RSL South Australia, Northern Territory and Broken Hill
Volume 68 July 2012
The Ghan ANZAC Tribute Journey
2012 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit
School Prize Tour
Making a difference
Lest We Forget
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difference to the veterans in our community.
Corporate sponsorship is a vital part of the survival of this iconic
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brands and all they represent, make ideal charity partners for
cause-related marketing initiatives. The RSL welcomes the
opportunity to tailor a sponsor partnership to suit.
Please join us to not only pay tribute to our departed veterans, but
also support and better the lives of those who remain and those
still in the Service of their Country.
Please contact our Public Relations Officer for further
information regarding Corporate Sponsorship options.
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Inside this Issue 1
State President’s Report 2
Chief Executive Officer’s Report 3
Sub-Branch News 4
Military Entitlements 9
Points of Order 10
Women’s Auxiliary 11
Defence News 12
The Ghan ANZAC Tribute Journey 13
Premiers ANZAC School Spirit Tour 14
Letters to the Editor 16
General News 17
Requests and Reunions 25
Book Reviews 26
2012 ANZAC Appeal 27
The Last Post 28
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Inside this Issue
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I am extremely proud and
privileged to have assumed the
role of President of our State
Branch. In doing so I would like
to acknowledege the wonderful
work that Jock Statton has
done over the eight years of his
tenure. Jock’s passion for the
RSL and supporting veterans
from all periods of our country’s
history has been pivotal in
leading us through some
difficult times and positioning
us for success in the future. The
last two years, in particular, have
seen us undertake significant
restructuring. We now have a more streamlined and modern Board
structure and Constitution. Our financial arrangements also provide
us with greater certainty than they used to. Jock oversaw the
restructuring of our war veterans homes and aged care facilities.
The RSL Villas Angle Park, War Veterans Home Myrtle Bank and
affordable housing, the Darby & Joan Cottages at Campbelltown,
Clovelly Park and Wallaroo are now all maintained by the Board of
WVH under the RSL Care banner. Jock has also worked on many
initiatives at State Government level. Jock’s legacy is immense and
I hope to continue the work that he commenced to prepare us for
even greater challenges.
The biggest challenge as I see it is how to reinvigorate our brand.
Our membership is shrinking and we are not attracting new
members, especially from the current serving Defence community.
We are also facing challenges from like-minded organisations for
funding and donations. Governments at all levels are directing funds
and support to organisations other than us. This all suggests that
there is confusion about what we do or we are not doing it well. Can
we easily define what it is that we do? What is the image that the
public has of the RSL? Why would they want to donate to the RSL?
Why would they want to join the RSL? Apart from on ANZAC Day,
the great work you all do is not as visible as it needs to be. Serving
men and women do not see the RSL as relevant. We need to have
a clear message about what we offer and use all available means
to maintain our position as the premier Ex-service Organisation in
Australia. The Board has commenced work in this area.
We also need to continue to ensure our financial viability. Without
this we cannot sustain the work that we do to assist our veterans
and their families and to undertake the commemorative work which
is so vital. We will build on the work of the last two years. This
includes working with all of our Sub-Branches to ensure their
viability. Unfortunately, it is becoming all too common a problem that
Sub-Branches are not managing their finances well enough. Help
is often sought far too late. To this end the Board has resolved to
undertake an education program which will provide Sub-Branches
with the knowledge they require to manage their finances. News on
this program will be advised later in the year.
In the end, the RSL is a charity organisation. Many of you would
have heard of the Federal Government’s Not-for-proft (NFP) review.
The outcomes of the review will be a key driver for our business.
Whilst we don’t know the full extent of the review’s findings and
what recommendations will be adopted, it is clear that each Sub-
Branch, and the RSL collectively, will need to ask some fundamental
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State President’s Report
questions. What is our core function? What do I do with money
The Government’s aim is to improve governance, transparency
and accountability for all NFP organisations, primarily around tax
arrangements. It is also hoped that existing conflict with various
state and Federal legislation will be eliminated. The Australian
Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) will be established
on 1 October 2012. It will be the new federal regulator for all NFP
organisations including the RSL. We will monitor progress in this
area and contribute to the debate on reducing the compliance
burden. However, there are likely to be changes in how we operate.
Finally, the Premier’s ANZAC Study Tour 2012 was another great
success. Mrs Jill Hoare escorted 10 students visiting London and
the Western Front, attending the Villiers-Brettoneux Dawn Service
on ANZAC Day. The students held commemorative services for the
fallen soldiers they studied as part of the competition for the tour at
the grave site or wall of remembrance. This is the sixth year that the
State Government and the RSL have conducted this tour with a total
of 41 students representing South Australia over that period.
I look forward to getting around to as many Sub-Branches as I can
over the next few months and working with you all to continue the
RSL’s excellent work.
RSL CARE SA
RSL CARE SA exists from
the merging of aged care and
affordable housing facilities
operated by RSL SA and War
Veterans Home, Myrtle Bank.
We are proud to provide outstanding care
and accommodation for veterans
and the wider community.
Residential Aged Care at:
War Veterans Home, Myrtle Bank
RSL Villas, Angle Park
For further information
55 Ferguson Avenue, Myrtle Bank SA 5064
Tel: 08 8379 2600 � Fax: 08 8338 2577
Chief Executive Officer’s Report
It has not been an easy six
months by any stretch of the
imagination; we have had some
major difficulties with some Sub-
Branches whose Committees do
not fully understand their legal
responsibilities. Thus, I have not
been out and about as much as
I like, because we have been
dealing with Sub-Branches
which are on the verge of, or
are, going under. Therefore,
I’d like to dedicate this article,
mostly, to the future of your Sub-
Look around your Sub-Branch
and think honestly “Where will you be in 5-10 years?” Are the doors
just going to close? Is there something you can do to change that? If
not, then contact us and we can see what we can do. It might mean
closure, but it might also mean amalgamation or even expansion
and, remember, you do not own your club. The members of the
League across Australia own your club. It is they who have given you
a Charter to help the Veteran Community in your area.
I am not going to name and shame the bad Sub-Branches but,
instead, dwell for a moment on some of the good ones. Sub-
Branches like Unley, Two Wells, Katherine, Morphett Vale, Prospect,
Auburn/Clare, Victor Harbor, St Morris, Cummins-Yeelanna, Henley
& Grange and Largs Bay are just a few worthy of a mention. Luckily
there are many more. Some of those listed above are not really all
that viable in their current form while some are going great guns in
the community but all of them are looking to the future.
I have heard many people ask what do we really do for you. Well, ask
some of the above Sub-Branches. At Prospect we are negotiating
with the Council to ensure a new and vibrant Sub-Branch at Prospect
Oval. In Victor Harbor we, and the Sub-Branch, are working with the
Council and the local football club to develop a new club down there.
St Morris understands it can’t maintain its current premises and has
been very proactive in developing a plan for the Sub-Branch to have
a continued presence in the area.
But what of welfare and advocacy? What have we done in that
respect over the last 12 months? Well we have been involved in:
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If you don’t like what we do please don’t just phone us and give us
a mouthful. We are happy to receive your views. However, send us
information we can work with. For example don’t ring up and tell us
that the President of your local Sub-Branch is not performing well
and then abuse us because we didn’t do something about it. You
voted him or her in!
Write to us. Outline your problems and we will see if we can
help. Once we have a full picture of your situation we will provide
feedback. In doing so please realise that this information is coming
from a position of experience. If it doesn’t work for you then we
can try a different tactic, but from first-hand experience we know
what has worked in clubs and what hasn’t. State Branch wants to
ensure the long-term success of each Sub-Branch. We have lots
of experience with well operated Sub-Branches as well as those
which are not. Please take advantage of that experience and consult
with us early before your Sub-Branch closes its doors and there
is nothing we can do to help. Remember, most Sub-Branches are
separately incorporated entities and there is only so much we can
do under the Law.
I’d like to say a few words about Jock Statton. I have known Jock now
for coming up to 7 years and worked with him for the past 3. When
I came to this position I really had no passion for the RSL, I had just
done 20 plus years in the Navy and really didn’t see the relevance
of the RSL. Jock soon changed that, his passion and drive to make
sure he left a legacy for future generations of serving personnel is
nothing short of astounding and puts my efforts to shame. Folks, my
staff and I are paid to support you, Jock is not. Over the years he
has been abused and vilified all in the name of the ESO community
and not been paid a cent for it, but his passion for the veteran
community has never waned. He is, in short, a remarkable man.
Jock I will miss you and the RSL will never be the same, don’t be
a stranger. To Mary, mate, he is all yours now, I am sure that list of
work is going to grow significantly!
Finally, in closing, I want to remind you all the RSL is a charity, not a
money making business and, as such, we must be mindful of likely
changes in the Not-for-Profit sector. I ask all Committee members to
be aware of your responsibilities under the law and keep an eye out
for the Government changes in this sector. Trust me, you will have to
justify your charitable tax status.
Jock Statton was surprised with a farewell gathering of family,
friends and staff on Friday 15 June. Brigadier Max Lemon read a
letter from Sir Eric Neal and former Governor Mrs Marjorie Jackson-
Nelson spoke of her time spent working with Jock.
Past State President’s Report July 2012
Although I advised in the last copy of THE SIGNAL that it would be
my last report I have been requested to do one last report. I would
like to pass on my congratulations to Tim Hanna in nominating as
President for RSL SA and Frank Owen renominating for a further
term on the State Board. I believe the current Board have exceptional
experience and knowledge to take RSL SA into the future.
Over the 8 years as your President there are a great many events
which come across my desk, some very satisfying, some which are
easy to handle and some extremely frustrating and time consuming.
Some which have been achieved are the State Government
establishing the Premier’s ANZAC Study Tour, Veterans Advisory
Council (VAC), Veterans Health Advisory Council (VHAC), Veterans
SA, financial assistance for ANZAC and Remembrance Day
Commemorative Services. The expansion of ANZAC Medals
presented for sporting events, in collaboration with SANFL
Community Clubs and Netball SA, at the ANZAC round of Football
and Netball. Medals are now presented at ANZAC designated
games, named after local identities of the Community, to the player
who shows the most sportsmen-like spirit in the game.
The RSL has assisted with raising funds for several significant
Memorials, Vietnam War, Simpson and his Donkey, Aboriginal &
Torres Strait Islanders, symbol of the Eternal Flame and Ataturk
Tribute at the Cross of Sacrifice. Consulted with State Government
on the development and naming of the Gallipoli Underpass; in
consultation with the Adelaide City Council the upgrading of the
South Australian National War Memorial precinct and developed a
standard for Memorials to be erected along the Pathway of Honour.
ANZAC Eve Youth Vigils established at the South Australian National
War Memorial in 2000 have now expanded to Blackwood, Marion,
Morphett Vale, Naracoorte, Port Lincoln, Salisbury and Whyalla.
These events involve youth representatives from a variety of service
and community groups.
Working with Local Governments (Councils) in establishing new
Sub-Branches in West Torrens, Norwood and Prospect. These Sub-
Branches should increase the profile of the RSL and attract the next
generation of members.
With the change in attitude of “last man out switches off the lights”
there has been an increase in workload for staff. To overcome this,
part-time staff has been employed with specific skills. Also a great
number of Sub-Branches are planning for the future with upgrading
premises and in some cases renovating and expanding.
At the recent NSW Branch Conference there passed a motion to
allow Affiliates to join. I reviewed South Australian membership
numbers and advised Delegates of the 145 Sub-Branches in SA
Branch, 48 had either around the same or more Affiliates to Service
members with only 13 Sub-Branches not having Affiliates. 41 of
the 48 Sub-Branches which have encouraged Affiliates are Country
Sub-Branches, the 13 which have none have a very short lifetime
and should consider if they wish to have representation in their area.
