History and Aims

The Royal Over-Seas League was founded in 1910 by Sir Evelyn Wrench to foster international friendship and understanding. ROSL operates under Royal Charter and ‘aims at promoting an enduring multi-racial fellowship pledged to the support of the Commonwealth and to the service of others and humanity at large’. It is required to encourage the arts, particularly among the young people of the Commonwealth.


ROSL seeks to fulfil its aims by:

  • Supporting Commonwealth ideals
  • Offering clubhouse hospitality to member
  • Organising annual competitions for young artists and musicians
  • Developing joint welfare projects for disadvantaged communities
  • Providing a network of contact and representatives around the world.

ROSL has members throughout the world. There are branches or member groups in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Switzerland.

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Vice-Presidents Jean Black, John Short and Jane Teasdale, Members of Council, Ladies and Gentlemen I am pleased to present the Annual Report of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Over-Seas League covering the activities for 2018.
During the year we welcomed 43 new members.

(Firstly the President read a letter to Sir Anthony Figgis following Lady Figgis’s death and his response.)
NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL: We were delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr. Diana Owen as the new Director-General succeeding Major General Roddy Porter MBE who served in that capacity from 2011-2017 and visited Australia with his wife Marianne in 2013.
Dr. Owen brings extensive experience of working in the not-for-profit sector, with the National Trust, and for the last ten years, as Chief Executive of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) in Stratford-upon-Avon, a global hub for Shakespeare fans everywhere. Vice-President Jean Black and Council Member Barbara Cummings recently met Dr. Owen in London.

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