Central Council of RSL Auxiliaries

ANZAC House 
Level 5, 341 George Street
Sydney  NSW  2000 
Phone: 0411 877 396

 Click here for The 'Lest We Forget' Quilt

At the 2014 Finley RSL Women's Auxiliary Annual Conference, CCRSLA President Pauline James and President of Finley women's auxiliary Karen Peacock, spoke about the centenary quilts - put together by ladies of women's auxiliaries from all over NSW. Please click on the image below to watch the WIN News clip.


A little bit of history

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. 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.

The RSL Auxiliary is a non-political non-sectarian organisation. We raise funds for the well being of our current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families. Also we visit the sick in hospital and those convalescing at home. We raise 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. We are a voluntary organisation, dedicated to raising funds for the welfare of veterans of all wars and conflicts. Eligibility of membership is open to any woman 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 CCRSLA on 0411 877 396.
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