Royal United Services Institute of Australia

RUSI of Queensland



The aim of the Institute is to promote informed debate, and to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security. The Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) Queensland was founded in Brisbane in 1892 under the presidency of Major General John Fletcher Owen, Commandant, Queensland Defence Force. The organisation centred on improving the education of Service Officers by promoting the study of strategic and defence matters. The RUSI of Queensland is a Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia.



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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, 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.


The RUSIQ Newsletter "The Brisbane Line" is now available on line on the main RUSIDSS-A web page.

Click the link below to download previous editions:


Click here to download a copy of the November 2016 edition

Click here to download a copy of the August 2016 edition

Click here to download a copy of the June 2016 edition

Click here to download a copy of the March 2016 edition


Click here to download a copy of the November 2015 edition.




Tues 28 November - RUSIQ 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 14 November - Rob Shiels and Jeff Hopkins-Weise - “Railways in World War One:
One part in a much longer Australasian military railways journey.”

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.”


24 November, Emeritus Professor Kay Saunders, AM, Honorary Research Affiliate University of Queensland Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies spoke on: The Dislocation between the Reality and the Current Perceptions of the History of World War 1

17 November CMDR Dugald Clelland, RAN, Commander, Australian Navy Recruit Training School spoke on: Recruit Training in the RAN

20 October, LTCOL Arrn Hassell, CO ADF School of Intelligence spoke on: Australia’s Contribution to Afghanistan A Personal Journey

30 September, CAPT Bob Hume RFD RANR spoke on The Siege of Tsingtao - seen through Australian Eyes,

16 September, LTCOL Michael Reade, MBBS, MPH, DPhil(Oxon), FANZCA, FCICM gave: A Vision for the Next 20 Years of Combat Casualty Care in the ADF

19 August, BRIG Patrick McIntosh AM CSC (Retd), spoke on: The Rwanda Experience

15 July - Supt Brian Hay & Snr Sgt Kylie Rigg of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group spoke on: Personal Cyber Security & Preventive Measures

1 July - CAPT Richard Arundel, RAN spoke on: The Sydney/Emden Battle

17 June - MAJGEN Stuart Smith, DSC, AM, Commander HQ 1st Division / DJFHQ delivered: The 2015 Blamey Oration

3 June - WGCDR Jonathan McMullan, CO 5 Flight spoke on: The Development of a UAV Capability for the Defence of Australia

20 May, AIRCDRE Scott Winchester, CMDR CSG RAAF Amberlel spoke on The Air Force of Today & Tomorrow

6 May, CAPT Bob Hume RFD, RANR spoke on: War Cruise of the SMS EMDEN

18 February, Acting Assistant Commissioner Graham Coleman spoke on The Success and Lessons of the G20 Brisbane 2014

28 NovPresident’s Annual Christmas Lunch – Women’s College UQ

15 October: GPCAPT Glen Braz – Director Growler Transition Office spoke on: EM Spectrum Operations to Support Joint Effects

17 SeptemberAGM following Monthly Lecture Program: MAJ Greg McMahon speaking on: Retaining the Strategic Edge – A Contribution to the Warspace Model Major Greg McMahon is National Director of Adair Leadership Australia.

20 August . Air Vice-Marshal Kym Osley AM CSC spoke on: The F35 – A Game Changer For Defence.

2 August, RUSIQ conducted a most successful Military & Veterans' Health Seminar: PTSD and the Australian Military: Perspectives, Puzzles and Pathways Forward RUSI Qld, in partnership with the University of Queensland Centre for Australian Military and Veterans’ Health delivered the seminar.

31 July : RUSIQ was invited by the Defence Expert Panel to conduct a public discussion session on: Defence 2015 White Paper

16 July : RADM Ken Doolan AO (Retd), National President RSL spoke on: Perspectives on Australian Defence Policy

18 June : Mr Bob Wurth, accomplished author spoke on: The Battle for Australia

21 May: Asst Com Katarina Carroll, APM spoke on: Security for the G20 Meeting in Brisbane

16 April : GPCAPT Graeme Peel AM CSC MBBS DAvMed spoke on International Humanitarian response to disasters

19 March : Mr Paul Johnstone spoke on Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar and Missile capabilities

19 Feb :  LT COL John Mayer, USMC DJFHQ/1DIV spoke on Amphibiosity – A comparison of amphibious operations in the ADF and the USMC

20 Nov  COL Wendy Taylor, Colonel Commandant RAANC spoke on Veils, Boots and Bullets – Australian Military Nurses

16 Oct  LTCOL Markus Ludwig HQ 1 DIV/DJFHQ spoke on The Role and Responsibilities of HQ 1 DIV/DJFHQ

18 Sep  GPCAPT Geof Harland, CSC, - Officer Commanding No 82 Wing spoke on The Super Hornet, followed by the RUSIQ AGM at 1430.

