Cover of 'Anzac Memorial', published by the Returned Soldiers Association of NSW in 1916

Historical note

In November 2015 the public health campaigners William Brooks and Dr Mary Booth set up a Returned Soldiers Association (RSA) and a Soldiers Club at the Royal Hotel on George Street in Sydney. The RSA hoped to 'bind the returned soldiers together, to give them new and wider interests, and, if possible, assits them to get work'. ('Returned Soldiers' Association', Sydney Mail, 22 December 1915: 28, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162493956) It set up kiosks for returned soldiers in Hyde Park and published Anzac Memorial, marking the 'names and deeds of the soldiers and sailors of Australia and New Zealand'. (Sekuless & Rees, Lest we forget: the history of the Returned Services League 1916-1986, p.22)

Materials
publication
Category
Souvenirs and ephemera
Themes
Love and loss
Conflict
First World War
Location
Sydney
Story
Returned Services League
Production Date
1916

On this day
21 September

1916 — HMAS Melbourne joined the Second Light Cruiser Squadron for operations in the NORTH SEA. The Squadron was based at ROSYTH, Scotland

1918 — Australian Flying Corps airmen attacked Turkish troops at WADI FARA, Palestine

1971 — Battle of Nui Le, South Vietnam. Soldiers of B and D Company 4RAR/NZ fought an Intense battle in which 5 Australians were killed and 24 wounded. This was the last battle fought by Australians in South Vietnam