Malanda RSL Sub Branch
Malanda RSL Executive Committee
President: Phil English Phone: 07 40965438
Deputy President: James Carroll Phone: 07 40953931
Secretary: Ken Willoughby Phone: 0437410575
Treasurer: John Reghenzani
Delegate: James Carroll
Malanda Remembrance Day 2016
The Malanda Remembrance Day Service 2016 was held at the Malanda Memorial Park. Remembrance Day is observed as a mark of respect to those ADF men and women who have died and suffered in the service of our Nation and was initiated in 1918 after the end of WW1. It was estimated that some 80 plus individuals attended. These included ex service personnel, wives and partners, war widows, immediate family members, High and State School Captains and Teachers, Emergency personnel, Councillor Anthony Ball and members of the public. Following the service a function was held at the Malanda RSL & Citizens Memorial Club. On behalf of the Malanda RSL Sub Branch members, we take this opportunity to thank all those who attended this years' service.
Malanda RSL Sub Branch Centenary of the RSL Luncheon
Official tableWendy Paronella, Tableland Regional Council Mayor Joe Paronella, Malanda RSL Sub Branch President Phil English and Malanda RSL Sub Branch Secretary Ken Willoughby
MALANDA CELEBRATES CENTENARY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF THE RETURNED SERVICES LEAGUE OF AUSTRALIA
SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2016
On 11 September 1916 the first Congress of the newly formed Returned Sailors and Soldiers Imperial League of Australia was held in Brisbane. The Malanda Returned Services League League (RSL) Sub Branch decided to celebrate the Centenary of this event with a luncheon on the nearest Saturday after this day. Sub Branch members decided to invite the citizens of the district as guests to help commemorate this event. Tableland Regional Council Mayor Joe Paronella and his wife Wendy were the official Guests of Honour. Seventy Sub Branch members and their guests attended the sit down luncheon in the Malanda RSL and Citizens Memorial Club.
In his speech to the luncheon Sub Branch President Mr Phil English OAM advised of the events that lead to the founding of the organization. When the wounded soldiers form the Middle East arrived back in Australia in 1916 they found a Government ill prepared to assist them. They also found that individuals had great difficulty in dealing with the bureaucracy of the day. A group of returned men in Queensland got together to discuss their problems and decided that an organization was necessary to make the Government listen to them. So on 5th April 1916 an association was formed, called the “Returned Soldiers Association”. Major R.H. Walsh was appointed President and held the position until 1918. Similar organizations developed in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, so it was agreed to form a national ex-servicemens organization and the name adopted was the Returned Sailors and soldiers Imperial League of Australia. A provisional constitution was adopted and a statement of objects and aims was compiled from the states involved and adopted on 3rd June 1916. The first Congress of the newly formed league was held in Brisbane. Over the years the name has been changed several times and the official name is now “The Returned and Services League of Australia” The official badge has also been changed, firstly to include Airmen and now also Womens Services. The symbolisms on the badge were also explained.
On completion of the traditional Australian roast meal two poems were read and then there was a cake cutting ceremony. A beautiful cake had been baked and decorated for the occasion by Beth Auer. The cake cutting was carried out by Millie Minchin representing Laurel Ladies and Henry Tranter the Sub Branchs oldest member at 98 years.
Looking Good @ Malanda RSL
The Honour Walls at Malanda RSL are now completed and looking very good.
Voyager Memorial Wall
Able Seaman Underwater Control Ronald "Ronnie" Noel Clarke was just a 20 year old crewman on HMAS Voyager who survived the fareful night of 10th February 1964 when the Aircraft Carrier HMAS Mel;bourne sliced through the Daring Class Destroyer HMAS Voyager off Jervis Bay on the South Coast of New South Wales with the loss of 82 men.
Ronnie went on to complete his nine year engagement in the Royal Australian Navy, including a deployment to the Gun Line off Viet Nam in HMAS Hobart, of which he was on the commissioning crew in Boston USA. On completing his nine year engagement in the Navy, Ronnie returned to his home town of Malanda and was one of the driving force for the establishment of the Malanda RSL and Ciotizens Memorial Club.
His project in the club was the Voyager Wall dedicated to his ship mates who perished in the Melbourne/Voyager collision. It was built at his own expense and in a lot of the construction was with his own hands with Tableland native timbers. The wall was dedicated by the Commanding Officer, HMAS Cairns, Commander M.S. Skopel RAN on 22nd October 1994.
Malanda RSL Sub Branch Memorial Wall
The Malanda RSL Sub Branch Memorial Wall is located within the Malanda RSL and Citizens Club and is dedicated as a visualo legacy of those who served Australia and gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is also dedicated to those who served and continue to serve within the Australian Defence Force. The memorial was formally unveiled by Tableland Regional Council Mayor Rosa Lee Long on 20th April 2014.
The Memorial Wall which was funded by a grant from RSL Queensland Far Northern District and donations from local businesses, is due to the foresight of a previous Malanda RSL Sub Branch Mr Barry Ashcroft some years previously. It wasn't until 2013 then a subcommittee of Mr Hans Linke, Ms Deborah Stacey and Mr Trevor Smith that the project really got rolling, with Deborah using her skills in imaging, Trevor his carpentry skills and Hans his project management. The Memorials phtographic display is a result of searching through nearly one thousand photographs from the Australian War Memorial collection and represents the past hundred years sinced World War 1. Only a few could be selected but behind each image there are thousands of others. To the right of the Memnorial Wall is a montage of phtographs of members of the Sub Branch past and present in their various military and commemorative rolls.
District Meeting held at Malanda May 2016
Malanda RSL Sub Branch President Phil English OAM and Hans Linke