Recognition for dedicated RSL service
Words: Ms Fiona Tuck– ACTING DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
A magnificent record of dedicated service to the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) spanning upwards of 60 years was honoured on 9 November, when the Governor of Victoria, Mr Alex Chernov AO QC, presented Jack Allison (’36) with an RSL certificate of appreciation.
Joining the RSL in 1948, Jack became treasurer of the RSL branch now known as Camberwell City in 1955. He probably little imagined then that he would still be in the job well into the 21st century, but that was his destiny: he was to serve continuously as branch treasurer until his retirement in February of this year.
Jack had joined the National Bank (the future NAB) in 1936 straight after leaving school, and three years later enlisted in the AIF, serving in the 2/7 Battalion. He was captured by the Germans and was a prisoner of war in Germany for four years. Repatriated and then demobbed in 1945, Jack returned to the National Bank, serving in various branches and then at head office in Collins Street. He retired from the bank in 1982.
A keen cricketer, Jack played with Camberwell Cricket Club (just across the road from the Camberwell City RSL) from 1947 to 1949.
Jack attended Scotch from 1934 to 1936. Now a sprightly 91 years of age, he lives in Hawthorn East. A great-uncle, Frank Grey, was Dux of Scotch in 1886, and taught Mathematics at the school at the turn of the 20th century.