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.
Canberra – 5th and 6th June 2021
Commemoration for the Battle Long Khanh Operation Overlord 7th June (1971) – 2021 Vietnam Forces National Memorial Anzac Parade
Canberran former members, partners, friends and families of the 3rd Battalion RAR Vietnam 1971 are invited to participate in the 50th Anniversary Reunion and the Commemoration Service for the Battle of Long Khanh.
Special invitation is extended to the families of the fallen and NOK of former members. You’re invited to contact your Battalion, company or section representatives for details or provide your personal details to the name that appears below who will communicate updates on events and schedules planned. A significant anniversary with events of interest to all.
Commemoration for the Battle of Long Khanh will equally recognise the significant efforts of 9 Sqn RAAF, 12th Fd Regt (RAA), C Sqn 1st Armd Regt, A Sqn 3 Cav Regt and 1 & 2 Fd Sqn (RAE) & D & E Platoon ATF and others.
Members please contact your association representative or call the contact below for details.
All WRAAC, RAANC, CMF, ARES, ARA past and current serving army members are invited to a reunion on 12 – 14 February 2021.
Please email WRAAC70@hotmail.com for registration forms and more information.
Commanding Officer No. 79 Squadron, WGCDR Simon Ashworth, will be hosting a parade on Wednesday, 18 November 2020 at 9:30am, Australian Western Standard Time to celebrate the consecration of a new Squadron Standard with Battle Honours being presented to No. 79 Squadron recognising 25 years’ service and Battle Honours from World War II and Ubon.
Members interested in attending this significant event should contact FLTLT Brokenshire from 79SQN on email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Facebook reunion page for further details.
The Commanding Officer would like to extend an invitation to all ex-members and/or their families of 2 RAR and 2/4 RAR that served in Malaya and Malaysia.
This reunion is being organised by volunteers on behalf of ex 2 RAR. The hope is that you make the effort and renew friendships from long ago. Please ring or contact for help.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, 29 August
Meet and great at RSL ($10 per person)
Sunday, 30 August
Free Day. Formal reunion Dinner at RSL ($70 per person).
Monday, 31 August – Malaya and Borneo Veteran’s Day
Back to the Battalion, Day at 2RAR (Amphib) including:
- 0900 to 1000 – Arrival at Battalion headquarters
- 1000 to 1100 – Memorial Service & wreath laying (Appropriate Dress, Tie & Medals to be worn). Group Photos then Move to Edgar Towner VC Club
- 1100 to 1230 – Welcome by CO and Presentation on 2RAR (Amphib) and Display by soldiers
- 1230 to 1330 – BBQ lunch ($10 per person)
- 1230 to 1700 – Bar Open, 2 RAR Historical Collection Open, Indoor Shooting Range Open
Please note: For entry to 2RAR Lavarack Barracks, you will require enclosed shoes and Photo ID. Please bring a hat and water bottle
Tuesday, 1 September
Depart for home
2 RAR Reunions Committee
0419749198 (Jason Harrison)
0428588431 (Mal Gray)
0459635087 (Merv Dicton)
0477756279 (Trica Clark)
Contact for a registration form to make payment as soon as possible. There will be no payment on the day.
There are many places to stay in Townsville. Contact for options or help.
Norfolk Island RSL-Sub-Branch and Norfolk Island Travel Centre warmly invite you to attend Pacific Peace 2020. An initiative of The Norfolk Island RSL Sub-Branch and the community of Norfolk Island in association with the Norfolk Island Regional Council (NIRC), and the Commonwealth of Australia this event commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific and Norfolk Island’s significant contribution to the war effort.
More than 15 events will be held during the week from the 8th of August 2020. Packages are available that include tickets to all events.
Norfolk Island contributed greatly to the world war efforts with the highest per capita personnel involvement in the Commonwealth nations of the world for both WWI and WWII. With the New Zealand Army stationed there the island was a key contributor as a forward base for aircraft and also as a hub for radio and radar transmissions to assist the allies with primary intelligence on ship locations, movements and strategies.
Discounts are available for groups of 10+.
