RSL Auxiliaries

This page provides information on the history of RSL Auxiliaries as well as contact details for the Central Council of RSL Auxiliaries and downloadable forms and resources.

History of the RSL Auxiliaries

The Australian Imperial Service of Women’s Auxiliary was formed in Phillip Street, Sydney by mothers, wives, widows, sisters, daughters and aunts of men who served in the Australian Imperial Forces in the First World War (1914-1918).

The auxiliaries grew from this beginning to raise money for the welfare of men and women who served and their widows and families.

First Congress

In 1947, at the Annual State Congress of The Returned and Services League of Australia (NSW Branch) (RSL NSW), a Resolution was formed that an Annual Congress of all Women’s Auxiliaries be convened under the auspices of the RSL.

On 18 August 1948, Mr. K. Todd OBE, Country Vice-President of RSL NSW held the first Returned and Services League Women’s Auxiliary Congress at the Young Women’s Christian Association, Liverpool Street, Sydney.

There were 140 auxiliaries in attendance from all over NSW, approximately 3,110 members. The first president was Mrs K Todd (1948-1949), Metropolitan Vice-President, Mrs Pat Maitland, State Treasurer Mrs M. Hawkins and Mrs Gwen Richards as State Secretary.

Purpose of The RSL Auxiliary

The RSL Auxiliary is a non-political non-sectarian organisation. It raises funds for the well-being of current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families. The RSL Auxiliary also visits the sick in hospital and those convalescing at home.

The RSL Auxiliary raises funds to support the RSL Welfare and Benevolent Institution by holding raffles, selling tokens during the ANZAC and Poppy Appeals, as well as other fundraising avenues that arise throughout the year in their local sub-Branch area.

RSL Auxiliaries were founded on fellowship and a desire to care for our communities. This continues to exist to this day. Members enjoy the friendship of like-minded women, visiting other auxiliaries when they hold functions, and being able to share our ideas and ideals. The RSL Auxiliary is a voluntary organisation, dedicated to raising funds for the welfare of veterans of all wars and conflicts.

Become a Member

Eligibility of membership is open to anyone over 16 years of age. Encouraging membership is the future of the auxiliaries to carry on this good work for years to come. Many present members have been in the Auxiliary for over 50 years, a lifetime of devotion to welfare of veterans.

If you are interested in joining an RSL Auxiliary, please phone the Central Council of RSL Auxiliaries on 0411 877 396.

Contact Information

Level 5, 341 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 0411 877 396

Central Council of RSL Auxiliaries Executive

State President

Mrs Pauline James

Deputy State President

Mrs Sue Allen

Acting Honorary State Secretary/Treasurer

Mrs Sue Allen

CCRSLA State Metropolitan Councillors

Mrs Margaret Jarosz JP

Mrs Sue Allen (Acting Metropolitan Councilor)

CCRSLA State Country Councillors

Mrs June Campbell

Mrs Mavis Goodlad

Mrs Pat Mortlock OAM


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