REDLANDS RSL SUB BRANCH
YOUR SUB-BRANCH IS HERE TO ASSIST THE VETERAN AND
“Honouring the Fallen by Serving the Living - LEST WE FORGET”
The Sub Branch meets on the 4th Sunday of each month (unless otherwise advertised) in the Gallipoli Room of the Redlands RSL commencing at 10.00am
The next meeting will be the
Annual General Meeting on
Sunday, 24th March 2019 at 10am.
1-11 Passage Street, Cleveland, Qld 4163
Postal: PO BOX 1228, Cleveland. Qld 4163
Ph: (07) 3488 1105 / Fax: (07) 3286 7502
Welfare: (07) 3488 1102 or 0411 867 047
+ CURRENT BUGLE & ANNUAL REPORT
+ Service membership
When you become a Member of RSL (Queensland Branch) you join an organisation committed to providing a helping hand to veterans, members of the ADF, and their dependants.
Service Membership is open to any person who served with, or supported, or was otherwise engaged with the ADF or the Armed Forces of its Allies for a minimum of six months.
The annual Service Membership fee is $10. Members of the ADF currently serving in Queensland are entitled to FREE membership.
Fill out the Service Member Application Form here and return it to club reception. We will also need to photocopy your discharge or service certificate, and photo ID (drivers licence/passport) plus your medicare or pension card.
The formation of the Redlands RSL, Cleveland (Sub-Branch) is predominantly a story of the Redlands Returned Soldiers’ Movement, and their association with the Returned Soldiers’ and Sailors’ and Airmen’s’ Imperial League of Australia – RSSAILA. Following the demobilisation of the Australian armed forces after World War I, the local Returned Soldiers’ Movement established two sub-branches in the Redlands. In 1919, one sub-branch was established at Redland Bay with H. Wiere as president and S. J. Outridge as honorary secretary. One of the first actions by the Redlands Returned Soldiers’ Movement was to erect a memorial to those who had fallen in the Great War. H. Wiere and S. J. Outridge were responsible for the construction of the memorial stone/roll of honour at Redland Bay. Following the unveiling of the Redland Bay Roll of Honour, a special Cleveland Shire Council meeting was held on October 22, 1919. At this meeting a motion was carried to erect a memorial in the form of a broken column – which represents ‘lives cut short’- on a triangle of land in front of the original Cleveland Post Office on the corner of Passage and North Streets. The Cleveland Cenotaph war memorial was commissioned by the Cleveland Shire Council in 1919 and is today held in trust by the Redlands RSL, Cleveland. The monument was constructed by W. E. Parson for £95 and brown Helidon Freestone was used in its construction. The memorial was officially unveiled on August 14, 1920. An Honour Board was also completed at this time.
The second sub-branch was formed in Cleveland a few months later and was headed by C. L.Fox and H. C. Grigg. At a meeting on February 21, 1920, the following officers were appointed: C. L. Fox (president), H. C. Grigg (secretary) and R. Turner (treasurer). For a number of years there were no formal Returned Soldiers’ Movement meetings. The last recorded minutes of the first committee meeting that attempted to form the Redlands RSL Sub-Branch was December 17, 1920. Socially however, the ‘Diggers’ Annual Ball’ accomplished a great deal in bringing Returned Servicemen together. At this time, these functions were organised by self-appointed committees and proceeds were distributed among special causes – mainly to the RSSAILA members who were experiencing hardship. It is important to note that the observance of Anzac Day has been a special function of the Returned Soldiers’ Movement. During April 1925, a group of dedicated men organised the first local Anzac Day ceremony, which in its simple and impressive form, has been faithfully repeated ever since. The ‘Soldiers’ Memorial’ – as the local community often referred to it – quickly became the focal point for all Anzac Day services. On May 11, 1925, approximately 40 Returned Servicemen attended a meeting in the Cleveland Masonic Hall. This group of dedicated men, headed by C. C. Campbell, a South African and World War I veteran, conceived the idea of organising the Returned Serviceman of the district. G. Wort convened this meeting at which was formed the Redlands Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Imperial League of Australia (RSSILA), later to be renamed the Returned Soldiers’ and Sailors’ and Airmen’s Imperial League of Australia (RSSAILA). Foundation members were: C. C. Campbell (president), S. Moylan, J. C. Cuthbert and A. Were (vice-presidents), G. E. Wort (secretary) and H. Stockton (treasurer).