Although there are more positives than negatives it is frustrating a
large amount of time is taken with some Sub-Branches not having
good Governance in practice or not abiding by the Constitution.
In cases where Sub-Branches have found themselves in financial
problems, it has been lack of accountability to their members. In
these cases State Branch has been requested to assist after the
Sub-Branch finds it can no longer meet its creditors’ payments.
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STATE BRANCH IS THERE TO ASSIST
When referring to RSL SA this includes valuable work carried out by
Sub-Branches as well as State Branch.
I would like to thank Board Members, Members and Staff for their
support and assistance over this period. Without working together
we would not have been able to achieve so much and be looking at
a good future.
I would also like to acknowledge Mary, my family and friends for
Jock Statton OAM
Memorial garden to highlight service
Friends and family members of war veterans have been called upon
to help put the finishing touches on the Murray Bridge Returned &
Services League (RSL) clubrooms.
And, in doing so, they will be able to further immortalise the service
of about 500 servicemen and women.
The RSL is building a memorial garden at its Old Princes Highway
headquarters but it needs some additional help.
Memorial garden committee chairman John Ali said the garden
would become a central part of the RSL. “It will be a place of
reflection, memorial and pride,” he said. “It will become very much
one of the focal points of the RSL.”
Paving stones have already been laid but three memorial walls and
garden beds are still to be erected. It will be in the memorial wall, Mr
Ali said, that the club hoped to raise funds while also remembering
the efforts of men and women who had served Australia in conflicts
from the Boer War to World Wars I and II, to Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia
to current actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Five hundred bricks inscribed with the names of servicemen and
women will be sold off at $50 each to family members wishing to
commemorate their loved ones and ancestors.
The bricks will form the short memorial walls that will surround
the garden. “Pavers are available to anyone who has served in the
defence forces from the Boer War on or friends and families of those
who have passed on,” Mr Ali said.
Anyone interested in purchasing a memorial brick from the Murray
Bridge RSL can contact Mr Ali on 0418 807 576 or Phil Nolan on
0459 325 101.
Story and photo courtesy Murray Valley Standard
ANZAC Sporting Awards
Southern Football League (SFL)
The SFL ANZAC match was played at the Brighton Old Scholars
Football Club grounds on Saturday 28 April, between Brighton and
Morphett Vale Football clubs. It was a replay of the 2011 Grand
Final, won by the Brighton Old Scholars team.
The ‘J.S. Malpas MC RSL ANZAC Medal’ was awarded to Brighton
player, Wil Rivers by Mr Geoff Malpas, great nephew of Captain
James Malpas MC
Southern United Netball Association (SUNA)
The SUNA ANZAC match took place at the Wilfred Taylor Reserve,
Morphett Vale on Wednesday 2 May 2012, between Southern Stars
and Hub 1. This match was a replay of the 2011 Grand Final, won
by Hub 1.
The ‘Julie Fairchild RSL ANZAC
Medal’ was awarded to
Jessica Vermeij from Hub1 by
Leading Seaman Julie Fairchild
(pictured), a serving member of
the Royal Australian Navy.
SA Lacrosse Association
Both 2011 Women’s and Men’s
Lacrosse Grand Final matches
were replayed on ANZAC Day
at the Brighton Lacrosse Club
grounds and both between
Brighton Bombers and Glenelg
Sea Hawks. Brighton Bombers
were successful in both
The Women’s League ‘RSL ANZAC Lacrosse Medal’ was awarded
to Brighton Bombers player Melissa Williams by Mrs Dierdre Owen
OAM, State President of the RSL Women’s Auxiliary Central Council
and former long serving Women’s Lacrosse Umpire. The Men’s ‘RSL
ANZAC Lacrosse Medal’ was awarded to Shane Gilbert, again a
Brighton Bombers player, by Mr Frank Owen OAM, Deputy State
The ANZAC Ceremony of Remembrance was observed with due
solemnity at each of the match venues.
ANZAC Sports Medals
RSL SA and Veterans SA continued the program of presenting
ANZAC Day medals to A-Grade SA Community Football League
clubs in South Australia and Broken Hill and Community Netball
Leagues. The medals are named after local serving or ex-service
identities and are a way to link young people with the ADF and local
Winner of the Joe Day ANZAC Medal for the A grade Mid West
Football match was Dillon Montgomerie (West Coast Hawks)
presented by Peter Payne, President of the Streaky Bay RSL.
Tennant Creek RSL
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th it rained and rained in Tennant
Creek and we thought ANZAC Day was going to be a washout.
ANZAC Eve Dinner In night (Roll Call Dinner) was a great success
with members from Patrol Boat Group Darwin, Norforce Alice
Springs, members of the US Combined Defence Facility Pine Gap
and the RAAF from Tindal, who were our Catafalque Party, which is
a first for us to have the RAAF as our honour guard.
Wednesday morning was clear with the stars shining down on us.
Dawn Service saw approximately 150 attending.
Following the gunfire breakfast, everyone made their way to the
Transit Centre. From there the march started with a 94 year old
guest for the day, distinguished WWII veteran, Charlie Parrott, who
is one of the Northern Territory’s last surviving prisoners of war,
leading the march.
The salute was taken by LCDR Scott Mason from Patrol Boat Group
and MAJ Peter Somerville from Norforce.
The Main Service saw a turnout of about 400 people. 2 up and a live
band finished off the day.
Edward (Ted) Wilson
The Macclesfield Sub-Branch
Would like to thank all those persons and organisations who
attended the ANZAC Twilight Commemoration Service.
Over two hundred and fifteen people attended the Service with many
taking the opportunity to stay on to enjoy the hospitality provided by
the RSL, Community Association and Battunga Lions Club. Thank
The Macclesfield and Echunga Sub-Branches also wish to thank
those whom attended the ANZAC Match at Echunga on Saturday
the 28th April.
Finally, our Sub-Branch has been privileged to have received some
distinguished guests recently. His Excellency, Governor for SA, Rear
Admiral Kevin Scarce, some notable Members of State and Federal
Parliament Isobel Redmond and Jamie Briggs, the Mayor of Mt
Barker, Dept of Veteran Affairs Representatives, other Sub-Branch
members - but our most important guest recently have been the
members of the Prospect Hill Scout, Joeys & Cubs.
Thank you one and all for your visits. Come back soon.
Permission has been granted by Prospect Hill Scouts to use the
Picture - picture with them is Bill O’Callahan (Snr Vice President
Last year a Sub-Branch
representative spoke about
ANZAC Day to the students and
staff at Forbes Primary School.
This year two classes visited
the Sub-Branch for a different
perspective on the RSL in their
community. Children were given
a tour of the clubrooms and
had the opportunity to try on
uniforms, handle equipment and
view memorabilia. They were
excited and asked interesting
questions. As they left they each
received a goody bag and an
iceblock. The children kindly
sent Thank You letters and
posters about their visit.
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The Adelaide Sub-Branch is now in its second year of existence and
confirmed at the AGM in April that the concept of operating as a
‘virtual’ Sub-Branch was working.
This year’s committee has several new members and now comprises:
President: Brigadier Tim Hanna AM
Vice-President: Mr David Everitt
Secretary: Mrs Julie Chapman
Treasurer: Mr Walter Watt
Committee members: Mr Ken Brown, Dr Rex Lipman AO, Major
John O’Grady, Mr David Woods
Over the last 12 months the emphasis has been establishing clear
communication channels and keeping you all abreast of RSL and
wider Defence matters. The most efficient way to do this of course
is via modern electronic means – email, visiting the RSL website
etc and perhaps, eventually, via Facebook and Twitter! For the time
being we will keep our expectations modest and rely on email so, for
those of you who have not provided us with an email contact, please
do so to our Secretary, Mrs Julie Chapman on email@example.com.
Whilst we are comfortable with our minimalist operation, there
has been some sentiment expressed that we would like to be
seen to be making a more substantial contribution to the RSL’s
overall fundraising effort. As such, we have set up a Fundraising
Sub-committee to develop a plan for how we can contribute to
ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day fundraising. If you would like
to be part of this work or simply have a great idea, please let our
Vice-President, David Everitt know. David can be contacted via our
These are the men who went to war
They fought to give us a whole lot more
These are the men that rolled the dice
Rolled the dice and gave in their life
These are the men we remember with Poppies
The war they fought in we hope not to copy
These are the men that fought for the rising sun
They fought and fought till the day was done
These are the men that fought for their mums
They knew for sure they couldn’t run
We will remember them
This poem was written by an 11 years young lady named Bonnie
Turner. Bonnie attends Southern Montessori School. This year she
attended her second ANZAC Day Dawn Service with her Dad and is
waiting patiently until she is old enough to be part of the RSL ANZAC
Youth Vigil in the South.
Morphett Vale Sub-Branch Events ANZAC Reports
Pre ANZAC Sunday Service
Glenelg Brass Band attended once again, this year was their 85th
visit for our Service. They were in strength with well over 30 band
members in attendance. The service commenced with about 30
members marching into the hall accompanied by the Band to join
almost 100 relatives and friends. Acting Company Sergeant Major
Wilf Taylor did his usual splendid job of keeping the troops in line
during the ‘March-In’.
Following the service, the ladies from our Women’s Auxiliary
provided their usual wonderful afternoon tea. Many comments are
received from Band members and other guests alike, about its
quality and quantity. Once again, we thank you ladies.
Participating organisations in this year’s RSL ANZAC Youth Vigil in
the South were; St John Ambulance, Girl Guides South Australia,
619 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets, SA Country Fire Service
Cadets, Scouts Australia SA Branch. All in all, approximately 180
young members of the above organisations stood Vigil around the
City of Onkaparinga Memorial Gardens Monument on the night
preceding ANZAC Day.
Many local businesses and organisations assisted with provisioning
for the Vigil youth members and their leaders and other organisations,
including the City of Onkaparinga and SA Police, provided an
enormous amount of critical back-up support which was greatly
appreciated, this support was continued throughout the night until
the end of the Dawn Service.
An impressive number of schools, 22 in all were represented at the
Despite the early threat of rain, the 2012 Dawn Service, conducted
by SQNLDR Peter Simmons, had the best attendance yet, the
Police estimate well over 7,000 were in attendance. Organisations
taking part in the service included; the City of Onkaparinga, SA
Police, Onkaparinga City Concert Band, the Salvation Army, City of
Onkaparinga Pipe Band, St John Ambulance and Members of the
New Zealand Association who played a significant role in the Dawn
Service. Cadets from TS NOARLUNGA, Australian Navy Cadets; 40
Army Cadet Unit and 605 Squadron, Australian Air Force Cadets
comprised the Catafalque Party under the command of Cadet Under
Officer Jakob Batchelor from 40 Army Cadet Unit.
Fine weather predominated much of South Australia and the
Northern Territory for well attended ANZAC Day services, marches
and youth vigils. The ANZAC Day Committee reports that a record
crowd attended the Adelaide Dawn Service which was followed by
the March and Commemorative Service at the Cross of Sacrifice, all
which were broadcast by ABC TV.
Torrens Parade Ground was open afterwards for mates to catch up
and enjoy refreshments, food, Two-Up and displays. This event was
made possible due to the RSL, ADF and ex-service organisations.
The generosity of Carlton United Breweries, Toll Express, BankSA,
Jeff Ayles and SA Bush Artillery is appreciated.
Mount Pleasant RSL Sub-Branch
The Mount Pleasant Sub-Branch has had a very busy few months.
Firstly we had ANZAC Day, which was a huge success and we
estimate that there were at least 250 people from around the
area to participate in the Dawn service. The president Wally Birch
and the local Birdwood pastor, Brian Teagle, carried out the Dawn
Service and all went well apart from the rain, which started about
halfway through the service. I have many people to thank, including
Pastor Brian Teagle, the local CFS who controlled the traffic and also
raised the flag, Mark Wilsch for the use of his audio equipment and
obviously the committee and members who helped out on the day.
