Gallery Previous Years
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Australia Day Awards – RSLWA
The Australia Day Achievement Medallion
Each year the RSL participates in the Australia Day Achievement Medallion Program that recognises the contribution of individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Veteran and Ex-service Community in Western Australia.
RSLWA presents 3 awards in the following categories:
- Sub Branch Award
- Individual Award
- Community Group Award
The Award is sponsored by the Australia Day Council and has Australia wide recognition. The awards are presented at RSLWA’s Australia Day Function in January each year.
On Friday 28 January this year Awards were presented to:
- North Beach RSL Sub-Branch as the best Sub-Branch in the State, and for the effort we have all achieved during 2021,
- Paul McGuinness was awarded the Australia Day Medallion for service to veterans and the community.
The nomination for the Awards were confidential and not to be broadcast prior to the presentations.
Well done the North Beach RSL Sub-Branch
February – March
With no meeting in January and Covid restrictions in place, our February and March meetings have been quiet, with numbers down.
However, our activities have not stopped with our walking, kayaking, cycling and coffee groups very active from Hillarys Marina twice weekly. Our kayaking group is increasing in size, which is good to see. Because of the increased participation, the Gazebo meeting place at the Marina has been reserved for us by Marina Management between 08:00 and 10:15 each Wednesday and Friday. For this we thank Hillarys Marina.
Kalgoorlie Tour of Duty 16 to 21 March 2022
On 16 March 39 Sub-Branch members travelled by Prospector to Kalgoorlie for the 2022 Tour of Duty. The Tour of Duty was organised by Paul McGuinness, with on the ground logistics managed by Robyn Steenbach, President of the Kalgoorlie Sub-Branch and RSLWA Board Member.
An action packed Tour was organised in conjunction with the Kalgoorlie RSL Sub Branch President Robyn Steenbach.
Paul was presented at the March meeting with his Temporary Acting Lance Corporal half stripe in recognition of his effort, as well as recognising alleged service in Exercise Barra Winga, Qld 1966 and Canungra Qld 1967. (his mates will tell another story)
The ANZAC Football Match at the North Beach Football Club. A very well attended match with all paying their respects.
A now traditional match and commemoration, much appreciated by the North Beach Football Club and the North Beach RSL Sub Branch.
Lest We Forget
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the North Beach Memorial.
The Service was attended by 2000 members of the community, veterans and serving members of the Defence Force.
At our June meeting Greg Gough received his Certificate of Life membership for service to veterans and our Sub-Branch.
During an overcast but fine day in July, thirty members of North Beach RSL Sub-Branch took the opportunity to tour the Leighton Battery and Tunnels – an important part of Western Australia’s military history.
Coastal defences, known as “Fortress Fremantle”, protected the harbour at Fremantle since the first battery was installed at Arthur’s Head in 1906. This was expanded in the 1930s and WW 2, and stretched along the coast from Cape Peron, Garden Island, Rottnest, Leighton and Swanbourne. During WW2 this was particularly important as Fremantle, following the fall of Singapore, was home to the largest submarine base in the Southern Hemisphere.
TS Marmion Kayak Handover
The official handover of the Kayaks to TS Marmion took place at 10:00am Sunday 14 August, 2022. It was well attended by our members as well as the Cadets from T S Marmion.
Following the handover, the Cadets launched them for a kayak around the Marina – so well done to all those involved from our Sub-Branch and T S Marmion.
Jess Welfare Reports From El Alamein and Crete
Jess travelled from Cairo to El Alamein with a group of 3 Kiwis and 3 Aussies, along with a supply of poppies (provided by our Sub-Branch) and koalas. One of her friends mentioned that her great uncle Billy was buried there. William Grimshaw, aged 19 from Fremantle.
They found his grave and had a small but emotional service at the graveside. Jess’s father fought in Egypt, so she felt honoured to be there to pay homage to these brave men.
“I managed to get to the Suda (Souda) Bay War Cemetery today via the hop on/off tourist bus which does a 40min drive around various sites in Chania but in Greek time somewhat longer!! Had to wait awhile for the return to Chania so tried to hitch a ride back. People just smiled and waved so obviously didn’t understand the hitch a ride gesture or I’ve lost my touch!!! Too old!!
