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Merchant Navy Day Memorial Service - 3 September 2018

This Remembrance Service is dedicated to the service and sacrifice of Australian merchant seamen who manned ships in all parts of the world during the First and Second World Wars. The support these men provided was vital to the success of the war effort. Merchant ships carried essential supplies and troops, but were vulnerable to enemy attack because they were generally slow, poorly armed and often loaded with dangerous cargo.

Due to the lack of adequate records, we cannot know the full number of merchant seamen who died serving the allied cause. It is widely suspected that there may have been at least one Australian on many foreign flagged vessels. However, the Australian War Memorial has listed the names of 520 Australian mariners who had died during World War 2. On the Australian coastline alone, 30 ships were sunk and a number more were damaged. 

All are welcome to lay a wreath/tribute following the official wreath laying. Please notify Merrill Barker so the name can be added to the list, no later than 27 August, 2018.

Location: Mosman War Memorial, Myahgah Road, Mosman adjacent to the Allan Border Oval behind the Council Chambers at Spit Junction. Parking may be limited due to Mosman being busy on a Sunday. A bus to Spit Junction is a suggested alternative.

RSVP Address: Merchant Navy RSL sub-Branch, PO Box 6159, Narraweena, NSW, 2099.  

Email: Mr. Merrill Barker, Hon. Secretary, Merchant Navy RSL sub-Branch, at merchant.navy.rsl@speednet.com.au  

Mobile number: 0433 934 705

Place:  Mosman War Memorial, Myahgah Road, Mosman adjacent to the Allan Border Oval behind the Council Chambers at Spit Junction. Parking may be limited due to Mosman being busy on a Sunday. A bus to Spit Junction is a suggested alternative.

When: Monday 3 September at 11am


Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front - Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
In 2017 twelve leading Australian artists visited the World War One battlefields of the Western Front a century after the conflict that claimed so many lives. Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front brings together the works they created in response to the history and present-day reality of these sites in a series of artworks that include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

Salient commemorates 100 years since the ceasefire on the Western Front on Armistice Day 1918. During the four year conflict (4 August 1914 – 11 November 1918) over 46,000 Australian troops perished at the Western Front in a brutal campaign of trench warfare which stretched 440 miles from the Swiss border to the North Sea, the highest casualty per capita suffered by any Allied nation.

Today the Western Front battlefields are the sites of fields, farms and villages, with memorials and cemeteries the only markers of the devastation that occurred a century ago. For the artists participating in Salient, the journey was a powerful reminder of the impact of war on our history, culture and society.

Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front will be opened at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery at 6pm on Friday 10 August, by Brad Manera, Senior Historian and Curator at the Anzac Memorial.

Public Program:  Friday 10 August, 5pm: Join the Salient artists in a panel discussion about their experience visiting and creating work in response to the Western Front.

Exhibition dates: 10 August to 7 October 2018

Visit the website for more information. 


Garden Island Tours

Tours of Garden Island are conducted by the Naval Historical Society of Australia on most Thursdays.


The tour includes areas within the secure precinct of Garden Island - which is not open to the public - including the Kuttabul Memorial, the Garden Island Chapel, heritage buildings and the top of the Captain Cook Dock. 

Please note, there is quite a lot of walking involved and some stairs during the tour, so group members need to be relatively mobile. The tour is not suitable for visitors who utilise a wheelchair or walking frame.

For security reasons, names of attendees must be submitted to the Naval Historical Society of Australia no later than one week before the tour. Photo identification such as a passport or driver licence will need to be presented on the day of the tour.


The cost per person is $20.00. More information about the tour can be found here.


To book a tour or make an inquiry, please contact Paul Nolan or Frank Doughty on (02) 9359 2243 from the Naval Historical Society of Australia. 

 
Stand Tall for PTS International Awareness Event
Stand Tall for PTS is organising an international awareness event for post traumatic stress. 

This will be the largest convoy of Military vehicles and First Responder vehicles plus multiple support vehicles and personnel assembled in support of PTS. It will travel from Brisbane to Canberra to Melbourne, back to Canberra and then on to Sydney for the opening of the Invictus Games in October 2018. Stand Tall will also engage with 6 other countries via social and mainstream media to bring this awareness to a much wider audience.

