UnionRSA is an abbreviated avatar for Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Retired Staff Association. For many years and until 1981 the Union Steam Ship Company provided an annual Christmas luncheon for it’s Super-annutants but ceased to do so in 1982 and at short notice. As a consequence, in that year three members decided that the luncheons should continue.
The first luncheon was held at the ‘Flying Angel Club’ (Missions to Seamen), then situated in Macquarie Place. That year 41 people were contacted who were on the Company’s list and 23 people attended the luncheon. The luncheon have continued on the third Thursday in November since that time.
Sadly all of the original members are no longer with us.