Everyone was then ushered into the hall where people enjoyed a
lovely coffee or tea with a traditional nip to warm up the body and
then a great egg and bacon roll for breakfast. We then had our usual
Raffle, which had over 26 prizes and included two auctions. Many
thanks to all the local businesses and local wineries, from Mount
Pleasant, Springton and around the district, who all very kindly
donated prizes. The morning was then finished off with a friendly
game of ‘Two Up’ and also a game of ‘Crown and Anchor’, (thanks
Adrian and Colin for the hole in my wallet). We even obtained a
liquor licence for the day via the Talunga Hotel, and intend to do so
from now on.
Next was an inaugural ‘Dine in Night’ held at the Talunga Hotel,
Mount Pleasant. We had 24 members and guests attend with
our patron, Lady Downer, taking the ‘Guest of Honor’ seat for the
night. We all had a fantastic time, and it’s amazing how some of us
actually squeezed into our mess attire! Colin Andrews acting as Mr
Vice informed people of the different aspects and ceremonies of a
mess dinner as the night unfolded, which ensured that people who
had never attended a dinner of this sort, never felt out of place. We
are planning another one later in the year where we intend to invite
Presidents and guests from other local Sub-Branches to attend.
Obviously the venue and seating area will dictate the number of
Bus Trip To Murray Bridge RSL
Forty members from the Salisbury RSL Sub-Branch departed their
clubrooms at 9.30am on Sunday 25th March 2012. Travelling
through the outskirts of the city, the bus took the Murray Bridge
Freeway, stopping at Mt Barker for a pleasant morning tea.
Arriving at the Murray Bridge RSL at 11.45am we were welcomed
by the President, Ray Duthie. Members from Mypolonga and Mt
Barker RSLs were in attendance, along with a member from the Air
Force Association, Mitcham.
Members from the Salisbury RSL also included the President, Vice
President and Secretary. Along with them were the President, Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer from the RAAF Association
Elizabeth/Salisbury Branch; President and Secretary from the
National Servicemen’s Association Para Districts and Chairman
from Central Districts Legacy Group.
A scrumptious barbecue lunch was prepared by volunteer cooks.
The steak and sausages were donated by T & R Pastoral Co. They
were cooked to perfection. Along with various salads and sweets, a
mouth watering lunch was enjoyed by all.
Murray Bridge and Salisbury RSLs both provided raffles on the day,
with all proceeds being donated to Murray Bridge RSL.
Camaraderie was high on the agenda, with both groups socialising
together. Some met friends from years gone by.
Murray Bridge’s new RSL building is a credit to its members. Large,
open and airy. The large kitchen facilities, bar and amenities were
all new, spic and span. The scenery from the Clubrooms overlooking
the river and towards Murray Bridge centre was very relaxing and
Leaving at 2.15pm, the bus returned via Hahndorf, where there was
an hour stop. Arriving back at Salisbury RSL at 5.15pm with a few
tired and weary members on board.
A very pleasant day out. Comments made were: “we must visit other
RSLs like this”
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RSL Sub-Branches Unite
The RSL Auburn, Clare and Districts Sub-Branch is now official.
On Friday, 23rd March 2012, at the RSL Clubrooms in Clare, Deputy
State President, Mr Frank Owen OAM presented the new Charter to
the amalgamated Auburn and Clare Sub-Branches.
The process of amalgamation was started just over 12 months ago
with an initial meeting held in March 2011 when Clare Sub-Branch
put a proposal to Auburn to amalgamate. Since that time, many
meetings have been held, firstly to enable all members to participate
freely in the discussions, then once the proposal was accepted, an
interim Executive was formed which had the task of dealing with
RSL matters and also administrative requirements of the Office of
Consumer and Business Affairs. It wasn’t by any means all plain
sailing but eventually all requirements were met, RSL National
Executive gave its approval and the amalgamation was completed.
Mr Peter Lane, as the President of the new Sub-Branch, said in
his speech that “it was a very interesting process and experience
for our Sub-Branches to go through, due to wording and legal
requirements. We are hoping that this amalgamation will be the
beginning of a revival of the RSL in the towns and the districts we
service and allow others to come along and join in”.
Mr Frank Owen congratulated both Sub-Branches on the process
of amalgamation saying it is not an easy task to achieve. Frank
took the opportunity to reinforce the reason for having an active
RSL Sub-Branch and explained the significance of the Charter. “The
Charter is issued to each Sub-Branch and they have an obligation to
conduct its business accordingly” Mr Owen said.
A toast was made to the new Sub-Branch and a cake was cut to
celebrate the milestone.
The Combined Ex-Services Mess Association Inc.
New Trading Times
The Combined Ex-Services Mess will be open for members and
guests on the second and third Fridays of each month between the
hours of 3.30 and 7.30 pm.
The bar is well stocked with packaged beer and a selection of wines
and spirits. Light snacks will also be available.
Comfortable surroundings, ample car parking.
All who wish to make use of the facilities are encouraged to join and
Membership applications are available at the Mess.
Annual subscription is $10.00 per year which becomes due on 1
January each year.
Debunking The Myths – Income Support Payments
DVA staff who work in Income Support say that there are a few
questions which are frequently asked by the veteran community.
Some of these are based on a misunderstanding of how income
support works in DVA. The following information is provided in
the hope of debunking some of the widespread myths relating to
How many people receive income support from DVA?
Approximately 164,000 service pensioners receive payments.
A service pension can be paid to veterans with qualifying service
on the grounds of age or invalidity. Eligible partners, widows and
widowers may also receive benefits.
There are around 73,000 people paid Income Support Supplement.
This benefit is paid to eligible war widows/widowers under the
Veterans’ Entitlement Act 1986 and to wholly dependent partners
under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.
It enables war widows/widowers to receive all of the payments
Approximately 4,700 people receive their social security age pension
through DVA. Eligible veterans, who have an accepted disability or
receive a disability pension from DVA but do not have qualifying
service, may be paid their age pension by DVA. Their partner may
also receive their entitlements from DVA if eligible.
Who is eligible for the service pension?
Veterans are eligible if they served in the Australian Defence Force,
in commonwealth or allied forces and have qualifying service and
meet the residency requirements, and are either of service pension
age or permanently incapacitated for work.
Income Support pensions are based on financial need so they are
subject to income and assets tests.
People who are permanently blind in both eyes are exempt from the
income and assets test.
How do I know if I can receive income support from DVA?
There are five types of income support pension that may be available
to eligible veterans or their dependants. These include service
pension paid on age or invalidity grounds, partner service pension,
Income Support Supplement and social security age pension.
If you don’t receive any of these payments and you think you might
be eligible please contact DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254
The onus is on individuals in receipt of benefits to notify DVA of any
changes in their circumstances which may affect the amount of
benefit paid. Additionally, DVA conducts numerous specific pension
reviews to ensure that benefits paid are at the appropriate level.
During 2010-2011 almost 140,000 income support reviews were
finalised. Around 27% resulted in an increase in pension, 37% a
reduction and 36% in a continuation at the same rate.
Last financial year the various income support reviews undertaken
by the Department resulted in approximately $19.3 million worth
of pension and allowance to which there was no entitlement being
Military Pensions, Entitlements and Welfare
Entitlements Officers at RSL SA State Headquarters
Telephone: 8232 0322 Fax: 8232 0377
Wendy Rydon Director (Operations)
Mark Keynes Senior Entitlements Officer
Roger Donnelly Entitlements and VRB Case Officer
Di Capus Entitlements and Welfare Officer
There have been some changes in the Entitlements Section recently.
Mr Bert Henstridge who was the Senior Entitlements Officer
recently retired after many years of assisting serving and ex-Service
personnel to access entitlements to pensions, and representing
them at the Veterans’ Review Board.
Mr Mark Keynes has taken over as the Senior Entitlements Officer.
Mark served for 27 years in the Army. He was an Infantry soldier
and officer. He served with 2/4 RAR, 8/9 RAR, 51 FNQR, 1 RAR and
9 BDE. He did two tours of East Timor. Mark started as a Pension
Officer in May 2012.
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Affiliates – Rights and
I recently received a letter from
a member, which is included
elsewhere in this issue of THE
SIGNAL, stating his concerns
with the perceived lack of rights
of Sub-Branch Affiliates. I have
responded to the member but
to avoid excessive repetition,
invite you to read the following
in conjunction with the letter.
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and be elected as Secretary,
Treasurer or Committee
members of the Sub-Branch. I disagree completely with the
statements that Affiliates “have no say in the running of the Sub-
Branch” and “have no voting rights in the election of Officers, …”.
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eligible to hold, Affiliates may speak and vote on domestic matters
in the operation of the Sub-Branch. Affiliates may not speak or vote
on any matter that involves the disposal of the Sub-Branch facility
nor issues such as relocation or redevelopment (these issues are
covered by the Constitution as being the rights of Service Members
alone. By-Law 3.10.2 refers.
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Affiliates of Sub-Branches would only do so if they have “empathy
with the Objects of the League and a desire to assist the League
in its work”. This is a quote from sub-clause 6 (e) of By-Law 3 and
applies to those who are not eligible to join as a relative of a person
who would have been eligible for Service membership or is/was a
member of one of the organisations listed in sub-Clause 6 (d). It
should apply equally to those who are relatives.
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has no bearing on the Constitution. The League was founded by
those who returned from Gallipoli at which time it was a requirement
to have been a Returned Sailor or Soldier. We have come quite a
distance since those days, however, the National Constitution, to
which all State Branches are bound, permits only Service Members
to serve as President, Vice President or Delegate.
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the current situation ie, change the Constitution,
1) would initially require the agreement of a majority of the financial
Sub-Branch Service members present at a meeting;
2) agreement by a majority of the Delegates present at the Annual
Sub-Branch Conference; and
3) agreement by a majority of the State Presidents and co-
Delegates attending the National Congress. You may be interested
to know that neither NSW nor Queensland State Branches have
Affiliates of Sub-Branches.
Your reference to two levels of Sub-Branch Affiliates requires some
up-dating; the State Board has received feed-back from a number
of Sub-Branches and decided not to proceed with that matter in its
Sub-Branch - Amalgamations/Decisions
There have been occasions when some members of Sub-Branches
have considered amalgamating with other Sub-Branches. This is
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Points of Order
perfectly reasonable when difficulty is experienced in gaining new
members, which, unfortunately, is often the case in some rural
areas. Recently there was a successful amalgamation of the Clare
and Auburn Sub-Branches but only became a reality after a great
deal of administrative planning had occurred. Apart from those
actions required under the Incorporations Act, State Board approval
is also required.
None of the above can occur without the approval of a majority of the
financial Service members of each of the Sub-Branches involved. In
order for this to happen, Special General Meetings must be called for
each Sub-Branch as required by the Constitution and each meeting
must have a majority of its financial Service members, who must be
present at the meeting. To do otherwise would be in contravention
of the Constitution. Such a decision cannot be made by just one
member, nor can it be made by the Sub-Branch Committee.
It is disappointing to continually hear that there are still Sub-
Branches which do not hold Monthly General Meetings.
You may recall that when the procedures were posted to ALL Sub-
Branches in the South Australian Branch, there was one form
entitled “SUB-BRANCH CERTIFICATION”. The aim was to certify that
the following actions had been carried out:
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I remind all Sub-Branches that there is a legal requirement
to conform to the provisions of the Act and that includes the
requirement to conduct Monthly General Meetings. There may be
exceptions granted but these exceptions must be requested in
writing and approved by the State Board. Generally, approval will
only be given for Sub-Branches with small membership numbers.
