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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 types of work involved include: preparation and maintenance of displays, photographing and cataloguing of objects, escorting visitors, and picture framing.

In accordance with museums practice, 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 3085 (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 the Kyneton District Mounted Rifles of 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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1599 items

1599 items

Cruet Set

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

Cruet set, silver plated, 2 salt and pepper shakers and a hinged salt bowl, with spoon on rectangular tray

Book - Signal Training (All Arms) Pam No 7 Procedure for Radio Telephony 1952

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

Soft covered book detailing the system of calling, the procedures used for various operating conditions, and other requirements as used in radio telephony.

Significance

Used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8761

Booklet - Standing Orders for Operation and Maintenance of Mechanical Vehicles

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

Soft covered booklet

Booklet - Gas Training 1951

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

A soft covered booklet describing types of war gases, the use and care of the light respirator and gas cape, detectors and other gas equipment, and the effects of weather on gas and its effect on food and water.

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8511. This publication supersedes Gas Training, 1942 (Code No. 7180)

Booklet - Australian Army Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Artillery Training Vol 3 Pam 6 Mortar Locating Troop 1980

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

Soft covered booklet providing information and doctrine for the Mortar Locating Troop, Divisional Locating Battery

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-104-8349

Dinner Napkin

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

White, tissue paper dinner napkin

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed in brown lettering: "Welcome Home" to Trooper J. Dunstan 8th Light Horse Regiment 1916 to 1919. Also printed with two 8LH colour patches

Video Cassette Tape - ABC Television News Coverage of PWLH 130th Anniversary

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

VHS tape of ABC coverage of the Regiment's 130th anniversary display at the then RHQ at George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria. It includes raw unedited takes and an edited version

Amendment Certificates - Staff Duties in the Field Amdts No 15 & 18

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

Amendment certificates 1949 and 1958 reprint

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 8457-15 & 18

Book - Organizational Maintenance Manual Radio Sets AN/VRC53, AN/GRC125

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

Soft covered book detailing installation and maintenance instructions for Radio Sets AN/VRC -53 and AN/GRC-125 and Amplifier Power Supply Group OA-3633/GRC

Significance

Handbook for equipment previously used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

TM 11-582-498-20

Miniature Australian Flag - SECDET XI

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

Miniature Australian National flag, with 10mm gold coloured fabric border. In wooden frame

Inscriptions & Markings

"VIID" embroidered on lower part of fly

Booklet - Aircraft Recognition Silhouettes (Allied and Japanese Types)

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

Soft covered booklet used as an aid to aircraft recognition for less experienced observers, showing the silhouettes of various Allied and Japanese aircraft

Inscriptions & Markings

Captain on the Staff C in C Ceylon 1st May 1942

Publication - The National War Memorial of Victoria. An Interpretative Appreciation of The Shrine of Remembrance.

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

44 page soft covered book

Ammunition Box

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

Sheet metal ammunition box, probably for .303 inch belted ammunition. Double hinged lid, Leather handles. Painted green

Historical information

Box is marked "W.C.C.U" - perhaps Wesley College Cadet Unit. In earlier times, school cadet units were allowed to learn safe handling of weapons including the Vickers machine gun. This object probably held belted ammunition.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturer's stamp at each end.: " R P L" over "S" over "1944" On one end in white paint "2" On top in white paint : "W.C.C.U" - and "2"

Booklet - Manual of Land Warfare Part 1 Vol 1 Pam No 3 The Arms and Services 1983

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

A soft covered booklet describing the roles, characteristics and tasks of a standard infantry division and associated corps troops units that may be allocated in support.

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-117-2315

Medal - Africa Star

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

The Medal The Africa Star is a six–pointed star of yellow copper zinc alloy. The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The Africa Star'. Stars issued to Australian personnel have recipient names engraved on the plain reverse. The Ribbon The Africa Star ribbon colours represent the desert and the service of the Armies, Naval Forces, Merchant Navy and the Air Forces.

Historical information

The Africa Star was granted for operational service in North Africa from the date of the entry of Italy into the war on 10 June 1940, up to the date of the cessation of operations against the enemy in North Africa on 12 May 1943. The Africa Star may also be awarded for operational service as a member of the Australian Defence Force during the Syrian Campaign in the period from 8 June 1941 to 11 July 1941. This medal is awarded for a minimum of one days operational service in North Africa, west of the Suez Canal between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943 and in Syria between 8 June 1941 and 11 July 1941. Clasps Three clasps were issued for the Africa Star: 8 th Army 1 st Army North Africa 1942-43 Only one clasp is worn and when the ribbon is worn alone a ribbon emblem, ‘8', ‘1' or silver rosette as appropriate is worn to denote the award of a clasp.

Inscriptions & Markings

Recipient is not engraved on reverse, so, either a replica or not issued to Australian

Booklet - The Observers Handbook on Maps Charts and Projections

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

Booklet written for observers and pilots of the RAF and RAFVR to help them in preparing for their examinations.

