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4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room Macleod, Victoria

NOTICE: VISITORS SHOULD REPORT TO THE GREENSBOROUGH HWY ENTRANCE TO ARRANGE ESCORT ON BASE. PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED.

The Unit History Room (UHR) has been a part of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment for many years. In 1969, discussions commenced within the unit to canvass the notion of a Regimental Museum. Eventually, in 1987, a Board of Trustees was formed which established the Museum with ownership of objects vested in the Trustees.

Why we are here
The UHR’s mission is to conserve, interpret and exhibit equipment, relics, icons, artefacts, memorabilia, and historical information related to:
• the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment;
• its antecedent, associated and successor units and elements;
including the history of these in the context of the Australian Light Horse and, the Royal Australian Armoured Corps in order to:
• understand and commemorate the Regiment’s history;
• support the morale, education and training of the Regiment; and
• promote community awareness of the Regiment’s history and achievements.

What we collect
The collection focusses on:
• matters pertaining to individual and unit histories of 4/19 PWLH and its antecedent and associated units and organisations,
• the context of these in the Australian Light Horse and the Royal Australian Armoured Corps
• related equipment and artefacts
The scope of historical interest includes military, political, social and cultural aspects

How we are organised
The UHR is an element of the Regiment reporting to the Commanding Officer and Trustees.

Getting to know us

• The UHR is open on Monday and Thursday mornings (except public holidays). We can open at other times by appointment. Group visits from organizations are welcome.

Object donations
We often receive offers of donations of objects of interest. There is increasing community awareness that, when cleaning up, objects of possible historical significance should be sent to a museum rather than the tip.

Museum practice is for object donations to involve a transfer of ownership to the museum. Potential donors sometimes ask that it be treated as a long term loan, “in case I want it back one day”. If you are not happy to let it go, then it is better to keep it. In the case of medals, we would like to be sure that the family agrees to the donation.

Not all donations are of particular relevance to the UHR. With a clear title to the item, we can transfer it to a more appropriate collection. Or, we may decline a donation.

Situations vacant
The UHR is looking for volunteers who can commit for the long haul.

The Unit History Room DOES NOT provide valuations of objects

We are located at Simpson Barracks, Watsonia.

Enquiries: Unit orderly room, phone 8481 7905

Contact Information

location
Simpson Barracks Macleod Victoria (map)
phone
+61 (03) 9442 5205
Contact

Opening Hours

Monday and Thursday mornings or by appointment. Closed public holidays VISITORS SHOULD REPORT TO THE GREENSBOROUGH HIGHWAY ENTRANCE TO ARRANGE ESCORT ON BASE. PHOTO ID WILL BE REQUIRED.

Entry Fee

Suggested donation $5

Location

Simpson Barracks Macleod Victoria

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The collection focuses on history of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment.
The scope includes the modern day Regiment established in 1948 and its antecedent units dating back to 1861.

David Brown 12 May 2016 4:01 PM

can you help me please Im doing up a ferret scout car at are Army Museum could you if possible email me a photo or diagram of how the Battries are set up in side the Ferret please, I live in Aussie W.A. You have a great pages on the Victorian Collections its a WOW thank you. David.

Roy Arnott 8 June 2016 8:11 PM

David FSC manuals here. Including Electrical www.ferret-fv701.co.uk/manuals.htm Regards Roy Arnott

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1452 items

Book - Australian Armour A history of the Royal Australian Armoured Corps 1927-1972

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered book. 371 pp.

Significance

Historical reference

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 642 99407 2 940.5412'94

Photograph

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A black & white photograph of an old stone wall, parts of which have been destroyed. The wall is heavily overgrown in part and there is rubble scattered about.Standing near an arch in the wall is a man in German uniform.

Inscriptions & Markings

On the back: " ? Kress Von Kressentine ?"

Booklet - Infantry Training Vol IV Tactics. Infantry Section Leading & Platoon Tactics 1950

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A soft covered booklet dealing with the organisation and weapons of the infantry platoon, its training in peace and tactical handling in war.

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8593

Book - Notes for Operators Regimental Radio Equipments

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered book, lace bound detailing operation, maintenance and user information of various radio sets and antenna equipments

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-014-2062

Amplifier Radio Frequency AM-4306/GRC

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A radio amplifier mounted on a battery box CY-4612/GRC. The battery box is designed to hold the battery for both the amplifier and the AN/PRC 77 radio. The amplifier is designed to to boost the power output of the 77 set and increase its range by up to a further 6 km.

Significance

Equipment used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial Number 242

Book - The ANZAC Book

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered book.