Excuses, such as; “we would never get sufficient financial Service
members to attend” are totally invalid. It is a Constitutional
requirement and the obligation of the Sub-Branch Committee to
ensure that general meetings are held. Far too often we have seen
Sub-Branches get into financial difficulties because they do not
keep the members informed of financial transactions. If it is difficult
to get sufficient numbers to form a quorum, apply to Consumer
Business Services (in accordance with the Rules) and reduce the
numbers required. It is better to become a little unpopular with some
of the members in the short term than to lose the Sub-Branch.
Once again, I invite comments from the members, on any matter
that I have included in this or previous columns.
Frank Owen OAM
Deputy State President
I have no idea where each day
goes but 2012 seems to be
hurtling along at a great rate of
I attended the Group 8 meeting
at the Victor Harbor RSL early
in June. Ladies from Goolwa,
McLaren Vale, Morphett Vale,
Mypolonga and Victor Harbor
Auxiliaries attended. 34 in all,
with apologies from eleven
ladies. How nice to see every
Auxiliary from that group being
Group 7 held their meeting at
the beginning of July. Vice President Gloria Reynolds and I travelled
over to Kadina to attend. It was wonderful to meet up with the ladies
from Ardrossan, Bute, Wallaroo, Pt Augusta, Orroroo and of course
Kadina. The feeling of fellowship is very strong when attending
these country group meetings.
As I pointed out to the ladies in attendance at those meetings; it
is important to foster the camaraderie between Auxiliaries, holding
Group meetings is a sure way of forging friendships which in turn
fosters to a great degree the social intermingling of RSL Sub-Branch
personnel. By supporting functions held by fellow Sub-Branches so
will you reap the rewards when they reciprocate. Having the support
of local communities is of great value but do not lose sight of why
and what we are specifically about, which is to support the veteran
community and look to the welfare of that community. Strong inter
connecting should be a blueprint for a viable future.
Those of you who read this column regularly know my feelings on
Auxiliary membership or the lack thereof. We have lost another 2
Metropolitan Auxiliaries and whilst this frustrates me I cannot force
people to continue to affiliate with Central Council. Ask them why
and the replies are “Oh, we are still going to help our own men
but we don’t want to send money to headquarters”. Such a shame
when one Auxiliary was a recipient of the AJ Lee Trophy on many
occasions and until recently was always a great supporter of the
Central Council and its objects.
The Awards Committee has met and nominations for Long Service
and Life Membership have been scrutinised. Recommendations for
Life Membership have been presented to the RSL State Board and
in due course Auxiliaries will be advised if their nominations were
successful. As Life Membership Awards and 30 and 15 years Long
Service awards are significant achievements, it would be appreciated
if those, whose nominations are approved and if health allows, could
be strongly urged to attend the September Conference, where the
presentations will be made.
On the subject of awards, the awards committee was perturbed at
the lack of nominations for 2012 and decided to check the database.
There are 37 women eligible for 15 and 30 year awards but had
been overlooked. We know it is up to each individual Auxiliary to
consider if those women are worthy of an award, but please do not
overlook your workers. We will be sending out membership data
base information in the near future, please have a look and think
about next year.
Remember, this year is the 50th Anniversary of the formation of
Central Council. Our Conference dinner is to be held on Thursday the
20th of September at the Regal Park Motor Inn, Barton Terrace North
Adelaide. The cost of the dinner and entertainment will be $35per
head. Unfortunately, due to cost, the Police club is now unviable as
are most hotels in the CBD. I will be ordering our commemorative
wine glasses and as soon as I have the final numbers I will advise
the confirmed price of same. It will be greatly appreciated if this
most significant milestone event is supported by you, the members.
Our conference will reconvene Friday 21st September at 10am
Three speakers have accepted invitations this year: LCDR Patricia
Thompson a member of the Royal Australian Navy; Mr Jock Statton
OAM, Immediate Past President of the South Australian Branch of the
RSL; and Ms Rona Sakko a spokesperson from Safer Communities
Do not forget, we need Resolutions for the Conference, so please
start thinking NOW. It is your conference and I urge you to do your
utmost to make the business part of the day a worthwhile experience.
Just a thought
Who ever said that nothing was impossible has, obviously, never
tried slamming a revolving door.
Until next time
Dierdre Owen OAM
West Torrens - a great place to live
Located between Adelaide and the South Australian
coastline at Glenelg, the West Torrens region is a
great place for those looking for a balanced lifestyle.
Our city has a range of housing options for those
who are just starting out or who wish to retire, and
our close proximity to public transport options make
it easy to get around.
The City of West Torrens is a proud supporter and
silver sponsor of the RSL, SA.
Between the City and the Sea
ADF Support Papua New Guinea Elections
Personnel from the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces are
supporting Papua New Guinea (PNG) in conducting a safe, free and
fair national election process, which commenced in late June.
The support mission was established following a request for
assistance from PNG authorities.
Approximately 250 Australian and New Zealand personnel will
support the PNG authorities during the election period.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is working with the PNG
Government and Defence Force to provide aviation support for the
elections, including transporting personnel, ballot boxes and election
materials to remote locations throughout PNG.
The Royal Australian Air Force, Australian Army and Royal New
Zealand Air Force will airlift personnel and equipment with fixed
wing and rotary wing aircraft.
A Royal Australian Navy Landing Craft Heavy will also support the
operation by delivering bulk materiel and personnel to coastal areas.
The support will conclude shortly after the election.
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Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
Heron Aircraft Reach Afghanistan Milestone
The Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) has now delivered
10,000 combat flying hours of persistent, high resolution, real-time
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information to
Australian and coalition troops in Afghanistan.
The Heron Detachment operates three unseen and unheard RPAs,
and is capable of flying simultaneous missions.
Based at Kandahar Airfield, the Heron operates mainly in Uruzgan,
but can fly further afield when required.
Supplying full motion streamed video to the combat units based in
Tarin Kot, the Heron enables troops to see what is happening on the
ground with minimal delay, providing context and detail that assists
in the prevention of both military and civilian casualties.
Heron Detachment Commanding Officer Wing Commander Paul
Jarvis said reaching 10,000 combat hours in May was a significant
milestone and proof of the sustained effort of the eight successive
Heron rotations that have provided support since 2009.
“Unlike most manned aircraft which have limited endurance, the
Heron can stay airborne for up to 24 hours at altitudes of up to
30,000 feet and the crews who are based on the ground can be
rotated,” Wing Commander Jarvis said.
Heron crews operate in the control stations on the edge of the
Navy Frigate in Japan for Maritime Exercises
The ANZAC-class Guided Missile Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, arrived in
Japan for maritime exercises with Japan and the United States.
After a short port visit to the city of Kure, HMAS Ballarat participated
in the Australian–Japanese bilateral Exercise Nichi Gou Trident
2012 which were held from 4–6 June 2012.
The exercise was conducted in waters south-east of Japan’s Kyushu
Island and focussed on complex under sea warfare, maritime
interdiction operations and other core mariner skills activities.
Ballarat was joined by a Royal Australian Air Force AP3-C Orion
maritime patrol aircraft, the Japanese Guided Missile Destroyer,
JS Shimakaze, and a submarine from the Japanese Maritime Self
At the end of the exercise, the Australian and Japanese forces
joined the United States Navy for exercise Pacific Bond 2012
where the US Navy contributed aircraft, ships and a submarine.
This exercise again focussed on under sea warfare and to further
improve interoperability between the three navies within the region.
Ballarat’s Commanding Officer, Commander Jonathan Earley, said
the exercises reaffirmed the deep commitment towards regional
engagement and interest in maritime security.
“They also represent excellent opportunities for the Royal Australian
Navy to further hone our high-end warfare skills with Navies who
share maritime interests similar to ours.”
HMAS Ballarat ended a four-month deployment through south and
north-east Asia and returned to Sydney in June.
airfield. An air vehicle operator
and a payload operator use
either a mouse or a joystick
to control their aircraft and its
There have been many
increasing the ability to conduct
simultaneous operations and
establishing a close relationship
with the new Army Shadow
Unmanned Aerial System
team, enabling standardised
reporting and sharing of tactics,
techniques and procedures.
Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
Photo courtesy: Dept of Defence
The Ghan ANZAC Tribute Journey
There’s nothing quite like the magic and romance of a relaxing train holiday. Combine that with ANZAC Day and
the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin and you have a very special and commemorative journey indeed.
Many embarking on the Ghan ANZAC Tribute Journey are there to honour relatives who have served; or they have served in the Armed Forces
The journey begins with a tour of Darwin’s historical war sites including the impressive new military museum. Dr Tom Lewis is the Director of
the Darwin Military Museum, former Commander in the RAN and author. Being a special guest historian aboard the Ghan, he gives an insight
into the dramatic events of 1942-43 and how many areas in the North of Australia were affected.
The Ghan stops in Adelaide River, one of the towns bombed in air raids. Passengers disembark and pay their respects to the fallen at the
Adelaide River War Cemetery. It is a beautifully manicured and serene place.
Another notable guest on the Ghan is Brian Winspear, a WWII veteran and former Flight Lieutenant with RAAF 2 Squadron. Brian is remarkably
spritely for 92 years of age. He endears himself to all aboard with his wonderful sense of humour, his stories, enthusiasm and zest for life. As
the journey unfolds, there are many more stories aboard the Ghan, they are revealed with every passenger you meet.
ANZAC Day finds passengers from the Ghan welcomed amongst hundreds of locals and visitors in Katherine for a moving Dawn Service. Mark
Hagger, President of the Katherine RSL, is staggered and heartened by the increasing number of people attending ANZAC Day services. Credit
goes to the Katherine RSL and Katherine Club for hosting a well organised and hearty gunfire breakfast at the club rooms. Catering for well
over 300 veterans, Defence Force personnel, Ghan passengers and locals is no mean feat!
At 9.40am the March begins with many of the passengers from the Ghan proudly marching alongside local participants. The March concludes
at the cenotaph for the Commemorative Service where numbers attending have increased to well over 800. A reflection of the growing
importance many place on this special day in Australia’s history.
At the conclusion of the Service, it’s back to the Ghan to freshen up before lunch, and then out to cruise the Katherine Gorge or Nitmiluk as
it is now known. Our Jawoyn guides inform us of the history, geography and significance of the Gorge to their people and the role it plays in
their lives. Once the cruise is finished John Schumann, of Rivergum fame, and the Vagabond Crew entertain locals and Ghan passengers with
an intimate performance on the banks of the Katherine River.
The Ghan departs Katherine in the evening bound for Alice Springs, where a number of whistle-stop tours are available in the morning. Whistlestop
tours complete, lunch is served aboard the train as we slowly make our way through the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges leaving Alice
to journey through the night to arrive in Port Augusta. An original ‘troop train’ on the Pichi Richi Railway to Quorn transports us through the
picturesque Flinders Ranges along the original Ghan line – just as our Servicemen and women did in the Second World War.
The final leg of our journey takes us through to Adelaide, where we bid farewell to fellow travelling companions and new-found friends and
reflect on the memorable events of the past four days.
The opportunity to participate in ANZAC Day observances in Katherine and discovering more of our nation’s history while rolling over 2,979
kilometres of this diverse and spectacular country is remarkable. Combine those highlights with amazing cuisine presented at every meal, the
friendly and attentive staff aboard the Ghan and many special events along the way and you have a truly unforgettable experience.
The Ghan is one of the world’s great train journeys and runs regularly year round from Adelaide to Darwin or Darwin to Adelaide. Great Southern
Rail is a proud sponsor of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL). Helping raise vital funds for the valuable work the RSL does
assisting serving and ex-serving members and their families. For information regarding the Ghan visit www.greatsouthernrail.com.au
2012 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize Tour
Heaven and earth have a way of aligning when the right opportunity
presents itself. This was the case for me when I was asked to represent
the RSL Board on the trip of a lifetime. The 2012 Premier’s ANZAC
Spirit School Prize Tour was heading to Villers-Bretonneux in April and
10 students had been chosen following a lengthy selection process.