The convey will also be joined by DVA, VVCS and Phoenix Australia who will provide support services and insight into public awareness along the way. 

Sub-branches and veterans are invited to engage with the convey as they pass through the following towns on the following dates:

October 2 - Tenterfield

October 3 - Armidale

October 4 and 5 - Dubbo

October 6 - Bathurst

October 7 and 8 - Goulburn

October 9 and 10 - Canberra

October 11 - Wagga Wagga

October 17 - Cooma

October 18 - Canberra

October 19 - Ceremony at Dundas Army Base 

Detailed information on the campaign can be found on the website. 

Further  information can also been found here on the awareness program and here for background on the 2016 campaign. 

If your sub-Branch is interested in engaging with the campaign, please contact Tony Dell on 0419 771 736 or email tony.dell@standtall4pts.org


Fundraising for Veterans

Brad and Brodie Music are taking to the road in mid-August, travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne via Canberra and Wagga Wagga. They are pulling a coffee trailer and selling the 'Victory - Legacy of Legends Coffee' to raise funds for the ANVAM festival of Arts at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, EDit Transitioning and Mates4Mates veterans initiatives.

They will be raising awareness of the Invictus Games with rural regions through the love of coffee and music. They are keen to work with  NSW RSL sub-Branches to promote what they are doing and hope to pull up at participating sub-Branches to sell coffee and sing songs along the way.

Brad and Brodie will also be interviewing veterans and their families along the way, which will be recorded for campfire sessions for a veteran's radio station based in Cairns.

They plan to arrive in Canberra on the 23rd August, 2018 and Wagga Wagga on the 24th August.

If your sub-Branch is interested in hosting Brad and Brodie's coffee trailer, please contact Terry on 0478 038 067 or email terry@3elements.coffee

Supporting Younger Veterans Grants - Closing date 14 August 2018

The Australian Government is inviting organisations in an open competitive process to apply for grant funding in 2018-2019 under the Supporting Younger Veterans program. 

The Supporting Younger Veterans program aims to foster the ability of ex-service organisations (ESOs) and non ex-service organisations to support the needs of younger veterans as they transition out of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), establish themselves into civilian life, and manage the challenges that their ADF service presents through different stages of their civilian life.

For more information about the services under the Supporting Younger Veterans program, as well as requirements for applicants, click here

 Headquarter 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) reunion
A reunion will be held for Headquarter 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) in Ballarat from the 8th November 2019 - 11th November 2019. 

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

 Rookwood Cemetery Remembrance event - 9 November 2018
For all of us at Rookwood General Cemetery, the ANZAC Centenary is of great importance, particularly as so many brave servicemen and women are interred or memorialised within our grounds.

Over the last four years we have worked with Rookwood’s War Grave office to hold ANZAC events commemorating Rookwood’s servicemen and women. 

As a part of this initiative, we also discovered over 1600 unofficial war memorials located in Rookwood that commemorate servicemen and women from World War I.  This includes memorials of young soldiers who died in training, returned service people memorialised in family graves, and symbolic monuments erected by families for soldiers killed or missing in action.

As a sign of respect to these servicemen and women, their memorials have been cleaned and services have been conducted at each site.  Our aim now, is to complete monumental repairs on the more deteriorated memorials, whilst at the same time sharing the many stories that we have uncovered. 

One of the ways we will share these stories is through the development of a video and booklet which will be unveiled at a commemorative event on Friday 9 November 2018.  This event will include an official service and an opportunity for attendees to place a poppy in memory of a loved one.

We would like to invite the community to attend this event and reflect not only on the servicemen and women interred at Rookwood, but on their own family and friends that for our country.  Attending this event will enable those that have lost someone through war, to reflect and remember their life. 

I hope that we can work together to communicate this event to our community and if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dimity d'Arbon, Rookwood Cemeteries Reserve Trust (02) 8575 8100


 Free History Talk - Monash and The Battle of Hamel
The success of the Battle of Hamel on the 4 July 1918 was a result of precise coordination between various combat services and demonstrates  the value of meticulous planning. Hamel is remembered as the first occasion untested American soldiers fought alongside the war-weary veterans of the Australian infantry.  The success of the 93 minute battle is a testament to the finely tuned Australian infantry under superb field commanders and their indomitable Corp Commander, Lt. Gen. John Monash.  

