About Us

About Us

Our records indicate that the Oakleigh RSL Sub Branch was formed sometime in 1917 and almost immediately the committee set out to find a permanent home for the sub branch.

Shortly afterwards, they negotiated with the State Government of the day to lease land at 95-97 Drummond Street, Oakleigh to house the Sub Branch.

Once the lease was secured, the committee set about completing plans to erect premises and which was to include a hall to provide entertainment, a common occurrence back in the early part of the 19th century.

By 1922 the building was complete and the Sub Branch had a permanent home to provide veterans and their families a place to meet and enjoy the qualities of mateship, self reliance and a community involvement.

As the years evolved, so too did the Sub Branch and in 2001 poker machines were introduced into clubs in Victoria and the Sub Branch took up the option of putting 22 into the front room of the building. This required the members bar to be relocated to its present position.

The Sub Branch prospered over the initial years of having poker machines on the premises; however this was to be short lived as the Government opened the poker machine market up to other players. Some 240 extra machines were located within 500 metres of the Sub Branch.

The effect of this was to take away the majority of the players to other local venues, which severely impacted upon our income and profitability. By 2006 it was evident that the Sub Branch was going backwards at an alarming rate and together with Anzac House decided to remove the machines.

During 2006 the RSL as whole was undergoing a huge rationalisation and following urgings of Anzac House they negotiated a merger of the Carnegie and Oakleigh Sub Branches which became our present corporate identity known as “Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Sub-Branch Inc”.

During this interim period the Victorian Jazz Club returned to its original home which dated back to the 1940’s and once again the hall was alive with the “Sound of Music”. They have since moved on to Clayton RSL.

Caravan Music Club have now filled that musical void and are utilising the hall on a regular basis, providing top class musical acts and together with the Onion Patch Bistro have assisted in lifting the profile of the Oakleigh-Carnegie RSL Sub Branch.

Our Vision

To be the best traditional RSL in the state by upholding the traditions set by our forefathers in forging our national identity and providing mate ship, self-reliance and selflessness.

Our Mission

To support the wellbeing and betterment of our members, former and serving members of the ADF and their dependents with the provision of welfare and commemorative services and to the worthy needs of the broader local community.

About Us

t Oakleigh Carnegie RSL, we pride ourselves on offering quality food and world class entertainment for the mature audience.

Relax in our member’s bar or soak up the sun in our private and spacious beer garden. Enjoy the highest quality  produce and ingredients hosted by John and Sue in Onion Patch Bistro. Experience the best in local and overseas entertainment provided by Peter Foley and the Caravan Music Club.

We are proud to be one of the last RSL clubs in Victoria to provide a warm and friendly environment, without the distraction of gaming machines.

Members and guests are welcome to enquire about private functions, as well as seminars and corporate events. We are proud to achieve all of this, whilst being an integral part of the local community, regularly supporting local charities and organisations.

Visitors always welcome!


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We Support

The RSL has a wonderful, old, vaudeville-style hall. The hall has been used by musicians since it opened in 1922. Today’s musicians enjoy playing the room for the atmosphere and acoustics that this timeless venue provides. All visitors are welcome to enjoy pre-show drinks in the members bar or dinner in the Onion Patch Bistro, a delightfully tasty food platter is also available from Onion Patch Bistro.


We Serve

From Wednesday to Saturday evening, John and Sue invite you to relax in warm and inviting bistro area where you can enjoy quality meals to suit all taste from vegetarians to meat lovers.

It is John and Sue’s intention to enhance the musical experience by providing good quality food that represents real value for money. You cannot go past John’s beer battered fish and chips!


We Honour

The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance.

No words can better describe the ethos of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) or the seriousness with which our members take the obligation of Australian Governments of ensuring the ongoing security and defence of our nation and the Australian people. Read More


News & Events

  • Christmas New Year Trading Hours 2016 - 2017
  • Friday night is member's night
  • Open Invitation to the Community - ANZAC 100 Years
  • Merry Christmas To All of Our Members And Visitors At OCRSL.
  • Merry Christmas To All of Our Members and Vistors.
  • Lest We Forget........
  • Melbourne Cup Day
  • Cup Day 2014