The first stage of the Tour was a three day trip to Canberra in January, where the students learnt more about their soldier at the National
Archives. We also visited Old Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial, Government House lookout and engaged in a personal tour
of Parliament House.
The participants on the 2012 tour were: Mr Josh Allison, Sacred Heart College; Mr Max Baker, Loxton High School; Miss Emily Coulson,
Aberfoyle Park High School; Miss Zofia Foley, Wilderness School; Mr Nick Miller, Peterborough High School; Miss Ashlea Nutt, Reynella East
College; Miss Sarah Roberts, Loreto College; Mr Dale Thorpe, Loxton High School; Miss Sarah Wedding, St Joseph’s School, Port Lincoln;
Miss Georgia Williams, St Francis de Sales College, Mt Barker.
In addition to the students, the tour was accompanied by Ms Meagan McDonnell, a teacher at St Francis de Sales College, Mount Barker
and Mr Giles Bartram who teaches at Nuriootpa High School and is very involved with his local RSL.
Our dynamo tour co-ordinator was Ms Bev Smart, Chief of Protocol for the Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Bev has been associated
with the Premier’s Tour for several years and her experience and warmth ensured that it was going to be a very special Tour.
After an early arrival at 6am, our first three days were spent exploring London and its wonderful landmarks. With no time to waste, we made
our way to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the Guards, caught an open top bus and took a short cruise on the Thames. We
visited the Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park and found the names of our towns on the Memorial. The Imperial War Museum was an
impressive collection and one that commands a return visit. Like our own War Memorial, a visit to IWM could take days to do it justice. Our
visits to Churchill’s Bunker and War Cabinet Rooms, Westminster Cathedral, and the British Museum set the atmosphere of life in London
during the First World War. We visited the South Australian Government Office and were shown through ‘Australia House’.
We caught the train to Belgium, were we met Mr Sylvester Bresson who was to guide us on the most important part of the Tour. Our first
night in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium, was a turning point on our tour. A Catafalque Party from Australia’s Federation Guard was at the Menin Gate
that night. Speaking with WO Richard Neal at the end of the service, we learned that the Guard was here for a reinterment ceremony for
Sgt William James Smith, 457th Squadron. Sgt Smith and his Spitfire aircraft were discovered in October 2011 by a film crew producing a
WWII documentary, in Hardifort, Northern France. Sgt Smith was believed to have been lost over the English Channel on the 9th May 1942.
Heaven and earth moved again, as Bev and Sylvester reorganised our itinerary so that we could attend the reinterment at Cassel Cemetery,
France, two days later on 19th April 2012.
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Each of the students on the Tour had researched a soldier from WWI. Some were family members and some were soldiers that had
captured an imagination or had received a Victoria Cross. Sylvester (and our driver Jonathan) had mapped the final resting places of our
loved ones and, for those that returned to Australia, identified a fitting location to conduct their memorial service.
On the morning of Thursday 19th April 2012 we visited Polygon Wood and Tyne Cot Cemetery before making our way to Cassel Cemetery
for Sgt Smith’s reinterment. Cassel Cemetery is a very old cemetery with mainly large stone monuments blackened by the weather.
In a quiet corner, in distinct contrast, are the white headstones
of the Commonwealth War Graves. Mr Bert Smith, brother of Sgt
Smith delivered the Eulogy and was accompanied by a number of
the extended family. A very moving ceremony, and one which our
group was privileged to observe. No amount of Google information
can compare with the emotions we experienced on this morning.
Apparently it was raining during the ceremony, not that we noticed.
In the evening of 19th April, the students and I laid a wreath at the
Menin Gate. The band and choir of Churchlands Senior High School,
Perth, also performed on this night to a capacity crowd of attendees.
Josh Allison was chosen to recite the “Ode to the Fallen”. Indeed, it
was a night to remember.
A few days later, and the start of our second week, we joined Mayor
Lionel LaMotte and the people of Dernancourt, France, for the
ANZAC Commemorative Service. We placed wreaths and released
doves at the Dernancourt Cemetery, the French Cross of Sacrifice Cemetery and at the Monument in the town. Australian units first came to
the Somme in July 1916 and by 1920 Dernancourt had become a rest camp for our troops. In true Aussie form, and following an exchange
of gifts, our ten students managed to draw the town’s children out into the park for a game of cricket and football. I hope the cricket set
and football last the full 12 months, until the rematch.
Dale, Zof, Sarah Wedding, Nick and I were to be involved with the ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux on ANZAC Day so, with Meagan, we
headed to the memorial for practice on April 24th. The rest of the group entertained themselves in Amiens before we regrouped for an early
meal and asleep by 7.30pm.
ANZAC Day started around 2.00am at the motel and we arrived at the Memorial just before 4.00am. In the pre-dawn service Dale, Zof and
Sarah read a list of names of soldiers on the Memorial. As dawn broke, Nick read a letter which had been sent to the mother of Corporal
Francis Mack of the 29th Battalion, from Army Chaplain the Reverend G R Boycott of 61st Casualty Clearing Station on 30 July 1918. Two
of Cpl Mack’s relatives, Louise and Betty, attended this Dawn Service and made time to speak with Nick after the service. I placed a wreath
on behalf of the RSL and the people and Government of South Australia.
In the two weeks that we had been away we had encountered the unusually cold European weather conditions. It almost became a daily
ritual for the students and teachers to thank the RSL for supplying the weather-proof coats. Our other two rituals, at dinner, were to toast
The ANZACs and the Premier. It was not ‘just a toast’ – each day provided a new reason to thank the ANZACs. The students often referred
to the conditions that the ANZACs must have endured during WWI.
By now we realised that we only had a couple of days before heading home. In Paris, we visited the Palace of Versailles, to see the Hall of
Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919, bringing an end to WWI. We travelled on the Paris Underground trains
to visit the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and other landmark sites.
All too soon, we packed our bags for the last time. Members of Australia’s Federation Guard were on the same flight from Paris to Singapore,
giving our group another chance to chat, as we flew over New Delhi, India. The students are keen to speak with RSLs and other interested
groups on their return from this trip. For some, this was their first ANZAC Day, but it will not be their last. Our teachers, Meagan and Giles,
happily gathered materials along the way to furnish new and existing displays at their schools and for sharing with their history students.
I would like to thank the RSL SA Board for selecting me to accompany the 2012 Tour. I have visited some areas on a previous trip, and was
able to share that knowledge with the students. I also deepened my own knowledge from many new experiences, however there is still so
much more to learn.
Thanks go to my husband, Steve for looking after home and family in my absence. Thank you to
Jock Statton for preparing me for the Tour, and also to Frank Owen and John Spencer for books and
information from previous Tours.
And Bev, what can I say? You co-ordinated a fantastic opportunity for us all to experience and learn, and
have some fun along the way. You maintained our enthusiasm and energy – not just by the volume and
variety of our food intake, but I’m sure that helped.
The Premier, by investing in this Tour, is ensuring that our youth experience first-hand Australia’s Military
history. Facebook ensured that word (and pictures) of our trip reached far and wide in a very short time.
The 2013 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize Tour is now open for those wishing to apply for
next year’s tour. Enquiries may be made through high schools, or visit http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/
teachingandlearning/pages/anzac/anzacprize/ if you or someone you know would like to experience
RSL SA Board Member
In reply to your article in the latest Signal regarding Affiliate
members, you say that these members should be encouraged to
be more involved in the RSL Sub-Branch. I think that you will find
while these people are expected to pay fees to belong to the RSL
Sub-Branch, as they would be with any other club, they find that
when they do join that they have no say in the running of the Sub-
Branch, they have no voting rights in the election of Officers, which
they would have in any other club. By Law No 3 Rule 10a(i), also
Some of these people have had family members killed while in the
services fighting overseas in various conflicts, yet these people have
no say regarding who is elected to Office in the Sub-Branch, apart
from Secretary, Treasurer and Committee, why they cannot vote
for and hold the position of President or Vice President I cannot
understand, as I would presume that if they nominated for such a
position they would consider themselves capable of doing the duties
of such an office. I personally know of one family who have members
serving in the services at the present time, yet they have no say in
running the Sub-Branch. I cannot understand why all members, full
or otherwise, do not have full voting rights. Like you say if they don’t
show enthusiasm towards the Sub-Branch does the Sub-Branch
need them, I think you should ask the question, if the Sub-Branch
doesn’t show enthusiasm towards all members, do the members
need the Sub-Branch? This is the twenty first century but it seems
that the RSL is still running along in the twentieth century, it could
be time for change, or is that unacceptable.
Sam Jackman AOM, in the same Signal, asks should we have two
levels of Affiliate membership, one for family members and one for
Community members, with the relevant membership charges for
both memberships. If it is considered that Community members
should not be given the vote, I feel that all Family members should
be, they are after all relatives of deceased or living members, who
have given their service to the country.
Thanks for your time
A G. Thomas
This is a transcript of the original letter sent by A.G. Thomas, no
changes have been made to the grammar or punctuation used by
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Letters to the Editor
Is Australia Ready For Female Casualties?
The prospect of equal opportunity within the Australian Defence
Force gets media coverage with speculation about women
in combat roles, serving on the frontline and the subsequent
likelihood of casualties. Emotions are fuelled with sensationalist
headlines, then another topic comes along and the furore
A better understanding and perspective is needed. We trust that the
training and professional skills of those serving will minimise the
likelihood of deaths (and it does) but the uncertainties in warfare
and the armed services cannot eliminate them.
There should not be any misunderstanding by a person enlisting in
the services that it is not a special undertaking and that there are
dangers of being killed or injured in these high-risk professions.
Aside from combat there are risks in working in physical jobs, with
weaponry and heavy equipment. Even those not in direct enemy
contact must realise they are potential targets.
Once on board a ship or aircraft on operations there is potential to
be on the frontline, no escaping it for female or male. Female sailors
are amongst naval boarding parties, women are in aircrew and
associated defence roles as well as support roles to combat units.
Ground operations in today’s conflicts involving Australian troops
show that there is not always a determinable frontline or identifiable
enemy. In addition to direct enemy fire there is danger of mortar
and rocket attacks on compounds as well as terrorist acts, vehicle
accidents and equipment failure.
Limitations on combat roles does not make anyone immune.
US losses in Iraq to July 2008 included 100 females killed – 61
categorised hostile deaths and 39 non-hostile. In Afghanistan by
early 2011 the US had 24 female troops killed and Canada 6.
Lest We Forget
We seem oblivious to previous losses of female Defence personnel
as if the next will be the first, but Australia has already lost women
in wartime and peacetime. A death in combat is portrayed differently
by the media than those resulting from an operational or training
incident. Sadly the latter are generally forgotten by a grateful public,
it’s not in their backyard.
All Defence deaths should be seen as a tragic loss, regardless of
gender. Military nurses have died in both world wars from warfare
Women have also been killed in peacetime – a fire onboard HMAS
Westralia in 1998 killed Midshipman Megan Pelly and three male
sailors. The tragedy is the loss of four Defence Force members, four
Flight Lieutenant Lynne Rowbottom and Sergeant Wendy Jones
were among nine killed in the Sea King helicopter crash as part of
humanitarian operations in Nias, Indonesia in 2005. The tragedy is
the loss of nine Defence members, nine Australians.
Are You Ready?
Australians are grateful to the men and women of the Australian
Defence Force even though they don’t fully appreciate what they
owe to them. They will not accept a female death without despair
but nor should they in the case of a male death. Australians are
resilient. We must value those who serve in our name and regret
all our losses.
