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The Dreamer and the Cheerful Thing.

1 Jun 2017

Bob and Harold Snape in the First World War

Curated By

Walter Barber, Guest Curator

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NCO Navy Socks

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Two grey grey cotton socks.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

NCO Navy Tie

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Black cotton tie.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

NCO Navy Shirt

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

White cotton button up dress shirt.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

NCO Navy Shoes

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Polished black men's dress shoes with black laces.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

NCO Navy Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Dark blue trousers with brass buttons. Has a large tear in the seat.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

NCO Navy Jacket

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Dark blue jacket with brass buttons and a rank bar on the left breast. Chevrons and insignia on the left arm.

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Significance

This uniform was worn by Bob Lawson. Bob is a member of Lara RSL, and this uniform is representative of his service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Booklet - Map Reading Aide-Memoire 1973

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A small rectangular booklet with cover and 26 pages

Historical information

Used by the Australian Army personnel to learn Map Reading

Significance

Used by the Australian Army personnel to learn map reading

Inscriptions & Markings

See images of front cover and rear cover

Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cloth Hat Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat Reinforced Rim Cloth Band Around Rim Green Cord with toggle to secure hat on head

Inscriptions & Markings

White Tag Inside SOS Marine DEC 2000

Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cloth Hat Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat Reinforced Rim Cloth Band Around Rim 4 Brass Eyelets near top of Hat

Inscriptions & Markings

Green Tag Inside Vic 1991

Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Cloth Hat Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Hat Reinforced Rim Cloth Band Around Rim 4 Brass Eyelets near top of Hat

Inscriptions & Markings

White Tag Inside Texta Name SMI20

Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

A khaki coloured Australian military felt hat with the left side folded up and pinned with an Australian Infantry Combat Badge.

Historical information

This hat, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named Schulze (No. 3164207). It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Boots

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Pair of black, lace up boots.

Historical information

These boots, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named Schulze (No. 3164207). It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Tie

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki tie that is missing the bottom section (appears to have been cut off).

Historical information

This tie, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named Schulze (No. 3164207). It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Australian Army Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Standard Australian Army Trousers. Khaki in colour.Has one Pocket at rear and one on each side. Has Provision for a belt and braces.Also has a zipped fly. .

Historical information

Standard Australian Army Trousers for use by military personnel

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers label inside with C.G.C.F. VIC. 1973

Shirt

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki collar shirt with stains across the front and sleeves.

Historical information

This shirt, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named Schulze (No. 3164207). It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Jacket

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki jacket featuring two buttoned chest pockets and a belt. A rope cord is draped across and under the right shoulder of the jacket (referred to as a lanyard). There is a single patch (of red and blue colouring) that is located at the top of both sleeves, with an additional patch at the bottom of the left sleeve.

Historical information

This jacket, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named Schulze (No. 3164207). It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Inscriptions & Markings

Both patches read "ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY". Inside jacket tag reads "E.W. PTY/LTD. / SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1968 / CLASS 8405-66-025-6422 / BATCH 8/68 / MILL AV / SIZE OF CHEST 41/42 PR / MATCHING TROUSERS 39 PR / DRY CLEAN ONLY / CREASE UPPER HALF / OF LAPELS ONLY / NAME: SCHULZE HE / ARMY No. 3164207

Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki trousers with pleats and a series of belt loops at the waist; two front pockets; and three buttons positioned at the left, right, and centre of the back of the trousers (for attaching a jacket to the trousers).

Historical information

These trousers, along with the rest of the dress uniform, belonged to an individual named Schulze (No. 3164207). It is believed to have been dropped off to the RSL, so no additional information is known.

Camouflage Jacket Australia

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Jacket Two Pockets with buttons Velcro patch on each pocket

Significance

DPCU Standard Working Dress of Army and RAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Army Cloth Badge above Right Pocket White cloth label ADA Victoria 2006 Size 105L Name Tag Cloth Garrett above right Hand Pocket

Camouflage Jacket Australia

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Jacket Two Pockets with buttons Velcro patch on each pocket

Significance

DPCU Standard Working Dress of Army and RAAF

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Army Cloth Badge above Right Pocket White cloth label ADA Victoria 2006 Size 105L Name Tag Cloth Garrett above right Hand Pocket

Australian Army Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Standard issue Australian Army Trousers. Khaki in colour..Has two back Pockets,two on the side and one on front of left leg.The bottom of each leg have ankle shorting straps.The waist has provision for a belt and braces and also has two waist adjusting straps.

