History of North Beach Sub-Branch

Accurate recording of the history of the North Beach Sub-Branch has been hindered by records prior to 1962 being destroyed by fire.  The early history from 1945 has been documented in our book.

Read our history, 1945 to 1991 by accessing this link:

The History of the North Beach Sub-Branch of the RSLWA 1945 – 1991

Much of the information of our early years came from research, and from formation and long term members of our Sub-Branch.

In the early 1940’s, North Beach was a relatively slow growing and remote suburb of Perth.  Transport services were poor, it was undeveloped with a few houses, sandy roads, limited reticulation of water and no sewerage.  Few people lived in the area.

Service and ex-service related personnel of North-Beach who had joined the RSL participated with the Yokine Sub-Branch.  It had been established after the First World War and had its own building situated near Dog Swamp.  The members of the RSL soon realised that there were quite a few of their fellow service personnel in the North Beach area, and that it was time to form a Sub-Branch.

The first meeting was held during 1945 at Tom Greenshields’ “The Jetty Tea Rooms” on the southern corner of Malcolm St and West Coast Drive.

One of the earliest mentions of the North Beach Sub-Branch of the RSLWA was published in The West Australian of the 12 November 1945.  North Beach was allocated the Bus Stops outside Supreme Court Gardens to sell poppies, and outsold other Sub Branches.

In 1972 the Sub-Branch sold its premises in North Beach Road and resolved to conduct further meetings at the Sportsmen’s Club, now the North Beach Bowling Club.

From that date the Sub-Branch has grown to well over 300 members with monthly attendance averaging 120.  It has become an active, participative, successful and supportive Sub-Branch.

                                 

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