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In September 2018, Tweed Heads
& Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch
celebrates its 100th birthday.
According to Sub-Branch records,
the inaugural meeting of the Tweed
Heads and Coolangatta District
RSL Sub-Branch was held on 27
September 1918, with less than
a dozen World War I (1914-1918)
returned servicemen in attendance.
In the early years, the Sub-Branch
struggled to gain members and
recognition. In 1925, a letter
was sent to its few existing
members about an upcoming
monthly meeting, requesting their
attendance and also asking them
to bring along a returned soldier
friend or friends.
The 1930s became years of
consolidation for the Sub-Branch
but by the end of that decade, local
families were once again saying
goodbye to a new generation of
town folk who were embarking
for overseas combat during World
War II (1939 to 1945).
By the end of the war, membership
had risen to 200 but it took until
1969 for Sub-Branch member-
ship to pass the 1,000 mark. By
1990, the Sub-Branch had over
One hundred years on from where
it all began, and whilst the number
of family members of returned
services personnel who march in
honour of loved ones is strong,
the numbers of servicemen and
women who participate in ANZAC
Day services has dwindled as
age and infirmity catches up with
many of them.
As sub-branch membership nation-
wide continues to decline, the focus
of Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL
Sub-Branch is twofold: ensuring
ageing ex-servicemen and women
continue to receive the care
and attention they deserve; and
welcoming a new generation of
serving or ex-service men and
women to its ranks.
Existing members of the Sub-
Branch, as well as Twin Towns club
members, should suggest to friends
or relatives that may be serving or
ex-service defence personnel, that
they should join the Sub-Branch.
This call-out is just as relevant now
as it was back in 1925.
Twin Towns Board Director and
Tweed Heads & Coolangatta RSL
Sub-Branch Secretary Dr John
Griffin says that whilst Australian
service personnel continue to
serve, there will always be a need
for the Sub-Branch.
“Today, we continue to do the
work our forebears started at the
Sub-Branch 100 years ago, and
that is mates looking after mates.
“The spirit and goals of our
organisation are as true today as
they were when the returned diggers
of Tweed Heads and Coolangatta
embarked on its establishment in
1918,” said Dr Griffin.
The RSL Sub-Branch will hold
a Centenary Lunch on Monday
24 September in Visions at Twin
Towns. Cost is $20 per person.
Tickets are available at the Sub-
Branch office. See page 6 for
RSL Sub-Branch celebrates 100 years
The Armistice of Compiègne
between the Allies and Germany
came into effect at 11am on 11
November 1918. Guns fell silent on
the Western Front and four years of
war and destruction was over.
This year marks the Centenary of
Armistice, 100 years on from the
end of World War I, where almost
62,000 Australian lives were lost
fighting for our freedom and
To commemorate the Centenary,
Twin Towns’ ‘100 years, 100 faces’
light show will honour the spirit
of those who served, or currently
serve, in Australia’s Defence Forces,
in any capacity.
Everyone is invited to submit a
photograph of a family member,
friend or themselves. The photos
will be collated into a presentation,
which will appear on rotation
nightly from 4-11 November,
sunset until midnight, on the giant
17m x 5m screen on the exterior
of Twin Towns.
Photos must be of the service or ex-
service person in uniform. To ensure
safety of all original photographs
is maintained, photos must be
submitted in electronic format, (i.e.
scanned or photographed at high
res on your phone), then emailed
If you are not sure how to do this,
enlist the assistance and support
of a younger family member who
will know exactly what to do to get
the photo to Twin Towns. Enquiries
can also be sent to the email
Images will ideally be at least 1MB
(1,000 KB), up to a maximum 9MB.
When submitting, please provide
your best contact phone number
and some background information
on your photo, including the name
of the person, date of birth, and
where they served or are serving.
If they are deceased, please
provide this date if known. If more
information is needed, we will
contact you via email.
The presentation will be capped
at 100 photos so get your photos
in as soon as possible. Images will
be chosen for their quality and
suitability for reproduction on
the big screen. Those that submit
images that will be screened will
be advised by email that their
submission was successful.
Help make this a spectacular
community event and recognise
and pay tribute to the contribution
of your family member or loved
one for their service to our country.
Photos can be submitted from
Monday 3 September until Friday
19 October, or when 100 suitable
photographs have been received,
whichever is sooner. Get your
photos in as soon as you can.
100 years, 100 faces
The Centenary of Armistice 2018
SEE PAGE 3
Jacinta Greenup at Southern Cross
University Gold Coast campus.
TWIN TOWNS CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE COMMEMORATION
Twin Towns will commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice with a
major event in Chris Cunningham Park on Sunday 11 November.
A brief re-enactment of the end of hostilities on the Western Front
and commencement of the Armistice is planned, and will be followed
by a community gathering and march. A live concert at Twin Towns on
the day will celebrate the music of the World War I era. More details
in October Club News.
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I am sure readers would be
interested to know how old
the Masters Swimming Club is?
We’re 30 years young, beginning
at the Tweed Shopping Centre
Community Room under the
banner of Tweed Coolangatta
AUSSI Masters Swimming.
AUSSI stands for Australian Union
of Senior Swimmers Incorporated.
Much later we competed under
the Twin Towns banner, becoming
Twin Towns Masters Swimming.
We have a great heated pool
and lovely facilities. We consider
ourselves the friendliest club on
the coast with much laughter, and
fitness. There’s no excuse not to
come and join us.
The Masters Swimmers have a
social outing each month and
attend the Back to the Tivoli
Shows at Twin Towns every two
months, staying on to socialise
We are proud to say we raised
$700 at our Cancer Morning Tea
held on the veranda of Dave and
Barb's house; $100 more than
last year. Everyone brings a plate
and wears pink and we have lots
of raffles and fun.
For those who want to compete,
there are plenty of Carnivals
to attend. We have been to
Alice Springs, Cairns, Darwin,
Wanganui and Dunedin in New
Zealand. Swimming at night in
New Zealand gave us time to
sightsee during the day.
Our State Championships and
Nationals are held in Australian
cities. We have quite a history,
attaining 11 Masters World
records, 44 National and 28
The most exciting news to share
is about our 100 year (young)
swimmer George Corones.
George started swimming at the
age of 80 and has now smashed
seven world records.
He swims three times a week
and goes to the gym three times
a week. His motto is, “Don’t stop
and keep active". What a great
example George is to us all!
He was once asked to join
another club but his answer was,
“No, I will always belong to Twin
Towns”. And we have always said,
"He is ours".
Twin Towns Services Clubs
& Resorts and Twin Towns
Services Community Found-
ation support Southern
Cross University Rising Stars
Scholarships and Shaping
Outcomes (formerly Tweed
Valley Early Childhood
Intervention Service), as
part of our contribution to
support our community on
behalf of members.
Rising Stars Scholarships
For many years, Twin Towns
Clubs & Resorts and the Twin
Towns Services Community
Foundation have each
supported two students
through the Rising Stars
Scholarships program. The
four local students receive a
grant of $5,000 per year for
three years to cover their
annual expenses. Southern
Cross University selects the
students based on an agreed
selection criteria which
includes an achievable pass
requirement for fundi