The library houses a wealth of reference material about our military past and for research purposes visitors may access primary material such as diaries, photographs and letters donated to the RSL. 

Appointments can be made through our librarian Fred Pratt, please see direct contact details below.


Military History

Since its inception, the Australian War Memorial has sponsored Australia's official war histories. Australian Governments have commissioned four separate series of official war histories over this period, one for each of the major conflicts in which Australia has been involved: The Two World Wars and the Cold War- conflicts in Korea and South East Asia.

For in-depth Military History visit the Australian War Memorial website below, or contact RSL Victoria's Librarian, Fred Pratt.

For information on resources and military history contact Fred Pratt:

AVCAT Scholarships 2022

AVCAT scholarships include Long Tan Bursaries and sponsored scholarships. Sponsored scholarships are for the children and grandchildren of ex-serving veterans. Long Tan Bursaries are for the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans and are available in each state and territory. The Long Tan Bursary is funded by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

AVCAT sponsored scholarships are funded by ex-service organisations and private donors.
These scholarships are for children and grandchildren of ex-serving veterans.

All bursaries and sponsored scholarships are for tertiary education and are mostly $4000 per year, for three years.

Applications for scholarships open each year on 18 August and close on 31 October.

To Be Eligible

Eligibility for a scholarship include the following:

  • Australian residency status
  • Planning to enrol or enrolled in an undergraduate degree in Australia of one or more
    academic year’s duration in a university, TAFE or registered training
  • Be studying or planning to study full time online or face to face. Priority is given to
    those who have not previously undertaken tertiary education
  • Applicants who are seeking a scholarship for a second degree, Masters or Doctorate
    degrees may be considered for a scholarship but will be treated as a lower priority. If
    an applicant has received a Long Tan Bursary, they cannot be considered for another
    Long Tan Bursary.
  • In receipt of or eligible to receive Centrelink payments including Youth Allowance,
    ABSTUDY, Austudy or an accepted means tested Commonwealth government payment.
  • Be a child or a grandchild of an ex-serving veteran as defined by AVCATs Constitution (adopted children,
    foster children, stepchildren and grandchildren). Stepchildren and foster children
    must have resided with or been financially supported by their veteran stepparent for
    5 of the last 10 years.
  • The veteran must be an Australian ex-serving veteran with operational service
    including eligible war service, war-like service and peacekeeping/peacemaking
    service OR 3 or more continuous years of full-time other service, as a member of the
    Australia Navy, Army or Air Force.
    People who are serving in the Reserve Forces are considered to be serving so the
    applicant is not eligible.


AVCAT 2022 Application Process Information: Click Here