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City of Albury RSL Sub-Branch

VETERANS SUPPORT CENTRE

527 Wilson Street Albury             Ph 02 6021 1341

Serving the veteran and service community of Albury and district

THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE

Office Hours

Tue

10am - 3.30pm

Wed

10am - 3.30pm

Thu

10am - 3.30pm

ANZAC House

Sub Branch meetings

Are held on the

3rd Sunday of each month at 11 am

Albury war memorial

Please note:-

    We are not a registered club and do not have catering or bar facilities.

    If you require these facilities please contact:-

  The SS&A Club Albury or The Commercial Club Albury

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ANZAC House gets a new roof

With a grant from the NSW government, for which we are very grateful, the old leaking tiled roof, on the original house, has been replaced with a colorbond roof.

We are very grateful to our local member Greg Aplin for his assistance in obtaining this grant.

The work was carried out by Geoff C Stewart P/L over the last week of January and the first two weeks of February with very little disruption to the operation of the offices.

The following pictures were taken during the roof replacement.

    ANZAC Field of Remembrance

    This fitting tribute came from an idea originated by the late Mrs C J Pope, widow of Rear Admiral Pope.  While visiting London she was impressed by a Field of Remembrance Day held each year in the old churchyard at St Margaret’s alongside Westminster Abbey.  The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory initiated the Field of Remembrance – a day on which small wooden crosses were planted in memory of the fallen.

    On her return to Australia Mrs Pope enlisted the NSW Guild in assisting her to organise the first Field in the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.  She continued with her work until her death in 1963 when the War Widows’ Guild (NSW) took over.

    The first ANZAC Field of Remembrance was held in 1952, and has been held every year since to commemorate those who gave their lives in the service of their country.  A non-denominational service is held prior to ANZAC Day at St Andrew’s with the lesson read by the Governor of New South Wales.  After the service and the reading of the ‘Ode to the Fallen’ by the Guild’s President, the Governor plants the first cross in the Field of Remembrance in memory of the Unknown Warrior.  The Governor is followed by representatives of the City of Sydney, the New Zealand Government and the three Services, who also plant crosses, the RSL and the Guild State President.

    The Field of Remembrance is open from the service until the late afternoon on Anzac Day for war widows and members of the public to place small wooden crosses in personal remembrance of their husbands, relatives and friends who died during or following war service.



Albury War Widows conduct services in keeping with the above history.

Crosses are supplied by the Widows, Red for Army, Lt Blue for Air Force, and Navy blue for the Navy. The Field of Remembrance is in St Mathews Church and crosses are placed there a week before ANZAC Day. A closing service is held the day after ANZAC Day and the crosses are collected and held by a local funeral director. When a Returned Service person passes away the relatives are asked permission to cremate the crosses with that person.

The ashes of the crosses are then scattered around the base of the cross, in a ceremony held at the Albury War Graves Cemetery, by the President of the Albury RSL Sub-Branch.

The photos were taken at the 2013 scattering of the ashes ceremony


Scaffolding being erected

Old roof removed front view

First sheets going on

Front half nearly finnished

Back half sheeted

Preparing small peak

Old roof removed view from lane

Preparing ready for colorbond

Finished view from lane

Finished front view

Mark Dando, Greg Aplin & Graham Docksey at the official completion of the project

Bird nests removed from roof cavity