Hear Robert Muscat, Council member for the Military History Society of NSW and member of the Australian Army Reserve discuss the significance of Hamel and the role of John Monash.  

Where: Lane Cove Library
When: Tuesday 21 August
Time: 6.15pm - 8.00pm
To book, please call (02) 9911 3634

2 RAR Historical Collection
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! 

 
 RESTORE Trial - Phoenix Australia 
Do you believe you have developed PTSD during your military service?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a new treatment trial conducted at the VVCS office in Sydney. The RESTORE trial investigates one of the most effective interventions for PTSD – prolonged exposure.
Potential benefits of taking part in the trial include an improvement in PTSD symptoms and a better quality of life. Prolonged exposure therapy is an effective and evidence-based treatment for PTSD, which can help a person to confront and come to terms with painful memories, challenge unhelpful thinking, and resume activities that are typically too distressing.

The trial organisers are seeking veterans or current serving personnel between 18 and 75 years of age, who have PTSD-like symptoms related to a traumatic experience during their military service. To express interest in participating in the trial or to find out more, call 1800 856 824 or visit www.phoenixaustralia.org/RESTORE

Nasho's WA Group - Call for Photos
The Nasho's WA group are looking for platoon and section photos to add to their website. To send photos, please email them to Bob McGuire at nashoswa71@gmail.com or visit www.wanashos.wikidot.com/

Discounted Holiday Accommodation - RAAF Welfare Recreational Company
The RAAF Welfare Recreational Company offers discounted holiday accommodation to eligible persons, including ex-serving members. The Ambassador Apartments on the Gold Coast have recently been improved with new furnishings, upgraded wet areas and new carpeting. Bookings can be made six months in advance and there are usually ample vacancies outside the school holiday periods and in the quieter, cooler months. 
Ring Andrew on 07 5531 5692 or visit www.raafholidays.com.au

Defence Archives to provide secure online records access
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.
 

Wingham and the Upper Manning Honour Roll Project
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.


Kedron State High School Needs Your Help!
Do you know of any past or current Kedron State High School (Brisbane) students or staff (cleaners, groundsmen, office workers, teachers, principals etc), who have served as part of the Australian Defence Force during military campaigns? If so, we need your help.This year, the Kedron High RSL Liaison Prefects are working towards acquiring an Honour Board for Kedron State High School.However, we need the community’s help to track down the names of Australian Defence Force servicemen and women from Kedron High who have served in military campaigns to ensure their names are included on the Honour Board. If you know of any Kedron High staff or student who should be added to the Honour Board, please contact Kedron State High School.

Address: 34 Park Rd, Wooloowin QLD 4030

Phone: (07) 3630 3333

Email: info@kedronshs.eq.edu.au 

Please spread the word so that we may honour those who have served. Thank you, Ryan Malone and Claudia Watson RSL Liaison Prefects

 Our Spirit - Stories of past and current serving women of the permanent Australian Defence Forces

OUR SPIRIT will be an anthology that will tell the stories of our recent and current servicewomen. The content will focus on the positive, negative, mundane, tragic, humorous, unique and unusual aspects of life as a woman in the Australia Defence Force. We are seeking submissions from ex or current serving women who were in the ADF from the 1970s onwards, in the following formats: Short stories, essays, poetry, diary entry/entries, emails or letters, artwork (paintings, drawings, sketches, illustration) with a short caption (up to 100 words); and photographs with a short caption (up to 100 words).

Any past or present servicewomen interested in contributing to Our Spirit, can email us to get our submission guidelines, or find out more via our email address ourspiritcollection@hotmail.com, or go to our webpage www.ourspiritcollection.weebly.com
Some information about us: Melanie was in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Supply Officer for 18 years and is a published author and poet.Jennifer was in the Australian Army as a Supply and Training and Development Officer, resigning in 1995 and is also a published author.

Mordialloc College Proposed Honour Board
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

Riverina Contempoary Veterans Group (RCVG) 
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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