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Forest Lake RSL Sub Branch

Guy Hazlewood    April 3, 2024    3 min read   


The Forest Lake & Districts  RSL Sub Branch will open its badge selling campaign from Friday April 12 till Wednesday April 24.  Drop in and say hello to our sellers who are always up for a chat. 

Badge sale locations include:

  • Forest Lake Shopping Centre,
  • Richlands Shopping Centre, and 
  • Inala Plaza in front of Woolworths.

Anzac Day on April 25 is a full day for us, with venues as follows: 

  • Dawn Service – at the amphitheatre, starting at 4:28 am (this will be a short service with the focus on the main service, as per previous years). 
  • Main Service – Parade leaves High Street at 9:00 am marching down Forest Lake Boulevard before turning left into The Esplanade and finishing up at the amphitheatre. From there, the Service will commence at 9:3 0am. Following the Service, all members, veterans and their families return to the Clubhouse and enjoy a BBQ and refreshments. 
  • Dusk Service at Dogs Qld – King Avenue, Durack at 5:00pm. 
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Brigadier Mark Armstrong lays wreath with Australian Army Cadet Catafalque Party at the Forest Lake Anzac Day 2023. Mal Lynch.


“Voices of Australian Veterans” by Forest Lake local Brian Robertson. ISBN: 978-1-922958-64-8 

Brian is an accomplished author with many books to his credit.  

He is a long serving member of The Forest Lake & Districts RSL Sub Branch and a local resident.   

“Voices of Australian Veterans”  author Brian Robertson (left) with George Churchward and Alan Greig. Photo taken at George’s 100th birthday celebration 2023. 

As a young man in the early 1950s he was conscripted into the First Battalion, Gordon Highlanders and after a sojourn in Demark was posted to Cyprus during the “Cyprus Emergency” 1955-1959, a rebellion against British Rule inflicting losses of some 370 British Military personnel.  

It was his service with the Gordon Highlanders that led to the publishing of his military experience in his book, “A Gordon for Me” ISBN: 978-190154-46-9.  

Over the years he has published many books as an educator in Scotland, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, ultimately settling in Australia. 

Brian recognised that ‘veterans’ of the Club covered a broad experience of military service within the Navy, Army and Air Force, encompassing conflicts from WW2 to Vietnam.  

Over the past few years, he has compiled the accounts of eighteen members who served in those conflicts.  

Each account is preceded with an introduction by the author followed by a firsthand detailed description of the individual’s thoughts and experiences of their involvement, making the accounts more meaningful and informative. 

Many of the anecdotes described by the veterans relate to everyday life both in and out of the services, how they developed their post schooling skillset, entry into the services, and their subsequent return to civilian life.  

Capitalising on their service knowledge, they interfaced into the community and their post-service employment.  

Brian preyed on the resourcefulness and larrikinism of the individuals, an asset that Australians use to their advantage, particularly in the services. 

Check with your local bookstore for copies of Brian’s books. 

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Guy Hazlewood