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The Sub-Branch office will close at 12:00 noon on Friday 22 December 2017 and re-open at 9:30am on Tuesday 2 January 2018



Veterans Christmas Party 2017 held at the Hervey Bay RSL Club


Ian Allsop, Sub-Branch Committee Member, organised this function after many of the RSL Club’s Veteran’s Day attendees expressed interest in a Christmas get-together.  Ian obtained numbers and collected a small amount each month from each person.

40 people enjoyed the buffet luncheon on The Deck and with entertainment.  Everyone had a great day and thanks must be extended to Ian Allsop, Kellie Robinson for the photos and the catering team at the RSL Club for a great lunch.  As you can see, the food was fabulous! 


Monday 11 December 2017

Anthony Crocker, Brian Turner, Charles Hobson, Alec Thompson, Russel Boulton, Gary Hartigan, Robert Hutchison
The December edition of The Branch newsletter is available now.  Call in to the Sub-Branch to get your copy or Click Here to download a copy now.

Monday 4 December 2017

Barry Wilson-Pogmore, Peter De Jersey, Elliott Titley, Troy Broome, Martin Clarke, Alicia Stubbs, Geoffrey Hawken

Monday 27 November 2017

John Magor, Thomas Martin, James Vanderkyl, Robert Frisby, Leonard Campbell, Clive Marchant, Gina Gibson


From the President:

I was pleased to be invited by Fraser Coast Anglican College to their Celebration of Achievements evening on Monday 13th November 2017 at the Brolga Theatre to present the ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award to two students.  The award recognises students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community, and who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship” – values considered integral to both the ADF and Australian society. 

Well done to Year 10 Student Kristy Wedmaier and Year 12 Student Brent Morris.


Monday 20 November 2017

Michael Hanson, Graham Smyth, John Kelly, James Forayter, Gwen Gill, Marke Blackhurst, Leendert Van Buren


Monday 13 November 2017

Allan Battersby, Marcus Raub, Kevin Kenefick, John Barker, Gorden Burgemeister, Sheila Smith, William McGrath


Don’t forget to stop by the memorabilia cabinets in the foyer and have a look at the displays.  Simon Morley, our Memorabilia Officer, has been busy!


Remembrance Day 2017 at the War Memorial in Freedom Park


TS Krait Cadets, Air League Cadets and 181 Army cadets laying wreaths at Freedom Park

Lance Price and Terry Fahy laying wreaths / 9RQR as Catafalque guard / Simon Morley on Flag duty









The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch presented a Remembrance Day ceremony for veterans and locals alike at Freedom Park on Saturday 11 November 2017.

Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler and Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay laid wreaths while Pipe Major Hugh McBroom from the Hervey Bay RSL Pipe Band played the bagpipes. 

Many local ex-service Organisations and students from the local schools laid wreaths.

Geoff Harper was outstanding as bugler and Jeffery Jarvis said prayers for past and present service personnel.  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

People of Hervey Bay at the Remembrance Day Service at Freedom Park


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


Monday 6 November 2017

Edward Crabb, Kathryn Simeon, Richard Manns, Edwin Stewart, Annette Stockdale, Donald Norman, Ian Debert


ANZAC Community Service Awards 2017

 Click here to find out this year’s winner



ANZAC Youth Centenary Award 2017

Click here to find out the winners who will present their speeches on ANZAC Day 2018 





31 October 2017

100 years of the Charge of the Light Horse

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch held a commemoration for the Battle of Beersheba at the War Memorial in Freedom Park at 4:30pm on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

Speech by President Brian Tidyman:

On this day 100 years ago at approximately 1630hrs the 4th Light Horse Regiment took part in what is regarded as one of the last great successful cavalry charges.

Waving bayonets overhead, they charged across 6 kl of open ground, cheating bombs, shells and bullets before capturing, in desperate hand to hand fighting, the Turkish trenches that held the key to the strategic stronghold of Beersheba leading to the final defeat of the Ottoman empire’s hold on Palestine and leaving the Suez canal in British hands.

The main reason the charge was successful in the number of casualties was that the Light Horse normally dismount and fight as Infantry, and the Turkish defenders had the sights set to 500m –  as they realized that the Light Horse were not dismounting, they could not lower the sights on the guns quick enough to prevent the charge.

It is unfortunate this great feat has slipped through the cracks of history because of the larger and costlier casualties on the Western Front.

This battle took place after a two day ride through the desert to the start point and it is a living tribute to the famous ‘Whaler” breed of horse for them to gallop the distance to reach the Turkish trenches.

Let we forget.


Monday 30 October 2017

Russell McAnally, Ross Skilleter, Luke Young, Michael Wray, Brian Prestidge, Trevor Clements, Ronald Still



The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. donated the sum of $500.00 to Allan Brown who is raising funds on behalf of DonateLife Organ Donation.  

The Sub-Branch is pleased to support Allan and this worthy cause.  Allan presented the Sub-Branch with a Certificate of Appreciation.

Click here to visit the DonateLife website for further information.

President Brian Tidyman receiving the Certificate of Appreciation, Allan Brown and Secretary Kevin Collins next to the car Allan transformed into an ambassador for organ donation


 HERVEY BAY STATE HIGH SCHOOL – visit to the Sub-Branch on 10 October 2017

On Tuesday 10 October 2017 Tinka Welton from Hervey Bay Senior High School invited President Brian Tidyman and Deputy President John Beattie to speak of their experience in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Ros Richards, ex RAAF Nurse and the only female Vietnam Veteran in Australia, was also there as part of the team.
Students came to the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch and were captivated by the words of Brian and John (ex-Army) and Ros, which was evidenced by the questions asked during the session and afterwards. 
The students, along with their teacher, gained a better understanding and newfound respect for the Vietnam War Veterans, especially as to their personal experiences during the conflict and when they returned home.

