ANZAC Day 2020

Although we couldn’t gather together to commemorate Anzac Day, as we traditionally would (due to Covid19), Kingsgrove RSL Club still held an ANZAC Day Commemorative Service at 7am on Saturday, 25th April 2020.

Broadcasted through Facebook LIVE, the service allowed our community to watch from the safety of their own homes, and take the time to stop and remember those men and women who’ve made incredible sacrifices for others during past moments of conflict and crisis.

Kingsgrove RSL Club Sub Branch, Board of Directors, Management and staff encourage all our members and the community to continue unite and acknowledge the ANZAC Spirit [Endurance, Mateship, Sacrifice and Courage] this year, particularly amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.


The Kingsgrove RSL Sub Branch was formed in 1952 by men who had served in World War 1 and World War 2.

From humble beginnings the member’s first held meetings in a scout hall, until the first Club was erected on the corner of Kingsgrove Road and Kingsgrove Avenue. This was until 1958, when construction began on the new premises in Brocklehurst Lane.

Throughout the years the Sub Branch has remained strong with member’s who served in both World Wars, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, plus National Service Personnel, Army Reservists and more recently, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Club premises was purchased from the Sub Branch in 1993, opening the future of the Kingsgrove RSL Club Ltd which now has over 6000 members whilst continuing to maintain our major objective to uphold the ideas of the Returned & Services League.

Kingsgrove RSL Club Sub Branch Members meet on the fourth Monday every second month at 6.30pm.

Commemoration of First World War enlistees associated with Rockdale and surrounding suburbs.


Peter J. Merlino

Kingsgrove NSW 2208

Phone: (02) 9336 1500
Fax: (02) 9150 8446

Sub Branch Committee

President Alan R. Barnes OAM JP
Vice Presidents Phillip A. Pollard JP
Robert Talbott OAM JP
Treasurer Peter G. Burgess JP
Secretary Peter J. Merlino
Committee Neil L. Arena JP,
John A. Graham JP,
Robert Talbott OAM JP
Hospital Visitation Officer Robert Talbott OAM JP

Upcoming Meetings

Monday 26th October 2020
Monday 21st December 2020
Monday 22nd February 2021
Monday 26th April 2021
Monday 28th June 2021


All members of the Sub-Branch are invited to attend subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

The General Meetings of the Sub-Branch is held on the 4th Monday of every second month in the Diggers Lounge at 6.30pm. A two-course meal and refreshments follow the meeting. Members, please note that if a public holiday falls on the above dates, the General Meeting will be held on the 3rd Monday of the Month.

“The Inquisitive mind of a child”.

“Why are they selling poppies Mummy?”
“Selling poppies in the town today?”
“The poppies child, are flowers of love
For the men who marched away”

“But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?”
“Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.”

But the why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?”
“Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.”

“The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy,
Why does it have to be black?”
“Black my child is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.”

“But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain!
“My tears are for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.”

-Author unknown.


Ronald John McVey ARMY
Thomas Michael Cosgrove ARMY
Jack Mooreland Goodall NAVY



Remembrance Day, Wednesday 11 November 2020


The Women’s Auxiliary originated after the First World War when a group of women arranged to raise funds to assist returned servicemen who had been injured and needed help to settle back into civilian life.

These days the role of the Women’s Auxiliary is to support the sub-branch on various occasions such as Anzac day and other relevant days. All funds raised are distributed to various RSL charities assisting returned servicemen and women such as Defence Care and Homes for Heroes.

The Women’s Auxiliary at Kingsgrove raises money by having raffles for Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day and Christmas. They also have some fun evenings playing Crazy Whist to which everyone is invited.

Apart from fund raising there are often invitations to socialise with other Auxiliaries by attending Luncheons that are celebrating various occasions. These could be ‘Christmas in July’ or a special anniversary of that Auxiliary.

Kingsgrove Auxiliary invites any ladies who may be interested in joining to ask at the reception desk and the auxiliary will contact you.

Women’s Auxiliary meet every fourth Monday of the month at 6.30pm.