he National Servicemen’s Association, Fleurieu Sub-Branch History Preservation Project launched at Port Elliot

RESPECT: Member for Finniss David Basham, Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes, founding president of Fleurieu National Servicemen's Association Peter Woods, current president Neil Wilkinson and former state president Brian Roberts.
RESPECT: Member for Finniss David Basham, Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes, founding president of Fleurieu National Servicemen's Association Peter Woods, current president Neil Wilkinson and former state president Brian Roberts.

In 2017 the Committee of the Fleurieu Sub-Branch of the National  Servicemen’s Association decided to collate, document and prepare a pictorial history of the Sub Branch which had been founded in 2002 and received its charter in 2003.

The National Servicemen’s Association, Fleurieu Sub-Branch History Preservation Project was launched on October 12 at the Port Elliot RSL club rooms.  More thyan 60 people were in attendance.

This documented history would become available for presentation at Sub-Branch functions and to the general public through the venue of its Head Quarters, the Port Elliot RSL Club Rooms.

With the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, the Menzies Government introduced National Service for all young men aged 18, for training in the Army, Navy and Air-force.

Between 1951 and 1959 a total of 227000 young men were committed and trained in National Service, 7000 in the Navy, 23,500 in the Air-force and 198,000 in the Army.

The Government  in 1959 decided to discontinue this National Service and in June 1960 all National Servicemen were declared to have been honourably discharged.

With the outbreak of confrontation in Indonesia in 1962 and the Vietnam War Effort, the Australian Government re introduced National Service in 1964 and between 1965 and 1972 men aged 20 were selected by birthday ballot for the Army. 63,735 men were called up for service during this period.

Between 1951 and 1972 a total of  287000 young Australian men were called up for compulsory National Service training and of these 212 died while on active service, 2 in Borneo and 210 in Vietnam. 

The Australian History of National Service is well documented and presented at the National War Museum in Canberra and this Fleurieu Sub-Branch pictorial history will be added to the National War Museum History.

At the launch, Founding President Peter Woods officially launched this History Project at the Port Elliot RSL Clubrooms.

Major sponsors of the project Alexandrina Council and Stockland Reirement Living were also present at the project launch.