The Riverton RSL Sub Branch is perhaps one of the smallest in South Australia but was identified, along with the Port Pirie and Peterborough Sub Branches, as being dynamic and community focused and therefore able to attract membership and continue to provide our core purpose, this being veteran support. We strongly believe in involving the youth of our district by active liaison with the local Primary and High Schools providing students the opportunity to research and present their findings, to the general public, on occasions such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, we also conduct a commemorative observance for Long Tan Day (Vietnam Veterans) and create each year, just prior to ANZAC Day, the Field of Remembrance comprising over 300 white crosses each bearing a personal tribute. Our special project at the moment is the Military Memorabilia Collection (known as the museum project) which commenced its development from a quite modern storage area in 2019 and funded by successful community grant applications to the Dept of Veterans Affairs and the Clare & Gilbert Valley Council. The display items will start to be curated in early 2020 and be open to the public later in the year on a regular basis. This collection will also be part of the Riverton History Group which will have special 'open' days during the year.
We celebrated our 100th anniversary in September 2019, which in itself is a remarkable turn around, in that a few years ago this Sub Branch was about to be closed due to the aging and frail nature of the membership at that time. The arrival of new members averted this potentially sad conclusion to some 95 years of service to the community. We have since gone from strength to strength and have been able to reinvigorate our position as a viable and important part of the Riverton and district civic structure.