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We are officially 100 years old as a Sub Branch.
It is an honour to be amongst one of the oldest RSL Sub Banches in Western Australia. The Sub Branch has served returning veterans who have served in conflicts including the Boer War, World Wars One and Two, Korea, Malaya Emergency, Borneo, Vietnam, Timor, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and other peacekeeping operations. The Victoria Park Sub Branch is also known as The Gurney Club Inc, in honour of Arthur Stanley ‘Stan’ Gurney VC. Stan Gurney was the recipient of a Victoria Cross for bravery in the Battle of Tel-El-Eisa, Egypt during World War Two.
To all our members both past and present it could not have been achieved without your dedication and commitment to honouring our purpose and objectives through all those years. We have seen a lot of changes through the 100 years but we have not forgotten our core business which is the welfare of our veterans, both past and current serving. We will continue to serve our veterans for as long as they may need us. Our delivery of service may have changed from 100 years ago but we are still committed to helping our veterans.
We were privileged to receive our 100 Year letter from Her Majesty the Queen and His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (retd) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Click on the images below to open up the letters in a new window.
Thank you to all including all our veterans, supporters and members, you are part of our history and will continue for as long as we can.
To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Beersheba Day the Victoria Park RSL Sub-Branch and the Kelmscott-Pinjarra 10th Light Horse Memorial troop have united to create an interactive public event. Beersheba, a heavily fortified town 43kms from the Turkish bastion of Gaza, was the scene of an historic charge by the 4th Light Horse Brigade on 31 October 1917.
100th Anniversary – Battle of Beersheba.
To commemorate this occasion members of both the Victoria Park RSL and the 10th Light Horse Memorial troop have organised a number of displays and horse riding reenactments to be shown at Playfield Park located behind the RSL Hall.
Date: Friday 29 October 2017
Time: 11am to 4pm (memorial service 3.35pm)
Members of the public can see:
The Beersheba Memorial Service will take place at 3.35pm.
For further information contact Jacquie Liddiard via email or on (08) 9361 8802.
Victoria Park RSL President Kelvin Liddiard was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday honour list with a Medal of the Order of Australia General Division for services to veterans and their families. He was proud and surprised to receive the honour.
EVERYTHING that Kelvin Liddiard has done for the Victoria Park RSL sub-branch he has done for others and not himself.
Among the projects he is proud of since becoming president of the organisation in 2009, is getting the original name of the sub-branch back and creating a memorial wall.
His selfless acts were recognised with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday honour list.
“Re-establishing the name of the sub-branch is among my proudest achievements, the Vic Park RSL formed in 1918 and had various names over the time,” he said.
“After a factional split in 1999, some of the members went to the Cannington sub-branch and the one here was named the Vietnam Vets and East Victoria Park sub-branch.
“In 2013, it was changed back to the Victoria Park RSL sub-branch, which is important, because it restores our role in the community.”
Mr Liddiard is also proud that he was a committee member for the creation of the Centenary Memorial Wall Project, which involved researching who was eligible for a plaque.
“We had 431 names of people who were born in or lived in Victoria Park when they served in World War I,” he said.
“We are now two-thirds of the way through screening people who served during World War II.
“The idea is that it will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices that Town of Victoria Park residents made during all conflicts. We want to make sure that all details are correct because we are paying respect to these people.”
Mr Liddiard said he was proud to be awarded the OAM, which came as a surprise.
“Everything that we have tried to achieve is on behalf of the membership of the RSL, they are the most important ingredient,” he said.
“It’s not about me, but I feel chuffed to receive the medal.”
Congratulations are in order to Committee and Sub Branch Members for their participation in this years ANZAC services.
There is certainly a major shift in the general community regarding awareness to the Centenary commemoration program, etc which is ongoing.
Born 9th June 1914
Corporal Australian Army
2/7 Australian Infantry Battalion
Passed away on Tuesday 15th December 2015.
Member of the RSL since 1946.
Our condolences to his family and friends.
LEST WE FORGET
We did a post on George’s 100th Birthday – read more.
