The Returned & Services League (RSL) mission statement is: To ensure that programs are in place for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defence force members and their dependants and promote Government and community awareness of the need for a secure, stable and progressive Australia.
Mufti is the membership magazine of the Victorian Branch of the RSL, for which I have been editor since April 2011. I have also contributed articles and photographs.
Mufti (March 2016) – Editor
This issue featured the 2016 ANZAC Day liftout, the unveiling of the Lemnos Gallipoli memorial, and an article on helping veterans get back to work. There was also a travel articles on Timor-Leste.
Mufti (December 2015) – Editor
This issue featured the Centenary of ANZAC around Victoria and Remembrance Day 2015. There were also travel articles on Canberra and a return to ANZAC Cove for a Spirit of ANZAC prize-winner.
Mufti (September 2015) – Editor and Photographer
This issue featured articles on the Borneo 70th anniversary commemorative mission, volunteers – the lifeblood of the RSL, the 2015 Meritorious Service Medal winners, travel to Japan, and the State Conference minutes. I also supplied photographs for Keren Lavelle’s article ‘Japan: 70 years on’.
Mufti (June 2015) – Editor
This issue featured articles on the Centenary of ANZAC Day, the 5000 Poppies Project, looking after the mental health of veterans, war widows joining the ANZAC Day March in Melbourne for the first time, and veterans from Vasey RSL Care travelling to Canberra for the national service.
Mufti (March 2015) – Editor
This issue featured articles about Indigenous Australians at war, travel to Vietnam, WWI Centenary Exhibition, Military Memorabilia Online, an interview with Barrie Cassidy about his book, Private Bill, and a liftout for the Cententary of ANZAC Day.
Mufti (December 2014) – Editor
This issue featured articles about the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event; Remembrance Day 2014; an historic recounting of the battle between HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden; and travel to Lord Howe Island.
Mufti (September 2014) – Editor
This issue featured articles including the Spirit of ANZAC prize; Centenary of ANZAC at the Shrine of Remembrance; the 2014 Meritorious Service Medal winners; and the State Conference minutes.
Mufti (June 2014) – Editor
This issue featured articles on the National Vietnam Veterans Museum; changing lives in the Philippines; ANZAC Day 2014; and part two of a travel article from a first-time visitor to the Western Front.
Mufti (March 2014) – Editor
This issue featured articles on Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird VC MG; our youngsters sharing Australia’s military past; the Jessie Mary Vasey Labyrinth at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital; and part one of a travel article from a first-time visitor to the Western Front.
Mufti (December 2013) – Editor and Photographer
This issue featured articles on a national memorial for the Boer War, 2013 Remembrance Day at the Shrine, Naval commemorations in Sydney and World War I nurse Sister Estelle Lee-Archer. I also supplied photographs for Melanie Ball’s article: The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk – Ferntree Gully.
This issue featured articles on veterans’ health and wellbeing, the 2012-2013 Spirit of ANZAC Prize, the Gallipoli Oaks Project, Vietnam Veterans’ Day, the 2013 Meritorious Service Medal winners, a Vietnam commemoration tour for 2015, and the State Conference minutes.
This issue featured articles on ANZAC Day 2013, the opening of Stage 2 of the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour, the new Air Warfare Destroyers currently being fitted out for the Navy, and historic photographs of naval vessels acquired by the Bendigo District RSL Military Museum.
This issue featured articles about Victoria’s rich military history, a pilgrimage to Java by veterans, travel to ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli, and crosses made by Tasmanian children that were laid in Belgium. There is also information on the ANZAC Centenary Gallipoli Commemorations.
This issue featured articles about Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Daniel Keighran, Remembrance Day 2012, and the work of volunteers across the RSL network. I also wrote two articles: highlighting travel programs with Conservation Volunteers Australia and the MasterChef activities program at Vasey RSL Care.
This issue featured articles including a salute to the warhorse, the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, a voyage on the Young Endeavour, examples of modern-day equipment for today’s Defence Force, and an ANZAC tribute train journey from Darwin to Adelaide on The Ghan.
This issue featured articles on Kokoda (70 years on), ANZAC Day in Papua New Guinea, the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, the Australian Forces Overseas Fund, the Australian National Flag Association, and travel to historic Goulburn Valley. One of my photographs appeared with the travel article.
This issue featured articles on the anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, a salute to the late Bruce Ruxton, the Australian Forces Overseas Fund in Afghanistan, Sandakan Death March and Vietnam revisited.
This issue featured articles about how the Australian Defence Force provides humanitarian aid abroad, the 2011 Remembrance Day at the Shrine, a memorial trip to Singapore, the Victorian Veterans Virtual Museum, the Royal Tour of Australia and the ANZAC Day Therapy Centre.
This issue featured articles about Patrick Lindsay’s book Spirit of the Digger, Military History and Heritage Victoria, the annual Seafarers’ Memorial Service, Remembering the fallen at Ypres in Belgium and the Victorian Association of Jewish Ex & Servicemen and Women Australia (VAJEX).
This issue featured articles about how the Australian Defence Force provides help after natural disasters, the Rats of Tobruk, the 2011 ANZAC Day at the Shrine, Exercise Boss Lift in the Solomon Islands and a report from the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.