An Active Year for Veterans
Veterans across Victoria are reaping the benefits of RSL Victoria’s RSL Active program. Check out our RSL Active Year in Review here.
A Year in Review: The Faces of 2023
As 2023 comes to a close, we look back at some of the people that helped tell RSL Victoria’s story this year.
Buglers Take to the Melbourne CBD for Remembrance Day Tribute
Watch our 2023 Remembrance Day Tribute here.
The Power Behind the Poppy
“The importance of the Poppy Appeal is that we need to raise money for veterans, and not just the veterans in our area, but veterans in general. We just have to get out there and do it.”
Labour of Love: Couple’s Mission to Give Back
Husband and wife, Michael and Vicki Mihaljcek do it for the veterans, knowing that every poppy they pack for the annual Poppy Appeal is sold for a good cause.
Meet our Wheelchair AFL Champions
The 2023 Toyota Wheelchair National Championship pits the very best Wheelchair AFL athletes against one another over three days of tense competition. Meet Team RSL, who will be vying for victory this November.
Sub-Branch's Search for Mystery Digger
When a cremation box and a folder of photographs were found inside a residential garage in Yarragon and submitted to the Trafalgar-Thorpdale RSL Sub-Branch, a search began for the relatives of a mysterious digger so he could be laid to rest with dignity.
Outstanding Service Honoured
A former CEO of RSL Victoria has been honoured for the outstanding service he has provided to veterans and their families.
70 Years On, We Remember
As we mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War, we bring you the story of Royal Australian Navy veteran, 93-year-old Arthur Roach.
Served and Serving Still
Salina Parton is all too familiar with life inside the Australian Defence Force (ADF), life outside of the ADF and life as a service spouse. It’s with these lived experiences and a passion for the veteran community that she recently joined RSL Victoria as the RSL Active Program and Events Officer.
Final piece of wartime puzzle solved
With the mystery of the missing SS Montevideo Maru solved, a daughter finally finds peace.
Giving for the greater good
Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Darryl Sanders has spent the last 10 years supporting the annual ANZAC and Poppy Appeals through the Victoria Barracks. Here's why he is such a strong supporter of the cause.
Volunteers Reawaken History
Meet this husband-and-wife team who work diligently to bring the stories of local service men and women to life.
Volunteering to get you active
In light of National Volunteer Week, we bring you the story of Bronwyn Flack, one of RSL Victoria’s hundreds of volunteers.
Thank you to our volunteers
As part of National Volunteer Week, RSL Sub-Branches around the state have taken time to say ‘Thank you’ to their many hundreds of volunteers.
The Faces of ANZAC Day
40,000 Victorians turned out to share the ANZAC spirit at the Dawn Service and March. Here are just some of the heroes we honour on ANZAC Day, and every day.
A new voice for the Dawn Service
The voice you have come to know at the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Service has retired.
March leaders honour the Korean War
It’s been 70 years since the end of the Korean War, often known as ‘The Forgotten War’. To honour the bravery of the nearly 18,000 Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses who served in the war, of which 339 paid the ultimate sacrifice, RSL Victoria brings you a veteran from each arm of service to lead the ANZAC Day March. Here are their stories.
Collaboration at the MCG
As the crowds gather at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the annual blockbuster Melbourne vs. Richmond ANZAC Eve match, there’s one thing that has become intrinsic to the footy tradition.
How a changed man helps to change lives
Everything changed after James Farquharson returned from deployment in East Timor. That was until he connected with the Mornington RSL.
The Trip of a (Young) Lifetime
Keen to feed their 10-year-old son’s interest in the two world wars and all things history, one young man's family recently set off on a road trip to Canberra.
Celebrating the women of RSL Victoria
This International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting the work of just some of the women around our network. Read their inspiring stories here.
RSL Active launches in Wonthaggi
An army tank adventure captivated a crowd for the first ever RSL Active event held in Wonthaggi.
