Our Greatest Comeback
How have Victoria’s RSL Sub-Branches coped over the past two years, and what are they doing now as we start to live with ‘COVID normal?’
Quilts of Valour
Helen Comport is a mother. A mother of a son who was wounded while serving overseas in 2010. Few can understand the stress of that situation, but Helen was able to take some comfort in a beautiful patchwork quilt made by other mothers from far away, and placed on her son’s bed while he healed from his injuries. This patchwork quilt inspired Helen’s new mission…Quilts of Valour.
It’s a long way from Cardross in northwest Victoria to Singapore, but that’s where Vera Torney found herself in February 1942, facing a Japanese advance down the Malay peninsula.
Art from the Heart
For artist Kat Rae, art has always formed part of the solution when she sought to make sense of her own experiences, whether it was through creating works of her own, or immersing herself in the expressions of others. While it was her constant companion and her calling, it wasn’t her first career.
Eighty years after the Battle of Kokoda David Howell helped veteran George Cops return to the track.
A short history of the ANZAC biscuit
For more than 100 years the humble ANZAC biscuit has been a much-loved part of the Australian way of life, but do you know the story of how the ANZAC biscuit came to be?
Places of Pride
A national register aimed at collecting photographs of war memorials around Australia has been launched and the Australian War Memorial needs your help!
Life on the Line
Life on the Line is a podcast that tracks down Australian veterans and records their stories. From World War II to Afghanistan and Iraq, these are the stories of Australian men and women, each of whom put their life on the line for their country.
The Land Girls
After Japan entered WWII in December 1941, Australia was faced with an urgent problem - a desperate need to increase its armed forces and what that deployment of even more able-bodied men would mean for the ongoing needs of other important industries at home.
Just over 20 years ago, Munjed Al Muderis escaped the brutality of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Now, he shares his story of how he rebuilt his life in Australia, and how he’s helping injured soldiers and civilians to rebuild theirs.
25th edition of ANZAC Day at MCG
For one day a year, year in year out for the last quarter of a century, tens of thousands of people have flocked to the G, to watch the annual ANZAC Day blockbuster. And in this 25th year, like in previous years, the highly anticipated and significant match will remain secondary to the day’s main priorities.
From Germany to the Mallee
Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England, is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom. Within it lies the remains of 446 Australians killed during both world wars including 95 from the Second World War. The story of one of those men, Private Eric Richard Schiele, begins in Germany, extends all the way to the Mallee in Victoria, and ends tragically in England during the Second World War.
Defence on the storm front
While the Australian Defence Force’s primary role is to defend and protect Australia, it also provides assistance through its capabilities and resources in times of natural disasters, as we have seen countless times.
Gardening for wellbeing
Gardens have long been a source of solace, particularly for people who have suffered trauma. Whether it’s sprouting seeds on your windowsill, tending to plants in your backyard, or perusing a public garden, there is something deeply satisfying about being connected to nature.
Welcome to Mufti
RSL Victoria has published its member magazine Mufti since the 1930s. In our latest edition of Mufti, we tackle the big topics in the veteran community today.
Could there be an important piece of Australian military history hiding in your garage?
The longest war
Gwen Cherne is an advocate, mother, and widow. In our exclusive interview, Gwen shares recollections from her time as an aid worker in Afghanistan, the story of how she met and fell in love with her husband, and an insight into her new found purpose of using her voice to advocate for veterans and their families.
RSL Advocacy Here For You
Lynne McCullagh is a changed woman. After 43 years of living day to day, her future is more secure than it’s ever been.
RSL Victoria's Poppy Appeal, 100 years of giving
For 100 years, Victorians have generously donated their time and money towards the annual RSL Poppy Appeal. And with the Appeal’s centennial anniversary this year, it’s an apt time to reflect on its evolution, ongoing relevance, importance, and the tireless efforts behind each Appeal.
Memories from the Kokoda trail
One of the last members of the legendary 39th Australian Infantry Battalion, WWII veteran Cec Driscoll’s story is both harrowing and humbling.
Anthony Moffitt, or Harry as he’s known, wears many hats – he is a Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment veteran, a registered psychologist, a human performance consultant, a father, husband, cricket tragic and now an author.
Celebrating 100 years of the RAAF
1921 saw the formation of the Australian Air Force (AAF), later known as the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF). There are very few people around today who will remember Australia 100 years ago, when the country marked several milestones that shaped the life we enjoy now.
Love and the ‘Forgotten Army’
It’s been 75 years since Joan Sanders Majithia was formally discharged from the Women’s Royal Australian Navy Service, but despite the passage of time she has kept her war time secrets close to her chest.
A visit from the American First Lady
A visit from an American First Lady is an event to rival royalty, so when Eleanor Roosevelt touched down in Australia at the height of a war effort, it was a moment of history feverishly celebrated.