The current Exhibition in the main Memorabilia Cabinet is based on our RSL and celebrating our 100th Anniversary 1920-2020. We are a little late in doing this which should have been last year, but unfortunately, we were restricted in the Lock – Down by Covid, but at the end of the day we got there. The two mannequins’ one a WW1 Soldier and the other a wife greeting him as he arrives home from the great war, and there is a photograph just below them, showing the greeting which, I have used before in WW1 Exhibitions.
As you look through the photos in this Exhibition you will see members both past and present, and the two that stand out to me is our past Vice President Trevor Symes and his Friend Ron Carter. As I am now in the position of Vice President, I do reflect on what Trevor taught me during his time as Vice President, and I will endeavour to carry on his work.
In this Exhibition is a rare flag that many of you may not recognise but those from the country will, and it is called the Australian Honour Flag. This flag was created by the Commonwealth Government in 1918, as a result of WW1. Towns and districts in Australia which subscribed twice their quota of funds to the Commonwealth Governments Seventh War Loan in 1918 were presented with the Honour Flag. It consists of a white flag with national flag on the canton, a large 7-pointed star and three vertical bars, with red boarder overall.
I encourage all members and guests of the RSL to view this Exhibition, and it is to coincide with the Book Launch on Saturday morning the 20th March, which has been put together by Arthur Meryweather our Treasurer who has spent many, many hours putting this book together. The book details the history from when the RSL received their Charter which hangs in our Foyer, in 1920 to the Centenary year 2020. There are events from when Veterans returned home from WW1 to getting together in 1919 and forming as a Sub-Branch of the RSL Box Hill.
The members then raised funds to build club rooms in Whitehorse Road, opposite the council Offices. When WW2 Veterans returned home in 1945 there was an urgent need to find bigger club rooms. After raising sufficient funds and doing a deal with the local bank the purchased “Upton House”. All went well for twelve years when Box Hill Public Hospital Committee spoke to the RSL and did a deal to acquire their land and car parking and have the RSL move three house blocks in Nelson Road, and enough funds to build new club rooms. That is where we are located today. It is a very interesting book with many Coloured and Black and White photos of members both past and present.
The cost of this book is only $20 and it is available at reception. We encourage you to purchase a copy next time you call into the RSL.