The cemetery overlooks the bay where the cruise ships call in. The site is surrounded by olive trees & is a very beautiful setting. Another European family were also there & equally touched to see so many graves of dead young men. I asked their daughter to put a koala bear on one of the NZ graves to honor our mates across the pond. I found a Sapper to place my little kangaroo. He was only 19. I still had some poppies left from El Alamein so placed those around.
Of the ANZACS 274 Aussies killed & 671 NZs. It was nice to bring a little something from home to leave with them.”
ANZAC Club Lunch – August 31, 2022
A group of members had lunch at the ANZAC Club and were joined by State President Duncan Anderson and CEO Vince Connolly. Following the lunch the group were lucky to be conducted of a tour of ANZAC House facilities.
A good time had by all with most enjoyable food. Highly recommended.
National Flag Day
This year’s National Flag Day on 3 September marks 121 years since the Australian Flag was first officially flown in 1901 at the Royal exhibition Building in Melbourne – the site of Australia’s first Parliament.
Australia’s National Flag Day is an opportunity for all Australians to observe this anniversary by flying or displaying the flag.
The date of 3 September also marks Merchant Navy Day. We remember the Service and sacrifice of thousands of Australia’s merchant mariners during wartime operations.
Cervantes Day Tour
Wednesday 21 September a hardy group bussed to Cervantes via Lancelin for a tour of the Lobster Factory, followed by lunch at the Lobster shack. An interesting and enjoyable day had by all.
On Thursday 22 September President John Rolfe was invited to Bill Fielding’s home and greeted by Bill’s wife Jen, and family members Peter Fletcher and Leonie Anderson.
Peter and Leonie generously donated to our Sub-Branch a framed Limited Edition of that well known photograph of 11 Battalion taken on Cheops Pyramid prior to embarking to Gallipoli.
Their generosity is very much appreciated, and the photo will form a valuable part of our Collection.
Thank you to Peter and Leonie and also to Bill and Jen for helping to organise it.
The Rip Couston Bush Bash 2022
On 25 September a hardy group went bush again this year on the annual pilgrimage to the back of no-where. Apart from needing water wings near Warburton, all survived – and judging by some of the photos all went prepared.
The 2022 ANZAC Football Match featuring the North Beach Football Club (The Tigers) is featured in our April Gallery.
As a result of this match, Shannon Lucassen was selected by the Sub-Branch for its North Beach RSL Sub-Branch Medallion. This was presented to him at the North Beach Football Club’s annual function at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on Saturday 8 October. Well done Shannon.
November is an important month in the RSL calendar, particularly because of the selling of Poppies and Remembrance Day. Our Sub-Branch, as usual, has participated in preparing Kings Park Memorial and the selling Poppies within our community. Thanks go to all those members and friends of the Sub-Branch who participated, and to Peter Bowring for organising our Poppy Day collections.
Remembrance Day 2022
The North Beach RSL Sub-Branch Remembrance Day Service at its Memorial was well attended by members, the community and City of Stirling representatives. Our member Deborrah Thatcher laid the Wreath on behalf of our Sub-Branch.
Five new Plaques were unveiled on our Wall of Remembrance for late members Dick Hawley (Warrant Officer Pilot WW2), Jack Meyer (Warrant Officer WW2), Jim Molloy (Pte 3 RAR 1966 -1967), Mick Austin (Bdr RAA Vietnam), and John Langridge (Major RAA, AATT Vietnam).
The Better Together Ball
Jess and Kaye were the stars of the Ball, not just having a good time, but raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Well done Jess and Kaye
Annual Pre-Christmas Lunch – Hillarys Yacht Club
Members and partners on 23 November 2022 attended Hillarys Yacht Club for the Sub-Branch’s annual Pre-Christmas Lunch. This provided a great opportunity for all to enjoy each others company over a good meal.
There were many winners of our raffles that included donated goods and hampers. The Door Prize was a night and breakfast at the Rendezvous Observation City, Scarborough. All were gratefully received.
The highlight of the day was Barry Lloyd winning this years’ Membership Award for his contribution in coordinating our Sub-Branch’s commemoration events of ANZAC Day Dawn Service and Remembrance Day. A great effort that involved a lot of work, coordination and negotiation.
The Continuing Adventures of Jess and Deb
RAAF Museum had a special event followed by afternoon Tea on Friday 25 November. Music was provided by “London Essentials” courtesy of Hancock Prospecting. Our adventurers Jess and Deb attended and were very impressed with the day and the exhibits.
