History Of the RSL
The RSL is one of Australia's oldest and most respected national organisations. The league was founded in 1916 and supports serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their families and promotes a secure, stable and progressive Australia. The RSL /national Headquarters has been at its current site, 81 Constitution Avenue in Campbell, ACT since 7 August 1963 when it was officially opened by His Excellency The Rt. Hon. Viscount De'Lisle, Governor-General of Australia. The Headquarters is managed by the national secretary with a small number of staff. Visitors are welcome between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm.
A Brief History of the Springvale RSL
The Springvale RSL was born in an era when Australia had just been involved in the Great War. Over 4 years of conflict, families lost sons, husbands and brothers. Men who came home made a pledge to look after each other and their families. Victor Fleming with his brothers and a couple of cobbers (around the kitchen table of his corner shop) decided that Springvale needed to bring together its servicemen and actioned the birth of the Springvale RSL on January 13th 1920.
A meeting was held in the Mechanics Hall where it was proposed by Mr Smith and seconded by Mr W Holford that a sub branch of the R.S.S.I.L.A be formed at Springvale and that was carried unanimously.