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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 - User Handbook Truck Cargo 2 1/2 Ton GS with winch Aust No 1 Mk 3

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

Soft covered user handbook for the Truck Cargo GS 2 1/2 ton covering all aspects of driver servicing and simple fault finding

Significance

Manual for vehicle used by the Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-020-3075, Badge of Commonwealth of Australia

Trophy

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

Wooden trophy on base with vertical backing piece mounting small shields -1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990 all Sergeants Mess. Other 5 are blank. On base section is mounted a decorative depiction of cricket batsman in full swing. Something was affixed to the top but there is now only a screw hole showing where it was. It had a 35 mm diameter.

Historical information

Both the Officers and Sergeants Messes of the Regiment have now been closed.

Inscriptions & Markings

Annual Inter Mess Sports Competition. Officers Mess Versus Sergeants Mess

Book - Vietnam Veterans - A Record of Service

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

A hard covered book, 313 pages. It concentrates on three areas: - Many and varied combinations of service, decorations and campaign medals, - A chronology of the Vietnam War detailing operations in which Australians took part, -A roll of service personnel KIA or WIA

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 646 22587 1

Photograph

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

An informal colour photo of a red jacketed army band gathered in front of, and on, two M113A1 Armoured Personnel Carriers of the 4th/19th PWLH. The location appears to be Puckapunyal.

Inscriptions & Markings

"1998" written on back

Framed Photograph - Major A D Reid MC

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

Framed b&w photo of Major A D Reid, standing, in uniform

Historical information

Major A D Reid MC led B Squadron 4th Light Horse Regiment at the charge at Beersheba 31 Oct 1917

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption: 4th Australian Light Horse 1914-1918 Major A D Reid MC Led B Squadron at the charge at Beersheba 31 Oct 1917

Rifle Bucket

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

Leather bucket with brass fittings - used to carry a rifle on a horse

Historical information

Light Horse units were still in service at the time of manufacture of this, 1939

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturer detail & date of manufacure

Pamphlet - Army Postal Service in War

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

Soft covered pamphlet of 16 pages

Significance

AIF

Inscriptions & Markings

AIO 1st Military District Aust 184 No 3261 Date Recd 24-7-1919

Shoulder Titles

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

Two pair of metal shoulder titles mounted on 10 x15 cm board. 1 pair: PWLH 1 pair: AUSTRALIA

Historical information

Unit shoulder titles were worn on general duty and ceremonial orders of polyester dress. The titles for the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment were in the form: “PWLH” . In 2011, Army Standing Orders for Dress discontinued the wearing of unit titles, replacing them with the title “AUSTRALIA

Significance

Illustrates a change change in Army orders of dress

Book - Operator's Drills and Tests for SR C13

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

Soft covered book detailing the drills and tests for the Radio Station C13

Inscriptions & Markings

WO Code No 9792

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

Medal - 1914-15 Star

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

Miniature medal with ribbon

Photograph Set - Landrover Publicity

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

Blue plastic loose leaf folder containing 22 photographs of Land Rover vehicles in various configurations and situations

Book - Medals to Australia with valuations, Second Edition

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

Hard cover book

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 909979 15 4

Booklet - Small Arms Training Vol I Pamphlet No 11 Pistol (Modified for Australia). 1943

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

Soft covered booklet covering training for the pistol, revolver No2 Mk 1

Bayonet

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

19th century German dress bayonet. 28 cm blade, brass handle

Inscriptions & Markings

Coat of arms on handle

Recruiting Poster

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

Recruiting poster, coloured, on card "SERVE PART-TIME WITH CMF ARMOUR" above a picture of M113A1 armoured personnel carrier. Below this picture is: "JOIN US - PHONE 489849 FOR SPARE TIME ACTION WITH THE 4TH/19TH PRINCE OF WALES (sic) LIGHT HORSE. QUEENS PARADE, NORTH FITZROY. TRAINING THURSDAY 7.30 pm

Documents - School of Infantry Seymour Syllabus and Programmes 8/58 All Weapons Course

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

A loose leaf folder containing lesson plans etc for the School of Infantry (then at) Seymour all weapons course covering Owen Machine Carbine, rifle, Bren Light machine Gun, grenades and 2" mortar

