"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."

Geraldton City RSL

1 week 3 days ago

On this day... in 1944, the Australian Academy award-winning cameraman Damien Parer was killed while filming US troops on the island of Peleliu in the Pacific. Parer had won the Oscar for best documentary in 1943 with his film, "Front Line Kokoda".

Acquaintances thought that his commitment to filming troops on the frontline would bring about his death. He filmed Australian troops in North Africa, Greece and Syria, New Guinea and Timor then US troops on Guam and on Peleliu before his death. When he was killed, he was walking backwards behind a tank filming the faces of US Marines advancing under fire. As a war correspondent, he was mentioned in dispatches for "exceptional services in the field".

Lest we forget.

Ian Smith
ANZAC Day Committee

Image of Damien Parer: AWM

Geraldton City RSL

1 week 6 days ago

Saturday 17th October 2020


All members and partners invited, tickets and menu selection at the Peacock Bar

$35.00 per Person

Call in and secure your tickets prior to the cut off on Friday 9th October 2020

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Birdwood-House-2015.jpgA number of wounded soldiers who returned to Geraldton after the Dardanelles Campaign (Gallipoli) gathered in Geraldton on 25 April 1917 to form a branch of the Returned Soldiers Association. The next year they organised Geraldton’s first ANZAC Day service. 

Between 1917 and 1935 the RSL headquarters was in Marine Terrace. Originally known as the Soldiers’ Institute, then the Esplanade Hotel and the Ocean View Guest House. This building was later demolished but planning had already begun to make available land in Chapman Road.

Funds from local business and citizens enabled the Birdwood House to be built, with the Memorial Obelisk unveiled by then Lt. Governor Sir James Mitchell, GCMG, on 1 September 1935. Two years later, Field Marshall Sir William Birdwood, who commanded the ANZAC Corps at Gallipoli and after whom the building was named, visited and was presented with a gold key and Freedom of Birdwood House.

Field Marshall Sir William Birdwood with R.S.L. Committee, Birdwood House Geraldton, August 27th 1937.

Today, the building is headquarters of the Geraldton RSL and is used by several community groups for meetings and social activities.

You can also visit us on Facebook.

Have a look at the Birdwood Bugle for the latest news and information.

Bar Hours:
Thursday: 1100-1400
Friday: 1700-late
Sunday: 1200-1500
Office Hours:
Monday: 0900-1400
Thursday: 0900-1400  

Phone: 9964 1520. Fax: 9964 1522. Email
Postal: PO Box 1243 Geraldton 6530.
Address: 46 Chapman Road, Geraldton.