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Concert by the Stream – RSL Centenary

Free Afternoon of

Family Fun & Music 

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Commemorate the Centenary of the RSL
and to say thank you for your ongoing support

Free Afternoon of Family Fun and Music

Sunday 4 December

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Pine Rivers Park Strathpine

Rock Climbing Wall
Animal Petting Zoo
Food, Drinks and more!
This is a free concert


Featuring James Blundell concert-1_pe  

The John Abbot Band  and  Fred Smith

More information contact

Gary Lancaster  0401642521

Bruce Miller 0437 617 720

Tony Smith 0416 224 762



Vietnam Commemorative Concert


To honour all who served in Vietnam in the Australian Navy, Army, and Air Force and to remember those who gave their lives for the cause.


This one-off event is open to all…..Come listen to the iconic songs and stories of the 1960-70s reflecting those heady, uncertain times of great political and social change.  Veterans, their families, friends, and the wider public are encouraged to attend this first class commemorative event being kindly subsidised by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the RSL thus allowing subsidised ticket prices . During the concert significant actions fought by the three services during the long Vietnam War will be highlighted including the iconic Battles of Long Tan and Coral-Balmoral, our naval gun-line actions off the coast of Vietnam and the superb support throughout by the RAAF and medical staff.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank on Sunday 21 August at 3 pm

Tickets $ 30 per person  –  through Ticketek on-line or telephone now. To order on-line please Click Here.

Results from the Shell Green Cricket Match – 2016

Shell Green Commemorative T20 Cricket Match

Shell Green Commemorative T20 Cricket Match


This year’s match(2016) was one by Australian Army, which squares the contest at two all at this stage with the first every match being a tie.  It is an incredibly competitive environment with Brookfield taking the match in 2015 on the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and Army have certainly taken their revenge in 2016.

Player of the match was Martin Blackman from Australian Army and next year we are looking forward to an even bigger crowd as the popularity and stature of this event grows and grows.  The winner of the limited edition framed print of the Anzacs in Egypt was Leanne West, and James Robinson picked up the Australian Army match shirt with the Australian Cricket team signed bat in the lunchtime auction.

For a full list of both teams and completed score sheets select here: Shell Green (002)



The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience


The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience is a free, traveling exhibition and the flagship community event of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary national program, opening in Brisbane on the 17th June 2016.

With over 200 genuine artefacts from the Australian War Memorial, the
exhibition recreates First World War environments and pays tribute to the Anzac spirit and its enduring legacy.

Please note that this is a free exhibition, but those wishing to attend must book a suitable date and time.  These bookings can only be made on the Anzac Centenary Experience Website.   Click here for full booking information and a wonderful video.





Homeless Veterans



RSL Queensland has recently used a consultant the review the extent of homelessness throughout the veteran community.  The Report makes interesting reading and makes several recommendations.  The Report is quite large and can be read in full by selecting the link below:

A place to call home (final)

Biggest Morning Tea


The annual Biggest Morning Tea will be held at Fairview Aged Community this Friday 6th May at 10.00 am

For further information select the link below:


Biggest Morning Tea invitations – Fairview (002)gest

ANZAC Week Fundraiser

IMG_3405_peAnzac week fundraising is well under way with two tables set up at Kenmore Village Shopping Center and another table at Bellbowrie Shopping Centre.  Activity is quite brisk and selling will continue until closure of the shopping centres on Sunday afternoon.


It is still not too late to volunteer – Any help will be welcomed.  Contact the fundraising officer Dinne Pickering.



Brilliant tribute to all past and present ANZACS



A brilliant video paying tribute to all who have served our great country.  Select the start arrow below.