Back to Vietnam
Greg Gough (1 Field Squadron Vietnam 1969 – 1970) back from his Vietnam Tour with the Tunnel Rats. Owen Vladich (17 Construction Squadron Vietnam 1968) joined Greg on the Tour. That’s Owen showing Greg how it’s done.
58 Army Cadet Unit Carine
Army Cadet Units
President John Rolfe, representing our Sub-Branch attended the end of year parade of the 58 Army Cadet Unit – Carine held on Sunday 11 December 2022 at Irwin Barracks.
Our Sub-Branch donated $1,000.00 to the Unit to assist with its funding.
Chris Rampant recently attended the Parade and presentation for 704 SQN AAFC and donated $1000 to the SQN to assist with its funding
Cadet Units are now very much Community funded and without essential community support such as that provided by our Sub-Branch, they may not exist.
The North Beach RSL Sub-Branch is proud to support the Cadet Units of the three services.
Kayaking with the Sub-Branch at Hillarys Marina every Wednesday and Friday. Secretary Wayne Koch in Dry Dock.
Our Kayaks are in the process of being “branded” with our name, and a work party may be called to finish the job.
The big question is: did he enter the water?
AND ON THE LAST DAY OF 2022
General Meeting 8 March
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our first meeting for the year was not held until Monday 8 March 2021. We had a large crowd with over 80 staying for a meal of Cottage Pie and Vegetables.
The meeting opened with a Homage focussed on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Australian Air Force. A busy agenda included congratulations to Rob Sweet on him being award an OAM for his service and commitment to the RSL. It was most pleasing to see the meeting well attended by our valuable WW2 Veterans.
Aviation Heritage Museum 12 March.
On Friday 12 March, our members paid a visit to the Aviation Heritage Museum at the Air Force Memorial Estate in Bullcreek. A couple of hours were spent inspecting the collection with Guides provided by the R.A.A.F. Association. The tour was followed by Lunch (at our members expense), and although Paul McGuinness, our Social Activities Coordinator, eventually received his Chicken Pie, all agreed that it was a resounding success.
A highly recommended visit and lunch
ANZAC HOUSE Lunch Friday 26 March
On Friday 26 March a group went to ANZAC House for Lunch and a Tour of the building.
The lunch was Roast Pork with a Pint of Beer or drink of choice. Some opted for an alternative choice, but overall was an excellent meal and venue. It is highly recommended.
Following the meal we were given a tour of the building venues, all having great views over Government House Garden.
We also had a glimpse of the services suites – consisting of medical, treatment and vital support services . Very impressive and when fully functional will be able to provide much needed support and services to our veterans.
ANZAC Day this year involved significant organisation by Barry Lloyd and his whole team, due to the uncertaintly and restrictions as a result of Covid-19. However, the Sub-Branch had come through and was prepared for a most successful Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast.
The City of Stirling published a video on Youtube advertising this important event, and can be seen on this LINK
ANZAC Day 2021 was cancelled due to a Covid-19 Lockdown over the ANZAC weekend. All those Members who dedicated their time in the organisation for this day of commemoration deserve the highest praise from our Sub-Branch.
The Stirling Times published a two page spread on 22nd April involving Geoff Pope, Wayne Koch and Peta Connolly, representing three generations of Veterans from our Sub-Branch. This can be read on this Link
Reporter Lucy Jarvis and Photographer David Bayliss did a great job and were true professionals in getting their story and photographs.
These Copyright photos have been supplied courtesy of The West Australian Newspapers, and may not be reproduced. The generosity of The West in providing these photos is very much appreciated. Our thanks to Syndication Administrator Melissa Hayward.
Our esteemed Member Rob Sweet receiving his Certificate from Dawn Palm and Ross Daniels of Karrinyup Rotary recognising his nomination for the Michael Chin Humanitarian Award. Rob was nominated for his outstanding contribution to the North Beach RSL, Veterans and their families over a number of years. Although Rob did not win the Award, our Congratulations to him for his ongoing contribution.
Perth Mint 14 May
On a fine chill in the air day 27 intrepid Members bussed to the Perth Mint for a tour.
A guided tour of this historic building proved to be well worth while. It was made most interesting listening to the history of the building, gold development in Western Australia, and seeing a gold pour.
