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Ipswich Sub Branch Inc.

Memorial Hall – Nicholas St, Ipswich

ABN 93 910 373 709


“Memorial Window”

Ipswich RSL Sub-Branch Newsletter

From the President


A reminder that the Sub Branch holds its meetings every third Friday of the month commencing at 1900hrs located at the Soldiers Memorial Hall, 63 Nicholas Street, Ipswich.

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If you’re not on FB then head over to our webpage “Ipswich RSL Sub-Branch” to see what’s going on.

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We are looking for members during Anzac week in April to assist in the selling of badges and other memorabilia. If you can spare a few hours please get your name to us!

Our new Beer coolers with designs based on the Light Horse paintings in the hall are available for sale, see Trish at reception.

Pensions and Welfare:

We are looking to make a list of members who are willing to do things like mow lawns, home visits, assist our welfare officers in any way.   You don’t need to be qualified in any way just willing to put in some time if needed.   Please call 38123822 ask for Ross.


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We have had plenty of volunteers put their names forward to help out.

Thank you

Museum administrator

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LADIES!!! If you have some spare time and would like something different to do or simply like to meet new people, the Women’s Auxiliary is for you! We are always on the look-out for new members and expand our small band of Volunteers.

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                ANZAC Day

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A Bit of History:   


The Harefield Flag

Anzac Day on 25th April, is remembered every year in the English village of Harefield. This is the story why.
Three months after the outbreak of the First World War, Mr and Mrs Charles Billyard-Leake, a wealthy Australian couple living in Britain, offered the use of Harefield Park and its extensive grounds to the Minister of Defence in Melbourne. It was to be a convalescent home for wounded soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force.

Ethel Grey from Melbourne set up the hospital with 80 beds. Harefield was staffed by members of the Australian Army Medical Corps together with a strong contingent of volunteers from Mrs Billyard-Leake’s circle who organised the canteen, ran entertainment for recovering patients and offered the use of their cars for trips. It had two purposes: a rest home for officers and other ranks, and a depot for soldiers who were invalided and due to be sent back to Australia.

The first casualties arrived from Gallipoli in June 1914. Within three weeks over 300 casualties had arrived.  At first tented accommodation was erected, but the ferocity of the war required fully equipped accommodation and Nissan nuts were erected to cope with the 1000’s of patients.

By November 1916 the hospital was functioning as a general hospital with an operating theatre, an X-ray department and specialists in eye, ear, nose and throat conditions. By now there were 1,000 beds and the hospital occupied nearly 50 buildings around the estate, including ward huts, garages, recreation rooms and a mortuary.

Of some 50,000 patients treated at Harefield, 112 did not recover. These men, and one female nurse, were buried in the parish churchyard. Francis Newdegate, a local MP whose family had long connections in the village and who was later knighted and appointed Governor of Tasmania, offered a plot of land next to the churchyard to extend the cemetery. He also covered the funeral expenses for all the burials.

Their coffins were carried through the village before they were laid to rest. It was during the first procession that the headteacher of Harefield Junior School, a Mr Jeffrey, noticed the coffins had nothing to cover them – unusual for a soldier’s funeral procession. He grabbed a Union Jack Flag from the classroom wall and rushed out to drape it over the passing coffin. From then on, the school’s flag was used to cover every coffin as it was carried through the village. Turnout for the funerals was always huge, with most of the village lining the streets to pay their respects.

After the war Mr Jeffrey presented the Union Jack Flag to Lieutenant Colonel Yeatman, the last officer commanding the hospital, with a request that he give it to an Australian school willing to send its own Union Jack Flag in exchange. The officer chose Adelaide High School, which had been sending relief packages to Harefield, and the school’s patriotic fund arranged for the return gift.

Over the years the condition of the flag had deteriorated. With the assistance of the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund the Adelaide High School was able to have the flag restored.

Today Harefield is considered one of the world’s leading heart and lung transplant centres. Its patient services unit is known as the Anzac Centre. Hundreds of patients are treated each year for heart blockages and heart attacks.

Whilst the original manor house has fallen into disrepair and the huts built for the Anzacs are long gone the Australian soldiers nursed at Harefield are not forgotten. Every year since 1921 the local school and the Cubs, Scouts and Girl Guides lead a parade through the village to the graves of the Australian soldiers where they lay flowers on every grave in the cemetery.

Images of the flag and information about its restoration can be found HERE .



June Funnies:

That Last Nickel

A father walks into a restaurant with his young son. He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with to keep him occupied. Suddenly the boy starts choking, going blue in the face.


The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back. 
The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help.


A well dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant.


Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy's 
testicles and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand.


Releasing the boy's testicles, the woman hands the nickel to the father and walks back to her seat in the coffee bar without saying a word. 
As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, 'I've never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor?

'No,' the woman replied. 'Divorce attorney.'



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A blonde wanted to go ice fishing. She'd seen many books on the subject,

and finally getting all the necessary tools together, she made for the ice.

After positioning her comfy footstool, she started to make a circular

cut in the ice. Suddenly, from the sky, a voice boomed,




Startled, the blonde moved further down the ice, poured a thermos of

cappuccino, and began to cut yet another hole. Again from the heavens

the voice bellowed,




The blonde, now worried, moved away, clear down to the opposite end of

the ice. She set up her stool once more and tried again to cut her hole.

 The voice came once more,




She stopped, looked skyward! and said,




The voice replied,




From Ed

Thanks to those who have submitted an item towards this month’s Newsletter.  Just remember if you have anything at all you would like to share with the rest of the Sub Branch send it in as an attachment to the email address above.


Mick Blaine