Preparations are well underway for Remembrance Day, on Tuesday 11th November

This national ceremonial day offers a chance for our Sub Branch to engage with the local community.  Victoria Park Sub-branch volunteers will be fundraising for Poppy Day at the Perth 4WD and Adventure Show at McCullum Park this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November.  On Remembrance Day, Tuesday 11th November, our Sub-branch will also be fundraising in Perth CBD.  We are looking forward to a generous show of support from the community in this major fundraising event of the year, which supports former and current servicemen and women and their dependents when in need.

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New flyer design

We’ve revamped our Wear a Poppy flyer to include information about our Living History and Memorial Wall projects.

You can of course find out more about the use of the poppy as a symbol by the RSL on this page.

Handmade poppies

We have just received some donated poppies from around the area. Note the little poem that one of the Probus ladies has written.

These poppies are being used for our ANZAC Memorial Wall in April 2015 as part of our remembrance to those who served.

We started this project 12 months ago as an adjunct to the 5000 poppies project.  We are doing the red with black centre poppies only.

A huge thank you to:

  • Victoria Park Probus Ladies
  • Rowethorpe Ladies
  • Maria O’Connor
  • Ladies from Bentley Park

If you can make some for us please contact the Sub Branch.  Let us know if you’d like a pattern.

The field Howitzer that stands outside Victoria Park RSL was moved last week to make more space for ceremonies around the War Memorial.

Although originally for mobile use in Korea,  this decommissioned piece required expert help and hydraulic power to shift it the short distance between its former and new locations. The gun, weighing 1800 kg, was stubborn initially. but eventually accepted its move with grace.  You’ve got to admit, it looks good in its new position. Even Ben Wyatt MLA came along to see the action.

We are indebted to these businesses and people for making the move possible:

 

 

 


Mr Edward Bollard, a member of the Victoria Park RSL, passed away on Friday 1st August, after a lengthy illness.

He served in 3RAR from 1960 to 1966.  Overseas service included Borneo and the Malay peninsula August 1965 for 5/6 months.

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An unidentified Australian soldier, probably of the 10th Light Horse, on sentry duty with bayonet attached to his rifle, listening to music playing on the highly prized possession of a gramophone. Turkey, Chanak, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915.Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial A05402via

 

 

IN FOCUS PRESENTATION

Richard Rennie helped us to mark the centenary of the start of the first world war in July 1914 with an In Focus Presentation SOUNDS OF WORLD WAR 1 on July 16th.

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The SNCO’s Club Airforce Reserve group – most members being members of 25 Squadron – enjoyed a breakfast at the Club over the weekend, one of two annual events they hold with Victoria Park RSL.

They bought along one of their club history books.  This particular volume was 1987 to 2000 and holds all those members during those years.

713 Squadron Air Cadets had a dining in night for the first time since 2011 and used the hall.

Great night was had by all and indeed for most it was their first introduction to the formal procedures of a dining in night function.

This squadron is situated at the Cannington.  You can find out more about them here.

Our own George Farrell turns 100 this year, and he celebrated receiving the traditional message from Her Majesty at Victoria Park RSL in the company of his extensive family.

 

Winter Sundowners continue every second month at The Gurney Club.  The next one will actually be in Spring, on 19th September.  We hope members and guests can join us to catch up with the many bright projects the Committee has been working on during the darker months!

This year, we participated in memorial services at Millen, Victoria Park and East Victoria Park Primary Schools, Windsor Park Nursing Home, Harris Park Tennis Club, Gloucester Park remembrance trotting event as well as the dawn service conducted by the Town of Victoria Park.

The Main Event

Of course our main event was our ANZAC Eve Memorial Service which included official invited guests, members of the general public as well as participation by Girl Guides, Scouts and the Air Training Corps #713 Squadron cadets and instructors. As with all such events as these, it would not have been possible without the generous donations provided each year by community business houses, patrons of the Sub Branch, community members and of course members of the Sub Branch who give their all to ensure it is a successful event. It is a credit to all members who helped that everything went smoothly. Very positive feedback has been received from members of the general public that attended. My personal thanks to you all for a job ‘well done’.

This year RSL Headquarters allowed Sub Branches to fund-raise up to and including ANZAC Day (same principles as Remembrance/Poppy Day). To those members and others who gave their time – thank you.

For some time now the Sub Branch has been seeking to change our title to Victoria Park Sub Branch…

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