Our mission is to build the professionalism, reputation and success of our business in order to provide our members and the local community with the best possible assistance

Soldiers who returned from Gallipoli, with hopes & aspirations for the future, formed a Branch of the Returned Soldiers’ Association in Bendigo on 23 December 1915. The first office of the new branch was established at No 9 Commonwealth Chambers, Charing Cross in January 1916, the first official meeting of the new branch took place on 27 January 1916, and the first elections were held on 3 February 1916. The Bendigo branch was the first to be formed in Victoria outside of Melbourne.

Venue Facilities

The Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat RSL Cooperative Society Ltd was formed in 1977 as a joint venture between Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat Sub-Branches of the RSL. Licensed club facilities were built in Havilah Road and were opened in December 1979 and the Bendigo District Servicemen’s Club was formed to operate the Club.

In 2000, Bendigo RSL was asked by ANZAC House to take over the operations of the Servicemen’s Club and the assets and liabilities of the Cooperative. On 1 January 2001, Bendigo RSL Sub-Branch became Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch Inc in recognition of this changed role.

Management Team

General Manager – Martin Beekes
Administration Manager – Mary Hartley
Assistant Manager- Chris Murley
Functions Manager- Leigh Lewis
Head Chef – Travis Duffy
Duty Manager- Graeme Towler
Duty Manager- Trevor Smith
Bistro Supervisor- Alecia Mason

Our Committee

President- Peter Swandale
Senior Vice President- Lisa Gellatly
Vice President- Cliff Richards OAM
Treasurer- Shane Robinson
Secretary- Vacant
Committee- Carl Chirgwin
Committee- Glenn Ludeman
Committee- Bruce McClure
Committee (Social)- Jonathan Ridnell
Committee- Paul Stevenson
Committee- Greg Westhead CSM

Current Sub Committee Vacancies- Museum and Welfare & Charitable

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Sub-Branch Milestones

Over the years, milestones of the RSL in Bendigo have included:

23 Dec 1915

A Branch of Returned Soldiers’ Association formed in Bendigo

27 Jan 1916

First record of an office at No 9 Commonwealth Chambers, Charing Cross

Feb 1916

Social and meeting facilities established in the YMCA Building, High Street

25 Apr 1916

First ANZAC Day Service held in Bendigo

18 Jul 1917

Bendigo City Council invited designs and estimates for the Interim Honor Roll

5 Aug 1922

Eaglehawk War Memorial unveiled

25 Apr 1933

First recorded ANZAC Day Dawn Service held in Bendigo

Feb 1998

RSL Museum began operations in the Soldiers’ Memorial Institute

01 Jan 2001

Bendigo District RSL Sub-Branch Inc. formed

29 Jun 2007

Bendigo RSL office moved to Havilah Road

9 Sep 2016

Closed to the public for redevelopment

15 Nov 2018

Museum officially re-opened

Community Grants

The Bendigo District RSL is proud to be a part of the Bendigo Community and has made welfare and charitable donations for the 2018 financial year of $849,890.
In 2018 the Bendigo District RSL Sub Branch Inc. donated $250,000 to the City of Greater Bendigo’s restoration project of the Soldiers Memorial Institute at Pall Mall.

 

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Compliance

It is our aim that all our customers that wish to partake in gambling do so responsibly. We understand and acknowledge that problem gambling is a serious issue, and we aim to help people affected by problem gambling, to make better decisions regarding their gambling habits, while at our venues. Our staff adhere to the Responsible Gambling code of Conduct and we make the Code available to patrons by displaying it clearly in the gaming rooms Rules and regulations pertaining to the safe and responsible playing of electronic gaming machines, payment of winnings policies, self-exclusion programs, and Gambler’s Help support group contact details are clearly signed throughout Bendigo RSL

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Is Gambling a problem for you?

Contact the Gambler’s help on 1800 858 858