Free history talk at Lane Cove Library

On the 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after four years of endless war. The world went into a period of transition from war to peace. Soldiers returned home to a country they could hardly remember, bringing with them injuries, visible and not visible, and Spanish Influenza which would kill 15,000 people.

Join Graeme Davis from the Lane Cove RSL sub-Branch and principal of Family Military History as he discusses the Armistice and the implications it would have on a brave new world.

Where: Lane Cove Library 

When: 13 November 2018

Time: 6.15pm - 8.00pm

Bookings: Call (02) 9911 3634

 New South Wales Legal Profession in the First World War 
The Supreme Court commemorates the sacrifice and service of the New South Wales Legal Profession in the First World War by telling the stories of the New South Wales lawyers who were there.

When:  Monday, 12 November 2018

Time:     5:15 PM

Venue: Banco Court

                Level 13, Law Courts Building

                Queens Square, Sydney

Introduction by the Hon Tom Bathurst AC Chief Justice of New South Wales

Major Adrian Consett Stephen Croix de Guerre Avec Palm, MC, MID

The aspiring barrister and law student killed in action with the Royal Field Artillery

By the Hon. Justice A.J. Meagher, Court of Appeal

Major James Whiteside Fraser McManamey

The barrister, Rugby player and veteran of the Sudan, killed at Gallipoli

By the Hon. Justice J.K. Ward, Chief Judge in Equity

Lieutenant Edwin Mayhew Brissenden MBE, Ordre Du Merite Agricole

The barrister offered judicial appointment whilst on active service

By the Hon. Justice M.J. Slattery

These stories in commemoration are expected to conclude by 6:15 PM. Assistance with this commemoration from Mr Nick Sanderson-Gough of the Court’s Executive Office, and from Mr Tony Cunneen as historical consultant, is gratefully acknowledged. 

Assistance with this commemoration from Mr Nick Sanderson-Gough of the Court’s Executive Office, and from Mr Tony Cunneen as historical consultant, is gratefully acknowledged. 

Wings Over Illawarra Air Show
The annual Wings Over Illawarra Air Show returns on Saturday, 4 and Sunday, 5 May 2019.

25% discount on bookings of 20 or more tickets. For bookings or enquiries contact Amanda on 02 9838 1733 or 

CLICK HERE for more information.  

Too Dark To See - e-book 

Western Sydney University have 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.

CLICK HERE to read the e-book

Royal Australian Navy Band commemorates Centenary of Armistice

The Royal Australian Navy Band will commemorate the Centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War One in a special concert that pays tribute to those who fought, the families and communities left behind, and their legacies.

Sydney 11 November 7.30pm, City Recital Hall. Tickets available now

For more information, visit

50th Anniversary Reunion - 1st Logistic Support Group - Vietnam Veterans
A 50-year anniversary reunion will be held for Headquarter 1st Australian Logistic Support Group (1ALSG) in Ballarat, Victoria from the 8th November 2019 - 11th November 2019. 

For more details, including accommodation, please contact Tony Brown on 0428 852 736 or email

An Australian War Requiem concert - Sydney University Graduate Choir - 11 November 2018

This special concert on the day of the centenary of World War I’s Armistice presents Christopher Bowen’s An Australian War Requiem, a critically acclaimed meditation on conflict and loss with a uniquely Australian perspective. Set to a deeply moving libretto created by Pamela Traynor, based on letters between Australian soldiers at the front and their mothers, the work transcends the national context to portray the grief and loss as a truly universal experience.

Christopher Bowen: Music Director

Taryn Fiebig: Soprano

Ashlyn Tymms: Mezzo-Soprano

Andrew Goodwin: Tenor

Adrian Tamurini: Bass

Wade Kernot: Bass

Date: Sunday 11 November 2018

Time: 3pm

Venue: Sydney Town Hall

For more information such as ticket prices and bookings, please click here

A Nation’s Tribute - 11 November 2018

At 5pm on 11 November 2018, bagpipers across Australia will be part of an international commemoration to mark the signing of the Armistice in WWI. Australian pipers and bands will play The Battle’s O’er, a tune composed a century ago to honour those who served and to this day, regularly played by bands the world over.

Australia’s participation in the international commemoration is being co-ordinated by Pipe Bands Australia and is timed to coincide with pipers in Britain and across Europe playing The Battle’s O’er at the time the Armistice was signed at 6am in the Northern Hemisphere.

Sub-Branches are invited to participate and should register their interest with Pipe Bands Australia. Bands and individuals participating in the Battle’s O’er commemoration will receive a special certificate.

Please register your interest to participate via the Pipe Bands Australia website here.

If you sub-Branch is not associated with a local pipe band, please contact Pipe Bands Australia via email here and they will assist in helping your sub-Branch find a pipe band to collaborate with.

For further information, please download the Information Kit here.

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. 

 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

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 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

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 or visit

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

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


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, or go to our webpage
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: | PO Box 5121, Mordialloc 3195 
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 (attention Richard Salcole)

Would you like to place something on our Community Noticeboard?
Please contact us below so we can review it.

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