"Service to others is the rent we pay for our room on earth".

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The TOC H organisation looked after the welfare of soldiers in Australia during WW2.

TOC H had its beginnings in Poperinge, a small Belgian town, a few miles behind the front line during WW1. Reverend "Tubby" Clayton established a rest centre for soldiers in a house called Talbot House. It was open to all military ranks.

The TOC H Services Club in Brisbane was located at Desmond Chambers at 303 Adelaide Street. It provided Hot and Cold Showers and other services and was open from  9am to 11pm daily.

The concept was continued after the war and more residential houses like Talbot House were established by various branches of TOC H that were set up by survivors of WW1. TOC H then spread to other countries. The TOC H organisation received its Royal Charter in 1922. TOC H Service Clubs were established around Australia (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth, and Townsville). TOC H in Australia pioneered the Blood Transfusion Service and was instrumental in establishing:-

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The TOC H Group in Brisbane take children from the Royal Brisbane Children's Hospital to the Brisbane Exhibition (The Ekka) each year. This tradition started in 1926.

During World War 2 membership of TOC H was reduced and a number of branches closed. 


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This page first produced 19 December 2002

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