Sub Branch team
Meet the team
Meet the team responsible for all of the great work in providing a positive, supportive space for our veterans and their families!
The Gympie RSLA Sub Branch welcomes all veterans and provide support and services to help them and their families. Whether you serving or ex-serving, young or not so young, male or female, Regular, Reserve or National Service personnel, Army, Navy, Airforce and Allied Nations, whether you have deployed or not, if you have ever served anywhere, ever!
Gympie RSLA President
John Herlihy was a high school maths teacher before joining the RAAF in 1982. During the next 30 years he attained the rank of Wing Commander and had various postings including:
- Base Commander RAAF Base Wagga
- Commanding Officer Combat Support Unit, Wagga
- Deputy Commandant RAAF College, Point Cook
- Director of Australian Air Force Cadets
- RAAF/USAF Exchange Officer, San Antonio, Texas
John has worked and lived all over Australia and overseas but is now retired. He has two adult daughters and one grandchild in Victoria. He settled in Gympie in 2015 and has built a home up on Rifle Range Road. He is a keen golfer, amateur actor and singer.
Martin Muller ‘Kaiser’
Martin served for 9 years in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps with postings to Field Supply Company’s, Brigade HQ and Land HQ.
In civilian life Martin worked in Manufacturing Management, Security Printing, Warehousing and Logistics and as a Funeral Director and Celebrant. Martin joined the Gympie Sub Branch in 2017 and has served as a RSL Club Treasurer, Sub Branch Board Director and then President for 2 years. Martin presided over the amalgamation of the RSL Club and Gympie RSL Sub Branch and the 2020 renovations. Martin and his wife Treena have 4 adult children. Martin was appointed as the Veteran Services Manager in March 2021, tasked with establishing the Veteran Services Centre and increasing the Wellbeing and Advocacy support to Veterans in and throughout the Gympie Region.
Veteran Services Manager
As a granddaughter, sister and sister-in-law to former and currently serving defence members I have witnessed, heard and shared the highs and lows they have experienced through their time in the military and their transition into civilian life. These personal connections as well as my experience in the legal and health sectors motivates and inspires me to advocate, support and walk alongside Veterans and their community to achieve health and wellness in their daily life.
Veteran Services Officer
In my role as a Veteran Services Officer I’ve gained first-hand insight into what mate-ship really means. Being accepted into this community feels like being a member of a big family. There are rivalries and disagreements, but also friendships and laughter, and importantly everyone is always there for each other. It has prompted me to reflect upon my own family. My father was a doctor, and that’s how I always thought of him. But he also served in the Australian Army during WW2. I now also think of him as a Veteran. With the help of the Sub Branch I have begun to research his time in military service. My late husband’s family was also a family of Veterans. My father-in-law was in Signals at Darwin during WW2 and his father was a Captain in the NSW Irish Rifle Regiment, fighting in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme. As for myself, I was in service to the law as a criminal defence lawyer with Legal Aid QLD for nearly 15 years; my role, to provide legal representation and access to justice for all Australians. Before that I was a teaching fellow at the University of NSW in the Centre for Human and Liberal Studies, as well as an editor of a magazine that sponsored research for The Children’s Cancer Council NSW. I am now very honoured to be able to serve and support Veterans and their families as a member of the Gympie RSL Veteran Services Centre and be an active part of our Veteran community.