Contact Norfolk Island Travel Centre for more information:
- Free Call : 1800 1400 66 (AUS)
- Phone : (international) +6723 22502
- Email : email@example.com
Invitation: Live virtual launch event of new book, The Gallipoli Evacuation by Peter Hart
Date: Sunday 26 July 2020
Time: 8pm AEST
A free event which includes a conversation with author Peter Hart, who was the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum (London) for 39 years, interviewing thousands of veterans on their war time experiences. He has written several books on the First and Second World Wars but has long been focused on Gallipoli.
DVA is providing Heart Health Program. It’s a free, year-long program. It can help you improve your physical health through:
- practical exercise
- nutritional education
- lifestyle management
The program is delivered by Corporate Health Management (CHM).
You can access the Heart Health Program if both of the following apply:
- you are a returned veteran or peacekeeper
- you have not yet taken part in the program
Find out more on the DVA website.
Wellbeing Australia, as part of the Veteran Wellbeing Summit in 2020, is hosting two 2-day workshops, online, live and interactive.
The facilitator, John Henden is a well respected and highly sought after trainer in this area.
- 13-14 July 2020, Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach
- 16-17 July 2020, Solution Focused Combat Operational Stress Recovery
The Department of Veterans’ affairs is asking veterans and their families to provide their views on how the ex-service community is consulted and engaged, and how this can be improved.
DVA’s National Consultation Framework has been in place since 2009 and is reviewed every three years in consultation with the ex-service community.
As part of this review process, DVA is inviting veterans and their families to participate in a survey. This survey focusses on the effectiveness of current mechanisms for consultation between DVA and the ex-serving community, as well as ways to improve them for the future. It does not relate to services for DVA’s clients, DVA policy or the transformation of DVA’s services.
Further information on the review, including participating in the survey, is available on the DVA website. They survey will be available until 26 July 2020 with the final report expected to be completed in late 2020.
The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia runs a pilgrimage each year to hold a service of commemoration for the 28 Australian Diggers who lie in the Christian Cemetery in the Northern Malaysian town of Taiping. They also join in services for all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Ipoh, Malaysia. This is where most of the severest fighting was conducted during the Malayan Emergency
Expressions of Interest are invited from ex-service members who have served in South East Asia, Malaya, Malaysia (including RCB) to join the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association Australia for their annual commemoration services in Ipoh, Malaysia, 9 – 14 June 2020.
Contact: Ken McNeill (03) 6383 4677 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit www.nmbvaatasinc.com
5-7 June 2020
All eras of the 6 RAR invited, with special emphasis on commemorating East Timor 2000 and MTF 1 2010.
- 5 June – Meet and Greet at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
- 6 June – Gala Dinner at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Southbank
- 7 June – Memorial Service, 6 RAR Association AGM, Spit Roast Lunch, at the RAR National Memorial Walk, Gallipoli Barracks
More information and registration at: http://6rarassociation.com/reunion2020.html
Contact: Allan Whelan, phone: 0427632402. Email: email@example.com
This program engages, accredits and connects sporting clubs with a desire to support and encourage involvement in their club community with current and ex-serving veterans of the Australian Defence Force. The program has launched with rugby clubs in NSW to provide rugby as a means of recreation and rehabilitation for veterans.
RSL NSW sub-Branches can make a significant impact by assisting with the integration process where needed and offering guidance as the veterans and clubs negotiate their relationship, ensuring that the veterans are being accepted into the club community.
This edition includes information on:
- online and telephone support
- hardship provisions for energy, water and rates
- payments to support households,
- Safe Zone 24/7 support for the veteran community
- JobKeeper payments
- planning for staying healthy during COVID-19
- JobSeeker payments
- Open Arms
- ANZAC Day
- childcare support assistance
- access to health services
- emergency relief services
- pharmaceutical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic
- where you can find help
- extra support for the aged care sector
- COVID-19 impact on information access requests
Transport for NSW will provide free or discounted public transport to eligible participants travelling to and from ANZAC Day services on Thursday, 25 April 2019.