Historical information

Written and pictorial items prepared by the men of Gallipoli while on Gallipoli. A poem, "When it's all over" was written by Harry McCann of the 4th Aust Light Horse Regiement

Inscriptions & Markings

Hand written name and address of owner - A.R Smith. (A member of 3 Aust Light Horse). For the benefit of Patriotic Funds connected with the A.&N.Z.A.C.

Medal - British Korean Medal

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Designed by Edward Carter Preston, the Korea Medal is in the form of a 38 millimetres (1.5 in) diameter cupro-nickel disc with, on the obverse, the words ELIZABETH II DEI GRA. BRITT. OMN. REGINA F.D. (Latin abbreviation for: Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God Queen of All the Britons, Defender of the Faith) surrounding an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, symbolizing her roles as both fount of honour and Commander-in-Chief of her various forces. At the time of the medal's creation, King George VI was monarch and his effigy was to have appeared on the Korea Medal. However, he died on 6 February 1952 and so the image of his daughter was placed on the obverse of the medal, uncrowned, as per custom for sovereigns prior to their coronation. On the reverse is a depiction of Hercules wrestling the Hydra—a symbolic representation of communism—with the word KOREA below. The Canadian version was identical, except it was made of .800 fine silver and bore on the obverse the words ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA CANADA (Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God Queen of Canada). The recipient's name and regimental number was engraved on the medal's rim.

Historical information

The Korea Medal (French: Médaille de Corée), sometimes referred to as the Queen's Korea Medal to distinguish it from the United Nations Service Medal, was a campaign medal created in 1951 to recognize troops from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom who had given either one day's service (one sortie) in Korea or 28 days offshore during the Korean War. The medal was physically identical in all countries where it was awarded, save for Canada, where it contained unique elements. As an internationally distributed award, the Korea Medal holds a different place in each country's order of precedence for honours.

Inscriptions & Markings

On rim: 3858806 GNR S G OMEROO RA

Booklet (2 copies) - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Training Vol 3 Firing Techniques Pam No 2 Open Range Practices and Range Safety 1971

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-039-4908

Junction Box 4 Way

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Four way junction box of aluminium construction used as a cable splitter in a wireless control harness.

Significance

Equipment used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

ZA 46982

Cruet Set

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Cruet set consisting of 2 small glass salt and pepper shakers with metal tops, metal salt bowl with hinged lid (spoon missing) on recangular metal tray

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented by Capt S J Gallagher on leaving the Mess 1981

Booklet (3 copies) - Manual of Map Reading, Air Photo Reading and Field Sketching Part 3 Field Sketching

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 9085

Book - An Army for a Nation, A history of Australian military developments 1880-1914

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard cover book, 310 pages

Historical information

For many Australians, Australia's participation in World War 1 is both an essential part of their national identity and an inevitable consequence of their British heritage; it is a popular view that Australia perceived its national interests and those of Britain to be one. In this major study, John Mordike challenges this view of Australia's past by exposing the competing national and imperial influences which shaped the foundation of the Australian Army. The book reveals how political ambition and electoral pressures subordinated a farsighted policy of defence self-reliance to the demands of imperial defence.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 1 86373 192 X

Medal - War Medal

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Miniature with ribbon

Historical information

World War 2 issue

Badge - Life Member 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Association

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

27 mm dia milled edge disc on which is affixed Regt badge. Suspended from a 6 x 40 mm rectangular piece - with LIFE MEMBER in gold lettering on blue background.

Drill rounds, .303 inch

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Clip of 5 .303" drill rounds in charger. Rounds - brass cases with holes drilled in them to show that they are inert, bullet component made of red gum. Old type Enfield steel charger clip

Historical information

Used by Victorian Light Horse 1906

Significance

As used by Australian Light Horse

Inscriptions & Markings

"E" stamped on charger

VHS Video Tape - Farewell to Roger Baussman 21.10.1995

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

VHS Video Tape

Cabin Trunk

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Black painted steel cabin trunk.

Inscriptions & Markings

On maker's label inside lid: "GUARANTEED BEST COLD ROLLED CLOSE ANNEALED STEEL. MANUFACTURED AT WOLVERHAMPTON JAPANNING WORKS" Displays a Registered Trade Mark in form of a piece of cord in shape of a slip knot. In white stencil paint applied to end: "BOURCHIER MELBOURNE"

Correspondence File - Records - Histories - General

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Registry file dealing with various historical matters including policy on historical record retention, Vietnam service nominal roll

Inscriptions & Markings

R755-1-1

Photograph - Wadi Henien

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A black & white photograph. It shows a panorama at Wadi Henien near Richon in Syria, a favourite resting camp of the Light Horse brigades

Inscriptions & Markings

Photo No 444. Stamp of the War Museum and description on back

Tray, EPNS

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Electroplated nickel silver tray, oblong with bowed sides. Tray patterned with concentric striations. 14.5 cm elliptical space in centre containing inscriptions.