All members came away empty handed, but were more than happy after a top class Lunch at the Grosvenor.
Another great day thanks to SAC Paul McGuinness.
After nearly two years of planning and the 2020 Tour being cancelled because of Covid, 40 Members took off for their Tour of Duty of Darwin from 4th to 11th June 2021. This well planned and executed tour focussed on Darwin and surrounds and its military related history from WW2 to present day. Areas toured included Adelaide River, WW2 Airfields, Humpty Doo, Litchfield National Park, Darwin Aviation Museum, WW2 Storage Tunnels, Robertson Barracks and many more.
Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021
Alex Lennox OAM for services to veterans and their families.
Read Alex’s Award Profile on This Link
Greg Young OAM for services to veterans. Read Greg’s Award Profile on This Link
Des Pryce was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate
Don Ranford was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate
Lindsay Williams was unable to attend our June Meeting, but was presented with his 50 year Membership Certificate.
A Plaque for Bertie Beaumont was unveiled on The Wall of Remembrance on Friday 23 July, followed by a farewell at the North Beach Bowling Club
On 9th August 2021 our General Meeting and Annual General Meeting was attended by over 120 Members. See About Us on This Link for our Executive and Committee Members
Army Museum of Western Australia
40 Members visited the Army Museum of Western Australian on Friday 12th August, followed by a feed of Fish and Chips at Ciccerello’s overlooking The Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour.
North Beach Tigers
The Sub-Branch was welcomed by the North Beach Tigers Football Club to join them in a belated Anzac Day Match Ceremony which was cancelled due to covid restriction earlier in the year. A very successful day. Not only because of the Tigers’ victory, but the mutual respect between the Sub- Branch and the Football Club.
September General Meeting
The September General Meeting was well attended as usual, and the additional guests made it an action packed event. We had:
- Royce Spencer and Doug Simson from RSLWA delivering an update on ANZAC House / Veterans Central, as well as the Jarrahdale property.
- Attendance of Karen Caddy from City of Stirling & Tony Krsticevic
- Presentation from Life Live it, Occupational Therapy with Linda, Hannah, Ariel & Abi running through their services and available products to make life much easier. (Suite 101, 112 Scarborough Beach road, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016 9201 0705 www.lifeliveit.net.au)
The Irish Scene
Volume 23 Issue 5 published September 2021 thanks to Bob O’Connor. A really good write up about our Sub-Branch. Link
Bush Bash 2021
Organised by Rip Couston, 15 Members of the 4×4 group with 8 vehicles set off on the 26th September 2021 for this year’s bash. The trip was planned to take 12 to 14 days to conquer the David Carnegie Track just out of Tjukayirla Roadhouse on the Great Central Rd, then the Gunbarrel Hwy down to Wiluna with bush camping along the way, including a stop at Karalee Rock, a site out of Laverton. Well done Rip.
October General Meeting
Veterans’ Health Week
Veterans’ Health Week is always supported by the Sub-Branch, and this year it was walks along the Bibbulmun Track from Mundaring and a guided walk through the bush tracks of Araluen Botanic Park. These were designed to cater for the capability of participants and our qualified First Aid Members were present to provide support if it was needed. The weather on both days was fine, and ideal for a walk.
Veterans’ Health week provided the Sub-Branch with an opportunity for members to do something different and experience Perth’s bush environment, whilst building teamwork. Both walks were followed by a light lunch, at members expense, and a relaxing return home.
The outcome for our Sub-Branch in undertaking the broad range of activities is improved teamwork and understanding amongst members, the opportunity to have shared experiences and breaking down of barriers so asking for help, if needed, is the norm.
For those Members who are unable to participate, we ensure that they are kept “in the loop” by continuous communication, newsletters and personal visits just to see how they are, and whether they need a hand.
It is the initiative of the Department of Veteran Affairs in supporting veterans’ health and Sub-Branch activities and events that contribute to an effective and cohesive Sub-Branch, member health and wellbeing.