The ideal of commemorating the memory of fallen comrades was constantly at the forefront of the Redlands RSSAILA Sub-Branch. It was decided therefore that the ideal of revering the memory of those who had made the ultimate sacrifice would take form of a memorial hall. In February 1928, an architect, Mr Rowlands, was asked to draw detailed plans and specifications, and on April 12, 1928, Mr Harrod Wallis (a Gallipoli veteran who also served in France during World War I), was engaged to erect the building. On August 5, 1928, the Redlands Memorial Hall was officially dedicated and opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia, The Right Honourable Stanley Melbourne Bruce P.C-C.H-M.C. The ceremony also being the first radio broadcast from within the Redland Shire. The Redlands Sub-Branch was also instrumental in arranging the visit to the Redland Shire of H.R.H; the Duke of Gloucester, and the Memorial Hall was the venue of his civic reception.
Following the outbreak of World War II, the Redlands Sub-Branch was active in the formation of the RSSAILA Volunteer Defence Corps – VDC. To the Redlands Sub-Branch credit a deputation, from a massive meeting of members was reputedly the first sub-branch to ask the Queensland Branch president to organise this corps. The Redlands memorial Hall became the centre-point for many forms of activities in the Redlands area. Each year the Diggers held their annual ball. It was also the venue for the Redlands Show Ball and home to many local charities. During World War II it was used extensively for fundraising activities and on August 15, 1945, the Memorial Hall was the venue for end-of-war celebrations. At the end of 1945, the hall was used for a ‘welcome home’ party for returned service personnel.
In 1997, the Old Memorial Hall – as it is referred by the local population – was relocated and replaced by the current Redlands RSL, Cleveland building. On July 1, 2005, the Redlands RSL Sub-Branch absorbed the Redlands Services Club Ltd., becoming the Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch) Redlands RSL Sub-Branch Inc. ( REDLANDS RSL, CLEVELAND.) This was a bold move that will ensure that the proud history and name of the Redlands RSL, Cleveland will endure for years to come. 2005 calendar highlights for the Redlands RSL, Cleveland consisted of a very successful Australia Day Street Party; memorable Anzac Day ceremonies that continue to attract ever increasing crowds; Victory in the Pacific celebrations, which included a victory dance in the Old Memorial Hall and a VP Luncheon for veterans, which was held in the Club; a plaque dedication ceremony for the World War II ‘N’ Class Destroyers in our Anzac Memorial Park; a well-attended Vietnam Veterans’ Day service and a successful Remembrance Day ceremony. 2007 saw the opening of the long awaited Library and Museum located in the Veterans Community centre. Car parking was increased, and the Womens Auxiliary celebrated their 40th anniversary. In February 2008 work has commenced on refurbishment of the club premises and extensions. February also saw the relocation and re dedication of the Redland Bay Cenotaph. The Redlands RSL, Cleveland is a place of enjoyment and fellowship, where the Sub-Branch’s original motto of “Honouring the Fallen by Serving the Living” is respectfully preserved and upheld.
The Redlands RSL, Cleveland remains ever committed to serving the interest of its members, veterans, the ex-service community and members of the Australian Defence Force. We Will Remember Them...Lest We Forget.
+ Memorial Precinct
ANZAC MEMORIAL PARK
The Anzac Memorial Park is the oldest of the two memorial parks. It is located on the corner of Passage and North Streets (across the road from Redlands RSL, next to Redlands RSL Headquarters). The memorial, in the form of a broken column, represents ‘lives cut short’. The Cleveland Cenotaph war memorial was commissioned by the Cleveland Shire Council in 1919 and is today held in trust by the Redlands RSL, Cleveland. The monument was constructed by W. E. Parson for £95 and brown Helidon Freestone was used in its construction. The memorial was officially unveiled on August 14, 1920.