Free travel is approved for:
- Members or Ex-Members of the Australian Defence Force and their carers; and
- the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel; and
- the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans
Free travel will be available on the following services:
- Sydney metropolitan and outer metropolitan buses
- Sydney Ferries
- Newcastle Transport buses, ferries and light rail
- Sydney Metro
- Sydney Trains
- NSW TrainLink intercity trains
- Sydney Light Rail
To access the above services, eligible participants must present/wear the following ID:
- wear the Australian Defence Uniform, or
- display service medals; or
- carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of a branch of the RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation; or
- present a war widow’s gold card
Participants are exempt from the requirement to hold a valid ticket on these modes of transport under the Passenger Transport (General) Regulation 2017, in accordance with the Tickets (Free Travel) Exemption Order 2018.
Discounted travel will be available on:
- NSW TrainLink regional trains – return economy travel will be provided at the price of a single ticket. Tickets must be booked in advance through a NSW TrainLink sales outlet. One of the above mentioned forms of ID must be presented.
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 an ANZAC Day service. The locations of Park&Ride car parks are available at https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/ways-to-get-around/drive/transport-parkride-car-parks
Open Arms has published a factsheet on how they are supporting the veteran community through COVID-19. Download the factsheet here. [PDF]
You’re invited to a FREE event to help you gain the confidence and skills to stay safe online
This interactive seminar is brought to you by IT 4 Retirees and Be Connected to help demystify technology and keep you safe.
Bring along your device and your questions as there will be some hands-on time.
Learn how to identify a scam and the 5 easy steps to protect your identity and money!
Also find out how you can support other RSL members with their IT journey.
- Location: Club Five Dock RSL, 66 Great North Road, Five Dock
- Date: Tuesday 14 April 2020
- Time: 10am to 12pm (includes morning tea)
To register, please call Christine David on 0401 017 459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join FDM to find out how you can successfully start your career in the commercial world.
FDM would like to invite you to join us at our Ex-Forces Insight Evening. The event will give you the opportunity to find out what the FDM Ex-Forces Program has to offer.
You will hear from FDM alumni who have successfully joined their Ex-Forces program, which will be followed by a Q&A session and networking drinks.
- Date: Thursday 19th March 2020
- Time: 5pm – 7.15pm
- Location: FDM Group Sydney, International Towers, Level 21 Tower Three, 300 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney NSW 2000
If you would like to join, please email email@example.com by the Monday 16 March 2020
The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) Australia is launching a Korean Book Club on Saturday 7 March 2020 in partnership with the Sydney Anzac Memorial, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.
The book selected for the inaugural book club is Passage To Pusan, the true story of Australian mother Thelma Healy and her brave 15,000km solo journey to war-torn South Korea in 1961 to find the grave of her soldier son Vince, who died fighting in the Korean War a decade earlier.
Written by Thelma’s granddaughter, award-winning Australian journalist Louise Evans OAM, Passage To Pusan resonates deeply with Australians and Koreans as it explores the devastating impact of war on ordinary families. Passage to Pusan was also made into a documentary, which premiered as the highlight of the annual Korean Film Festival In Australia (KOFFIA).
The inaugural Korean Book Club on 7 March will be held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney from 11am – 2pm and will feature author/journalist Louise Evans in conversation with the Anzac Memorial’s Senior Historian and Curator, Brad Manera.
The launch date for the Korean Book Club is also significant as it marks the day Sergeant Vincent Healy, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was killed in action fighting in Operation Woodbine in 1951, aged 24. To honour his service and sacrifice, the inaugural Korean Book Club will start with a 15-minute Remembrance Ceremony in the presence of Korean War veterans.
The quarterly Korean Book Club is FREE and open to anyone interested in Korea and Korean literature. Online bookings are essential at www.koreanculture.org.au/portfolio-posts/upcoming-event-2/ as Book Club seats are limited. Upon confirmation of bookings, participants will be sent a copy of the book Passage To Pusan to read ahead of the event.
The Australian Army Military Police Museum (AAMPM) recently reopened after relocation and refurbishment. AAMPM collects, preserves and exhibits the history of the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police (RACMP). The RACMP’s rich and proud history is displayed across two open galleries where visitors can see equipment, artefacts and read the stories of Australia’s Military Police and their achievements at home and overseas.
Museum – Tuesday to Friday, 9am – 1pm
Tuesday, Thursday and the first Saturday of each month, 9am – 1pm
Members of the public are to contact the museum 48 hours in advance to confirm that your visit can be accommodated.