Treasured and Valued: Edward Bartosh Receives Life Membership
The first of RSL Victoria’s prestigious honours for 2023 has been awarded to a devoted member of the Yarra Glen Sub-Branch.
Kingston Remembers Resource Centre Opens
A new centre will commemorate the service of veterans and their families.
First Lady: Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO
Kirsty Sword Gusmao was at the heart of the dawn of independence for East Timor. This is her story.
Find What You've Got. Make It Work – Nursing in a Warzone
Responding to a call for nurses in the military, Julie Jenkins began her career with the Royal Australian Air Force in 1998. There was no way she could have foreseen what was coming her way.
Through the eyes of a journalist
Armed with a tape recorder, an unreliable 15-kilogram satellite phone, a notebook and pen, Josh Murray unexpectedly landed in an airfield in East Timor’s capital, Dili in September 1999.
Life-saving work in East Timor
Confronting scenes were unfolding as many Australian troops arrived in East Timor for the INTERFET deployment. Destruction across the capital Dili saw bodies strewn in the streets and buildings burn. While many remember an explosion of sights, smells and sounds, Professor Major General Jeffrey Rosenfeld (Rtd.) took much of it in his stride.
A Calling to Serve
Almost as though it happened yesterday, Brian Woodward recalls the moment his name was called for deployment for INTERFET. This is his story.
Watch our Remembrance Day tribute
On Remembrance Day, 16 buglers took to the streets of the Melbourne CBD to play The Last Post. You can watch it here.
Hub hero: Veteran honoured by Sub-Branch
A WW2 Veteran is being honoured by an RSL Sub-Branch more than 40 years after his death.
Meet our dedicated poppy sellers
Here are just some of the RSL's city sellers fundraising for the 2022 Poppy Appeal.
Springvale Service a touching reminder of sacrifice of fallen soldiers
On a perfect Spring Day in Melbourne, RSL Victoria hosted the annual State Remembrance Service at the Springvale Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery.
Two mates, one goal: Veterans
For over 10 years and counting, two mates from the Keilor East Sub-Branch have dedicated two weeks to selling poppies at Melbourne Airport for the annual Poppy Appeal.
The Fundraising Family of Woodend
This father and daughter team from a small town in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges is urging Victorians to dig deep this Poppy Appeal.
Cooking up a storm at sea
As we mark Veterans’ Health Week with this year’s theme ‘Eat Well’, Navy Chef (known in the Navy as Maritime Logistics Chef) Petty Officer Cameron Moore gives us an insight into the importance of the job.
Remembering Australia's Battles
The first Wednesday in September, we commemorate Battle for Australia Day. This little-known commemorative event recognises the thousands of Australians engaged in actions against Japanese forces during World War Two.
Heroic serviceman’s story immortalised
RSL Victoria and the Australian War Memorial’s ongoing commitment to commemoration has continued this week with the recognition of one serviceman and his ultimate sacrifice.
Life Membership for dedicated RSL member
Sale RSL Sub-Branch President, Martin Tanzer, receives the RSL’s Life Membership award.
Recognition and respect
40 years ago, Philip Neil was turned away from the Shrine of Remembrance. Today he will return to lay a wreath and open the Defending with Pride exhibition.
Beauty with purpose
Private Annette Sindiga is no stranger to representing Australia, whether it be in military uniform or glamming it up on the catwalk.
At 100 and a half years young, Bill Gregory shares his story of service and life after service.
STEPPING UP FOR CHARITY
A 13 year old from north-west Victoria is being praised for his charitable efforts – Walking 96 kilometres to raise money for veterans and their families.
A shaving razor that linked two men together for life, even after death, will live on at its new home at the Colac RSL.
Recognition and reflection
Brett West reflects on his 30 year service journey as a proud Aboriginal man
Having saved her own family tens of thousands of dollars, Candice Guillaumier couldn’t resist sharing her passion and knowledge to help others do the same.
