which commemorates the lives and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander veterans and personnel serving in the ADF.

Read the e-book here.


1 March 2019

The RMA of NSW meet in the Fisher Room at the Chatswood RSL on the first Sunday of each month at 11:00am, except for September when we meet on the second Sunday due to Father’s Day being on the first Sunday in September.

We have been going since 1913 and would like to see the association continue to thrive.

To do so, we require people to join the association. We are open to all serving or ex-service RM’s who would join as FULL members. Membership is also open to serving or ex-service personnel of all armed forces, as well as relatives of all such personnel. You would join as associate members.

Fees are $10 per year and we hold our AGM on the first Sunday of February each year.

Proof of service, ex-service, and relationship, is required along with a completed application form. All enquiries should be through the Secretary, Mr. John W Lees.

Email: anchorman@optusnet.com.au

Address: 130 River Road, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750

The $10 cheque can be made payable to RMA NSW and posted to:

The Treasurer Mr Sam HP Smith. 34 St Johns Road. BRADBURY, NSW, 2560

 E-mail: samhp.smith@optusnet.com.au


25 February 2019

Have you served or had a relative in the 66th BN 2nd AIF, 2 AR, 2 RAR or 2/4 RAR? Do you have images, gear, medals, maps, photographs, movies etc. from you or your relative’s service in these units which form the lineage of today’s 2 RAR (AMPHIB)? Are these items sitting in boxes or a trunk not seeing the light of day, with the possibility they could be thrown out by your family if you passed? The Unit has served in places like The Dutch East Indies, Japan, Korea, Malaya, South Vietnam, Malaysia, Rhodesia, Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda, East Timor, The Solomon Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Timor Leste. We are not just interested in operational service we are very much interested in the Battalion’s daily life, Exercises, Sport, Special Activities, parades, ETVCC, BN balls etc. during its time.

The 2 RAR Historical Collection would like you to consider donating these items for display and to be preserved as part of the collection. We would like copies of any digital images or scanned copies if you don’t want to part with the originals. Remember your negatives and photos are slowly degrading. These items will be available to view and be appreciated by all who visit the historical collection. Ex-members, relatives of these members, current and future members will be able to appreciate and view these items knowing they are at their home at 2 RAR. The museum is funded by donations, sponsors and grants, if you are an individual or business that would like to be a “friend of the 2 RAR Historical Collection” please contact the curator. The museum is looking to completely upgrade and refurbish the Historical Collection display in the near future.

If you would like to visit or donate to the collection please also contact the curator. The curator (CPL J Harrison, soon to be Mr) can be contacted on 0419 749 198 or email 2RAR.Museum@gmail.com. Second to None!


14 January 2019

Wingham RSL sub-Branch commenced a project to update the Honour Roll at the Wingham Memorial Town Hall. They aim to create, document and carry out a process to identify every person in the Wingham and Upper Manning locality who has completed military service in the Australian Defence Force and to recognise their service by placing their details on a military honour board at the Wingham Town Hall.

The project committee has made determinations to include twenty-eight new names to the honour roll.


10 January 2019

Defence Archives and Service Centres (DASC) is upgrading its systems and processes to provide customers with faster, secure access to records via the internet. Beginning 10 January 2018, DASC will upload completed requested records to a secure Defence website for easy customer access.

DASC will email a unique link and password to the relevant customer to provide them with online access to the requested records. Customers must provide a valid email address at the time of placing a records request to access the online service.

Please call 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362) if you do not have a valid email address.


7 January 2019

The Mordialloc College Alumni Association (MCAA) is gathering information for a proposed honour board to be installed at the school (formerly known as Mordialloc-Chelsea High School).
We are seeking the names of former students who are veterans. If you are a war veteran or know of war service personnel who attended the school please contact:

Paula McCarthy | ph: (03) 9587 4573 | email: paulamc@optusnet.com.au | PO Box 5121, Mordialloc 3195
or
George Raphael | 1104092 | PM6740 | ph: (03) 9798 4883 | 68/360 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough Vic 3173


4 January 2019

Greetings all,

For those in Wagga Wagga and the surrounding areas, please feel welcome to attend the Wagga Wagga sub-Branch (26 Dobbs St, Wagga Wagga) on a Thursday and meet with members of the Riverina Contempoary Veterans Group (RCVG).

We are a group of sub-Branch members who are supportive of all veterans but have a vested interest in the issues confronting Contemporary Veterans, their families, and their support networks.

Want to know more email me at rsl.wel@bigpond.net.au (attention Richard Salcole).

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