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 interested 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 are held at RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane and the Telephone No is 07 4233 4420. 

Attendees are required to advise by:

Email , texting 0411 511 369 or telephone 07 3233 4420.

This is a security requirement for entry to Victoria Barracks.

Parking on site is available.




RUSIQ Evening Lecture
Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

“Animals on War:
Since ancient times man has used animals to assist him in waging war.”

Most Australians are familiar with the contribution which horses made to our war effort, especially during World War I. But, can you name any other animals which played major roles in that conflict?

Our presenter, Mr Nigel Allsop, won’t be restricting himself to WWI, or to just Australia, he will be looking at the role of animals in warfare, (from insects to Elephants) throughout history. This promises to be a fascinating, informative and entertaining presentation, not to be missed.

Presenter: Mr Nigel Allsop is an acknowledged authority on animal behaviour and training. He has served on both the New Zealand and Australian Armed Forces (including deployments), in Zoos and Animal Parks throughout the world, and is currently serving in the Queensland Police Service Nigel is the author of seven acclaimed books on Animal behaviour, training and exploits. He is also the founder of Australian War Animals Memorial Organisation, which deserves a lecture in its own right!
To register to attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to, by close of business, Monday, 05 February 2018

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: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes.






Tues 28 November - Military Modelling Special Interest Group  - “Diorama Unveiling”, and End of Year Function

Wed 15 November - Commissioner Katarina Carroll APM -"Today’s Fire and Emergency Services in QLD – under one banner at last."

Tues 31 October - Captain Adele Catts - “The Charge at Beersheba and its context”

Wed 18 October -Captain Adele Catts -   “The Australian Light Horse in WWI”

Tues 10 October - Military Modelling Special Interest Group - "Say Farewell to the Beersheba Diorama"

Wed 13 September -
Captain David Hayward (Retd):
"The Sovereignty Dispute in the South China Sea - Economic Considerations for the Military & Economic Security of Australia."

Tues 5 September - Diane Melloy: "The Boys of Brisbane Grammar School, Soldiers of the Queen and the King, to the Boer War and to the Great War."

Wed 23 August - Major Matthew Marcinkewycz: "The Modern IED Threat" Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a pervasive threat on the asymmetric battleground.

Tues 1 August - Lieutenant Colonel Rick Maher: “Gallantry –v- Leadership, a comparison of these attributes, using the careers of three Allied Aviation VC Winners: The Western Front, 1916 to 1918.”



The Light Horse Charge at Beersheba,

31 October 1917

The Diorama: