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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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207 items with images

207 items with images

Candelabra, 3 stem

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

3 stem silver candelabra

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved: Presented to 3 Troop (Kyneton) B Squadron 4/19 PWLH By Lt P L O'Hanlon June 1986 In base "C31" In candle cups "C34": MADE IN ENGLAND IANTHE

Lamp, Electric, No 1

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

Brass, internal battery powered lamp, with swivel mounted brass rod carrying handle and a clip on back for mounting, 56 mm lamp on front and a press on/off switch on top

Inscriptions & Markings

D D broad arrow, Lamps Electric No 1, Kempthorne Aust, 1943

Sun Compass

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

Metal construction. One fixed and one rotatable aluminium disc with a vertical steel gnome at the centre. The lower disc is marked with bearings in mils, the upper with time of day. There is a rotatable aluminium arrow under the 2 discs. A 33 mm dia spirit level is fixed to the top disc.

Historical information

This type of kit was used by the Regiment for vehicular cross country navigation. The crew commander would stand in front of the vehicle with a prismatic compass and guide the driver to align the vehicle on the back bearing of the required direction of travel. The discs were set for time of day and the required bearing and the driver would watch the compass and steer so that the shadow of the gnome was on the arrow. The compass would be re-set about every half hour to adjust for rotation of the Earth. In featureless country navigation was by dead reckoning by direction travelled by compass and distance travelled from the vehicle odometer. Armoured vehicles are now equipped with GPS navigation aids rendering the sun compass obsolete

Significance

Type of equipment used by the Regiment on exercises

Inscriptions & Markings

On spirit level "GENERAL #847"

Booklet - Infantry Training Vol 3 Range & Courses Pam No 33 Range Construction Instructions & Safety Precautions. 1967

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

Hard covered loose leaf booklet

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-027-2839

Plaque - Reserve Affairs, India

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

Shield shape wooden plaque on which affixed presentation plate: "With the Compliments from Colonel Uthai Chunhapesya Deputy Chief of the Reserve Affairs Department February 1987. and, The bage of the Reserve Affairs Department

Inscriptions & Markings

Refer description

Scale Model; M577A1 Armoured Command Vehicle

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

1:35 scale model of M577A1 ACV, mounted on wooden base

Inscriptions & Markings

Lt Col F T Cron 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse "Ich Dien"

Book - An Illustrated Guide to World War II Tanks and Fighting Vehicles

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

An illustrated directory of major battle tanks used by the world's armies in World War II. Included photographs, illustrations and specifications.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 7018 1488 8

Mess Tins

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

Set of two aluminium mess tins. Smaller fits into larger. Rectangular with rounded corners, Fitted with folding handles

Historical information

Standard personal issue item

Significance

Standard personal issue item c 1960's +

Inscriptions & Markings

Government broad arrow on each

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

Portrait Photograph - Trooper W S Shirley

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

B&W framed photograph of Trooper W S Shirley, 4th Light Horse Regiment

Historical information

No 336, Tpr William Shirley, 34-yo labourer, of Yea Victoria. Enlisted B Squadron 4 LH Regiment, 20 Aug 1914, embarked 19 Oct 1914. Wounded in action (side) 24 June 1915, 1 General Hospital Alexandria 30 June 1915, 4 London General Hospital , 23 Aug 1915. Returned to Australia 8 May 1916. Previous service: No 1012 Pte, 5 VMR, Boer War. Embarked 15 Feb 1901. Returned to Australia 27 March 1902. Militia service 15 Light Horse Regiment

Inscriptions & Markings

Trooper W S Shirley of the 4th Aust Light Horse Regiment. Sailed 25.10.14

Book - The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History

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

Hard covered book

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0 19 553227 9

Journal - Australian Defence Force Journal Issue 173, 2007

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

Special edition of ADF Journal reporting the proceedings of joint Australian Defence College - Royal United Services Institute seminar conducted in May 2007

Inscriptions & Markings

ISSN 1320-2545

Booklet - Manual of Land Warfare Part 2 Armour Training Vol 4 Pam 2 The RAAC Schedule of Range Practices 1983

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

Soft covered booklet dealing with progressive training in all levels from individual qualification courses to sub-unit continuation training and individual training for various levels of promotion.

