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The Townsville RSL Library houses an extensive collection of resources specialising in Australian military history. The collection is predominantly non-fiction and includes official histories, personal memoirs and battalion histories. Persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Opening Hours

Generally the library is open from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. A professional librarian is available on Tuesday and Friday to assist with difficult search queries, including family military histories. On occasions the library is unavailable due to meetings; therefore if you are travelling from a distance please telephone to check availability. The library is closed on public holidays and weekends.

Contact Details

Ph: 07 4759 9536
Fax: 07 4772 4176

Library Borrowings

The library is open to all interested readers, researchers and students. People who are not members of the RSL must sign in as a visitor and abide by the liquor licensing provisions. Patrons are able to borrow items for upwards of three weeks, with extensions allowed. A small number of items are only available for perusal within the library and are not for loan.


The library welcomes donations of resources so long as they fit in with the collection development policy. If you are keen to make a donation, come and discuss it with our librarian. All donors must agree that any donated items become the property of the Townsville RSL and can be used or discarded as the library sees fit.

Collection Development

Final approval and responsibility for selecting and acquiring resources will be with the librarian. All acquisitions, both purchased and donated, must meet the stated goals of the library. The library aims to collect resources across a variety of formats such as books, magazines and DVD’s.

The order of priority for selection of resources is as follows:

Townsville and North Queensland military activitiesAustralian military activitiesBritish, American and other allied military activitiesEnemy military activities

Useful links

Army History Unit

Australian War Memorial

Australian Defence Force Library

National Archives of Australia – Defence Collection

National Library of Australia

Nominal Rolls
World War I:
World War II:
Roll of honour:


(07) 4759 9500

139 Charters Towers Rd,
Hermit Park QLD 4812