Historical information

Standard Australian Army Trousers for use by Military personal in the 1950 to 1970 time frame.

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers label inside with EAGLEHAWK CLOTHING CO.VICTORIA. 1951

Photograph album - The Eighth Light Horse Book

8th/13th Victorian Mounted Rifles Regimental Collection, North Bandiana

Leather bound album of 44 leaves containing collection of photographs taken by Signaller JC Campbell and typescripts of two letters written by Captain Mervin Higgins 8th Australian Light Horse AIF during WWI. Cover is faded maroon in colour.

Historical information

Following the death of his only child Mervin on 23 December 1916 at Magdhaba Egypt, Mr Justice Higgins HB has a small number, possibly as few as six, of memorial books made. He sought permission from Signaller JC Campbell to use a selection of photographs taken at Gallipoli and Egypt. The photographs together with typed copies of several letters written by Captain MB Higgins 8th ALH make up the book. It seems likely this copy of the book was given to the 8th Light Horse Association for safe keeping. Following the closure of the Association the last secretary Mr Matthew Maynes entrusted the book to a relative Mrs Baily to be donated to the 8/13 Victorian Mounted Rifles.

Significance

This is a rare, historic and artistic example of how one family sought to come to terms with the loss of their only child in the Great War 1914-1918.

Inscriptions & Markings

Donated by Mrs Baily [held] in trust to late M Maynes 8 ALH [to] VMR Museum 17.11.92

NCO Navy Peak Cap

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

White Peak Cap. Black Knitted Hat Band, Brown Plastc Sweat Band, Black plastic band

Historical information

Worn by Robert Lawson Promoted to Petty Officer Engineering (MTP) 1979

Inscriptions & Markings

AGCF 1979 Size 67/8 Cloth and wire woven Chief Petty Officer badge

Australian Army Jungle Green Shirt

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Jungle Green long sleeved army shirt

Inscriptions & Markings

Warrant Officer Class Two Badge

Australian military Army Hat

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australian military felt hat with Puggaree and Chin Strap with Australian Army Medical Corps Badge and a 3rd Health Support Battalion colour patch on side. Khaki in colour.

Historical information

Standard Australian Army Hat for use by military personal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sweat band has Mountcastle Pty Ltd. Jan 2005. Size 55. O/N2350008 Printed on it.

Booklet - Practical Calculations for the A.T.C.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Blue cloth covered book of 80 pages

Historical information

Used for training pilots during World War 2

Significance

Used by Air Training Corps to train Aircrew Cadets in Geometry during World War 2

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover of an aeroplane flying above clouds with following words: Practical Calculations for the A.T.C. being Chapters from "Practical Mathematics for the A.T.C." by T.H. Ward Hill M.A. for potential Aircrew Cadets. Officially approved with a foreward by Air Commodore J.A.Chamier On inside cover is written in pencil: A.T.C. 1942-43 R. Ellis 69 Rennie Street Lara.

Khaki Dress Trousers

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki Dress Trousers

Inscriptions & Markings

White Label on inside of trousrs ADA Victoria 2001

Medal, Prince of Wales, 1920

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Gilt bronze Australian Commemorative Medal with red, white and blue ribbon. In 1920 the Prince of Wales visited Australia to extend official thanks for its support during WW1 and to strengthen links to the Empire.

Inscriptions & Markings

Obverse: 3/4 left bust of Prince in uniform wearing cap; around in 2 lines, HRH PRINCE OF WALES/ WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA; in small letters below bust, STOKES. Reverse: Shield of Geelong featuring kangaroo on central shield surrounded by sheep, sailing ship and grapes 1/2 wine barrel. Above: GEELONG JUNE 1920. Below : ribbon with motto - "BY THE RIGHT USE OF GOD'S GIFTS".

Tobacco Cutter

Anglesea and District Historical Society, Anglesea

Antique cast iron tobacco cutter (almost certainly a McMillan cutter). It is a guillotine style cutter used to cut plugs of tobacco to put into smoking pipes. The cutter is held to a wooden base with screws and has a well worn wooden strker plate. (Originally painted black). May have been used in Anglesea to slice beans.

