RSL Sub Branch

Project Description

1 Mayne Street (Bruce Highway),
Tiaro, Qld 4650
PO Box 205,
Tiaro, Qld 4650
Directions here

Sub Branch History

The Sub-branch was established in the 1920s as the Tiaro-Bauple RSL Sub-branch and meetings were held in the Tiaro Community Hall and the Bauple Band Hall. Membership waxed and waned until after WW2 when it strengthened. The Sub-branch, then known as the Tiaro RSL Sub-branch, received its charter on January 1, 1939.

In May, 1964, the members purchased a church hall from the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society in Tiaro for 50 pounds. It spent a great deal more than that in legal fees and moving the hall in one piece from Bridge Street to its present location. The move was completed on the back of a WW2 ex-Army Studebaker 6×6. Refurbishing the hall cost three times its purchase price, but most of the timber came from the timber mill of a member, and it was members’ labour that completed the job.

By the mid-1970s, membership was in single figures, but that has gradually increased. Today, 2016, we have 44 members plus eight Citizens’ Auxiliary members – a total of 52.

We have two WW2 members – both in their 90s – and the bulk of the membership comprises Vietnam Veterans. We have a couple of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, but as is the case in many small country towns, post-SVN veterans are like hens’ teeth.

Information for Members

Meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at 11am in the RSL hall in Mayne Street. Each Friday morning the RSL hall is open for coffee and a chat, with the PAWs qualified Welfare Officer in attendance to assist with Pension and other claims.

The Sub-branch produces its own full-colour 12-page magazine “SALUTE” quarterly.



SALUTE Issue 42

SALUTE Issue 41

SALUTE Issue 40