Rhodesian Services Association Incorporated
 
 

This site was last updated: 25/07/2014
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This is the Rhodesian Services Association Incorporated website, it is being updated and modified as an ongoing process. In addition various domain names for the Rhodesia Regiment also point to this address. In due course there will be a Rhodesia Regiment website in conjunction with the book of the regimental history that is being compiled for the Rhodesian Services Association.

The Rhodesian Services Association Incorporated is an Incorporated Society as well as a Registered Charity under the New Zealand Charities Act 2005. Our registration number is CC25203.  Our details and certificate can be viewed on the Charities Commission website www.charities.govt.nz as well as on the Societies Register www.societies.govt.nz

The purpose of the Association is to provide benefit and education to the community by:

  1. Maintaining, protecting and adding to the collection of memorabilia and artifacts of Rhodesian interest and origin ("the Museum Collection");
  2. Maintain and increase the number of public displays of the Museum Collection;
  3. To assist anyone with an interest in the history of Rhodesia who may wish to study or research it;
  4. Promote attendance to ANZAC Day parades (25th April) throughout New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific;
  5. Promote world wide observation and attendance to Remembrance Day parades (11th November);
  6. Attend to wreath laying at the ANZAC Day parade at Hobsonville Returned Services Association Inc.  each year;
  7. Maintain and promote fellowship between the RhSA Inc. and the Hobsonville Returned Services Association Inc. and the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regimental Association Inc.;
  8. Organise the annual gathering known as the October RV.;
  9. To do anything necessary or helpful to the above purposes.

Our full rules document is PDF file here RhSARules.pdf

We are based in New Zealand and have members throughout the world.  Membership is not restricted to ex services personnel. We welcome anyone who has Rhodesian connection or interest. Subscription is NZ$10 per annum due 1st October each year. To apply please email the Secretary at thesecretary@rhodesianservices.org

Current financial membership 193 (record number); Newsletter subscription - over 2,000 worldwide. Please email the Sec. for payment details

We have a group on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_152017521536350&ap=1

Postal address for communication:
The Secretary, PO Box 13003, Tauranga 3141, New Zealand

The Rhodesian Services Association Inc was formed in New Zealand from a basis of people who served, or whose family served, in forces loyal to Rhodesia.  The aims are to retain record of our history; remember the fallen; honor the brave and to offer moral support and help to former comrades and their families.  The Association provides a focal point for those wishing to make contact with others from all branches of the forces, as well as the nurses, whose contribution has gone largely unrecognized.  Our monthly publication, Contact! Contact! and items of interest are sent out by e-mail.

We have been made welcome and supported by New Zealand, in particular by the Hobsonville Returned Services Association in Auckland and the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regimental Assn Inc. and the Classic Flyers Museum in Tauranga.

On an annual basis we take part in the ANZAC Day parade at Hobsonville.  We are encouraged by our hosts to march as a squad and fly the Rhodesian flag.  We lay a wreath in memory of Rhodesians and then (again with the encouragement of our hosts) have a separate service of our own, dedicated to all Rhodesians and those who served Rhodesia.

In Tauranga, an annual reunion which is known as the October RV takes place at Labour Weekend with the support of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Regimental Assn Inc.  The first RV in 2002 was envisaged to be a one off affair in order to acknowledge those who had been decorated for their bravery and service to Rhodesia.  The Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion (Hauraki) Group was most complimentary of our efforts and the kind of spirit that we represented and insisted that as soldiers, we should have the opportunity to be able to keep safe the record of our country and invited us to form a museum display as part of the unit's history room.  This has been done with funding and contribution from all over the world.  The display was officially opened in April 2003 during a visit to by Lt.  Gen. Peter Walls.  Anyone is welcoming to attend the RV, irrespective of nationality or service to Rhodesia.  The Hauraki Museum and Garrison Club are open to the public every Friday from 16.30 hrs.

In 2006 the Classic Flyers Museum invited us to form a display in their museum on Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui.  This has been done, again with input from all over the world.  Additionally we have been able to purchase and convert a refrigerated container in which to store our growing collection of artifacts that cannot yet be displayed.  This container, known as The Lion's Den, has been installed adjacent to the Classic Flyer's Museum.  Access is by appointment.  Classic Flyer's Museum www.classicflyersnz.com is open daily from 9am - 4pm together with the Avgas Café.

At the inaugural AGM in October 2003 a committee was elected.  The name Rhodesian Services Association and symbol of the Lion & Tusk was adopted signifying the representation of all arms of the forces through out the history of Rhodesia.

  

You can help keep the Green & White flying by making a donation to the Rhodesian Services Association. Below is a picture of our 'Collection Hat'* - click on it and if you are registered with PayPal the process will be immediate. If you are not a PayPal member you will be given instruction on how to make a credit card payment via PayPal.

In New Zealand we are registered with the Inland Revenue as an approved donee organisation and we can receive donations vis the Payroll Giving scheme refer to www.payrollgivinginfo.org.nz for more information.

Thank you - every bit helps.

*This 'Collection Hat' is a typical 1940's - 1950's period slouch hat as used by the Rhodesian Army. We have modified this one to collect donations at our various functions.