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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

Book - Kyneton Mounted Rifle Corps

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

Book - providing a history of the Kyneton Mounted Rifle Corps and successor units. With photos and illustrations

Field Ration Eating Device (FRED)

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

A pressed steel tool with one end shaped for use as a spoon and the other incorporating a bottle opener. A 2 cm long fold out can opener blade is fitted to the side. A 3 mm hole is drilled through the device at the can opener end. Yellow (anodised ?) finish.

Historical information

A standard component of Army ration packs from the 60's to about 2010

Inscriptions & Markings

Defence Stock No: "7330-66-010-0933" Contractor: "CMI" Year of Manufacture: "2009" Defence broad arrow.

Booklet - The Australian Reservist No 4 Nov 2001

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

A soft covered publication which is the official journal of the Defence Reserves Association containing articles and conference reports etc.

Booklet - Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Infantry Training Vol 7 Pam 2 Grenades and Pyrotecnics

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

A soft covered booklet providing the information required to conduct training with the (then) current in-service grenades and pyrotechnics in the Australian Army.

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-117-4186

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

Plaque - NZ Scottish Regiment

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

Plaque, Silver coloured art work 23 x 15 mm affixed to 18 x 25 mm rectangular wooden board./ Artwork de[picts badge of 1 NZ Scottish Regiment

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

Book - Organizational Maintenance Manual - Radio Sets AN/VRC 53, AN/GRC125, Power Amplifier OA3633/GRC

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

Soft covered book detailing introduction, installation, operating instructions and maintenance of radio sets AN/VRC-53, AN/GRC 125 and Amplifiers Power Supply Group OA-3633/GRC

Significance

Handbook for equipment previously used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

TM 11-5820-498-12

Document (2 copies) - Band Uniform (Notes Only)

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

A folder containing submission to the Commanding Officer by Lt L O Evans to consider recommendations to improve the dress of the Regimental Band - covering both winter and summer dress and that of the Drum Major

Historical information

The dress for members of the Army is prescribed in the Dress Manual. The CO would not have a been a free agent to modify the Band's dress.

Medals - Africa Star

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

Full size and miniature Africa Star medals. Miniature has clasps: North Africa 1942-43 8th Army 1st Army

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. Eligibility 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. 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. 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

No recipient engraved

Certificate - Seventh War Loan. The Honor (sic) Flag

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

A yellow paper certificate that was presented to individuals who contributed to the Seventh War Loan. It has the title and the honour flag is depicted across the centre of the certificate, and a certification that the recipient had subscribed and the signature of W H Watt, Commonwealth Treasurer. This certificate was issued to Mr Hedley Harper and is dated 14 Oct 1918

Historical information

The Honor Flag consists of the Australian national Flag in the canton, a white field, with a blue Federal Star and three vertical blue bars in the fly. The flag has a red border. It was awarded to towns and districts that subscribed twice their quota of funds. Flags for individuals did not have the Federal Star nor the vertical bars.

Booklet - Notes on Anti-Tank Shooting. Field Equipment

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

Paper covered booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

METP No 12 Part IV

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

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

Potographs - Turkish Prisoners

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

A set of nine black & white photographs depicting mainly activities of Turkish prisoners. 1. Ten prisoners sitting in a circle preparing vegetables. On the back - "Preparing the daily stew". 2. A group of about 70 prisoners in ranks of four with hundreds more in the background. On the back "Led or fed up". 3. Three sets of 44 gallon drums set up for cooking with a line of 25 prisoners behind. On the back "One of the camp kitchens, prisoners, staff and interpreter". 4. An open plane with long lines of prisoners . On the back "Prisoners from Jenin to Lejjun". 5. A group of about 80 prisoners by a stream. On the back " The first batch of prisoners in Damascus district near Sasa". 6. Lines of graves decorated with rocks. On the back "Turkish Graveyard". 7. Another scene of the camp kitchen with a large gathering of prisoners and Light Horsemen. On the back "The stew issue". 8. A large gathering of prisoners, mainly sitting on the ground. On the back "Acres of prisoners at Tulkeram". 9. Graves of Turkish POW's who died of sickness Oct 18

Inscriptions & Markings

See description

Post cards

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

Five black & white post card pictures showing parts of the Western Front. They are: 1. Peronne - Aspects of the town entirely destroyed by the retreating Germans, 2. The village of Feuilleres (Somme) (destroyed) , 3. Estrees (Somme) - Entrance of the village, 4. Neuve Eglise (destroyed) and, 5. La Buissiere, La Gare

Inscriptions & Markings

1,2,&3 Vise Paris No 853, 867 & 863 and description of location. 4 & 5 - location only

Adaptor Testing Field Wireless Sets

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

Box of aluminium construction with adaptors and controls for testing wireless and ancillary equipment in the field

Significance

Equipment used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

Z4/ZDA 0720 Serial No 21

Book - Technical Manual User Handbook for Broadband Antenna Kit AS-F105

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

Hard plastic covered loose leaf manual for Antenna Kit AS-F105 detailing a general description, deployment, operator servicing, and unit, field and base repairs.

