The Hampton RSL Sub Branch was officially formed in 1945 by taking over from the Hampton Returned Soldiers Association founded by war veterans who returned from World War I.
Originally established in Hampton Street, in 1952 the trustees purchased a large house call ‘Wearside’ at 25 Holyrood Street Hampton and have been at that location ever since. In recognition of the original house, the main bar of the current premises is called the Wearside Bar.
Over the years the club expanded to install lawn bowling rinks, a purpose built snooker room and most recently Pickleball courts.
In 2021 the main dining room was named the Charlie Dimech Room, after a decorated World War II veteran who was the longest serving member of the Hampton RSL and held numerous Committee appointments. Coincidently Charlie remembered joining the RSL at the original premises when he migrated from Malta in 1952.
While the primary role of the RSL is to provide welfare to its members, we have also become a valuable community asset providing a place for everyone in the local community to relax, enjoy good food, entertainment and meet friends.