It is assumed that there are some 10,000 serving or former members who have served with 4 RAR in all its roles either as 4 RAR, 4 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) or 4 RAR (Cdo). All of these serving or former members of 4 RAR regardless of time in service, rank, role or employment are considered Associate Members of the 4 RAR Association, Qld Inc unless of course they are financial ordinary members of the Qld or any other 4 RAR state association. This was an acknowledgement initiated by the original 4 RAR Association in 1985 which included members residing in all states and overseas. This was later changed to those members residing in Qld, Tasmania, the Northern Territory overseas or elsewhere by request, with the advent of other state associations being formed in later years.
Our membership is aimed at former members of 4 RAR and 4 RAR (Cdo). 2/4 RAR now have an association in Qld but we still offer an invitation to those former members of 2/4 RAR to join with us.
Membership Fees Introduced
The Association membership continued to grow from 1985 and in accordance with the decision at the raising of the Association, did not charge membership fees; quoting the maxim that those who served or who are serving in 4 RAR have already paid their dues by serving both the Battalion and Australia.
That ideal continued for 24 years until the Annual General Meeting of 2009 resolved unanimously to regrettably, commence to charge a small membership fee of $20 per year with discounts for up to three year memberships. Up until then, operating and administrative finances were largely gained from raffles, donations and personal contributions from incumbent committee members.
The members at the 2013 AGM, resolved to raise the membership fees
as at 01 July 2014 to $30 per annum with no discounts offered.
are now payable on 01 July annually.
Application forms are available by contacting the Association Secretary or from Bob Meehan OAM (LM) at the 4 RAR Museum Annex at The Gold Coast War Museum, Mudgeeraba Qld.
The Membership Roll
In 2010, it was decided that the 4 RAR Assoc, Qld Inc required a dedicated team to maintain the State Nominal Rolls in order to respond to membership applications and acceptances and to maintain the recording, amending and retrieval of the rolls. Laurie Case and Peter Horn gratefully accepted the task. Peter Horn unfortunately died only a few months later in November
Prior to taking his discharge from the Army as a WO1, Laurie, was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for his contribution
to music within the ARA but soon after, he developed cancer and died in September 2012. The role of Membership Officer has changed hands
a few times since but the Qld Association membership rolls are still being maintained.