Peter Badcoe VC Medal
The Peter Badcoe VC medal is awarded to the AFL footballer whose
conduct and play best exemplify the ANZAC Spirit – skill, courage
in adversity, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play. The 2012 medal
was presented by Major Badcoe’s nephew John Kelton to Sydney’s
Josh Kennedy after Port Adelaide played Sydney Swans on April 14
at AAMI Stadium.
Port Adelaide designated April as Defence Recognition Month
and hosted veterans, RSL,
Defence and defence industry
representatives at a pre-match
reception. Avid Power supporter
Captain Darrin Tyson, 7RAR,
was invited to toss the coin. The
picture shows Captain Tyson
with his sons.
Other activities during Defence
Recognition Month included Port
players visiting the Repatriation
Hospital and touring the 7RAR
facilities and equipment at
Edinburgh as well as conducting
a training session on base.
Are you certain you’ve
got the right gear?
ANZAC Appeal Badge Day in
Adelaide featured WW1 digger
Smoky Tyson, an infantryman
and tunneller who served on
the Western Front. Tich Tyson
portrayed his grandfather by
dressing in a WW1 uniform and
webbing of a 10th Battalion
soldier and conducting
interviews with visitors and Tim
Ginever from radio station 5AA.
A Defence Recruiting display
and music from guitarist Richie
Robinson of Army Band Adelaide
enhanced the collection exhibit.
The middle of a heated battle with enemy troops is no place for our soldiers to
discover their gear belongs, at best, on the back of a 3rd grader.
Thousands of defence personnel risk their lives every day. Dealing with
poorly designed, untried or untested equipment and technology is the last thing
they need. They have to be totally confi dent their gear and equipment has been
properly assessed and approved before they’re deployed.
Nova Systems is Australia’s largest independent test and evaluation and
specialist engineering company.
We’re Australian owned and have had hands-on experience, operational
skills and technical know how in all aspects of defence for over ten years.
Let them be confi dent their packs are designed and tested specifi cally for
the battleground, not the playground. Put Nova Systems to the test.
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the DMOSS panel and RPDE.
Aboriginal Veterans’ Commemoration
The sixth service commemorating the military service given to
Australia by Aboriginal people was conducted at the SA National War
Memorial on Friday 1 June before a 200 strong audience. Governor
Kevin Scarce and Mrs Scarce attended along with Defence, Ex-
Service and Aboriginal organisations’ representatives as well as
students, politicians and the public.
David Rathman was Master of
Ceremonies and the welcome to
country by Uncle Lewis O’Brien
was followed with a smoking
ceremony by Karl Telfer. Guest
speaker Herb Mack entertained
the audience with a speech
about his 20 years in the Army
as a member of the Royal
Australian Armoured Corps.
Prayers and the benediction
were given by Chaplain Ross
Tucker and the Ode was recited
by Frank Lampard. The Band
of the SA Police provided the
The service was jointly organised by Veterans SA, RSL and
Reconciliation SA with assistance from the Australian Defence
Force. Placement of books as tributes was encouraged in lieu of
wreaths and the books will be given to Aboriginal community school
libraries and schools with a high Aboriginal attendance. Over the
course of these services hundreds of donated books have been
shared around the state including Yalata, Point Pearce, Port Augusta,
Darlington Primary and Salisbury High schools.
Bravest of the Brave VC Display
On 20 April 2012 Minister Snelling launched the ‘Bravest of the
Brave’ Victoria Cross Travelling Exhibition that commemorates the
eight South Australians awarded the Victoria Cross in World War
One. The eight men were Arthur Blackburn, Phillip Davey, Roy
Inwood, Jorgen Jensen, John Leak, Arthur Sullivan, Lawrence
Weathers and James Woods.
Ninety-six imperial Victoria Crosses were awarded to Australians
during the First World War. This exhibition tells the story of eight
ordinary men who under extraordinary circumstances demonstrated
extraordinary heroism in the service of their comrades and their
country. They truly were the “Bravest of the Brave.”
Family members representing the South Australian Victoria Cross
recipients joined Minister Snelling, mayors and members of the
veterans’ community for the launch at Torrens Training Depot. Please
contact Veterans SA on 08 8226 8552 or firstname.lastname@example.org if
you are interested in hosting the exhibition in your clubrooms or
Publication dates for The Signal magazine 2012
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Issue Ad Booking Article Deadline Distribution Date
69 3 Sep 2012 10 Sep 2012 8 Oct 2012
70 12 Nov 2012 19 Nov 2012 17 Dec 2012
South Australian Success at RSL National Carnival
Eight sections played qualifying rounds at both Tweed Heads and
Coolangatta Bowl’s clubs over three days. Three South Australian
teams qualified for the quarter finals - which we think is a first for
this event, certainly when playing away from SA – and all three went
through to the semi-finals.
Whilst this meant two SA teams had to play each other, it did
guarantee us at least one team in the final. Both semi-finals were
close run affairs. Terry Howard’s four played a team skipped by Col
Davies. Howard got off to a good start but in typical fashion Davies
and his men fought their way back into the game. The Howard four
won out in the finish. It was pleasing that seven of the players in the
match play pennant for Brighton Bowling Club.
Fred Kovaleff’s team came up against a strong Qld four skipped by
veteran John Walker. Excellent bowls were played on both sides with
the game going neck and neck all the way. The Kovaleff team fought
hard to secure victory on the last end and their place in the final.
The final was an excellent contest that again saw very good draw
bowling and great conversion shot play. The loss of Howard’s lead
to illness early in the final added some unwanted drama to the day
but a sub was available to keep the game going. After 20 tight ends,
the last started with the Kovaleff team one shot up. A great shot
from Kovaleff’s third buried the jack in the ditch with an unbeatable
lie, giving Fred and his men the gold Medal and the Sir Arthur Lee
Trophy for the second year in a row.
Peter Badcoe Medal Exhibition
The South Australian Museum will be displaying Major Peter Badcoe’s
medals (including the Victoria Cross and Purple Heart), papers,
photographs and audio recording from 23 August for approximately
6 weeks, free of charge. As far as we can tell the audio recording
which Major Badcoe made whilst serving in Vietnam and sent home
to his wife, has never been heard publicly. An electronic version
is available on the website: http://archives.samuseum.sa.gov.au/
94 year old veteran of World War II finally receives his
On Friday 15th June ex SX26790 Private Sydney William Smith of
Mannum, South Australia was presented with his medals for his
service in WWII. A ceremony was held at the Mannum Community
Club/Mannum RSL Sub-Branch and 60 people attended.
Sydney was presented with his medals by The Hon. Jack Snelling
MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs who thanked Sydney for his
service to the nation. The Hon. Ivan Venning, the State Member for
Schubert then presented Sydney with a certificate of thanks from the
Australian Government. A Certificate Of Service was then presented
by the Mayor of the Mid Murray Council, Mr Dave Burgess. Also
attending with the official party was Mr Bill Denny AM, the Director
of Veterans SA.
Earlier this year Syd went to Darwin for the 70th anniversary of
the bombings. He had served there during this period in 1941-42.
On his return he was asked by his carer at Mid Murray Homes for
the Aged (Aminya) where he now resides, as to why he did not
have any medals? He replied, “I never received them.” Mannum
RSL Sub-Branch was contacted and on Sydney’s behalf all medals
and awards due to him were applied for. This resulted in him being
awarded 6 medals: 1939-1945 Star, Pacific Star, Defence Medal,
War Medal 1939-1945, Australian Service Medal 1939-1945 and
Australian Service Medal with clasp PNG.
Sydney was born at Bow Hill, South Australia on 20th September
1917. He attended Ettrick School and later worked a farm with his
father and brother. In June 1940 he was called up for service in the
CMF with the 48th Battalion. He did 3 months training and returned
to the farm. In December 1940 he received a telegram to report to
Kewick Barracks. On arrival he was sent to Darwin. He served there
during air raids, by this stage with the 43rd Battalion. On the 15th
August 1942 he signed on in the 2nd AIF. In March 1943 he was
posted to Townsville and joined the 15th Australian Works Company.
In March 1944 his unit, including Sydney, was posted to Bougainville
in PNG. He remained there until the end of the war and returned to
Australia in December 1945. He was discharged on 19th March
1946 and again returned to the farm at Bow Hill.
It has been a long time coming, but at last Sydney has the medals he
so richly deserves. It was a pleasure to see him so proudly wearing
his medals with pride. Thank you to all who attended to witness this
RSL SA’s Salute To Bert Henstridge
Mr Bert Henstridge, a long time stalwart at RSL SA and friend to
many a veteran, recently retired as Senior Entitlements Officer.
Bert enlisted in the Regular Army in 1963. He served with 1RAR as a
Sergeant from Feb 66 to May 66, and in Saigon with HQ AFV during
the Buddhist Riots for six weeks. From there he rotated between
Vung Tau and Nui Dat until Feb 67. He went to OCS in 1968 and
graduated into the Medical Corps. His last posting was Staff Officer
Personnel, Keswick Barracks. Bert was discharged with the rank of
Major in 1990 and served with 3 Fd Amb and 9 BASB (Ares) as 2IC
for a number of years.
Bert started working for RSL SA as an Advocate/Pension Officer in
1993. Over the years he has conducted around 15,000 interviews
and 3,000 Veterans’ Review Board cases. He visited numerous
homes to provide assistance to those who were housebound. Many
veterans have benefited from Bert’s endeavours to provide financial
assistance and obtain entitlements through DVA. He has worked
hard at representing those whose claims have been initially rejected,
and he has been successful in obtaining more favourable outcomes
for veterans whom he has represented.
The staff at RSL SA will remember Bert for his humour, anecdotes
and exploits about his Army service, and some of the more colourful
characters he has met during his tenure as Senior Entitlements
Officer. Bert’s endeavours and achievements in this role will long be
remembered by his colleagues and those he has assisted over the
years. We wish him well in his retirement.
ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER
SERVICEMEN AND SERVICEWOMEN
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Torres Strait Islander descent? If so, we would like to speak to you as part of a new project
documenting the experiences of Indigenous service personnel and veterans both in the
armed forces and civilian life.
If you would be interested in participating in this project or would like more information,
Dr. Noah Riseman OR Naomi Wolfe
School of Arts and Sciences Academic Coordinator, �������-yer Centre
ACU for Indigenous Education and Research
03 9953 3226 03 9953 3839
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To whom it may concern,
RE: Frank Owen’s Visit to our school
On Thursday the 17th of May, Frank Owen OAM visited our school St
Francis de Sales College to share with us his first-hand knowledge
of the Vietnam War. Frank gave us a huge insight into the war that
no book or web site could. Many stories, memories and photos from
his time on active duty were shared with us and helped us further
our awareness of the Vietnam War from what we have learnt in our
history classes. I learnt particularly about the difficult circumstances
that the soldiers had to endure. I would like to thank Frank on behalf
of all the students for giving up his time to visit us and help us better
appreciate this part of Australian History.
Year 11 History Student
St Francis de Sales College
RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund
The RSL provides packages to Australian Defence Force and
Australian Federal Police personnel serving overseas on Military
Missions, Peacekeeping and Peacemaking Operations and other
Operational activities. Packages are made available for delivery
twice yearly; mid-year and Christmas.
The Australian Forces Overseas Fund (AFOF) was established in
1966 to continue the longstanding tradition of supporting Australia’s
Military Forces overseas. The sending of comfort parcels to the
troops is not a new initiative, as almost every town and community
throughout Australia has at some time formed an auxiliary committee
which organised, prepared and packed parcels for dispatch to those
serving overseas in both WWI and WWII.
The RSL appreciates the support of all Australians who share our
desire to continue this support to all those personnel who commit
themselves to the service of our country.
