Royal United Services Institute of Australia

RUSI of Victoria



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The aim of the Royal United Services Institute of Victoria (RUSI of Victoria) is to encourage the discussion of National Security and Defence matters, and to improve public awareness and understanding of such matters.

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RUSI of Victoria

Brief History

The Royal United Services Institute of Victoria (RUSI Vic) is an educational organisation that aims to promote the discussion of Defence and National Security matters by our Members and Visitors and through them, by the Public at large, in order to improve the level of awareness and understanding of National Security throughout the general population of Australia.

The Institute was formed in 1890 by Major General Alexander Tulloch, a British officer, who was the Military Commandant of the Colony of Victoria at that time. It was based on the Royal United Service Institution in London, of which he was a member, and had similar aims, namely to educate junior military officers and to increase public awareness and understanding of defence issues. Similar Institutes were started in the other Colonies and States, subsequently federated as a National Institute with the formation of RUSI of Australia in 1974. The constituent entities, however, continue as independent sovereign bodies and are the principal part of the organisation.

Our main activity is the regular monthly address on an aspect of Defence or National Security by a speaker who is an expert on that subject and often pre-eminent in his or her field of knowledge. These addresses are arranged to cover a variety of interesting topics, both military and civil, pertaining to the land, sea and air environments, with emphasis on the subject chosen, whether it be on policy, equipment, science, strategy, tactics, personnel or perhaps, history. As an Institute, we do not hold a position on any matter, but aim to provide our speakers with a platform from which to explain and promote their subjects, in order to interest and inform our Members and their Visitors.

We have an excellent Library on Defence and National Security, with about 12,000 publications, many of which are rare or unavailable elsewhere. The Library is fully catalogued using the Dewey system, but is not yet on line. Our Newsletter is posted to members each quarter and we also distribute ‘United Service’, the Journal published by RUSI of New South Wales.   

Our Rooms and Library are open to both Members and Visitors. We always welcome non-members who may wish to use the Library, or to attend any of our regular lunchtime addresses from 1200 until 1300, usually held in the Ground Floor Auditorium, Defence Plaza, 661 Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the last Thursday of the month.  Please telephone the Secretary for an appointment and to arrange access to the building, where a photo ID card, such as a driving licence, will be required.

An early Secretary of the Victorian Institute was Captain John Monash, later General Sir John Monash (Click here for more information).

RUSIDSS-A Contact details:
Peter McDermott, Company Secretary. Herbert (Mickey) Michaelis,  National Support Manager.                                            Queries on website and membership:

Mail address: 
CP3-1-155 PO Box 7912 CANBERRA BC ACT 2610. Telephone: 02 6266 3446.

Special Thanks: 
The RUSIDSS-A gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.

Queries on website and membership: 
Our major sponsor, Rolls-Royce Australia, underwrites the production of this website.

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