ANZAC CENTENARY MEMORIAL PARK
The Anzac Centenary Memorial, located in Kinsail Court Park (on Shore Street, across the road from Redlands RSL) was constructed in 2015 and is dedicated to all of the Navy, Army and Airforce men and women who paid the ultimate price for their country over the past 100 years and for those people of the Redlands who appear on our cenotaphs and honour boards. Construction commenced on Monday 16th February 2015 and had it’s official unveiling on Friday 17th April 2015, in time for the Anzac Day Centenary Commemorations. The memorial came about with the idea of Eric Shaw (President of the Redlands National Servicemen’s Association) who noted that the Anzac Day Service had out grown the current Anzac Memorial Park. He approached the Redlands RSL with the idea of erecting a memorial in this park to cater for the ever increasing crowds at our Anzac Day Services. The Redlands RSL immediately saw the merit in such a move and with its higher profile in the community, immediately jumped on board. (Pictured middle left: President of National Servicemen’s Assoc Mr Eric Shaw, General Manager Redlands RSL Mr Peter Harrison, President Redlands RSL Sub Branch Inc Mr Alan Harcourt). Funds were obtained from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program, a grant made available from the Federal Government. The Redlands National Servicemen’s Association also obtained a grant from the Redlands Community Capital Grants Program. The statue is that of a digger in reverse arms position which signifies a soldiers deep respect for the fallen in Australia’s battles and wars.
+ commemmorative days
ANZAC DAY — 25TH APRIL
Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. Redlands RSL holds 3 significant events on this day at the new Anzac Centenary Memorial Park (located in Kinsail Court Park, across the road from Redlands RSL on Shore Street). The Dawn Service commences at a t 5.30am, with over 20,000 people filling the park and lining the streets. The Main March along Shore Street (from behind the Cleveland Bowls Club into the Anzac Centenary Memorial Park) which commences at 10.20am. And, the Main Commemorative Service commencing at 11am. The traditional game of two-up is also very popular on this day, which is held from 1pm to 5pm in the lower carpark of Redlands RSL for persons 18 years and older.
VIETNAM VETERANS DAY — 18TH AUGUST
On this day, Vietnam Veterans and their families pay tribute to those who served, suffered and paid the supreme sacrifice in and as a result of the Vietnam War. The annual Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day service is held at the Anzac Memorial Park (located next to Redlands RSL Headquarters) at 5pm.
REMEMBRANCE DAY —11TH NOVEMBER
Marks the anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914-1918). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. Redlands RSL holds a commemorative service in the Anzac Memorial Park (located next to Redlands RSL Headquarters) at 10.30am. Afterwards, all are welcomed back to the Gallipoli Room for camaraderie.
+ Welfare and Pensions
Our qualified Pension and Welfare Officers are available Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm to provide assistance to the Ex Service community of the Redlands and their dependants.
- Assessment and assistance to understand your pension entitlements
- Assistance and advice in the preparation of initial claims and lodgement with the Department of Veteran Affairs
- Assistance and advice with the upgrade of an existing Pension
- Assistance and advice with appeals against any Departmental decisions
Contact Graham Hargreaves 3488 1153 / 0427 432 293 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Initial point of contact for Welfare Matters
- Assessment and assistance to understand the problem
- Assist Veterans families with funeral arrangements (Poppy Service)
- Advice on War Graves eligibility
- Assistance with filling our Government Forms such as Carers Pension/Allowance
- Assistance with arrangements for Home Care packages
- Transport assistance
- Golden Oldies Group (meet every 2nd Tuesday next one 10th November) for a chat ,usually Guest Speaker. Morning tea provided. Transport available
Contact: Linda Harcourt 3488 1102 / 0417 604 729
E mail: email@example.com
+ Library Museum
Saturday 28th July 2007 saw the opening of the Redlands RSL Library History: Saturday 28th July 2007 saw the opening of the Redlands RSL Library and Museum by Phil Weightman MP Member for Cleveland. The Library/Museum was made possible by a $30,000.00 grant from the Queensland Government Gaming Community Benefit Fund and as a result benefits the Redlands Community. The funding provided bookcases, memorabilia display cabinets, glass secure display cases, display cabinet lighting, carpeting for sound proofing the facility, multimedia unit and computers to provide school students and the community access to conflict history eras.
The aim of the Library / Museum is to provide a relaxing atmosphere for Veterans and Ex Servicemen and Women in which they can read the many books available or view the DVDs and Videos that are also provided. RSL members can also borrow books to take home to read, by leaving their contact details in our borrowing book.
The facility is available to local schools, enabling students to carry out research on the Military history of Australia and Allied Forces and to view memorabilia and documents that have been accumulated over the years by veterans and the community.
The Library / Museum building is also home to the Veterans and Ex Servicemen and Women’s Community and the Office of the Vietnam Veterans Pension and Welfare Officers.
Open times for the Library / Museum Hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Fridays 9am to 2pm,Tuesdays 9am to 4pm.
