Maclean RSL turns 85
IT TOOK 11 years of community organising before the
Maclean RSL Sub-branch received its charter in 1927, and this weekend a luncheon will be held to celebrate its 85th anniversary.
Although many of the original records about the formation of the RSL have been lost it is clear a public meeting was first held in the Maclean area in 1916, club president Kevin Reid said.
"The meeting was called to discuss how to commemorate Anzac Day; the mayor Ald Goddard presided," Mr Reid said.
"They decided to make an appeal for funds for the purpose of assisting needy soldiers.
"These funds were intended for local use, but in some cases for soldiers who were down and out and just passing through."
The RSL sub-branch received its charter in 1927 from the Returned Soldiers', Sail- ors' and Airmen's Imperial League of Australia.
Membership cost 10 shillings.
Since its formation there have been 17 different presidents of the RSL.
In 1939 the Maclean cenotaph was erected and in 1941 the crucial role women had raising money for the club was formally recognised with the formation of the Women's Auxiliary, Mr Reid said.
The converted home that houses the Maclean Services Club in River St is called "Dunmorven" and was purchased by the RSL in 1948.
This building had a major renovation in 1981 that cost $175,000 plus plenty of voluntary effort, Mr Reid said.
A lunch, attended by RSL Northern Rivers Council president Allan Crouch will be held this Sunday at the Maclean Services Club.