History of Ipswich Railway RSL Sub Branch

The Ipswich Railway Sub Branch of the R.S.S.A.I.L.A received its Charter on the 23 April 1936. The Sub Branch is a partner in the Moreton District RSL Branch.
Founding members were Returned Diggers from the battlefields of WW1 and members of the Ipswich Sub Branch but were unhappy with the treatment they received as far as help for unemployed and injured diggers and their families. After some years of trying to establish their own Sub Branch their objective was achieved in 1936.
In 1930 a Mr. N. E. Callow (Vice President of Ipswich RSL) proposed the following motion; "At the next meeting of this Sub-Branch the question of forming a Railway Sub-Branch will be discussed.".
"At the next meeting of this Sub-Branch the question of forming a Railway Sub-Branch will be discussed.".
The motion was defeated. Mr. Callow resigned later at this meeting.
The Ipswich Sub-Branch minutes were missing from 1932-1935, so any information for this period of time could not be obtained.
However, from about 1929 it seems there was a Railway representative elected to the Ipswich Sub-Branch.
There is a lack of information on the forming of the Railway Sub-Branch. Even at the District meeting in November 1935 there was no mention.
The first information that could be found, was an article in the Queensland Times in April 1936. It described the first meeting of the Sub-Branch, It stated that several officers of the State Branch attended. Also printed, were the results of the election of office bearers;
President, Alderman R.Battye< br /> Vice Presidents, Mr.A.Beverley and Mr.F.Buchan.
Secretary, Mr.H.Hickerton,
Treasurer, Mr.S.Bowker.
A publicity officer and an executive of five other gentlemen were also elected.
Some of the members, who held office positions in the Ipswich Sub-Branch, and transferred to the newly formed Railway Sub Branch were:
Mr. A. A. Beverley, Mr. Nesbet & Mr. Buchan.
Mr. Beverley was accredited with the statement;
"If you think you are right in something for the good and welfare of the league and the diggers, in general, bring it up"
The Sub Branch Charter was signed by Raymond Huish on the 23 of April 1936 and has still stood the test of time. However, Vice President Bob Green has had it repaired and a duplicate made. I think he is very proud of this achievement.
Many of our members have also served on the Moreton District Branch.
In the early days, Executive and General meetings were generally held in the Memorial Hall, but quite often Special Executive meetings were held at the Honour Stone at the Workshops to discuss distress cases of members to help support their families.

' The sub branch purchased this residence in North Ipswich in December 2019 and will convert it into administration offices'