Tom Edminstone’s mother Effie (pictured with his father Alex) will be honoured as the “driving force” behind the RSL hall in a 60th anniversary ceremony today at the Emu Park RSL.
Tom Edminstone’s mother Effie (pictured with his father Alex) will be honoured as the “driving force” behind the RSL hall in a 60th anniversary ceremony today at the Emu Park RSL. NIKITA WATTS

Effie honoured as driving force

A CONVERSATION with Effie Edminstone at the Emu Park Post Office would cost you a few shillings during the depression.

Mrs Edminstone was determined to fundraise for and be fully involved with every aspect of the community, but she was a busy woman – working around the clock sorting mail when it came by rail each night and working in the post office by day.

It was her determination not to accept defeat with a project she had her heart set on that saw the Emu Park RSL hall come into existence on December 17, 1949.

And at 1.30pm today she will be honoured at the 60th anniversary of the Emu Park RSL in Emu Street.

Speaking to The Morning Bulletin yesterday, her son Tom, who has lived in Emu Park for most of his life, said she was the “main driving force” behind the RSL hall and it was her personality and charm that won people over.

“She thought of getting their own building...the RSL had nothing,” he said.

“She had the motivation for it and did all the pushing and shoving.”

During the war years, entirely through her efforts, Emu Park almost never failed to secure a Government Security Loan.

In 1945 the decision to erect a memorial hall was made at a meeting of the Emu Park RSL Sub-Branch, which was formed in 1935 with Mrs Edminstone’s husband Alex as secretary and foundation member.

With a balance of only 22 pounds, fundraising for the project was an urgent matter, so the ladies committee, consisting of Mrs Edminstone and two others, became active on behalf of the sub-branch.

By March 1946, the ladies were known as the Emu park RSL Ladies Auxiliary and the bank balance stood at 514 pounds.

They voted to buy a building that had been damaged in a recent cyclone and remove it to the Emu Street site.

Though it has had some modifications that same building still stands on the site.



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