Forty members bussed to Mundaring Weir on October 22nd for a walk across the Weir, and on the Bibbulmun Track. Members made their way along part of the Track at their own pace in groups and enjoyed the bush and wildflowers out in bloom. It provided our members with an appreciation of the Bibbulmun Track, one of the most challenging walks in Australia
Araluen Botanic Park
Thirty members made their way to Araluen by bus and were greeted by the Park’s Tour Guides. Following a briefing on the history of Araluen, all members were lead through bush tracks into the heart and around the perimeter of the Park. The walk consisted of rough tracks that took in all types of terrain and provided participants with a great understanding of the Park and the surrounding district. Those members who were unable to undertake the whole walk, were lead on an alternative walk designed for individual capability.
Kings Park Poppies
A group of our members were at the Kings Park memorial Planting for Remembrance Day
The Funeral Service for Jack was held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in North Beach on Tuesday 9th Novemeber. Jack died at 97. Refer to Members / Members Stories for Jack’s Story
Annual Christmas Lunch
The Christmas Lunch this Year was held at the Hillarys Yacht Club. It was a packed house with Members and their partners in attendance to enjoy the offerings. Legs of Ham were the raffle prize along with hand made quilts.
All Members and their partners, along with honoured guests, all enjoyed the lunch and company.
Well done Paul McGuinness and his team in organising this event.
It was really pleasing to see such a broad representation of our membership
Our events and Tours that were planned for 2020 were impacted by Covid19. HOWEVER, planning quickly got underway for the remainder of the year, and also for 2021.
When restrictions eased, our Sub-Branch dusted off the cobwebs and participated in activities.
August Meeting – AGM
September – October
On 9 September, the First Aid Course and Requalification was held at Hillarys Yacht Club for all our First Aiders.
Four Wheel Drive Tour
19 Members in 11 4×4 Vehicles set off on the 27th Sept for a 10 day camping tour to the gold fields taking in Paynes Find, Sandstone, Lake Mason Homestead, then cutting back along the Barlee – Youanmi Rd to Karalee Rock – finishing at the Nungarin Military Museum before heading home. The camaraderie of this Sub-Branch is “Alive and Well” in the Bush, as it is in the City.
Legacy Camp Busselton – Roger Hardwicke
Roger Hardwicke’s Legacy Camp Maintenance Tour of Duty was held from 2 November to 6 November, and once again our Members who made their time available made a valuable effort in maintaining this Legacy gem. Our Sub-Branch’s contribution to Legacy by maintaining its Busselton Camp is a most worthy and satisfying cause.
Remembrance Day 11 November
Remembrance Day was well attended by Members of our Sub-Branch, members of the community, and local school children. Following the Service Wreaths were placed and Plaques in our Wall of Remembrance unveiled for Louis Warner, Abel Seaman HMAS Kanimbla; Peter Woodward, L/Cpl. RAASC; Arthur Cressall and Robert Bowers, both LAC’s RAAF. We Will Rember Them.
Opening of ANZAC House Veteran Central
Our President John Rolfe and Rob Sweet attended the opening of the new ANZAC House Veteran Central. Our President was in demand for photo opportunities.
Christmas at Hillarys Yacht Club
On Thursday 26 November our Sub-Branch hosted a Christmas Lunch at the Hillarys Yacht Club. Once again, this year was well attended by members and guests, and a special thanks must go to organiser Peter Edwards, MC Jon McKenzie, and Prize Coordinator Paul McGuinness.
A wide variety of prizes were donated for the raffle which was conducted by our MC, and ably assisted by member Vince Connelly MP.
President John Rolfe presented Wayne Koch with the trophy of Member of the Year for his work “behind the scenes” and assisting with the smooth management of our Sub-Branch.
President John Rolfe took a small group of our WW2 veterans and others to ANZAC House Veteran Central for Lunch, and a good time was had by these young fellows.
Our last meeting of the year was held on Monday 14 December and was attended by nearly 140 members. This was an excellent turnout and was followed by a very good meal of Green Chicken and Vegetable Curry and Rice.
The meeting was a successful wind up to a difficult year, as a result of restrictions caused by Covid 19, and all members should be proud of their support to our Sub-Branch.
As a Sub-Branch we look forward to a better and more active 2021.
2019 was a busy year for special events, and all activities were well organised and attended.
Gallipoli Run Kings Park
Visit to Fremantle Prison
Police Academy Visit
Quiz Night at the North Beach Bowling Club
Submarine Tour Fremantle courtesy of Roger Hardwicke
Rottnest Island Luncheon Day Tour
Legacy Camp Busselton