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Otahuhu Returned Services Association (RSA) Collection

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Otahuhu Returned Services Association (RSA) Collection


Otahuhu Returned Services Association (RSA)

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The Otahuhu Returned Soldiers’ Club was founded in 1925 with the Reverend C.B. Seaton elected as President. The organisation was registered on the 8th of January 1929.
On the 26th June 1934 the name was changed from the Otahuhu Returned Soldiers’ Club to the Otahuhu and District Returned Soldiers’ Association.

In 1945 the RSA had premises in Avenue Road. They later moved to 14 Queen Street, Otahuhu and then to the corner of Park Avenue and Queen Street, Otahuhu.. The women’s section had a serving President from 1946 onwards. The Otahuhu RSA closed on the 31st August 2003 and became a subsection of the Otahuhu Workingmen's and Cosmopolitan Club.

Past members of the Otahuhu RSA include Messrs R.V. Closey; P. Cooke; R.C, Doherty; L.W. Lovett; S. Anderson; J. Tester; Reverend K.A.C. Mountjoy; J.H. Walsh; F. Burgess; F. Boyle; W.D. Rivett; H.R. Garland; Mesdames D. Lyes; M. Greenall; M.G. King; S. Davison; A. Craft; R. Verral; M. Lipsham; U.E. Sullivan; J. Moore and many others.

Collection items include:

Vertical file drawer
1. Membership lists, 1991; 1998
2. Architectural plans for RSA building extensions (no date)
3. Membership card
4. Membership applications, c1990s
5. Black and white, and colour photographs
6. Assorted loose-leaf ephemera relating to the running of the Otahuhu RSA
7. Booklet, The Importance of Gallipoli on the Development of New Zealand’s
National Identity: Winning Essays, 30 March 2000
8. Otahuhu Returned Services Association Women’s Section Journal, lists members, honorary members and life members, and Women Section’s song
9. Otahuhu RSA Visitors Book 2001
10. Otahuhu RSA Visitors Book 2002
11. Otahuhu RSA Minute Book, 1994-1996
12. Otahuhu RSA Inc. Minute Book, 1970-1982
13. Otahuhu RSA Inc. Minute Book, 1985-1995

Black wooden cupboard, Office
14. Otahuhu Returned Services Association Championship Trophies 1990 to 2002, six wooden trophies for darts competitions won by members of the Otahuhu Returned Services Association. Includes trophies for both the men’s and women’s competitions.
Names include: J. Moses; N. Pugh; Ngatoa; F. Waaka; M. Tauevihi; M. Harris; D. Bradshaw; B. Graydon; U. Tauevihi; D. Manukau; A. Isaia; M. Guptill; A. Rissetto; M. Te Moni; B. Tauroa; D. Ben; B. Pouwhare; K. Kaniseli; C. Hunia and others.
15. One wooden trophy for billiards competitions played between Swanson and Otahuhu from 1991 to 1997.
16. Four small New Zealand flags on plastic sticks and two flags unattached.
17. One framed glass wall plaque from the Returned Services League Australia.

Dates covered:

1934 - 2002



Physical characteristics:

1.- 4. Papers loose-leaf and clipped together, good condition 5. One compiled collection of photographs, four loose photographs framed or mounted, good condition 6. Papers loose-leaf, includes brochures, certificate, newspaper clippings, photographs. 7. A4 printed booklet, excellent condition 8. Good condition 9. Red cover, 270mm x 210mm 10. Black cover, 160mm x 210mm 11. 310mm x 270mm. Black A4 folder, 12. 330mm x 270mm. Brown leather spine and corners with red and gold label; dark red cover, blue patterned end pages, marbled page edges. Multiple pages of typed meeting minutes sellotaped in. Poor repair. 13. 330mm x 270mm. Brown leather spine and corners with red and gold label; dark red cover, red marbled end papers, damage caused by sellotape, poor condition. 14.-15. Seven large wooden trophies 500mm x 500mm 16. Six cloth flags of New Zealand, 4 attached to original handles. 17. One glass framed wall plaque, 300mm x 20mm, glass cover incorrectly positioned, condition, very good.

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