THE ORIGINAL RSA
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About The Original RSA
The Original RSA has had many names since it was originally formed in Christchurch as ‘The Returned Soldiers Club’ on 14 December 1915 by the first wounded Veterans returning home from Gallipoli. The most recent being the Christchurch Memorial Returned and Services Association. It is the first and oldest RSA in New Zealand and as such it is the parent of the RNZRSA movement in New Zealand.
The Mission of The Original RSA is to;
Create an RSA motivated by compassion, courage and comittment to the Advocacy and Support of former and serving personnel and their families during transition into civillian life and beyond.
Key Remembrance Dates
ANZAC DAY – 25 April (every year)
- Dawn Service at 06:15am
- Citizens’ Service at 10:00am
Christ Church Cathedral
ARMISTICE DAY- 11 November (every year)
- Open Service at 11:00am
Bridge of Remembrance (river precinct)
We wish to record our sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr Stephen Clarke (military historian) for his efforts and research to write the histories to be found on the following pages of this website.