RSL & Services Clubs Association

Tour Dates

AUSTRALIANS ON THE WESTERN FRONT: 1916-1918

*A special display commemorating Australians in France and Belgium in the First World War*

The Australians on the Western Front, 1916–1918 exhibition series is a joint initiative of the RSL & Services Clubs Association and the Australian War Memorial.

Advancing to victory, 1918 is the third in a series of three exhibitions that will be on display during the Centenary of Anzac. The exhibition will be tour RSL clubs around New South Wales between March and November 2018.

1918 began badly. The terrible Passchendaele fighting had left the Australians exhausted and under strength. With few new volunteers, reinforcements were hard to come by. The divisions were under strain, but it was clear there were still many more battles to fight. Victory would come before year’s end, but the Australian Corps’s most important role still lay ahead.

Early on, the Australians faced the great German spring offensives. At Dernancourt they withstood the heaviest attack ever made on them, and at Villers-Bretonneux their bayonet charge repelled the Germans within sight of Amiens. On 4 July, under Sir John Monash, they went on the offensive with a well planned and executed attack at Le Hamel. Then came the great victory of 8 August. Further success followed when they captured the fortified hill of Mount St Quentin in early September, then broke the Hindenburg Line four weeks later.

The year’s actions left the Australian force near exhaustion, having suffered appalling losses. But the will of a nation spurred them toward victory as proud of their success, as were the diggers themselves.

The exhibition features key personalities and battles, and draws on the Memorial’s unique collections. On display are original maps, outstanding photographs, and remarkable works of art, some never displayed before. Other treasures include medals awarded to Monash and Lord Birdwood, an 18-pounder field gun, and an exposed portion of a British Mark IV tank.

The Memorial is pleased to partner with the Association to bring Australians on the Western Front, 1916–1918 to participating RSL clubs across New South Wales during the Centenary period.

April 1 to 27 2018

Merrylands RSL Club
14 Military Road
Merrylands NSW 2160

Tel: 02 8868 7777
Web: www.mrsl.com.au
Email: enquiries@mrsl.com.au

Club Taree
121 Wingham Road
TAREE NSW 2430

Tel: (02) 6539 4000
Fax: (02) 6539 4001
Web: www.clubtaree.com.au
Email: club@clubtaree.com.au

May 1 to 28 2018

Campbelltown RSL Club
Carberry Lane
Campbelltown NSW 2560

Tel: 02 4625 1408
Fax: 02 4628 3336
Web: www.campbelltownrsl.com.au
Email: information@campbelltownrsl.com.au

Gosford RSL Club Ltd
26 Central Coast Highway
WEST GOSFORD NSW 2250

Tel: 02 4323 2311
Fax: 02 4324 4644
Web: www.grsl.com.au
Email: gosrsl@grsl.com.au

June 1 to 27 2018

Ingleburn RSL Club Ltd
70 Chester Road
INGLEBURN NSW 2565

Tel: (02) 9605 3322
Fax: (02) 9618 2130
Web: www.ingleburnrsl.com.au
Email: info@ingleburnrsl.com.au

Dee Why RSL Club
932 Pittwater Road
DEE WHY NSW 2099

Tel: (02) 9454 4000
Web: www.deewhyrsl.com.au
Email: info@dyrsl.com.au

July 1 to 29 2018

Mt Pritchard & District Community Club Ltd
(Mounties Group)
101 Meadows Road
Mt Pritchard NSW 2170

Tel: 02 9822 3555
Fax: 02 9610 6832
Web: www.mounties.com.au
Email: info@mountiesgroup.com.au

Harbord Diggers
(Mounties Group)
Evans Street
HARBORD NSW 2096

Tel: (02) 9938 1444
Fax: (02) 9938 4360
Web: www.harborddiggers.com.au
Email: harbordinfo@mountiesgroup.com.au

August 1 to 28 2018

Campsie RSL Club
25 Anglo Road
Campsie NSW 2194
Tel: 02 9718 4044
Fax: 02 9718 1867
Web: www.campsiersl.com.au
Email: craiglove@campsiersl.com.au

Woonona Bulli RSL Club
455 Princes Highway
Woonona NSW 2517

Tel: 02 4284 1577
Web: www.wbrsl.com.au 
Email: info@wbrsl.com.au

September 1 to 27 2018

Kingsgrove RSL Club
4 Brocklehurst Lane
KINGSGROVE NSW 2208

Tel: (02) 9336 1500
Fax: (02) 9150 8466
Web: www.kingsgroversl.com.au
Email: info@kingsrsl.com.au

Dubbo RSL Club
178 Brisbane Street
DUBBO NSW 2830

Tel: (02) 6882 4411
Fax: (02) 6881 8062
Web: www.dubborsl.com.au

October 2 to 29 2018

Club Rivers
32 Littleton St
RIVERWOOD NSW 2210

Tel: (02) 9533 3144
Fax: (02) 8525 6166
Web: www.clubrivers.com.au
Email: enquiries@clubrivers.com.au

Orange Ex-Services' Club
231-243 Anson Street
ORANGE NSW 2800

Tel: (02) 6362 2666
Fax: (02) 6361 3916
Web: www.oesc.com.au
Email: admin@oesc.com.au

November 1 to 28 2018

Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club
20-26 Canterbury Road
HURLSTONE PARK NSW 2193

Tel: (02) 9559 0000
Fax: (02) 9559 0090
Web: www.chprsl.com.au
Email: chprsl@chprsl.com.au

Wagga RSL Club
Dobbs Street
WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650

Tel: (02) 6921 3624
Fax: (02) 6921 5305
Web: www.waggarsl.com.au
Email: theclub@waggarsl.com.au