Inscriptions & Markings

7610-66-108- 8327

Plaque - Legacy

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

Legacy logo and title mounted on rectangular wooden backing board

Inscriptions & Markings

Plate affixed: Presented with thanks to SGTS MESS - 4/19 PWLH by Melbourne Legacy December 1989

16 mm Film - Opening of Military Museum

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

16 mm film, 232 ft. duration 6.11 Showing opening of Regimental Museum, then located at George Street, Fitzroy Vic

Inscriptions & Markings

NXV 2178 - 30.7.78

Book - The World Encyclopedia of Tanks

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

Hard covered book. An illustrated history and comprehensive directory of tanks from around the world, with over 500 photographs of historical and modern machines

Book - Australian Defence Heritage

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

The Department of Defence controls more than two million hectares of land used either as training areas or for operational and logistic bases. Approximately 200 Defence-occupied buildings have been classified by the Australian Heritage Commission and placed on the Register of the National Estate, and a further 100 buildings have been registered by the National Trust. Twenty properties also have been listed by the Australian Heritage Commission for significant environmental aspects and for the protection of Aboriginal sites. This book, produced as a contribution to Australia's bicentennial, is the first publication devoted entirely to Australia's priceless defence heritage. Text: Frank Doak Illustrations: Jeff Isaacs

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 949 054 968

Book - Denis Bishop & Christopher Ellis: Vehicles at War

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

An account of vehicles which have made history in mechanised warfare. Ranging from tanks, armoured cars, personnel carriers, and gun carriers to vehicles such as jeeps, staff cars, ambulances, traction engines and motor cycles. Examples are from many countries and theatres of war, from the Crimean War to the Cold War. Contains 225 colour illustrations and 261 in black & white.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0-04-623012-2

Souvenir cut from crashed aircraft stay

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

Brown sealed timber cross section of a WW 1 aircraft stay Aircraft manufacturer logo in red and gold of London Aircraft Co Ld. Reverse has hand written inscription.

Historical information

Souvenir is from an aircraft flown by 2LT Lewis Charles Burford Sheppard RFC, killed when his aircraft crashed on landing on the Bapaume Rd, Fremicourt in the Somme Area. A portion of a wing stay was cut from the aircraft and fashioned into a war trophy with the manufacturers logo and a hand written inscription detailing the crash on the reverse. The aircraft was probably an SE5

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers logo of London Aircraft Co Ld. Reverse side has hand written inscription. Logo is Red "A" with red wings enclosed in a red circle with "Aircraft Co London on scroll under logo. Inscription on reverse reads "Captain Shepherd killed near Fremicourt April 21 1917 Piece of his planes stay Collided with tree on Bapuame Rd while landing

Mess tins, steel

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

Set of two steel mess tins, nesting - larger fits the smaller. With folding steel handles

Significance

Issue item c 1950's

Inscriptions & Markings

Willow, "D (govt arrow) D", Australia

Candelabra, 3 stem

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

3 stem, EPNS candelabra, curved branches, floral pattern around base & candle holders

Inscriptions & Markings

Made in England Anthea Presented to 4/19 PWLH Officers Mess by Capt A G Bullock

Plaque - University of NSW Regiment

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

Wooden shield shaped plaque with badge of University of NSW Regiment affixed. Scroll affixed under badge showing name of Regiment

Booklet - Basic and Battle Physical Training Part III Syllabus of Battle Physical Training & Battle Physical Efficiency Tests 1946

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

Soft covered booklet , includes line drawings of various individual and team drills on fitness training

Inscriptions & Markings

Code No 7117

Audit Report - Australian National Audit Office - Management of the M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier Upgrade Project

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

Side bound A4 size 78 page report

Historical information

The Regiment was equipped with M113 family vehicles, some of which deployed with 1 Troop A Squadron in South Vietnam

Inscriptions & Markings

ISSN 1036-7632 ISBN 0 642 808600

Horse Shoe Nail Box

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

Wooden Box, used for packing horse shoe nails, open top, clear varnish, labelled with manufacturer's details.

Inscriptions & Markings

Capewell Horse Shoe Nails, Trademark, Manufactured in Great Britain by the Capewell Horse Shoe Nail Co Ltd England. No 7 Horse Nails, Over stencilled with black ink or paint: "Net 100 lb, Gross 116 Full (?) Hunter"

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 34

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

A six page document covering unit preparations for squadron camps, RAAC ties, and movement of RAAC officers.

Portrait - Lt-Col B D Clendinnen AM RFD ED

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

Framed oil painting of Lt-Col B D Clendinnen AM RFD ED

Historical information

Lt-Col Clendinnen was Commanding Officer of 4/19 prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment from 1964 to 1967

Significance

One of a collection of portraits of former Commanding Officers of the Regiment

Plaque - Royal NSW Lancers

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

Wooden shield shape plaque with badhe of Royal New South Wales Lancers affixed. Scroll under badge "TENEX IN FIDE"

Inscriptions & Markings

Donation plate: " Pres to 4/19 PWLH by Capt B C Gurton 18 Jan '78"

Decanter

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

Crystal decanter, with EPNS (?) top. Stopper missing.

Inscriptions & Markings

20TH LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT (Victorian Mounted Rifles) Presented by LIEUT. A. CLARK October 1937

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 14

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

A six page document covering techniques of shooting from AFV's, care of secondary batteries and recent training film releases.