Gallery Previous Years
A snapshot of our events and milestones
Content of Gallery Previous Years
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