GROUP BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL and can be made by contacting Les Warner on 0450 577 186.
Redlands RSL thank the dedicated volunteers of the Vietnam Veterans, National Serviceman and lady supporters and Redlands RSL Woman’s Auxiliary members who given their time over the years to keep the facility open and running.
Les Warner, Vice President
+ national servicemen
The Redlands Sub Branch of the Association hold their general meetings on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10am to 12 noon in the Gallipoli Room of the club. At our meetings, we usually have a guest speaker followed by departmental reports and in closing we have fellowship, finger food and refreshments.
The Branch usually has a social function each month which can include:
- Outings to the city
- boat trips to the islands
- bus trips to the country and wineries
- a day at the races at least twice a year and we also attend reunions. NASHO News published to keep members informed
- Annual State Conference
- We have a Welfare Officer supporting the needs of Servicemen and families
- Fund raising activities during the year include ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day as well as supporting the Legacy appeal
- Attend ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day as well as the Reserve Forces Day March through the city of Brisbane each year
The NASHO ladies supporters join us at our meetings and each month the ladies have a luncheon at a different venue. If you are a National Serviceman and served between 1951 and 1972 come along and join in the mateship we all share.
+ vietnam veterans
The Redland Vietnam Veterans' Group has been in Cleveland since 1997. The group offers our membership mateship and the chance to drop in regularly for a chat and general camaraderie in a relaxed light-hearted atmosphere.
We meet at the Veterans' Community Centre, Passage Street, Cleveland.
Wednesday Drop In: from 12noon Tea, coffee, something to eat and the usual service banter and varied interests are discussed.
Art Therapy Classes on Tuesdays 9.30am-12noon. Open to all service members of the RSL and RVVG and their partners. Don't worry if you don't know how to draw paint or create, instruction is free and all art supplies are provided. Come and surprise yourselves.
Kayaking trips for the more adventurous who can paddle, the boys meet at Victoria Point Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8.30am
Our membership is made up of veterans' from a number of local RSL's and some who are not. We work closely with the Moreton Bay South TPI Association who meet at 11.30am on the 3rd Wednesday of each Month.
The group also offers a variety of social occasions, BBQ's, mixed social and boys only events as well as a fundraising BBQ at Bunnings.
We also Remember: ANZAC Day, Vietnam Veterans' Day and Remembrance Day. Our membership holds a commemorative service at the Cleveland Cenotaph annually to remember the six service personnel lost in Vietnam, whose names appear on our cenotaph column. Lest We Forget.
The RVVG has two pensions officers, David and John to assist anyone from any conflict in dealing with DVA. If you need assistance, call the centre 3821-3999; they are available from 10.am to 2pm Wednesdays and Thursdays and other times by appointment.
RVVG President: David Smock: 3821-3999
+ women's auxiliary
The Redlands RSL Sub Branch Women’s Auxiliary was reformed over forty years ago after the original Auxiliary was discontinued due to lack of numbers. The Auxiliary has worked hard over all these years to provide support in any way requested to the Redlands RSL Sub Branch. The following persons shall be eligible for membership in any Women's Auxiliary Branch:
(a) Any adult female relative of a serving, discharged or deceased member of a Commonwealth or Allied military force. Relative to include those persons in, or who were in, a de-facto relationship;
(b) Any woman eligible for membership of the League shall be eligible for full membership in any Auxiliary Branch;
(c) The members of any Women's Auxiliary Branch may, by resolution, admit to membership any adult woman not coming within the above catergories
The Auxiliary meet on the first Monday of each Month except January, or if it has been a long weekend, in the Meeting Room of Redlands RSL commencing at 10am.
We also raise money through street stalls and raffles and donate to like minded organisations such as Cadets and we also send Care Packages to our ADF troops deployed overseas.
Cheryl Souvlis - President 3821 3165
Linda Harcourt – Hon Secretay 0417 604 729
+ Joint Venture
Was established in 1987 by Redlands RSL Sub Branch with a grant from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs.
The group meets at the Catholic Parish Hall, Passage Street, Cleveland every Wednesday morning from 9am. Indoor bowls, bingo and cards are played. Cost per day is $2.00 including a cuppa and Annual membership is $5.00. The clubs’ courtesy bus will pick up Club Members if you ring the club on Tuesdays.
For further inquiries on the group contact: President Fay Cross on 3207 6609.