I am a member of the Queenscliff/Point Lonsdale RSL Sub-Branch and we are attempting to search details of the first Committee Member Names & Service Details from the 3rd April 1919.

These include President Dr. Jermyn - VP Sgt.- Major Baker - VP Gnr Hudd* - Mr. Duddy - Mr. McMillan - Mr. Winter - Mr. Reynard - Mr. Cook - Mr. Sheppard - Mr. Carter - Mr. Mason *

Mr. MASON* was proven to be the Grandfather of Cr. Jim Mason of the City of Greater Geelong - as Frederick Charles MASON - Boer War Light Horseman - awarded MM as a Stretcher Bearer in WW1 - aged 44. His son also Frederick Charles MASON (Junior) - Jim's father - served in WW2 - in Darwin /New Guinea - Artillery Instructor Fort Queenscliff - became Mayor of Council 1972.

Both Buried in Queenscliff Cemetery.

All were returned Soldiers - possibly Artillery - enlisted at Fort Queenscliff - returned to the Borough of Queenscliff and with support of the Borough Mayor Cr. William Thwaites - founded both an Avenue of Honour and the first RSL Sub-Branch (initially operated from the YMCA Building provided by a Mr. L. Wane.

The brevity of the names are as they were recorded by the Geelong Advertiser on the 7th April 1919. Our first Photo of ALL the living Members was not until 1933 - hence need to search all.

The Second VP listed Gnr. HUDD* - a search found he was Charles Wyatt HUDD - Service Number 227 - served in the Siege Artillery Brigade - Fort Queenscliff - reinforcement to Great War in July 1915.

We initially had an old Charter of Formation as 1921 - which was found to be incorrect when a family interview and supported by the Geelong Advertiser article in 1919.

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Comment by Elizabeth Allen on July 31, 2020 at 22:24

Graham,  You could try putting the names you need into Record Search & can view the files online



Comment by Graham John CHRISTIE on August 1, 2020 at 12:39

Elizabeth the names are included in the initial blog - they are as printed in the Newspaper article of 1919 - basic surname with no first name or any supporting details.

Comment by Michael James on August 28, 2020 at 1:28

Graham, you could try this website for WW1 diggers - https://aif.adfa.edu.au/search?type=search&name=Mason&surna...

Imput surname (I would try James as a christian name too) and flick through hundreds of names to check if any addresses are at Queenscliff. Frederick Charles Mason was No 3055 who served in 7th Bn 10th Reinforcement.

There are 2 Dr Jermyn's, both from Sth Aust but could have settled in Vic after the War.

Good Luck


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