Historical information

On 19 May 1908 authority was given for the formation of the 'Australian Volunteer Automibile Corps'. This Corps was disbanded in 1916, but during its short life it proved to be the forerunner, but not the ancestor, of the present day Royal Australian Armoured Corps. During World War 1 the first Australian armoured car despatched to the war was manned by volunteers of this Corps. On 1 July 1929 the 19th Light Horse (Yarrowee Light Horse) ceased to be maintained. In 1935 the 19th Light Horse (Armoured Car) Regiment became the 1st Armoured Car Regiment (Wimmera Regiment) forming part of the 2nd Cavalry Division with detachments at Horsham, Nhill, Dimboola, Rupanyip and Murtoa.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front: "FIRST ARMOURED CAR REGT TROOP DRILL CONTEST A Sqn, B Sqn, C Sqn 1934." On back: Hallmark - G 712 6 pointed star containing "8" over boomerang. EPNS S&S

Booklet (2 copies) - The Division in Battle Pam 2 Administration

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet containing doctrine based on known principles of war, experience of other armies, and studies of the divisional organisation. With amendments 1 & 2.

Booklet - Tactical Handling of Army Tank Battalions Military Training Pamphlet No 22 Part II: Battle Drills & Manoeuvre 1943

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet Part 2 of Pam No 22 covering drill & manoeuvre , of tank battalions including orders, signals, marches, reports and markings of tanks

Inscriptions & Markings

Not to be published

Booklet - Instructor's Driving Pamphlet Centurion

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A soft covered booklet that is a guide to those responsible for the organisation and planning of driving courses for the Centurion tank

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Cod No 8589

Book - Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-18 Vol III The AIF in France 1916

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Hard covered book, 1036 pages

Booklet - Land/Air Warfare Pamphlet No 1 Air Support General

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet intended to deal, in broad terms, with the subject of land/air operations and to provide an introduction to a series of pamphlets dealing in more detail with various aspects of the subject

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code 8265

Data Sheet - Cambridge Carrier Mk1 Universal (FV401)

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A data sheet giving some information on the FV401 with two photographs. Laminated.

Booklet - Basic & Battle Physical Training Part VII 1946

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet covering throwing, balancing and physical training for mountain warfare, with line drawings of various training skills.

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 7062

Plaque, B Sqn 4/19 PWLH

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Plaque, small shield depicting red Welsh dragon on yellow background with motto "Sin Loi". All mounted on wooden shield shaped backing, with title on scroll - 'B' Sqn 4th/19th PWLH

Document - Signal Training (All Arms) Pam No 7 Radiotelegraphy Procedure 1972 Amendment List No 1

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Paper document

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-056-1260

Booklet - Light Auto Rifle Cal 7.62 mm

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A soft covered booklet covering the general characteristics, operation, disassemble and assembly and maintenance of 7.62 mm Self loading Rifle

Inscriptions & Markings

FN Logo, Fabrique Nationale D'Armes De Guerre, S.A. Herstal-Belgium

Memorial Cross - 22 Battalion Pozieres Memorial Cross

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Memorial cross of rough hewn wood

Historical information

The memorial cross was installed in the Army drill hall at 16 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria. The drill hall was associated with the Australian Infantry 29/22 Battalion. The drill hall later became the Regimental Headquarters of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment. In 1975 correspondence began between the Regiment and the Australian War Memorial about transferring the cross to the AWM as being a more appropriate location. The cross was eventually transferred to the AWM

Inscriptions & Markings

Erected by their comrades of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion in loving memory of the brave officers NCO's and men of the Regiment killed in action at Posieres and Mouquet Farms 25 July - 27 August 1916

Coasters

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Set of 33 drink coasters. Silver top, rubber base. Floral pattern

Inscriptions & Markings

Strachan

Medallion

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Bronze coloured 30 mm dia medallion. Obverse - Flaming torch, surrounded by "DIAMOND CREEK SCHOOLS 1915 -2015" Reverse - Monument standing in front of shrubbery. It is mounted on a card which provides a brief story of Australian involvement in WW1, names of Diamond Creek men killed, names of the local schools participating in the ceremony. Medallion and card laminated.

Significance

Diamond Valley schools held an ANZAC Day commemorative service at Diamond Valley Secondary College on 23/4/2015. The 4th/i9th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment provided a catafalque party, guest speaker and a display of military memorabilia by the Unit History Room. The medallion was given as a token of appreciation.

