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The Hervey Bay WWI 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group in conjunction with the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch commemorated the end of the Battle of Somme at Freedom Park on Friday 18 November 2016 at sundown.

About 400 people and 140 school children attended the event which included live cannon fire, the Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band, and a heartfelt address by French Representative, Gaelle Caresmel.  The nurses with the 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group assisted with wreath laying and participated in a re-enactment of troops leaving the trenches to a smoky filled night.  It well depicted a short window in the 141 days that is known as the Battle of Somme.



Toby Tidyman (Vice President Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch) with the RSL ANZAC Flame


School Children overlook the RSL ANZAC Flame


Peter McDermott (Naval Assoc.) Jim Wilson (Peter Johnstone + Family), Nel Wilson (9th Btn Royal Irish Rifles) and Ian Williams (9th Btn WW1 Re-Enactment Group) laying wreaths


Simon Morley (Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Committee Member) preparing for flag duty alongside the cannon ready to fire


Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band


Gaelle Caresmel (French Representative) being presented an RSL Plaque by Brian Tidyman (President of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch) with Jim Wilson (9th Btn WWI Re-Enactment Group Co-Ordinator and Jukka Mantari (President, Maryborough RSL)


Neil Gee and Graeme Sharpe from Mansong being presented with a plaque by Jim Wilson for their participation and outstanding rendition of La Marseillaise.


Thank you to Keith Pitt (Federal Member for Hinkler), Ted Sorensen (Local Member for Hervey Bay), Fraser Coast Regional Council, Mansong, James Cresswell (bugler), Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band, Delta Company 9RQR as Catafalque Party, Vic Burgess (Padre), David Grainger as MC, Hugh McBroom (Piper) and Graham Ellis for writing a poem for the occasion.


 Go to our Latest News section for details of the ANZAC Community Service Awards 2016 presentations held on Saturday 5th November 2016.

Congratulations to all nominees and this year’s winner, Darren Horton, of the Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.


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Remembrance Day Service 2016

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9RQR as Catafalque Party, 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group nurses (Annette Georgiou, Kate Gay, Sue Darcy), attendees at the Freedom Park Service

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch conducted a moving Remembrance Day ceremony at Freedom Park on Friday 11 November 2016.

The occasion was well attended considering it was during the working week.  Hugh McBroom from the RSL Pipe Band played the bagpipes while wreaths were laid.  Therese Adolfsen representing Keith Pitt, Member for Hinkler and Ted Sorensen Member for Hervey Bay were in attendance.  Many local Ex-Service Organisations and students from the local schools laid wreaths.

James Cresswell was outstanding as bugler and the 9th Battalion Re-Enactment Group marched.  The 9RQR supported as Catafalque Party.

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch would like to thank the Committee and all parties involved in making this a memorable service and keeping the memory alive of those who fell in the line of duty during the First World War.

Lest We Forget.


Wall of Remembrance  –  Bayside Gardens

Don’t forget when putting your affairs in order to book your niche in the Wall of Remembrance.

Niches are $50.00 and are available to all ex-service personnel and their partners.

Spaces are limited.

Call in to the Sub-Branch between 9:00am and 12:30pm to discuss your requirements.

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Hervey Bay Squadron of Australian Air League attendance at Federal Review Oct 2016


uniform inspection – federal review 2016


reporting for wing drill federal review 2016


LCDT Joanna Sims receiving award for drumming federal review 2016

Local Cadet Group Win at National Competition

The Hervey Bay Squadron of Australian Air League flew to Ballarat on Friday 30th September 2016 to compete against other squadrons at the bi-yearly Federal Review on 1st October.

Over 400 Cadets competed at the event, travelling from Qld, NSW, Vic and SA.

Although the Cadets only started drumming earlier this year, LCdt Joanna Sims and Cdt Shae Gilmour achieved 1st in Snare and Tenor respectively in the Girls 8-11 years category.  Cdt Patrick Robinson was against stiff competition in drumming with the NSW boys who have much more experience.

