Stories

Home Away From Home For Regional Veterans

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Auchenflower, is a block of units with a special purpose – to provide short-term accommodation for veterans needing to visit Brisbane for medical treatment.Read more

Life Beyond War

For years, veteran Anna Maria Lang found few resources specifically to help female veterans. So, drawing on her own experiences, she wrote a book to help women heal their invisible wounds and move forward with their lives.Read more

RSL Employment Program Enabling New Career Paths

Thanks to RSL Queensland, veterans and their partners across the state can access an innovative new employment program to help them transition out of the Defence Force and find meaningful work in the civilian job market.Read more

ANZAC Square - Final Stage of Restoration

This year will realise the final stage of the restoration and enhancement of Queensland’s beloved state war memorial, ANZAC Square.Read more

Medal Presentation To Paten Family

More than 100 years after he was killed in action on July 15, 1917, the medals of the late LCPL Edward Hunt Paten were presented to his descendants, Dick and Dell Paten.Read more

Bundaberg Honours Tom McLucas

Ray Phillips pays tribute to a distinguished WWII veteran and Honorary Life Vice President of RSL Queensland, Wide Bay & Burnett District and Bundaberg RSL.Read more

First Lady of The Fleet Farewelled

The Australian Navy’s most senior commissioned ship sailed her final voyage in November last year.Read more

My Dad, My Hero

Angela Carroll pays loving tribute to her Vietnam veteran father, Graham Davis.Read more

Parade Review Ensures Veterans Are Honoured

Brisbane’s 102-year-old ANZAC Day parade has undergone a major review, with the aim of ensuring it continues to honour all who have served both Australia and Allied forces.Read more

The Home They Deserve

A deserving Defence family in Nambour was given a much-appreciated home makeover, thanks to the suggestion of an RSL Queensland Veteran Services Officer, who was assisting them with a Department of Veterans’ Affairs claim.Read more

WWII Digger Reunited With Father's Trench Art Legacy

WWII Digger Reunited With Father's Trench Art LegacyRead more

All Creatures Great & Small

A permanent memorial to the millions of animals killed or wounded in WWI has been unveiled in Pozieres, France.Read more

The Ipswich Train Tea Society

This Remembrance Day, the Joint Ipswich Region ANZAC Centenary Committee will honour a special group of local ladies who made a valuable contribution to WWI. The Ipswich Train Tea Society was a caring and committed crew of women who demonstrated their appreciation to soldiers when they returned from the Western Front.Read more

Brighter Futures Through Education

A new scholarship program developed by RSL (Queensland Branch) is helping provide educational opportunities to deserving dependents of Australian veterans.Read more

Historic Navy Statue Unveiled

An imposing two-metre bronze sailor now takes pride of place at Brisbane's Southbank. Read more

RSL Wins Chance To Highlight Local Heroes

The history of military service and sacrifice in Toowoomba will help inform a redesign of the Bob Dodds Lookout on Tobruk Memorial Drive, after a design team led by RSL Queensland won second place in a Toowoomba Regional Council design competition.Read more

Tribute to a Character: John "Flags" Toohey

Goondiwindi RSL Sub Branch member John ‘Flags’ Toohey OAM was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June for service to veterans and their families, and to the community of Goondiwindi. Wayne Brown pays tribute to his friend Flags, who served his country during the Vietnam War with the same dedication that he now serves his local community.Read more

Commemorating Victory in Europe Day

Guests commemorating Victory in Europe Day in Brisbane on May 13 were reminded to never forget the sacrifices of the WWII fallen. Read more

RSL Reveals Home for Heroes

Australian Defence Force veterans are moving into stunning new homes and re-connecting with old mates after RSL (Queensland Branch) completed the $18m transformation of the Warhaven housing complex. Read more

Cutting-Edge Fighter Jets Visit Amberley RAAF Base

Two Australian Joint Strike Fighters touched down in RAAF Amberley prior to their debut at the Australian International Airshow. Read more

Flanders Fields Memorial Garden

Soil collected from significant military sites across Queensland will be combined with soil from other parts of Australia and the Flanders battlefields in Belgium to create the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden, which will open to the public at the Australian War Memorial in November 2017.Read more

RSL Queensland: A Grassroots Support Network

As troops returned from the First World War they began to form a support network that extended from the smallest rural communities to the largest cities. They gathered in homes and halls and relied on each other for a shoulder to lean on and an ear to hear them out.Read more

Students Commemorate At National March

While there are hundreds of commemorative services held around the country on ANZAC Day in recognition of the military service of our countrymen and women, there is arguably no greater stage than the Service and March held in our nation’s capital, Canberra. This year, students from the community of Bribie Island will converge on Canberra to participate in the commemorative activities in honour of their local war heroes.Read more

RSL Community Link: Commemoration of our Fallen

Commemoration of our Fallen has always been a significant part of the RSL’s role, with members joining with the wider community for over 100 years to honour those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. But a program developed over 20 years ago by a small Sub Branch took the commemoration a step further, and today hundreds of school students around the state join the RSL Community Link program to honour the Fallen.Read more

Restoration to Maintain Honour

Anzac Square, in Brisbane, is Queensland’s pre-eminent war memorial, commemorating the contribution of Australian armed forces and particularly, the service of Queensland’s men and womenRead more

Emu Park Memorial

For the small coastal community of Emu Park, in Central Queensland, the new Centenary of ANZAC Memorial project is not only a dedication to those who have fought for our country, but a striking and moving destination on the ‘must see’ list of travelling veterans.Read more

Family Connection to Fromelles

The centenary of the Battle of Fromelles holds a special place in the heart of David Partner and his family. It will mark 100 years since his uncle, John ‘Jack’ Parker, was killed in action in the Great War. But it is how David came to know of his Uncle Jack’s fate that is remarkable, and how he played a part in ensuring his uncle will be forever remembered.Read more

RSL Girl In A Million

While the RSL Girl in a Million quest crowned one winner a year for 50 years, so many more dedicated so much of their lives to the popular fundraising pageant.Read more

Ted Malone: Yeronga-Dutton Park RSL Sub Branch's first Life Member

WWI veteran Ted (Edward Joseph) Malone’s service to the community saw him become the Yeronga-Dutton Park RSL Sub Branch’s first Life Member.Read more