Historical information

These items were part of standard supplies and personal items issued to members of the Australian Defence Forces during World War 2.


This item is part of a collection of items owned by Arthur Lock, a member of the 2/23rd Battalion, an all-volunteer Second Australian Imperial Force which served as part of the garrison during the Siege of Tobruk, then at El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo. It has particular local significance as the battalion was know as "Albury's Own" because a large majority of the battalion's initial intake of volunteers came from the Albury–Wodonga region.

Physical description

A metal can/bottle opener and cigarette lighter.

Inscriptions & markings

On Opener "STOKES /MELB"