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Envelope Art

From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

Description
Cream paper envelope with coloured sketch of palm tree and mountains and cloudy sky.
Size
14.5cm W x 9cm L
Object Registration
351.17
Keywords
ww2, envelope art
Historical information
One of several illustrated envelopes, without letter, sketched by soldier/s during the second world war and sent to Mrs MacDonald of Wangaratta.
Significance
Victoria's 2/24th Infantry Battalion was raised in Wangaratta in July 1940. They were welcomed with open arms by the local community as they rapidly built up their numbers. The people of Wangaratta adopted the Battalion and they became known as "Wangaratta's Own" because of the time the battalion spent in the town during its formative period prior to deployment overseas. Many of the soldiers maintained life long friendships with the people of Wangaratta. Even though the Battation was disbanded in 1946 members and their families return each year, in November, for a commemorative service at the 2/24th Battalion Memorial Wall at the Wangaratta Cemetery.
Inscriptions & Markings
Top left - AIR MAIL
Top right - postage stamp
Left side - AIF Censor stamp
Right side Mrs M MacDonald "Monald" 32 Grey Street Wangaratta Victoria Australia
Centre - Stamped "Missent to Barnawartha"
Last updated
24 Dec 2018 at 4:58PM