Inscriptions & Markings

None visible.

Newsletter - October 2009

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Newsletter - September 2009

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Newsletter - August 2009

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Minutes - AGM 2014

Mount Alexander Vintage Engine Club Inc., Castlemaine

Unframed Photograph - F J Vonarx

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Unframed sepia photograph of male in full army uniform with rifle at shoulder standing outside tent.

Historical information

Photograph of Francis John VONARX 1981 - enlisted at Wangaratta on 15/6/1915 aged 33 years and embarked on 26/8/1915. Served with the 23rd Infantry Battalion and 2nd Machine Gun Battalion. Returned to Australia on 8/4/1919

Significance

Refer to item 30 - Docker Plains State School Roll of Honour.

Inscriptions & Markings

F Vonarx 1918 - on white paper taped to photograph

Sound Block.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Small octagonal wooden sound block with sloped sides and green felt top. Underside is painted dark green and has a round hole in the base.

Historical information

This sound block was presented along with a gavel to the Lara RSL by AJ Quick in 1965. Alan James Quick was a member of the 1st Australian Parachute Battalion during the Second World War, and was later a life member of Lara RSL. Alan received the RSL Meritorious Service Medal. Alan was the president of Lara RSL from 1965-1970, and this gavel was used at committee meetings by the president after its donation in 1965.

Significance

This sound blockis a key object of Lara RSL's history. It was used in committee meetings in the 1960s and perhaps later, and provides a documented link to an earlier president.

Khaki Army Short Sleeved Polyester

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Short Sleeved Khaki Army Shirt

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufactures tag inside ADI 1992 Yellow Corporal stripes on sleeves Para trooper insignia on both sleeves

Gavel

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Small wooden hammer with flat head and pointed reverse. The handle is rounded and has five rings carved into it. The wood is smooth and polished. The head has a small metal plaque attached.

Historical information

This hammer was presented to the Lara RSL by AJ Quick in 1965. Alan James Quick was a member of the 1st Australian Parachute Battalion during the Second World War, and was later a life member of Lara RSL. Alan received the RSL Meritorious Service Medal. Alan was the president of Lara RSL from 1965-1970, and this gavel was used at committee meetings by the president after its donation in 1965.

Significance

This gavel is a key object of Lara RSL's history. It was used in committee meetings in the 1960s and perhaps later, and provides a documented link to an earlier president.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Lara RSL. Presented by A.J Quick. 1965."

Army Dress Trousers Khaki

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Australian Army Dress Trousers Khaki

Inscriptions & Markings

White Stock Tag on Pocket Name tag inside waist and Fletcher Jones 1996

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Stereograph - The Rose Stereographs

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Rectangular piece of cardboard with a stereograph image attached to the front. The image is a double reproduction of a black and white photograph. the photograph depicts a line of soldiers lying on the ground.

Historical information

George Rose was well known Australian photographer and postcard maker in the first half of the 20th century. This sterograph shows recruits training at Geelong during the First World War. Soldiers were trained to attack in short rushes rather than advancing in line due to the lethal power of the machine gun. The stereograph was an early technology that used double images to achieve a three dimensional image.

Inscriptions & Markings

AUSTRALIAN EXPERDITIONARY FORCE, GEELONG. Training Recruits in the Art of Attacking in Short Rushes. Copyright by Geo. Rose.

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Khaki shirt. long sleeve.

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki long sleeve shirt with pockets on the front and corporal stripes on the sleeves.Has paratroopers badge on right sleeve and Australian Army badge on left sleeve.

Historical information

Standard issue shirts for use by Australian Army personal.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name tag label on the inside.

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo

Army Dress Jacket

Lara RSL Sub Branch, Lara

Khaki Army Dress Jacket

Inscriptions & Markings

The Australian Army Rising Sun Cloth Cloth Badge on each shoulder Jacket has no Buttons White cotton Label on inside of Jacket with provision for ID. Fletcher Jones Victoria 1996 Stock Item Tag on Right Sleeve

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Bendigo RSL Military Museum, Bendigo