Royal United Services Institute of Australia

RUSI of Tasmania


RUSI of Tasmania - 94th Anniversary Year


Brief History

The United Service Institute of Tasmania was founded in Hobart in 1924 and a Branch formed in Launceston, in the north of the state, in 1934. Over the years many distinguished Tasmanians served the Institute as Presidents and Committee Members. In the early 1980s a decision was taken to form a State Council and to create a ‘Hobart Branch’ to be on the same footing as the Branch in Launceston.  A new Constitution was drawn up and approved and a State President was appointed to head the State Council.  A State Secretary was also appointed to act as the Executive Officer of the RUSI of Tasmania.   The State Council Consists of those two office bearers plus the two Branch Presidents plus two representatives from each Branch Committee. The ‘Royal’ prefix was granted in 1975 and the Institute incorporated in 2002.  The body is now The Royal United Service Institute of Tasmania Inc. Each Branch is autonomous in the planning and execution of its local program save that the State Council assists with the co-ordination and attendance of interstate speakers and is the conduit between the Branches and the National Body.

The Branches meet as follows:

Launceston:  The third Wednesday in each month (save January and December) and meets at 7.30 pm in the Launceston RSL Club 313, Wellington Street, LAUNCESTON  TAS  7250

Hobart:  The third Thursday in each month (save January and December each year) and meets at 7.00 pm in the Flexible Learning Centre Theatrette in Anglesea Barracks, Davey Street, HOBART  TAS  7000

Both Branches maintain a comprehensive military library with some very valuable books held.  Some DVDs and Video cassettes are held as part of the library service.

RUSI of Tasmania Publications

The RUSI of Tasmania publishes a regular newsletter

The RUSI Gazette Vol 3 - August 2019 is now available

The RUSI Gazette Vol 4 - November 2018

The RUSI Gazette Vol 3 - August 2018

The RUSI Gazette Vol 2 - May 2018

The RUSI Gazette Vol 1- February 2017

The RUSI Gazette Vol 4 - November2016

The RUSI Gazette Vol 15 - September 2015



State President: Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Barnett RFD (Retd)



   State Vice President:  Major Martin Bastick  


State Executive Officer: Squadron Leader Alan Robertson OAM CSM RFD (Retd)

RECENT Events at RUSI of Tasmania

19 October Annual Christmas Breakfast – Officers Mess Anglesea Barracks

RUSI of Tasmania Publications

The RUSI of Tasmania publshes a regular newsletter.

Previous Gazettes are available here  Click below to download

2011 Vol 1 Jul, Vol 2 Nov

2012 Vol 3 Mar, Vol 4 Jul, Vol 5 Nov

2013 Vol 6 Mar, Vol 7 Apr, Vol 8 Aug

2014 Vol 9 Jan, Vol 10 May, Vol 11 Aug, Vol 12 Oct

2015 Vol 13 Jan, Vol 14 May

2016 Vol 4 November 


You can contact RUSI on:

RUSI of Tasmania, Flexible Learning Centre, Anglesea Barracks, HOBART  TAS  7000

Phone at (03) 6237 7181, mobile 0418 545 207, email

The Constitution of the RUSI of Tasmania

The RUSI of Tasmania adopted a new Constitution on 14 May 2012 which will take us into the future with flexibility and capability. It contains up-to-date corporate practises. This was amended 27 February 2013.

The Constitution is here for all members to view and access: download here.

RUSIDSS-A Contact details:
Herbert (Mickey) Michaelis,                    Hon Secretary.                                           Queries on website and membership:

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

Special Thanks: 
The RUSI of Australia gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Defence for its continuing assistance.

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