17 July  Commander Ian Bray spoke on Collins: The Real Facts and where the Submarine Force is headed with future submarines. CMDR Bray is the Operational Requirements Manager in the US & Aust Joint Program Office.

19 June  Colonel Kerry Gallagher, AM (Ret'd) spoke on: 'The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam'

15 May , Emeritus Professor Bill Caelli AO spoke on: 'Cyber Warfare and NATO's Tallinn Manual'  

17 April  Colonel David Burke, Commander Army Aviation Centre at Oakey spoke on: 'A Training Paradigm for Generation Y with special Reference to Army'

20 March  Esteemed members CAPT Richard Arundel RAN (Retd) and CAPT Robert Hulme RANR spoke on: The Naval Brigade and Sir William Cresswell: Their Place in History

20 February  SQNLDR John Jenkins, XO 5 Flight RAAF Amberley spoke on 'The Operational Role of the Heron UAV'.

21 November  Mr Greg Beer of Emergency Management Queensland spoke on: Helicopter Rescue and the South East Queensland Floods of Summer 2010-11

17 October  Dr Cuong Trong Buy, OAM spoke at RUSI Hall on: Border Security – Asylum Seekers: Past and Present Solutions

12 September  Mr Peter Nunan spoke on: To the Depths and Up - Brisbane, Early 1943. Mr Nunan is an Author and Military Historian. Peter has had a number of magazine articles, mainly on maritime subjects, published in Australia and the United States.

22 August  Mr Peter Flexman, President Milne Bay Military Museum in Toowoomba spoke on: The Battle of Milne Bay

21 July We held a Seminar organised jointly with the MacArthur Museum to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of General MacArthur in Brisbane.  The seminar theme was: Douglas MacArthur – Agent of Change

18 July Major General Rick Burr DSC AM MVO, Commander 1st Division spoke on: Australia’s Emerging Amphibious Capability

In May  Mr Brett Worsley, DMO Director Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Project spoke on: The Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Capability


Membership Subscriptions: Annual Membership Renewal are due on 1 July. You are requested to forward your payment together with advice to confirm your address details.  Unfinancial members will not receive copies of the RUSI Quarterly. Payments may be made by Electronic Transfer to our bank account: Heritage Building Society,  BSB 638-070,  Account No. 12221384. If you do so, please include your name in the bank transfer details.

Administration: All members are requested to advise us of their Email address if they actively use one.  This will help us to advise them of our activities throughout the year and save on the amount of postage and telephone calls.

The RUSIQ office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday of each week from 0930 to 1500.  The building and the Library will be open and staffed by our committee members or volunteer staff during these times.  Messages may be left anytime on the phone numbers or the email address. The Secretary may be contacted as follows:

Mr Rick Jeffreys OAM
Victoria Barracks Brisbane

Tel:   0421 667 629
Fax: (07) 3233 4545

Joining RUSI of Qld

You can join the RUSI of Queensland on-line by completing the online Membership Application Form (see top-left box). Or you can complete a form and send to the Secretary.

Click here to download RUSIQ Rules

Click here to download a RUSIQ Membership Form.

RUSI of QLD Library

The RUSI of Qld Library has about 8000 books and other resources specialised in military history, general history, defence and national security matters.  Access to Library resources is free to members. Please contact the Secretary for access details. To see the list of library books held by the RUSIQ:

Click here for a copy of holdings sorted by Author

Click here for a copy sorted by Title

RUSI of QLD Publications

The new RUSIQ Bi-Mounthly Newsletter "The Brisbane Line" is now available.

Click here to download a copy.

Previous Newsletters are available here Click below to download 

2013 Vol 1 Issue 1 Apr , Issue 2 Jun , Issue 3 Aug , Issue 4 Oct

2014 Vol 2 Issue 1 Feb , Issue 2 Apr , Issue 3 Jun , Issue 4 Aug

2015 Vol 3 Issue 1 Apr , Issue 2 Jun, Issue 3 Aug , Issue 4 Nov

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

Mail address: 
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