Please offer your support to
RSL AFOF by sending your tax
deductible donation to:
RSL SA State Branch,
ANZAC House, Victoria Drive
Adelaide SA 5000
or visit www.rslsa.org.au
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Hunt & Hunt has been a long time supporter and provider of legal
services to the RSL.
A representative of Hunt & Hunt attends Torrens Training Depot
every second Thursday to provide FREE LEGAL ADVICE to members,
their dependents and to Sub-Branches.
If you have a legal problem please ring Carol on 8232 0322 and
make an appointment for an interview.
The Extremely Disabled War Veterans Association SA conducts a
number of regular social functions for EDA recipients and carers.
A Memorial Service each April is conducted in the Repat Chapel
and followed by lunch. Membership is now open to retired people
receiving 100% benefit and we are pleased to have welcomed some
Vietnam veterans as new members. For further information contact
8449 4632 or 8277 2125.
Veterans’ Radio Programs
Service themed or veteran hosted shows.
News from the RSL hosted by Dione Busuttil can be heard on
1197AM at 6pm on Thursdays.
Reminiscing with Robin Carbins 88.7 CoastFM Monday midnight
Peter Haran’s Drive program can be heard on 88.7 CoastFM on
Listen in to Vets on Air with Gilly and the VVF team on 88.7 CoastFM
on Tuesday evenings 6-8pm. The program includes information,
music, fun, news and commemoration.
The VVA radio program is on Thursdays from 7-8pm on 1197AM.
In the Mid North and Iron Triangle area listen in to Haydn Madigan
on 105.1 TraxFM on Mondays 6-8pm.
IGA raises $60,000 for ANZAC Appeal
IGA has raised an incredible $60,000 for the ANZAC Appeal. On
behalf of the Defence personnel who are currently serving, those
who have served and their families, the RSL SA extends an enormous
thank you to all at IGA and their customers.
Boer War Service 27 May 2012
The 110th anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty ending the
South Africa War in 1902 was commemorated with a service at the
South Africa War Memorial on North Terrace in Adelaide. 200 people
attended the service which included wreath placing and featured
horses and troopers of the Barossa Light Horse Group, Scotch
College Pipes and Drums.
A national Boer War Memorial is planned for Canberra. The memorial
design depicts four mounted troopers riding out of the scrub, further
information at www.bwm.org.au.
ADFA Cadets participate in Relay for Life
Three ADFA Cadets participated in the Relay for Life event in
Canberra on Saturday March 17. Officer Cadets Samuel Beverly,
Daniel Kennedy and Nathan Dubbeld not only participated in the
relay, but did so wearing their webbing and pack as they walked
for almost 24 hours and approximately 100 kilometres to help raise
funds for the Cancer Council.
ADFA actively aims to help the local community through fundraising
events such as this. When asked why they participated in the event
OCDT Kennedy responded “I participated in this event for a few
reasons. Firstly because it was a challenge to myself to see if I could
walk in full marching gear for upwards of 24 hours. Secondly I did
it because Cancer Council is a brilliant charity that does excellent
work towards helping those with cancer, and as I have experienced
a relative with cancer I thought it would be a good way to help a
good cause. Thirdly and finally I did it because I enjoy getting out
there and meeting new people, and the Relay for Life offered this
When asked what their understanding of the RSL and its role is,
OCDT Beverly said “The RSL plays a very important role in society
at the moment. It provides a means for returned servicemen and
women to share their experiences in an understanding environment,
and allows for more effective reintegration into society. In addition,
the RSL provides an effective means of fundraising that supports
the returned ex-servicemen and women as well.”
The RSL SA congratulates Samuel, Daniel and Nathan. Inspiring
cadets who have a bright future in the Australian Defence Force.
Budget changes reduce Super contribution limits
The Government’s proposed changes to Superannuation contribution
limits can have serious tax effects if you don’t monitor your situation
carefully. People most at risk of exceeding the reduced contribution
limit are those with a Transition to Retirement strategy or making
regular additional contributions to Super.
From 1 July 2012 and regardless of age, individuals will be subject
to a $25,000 concessional Super contribution limit. Concessional
contributions include super guarantee, salary sacrifice, voluntary
employer contributions and personal concessional contributions for
the self-employed. If you exceed this limit you may be liable for
an additional penalty of up to 31.5% excess contributions tax. You
need to beware, as you’re unlikely to receive warning that you are
approaching or have exceeded the limit.
Superannuation is still the most tax effective vehicle for retirement
savings, but a regular review of your situation is needed to make
sure that you are maximising your Super savings.
You might also be interested in exploring the major tax and
investment advantages of establishing your own Self Managed
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‘Super’ Sid Goodfellow 1918 - 2012
At 94 years of age, the World War II prisoner of war died at the War
Veterans’ Home in Myrtle Bank in May.
Sid joined the Australian Infantry Forces in 1940 and by 1942 was a
prisoner of war. Sid was a prisoner of war for three and a half years
and worked on the infamous Burma Railway. He was later sent to
work in a Japanese coalmine near Nagasaki, where he witnessed
the second atomic bomb blast.
Sid Goodfellow returned to South
Australia and in time became a
legend and larrikin within SANFL
‘Super’ Sid was well known not
only for his antics, but also his
tireless charity work and helping
those in need.
Sid was ‘giving’ right to the
end, as he donated his body to
science at the University of SA. A
memorial service was held at the
Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club, to
celebrate this remarkable man’s
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I am writing to sincerely thank the South Australian Returned &
Services League for providing the wonderful opportunity that you
have in your support of the South Australian Premier’s ANZAC Spirit
I was incredibly honoured to be selected to accompany ten students,
Ms Bev Smart of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and Mrs
Jill Hoare of the Returned & Services League on the sponsored
tour of the Western Front and to attend the Dawn Service at Villers-
Brettoneux, France on ANZAC Day.
The experience allowed the students to empathise with the great
sacrifice of Australians in the First World War and helped them to
understand the significance of Australia’s contribution to the Western
Front. Each student presentation was thoughtful and allowed them
to honour their soldier and personalised the stories that were
learnt about through months of extensive research. Thanks to your
patronage, these students are the ones who will carry on the ANZAC
legacy to their own and to future generations.
My sincere thanks for providing the official uniforms of the students,
including the RSL blazer and tie which allowed them to appear as
smart and respectable representatives of the RSL, the state and of
the country. As well as standing out from the many student groups
touring in France, the students were able to personify the tone and
standard of official remembrance ceremonies, none more so than
when they were selected to participate in readings at the ANZAC
Day ceremony at Villers-Brettoneux, the Menin Gate service, and the
Bullecourt Remembrance Service.
Thank you once again for your support of the young people of South
Australia and for the opportunity that you have given me to deepen
my understanding of this defining moment in Australian history. I
will continue to share this knowledge and understanding with my
students so that the memory of those ANZACs lives on.
Teacher - St Francis de Sales College, Mt Barker
The RSL receives complaints from veterans and dependents
about poor taxi service, especially for medical appointments.
These are generally about problems with pick-up and drop-off,
driver communication inabilities and unwillingness to travel short
distances. Several talks have been held with the Taxi Council but
little progress has been achieved due to the varying understanding
levels of drivers and sometimes poor instructions by the client.
To try and alleviate the problems you need to give exact information
about the locations. Hospitals, medical centres and Defence
barracks are often large with several entry and exit points and
various buildings and departments within. Giving specific location
information such as the name of the building or department, its
roadway name and location within the complex as well as your
mobile phone number may assist. Prevention is better than cure.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is a major client of the taxi
companies and wishes to be informed of complaints. To advise of
a complaint phone DVA on 133 254 and ensure you can provide
information such as date, time, taxi company, driver name, vehicle
number and incident.
Veterans’ Health Week 2012
Veterans’ Health Week will be held on 22–28 October 2012 and
provides an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current
and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families
to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of
themselves and their friends. DVA is partnering with ex-service
organisations and community groups to develop a program of fun
and interactive VHW activities at a local level.
This year’s focus is on social inclusion - encouraging members
of the veteran community to think about the importance of social
inclusiveness on their health and wellbeing and consider making
positive changes to their lifestyle to live a stronger, healthier and
happier life. For veterans, social inclusion is about welcoming,
accepting and including people into social groups and activities.
An information resource kit is currently being developed to assist
with organising events and activities. Limited funding will also
be available to ESOs and community groups who are looking to
undertake VHW activities www.dva.gov.au/vhw.htm.
Vietnamese Community News
As a fundraising venture the Vietnamese Veterans have a noodle
bar in the Youth Hall at 171B Hanson Road, Athol Park. Open every
Saturday from 9am – 2pm with great value meals only $8 each and
Vietnamese-style coffee $3.
Friends of Vietnamese Invalid Veterans Association
The Vietnamese Veterans community raises funds to distribute to
their wounded comrades still living in Vietnam. These people suffer
from amputated limbs, blindness and other war-related ailments but
receive no government assistance. Applicants accepted by FOVIVA
are given $100 each to use for healthcare and provisions to improve
their standard of living. To donate to this cause contact Dr Tuan (08)
8268 4539; email@example.com
SA Vietnam War Memorial DVD Give Away
For the Future as well as the Past - The story of the South Australian
Vietnam War Memorial
We have 10 of these DVDs to give away.
For a chance to win one of these DVDs please send your name and
address to: DVD Give Away, RSL SA, ANZAC House, Torrens Training
Depot, Adelaide SA 5000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by
August 31, 2012.
24 THE SIGNAL
Vietnam Day Concert
The annual event on Sunday 19 August at Torrens Parade Ground
commences with a gunfire breakfast at 8am. The march is followed
by a service at 11am at the Vietnam War Memorial. The free concert
afterwards features headline act Beccy Cole with other performances
by the RAN Band, Trev Warner, Linda McCarthy, Chris Cunningham
Band, Peter Goers and hosted by Pat “Big Pretzel” Kennedy.
Attractions include food and refreshment stalls, memorabilia sales,
raffles, displays and a jumping castle. Plenty of seating in the
marquee. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
Long Tan Services
Commemoration services will be held on Saturday 18 August:
11am VVAA Northern Suburbs, Montacute Farm, Pooraka
11am RARA Clubrooms, Beatty Street, Linden Park
3pm Vietnam War Memorial, Torrens Parade Ground
Sunday 19 August
12pm Payneham RSL
DVA Online Service
A new website offering veterans a more immediate way of dealing
with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has been launched.
MyAccount offers online forms, transport booking, payment and card
information, lodging travel claims, changing contact details, viewing
status of claims. The service is optional and veterans wanting to set
up an online account should phone 1800 173 858.
Campbells Wholesale Offer
Campbells is a wholesale supplier of grocery, dairy, confectionery
and general products to business and hospitality. Several RSL Sub-
Branches already obtain supplies at Campbells and the company
has now extended the opportunity to RSL members to shop with
When buying members are required to show a valid RSL membership
card and pay by cash or credit card. Campbells warehouses are at
65 Deeds Road, Plympton and 58 Diagonal Road, Pooraka. Regular
catalogues and further information can be viewed at
The 8th Intake (The Mighty Eighth) HMAS Leeuwin Jan 1964
will be holding a reunion to celebrate 50 years since joining.
The Reunion will be held in Wollongong NSW between 23 April
and 26th April 2014.
For Expressions of Interest please contact: Bob Green on
0242835201; email@example.com or Rick Watkins
on 0242562620; firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Intake JRTE HMAS Leeuwin 1961
First ever reunion. Approximate date is yet to be confirmed,
assume Feb/March 2014.