Calendar 1991 - 50th Anniversaries

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Commemorative calendar depicting Australian service in World War 2

First Aid KIt

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

First aid kit, general purpose for MT In green painted metal container, with contents

Inscriptions & Markings

6545-66-019-9802

Plaque, 3 Cavalry Regiment

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Plaque, badge of 3 Cavalry Regiment mounted on wood, shield shaped backing

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Capt R L White B Sqn 3 Cav Regt Nov 1970-Jun 74

Magazine article

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A page from the 2011 edition of "Ironsides" The first part is a request for donations for the Boer War memorial in Canberra, and the second is a brief on the Australian involvement in that war

Plaque: Royal Papua & New Guinea Constabulary

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Plaque, badge of Royal PNG Constabulary mounted on red painted shield shaped wood backing

Book - Technical Manual User Handbook for Single Channel Radio System HF Vehicle and Ground Stations

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Stapled photocopy of the Technical Manual User Handbook covering the vehicle and ground stations of the RAVEN Radio System HF RT-F100 detailing a general description, operating instructions and operator servicing, including amendment No 1 of Apr 1990. Copy is poor quality in some areas, particularly in areas that are red in original

Significance

Relates to equipment used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

Australian Army. Technical Manual. User Handbook for Single Channel Radio System HF Vehicle and Ground Stations 1989

Booklet (2 copies) - Tactical Handling of Army Tank Battalions Military Training Pamphlet No 22 Part III: Employment 1939

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet. As modified for Australia in 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

Not to be taken forward of Divisional Headquarters.

Booklet (2 copies) - Infantry Section Leading

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A plastic covered loose leaf booklet covering basic tactical and technical information needed by an infantry section commander

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-034-9298

Booklet (2 copies) - Notes for the Guidance of Drivers and Attendants engaged in the Transportation of Commonwealth Explosives

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A soft covered booklet issued as a guide for all drivers and attendants engaged in the transportation of explosives by road.

Significance

Intrstructions for Army drivers

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-027-8250 Badge of Commonwealth of Australia

Photo Album - Guidon

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Album of photos, badges and narratives regarding guidons, with particular reference to 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment and 4th,17th, 19th, 8th, 13th and 20th Light Horse Regiments. Includes photos of ceremonial parades and roll of honour of 8th Light Horse members killed at the Nek in 1915.

Inscriptions & Markings

This album has been donated to the Prince of Wales's Light Horse by the Harms family. Ray Harms 22 McDowall St Mitcham Victoria. All photos and preparation of the album has been done by Elizabeth Harms 2 Jocelyn Court Forest Hill Vic.

Radio RT-524/VRC

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

VHF radio which was used in the M113 family of vehicles and could also be set up as a truck and ground station. Frequency range 30 to 75.95 MHz. Manually tuned, voice only radio. Requires 24 Volt DC power supply. Operating range about 40 Km on high power

Historical information

Used by the Regiment in M113 family of vehicles

Inscriptions & Markings

RT 524/VRC No 1432A

Trench Art, brass vase

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Vase, 50 mm dia x 175 mm long brass pipe, flared at top, soldered on brass 3 tiered circular base

Historical information

Paper in brass with name: LT LEE. Possible donor to Officers' Mess

Books - User Handbook for Station Radio C13/User Handbook for Wireless Set B47.

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Photocopy reproduction of the user handbooks for RS C13 and WS B47, detailing a general description, operation, and user servicing of both sets enclosed in a loose leaf folder.

Historical information

The C13/B47 radio combination was used in the unit's vehicles in the 1960's.

Significance

Used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 12289 Station Radio C13 WO Code No 11791 Wireless Set B47

Photograph

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

A black & white photo showing horses being watered at a stream.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: Members of the 4th ALH Regiment watering their horses from troughs at Auja in the Jordan Valley Palestine

Booklet (3 copies) - Browning Machine Gun Caliber 0.50 HB M2

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet which arranges a step by step progressive training layout of familiarisation, mechanics, crew drills and techniques of fire of the gun. Two copies have Appendix VII, Designation Crews. Printed in May 1956

Inscriptions & Markings

FM 23-65

Plaque - The Royal Agricultural Society Vic

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Plaque, wooden shield shaped, with badge of The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria affixed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Presentation plate: "Presented to 4/19 P.W.L.H. Regt Royal Melbourne Show 1991

Booklet - Field Engineering and Mine Warfare Pam 5 Laying, Recording and Marking of Mine Fields

4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment Unit History Room, Macleod

Soft covered booklet, applicable to all arms, describing what mines are, what they can do, and how they are used.

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8813