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Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Inc. Website 2020

Sub-Branch phone number: 07 4197 7477
Pensions & Wellbeing number: 07 4184 9496











The RSL Sub-Branch Wellbeing Team in action:


Hervey Bay State High School Year 12 Modern History Class

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman was pleased to host the Hervey Bay State High School Year 12 Modern History class, and participate in an informal chat along with other Vietnam Veterans Ros Richards, Bradley Gray, ‘Dutchy’ Lensing.

Tinka Walton, Head of Humanities said the students had an amazing opportunity to interview veterans about their experiences during and after the Vietnam War.

“They were captivated by the interesting stories that the RSL members shared and the rare opportunity to hear directly from people who lived through such historical events.“

“The students all learned a lot and really appreciated the experience. Many thanks to the RSL and to the Vietnam Veterans who shared their stories with us.”

Photos by Tinka Walton




Peacekeepers Day 2020 on Monday 14th September was again commemorated in Freedom Park in Hervey Bay. This year was the 75th Anniversary of our Australian Peacekeeper services. The numbers who attended were down, but that was due to the COVID restrictions in place. The spirit of all those who turned up was not dampened by those restrictions.

It was evident that this milestone was important for Hervey Bay and Australia. Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President, Brian Tidyman led the commemorative service with an opening prayer by Chaplain Jeff Jarvis in which he acknowledged the sacrifices and dedication of our peacekeepers. Persons of note attending included the Fraser Coast Regional Council Mayor Mr George Seymour and the State of Queensland Member of Parliament Mr Ted Sorensen.

In his address, President Brian spoke of the fact that Australian Peacekeepers serve unarmed in sometimes high risk situations since 1947. “We must not forget the great risks that our Peacekeepers have made to protect the inhabitants of the nations in which they serve”. “On this 75th Anniversary of our Australian Peacekeepers involvement we honour their valuable service and sacrifice.”

President Brian also gave an account by the long list of all the places where we have provided peacekeeping services. He akso stated that this Australian Service is on-going. “We need to remind ourselves that peace can only be achieved by our active and positive contribution and service to keep peace.”

Article and photos by Vic Jackson.

Attending the Peacekeepers Commemoration at Freedom Park were Troy Gill, Ian Allsop, Reverend Jeff Jarvis and Gavin Hoad

RSL Club President Ray Eustace with Sub-Branch Deputy President John Beattie and Sub-Branch Committee Member Barry Toohill

Sub-Branch Committee Member Paul Bloomfield with Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman, Bruce Coates and Sub-Branch Member Brad Gray

Jake Dube and Sub-Branch Committee Member and Flag Marshall Simon Morley

Mayor George Seymour with Chaplain Jeff Jarvis

Mayor George Seymour with Sub-Branch Treasurer Tracy Gillespie and Sub-Branch Committee Member Gavin Hoad laying wreaths at the Centoaph

Wreath Layers representing the RSL Club, Hervey Bay & District Veterans Association, NZ Vietnam Veterans and HB Legacy Group

RSL Club President Ray Eustace and Hervey Bay & District Veterans Association Vice President Toby Tidyman laying wreaths at the Cenotaph

Bugler Geoff Harper at Freedom Park

Peacekeepers Day Commemoration at Freedom Park




Click here to read the September 2020 edition of “The Branch” newsletter


Have been to any of our services in the last couple of years?  We may have some great photos of you and/or your mates!

You are welcome to come and look at our photos and make some copies.

We are also happy to email digital pictures to you for easy forwarding to friends and family or for quality reprints.



15 AUGUST 2020

Hervey Bay put on another glorious day of sunshine for the VP Day Commemoration Service at the Cenotaph in Freedom Park. Wreaths were laid by the many locals and Ex-Service Organisations who attended.

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch President Brian Tidyman’s speech reflected on the 75 year anniversary of the signing of the Peace Treaty to end the Second World War. Rev’d Jeff Jarvis said a prayer for the fallen and Bugler Geoff Harper played The Last Post and Rouse.


Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Toby Tidyman, WWII Veteran Ken Hayden and Hervey Bay Old Salts President, Roger Widdowson laying wreaths at the Cenotaph, Freedom Park

The Cenotaph at Freedom Park, Hervey Bay, after the VP Commemoration Service



Sub-Branch volunteer Greg Howell has updated our library catalogue – click here to see if any titles interest you or call in and have a look!




Quarterly Meeting

The Sub-Branch will be holding their quarterly General Meeting on Saturday 8 August 2020 commencing at 1030 hours in ‘Hervey House’ at the RSL Club. This will be a general information session. All financial members are invited to attend.



Click here to read the June 2020 edition of “The Branch” newsletter




This year, stand in your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

Just imagine how special it would be if every Australian was standing in their driveway at 6am on ANZAC Day, united in spirit to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for the lifestyle we enjoy today. 


Click here to read the February edition of “The Branch” newsletter


17 February 2020

Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch continue to support Suicide Awareness Prevention by promoting training in conjunction with CORES and Fraser Coast Suicide Prevention.

President Brian Tidyman, along with Harry Ghitgos FCSP Councillor organised a great day at the RSL Club “Boardroom” with over 40 people attending.


Harry Ghitgos, Brian Tidyman and Ross Romeo, CORES Queensland Co-ordinator


New style bullet pens and keyrings are now available from the RSL Club reception.All items have been individually crafted by Joshua, a young veteran from Toogoom.




‘Thank you luncheon’ for the volunteers – January 2020

Each January the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch hosts a ‘thank you luncheon’ for the volunteers who assist the Sub-Branch. Secretary Kevin Collins hosted the event for 54 people which was held on “The Deck” at the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club.


Glyn and Carol Jenkins

Mal and Judy Toy

Florie Cook and Barry Toohill

Gavin Anderson and Marilyn West

Ian Allsop and Chaplain Jeff Jarvis

Michael “Tiny” Anderson with Aileen Bennett and Margaret Harris

Cherie and Tony Lewis

Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins thanking all who attended and the RSL Club staff



On Saturday 4 January and Sunday 5 January 2020 the Hervey Bay RSL & Services Memorial Club collected $3,000.00 from patrons. The RSL Club and Sub-Branch pledged to match the funds raised, making a total of $9,000.00.
Thank you to all who generously donated and to (L-R) Sub-Branch Treasurer Tracy Gillespie, RSL Club CEO Jason Lynch, Sub-Branch Secretary Kevin Collins and RSL Club Senior Floor Manager Sharon Rowlings.



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.


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!


To find out about businesses and organisations that support Veteran Card holders in the Hervey Bay area and beyond, click here



All financial Sub-Branch Members (together with their spouses/partners) are welcome to make an appointment with Chris Thompson, Solicitor/Director to have their Wills, EPOAs and/or Advance Health Directives drawn up FOR FREE.

Call Law Essentials  on 07 4197 5600 –  79 Torquay Road, Hervey Bay





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.


Purchase a Copy Now:   There are only 1915 copies being printed.

anzacbook  LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE BOOK Only 1915. One of these limited edition books commemorating the stirring centennial story of the birth of our brave ANZACs can now be yours. Invest in this beautiful and rare collector’s item that follows in the spirited, footsteps of our Light Horsemen, and Hervey Bay’s unique bronze memorial, that marks their selfless fight to preserve our times freedom. BUY YOUR COPY TODAY – Now at a reduced price of only $15.00 Call or visit the HERVEY BAY RSL SUB-BRANCH (07) 4197 7477


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