Brian Tidyman, Tinka Welton, Ros Richards and John Beattie


Peacekeepers’ Day

Thursday 14th September 2017 @ Freedom Park, Pialba

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman was joined by Karl Adolfsen representing Keith Pitt Federal Member for Hinkler, Therese Adolfsen, representing Ted Sorensen, Member for Hervey Bay, and George Seymour, Deputy Mayor Fraser Coast Regional Council in remembering Peacekeepers from the Australian Defence Forces and Australian Police Service.

As well, wreaths were laid by the Hervey Bay & Districts Veteran’s Association, The Naval Association, Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club, Vietnam Veteran’s Association, 9th Btn WW1 Re-Enactment Group and RSL Social Bowls Club.

Tracy Gillespie, Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Committee Member and Royal Australian Navy Veteran gave an insightful address to all who attended and Padre Vic Burgess offered prayers to those who have lost their lives in their duties as well as those currently deployed in Peacekeeping operations worldwide.

RSL Sub-Branch members at Freedom Park

Padre Vic Burgess

Tracy Gillespie and Brian Tidyman


Camp Gregory A Veterans Retreat

Looking for a great getaway for yourself, your family and/or your mates?  Check out Camp Gregory A Veterans Retreat.  Click here to visit their website


The September edition of The Branch newsletter is available now.  Call in to the Sub-Branch to get your copy or Click here to download a copy now.


Vietnam Veterans Day 18 August 2017

The Hervey Bay Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, Hervey Bay City Sub-Branch hosted the Vietnam Veterans’ Day commemoration at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park, Pialba on Friday 18 August 2017.

Marchers formed up at the end of the Freedom Park and made their way to the Cenotaph.  Padre Jarvis attended to the memorial prayer and wreaths were laid by Veterans, family and friends of Vietnam Veterans in remembrance.

A luncheon was held at the HB RSL & Services Memorial Club after the service and was well attended. 





Commemoration – Freedom Park 15 August 2017

Victory in the Pacific

15 August 1945


Peter McDermott (President of the Naval Association of Australia Fraser Coast Sub-Section and Ken Haydon (WWII veteran and survivor of the conflict) laying wreaths at the Cenotaph, Freedom Park.

Victory in the Pacific Commemoration, Freedom Park 15 August 2017

Peter McDermott (President of the Naval Association of Australia Fraser Coast Sub-Section), Ken Haydon (WWII veteran) and Brian Tidyman (President, Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch) at the Cenotaph, Freedom Park












The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch arranged a small service at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park on Tuesday 15 August 2017 to commemorate VP Day marking Japan’s unconditional surrender after 3 years of war. 

The service was attended by Ken Haydon, a WWII Veteran and survivor of the conflict, along with the Local Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorenson, and Deputy Mayor of the Fraser Coast, George Seymour. 

Representatives from Tri-Service, HB RSL & Services Memorial Club, Naval Assn of Aust Fraser Coast Sub-Section, HB Social Bowls Club, HB & District Veterans Assn; RSL Women’s Auxiliary, Legacy, Vietnam Veterans’ Assn and the 9th Btn WWI Re-Enactment Group were there to lay wreaths and honour those veterans who remain and remember those who are no longer with us.




On Thursday 27 July 2017 the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman lead a small but moving service honouring the memory of those brave men and women who fought in the Korea War.

Brian was assisted by V. President Toby Tidyman (sound technician) and Committee Member Simon Morley (flag duty).

Korea War Veterans L-R Bill Boswell, John Hammond, Peter Collins, Max Boag and Vic Fay (at rear)

Local Member Ted Sorensen, HBRSL Sub-Branch Deputy President John Beattie and Bill Boswell laying wreaths at the Cenotaph, Freedom Park












The service was attended by local folk along with the Local Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen; Korea Veterans; Naval Assn of Aust Fraser Coast Sub-Section; Vietnam Veterans’ Assn; Tri-Service; HB Old Salts; HB & District Veterans Assn; HB RSL & Services Memorial Club; HB Social Bowls Club; HB Ex-Servicewomens’ Social Club and the RSL Women’s Auxiliary, all of whom laid wreaths at the Cenotaph.


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.


Dawn and Noreen presenting President Brian Tidyman with quilts at the Sub-Branch offices in July 2017.


to the Hervey Bay Quilters Association Inc.  for their generous donation of quilts for our veterans.

Learn more about the Hervey Bay Quilters at their website




Rimau Commemoration

at the Z Force Memorial at Dayman Park, Urangan.

Sunday 9thJuly 2017 at 10:00am


President of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch, Brian Tidyman, at the Z Force Memorial in Dayman Park


Dayman Park during the Commemoration

TS Krait cadets catafalque party at the Z Force Memorial

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch 9th Btn WW1 Re-Enactment Group Co-ordinator, Jim Wilson with Jimmy Swan of Z Force at the Memorial in Dayman Park

TS Krait Naval Cadets at Dayman Park

Leut Peter Green and Jimmy Swan from Z Force Commandos at the Z Force Memorial, Dayman Park


Sub-Branch Membership Draw

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch is now holding a weekly membership draw for 7 x $100.00 vouchers redeemable at either the RSL Club or The Clubhouse. 
The draw will take place each Monday at the Sub-Branch offices and winners will be contacted by phone. 
Each voucher is valid for six months from date of issue and must be collected within a week of the draw.
Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date with the Sub-Branch as we might be calling you!

Good luck everyone!



Click here to see the highlights of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day services


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.

Should you need assistance with any aspect of your estate planning we use and recommend the following:

Chris Thompson                                               Don Gayler

Law Essentials                                                   Gayler Legal

Ph:  4121 7055                                                    Ph: 4124 7100



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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