Rebels Motorcycle Club

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Rebels Motorcycle Club
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Australia Outlaws Elite

R.F.F.R. (Rebels Forever, Forever Rebels)
Founded 1969

Brisbane, Queensland

Founder Clint Jacks
Leader Damien Vella
Leader title National President
Type Outlaw motorcycle club
Region Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Fiji, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malta, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United States
Marque Harley-Davidson
Membership 2,000+
Abbreviation RMC
Gypsy Joker Protest Run 5.jpg

The Rebels Motorcycle Club is an outlaw motorcycle club in Australia with around 70 chapters and 2,000+ members nationwide making it the largest club in the country.[1] It was founded by Clint Jacks in Brisbane, Queensland in 1969 and was originally named the "Confederates". Their insignia is a Confederate flag with a cap-wearing skull and 1% patch in the centre. The Australian government and law enforcement consider the Rebels to be a criminal organisation but the club claims to be a group of motorcycle enthusiasts rather than gangsters.[2]

After the former National President, Maltese boxer Alex Vella, was stranded in Malta after a visit in 2014,[3] it is presumed that Damien Vella, who was permitted to return to the country,[4] took the role of National President.

Its constitution states it is a non profit organisation which promotes the riding of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and stipulates that members must own one and that drugs are "looked down on" within the club and "something you and your club can go without" with heroin and smoking methamphetamine being totally taboo. Members are only permitted to join the club once and never to join another motorcycle club.[5]

Criminal activities[edit]

In November 2000, police raided Rebels clubhouses in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and seized drugs, firearms and even a crocodile. A number of people were arrested on charges relating to the items seized.[6]

Two Rebel associates were arrested for the murder of Bandidos member Ross Brand after their clubhouse was raided, on 16 November 2008. Brand was shot dead outside the Bandidos clubhouse in Breakwater, Victoria on 22 October.[7][8]

A series of raids across Australia ended in 27 members of the Rebels being arrested on a number of charges, on 23 April 2009. Drugs including methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine were seized as well as firearms, cash, stolen goods and stolen vehicles.[9]

Edin "Boz" Smajovic, a Bosnian refugee and Rebels member, was shot dead at the Macarthur Auto Centre in Campbelltown, New South Wales. His funeral, which was held on January 15, 2009 at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, was attended by over 300 Rebels, including National President Alex Vella. He was referred to as their 'little brother'.[10]

On 18 May 2009, Michael Paul Falzon was sentenced to ten years in prison for the trafficking of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine), which he produced in Mackay, Rockhampton and Dalby and used the Rebels to transport and sell it throughout Queensland and South Australia. The drug ring operated from 1999 until 2003 and made at least $1.5 million.[11]

On April 14, 2012, Anthony "Rooster" Perish (a Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club member), his brother Andrew (a Rebels Motorcycle Club member) and Matthew Lawton were sentenced to eighteen, nine and fifteen years imprisonment for the homicide of convicted Sydney drug trafficker Terry Falconer, as well as firearms and drug dealing offences.[12]

Overseas expansion[edit]

In January 2011 the New Zealand Police announced that the Rebels were attempting to set up a New Zealand chapter, and that this was not welcome.[13] New Zealand has reportedly been deporting Australian Rebels members.[14] Despite this, many members wearing Rebels patches have been spotted throughout the North Island of New Zealand and it is believed they now have a permanent presence in the country.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 25 February 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ allwordseo (19 January 2014). "10 Most Notorious Biker Gangs". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Rebels boss Alex Vella, stranded in Malta, speaks out over legal battle to return to Australia". July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Relatives of Rebels boss Alex Vella stranded in Malta now allowed back into Australia". The Courier Mail. June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ " - Feature Articles 93". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Herald Sun". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Rich. "Triumph Motorcycle Land Speed Record Attempt Confirmed". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Police arrest 27 bikies across Australia". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Gunshot victim who 'didn't fear anything' buried - National -". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Rebels MC speed supplier jailed for 10 years
  12. ^ Margaret Schiekowski: "Brothers locked up over lethal revenge on a killing: Daily Telegraph: 14.04.2012
  13. ^ "Aussie bikie gang Rebels 'not welcome'". 28 January 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Forbes, Michael (29 January 2011). "Whanganui debates ban on 'outlaw' gang patches". The Dominion Post. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Kiwi police ready to fight Aussie gangs". 28 January 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2016 – via New Zealand Herald. 

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