Stories from the Melbourne march
Meet some of the people participating and spectating on the march this ANZAC Day.
With the Invictus Games about to begin, RSL Victoria caught up with Australian competitor Emma Murfet
It took centimetres to bring an end to Emma Murfet’s career in the Australian Army, but since the accident, the former parachute rigger has found new ways to reach great heights with the Invictus Games.
Behind the Artwork 'Ghost of ANZAC Past'
An almost century old tradition will this year feature the artwork of veteran artist Cory Rinaldi, and he couldn’t be prouder.
Howzat! RSL VIC XI and Afghan Interpreter XI face off in inaugural Victorian friendship game clash
They went head-to-head on the cricket pitch, fighting for a win, but on the frontlines in Afghanistan they were united.
One call to Veteran Central changed this veteran's life
Ivan Brook proudly served Australia as a national serviceman in the 1950s. All these decades later, he is gracious and humbled by a successful compensation claim the RSL has helped facilitate.
From Melbourne to the regions hear how our Sub-Branches are getting back into the swing of things
As Victoria emerged from one of the world’s longest lockdowns, new life was breathed back into many of our RSL Sub-Branches.
Life after service
Life has thrown Justin Watts its fair share of challenges, but with the RSL's help he’s overcome them all and now hopes to inspire other veterans to seek support.
And that's a wrap on Remembrance Day 2021
Remembrance Day services have been held around Victoria with a degree of normality this year. People united to pay their respects to those who sacrificed their lives serving in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
Behind the Bugle
It’s a sound synonymous with Remembrance Day when notes of the Last Post ring out around the world. But who are some of those behind the bugle in Melbourne?
Quite the comeback
Movement is medicine for Rye Shawcroft, and this Veterans' Health Week we are exploring how getting moving, with programs like RSL Active, can help improve the health and wellbeing of veterans.
RSL Victoria is here to support you on your wellbeing journey this Veterans’ Health Week
Veterans Health Week (VHW) puts a spotlight on the health and wellbeing of veterans. But what is wellbeing? And how are ESO's, like RSL Victoria, supporting veterans to achieve it?
RSL Active invites you to get moving today and everyday
Not even restrictions in the world’s most locked-down city can stop RSL Victoria from getting veterans moving during Veterans’ Health Week (VHW).
Arthur Merryweather: RSL Volunteer
Arthur’s affiliation with the RSL began when he joined the Coburg RSL Sub-Branch. After moving around, he eventually joined Box Hill RSL, where he has been for the last 26 years.
Meet Poppy Appeal Volunteer Jacqueline
Jacqueline Pascarl is no stranger to the world of volunteering and charity. She’s spent decades championing the needs of women and children, both domestically and overseas and has helped raise millions of dollars’ worth of humanitarian aid and relief
The Road to Recovery with RSL Active
RAAF veteran Michael Apap lifts his bow and arrow to take aim at the target ahead, and in between shots, he mingles with others, while his son Lachlan and stepdaughter Harriette are in sight also socialising and learning a new skill.
A new lease on life
RSL Active is known for many things – a way to connect with other veterans, develop social networks, tell stories, enhance support circles and improve physical and mental health. Some, like Stuart and his family, even call it life-changing.
Connecting with RSL Active
Through volunteering veteran Krystal Brown learnt about RSL Active, a program designed to connect like-minded veterans and their families. It gives them the opportunity to take part in events focusing on physical, psychological and social engagement.
Fly High with RSL Active
Despite their challenges, Father and Son veteran duo, Ian and Corin Murphy are reconnecting in a way they didn’t think was possible through RSL Active.
The Light Horse Memorial Park
In 1995, the idea of developing a larger area as a memorial park that would recognise the contribution made by the AIF, and particularly by the Australian Light Horse Regiments, was mooted, and in 1998 the Mitchell Shire Council established the Australian Light Horse Memorial Park.