Sean Rout became President of Harbord Diggers RSL sub-Branch in 2019. He has been a member of the RSL movement for over 35 years and has held a number of positions in the sub-Branch including treasurer.
Sean is a Vietnam Veteran and served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment.
Work life: After returning from Vietnam, Sean worked for the Chubb Group of Companies for over 25 years, serving in a number of senior positions, before retiring in 2005 from his then role of Corporate Training Manager - Chubb Group of Companies in Australia.
Chubb Group Training worked with organisers in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and supported the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, for the Beijing 2008 games, which saw Sean visit Beijing several times.
Volunteering is a big part of Sean’s life. One of his passions is rugby and since 1986 has held many roles for Manly Marlins Rugby Club where he was a board member for over 20 years, Honorary Secretary for three years, and President of the licensed club for 3 years. Sean wrote the Marlins History book (482 pages), called “Sun Surf and Scrums” which was launched in 2015 by the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Sean was made a life member of Manly Rugby Club in 2015. He received the Volunteer of the Year award from Manly Council, 2010, Community Service Award - Balgowlah Rotary Club, 2014, and received the Australia Day Award for Outstanding Community Service, Northern Beaches Council 2018.
Peter served in 3 RAR for Corps training then left for the Infantry Center Ingleburn for extra training and as a reinforcement for Vietnam. Served in D Company 6 RAR and a short time in Mortar Platoon.
After National Service Peter crewed aboard the Qantas 707 that bought troops to Saigon & returned home to Australia for many years.
After leaving school he worked for the Bank of NSW until being called up in 1965 for 2 years. His Family had two generations that fought for the Country WW1 and WWII.
A Member of Harbord Diggers since 1966 and has been a member ever since.
A Retired Marketing Director with a keen interest in local Community activities including being a current representative on the Soldiers Avenue of Honour Stakeholders Group, Harbord Diggers Advisory Committee, Represents Mounties on the Dawn Service Trust Committee & Hon Secretary for Harbord Diggers RSL sub-Branch for the past 10 years. Had 2 Uncles served in WWII & 3 Gr Uncles served in WWI.
Born in Mackay, Nth Qld and moved to Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 1968. Married to Leon for 50 years and has 2 children and 7 Grandchildren.
John was born in 1948 in Broken Hill and has been married for 50 years to wife Roslyn and we have two children and three grandchildren.
He has lived on the Northern Beaches since 1977 and in Freshwater since 2002, retired in 2005 after 40yr business career initially 12 years as Chartered Accountant/Tax Specialist and 28 years as Investment Banker.
Former Director of Lifeline Northern Beaches & Volunteer for past 16 years.
Former Director of two Vietnam based charities: Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation International and KOTO International.
Both John's parents served in the RAAF in WWII .