Cdt Patrick Robinson achieved 2nd in the aircraft model scale 1:48 competition for boys 12-14 years.

In the essay competition girls 8-11 years, LCdt Joanna Sims achieved 1st and Cdt Callum Langille received a Certificate of App in the boys 12-14 years category.

The Cadets also competed in Drill competitions marching with cadets from other squadrons with the Wing Section achieving 3rd and Qld Group achieving 2nd On the March.

Hervey Bay Squadron would like to thank Brian Tidyman, President of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch and Steve from Atkinsons Shuttle Service for arranging transport to and from Brisbane Airport.  Thanks also to Steve’s drivers, Brian and Allan for making the trip enjoyable.

By Glenda Lange

Acting Officer Commanding | Hervey Bay Squadron | Australian Air League


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Sophie Denham attends Pipe School in Canberra – September 2016

Back in July 2016 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch sponsored Sophie Denham to attend a three day course at the National Pipe School in Canberra.

 Sophie attended all the workshops including Introduction to Piobaireachd, 2/4 and 6/8 March playing, Tuning methods and techniques and, Strathspey and reel playing.

 The three days concluded with a massed band where all pipers and drummers played some tunes together.sophie-denham-1 sophie-denham-2 sophie-denham-3

 Sophie said “Hearing top pipers as well as meeting new pipers has given me renewed enthusiasm to learn new tunes and to become the best I can be.”  “It was a real surprise and privilege to find out on the last day that I had won the encouragement award for my level.”  “I know that I will continue to develop the skills that I learnt so that I can continue to grow as a piper.”

Well done Sophie from all of us here at the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch and we look forward to your continued participation in our activities.


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Connecting past and present Women of Defence with resources, support and information.

 Click here to go to their website for the latest news from the WVNA




Brian Tidyman, President

Brian Tidyman, President




Tune in to Radio Station 107.5 Fraser Coast FM at 8:00am on the 1st Tuesday of each month to hear Brian Tidyman chat to David Grainger about the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc.





On 14 September 2016 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch conducted a commemoration service at the Cenotaph in Pialba for Peacekeepers Day.


Terry Clayton laying a wreath on behalf of the Naval Association


The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has been invovled in peacekeeping since 1947 when four Australians (the world’s first United Nations peacekeepers) were deployed to the first UN Peacekeeping mission – the United Nations Good Offices Commission to Indonesia (UNGOC).  Since UNGOC, the ADF has been extensively involved in both UN and multinational peacekeeping and peacemaking operations.  The tempo for these missions has notably increased since the first large deployment of Engineer Troops to South West Africa in 1989.  INTERFET in 1999/2000 was the largest deployment of Australian Troops since the Second World War and , more recently, over 2400 ADF personnel are now involved in the International Campaigns against Terrorism operating in the Middle East, Afghanistan and South West Asia.  Australian Services personnel continue to demonstrate outstanding capabilities in these often dangerous and hostile foreign environments.








++++++ Pavers at Freedom Park ++++++

Did you miss out on a paver at the first release?

Orders are now being taken for pavers to mark the names of loved servicemen and women for placement at the Freedom Park war memorial.  The cost is $75.00 and includes engraving, delivery and installation.

Call in to the Sub-Branch and fill out an Application Form or call us for further details on             07 4197 7477 Mon to Fri between 9:00am and 12:30pm.



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B Semler Rally Car

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch and Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club have sponsored Brian Semler’s car in ”Rally for a Cause” known and the “Dunga Derby” for the past two years.

The Dunga Derby takes place around August each year with all the money going to people in the Wide Bay area who are in need of assistance because of unfortunate medically related circumstances.  The Rally has helped many with assistance by way of accommodation when needed at city specialists and any other problems they inevitably experience.

The Rally raised well over $200,000.00 this year.

The presentation night at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club was one of acclaim and thanks from people we have helped so far.

The “Dunga Derby is typical of other rallies with cars all done up and from another era.  A good time is had by all in a well organised and safe journey over 4 or 5 days.  Breakdowns are part of the classic run with Brian’s car being presented with a “Didn’t Make It” pendant, much to his chagrin.  They don’t make gearboxes like they used to!