Last year marked the Centenary of the landings at ANZAC Cove, but also the 100th Anniversary of the famous cricket game played at Gallipoli at a place called ‘Shell Green’. The original game was played as a diversionary tactic during preparations for the evacuation, but was abandoned after Turkish shells landed close by. The game was immortalised in the movie Gallipoli with Paul Hogan playing the umpire. This ANZAC Day, the Brookfield United Cricket Club will again host an Australian Army Cricket XI to play for the Shell Green Trophy. Brunch will start at 10:00 am and the game will commence at 11:00 am with a lone bugler from Kenmore High School playing the Last Post. The two team Captains will then head to the middle for the traditional ‘tossing of the coin’ (in ‘Two Up’ fashion). Recognising the role played at Gallipoli as part of the ANZAC HQ, the local cricket mad Brisbane Sri Lankan community will cater the event in commemoration of the part played by the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps or as they were nicknamed, the ‘Tea Leaves’. (see ‘a history’ below).

Original match: 17 December 1915: A game of cricket was played on Shell Green Gallipoli in an attempt to attract the Turks from the imminent departure of allied troops.  Major George Macarthur Onslow of the Light Horse in batting, is being caught out.  Shells were passing overhead all the time the game was in progress. GO1289AWM



At the conclusion of the match, the Shield will be awarded to the winning Captain and the ‘Corporal Mathew Hopkins Player of the Match Award’ will be presented to the ‘best on field’ by a member of CPL Hopkins’ family. Matt Hopkins grew up in the local area and was a student at Kenmore State High School. Matt, serving with 7 RAR was killed-in-action just prior to Anzac Day in Afghanistan on the 16th of March 2009 and through this award we remember his sacrifice.

 cricketShell Green cricket played in (2013), starting a new local tradition honouring the Anzacs

A short history of Shell Green (Gallipoli)

Shell Green was situated 300 m up on a sloping cotton field and overlooking the Aegean Sea. It was not frequently used because it was under direct observation from high positions on the Turkish front line and it was subject to heavy shelling. It took its name from the frequency with which it was shelled. Shell Green was the only flat land within the Anzac perimeter. Soon after the landing, Australian engineers put in place the road which winds up the hills.

On 15 April 1915 Shell Green area was captured by the Australian infantry, but remained near to the Turkish front line. It was used from May to December, 1915. In the cemetery hundreds of crosses are visible. It was originally two cemeteries but more graves were brought here after armistice and two were combined and enlarged. Today there are 418 burials here and 409 of them are World War I burials (408 soldiers from Australia, 1 from UK), 11 are unidentified. Shell Green cemetery covers a 2,750 sq yards area.

Shell Green is famous place with the game of cricket which was played by Australian soldiers on 17th December, 1915.


The Tea Leave’ – a history

The Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps 1915:  Two soldiers of the ‘Tea Leaves’ at Gallipoli. Trooper Rendle is on the left. JOO259 AWM

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Extract from – the Sydney Morning Herald 16 Sep 1916:

“When war began, 8 Officers and 229 members of the Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps immediately volunteered for service abroad. The Government of Ceylon offered their services and they were transported to Egypt. Three months later, when the ANZAC troops arrived, the Ceylon men were attached for duty.  A genuine bond of sympathy sprang up quickly between the Australians and the Ceylon troops. General Birdwood made 71 of these men his guard and personal escort. They landed at Gallipoli with the General on that memorable day in April, and some were killed almost immediately. The survivors found themselves detailed for a duty that needed great pluck and presence of mind. Snipers concealed between the beach and our trenches were causing heavy losses, and the Ceylon men were detailed to locate the Turkish snipers. They succeeded very quickly in clearing snipers in the vicinity of the beach.

The manner in which the “Tea Leaves” dispatched the snipers pleased the Australians immensely for a sniper is entitled to no consideration whatever. As soon as trenches had been dug, the Planters did their full share of the work. General Birdwood began to get busy walking through the lines the best part of the day, and often at night. A member of the Planters always accompanied him. Within a month or so the ANZACs used to boast they made “dinkum” Australians of the “Tea Leaves,” who, when away from the General, were to be seen attired as roughly as possible and unshaven, but with a perennial smile on their faces. The guard was disbanded after the withdrawal from Gallipoli. Only 10 remained. The men carried away with them the best wishes of thousands of Australian troops. General Birdwood was said to be particularly sorry to lose them, and before they left, shook hands warmly with each”