The museum is open to the general public. Visitors without a Defence Pass are to meet at the Holsworthy Barracks Pass Office.
Current, government issued photo identification is required for all visitors over 16 years of age.
Group bookings are essential, individual visitors are to advised to email the museum to confirm timings prior to visiting. Alternate opening times, including weekends, can be arranged by appointment.
Alec Campbell Drive, Holsworthy Barracks (enter via Holsworthy Barracks Pass Office). Adjacent to the Museum of Military Engineering.
Mobile: 0437 885 077
2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War. Commemorations throughout the year will remember the almost one million Australian men and women who served at home and in campaigns around the world from 1939 – 1945. The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs will be working with communities across the state to mark this important anniversary. If you are a Second World War veteran living in NSW, or can speak with The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs on behalf of a living veteran, they’d love to hear from you through this form: https://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/commemoration/vp-75/
You are also welcome to contact the Office for Veterans Affairs, Attn Nick Young on 8061 9258.
The principal aim of the association is to commemorate and honour the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian Defence Force and civilians who defended Australia from invasion in 1942. Among its other aims are to educate young Australians about the Battle for Australia and to foster goodwill with the people of Papua New Guinea. Please see their website for further information www.battleforaustralia.asn.au
The association has approximately 100 individual and service organisation members and a committee of 15 volunteers. The association has close working relationships with RSL NSW, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the NSW Office of Veterans Affairs, the Anzac Memorial Hyde Park, Papua New Guinea Association of Australia and other service and community organisations.
The responsibilities of the secretary include:
- Preparation of notices of committee meetings and the annual general meeting.
- Preparation of minutes of meeting and distribution to members.
- Making all arrangements for meetings.
- Lodgement of the Annual Information Statement with the ACNC.
- Other usual secretarial and compliance duties.
As secretary, you will be a member of the committee and will have the opportunity to contribute to the important work of the association.
There are usually four meetings of the committee and an annual general meeting of members each year. Meetings take place in the Sydney CBD and usually take two hours.
For more information please contact Geoff Brown on 0418 607 731 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional seniors will be able to apply for the NSW Government’s $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card from Wednesday, 29 January, which will ease the burden of travel costs for seniors living in the bush.
This card is about making it easier for seniors to access services, do their shopping and to stay connected with family and friends. Eligible seniors will be able to use their card to purchase fuel, use taxi services or travel on NSW TrainLink trains and coaches.
Eligible seniors will have a minimum of 12 months to use their card from the time of activation.
To be eligible to receive the $250 Regional Seniors Travel Card you must be an age pensioner with a valid Pensioner Concession Card or hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by either the Department of Human Services or Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Seniors must also live in regional NSW outside Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong City Council boundaries.
For more information go to service.nsw.gov.au, call 13 77 88 or visit a Service NSW Service Centre from January 29 2020
** The regional seniors transport card is provided by Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 AFSL 233714. Conditions apply. For further information please read the Product Disclosure Statement and the full terms and conditions that apply to the regional seniors transport card at service.nsw.gov.au. The information in this flyer does not take your personal objectives, circumstances or needs into account. Consider its appropriateness to these factors before acting on it. This information is current as at January 2020. **
A1 Plaques Group manufactures and sells plaques and crests which may be of interest to RSL sub-Branches. The company is Australian owned and they manufacture in Australia.
For more information and a sample of their commemorative plaques and crests visit the A1 Plaques Group website here: https://a1plaquesgroupaust.com.au/rsl-sub-branches
Accounting industry body CPA Australia has produced a Disaster Recovery Toolkit which may be of use to RSL sub-Branches (and other organisations/businesses) impacted by bushfires. The toolkit is available via the CPA Australia website.
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 email@example.com
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org | PO Box 5121, Mordialloc 3195
George Raphael | 1104092 | PM6740 | ph: (03) 9798 4883 | 68/360 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough Vic 3173
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 email@example.com (attention Richard Salcole).
The 5Sqn RAAF Association Committee has been trying to locate the Squadron banner that was carried in the Sydney ANZAC Day marches for many years. The decendants of the last bearer may have donated it to the RSL or a local club in the Sydney area. The 5Sqn RAAF Association Committee is seeking any information on its location.
Contact Neil Thompson 0411 727 390.