To be held in the Shellharbour area NSW about 110km south
To register your interest and for further details contact
Dave Turner: email@example.com or 02 9520 2810
The RAN Gunnery Branch
The RAN Gunnery Branch will be holding an all ranks reunion 24-
26 April 2013 in Hobart. Contact Graham Halton 0407886890;
Typing Skills Wanted
Dr Jane Elliott is an authority on the Boxer War 1898-1901and
has written the authoritative book on the subject. She has
now written a novel set prior to the war from the viewpoint of
Chinese military cadets. Dr Elliott does not enjoy good health and
voluntary typing assistance is needed to complete the book. If
you can assist please contact her on 8361 2130.
RSL SA seeks to establish a concise record of memorial ovals,
sports grounds and parks in SA & NT. Members and Sub-Branch
committees are asked to advise details to RSL State Branch or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Details should include the location
and description; the council responsible; commemoration history;
current status; dates and reason if memorial has been relinquished.
Requests and Reunions
HMAS Leeuwin 42nd Intake Reunion
What: 40th Reunion of the 42nd Intake
When: 8-10 February 2013
Where: Canberra - Eastlake Football Club
Time: Varies - visit http://42ndintake.homestead.com/
Contact: Don Hogarth via email: email@example.com
or 0438 641 043
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26 THE SIGNAL
FIRE SUPPORT BASES VIETNAM
This book has been extensively researched and meticulously documented as a reference to the
locations, role, construction and operations of every Fire Support Base (FSB). The role of the FSB was
to provide artillery and mortar support to friendly forces as attacking or defensive firepower. Bases were
often hastily constructed and within reach of the enemy thus requiring their own close defences and
support from other FSB.
The book is part of the Army History Unit Collection and uses statistics and records supplemented
with photographs and maps. It is a special interest book and not light reading but as a reference for
historians and battlefield visitors it is recommended.
Author: Bruce Picken. Big Sky Publishing, 700 page hardback. Price $34.99.
DUST DONKEYS AND DELUSIONS - The Myth of Simpson and his Donkey Exposed
For almost 100 years Simpson and his donkey have been the first to mind when Gallipoli is spoken about.
Generations have been taught about his selflessness and courage only to be killed unjustly a few weeks into
the campaign. John Simpson Kirkpatrick was killed doing his duty on 19 May 1915, the myth came later.
Author Graham Wilson questions the Simpson myth that has been given to a nation that needed heroes in a
campaign that it lost militarily. He hasn’t set out to destroy Simpson and acknowledges his valuable efforts
to assist wounded men, it is history and the myth that he wishes to correct. The Simpson legend has been
at the expense of other brave men of the Australian Army Medical Corps who performed as admirably but
without the acknowledgement due to being overshadowed.
Were the media and authorities of almost a century ago any different to those of today? Wilson has examined
the facts in forensic detail and found them to be highly inaccurate. This is a brave book to write. Photographs
are used throughout, several of soldiers with a donkey have been wrongly attributed as Simpson.
Big Sky Publishing, 448 page paperback. Price $34.99
WAR GRAVES DIGGER
During World War Two the immediate burial of casualties was up to the soldiers’ units. After this the Australian
War Graves Unit took responsibility. This small group of men had the unenviable role of locating the original
graves using coordinates and maps that were often inaccurate, in quick growing jungle, leading to much
detective work and working with local natives.
Bodies were exhumed and checked for belongings and weapons. They were identified if possible, recorded and
then reburied in a Temporary War Cemetery. It might be years before their final rest in a War Graves Cemetery.
Jack Leemon carried out the task in New Guinea at Buna, Lae, Markham and Ramu regions. The breakout
of Japanese prisoners of war at Cowra in 1944 gave Jack 250 corpses, with varied means of death, to try
and identify and bury in freezing conditions. After the war came the Thai-Burma Railway, the Yokohama War
Cemetery and living in Japan.
War Book Shop (02) 9542 6771. Hardback 290 page. Price $45.00 including postage.
ROGER CUNDELL - THE WAR OF HIS LIFE
Adelaide veteran and author Stephen Lewis has recently completed a biographical narrative about 2/10th Infantry
Battalion stalwart Roger Cundell who passed away in 2011. Roger was born in England in 1918 and the book
traces his childhood through to the family’s migration to Australia in the early 1930s, his schooling at St Peter’s
College and subsequent involvement in WWII.
Roger’s period of fulltime service stretched from November 1939 to April 1946. Rising rapidly from Private to
commissioned officer, during this time he served in the UK, Tobruk, Syria & Palestine, Australia & on the islands
of Bougainville in the Pacific.
A vociferous and tireless worker for veterans and their families, he had a lifelong involvement in Legacy, the 10th
Battalion Association and the Naval, Military & Air Force Club. He was immensely supportive of veterans of all
conflicts and befriended many Vietnam veterans with whom he shared a variety of interests. The Signal readers
will doubtless remember Roger’s contributions over the decades as well as his media interviews.
Roger was a competent and prolific photographer and the book is heavily illustrated with his photographs.
Published by Digital Print Australia, 135 Gilles Street, Adelaide, www.digitalprintaustralia.com; 1800 970 971.
Price $29.95, postage extra. Also available from RSL State Branch and the Naval, Military & Air Force Club.
Blackwood & W/Aux 2182.00
Brighton W/Aux 2200.00
Gawler & W/Aux 6431.25
Gilles Plains Hampstead 1121.00
Henley & Grange 470.00
Kangaroo Island 2491.65
Kensington Park 894.50
Kilburn W/Aux 486.75
Largs Bay 799.40
Largs Bay W/Aux 163.15
Lockleys W/Aux 50.00
Lutheran Homes 526.55
Mclaren Vale 2000.00
Millicent & W/Aux 1058.65
Morphett Vale & W/Aux 4640.60
Mt Barker 2003.15
Mt Bambier W/Aux 7424.00
Mt Pleasant 1065.00
Mypolonga W/Aux 100.00
Orroroo W/Aux 293.75
Peterborough & W/Aux 659.80
Plympton Glenelg 176.45
Plympton Glenelg W/Aux 100.00
Pt Augusta W/Aux 5106.75
2012 ANZAC Appeal
Pt Broughton 600.00
Pt Macdonnell 422.25
Pt Noarlunga 1800.00
Pt Pirie & W/Aux 624.00
Pt Vincent 603.05
Pt Wakefield 300.00
Roxby Downs 2000.00
Seaton Park 400.00
Stirling & W/Aux 2435.00
Swan Reach 372.70
Tailem Bend 868.50
Tea Tree Gully 933.85
Tennant Creek 563.00
Tumby Bay 1821.50
Two Wells 1075.00
Victor Harbor W/Aux 2809.00
Wallaroo W/Aux 1692.25
West Croydon 2383.05
COMPANIES & UNITS
9 Brigade 796.35
Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance 294.95
Alliance Airlines 190.15
Clarendon Hotel 51.00
Commonwealth Banks 307.20
DSTO - Peoples Strategies 61.55
Elliston Childrens Centre 205.00
Fisher Jeffries 116.20
Gladstone Post Office 17.00
Great Southern Rail 364.45
Happy Rock Café 191.60
Kangarilla Uniting Church 16.45
Kimba District Council 691.55
Lands Titles Office 50.00
Lions Club Of Hahndorf 182.55
Littlehampton Community 134.15
Marion Fitness & Leisure Centre 169.90
Mt Compass District - E&L Rowley 320.00
Norton Summit Ashton Cfs 608.97
Northern Territory Collections 2406.00
Plympton Newsagency & PO 130.45
Quorn Outback Guides 203.00
RAAF Base Edinburgh 1378.45
RSL Reception 230.25
South Plympton Post Office 62.65
Spitfire Solo 34.20
St Andrews Hospital 225.05
Terry White Castle Plaza 153.50
Terry White Chemists SA 943.00
Woodville West Torrens Football 200.00
Kings Baptist Grammar School 302.00
Murray Bridge High School 301.15
Norwood Morialta High School 100.00
Playford Primary School 54.05
Prince Alfred College 185.00
Reynella East College 51.05
Salisbury East High Schools 56.40
St John The Baptist School 36.50
St Marys College 50.00
AGED CARE & HOSPITALS
ACH Health Services West 4.65
Bupa Campbelltown 834.00
Helping Hand Aged Care - Ingle Farm 23.40
Martindale Nursing Home 30.60
Oaklands Park Lodge 50.00
Perry Park Nursing Home 50.00
Repat Hospital 130.15
Resthaven Paradise 60.60
Sandhurst Residential Care 25.00
Skyline Residential Care 34.00
St Basils Homes 28.00
Unity Retirement Village 60.00
Army - Rundle Mall 2079.10
Navy - Rundle Mall 2157.70
TS Noarlunga Navy Cadets 1197.95
Athalie Pix 535.80
Bill Dowdy 138.20
Bronco Kennewell 170.00
Cheryle Coyne 674.60
Danica Harley 136.45
Aami Stadium 423.50
Di Lockett 379.90
Frank Owen 453.15
Graham Sargent 850.80
Helen Myhill 1087.85
Jill Phillips & Carol Foster 820.60
Jill Haynes 1196.20
Parade Ground ANZAC Day 130.15
Ken Brown 973.10
Lennox Pawson & Helpers 1643.50
Margaret Peters 659.55
Marlene Curyer 1133.50
Mary Uppington 138.15
Maryanne Mcphee 1238.60
Pat Johnson 2093.55
Paul Marchant 304.30
Rod Lange 76.40
Ron Blight 388.70
Tich Tyson 335.75
Bob Ireland 892.50
Harold Dunn 869.55
Ian Stewart 427.40
Ken Ellis 124.10
Vin Angley 359.60
NUMBER LAST NAME DATE
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G AINSWORTH PM5220 1/4/12
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A BATES SX14679 17/4/12
D BEAMES R63518 9/6/12
J BENNIE E1825610 6/5/12
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A GODSON 28191 4/5/12
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F GOODRICH 25/5/12
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The Last Post
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R LUCAS SX7033 10/6/12
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J MACKIE SX2974 30/4/12
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They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget
NAKED ARMY FIGURINES
Cold-cast bronze polymer figurines depicting Australian
servicemen. Highly authentic, individually numbered
collectables that epitomise Australian fighting men.
1ATF Royal Australian Regiment Infantryman 1965-66
in patrol order, wearing rain-soaked greens and basic
webbing. He carries an L1A1 Self Loading Rifle (SLR)
and spent rounds are in the mud around his boots.
RAR Royal Australian Regiment Infantryman 1969-70 in
marching order with SLR and webbing. The weight of a
full pack, entrenching tool and water bottles pulls at his
shoulders. The strain of the load and patrolling shows
on his face.
$170 each + $16 P&H
RSL Souvenir Sales
RSL SA is pleased to offer a range of unique items that can be given as gifts, awards or raffle prizes. Items
can be purchased from the RSL office at Torrens Parade Ground; by posting a completed order form or
emailing purchase, payment and delivery details to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Delivery can be organised to
anywhere in Australia.
ITEM PRICE QTY P&H
Naked Army Figurine 1ATF $170 +$16
Naked Army Figurine RAR $170 +$16
Medal Bar Runner $30 +$7
Bullet Pen $18 +$3
Digger Dog $15 +$7
Expiry / Cardholder Phone
Name on Card
MEDAL BAR RUNNER
This new bar runner features
service medals from Boer War to
present day plus gallantry awards.
89 x 25 cm. $30.00 + $7 P&H
Uniquely hand-crafted from
two 7.62mm shells with pocket
clip and standard ink cartridge.
$18.00 + $3 P&H
Digger the Border Collie is
the ambassador for the Army
Museum of South Australia. This
20cm, soft Digger is hand-made
and individually numbered.
$15.00 + $7 P&H
Mail this payment slip with your cheque/money order
made payable to RSL SA, to:
RSL SA, ANZAC House, Torrens Training Depot,
Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000
or complete this slip and fax to: 08 8232 0377
Visa Mastercard Cheque / Money Order