The Ode

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow,

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


Today’s RSL is very different to what it was many years ago.Today there are veterans from many conflicts, peacekeeping duties and even service during peacetime.



Provide a community for serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force. Members come from conflicts in various eras where Australia has sent troops, along with those who have served during Peace-time.

Peer Health

There are numerous ways to get fit and involved for better health with your peers. There is a Walking group that meets every Wednesday and Friday from 08:00 to 08:45 at the southern Hillarys Marina car park. At 8am on Wednesdays and Fridays the brave Kayakers take on the sea in all weather. They meet at the Hillarys Yacht Club car park where our Kayaks are parked. There is also those who prefer two wheels under their own steam. They meet on Fridays. Coffee follows, every Wednesday and Friday, from about 09:15. Look for our RSL North Beach sign.

Welfare and Advocacy

We have a dedicated volunteer group of members who visit their peers when they are not doing so well. Also, we have ready access to DVA Advocates to help with the all important submissions relating to injury or ill health caused by service in the Australian Defence Force.

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At the 8th Field Ambulance Dustoff Pad at Nui Dat, a wounded soldier is unloaded from an RAAF Iroquois chopper which has winched him out of the jungle. Identified, left to right: A19033 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Kerin Williams of Newcastle NSW (carrying the plasma bottle above the stretcher); 43919 Private Charles Kerr Storie, 8th Field Ambulance, of SA; 4410808 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) Albertus Leonardus (Bert) Kuijpers, of the ACT; and 1411225 L Cpl Trevor Owen Skinner, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, of Redcliffe, Qld. This Dustoff Mission resulted from an enemy contact between a reinforced company of Viet Cong 274 Regiment and A Company, 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), members at the battle of Suoi Chau Pha (Operation Ballarat) on 6 August 1967, in which five Australians were killed and 21 wounded, one later dying of his wounds. #vietnamwarfootageandstories

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When I was a very young lad in the 50s and early sixties ‘Simpson and his donkey’ was taught in schools.

John Kirkpatrick (6 July 1892 – 19 May 1915), who enlisted under the name John Simpson, was born in Eldon Street, Tyne Dock, South Shields, County Durham, England, to Scottish parents, Sarah Kirkpatrick (née Simpson) and Robert Kirkpatrick. He was one of eight children and worked with donkeys as a youth during summer holidays. He attended Barnes Road Junior School and later Mortimer Road Senior School.

At 16 he volunteered to train as a gunner in the Territorial Force, as British Army reserve units were collectively known at the time, and in early 1909 he joined the British merchant navy.

In May 1910, Simpson deserted his ship at Newcastle, New South Wales, and then travelled widely in Australia, taking on various jobs, such as cane-cutting in Queensland and coal mining in the Illawarra district of New South Wales. In the three or so years leading up to the outbreak of WW1, he worked as a steward, stoker and greaser on Australian coastal ships.

Simpson enlisted in the Australian Army after the outbreak of war, apparently as a means of returning to England, He enlisted as "John Simpson", and may have dropped his real surname to avoid being identified as a ship deserter.

Private Simpson landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25th of April 1915 with the 3rd Field Ambulance as part of the 1st Australian Division. In the early hours of the following day, as he was bearing a wounded comrade on his shoulders, he spotted a donkey and quickly began making use of it to carry his fellow soldiers. Private Simpson would sing and whistle, seeming to ignore the bullets flying through the air, while he tended to his comrades.

He used at least five different donkeys, known as "Duffy No. 1", "Duffy No. 2", "Murphy", "Queen Elizabeth" and "Abdul" at Gallipoli. Some of the donkeys were killed or wounded in action. He and the donkeys soon became a familiar sight to the Anzacs.

Private Simpson knew no fear and he frequently earned the applause of the personnel for his many fearless rescues of wounded men from areas subject to rifle and shrapnel fire.
The photograph on this post is of Private Simpson working in Shrapnel Gully at Anzac Cove, with a wounded soldier on his donkey.

On the 19th of May 1915, during the Third attack on Anzac Cove, the very brave Private Simpson was killed by Turkish machine gun fire as he was assisting the wounded, near a location known as Bloody Angle.

Lest We Forget.

Information came from Wikipedia. Photograph came from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM P09300.001.
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4x4 27 Sept 2020

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For the Intrepid 4x4 club members there's the New Map for more details see you at the Meeting at the Sub Branch on Monday make sure Rip has your & passengers next of kin details. Remember where putting foot to peddle 27 Sept ... See MoreSee Less

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Lest We Forget

Our former member F3264 Joseph Anderson passed away on 11 July 2020.
Joe served with the Royal Australian Navy, including on HMAS Hobart in Tokyo Bay during the Surrender in 1945. He was discharged from HMAS Lonsdale in April 1946.

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