Royal United Services Institute of Australia


RUSI of Queensland


RUSI QLD: What's On

The RUSI Qld holds lecture meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of the months February through to November. All persons in sympathy with the aims of the Institute and all Service Personnel whether serving, in Reserve or Retired are always welcome at RUSI Lectures, irrespective of whether they are members. Guests are most welcome.

Lectures will be at the United Service Club during 2015.  There is parking available behind the club with the entrance off Upper Edward Street.  The Club is a short walk from Central Railway Station.  A cash bar will be open if you require drinks before or after the lecture.  USC dress Standards for the USC should be observed: men: long or short sleeved buttoned shirt, tailored trousers, with business shoes; women: Skirt or pant suit, jacket/blouse with skirt or tailored trousers or a dress. You can register by emailing:rusiq@optusnet.com.au.

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RUSI OF QLD PRESENTATIONS & EVENTS - 2017

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RUSIQ Evening Lecture
Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane
“Railways in World War One:
One part in a much longer Australasian military railways journey.”


Throughout World War One, railways proved to be a crucial logistical part of the war effort for all combatants. Throughout the United Kingdom, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere, railways fed the voracious war machine, but no more so than on the Western Front. In Australia railways supported the war effort from recruitment trains through country and regional areas, troop trains transporting soldiers and nurses to their ports of departure for overseas service (and later, their return), as well as hospital trains, supplies, equipment and the movement of horses.

Part of this experience included the formation of Australian railway units to aid in the critical logistical support on the Western Front. But what is less known is the largely unexplored pre-1914 experience of railways in wars during the nineteenth century. Railways in fact feature in all conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

This presentation explores these and other military rail themes, including the postwar
service of former Western Front narrow gauge veteran Hunslet trains in places such as
Queensland.

Presenters:

Rob Shiels:  Rob is the Collection Manager at The Workshops Rail Museum (TWRM), located in North Ipswich, which is part of the Queensland Museum Network. Since 2012, Rob has also been the Project Manager of the WW1 Western Front veteran narrow-gauge Hunslet train restoration project at TWRM.

Jeff Hopkins-Weise:    Jeff is an historian and curator, specialising in Queensland, Australian, New Zealand and Pacific history. Areas of interest include the role and experience of the British Army in colonial Australia and New Zealand; the trans-Tasman dimensions of Australian involvement in the New Zealand (or Maori) wars of the 1840s and 1860s; and Australasian humanitarianism and memorialisation in association with conflict, the British Army and Royal Navy. Jeff has published a number of articles in learned journals. He co-authored a book with Greg Czechura for the Queensland Museum (2008, 2010 & 2016), A7V Mephisto:

The Last German First World War Tank. Jeff and Greg are currently working on a new book for the Queensland Museum about Mephisto.

To register to attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to rwghume@bigpond.com, by close of business, Monday, 13 November 2017.

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)
Please note: Change of Date; Altered RSVP arrangements.

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RUSIQ LECTURE
Wednesday 15th November 2017
R.U.S.I Hall, Victoria Bks -1200 for 1245 hrs
Today’s Fire and Emergency Services in QLD – under one banner at last.

Presented by: Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM

Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) was established as a department on 1 November 2013 and sits within the public safety portfolio, under the Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services.
QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and the State Emergency Service (SES).

Through Service Agreements, QFES also supports other emergency response volunteer organisations/agencies including Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), Royal Life Saving Society Queensland (RLSSQ), Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) and Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland (VMRAQ).
Each organisation had its unique area of operation and culture. Many of these organisations also have their workforce profile changing dramatically, while the volunteer organisations have had to manage a declining community volunteer ethos. Commissioner Carroll and her leadership team have strived to bring these organisations together despite the myriad of challenges.

While every Queensland summer has the potential severely test the impact resistance of our state’s infrastructure and our emergency response capability, 2018 also brings the challenges of the Commonwealth Games to South East Queensland. No doubt QFES is preparing for the worst, while continuing the process of change.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: Victoria Barracks remains at a heightened level of security and all visitors must be registered with the Base Security Office. Therefore, if you wish to attend this lunch time lecture, please advise your intention to attend to the RUSIQ Office, preferably no later than Wednesday 8 March, preferably by email. RUSIQ has limited volunteer staff numbers in the office. Late registrations may be left on the RUSIQ telephone.
On the lecture day please park inside the Barracks and proceed directly to the registration desk inside the RUSI Hall.
Email: rusiq@optusnet.com.au
Telephone: Secretary: 0411 511 369


Commissioner Carroll joined the Queensland Police Service in 1983 and worked in various roles early in her career including Detective work, a Commission of Inquiry, Criminal Investigation Branches, the Joint Organised Crime Task Force and the Covert Unit.
She undertook a number of senior roles throughout Queensland and, in 2010, was promoted to Assistant Commissioner. In 2012 she undertook the role of Program Executive, G20 Group where she planned and was the Operations Commander for Australia’s largest peacetime security operation.
In January 2015 Katarina was appointed as the Interim Commissioner of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and was permanently appointed to the position in August 2015. The QFES is the primary provider of fire and rescue, emergency management and disaster mitigation programs and services throughout Queensland, and includes Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service.
Commissioner Carroll has several tertiary qualifications including an Executive Masters in Public Administration, a Degree in Criminology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management. She has achieved numerous international, national and State awards, including the Australian Police Medal and more recently the national Telstra Business Women’s Award for Government and Academia. Katarina was also named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ in 2015. She is married with two teenage children.

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RUSIQ
Military Modelling Special Interest Group
“Diorama Unveiling”, and End of Year Function

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 1900hrs,
RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

We are about to unveil our third diorama. If you didn’t make it into the Hall to see the first two, you will only be able to see the “Beersheba” diorama in photographs (they are on the “Qld” section of the RUSI National website)
As with both previous occasions, we will not be revealing the title, or theme of the new diorama until it is unveiled!

We can disclose that it is also a WWI, Arabian Campaign Diorama.

In addition to the unveiling, we will also be discussing some additional events for 2018, and our proposed “Education” programme

To register to attend this function, please phone Mr Bob Hume on 0409 49 82 11, or email to rwghume@bigpond.com, by close of business Monday, 27 November 2017

Registration is essential for Security and Catering purposes

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security
The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)
Please note: Change of Date; Altered RSVP arrangements.