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A hundred years of service

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This year marks the centenary of the formation of the RSL.

In June 1916 the Conference of Returned Soldiers’ Association recommended the formation of the Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League of Australia (R.S. & S.I.L.A.). In September of the same year the first R.S. & S.I.L.A Congress was held with delegates from Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania attending. New South Wales was admitted in March 1917.

The Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch is amongst the oldest clubs in Australia, having been issued with its Charter in 1918, two years after the RSL movement began in Australia. The Five Dock Sub-Branch included Abbotsford and Haberfield. Other Sub-Branches of the RSL were formed at Concord and North Strathfield.

The photograph shows the Five Dock RSL in the 1950s and is among photographs which illustrate the changing face of the Great North Road currently on display at Five Dock Library.

A proud tradition of service

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For 97 years the Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch has been committed to serving ex-servicemen and their dependents.

The Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch is one of the oldest clubs in Australia, having been issued with its Charter in 1918, two years after the RSL movement began in Australia.

To coincide with the Centenary of Anzac, a history of the Five Dock RSL Sub-Branch has been published to record the club’s proud tradition of service. Despite the scarcity of remaining records, the author Mike Davis has managed to piece together the stories of those who have contributed to making the club such a special part of our community.

A particular feature of the book are the fascinating stories behind the names on the Five Dock War Memorial, of those who gave their lives in the First World War. The book is a fine tribute to those who served.

Restoring their names

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In May last year the brass plaques commemorating servicemen and women at the Five Dock War Memorial were stolen.

The City of Canada Bay is working closely with the Five Dock RSL to ensure that new plaques are installed before the ANZAC Service in April. Ahead of the final plaques being produced the community is encouraged to notify Local Studies (using the comments link below) of any additions or changes. The plaques honor those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars and in Korea. This project complements Local Studies’ efforts to create a list of all those from the Canada Bay area who served during the First World War.

The Five Dock RSL has generously provided funds to ensure that the Five Dock War Memorial and surrounds are fully restored as a tribute to local men and women who have served their country.