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Shield

From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

Description
Red Gum timber in shape of shield with crest and plaque.
Size
330mm (L) x 240mm (W) x 44mm (D) in shield shape
Object Registration
228
Keywords
ovens river, sydney hotel wangaratta
Historical information
Red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge apear on the shield in the early 1970s.
When Made
Original punt was made in the mid 1800s. shield was made by Jim Sloan in early 1970s.
Significance
Red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years. The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge appear on the shield in the early 1970s.
In 2019, after nearly 70 years at Balcke House, the Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch will take up new residence at the Sydney Hotel.
Inscriptions & Markings
Crown of Australian Engineers above a list of the soldiers who worked on the project.
Attached is a card which states :- This red gum shield was made from a piece of the Ovens River punt which served as a river crossing at the Sydney Hotel two centuries ago and which had lain on the river bed for approximately 100 years.
The punt was raised by members of the Royal Australian Engineers whose names, unit and badge appear on the shield in the early 1970s.
It was made and presented to the Wangaratta RSL by Jim Sloan of Wangaratta.
Last updated
7 Nov 2019 at 12:32PM