Looking forward to next year’s rally.


Legacy Badge Week – August/September 2016

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9th Battalion WW1 Re-Enactment Group volunteering for Legacy Badge Week at Stocklands Shopping Centre Friday 1 September 2016


Centenary Member Certificates

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Vietnam Veterans Day 18 August 2016


St James Lutheran College – Visit to the Australian War Memorial

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July 2016 – Our visit to the War Memorial was a memorable experience. With the giant aircraft hanging from the ceiling to the tiny statues of people. Being at the War Memorial was an engaging and enjoyable experience. A special time was when we were given the opportunity to lay a poppy next to the name of a family member at the Wall of Remembrance. For those of us without a family member, we were connected with a family member from a St James family.  We would like to thank the Hervey Bay RSL for their donation of the poppies. It made our visit even more memorable knowing that we could acknowledge those related to us, as well as other fallen soldiers in the closing ceremony.

(Year 7 student)




 Click here to see what the 9th Battalion WW1 Re-enactment Group have been up to….


  Victory in the Pacific Commemoration 15 August 2016

The Cenotaph, Freedom Park


Paying their respects at the Cenotaph were Toby Tidyman, Vice President of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch; Karl Adolfsen representing Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay; and Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler.


Laying Wreaths at the Cenotaph were V Hieronymus representing the Vietnam Veterans’ Association, Jack Jewell representing the Hervey Bay RSL Social Bowls Club and Ken Hayden WWII Veteran.



Wreath Laying by Jim Wilson of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch and Ray Eustace, President of the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club.


Korea Veterans Day 27 July 2016


Bill Boswell, Peter Collins, Max (Korea Veteran, NZ), Bernie Devine, Victor Fay, John Hammond, Norm Maxwell


9th Battalion Re-enactment Group as Catafalque Party


Wreath Laying by Keith Pitt Federal Member for Hinkler, Bill Boswell representing Korea Vets, Peter Carey representing Ted Sorensen Member for Hervey Bay

Every year the Hervey Bay Sub-Branch hold a service to remember the Korean War on the 27th July when the ceasefire was signed.  This year unfortunately only 7 Korea Veterans were in attendance but a very good turnout from other Ex Service Organisations helped make the day for the Korea Veterans.


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The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is here to provide Welfare, Pension and Advocacy services not only to its members but also to serving and ex-service persons and their dependents, especially those in need of assistance. We have a committed Support Group who regularly visit veterans in hospital, nursing homes or their own residences. We remember and commemorate those who have served our Country. This is achieved through the organisation of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services, Operation RIMAU, and assisting in services remembering Korea, Vietnam, VP Day and RSL funeral services for departed comrades. Hervey Bay has a large RSL Community Link program within local schools and the community who march as a unit under their own banner at ANZAC Day parades. The Sub-Branch sponsors a Legacy Scholarship for wards of Legacy to assist with education costs and the Hervey Bay RSL Community Service Award wherein community service organizations, viz. Volunteer Marine Rescue, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Life Savers, Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue, are invited to nominate a member for their outstanding service to the community, not just their own organisation. We encourage fellowship and mateship and, as a national group, we can effectively lobby the Government. The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch provides effective and efficient management of the Sub-Branch’s assets and resources for the benefit of its members and of the serving members of the Australian Defence Force. We are able to offer contact details for the many affiliated ex-service organisations in the Hervey Bay area, amongst others the Australian Veterans Group Post 1975. On 17 May 1929 the first official meeting of the Pialba Sub Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ Imperial League of Australia was held in the Pialba Shire Hall. The Hervey Bay Sub Branch of the Returned Sailors’ & Soldiers’ and Airmens’ Imperial League of Australia was Granted it’s charter on the 1st of January 1948. An Anniversary Dinner is held on the Saturday closest to 17th of May for the Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch, Members And invited Guests. Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch 11 Torquay Road, Pialba Hervey Bay, 4655 (07) 4197 7477 Open from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm Monday to Friday