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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

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

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"

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

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

War Diary - Troop War Diary (Transcript) 1 Troop, A Squadron 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment. Republic of Vietnam. 27 May 1965 - 28 May 1966.

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

Printed on 12 A4 sheets. In presentation photo album type binder.

Significance

1 Troop A Squadron 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment was the first Australian Armoured element into South Vietnam. Its War Diary is a valuable historical reference.

Plaque - The Border Regiment

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

Wooden shield shaped plaque with badge of The Border Regiment affixed. Title of Regiment on scroll undetr badge

Inscriptions & Markings

Presentation plate: "Presented by Capt L Taylor

Hat Badge - 13th LHR Dancing Devil Hat Badge

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

Brass Hat Badge, dancing devil with pitch fork above wreath with 13 ALH inscibed. Two lugs on rear.

Historical information

Dancing Devil hat badge was originally privately comissioned and purchased by members of 13th LHR circa 1916, in recognition that the 13th LHR was nicknamed "The Devils Own" This hat badge was unauthorised but still worn by members of the 13th Light Horse Regiment while on operations on the Western Front.

Significance

An unauthorised hat badge of the 13th LHR used by members of the Regt while on operations on the Western Front.

Inscriptions & Markings

"13 ALH" inscribed on base of wreath

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 32

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

A 6 page document covering RAAC reorganisation, officer postings & promotions etc, course at Armoured School and self evaluation for CMF camp training

Plaque - Fife & Forfar Yeomanry

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

Wooden shield shaped plaque with badge of Fife and Forfar Yeomanry affixed with brass brads. Hand painted scroll under badge showing unit name

Inscriptions & Markings

On back: To 4th/19th POW Light Horse 1984 Dick Turner

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 25

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

A three page document covering the improvements of the Centurion Tank from MK3 to MK7 and photos of Centurion equipments. 2 copies.

Book - Green Fields Beyond - A Biographical Honour Roll of the Australian Light Horse, 1939-1947 & Australian Armoured Corps, 1941 - 1947 & Royal Australian Armoured Corps, Post 1947

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

Hard Cover book, 387 pages

Portrait - Lt-Col J F Boyce

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

Framed oil painting of Lt-Col J F Boyce RFD

Historical information

Lt Col Boyce was Commanding Officer of 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment from 1986 to 1988

Significance

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

Portrait - Lt-Col B G Hosken

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

Framed oil painting of Lt-Col B G Hosken

Historical information

Lt-Col Hosken was Commanding Officer of 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment from 1957 to 1960

Significance

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

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 5

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

Two page document dealing with a recommendation for units to flush Staghound Armoured Car gear boxes, BSA 7.92 mm MG stoppages, and a list of amendments to the training pamphlet on the General Grant tank. 2 Copies

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.

Staghound Armoured Car

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

Staghound Armoured Car

Helmet, Steel British

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

Historical information

Background unknown

Significance

This helmet although manufactured in WW2, is an almost identical style to the WW1 helmet worn by soldiers of the 4th Light Horse in France and Belgium.

Cigar Box

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

Wooden cigar box, with badge of 4th/19th Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment surrounded by floral patterns carved on lid. Floral patterns also carved at corners of box. Fitted with brass internal hinge

Plaque - Chaplain Corps

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

Shield shaped wooded plaque, badge of Chaplains' Corps affixed

Inscriptions & Markings

Presentation plate: Presented by CHAPLAIN Pat Purcell

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

Inscriptions & Markings

Makers label on back

Port Decanter

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

Glass decanter, square shape

Photograph collection - The Bourchier Collection of Photographs

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

A collection of photographs taken by or of Murray Bourchier or collected by him. The subjects range from street scenes in Cairo to the terrain over which the 4th Light Horse Regiment manoeuvred and fought, local inhabitants. Some photos are black and white and others sepia toned. There is a wide range of sizes. Some photos have notations by him and unfortunately some are illegible, The photos are contained in two albums.

Inscriptions & Markings

Refer attached files detailing captions

Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Series Five, Medical, Volume II, Middle East and Far East

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

Hard covered book of 701 pages with photos, diagrams and maps

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"

Portrait - Lt-Col L E Reeder

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

Framed oil painting of Lt-Col L E Reeder ED

Historical information

Lt-Col Reeder was Commanding Officer of 4/19 Prince of Wales's Light Horse Regiment from 1970 to 1975

Significance

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

Lamp, electrical

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

Metal lamp, battery powered, with 60 mm lens on front, folding carry handle and spring clip on back for mounting on equipment. There are two 10 mm holes in the bottom

Inscriptions & Markings

D D broad arrow, maker's name, Lamps Electrical No 1

Plaque - Clive Steel Club, PNG

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

Polished black wooden shield shaped plaque with details of Clive Steele Club, 12 C.E. Works All Ranks Mess, Mendi, PNG affixed

Document - Royal Australian Armoured Corps Bulletin No 24

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

A 13 page document of the Corps seniority list for other ranks in the RAAC. 2 copies

Book - Alfred N Festberg: Australian Army Insignia 1903-1966,

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

Illustrations of Australian Army Insignia 1903-1966. Compiled by Alfred N Festberg, Photography by Arthur G Genders Published by Military Historical Society of Australia, Victorian Branch, 1967.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed by author: "To the Museum Alfred Festberg 9 Nov 78"

Book - A Guide to Victoria's Wartime Heritage. Remember Them

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

Hard cover book, 308 pages

Historical information

"Australia's involvement in war and peacekeeping operations has touched almost every town, large and small, in Victoria. This comprehensive survey of Victoria's memorial landscape will be an invaluable starting point for teachers and students who are exploring its impact in their community" John Taylor Chairman, Shrine of Remembrance

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 978 1 74066 840 8