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will be be held at 10:30am on Saturday 25 February 2017 at Hervey House, Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club.

Click below to see nominations for the vacant positions for the 2017 committee.

Nomination notice 2017

Click below to see the Agenda and Motions

Agenda 2017

Only financial members can vote, may propose, second or be nominated to any position.






Travelling Exhibition

The Belgians Have Not Forgotten

All welcome to attendThe Belgians have not forgotten: a travelling exhibition about the involvement of ANZACS in World War 1 in Belgiumat the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club now on display until 8 March 2017.

This informative exhibition tells the story of the first World War and its defining moments and memorable battles and will endeavour to increase awareness and understanding of the experience of ANZACS fighting at the Western Front and the legacy and memory of that experience.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit this dynamic display – The Hervey Bay RSL is only one of four venues in Australia to host this exhibition, direct from the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Belguim



++++++ 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.



On Tuesday 29th November 2016 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. had their usual Diggers Lunch, this one was with a Christmas theme and with a twist. 

One of our dedicated welfare volunteers, Don Duffus, was presented with his OAM by Stewart Cameron CSC, RSL (Queensland Branch) State President. 

All at the luncheon were moved by the State President’s presentation to Don. 

The afternoon proceeded with much joy and merriment and a big shout out must go to the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club for their excellent catering and service.


Jim and Nell Wilson



Stewart Camerson CSC with Don Duffus OAM


Don Duffus OAM, John Beattie and Cameron Stewart CSC


Cathy and Stewart Cameron CSC


The dedicated volunteers at the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch


Alice Blatch and her daughter, Jan


Members from Baycrest enjoying the luncheon



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.


Stay up to date with all the latest Sub-Branch news.
Ensure the RSL Club has your correct mobile phone details to receive event notifications and reminders. 
Call in to reception or phone the Club on 4197 7444.


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.


Women Veterans Network Australia


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.









Centenary Member Certificates

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






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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