Significance

Not significant to collection. Available for transfer to more appropriate collection.

Working Papers - Mounted Troop Work File

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

A 2-ring binder containing correspondence and working papers regarding a proposed mounted troop for the Regiment

Historical information

The mounted troop did not eventuate

Candelabra, 3 stem

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

3 stem EPNS candelabra

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to 4/19 PWLH Sergeants Mess by Mrs G Swan Mrs Perkins Mrs M Tuskin Miss S D'Atri Mrs M Baker Mrs J Douglas Mrs M D'Atri Mrs M Bullock Mrs C Summers Mrs J Axten (sic) Mrs M Bell Mrs G Burke Mrs L Hibberd Mrs J Arnott Silver plated by Ianthe of England

Correspondence File - Depots/General/Relocation Park St/ 4/19 PWLH

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

Registry file dealing with the relocation of the Regiment's Park St, Princes Hill, depot. Covers period 17/81993 to 16/12/1994.

Inscriptions & Markings

File No 267-1-2 Part 2

CD - Laying Up Guidons 7th August 2005

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

CD of still photos.

Historical information

On 7th August 2005, the 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment held a ceremonial parade at the Shrine of Remebrance to present to the Shrine Trustees, for laying up, the guidons of the 8th, 13th, 17th, 19th and 20th Light Horse Regiments. The CD contains photos of the event

Significance

The 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment was the custodian of the history of the 4th Light Horse Regiment and the Regiments whose guidons were laid up. After the laying up the Regiment parades a single guidon - that of the 4th Light Horse Regiment

Information Sheet - .30 Browning Machine Gun

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

Information sheet (photocopy) for the Browning .30 cal machine gun giving a description of the weapon, stripping and reassembly, stoppages etc

Medal - South Atlantic Medal

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

The medal is a coin, made of cupronickel, 36 mm in diameter, and was struck by the Royal Mint and issued by the Army Medal Office, Droitwich. The obverse side bears a crowned effigy of the The Queen. Like a modern British coin, it has the abbreviated form of ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSOR ("Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith") on the border and the Queen is facing to the right. The reverse side has the Falkland Islands' coat of arms, which bears the words "DESIRE THE RIGHT" (an allusion to English explorer John Davis' ship, "Desire"). A laurel wreath and the words "SOUTH ATLANTIC MEDAL" make up the border.

Historical information

The South Atlantic Medal is a British campaign medal awarded to British military personnel and civilians for service in the Falklands War of 1982, between the United Kingdom and Argentina; 29,700 were issued. The South Atlantic Medal Association was formed in 1997.

Inscriptions & Markings

CPL J FINLAY (number) RAF

Booklet (2 copies) - RAAC Training Vol 2 Firing Techniques Pam 1: The Techniques of Shooting from Armoured Fighting Vehicles General Principles

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

Soft covered booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

DSN 7610-66-044-7030

Document - Australian Military Forces. Routine Orders Part 1 4/19 PWLH 25 JUL 63

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

Two pages of Routine Orders Part 1 issued by LtCol R V Couche MBE on 25 July 1963 for 4/19 PWLH. Covering speed limits for military vehicles, driving of Army vehicles and Efficiency Grant 1963/64

Booklet - Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Engineer Training Vol 2 Pam 2 Obstacles and Field Defences (All Corps) 1982

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

A soft covered booklet.

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-107-1255

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.

Photograph - Lighthorse

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

A black & white photograph showing some dead horses, five mounted horsemen and a line of horsemen in the far right background.

Inscriptions & Markings

On back - Jack Strickland 69 Burrrindi Rd Sth Caulfield 578 7416 DECEASED. Family not at that address 1/90

Christmas Card

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

Christmas Card of Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. Buff coloured card, single fold

Historical information

The marking "Xmas 1915 Gallipoli" was optimistic. Gallipoli had been evacuated by then.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front: Xmas 1915, Gallipoli Peninsula Inside: Good health and happiness be yours this Christmastide and throughout the coming year, from "

Radio Installation

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

Radio Installation AN/VRC 46, AN/GRC 160, AN/VIC1(V) Harness. VHF radio installation as used in M113 family of vehicles. Consists of two mounting trays MT1029?VRC, one radio RT841/PRC77, one amplifier AM2060/GRC radio installations and the harness - AM 1780/VRC, three C2298 control boxes, one C2299 rebroadcast box, various cabling and two antenna systems

Historical information

Installation as used by the Regiment in M113 family of vehicles

Inscriptions & Markings

RT 524 - No 58347 RT841/PRC 77 - No 1835. AM2060GRC - No 660. AM1780/VRC - No 4841. Antenna Matching Units - Nos 94784 & 13050

Rifle, ARISKA

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

Rifle, Ariska, 6.55mm cal

Historical information

Army Report No 1016561 Stock Code 66-1405-516

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No 17203. Old Serial No 351832