Upwey Belgrave RSL

Upwey Belgrave RSL is a traditional, non-gaming, RSL Sub-Branch nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.

Everybody is welcome to visit & memberships are available. 
You do not need to have served in the Armed Forces to join us.

About The Upwey Belgrave RSL

The Upwey Belgrave RSL is a unique and traditional RSL Sub-branch, at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, championing the ANZAC spirit of mateship and compassion.  

We are  also an integral part of the Upwey Community. We are a family-friendly club, with no poker machines, lots of outdoor areas including a children’s play area. All members of the community are welcome, including those who have not served in the Armed Services. 

The RSL is overseen by a volunteer Committee of Management, who are elected by members on an annual basis. Any member is welcome to nominate for the Committee for Management and participation is encouraged. The RSL is run 97% by volunteers front of house, back of house, administration, finance, member services and so much more.

The RSL also supports local music, and with artists and bands playing live and free every Weekend. Special music and social functions are also held throughout the year.

Family Bistro
Poppies, the club’s bistro is a great venue serving a variety of meals to suit all tastes including traditional RSL favourites. All dishes are prepared and cooked completely in house, by our wonderful Chef Matt, ably assisted by his competent team. We aim to cater for a range of allergies, intolerances and choices. The bistro celebrates many commemorative occasions and also caters for private functions.

Running Rabbits Military Museum
The “Running Rabbits Military Museum” is the only RSL museum fully accredited by Museums Australia, with artefacts from the Boer War through to Afghanistan & Iraq and the peacekeeping efforts in many parts of the world.

Disability Access
For those who can’t cope with steps there is a small ramp near the front door.  For those who use wheelchairs or walkers, there is flat access to the clubrooms, the Poppies Restaurant, the bar and the Quarterdeck from the rear driveway. Families and tour groups can get together and enjoy themselves in any of these and other areas quite simply. There is no parking immediately to this area but is very suitable for a drop-off / pick up area.

Opening Hours
Monday (Bar) 3pm – 6:00pm
Tuesday (Bar) 3pm -6:00pm
Wednesday 3pm – late
Thursday 3pm – late
Friday 3pm – late
Saturday 12.30- late
Sunday 12.00-5:00pm 

Upwey Belgrave RSL Parakeet

Our newsletter so called as Parakeet is an Australian Army mobile battlefield communication system. 

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Veteran Support

RSL Victoria is here to provide assistance and support to past and present service personnel and their families.
Importantly you do not have to be a member of the RSL to receive assistance from RSL Victoria; you only have to be a current or former member of the Australian Defence Force, our Allies, or a dependent of either group.

Running Rabbits Museum

The Running Rabbits Military Museum is located at the Upwey-Belgrave RSL and has been named in recognition of Kokoda Campaign.
The Museum displays weaponry, documents and equipment from the Boer War through WWI and WWII to the current day. 
There are over 2,500 items of memorabilia, photographs and artefacts on display and a library of books and magazines available. There are some major items on display in and outside the Museum. The Museum will educate and entertain all ages and take them on an emotional journey through time.

Commemorative Services

Commemorative Services are held for ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day. 

The Returned and Services League, Australia (RSL)

The Returned and Services League, Australia (RSL)
The Returned and Services League, Australia (RSL) is a support organisation for men and women who have served or are serving in the Defence Force. The RSL’s mission is to ensure that programs are in place for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-service Defence Force members and their dependents; and promote Government and community awareness of the need for a secure, stable and progressive Australia. The RSL was formed in June 1916 by troops returning from WWI with the purpose of preserving the spirit of mateship formed amidst the carnage and horror of battle, to honour the memory of the fallen and to help each other whenever required.

RSL Network

The Victorian RSL network has Sub Branches located in every Local Government Area in the State. These RSL Sub Branches range in size from large licensed Club operations providing a wide range of hospitality options including food, beverage and entertainment through to smaller non-licensed Sub Branches providing traditional welfare support to RSL members. This ethos of compassion and service remains today as the motivating influence of the League.  The core mission has not changed and has continued to evolve to meet the needs of each generation of servicemen and women in Australia. We advocate for the best possible conditions for our serving men and women and for those who have served the Nation in the past.  We foster respect and thanks from the Nation for all those who have made sacrifices in Australia’s name and we provide a strong voice on issues of national unity and security.

What We Do

The RSL was founded in 1916 to provide comradeship and support to Australia’s veterans and their families  
Our Mission: To provide the best possible support & services to all generations of Veterans in Victoria.
Our Vision: Every Veteran in Victoria is respected & supported, together with their families.
Our Values: Empathy, Tradition, Integrity, Mateship, Transparency, Compassion, Respect
Our Role: 
  • Policy development and public advocacy on behalf of the League
  • Promote, protect and shape the reputation and public perceptions of the League Communications
  • Deliver and lead Veteran services
  • Commemoration
  • Governance, compliance and risk management leadership
  • Fundraising
  • Sub-Branch and member support and advice
  • Authorise the establishment and dis-establishment of Victorian Sub-Branches
  • Leadership in living the values and culture of the League

We are a community organisation and our community support is wide and varied including:
  • Local sporting groups and clubs
  • Educational institutions with grants and scholarships
  • Emergency services with equipment and funding
  • Health and aged care
  • Kindred organisations such as Legacy
  • Other mainstream charities doing great work across Victoria.