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THE SIGNAL

RSL South Australia, Northern Territory and Broken Hill

Volume 68 July 2012

PP565001/00102

The Ghan ANZAC Tribute Journey

2012 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit

School Prize Tour


Making a difference

support

Partners

care

Lest We Forget

Remember

well-being

The RSL welcomes corporate partners in helping make a

difference to the veterans in our community.

Corporate sponsorship is a vital part of the survival of this iconic

not-for-profit organisation. The RSL, ANZAC and Poppy Appeal

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.

RSL South Australia State Branch

Phone: 08 8232 0322

email: publicrelations@rslsa.org.au

www.rslsa.org.au


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

RSL South Australia thanks these corporate sponsors:

Inside this Issue

Nova Systems

Experience Knowledge Independence

The Signal magazine is published by the Returned &

Services League of Australia (South Australia Branch) Inc

and issued four times per year.

Submission of articles of around 300 words, with

accompanying photographs (in digital format), or items for

the Notices section are encouraged. Submissions should

be emailed to signal@rslsa.org.au or mailed to:

The Signal, RSL SA

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Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000

Submissions should be free of personal views, political

bias and must be of interest to the wider membership of

the RSL.

Short requests seeking information or contact with

ex-service members are welcome for the Notices section.

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RSL SA Branch Editorial Team on (08) 8232 0322.

We reserve the right to edit, include or refuse any

submission. Articles based on personal views will not be

included unless in the form of Letters to the Editor with

name and address of the author.

RSL SA Branch reserves the right to refuse or withdraw

an advertisement before publication if this advertisement

is deemed to be in conflict with the RSL or of an improper

nature.

Editor: Ursula Thornquest

COVER: The Ghan. Photograph: Courtesy of Great Southern Rail

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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

raised?

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.

Tim Hanna

President

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

Community Housing

Retirement Living

Affordable Housing

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-

Branch.

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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right

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.

Sam Jackman

CEO

Farewell Jock

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.

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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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Sub-Branch News

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

their support.

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

matches.

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

President.

The ANZAC Ceremony of Remembrance was observed with due

solemnity at each of the match venues.

Sub-Branch News

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

military history.

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

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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

you all.

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

Macclesfield RSL)

Paul LeMar

Plympton Glenelg

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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Sub-Branch News

Adelaide Sub-Branch

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 admin@rslsa.org.au.

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

Secretary.

Tim Hanna

President

ANZAC REMEMBRANCE

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.

Youth Vigil

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

Vigil Ceremony

Dawn Service

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.

Frank Owen

ANZAC Day

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.

Sub-Branch News

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

guests.

Wally Birch

President

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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

enjoyable.

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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Sub-Branch News

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

payments.

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

through DVA.

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

(regional callers).

Military Entitlements

Overpayments

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

recovered. defencebank.com.au

Military Pensions, Entitlements and Welfare

Entitlements Officers at RSL SA State Headquarters

Telephone: 8232 0322 Fax: 8232 0377

Email admin@rslsa.org.au

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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at defencebank.com.au before deciding to acquire this product. This is general advice which has been

prepared without taking into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. Before

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Affiliates – Rights and

Responsibilities.

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

present form.

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.

Monthly Meetings

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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General Meeting);

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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

knots.

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

represented.

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

Women’s Auxiliary

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

sharp.

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

Australia.

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

State President

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

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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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Defence News

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

Defence Force.

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

multiple sensors.

There have been many

achievements including,

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

themselves.

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

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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

The Spirit.

Jill Hoare

RSL SA Board Member

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Dear Sir,

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

Rule 10c.

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

I remain

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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

subsides.

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.

Frontline

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

and execution.

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

Australians.

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.

Keith Harrison


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.

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got the right gear?

General News

ANZAC Appeal

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.

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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

music.

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 veteranssa@sa.gov.au if

you are interested in hosting the exhibition in your clubrooms or

community centre.

Publication dates for The Signal magazine 2012

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General News

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/

sama1129/


94 year old veteran of World War II finally receives his

medals

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

special occassion.

General News

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

Are you a current service person or an ������������� or e�������������� of Aboriginal or

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,

please contact:

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

Noah.Riseman@acu.edu.au jimbaayer@acu.edu.au

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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.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Larcombe

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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General News

Legal Services

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.

EDA

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

to 3am

Peter Haran’s Drive program can be heard on 88.7 CoastFM on

Tuesdays 4-6pm.

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.

General News

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

possibility thoroughly.”

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.

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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.

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Dear Jock

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

School Prize.

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.

Yours sincerely

Meagan McDonnell

Teacher - St Francis de Sales College, Mt Barker

Taxi Problems

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.

General News

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.

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Vietnamese Community News

Noodle Bar

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; tuan.cuc@internode.on.net

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: publicrelations@rslsa.org.au by

August 31, 2012.

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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

them.

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

www.campbells.com.au

marketing@rslsa.org.au


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; robertmcgreen@optusnet.com.au or Rick Watkins

on 0242562620; rick.w2@bigpond.com

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

of Sydney.

To register your interest and for further details contact

Dave Turner: davkat@bigpond.net.au 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;

forcetth@bigpond.com

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.