Framed Photograph - 4th Australian Light Horse - France

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

Framed photo of 1098 Cpl George Koehn MM, 4th Australian Light Horse. He is in uniform, standing at ease, plain background. He is wearing 4 LH colour patch but no collar badges nor badge of rank. Perhaps photo was taken in Melbourne prior to embarkation

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption - 4th Australian Light Horse - France 1098 Cpl George Koehn MM born 1893 Howlong NSW B Squadron 7th Reinf Enlisted 4th January 1915 RTA 11th May 1919

Booklet - Royal Armoured Corps Training Vol III Armament Pam 15 Centurion

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

A soft covered booklet to provide information for crew commanders or gunnery instructors to train crews Centurion tank gunnery. Includes amdt 1 & 2 (Australia)

Post cards, set - Tanks & Armoured Cars of the British Army WW1 1914-1918

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

A plastic envelope containing six post cards, purchased from the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. Each card has a reproduction of a water colour painting of a vehicle depicted in a battle field setting. They depict - a Rolls Royce Armoured Car, a Medium A Wippet Tank, a Mark 1 (Male) Tank, a Mark IV (Female) Tank, a Jeffery-Quad Armoured Car, and, an Austin Armoured Car. There is a sheet enclosed giving a brief history and description of each vehicle.

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.

Jacket

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

Jacket, dark blue, polyester/cotton, size small, slide fastener at front, internal pockets, elasticised waist and cuffs, 4/19 PWLH Regimental badge over "Band" on scroll on left front

Framed Photograph - WW1 German Headquarters -Samak, Palestine

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

Framed b&w photo of HQ facility on coast. Three tents in foreground, four cars parked nearby, Radio antenna to the left

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption: WW1 German Headquarters Samak, Palestine. Photo from Museums Whyte collection

Medal - Defence Medal

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

Full size and miniature medals with ribbons

Historical information

The Defence Medal was instituted to provide recognition for specified periods of service in non-operational areas subjected to air attack or closely threatened. Eligibility The Defence Medal is awarded for six months service in a prescribed non-operational area subject to enemy air attack or closely threatened, in Australia and overseas, or for 12 months service in non-prescribed non-operational areas. Within Australia the area is the Northern Territory , north of 14 degrees 30 minutes south, and the Torres Strait Islands between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945. Overseas service includes the Middle East, east of the Suez Canal (less the period of the Syrian Campaign) or Malaya prior to the Japanese invasion on 8 December 1941. The Medal The Defence Medal is cupro-nickel, with the uncrowned effigy of King George VI on the obverse. The reverse has a conventional oak tree centrally, with a crown above, with two lions counter rampart as supporters between the dates 1939 and 1945. The base of the medal reverse has the words ‘THE DEFENCE MEDAL'. The Ribbon The Defence Medal ribbon is orange with green outer stripes, each green stripe having a black pin-stripe running down the centre. The green represents the Islands of the United Kingdom, the orange represents enemy attacks, and the black represents the black outs.

Inscriptions & Markings

nil

Parade Cards, set of

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

Parade cards (training programs) of 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment. Incomplete set

Assault Rifle AK 47

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

Assault Rifle AK47, CHICOM Type 56, cal 7.62 mm This firearm has been rendered inoperative

Historical information

Army Report No 1016528 Stock Code 66-1405-882

Inscriptions & Markings

Serial No 8408678

Bridle

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

Australian Light Horse Bridle

Historical information

Used by 908 Dvr Thomas Edward Whyte 1st AIF, 3rd Light Horse Brigade, Machine Gun Squadron

Significance

Equipment used by Australian Light Horseman in World War 1

Inscriptions & Markings

Nil

Bayonet

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

Bayonet and scabbard for 7.62 mm L1A1 Self Loading Rifle. 20 cm blade

Historical information

Equipment used by the Regiment

4th Light Horse Regiment Association 1914-1946

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

A paper covered booklet containing a list of members

Plaque - RAEME

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

Wooden, shield shaped plaque, badge of Royal Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers affixed

Inscriptions & Markings

Presentation plate: Presented to 4/19 PWLH Offrs Mess by Capt F J Bell 4 Sep 69