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All Formed Up: History of Wellington Returned & Services' Association 1916-2007
by Peter Cooke

Hardback, 2008, 231pages, very good condition

The Returned and Services' Association (RSA) has been a significant part of Wellington's social, and at times political structure since 1916. It was founded in April of that year by people who saw a need for welfare, rehabilitation, job-finding and meeting-place services for physically and psychologically wounded soldiers who were beginning to return from overseas service in World War I. This is the story of Wellington RSA's development, heydays, then relative decline, over the next 91 years. The RSA movement has been at the forefront of national debates about welfare, defence, duty, remembrance, sacrifice, welfare and morality. For its membership it has lobbied hard for pensions, land grants, medals, rehabilitation, welfare, disability issues and other rights. It has had strong links with the War Amputees' Association, Disabled Servicemen's Re-establishment League, as well as patriotic and canteen boards, and veterans' homes.

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