Busy day for us at the Sub Branch, Burswood Park and CBD Poppy Day collections. We would like to thank everyone who has helped and donated for this very important event. In honour of all of our servicemen and women, both present and past, we say thank you and LEST WE FORGET.
2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion
Passed away on Saturday 14th November 2015.
Member of the RSL since 1944 and he has lived in Victoria Park/Lathlain all his life.
Our condolences to his family.
The Sub Branch can be extremely proud of the outcome of our Centenary presentation recognising 100 years of ANZAC on the eve of 24th April 2015. Without the input and help of committee and members we would not have been able to achieve our goal. Well done to you all.As you can imagine, it was a period in which historically, the Sub Branch has held to the tenet of the RSL – “Lest We Forget” – has been observed. It is important to recognise, and say thank you, to all those organisations that supported and participated in our venture. There are too many to list here but recognition has been made to them by means of letters of appreciation and other means.
As you can imagine, it was a period in which historically, the Sub Branch has held to the tenet of the RSL – “Lest We Forget” – has been observed. It is important to recognise, and say thank you, to all those organisations that supported and participated in our venture. There are too many to list here but recognition has been made to them by means of letters of appreciation and other means.
Following on from ANZAC Day, membership has increased due to the exposure gained and we now have a membership total of 125 members. It has been most encouraging to welcome new members to the Sub Branch and with October not too far away our AGM (Sunday 11th October at 10am) will be held. It is vitally important that the Sub Branch continues to prosper and with this in mind I would encourage you to consider nominating for a committee position. In this newsletter you will find listed current committee members who are available to discuss with you any matter where you feel that you may need help or advice. Conversely, the Sub Branch is open Monday and Wednesday and you are all welcome to come and chat over a cuppa – tea or coffee.
I would like to remind you all that Centenary events will continue to be held right up to 2019 when the Sub Branch will celebrate its own Centenary year. It is incumbent on us to honour this occasion in the best possible way by preplanning as soon as we can for our 100th year. The success of preplanning is evident by our involvement with the ToVP who have been most supportive of our Centenary achievement.
Kelvin J Liddiard
The Adopt a Digger Program is an essential part of our Memorial Wall project. The Memorial Wall has been built to house plaques commemorating the sons of Victoria Park who volunteered to sign up for the Great War. In several notable cases, a number of brothers from local families signed up together, which symbolises the collective spirit of the time.
Each serviceman, or Digger, can be adopted by individuals, families and businesses who wish to keep alive the ANZAC spirit and teach future generations about the value of their sacrifice – as typified by this letter we received last year:
We are not from the Victoria Park area but thought this was a fine way to pay tribute to our brave Anzacs.
We decided to “Adopt” 2 diggers as we have two sons. We are hoping that this will be the start of a tradition, with each son encouraging their children to not only honour those that have fought and died for our country, but to have a personal interest in a specific soldier and the role he played in creating a better place for us to live in.
If it all possible, it would be nice if the two diggers we are allocated were related to each other.
A one-off payment of $500. And we have a Charitable Contributions Licence, so it’s tax-deductable.
Yes (provided he hasn’t already been selected). And remember, our program will eventually include the Second World War and other conflicts, so if you want to pick someone from those periods, you’ll have that option too.
Your sponsorship contributes directly to the cost of having the plaque for your Digger made, installed and maintained.
The Memorial wall itself has been funded by our main sponsors (Lotterywest, Town of Victoria Park and Crown, plus many generous local businesses and individuals). The cost of the plaques is being met by our RSL while Adopt a Digger contributions arrive.
Our goal throughout the project has been and remains to make this a memorial constructed for and by the people of Victoria Park.
Victoria Park RSL is a non-profit organisation staffed entirely by volunteers.
Yes. Your name is not included on the plaque.
Our Adopt A Digger campaign is in full progress and would welcome support from the general public and business houses that would be willing to support our project.Download a donation form
Please feel welcome to discuss making private donations with the President or Secretary, by emailing [email protected]
We’d love any kind of support you can offer – even if it’s just helping with publicity. Spread the word about this campaign among your networks and encourage them to do the same.