Saturday, March 31, 2012

RSL Glenara Motel, Lakes Entrance

RSL Glenara Motel, Lakes EntranceThe Returned & Services League of Australa website describes the organisation evolving as 'a direct result of the camaraderie, concern and mateship shown by the "Diggers" for the welfare of their mates during and after the 1914 - 1918 War. That ethos of compassion and service remains today the motivating influence of the League' .

Today, there are many RSL sub-branches all over Australia working to maintain this aim. Many include restaurants and bistros that are open to the public and usually provide good value old fashioned meals but I haven't, before now, come across an RSL sub-branch/motel combination like the RSL Glenara Motel at Lakes Entrance.

And what a strange looking building it is. Rounded corners, a nice wall to the left of the building, a very interesting tower on the roof and a pair of quite stylish handles at the main entrance.

RSL Glenara Motel, Lakes Entrance

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  1. I've never heard of the RSL running motels. It's an interesting building but much tampered with. The tower is extraordinary.

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    1. I wonder what the story is. Do the RSL just share the space or do they actually run the motel? Are there any more 'RSL Motels' out there?

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    2. Alas, these beautiful doors were removed last year and presumably sent for scrap--murals have since been painted over and slowly this old beauty is modernizing beyond recognition. The main building dates from the mid Sixties and is perhaps the only RSL accommodation available in Victoria.

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    3. The RSL does run the motel as a sub-branch and has done so since approx. 2000. The Crea family founded the /guest house/resort/motel and if you ever stay again be sure to acquire some original postcards of the motel back in its 'hey day' - printed in West Germany!

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  2. There seem to be a number of RSL motels in NSW, although I have not heard of any in Victoria. Have a look at towns like Dubbo, Mittagong, Gosford, Wagga, Mosman etc. Of course the RSL might stand for Rugby or something else totally unrelated to ex-servicemen.

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    1. Thank you very much Helen. The one in Mittagong is certainly an RSL sub-branch.

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  3. I wish I could ever visit this motel. But I live in BD!!!

    Thanks for share.

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    1. It would be an interesting experience.

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