Significance

Used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

NSN 7610-66-130-4068

Medals - Burma Star

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

Full size with no ribbon Miniature with clasp: Pacific

Historical information

The Burma Star was granted for operational service in the Burma Campaign between 11 December 1941 and 2 September 1945. Eligibility The Burma Star is awarded for operational service in the Burma Campaign from 11 December 1941 to 2 September 1945. In addition for: Navy - six months qualifying service for 1939-1945 Star first, then operational service in the Bay of Bengal and in the Malacca Strait; Army - service on land in Bengal and Assam from 1 May 1942 to 31 December 1943, areas of Bengal and Assam east of the Brahmaputra from 1 January 1944 to 2 September 1945 and operational service in China and Malaya from 16 February 1942 to 2 September 1945; and Air Force - one operational sortie for aircrew and qualifying service as for Army for other Air Force personnel. The Medal The Burma 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 Burma Star'. Stars issued to Australian personnel have recipient names engraved on the plain reverse. The Ribbon The Burma Star ribbon is red with edges of dark blue and orange. The red and dark blue represent the British Commonwealth Forces and the orange represents the sun. One clasp was issued for the Burma Star: Pacific When the ribbon is worn alone a silver rosette ribbon emblem is worn to denote the award of a clasp to the medal.

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

Magazine Publication - Sunbury Australia's Greatest Rock Festival

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

Photocopies of pages extracted from original publication

Significance

The Regiment provided support for the planning, organising and conduct of the 1972-5 Sunbury Rock Festival, Unit members providing manpower support were volunteers not on Army pay.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 978-1-925556-16-2

Book - Dust, Sand and Jungle

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

Hard covered book, 200 pages

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by author, Representative Honorary Colonel, Chief Instructor & RSM of School of Armour

Book - Tank Warfare. A history of tanks in battle.

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

Soft covered, 320 pp book. A survey of the tank in war from World War 1 through World War 2 and later conflicts.

Postcard Booklet - Views of Ypres

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

A paper covered booklet of post cards showing scenes of Ypres. Each card shows two scenes of the same subject, taken from approximately the same spot, one before and one after the bombardment of the town.The booklet originally contained 24 cards but one is missing.

Inscriptions & Markings

The front shows a floral scroll type image up the left hand side and across the top, with VUES D'YPRES, Views of Ypres written underneath, with 24 Cartes Postales. Collection ANTONY-YPRES. Passed by Censor (Copyright)

Serving tray

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

Pressed metal serving tray. Oval , Floral pattern design stamped on tray

Inscriptions & Markings

Item No 534925 Bandeja Metalica Fabricado en China Imortado Por Simago SA Cartagena 36-28028 Madrid

Recruiting Poster

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

Recruiting poster for 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment (CMF). Poster depicts a M113A1 Armoured Pesonnel Carrier. Incorrect spelling of name of Regiment- "Wales' instead of "Wales's". Crew of APC are wearing Corps rather than Regimental beret badges

Historical information

Australian Army Reserve was previously Citizen Military Forces

Inscriptions & Markings

Army Publicity 1052c Issued by Director of Army Recruiting

Cruet Set

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

Cruet set. Silver plated . Two salt and pepper shakers and an open topped salt bowl, with spoon, on rectangular metal tray

Inscriptions & Markings

Presented to 4/19 PWLH Officers Mess by LT D Kleinhenz on leaving the Regiment June 1980

Hat Khaki Fur Felt

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

Hat Khaki Fur Felt with 7 fold puggaree with one maroon fold. Broken chin strap, no badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Government arrow and "T S"

Framed Photograph

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

B&W photo of 4th Light Horse Regiment No 40 Sydney ABBOTT, MG SQN ENL 17 AUG 1914 RTA 21 FEB 1917 & No 746 Alex WALLACE ENL 18 AUG 1914 RTA 20 NOV 1918

Inscriptions & Markings

See description

Honour Board

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

Honour Board, wooden construction, with gold lettering listing members of the 4th (late 20th) Corangamite Light Horse. Members who subsequently died on World War 1 service also listed.