Memorial Ovals

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

anzacevents@rslsa.org.au. 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/

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Book Reviews

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.

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SUB-BRANCH $

Ardrossan 900.95

Auburn 343.00

Balaklava 772.00

Barmera 422.60

Berri 1474.50

Blackwood & W/Aux 2182.00

Blanchetown 364.00

Brighton W/Aux 2200.00

Burra 867.55

Bute 230.35

Ceduna 256.80

Clare 2017.25

Cowell 773.90

Cummins 843.40

Echunga 85.00

Edwardstown 1169.10

Elizabeth 6010.00

Enfield 461.40

Eudunda 309.35

Freeling 276.10

Gawler & W/Aux 6431.25

Gilles Plains Hampstead 1121.00

Glynde 184.10

Goolwa 1192.10

Henley & Grange 470.00

Hilton 250.00

Kadina 443.15

Kangaroo Island 2491.65

Kapunda 388.35

Katherine 886.00

Keith 200.00

Kensington Park 894.50

Kilburn 120.00

Kilburn W/Aux 486.75

Kingston 605.50

Largs Bay 799.40

Largs Bay W/Aux 163.15

Laura 358.00

Lobethal 1218.65

Lockleys W/Aux 50.00

Loxton 1550.00

Lutheran Homes 526.55

Magill 300.00

Maitland 1007.50

Mallala 300.00

Mannum 228.15

Marion 3071.70

Mclaren Vale 2000.00

Meningie 168.00

Millicent & W/Aux 1058.65

Mitcham 1187.30

Moonta 800.00

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

Nairne 229.00

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Nuriootpa 2281.15

Orroroo W/Aux 293.75

Payneham 1370.45

Peterborough & W/Aux 659.80

Plympton Glenelg 176.45

Plympton Glenelg W/Aux 100.00

Pt Augusta W/Aux 5106.75

2012 ANZAC Appeal

SUB-BRANCH $

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

Renmark 3739.00

Riverton 170.90

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Robertstown 5.00

Roxby Downs 2000.00

Salisbury 4549.40

Seaton Park 400.00

Stansbury 274.60

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

Waikerie 499.00

Wallaroo W/Aux 1692.25

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Whyalla 1064.50

Willunga 907.95

Wudinna 177.90

Yankalilla 600.00

Yorketown 310.50

COMPANIES & UNITS

9 Brigade 796.35

Aecom 36.00

Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance 294.95

Alliance Airlines 190.15

ATO 287.00

Clarendon Hotel 51.00

Commonwealth Banks 307.20

DSTO - Peoples Strategies 61.55

DVA 176.95

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

Legacy 259.80

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

SCHOOLS $

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

STREET COLLECTORS

Army - Rundle Mall 2079.10

Navy - Rundle Mall 2157.70

TS Noarlunga Navy Cadets 1197.95

Amelia 67.30

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

NASHOS

Bob Ireland 892.50

Harold Dunn 869.55

Ian Stewart 427.40

Ken Ellis 124.10

Vin Angley 359.60

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B PHILIPSON SX33799 20/3/12

R PLUECKHAHN SX39917 23/5/12

E POINTON 114759 28/5/12

S POSTON D/SSX864614 31/3/12

NUMBER LAST NAME DATE

R PUMPA 114397 27/5/12

J RODGERS R46067 10/4/12

J RUSSELL SX9113 21/4/12

L SCHUBERT SX19300 8/4/12

S SEAMAN 22905397 30/5/12

E SIMMONS R274724 1/5/12

A SLAUGHTER VF397248 18/5/12

K SMITH 33281 23/3/12

I SMITH 32768 17/5/12

C SMITH S62892 21/5/12

J STEPHENS SX8476 7/6/12

G STEVENTON SX15519 18/5/12

L STOKES SFX10708 7/6/12

F STORY SX17387 9/3/12

C SUMMERS SX45782 7/6/12

A SUTHERLAND PA/3698 21/3/12

W TANK 27440 12/4/12

R THIELE PA4841 11/4/12

F TREACY PA2338 14/3/12

R TREWIN 1736197 12/5/12

G TUCKER 27028 9/6/12

R UNDERWOOD 140576 10/6/12

R VERHOEF 270517005 2/3/12

K WALTON 27153 23/3/12

R WARNEFORD A43044 22/4/12

P WATT R51868 17/3/12

P WATT 23175944 29/5/12

R WECKERT 12/4/12

C WHITE SX27769 1/3/12

W WILLIAMS SX812 11/5/12

J WILSON PA4832 19/4/12

G WREN 5/1218 19/3/12

R WRIGHT VX70200 21/4/12

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

RAR

1ATF

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: marketing@rslsa.org.au. Delivery can be organised to

anywhere in Australia.

ITEM PRICE QTY P&H

Aust. only

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

Cardholder Signature

Name:

Address:

Email:

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

BULLET PEN

Uniquely hand-crafted from

two 7.62mm shells with pocket

clip and standard ink cartridge.

$18.00 + $3 P&H

DIGGER DOG

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

Total

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

Postcode:

TOTAL

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